IPL 2013: Home record intact as Rajasthan Royals defeat Pune Warriors in a thriller

Despite a formidable target, the hosts in Jaipur showcased mature batting to pace their innings well and win off the second-last delivery of the match.

updated: May 06, 2013 00:32 IST
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In a batting fest at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, the Rajasthan Royals held their nerve to go past Pune Warriors India by five wickets with a ball to spare. It was their sixth home win in as many matches in this season's Pepsi Indian Premier League. (Watch analysis: 'Pune should have won')

Chasing 179, Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane got Rajasthan off to a flying start, putting on 98 in a partnership that was neither unnaturally hurried nor especially watchful. (See: Match in pics - Binny shines for Rajasthan)

Dravid, in particular, took on the bowlers, as Rahane settled into the role of second fiddle. Dravid made the bowlers bowl to his strength as he played most of his shots in the vee between long-off and long-on. Dravid left his crease to hit Rahul Sharma for a straight six and bring up his third fifty of the season.

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