Dilshan, de Villiers crush Royals

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A brutal partnership of 122 in just 50 deliveries between Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers left the Rajasthan Royals reeling on Monday as Bangalore claimed a thumping 46-run victory.

A brutal partnership of 122 in just 50 deliveries between Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers left the Rajasthan Royals reeling on Monday as Bangalore claimed a thumping 46-run victory.

The unbroken stand took Bangalore from a lowly 67 for three in the 12th over to a mighty 189 for three – a score which was always beyond Rajasthan despite their good form in the 2012 IPL.

Captain Rahul Dravid's 58 was the only decent effort to come from the home side, who finished their 20 overs on 143 for seven.

Bangalore had gone down to Rajasthan in their previous encounter, and were under the cosh when Chris Gayle departed cheaply to join Virat Kohli and Mayank Agarwal in the hut.

However Dilshan had begun to find his feet and was spurred on by the arrival of de Villiers, who began his innings in top gear and never took his foot off the pedal.

The South African's five sixes allowed him to score 59 not out from just 23 balls, making Dilshan's 58-ball 76 look sedate by comparison.

The runaway partnership left Rajasthan stunned, and although Dravid provided a decent platform the Royals always looked light on firepower.

Wickets fell at regular intervals, and by the time Dravid became KP Appanna's fourth victim the required rate was well out of control.

Stuart Binny's unbeaten 20 was as good as it got from there for the hosts as the match petered out, leaving Appanna to celebrate figures of 4 for 19 after dismissing Rajasthan's top four.

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