Bangalore falter in low-scorer

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore crashed to a disappointing six-wicket defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in Saturday's low-scoring Indian Premier League fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore crashed to a disappointing six-wicket defeat at the hands of the Rajasthan Royals in a low-scoring Indian Premier League fixture at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Bangalore's 70 all out completed the third lowest total in the seven-year history of the competition. Rajasthan slipped to a mere 58 for 10 in 2009 and the Kolkata Knight Riders secured a paltry 67 all out in 2008.

Leg-spinner Pravin Tambe proved Saturday's destroyer in-chief, fetching fine figures of four for 20, including the important removals of captain Virat Kohli and South African all-rounder Albie Morkel.

A quickfire two dozen from Australian Shane Watson and a patient 23 from opener Ajinkya Rahane led the pursuit of a modest target, which was achieved with all of seven overs to spare. Left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Johnson's entertaining brace afforded some consolation.

The result pushed the men in blue to fourth position in the eight-team standings, while the Royal Challengers slipped to fifth. Saturday's second match will see the Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab clash at the same venue.

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