Another one bites the dust as Royals lose

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The Rajasthan Royals' ambitions of winning a second IPL title are over for another year as their five-wicket defeat at the hands of Deccan ended their prospects of a top four finish.

The Rajasthan Royals' ambitions of winning a second IPL title are over for another year as their five-wicket defeat at the hands of Deccan ended their prospects of a top four finish.

The Royals needed to win their final two matches to stay in the hunt for a knockout spot, but a poor batting display cost them dearly as Deccan had no problems chasing down the 126 for eight they posted earlier.

Shikhar Dhawan and Akshath Reddy set the ball rolling for the Hyderabad outfit with a 63-run opening stand before the former sliced a delivery from Johan Botha to long-off when he was on 26.

Reddy went on to make 42 off 35 balls which was the cornerstone of the innings with JP Duminy chipping in with 25.

Rajasthan did have their moments in the field when they took the wickets of Reddy, Cameron White and debutant Chris Lynn in quick succession, but the Chargers were always in control with the bat.

In contrast, Rajasthan's batsmen struggled against Dale Steyn (two for 16) and Amit Mishra (two for 20).

Fast bowler Steyn got the ball rolling for the bottom of the table Chargers as he removed opener Anjinkya Rahane for six while spinner Mishra tightened the screws further as he bamboozled Shane Watson and Stuart Binny.

The experienced Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah tried to get the visitors out of trouble, but runs were very hard to come by.

Dravid's knock came of 39 to an end when holed out a delivery off Manpreet Gony to the sweeper on the cover boundary and the wickets kept tumbling after that.

Shah was the final batsman to be dismissed as he was run out for 28 after trying to pinch a single from the final delivery.

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