Jaipur: After wearing green outfit in one match, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) returned to their famous red dress in the match against Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday. However, the result was the same, RCB registered comfortable victories in both matches.

Plans of RR captain Shane Warne to depart from Jaipur on a winning note were ruined by RCB batsmen. Warne has announced his retirement from IPL and the next the two matches of RR are scheduled at Indore and Mumbai.

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Playing his first match as Captain of RCB, Virat Kohli hit a six on the last ball of 17th over to take his team to a thumping victory against RR. For a superb dislay of swing bowling, Sreenath Aravind was adjudged Man of the Match. In his four over spell, Aravind conceded 34 runs and picked up three important wickets of Shane Watson, Rahul Dravid and Johan Botha.

RCB openers Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan took the attack to the RR bowlers. In the first six overs of field restriction, RCB scored 66 runs without losing any wicket.

The lanky West Indian dispatched the RR bowlers in all corners of the ground. Continuing with his superb form in the IPL-4, Gayle remained unbeaten on 70 runs which included six boundaries and four sixes.

Kohli came up with an important unbeaten contribution of 39 runs. His innings included three boundaries and a six to end the match.

Dilshan was the only batsman to be dismissed by RR bowlers. He scored 38 runs which included four boundaries and a six. Dilshan was caught on the boundary by Ross Taylor off Warne’s bowling.  For RR, Warne was the only successful bowler, as he took the lone wicket by conceding 26 runs in his quota of four overs.

Earlier in the day, failing to capitalise on a solid start provided by openers, Rajasthan Royals (RR) were restricted to a mere 146 for 6 wickets in their league match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday.

Openers Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson took the team off to a flying start. The opening due put on 73 runs for the first wicket, before Watson was dismissed by Sreenath Aravind in the 10th over after scoring 34 runs in 29 balls.

Aravind made a double blow as he scalped Dravid in the same over. Dravid was caught by Aravind off his own bowling, after scoring a steady 37 runs of 31 balls. Dravid’s knock included six hits to the fence.  In-form Ajinkya Rahane was involved in a mix up with Botha, and was run out after scoring 17 runs which included a boundary and a six.

For RCB, Aravind with three wickets was the pick of the bowlers. His third wicket was Johan Botha, who could score only 19 runs.

Much was expected of New Zealander Ross Taylor, but he failed to live up to the expectations. After scoring 13 runs off the same number of balls, Taylor was dismissed by Charl Langeveldt.
Chris Gayle and Charl Langeveldt chipped in with one wicket each.

Royal Challengers (RCB) has won the toss and decided to bowl first. Virat Kohli led RCB side, as injured Daniel Vettori was rested for the match.

Teams (from):

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne (C), Swapnil Asnodkar, Stuart Binny, Johan Botha, Deepak Chahar, Ankeet Chavan, Aakash Chopra, Aditya Dole, Nayan Doshi, Rahul Dravid, Samad Fallah, Faiz Fazal, Ashok Menaria, Sumit Narwal, Jacob Oram, Pankaj Singh, Amit Paunikar, Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Raut, Dinesh Salunkhe, Pinal Shah, Amit Singh, Shaun Tait, Ross Taylor, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson and Dishant Harendra Yagnik.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (C), Mayank Agarwal, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, BN Bharath, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Nuwan Pradeep, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Abhimanyu Mithun, Ryan Ninan, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, Saurabh Tiwary, Johan van der Wath, Jonathan Vandiar.

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