Hyderabad: All season long, Rahul Dravid's Rajasthan Royals have punched above their weight. It was, therefore, little short of ironic that they were put out of IPL V by a team that has, from the very start, merely propped up the table.
Having already played themselves out of contention with one defeat after another, Deccan Chargers played party-poopers at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium, pulling off an unexpected five-wicket win to end the Royals' interest in the competition.
Perhaps the pressure of being in a must-win situation got to the Royals, because they turned in one of their more forgettable batting displays, struggling to find any momentum after being put in. With Kumar Sangakkara opting to drop himself again, Cameron White led the side astutely, ensuring that team morale did not flag despite three catches being spilled in the first five overs.