Smith sets up Royal romp
5 May 2009
Graeme Smith’s brilliant knock of 77 helped the Rajasthan Royals to a massive 211-4 as they smashed the the Kings XI Punjab by 78 runs in Durban.
All tournament long it had been the Royal’s bowling attack that kept them in contention with the log leaders, but this time around the opening pair of Smith and wicket keeper Naman Ojha finally found their rhythm putting on 135 for the first wicket before Smith fell to the bowling of Ramesh Powar.
By then though, the damage had already been done and some poor bowling by Sreesanth and Yusuf Abdulla coupled with some powerful striking from Ravindra Jadeja and the end of the innings helped the Royals post the biggest total of this year’s IPL.
Chasing down the huge total would require a monumental effort form Punjab and they got off to the worst possible start as youngster SunnySohal out first ball and Amit Singh got his second victim off the last ball of the first over to leave Punjab in big trouble at 2-2.
The wickets continued to tumble and even some heafty blows from skipper Yuvraj Singh couldn’t help the Kings VX’s cause as the Rajasthan Royals strolled to victory.
In the end it was a clinical performance from Shane Warnes men as they played with wonderful intensity and dominated from beginning to end.
Rajasthan Royals: 211-4 (20 0vers)
Graeme Smith 77, Naman Ojha 68, Ravindra Jedeja 33.
Kings XI Punjab: 133-8 (20 overs)
Yuvraj Singh 48, Amit Singh 3-9, Shane Warne 2-38.
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