CLT20: Pravin Tambe inspires Rajasthan Royals to victory over Highveld Lions

Tambe took 4 for 15 in four overs as Rajasthan coasted home by 30 runs in Jaipur.

updated: September 25, 2013 23:57 IST
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Rajasthan Royals continued their supremacy at home, fighting off the Highveld Lions' challenge at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur in the second match on Wednesday (September 25). Like in most of Rajasthan's wins, it seemed a team effort would get them through, until the unheralded Pravin Tambe stepped up in just his fourth match for the franchise, and bowled three overs of match-turning leg-spin to deliver a 30-run win with a spell of 3-0-15-4.

Rajasthan had piled up a good total of 183 for 5 after being put in to bat, and Tambe was given the ball only in the 12th over, with the Lions' 88 for 3. From there, he winkled out four wickets to cripple a chase that was looking like it had got back on its feet after a stumbling start. Tambe first bowled Hardus Viljoen to end a 53-run stand with Alviro Petersen, the Lions captain. He then had Jean Symes caught at short cover and Sohail Tanvir trapped in front. The key strike was made in his third over, with Petersen cleaned up for a 28-ball 40 as Lions slid to 120 for 7 in the 16th over, with the chase all but out of reach. The Lions eventually ended on 153 for 9. (Read: Highlights)

The Lions' chase had Quinton de Kock going early, and Rassie van der Dussen and Temba Bavuma following quickly. At 36 for 3 in five overs, Rajasthan were in control. Petersen, batting at No. 5, and Viljoen led the recovery. Viljoen struck some muscular blows, and the duo's stand had started assuming dangerous proportions before Tambe weaved his magic. (Pics)

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