IPL 5: Rajasthan Royals' all-round show dumps Pune

Rajasthan Royals needed a win to stay in contention for the play-offs and two half-centuries, coupled with an Ajit Chandila hat-trick powered the hosts here to a dominating 45 run win against a devastated Pune Warriors on Sunday. This was Pune's eight consecutive defeat.

updated: May 13, 2012 23:30 IST
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Jaipur: Intent, and class, separated Rajasthan Royals and Pune Warriors India when the two teams squared off in a key Indian Premier League match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. Pune had nothing left to play for, while Rajasthan, who were just off the top four, could still make the playoffs if they won all their remaining league games. What ensued was a listless Pune effort meeting a clinical Rajasthan and in the process the Royals found a new bowling star in the course of their 45-run win.


There's something very reassuring about Ajinkya Rahane at the crease. Equally, when Shane Watson is out there, you are fairly sure about what you're going to get. On the afternoon, the duo put together 94 runs in their contrasting styles after Rahul Dravid fell with the total on 29 in the fifth over. Rahane was classical and canny as he found the gaps with ease, and didn't need any big hits or slogs to maintain a strike rate of close to 130. Watson threw caution to the wind in his 31-ball 58, slamming six fours and four sixes. (Related read: Who is Ajit Chandila)

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