There was modest individual success but no happy homecoming for Rahul Dravid on what was an eminently forgettable night.
The M Chinnaswamy Stadium, packed to the rafters, rose as one to welcome one of Bangalore's favourite cricketing sons on Saturday (April 20) night, threatening to bring the roof down with the kind of reception Dravid hasn't received at the venue when playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore, Karnataka or even India. The Rajasthan Royals captain responded in style with a typically stylish innings, threatening to make a fist of it alongside Stuart Binny, another prodigal son, before the wheels completely came off when Dravid was caught trying to clear long-on off the bowling of Murali Kartik. (Match in pics)
Handily placed for a final push at 97 for 3 midway through the 15th over, Rajasthan collapsed in sensational fashion in the face of disciplined pace bowling from Bangalore - who didn't concede a single extra - as they lost their last seven wickets for just 20 runs in 31 deliveries to be bowled out for 117. It was Rajasthan's lowest total of Pepsi IPL 2013 and the first time in six games that they had failed to bat out their quota of overs. It was a far from adequate total on an excellent batting strip, and so it proved as Bangalore cruised home by seven wickets after racing to 123 for 3. (Scorecentre)