Pietersen steers Bangalore to easy victory
Kevin Pietersen scored a superb half century to help the Royal Challengers Bangalore cruise to a comprehensive 5 wicket victory over the Rajasthan Royals to all but guarantee their place in the IPL semi finals.
Set a total of just 131 for victory Pietersen made light work of the Royals bowling attack after the early wicket of Jacques Kallis (0).
After being dropped from the Royals Challengers last three games Pietersen showed why the number three position should be his for Bangalore and for England during the Twenty20 World Cup.
Pietersen enjoyed a superb start to his innings dispatching Kamran Khan for three boundaries and a massive six in the 4th over as he announced his intentions to win the game as soon as possible.
Despite losing the wickets of Manish Pandey (14) and Robin Uthappa (26) Pietersen (62) steered the Royals Challengers toward victory before being run out with only 18 more runs needed.
The victory was completed by Ross Taylor who hit the winning runs to complete an important victory for the Royals Challengers.
Having won the toss Shane Warne decided to bat and the decision back fried almost immediately when Michael Lumb was ruin out after a mix up with Naman Ojha in the third over.
Amit Paunikar (0) was caught by Robin Uthappa having faced just one ball after edging a Kallis bouncer through to the wicketkeeper as the Royal lost two wickets in the space of three balls.
Ohja could only last three more balls before he was dimissed by Pankaj Singh to leave the home side on their knees with the score 21-3.
Aussie Shane Watson offered the Royals some hope with a gritty innings of 22 on a slow wicket before he was brilliantly caught by Pietersen to give Kallis his second wicket of the innings.
Abhishek Jhunjhunwala (13) and Yusuf Pathan (11) soon followed as the Royals were reduced to 72-6 after 13.1 overs and they were in danger of not lasting the full 20 overs.
Adam Voges (28) and Abhishek Raut (32) built a much needed partnership of 58 which allowed the Royals to reach 130-6 but they we need to make some early breakthroughs with the ball if they want to keep the semi final destiny in their own hands.