AB stars as RCB rout sorry Royals


AB de Villiers once again played a starring role as the Royal Challengers Bangalore easily defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs which sees the RCB advance to a semi-final against the Chennai Super Kings.

South Africa ODI captain De Villiers, batting at number three, came to bat in the sixth over after the loss of Chris Gayle (27), who was bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni, and almost immediately saw his skipper Virat Kohli (12) also walk back to the pavilion to the same bowler.

At that stage the RCB were on 46 for two and it was AB and Mandeep Singh that rescued the team in red. De Villiers struck 66 from just 38 balls, including four fours and four sixes, as he took the Rajasthan bowlers apart.

Mandeep, who was playing second fiddle to AB, scored 54 not out as the pair put on 113 for the third wicket as the Royal Challengers rattled up 180 for four in their 20 overs.

AB was eventually run out, but by then the score was already more than enough on a pitch that looked distinctly green and had enough bounce to trouble all the batsmen.

Kulkarni was Rasjasthan's best bowler finishing with figures of two for 28 in his four overs but he was lacking the support from his fellow bowlers.

The Rajasthan run-chase never got going as star man Shane Watson went early caught behind from the bowling of Sreenath Aravind for 10 and it was all downhill from there.

The team in blue eventually all out for a paltry 109 in 19 overs to exit the tournament.