Rajasthan Royals defeated Sahara Pune Warriors at their fortress Jaipur as they jumped to the top of the points table of IPL 4 as of now. Royals captain Shane Warne won the toss and put Pune Warriors to bat. Though Robin Uthappa (35 runs off 21 balls) and Manish Pandey (30 runs off 31 balls) scored some runs but others did not even click to that level as they ended up with only 143/7 in 20 overs. Siddharth Trivedi took 2 wickets for Royals. In reply, RR also faced some hiccup and wickets kept on falling cheaply but then Ross Taylor scored 47 runs off 35 balls to guide them to 144/4 in 19.3 overs. Ross Taylor was awarded the Man of the Match for his knock.
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Rajasthan Royals cruised over Kochi Tuskers Kerala as they won the match by 8 wickets with 35 balls remaining at their fortress Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne won the toss and put Kochi Tuskers Kerala to bat. Kochi kept on losing wickets continuously and were bowled out by RR for a paltry total of 190 all out in 20 overs. Shane Warne took 3 wickets for 16 run while Siddharth Trivedi took 3 wickets for 19 runs. In reply, Shane Watson (49 runs off 40 balls) and Rahul Dravid (44 runs off 37 balls) guided Rajasthan Royals to an easy victory as RR cruised to the target in just 14.1 overs. Shane Warne was awarded the Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling performance.
Kolkata Knight Riders thrashed Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens with 6.1 overs to spare as they topped the points table perhaps for the first time in IPL history. After the consecutive wins in the last two matches, it was hardly a surprise that Eden Gardens was almost suddenly filled up today after the low attendance in the previous matches which many felt was due to the “Dada effect”. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and put Rajasthan Royals to bat. An awesome bowling and fielding display by KKR players and a pathetic batting display by Royals made the RR fold up in just 81 runs all out in 15.2 overs. Lakshmipathy Balaji (3 wickets for 15 runs) and Shakib Al Hassan (2 wickets for 21 runs) were the pick of the bowlers for KKR. In reply, KKR lost a couple of early wickets but KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir (35 runs off 35 balls) and Manoj Tiwary (30 runs off 26 balls) played steady knocks as Kolkata Knight Riders reached 85/2 in just 13.5 overs. Balaji was awarded Man of the Match for his brilliant bowling.
Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Rajasthan Royals convincingly at their home fortress Jaipur with 9 balls to spare. Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir won the toss and put Rajasthan Royals into bat. Both the teams got more class coming into the team as Aussie pacer Brett Lee and Bangladesh captain and all rounder Shakib-Al-Hasan joined the KKR team while Aussie all rounder Shane Watson joined the Royals. However, Rajasthan Royals did not open with Watson which was quite amazing as he is a regular opener and was in current form recently including his 16 sixes in a match of the Aussie-Bangla ODI series. Rahul Dravid (35 runs off 34 balls), Ashok Menaria (27 runs off 21 balls), Ross Taylor (35 runs off 25 balls) and Shane Watson (22 runs off 13 balls) contributed as Rajasthan Royals reached a competitive total of 159/4 in their 20 overs. Shakib and Yusuf Pathan took two wickets each for KKR. Kolkata Knight Riders in reply cruised to 160 in just 18.3 overs losing just 1 wicket as Jacques Kallis (80 runs off 65 balls) and Gautam Gambhir (75 runs off 44 balls) thrashed the Rajasthan bowlers. Gambhir was also awarded the Man of the Match for his knock.