Write an Article Live Scores App

Champions League T20: Rajasthan Royals ease past Scorchers to book spot in the semi finals

f

Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane

Rajasthan Royals marched into the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a convincing nine-wicket win over the Perth Scorchers. Chasing a modest total of 120, Rajasthan Royals achieved the target with 21 balls to spare, thanks to an entertaining 120-run partnership between Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson.

Rahane opened the innings with Rahul Dravid and stayed unbeaten on 62 off 53 deliveries while Samson, coming out at number 3, smashed a half century of just 42 deliveries.

Earlier, Rahul Dravid won the toss and Rajasthan Royals captain opted to bowl first, in the second match of the day in Jaipur, on the back on an absolute cliff hanger between Otago Volts and Highveldt Lions.

The Scorchers opened their innings with Ashton Agar but the young left hander could do precious little as they lost both their openers within the score of 30. Left -arm spinner Ashok Menaria and left-arm pace James Faulkner bowled tight lines and didn’t let the Scorchers have any momentum.

However, the Scorchers’ innings took a complete nose dive after the introduction of the leg spinner Pravin Tambe and the West Indian Kevon Cooper. The 42-year-old leggie, bowled immaculate lines and enticed the Scorchers skipper Simon Katich to lose his wicket while Cooper went on a rampage as he broke the back of the Scorchers middle order.

The Scorchers succumbed to the relentless pressure applied by the two bowlers and their innings never took off as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals.

Tambe ended with figures of 2/17 in his 4 overs while Cooper claimed four scalps for just 18 runs as the Scorchers limped to a score of 120 all out in their quota of 20 overs.

The Royals innings got off to a bad start as their skipper Rahul Dravid fell for a duck to the young left-armer Behrendorff. Dravid moved away towards the leg, looking to swing the ball to the leg side and missed a straight one that crashed into the middle stumps after sliding off his pads.

From then onwards, it was the Samson-Rahane show. The Indian duo made merry of some ordinary bowling and took the game away from the grasp of the Scorchers.

Samson, the 18-year-old wicket keeper, looked in sublime touch as he punished the loose ball at will and scored at a rapid clip while Rahane looked to rotate the strike. However, after reaching his 40s, Rahane ended the game with a flourish and nudged ahead of his free-striking partner.

The win today for Rajsthan takes them to the top of the table and confirms their place in the semi-finals while making it a near impossible task for the Mumbai Indians to go ahead in the tournament.


Latest
Live: 1st Test: Sri Lanka vs Australia Live: 1st Test: Sri Lanka vs Australia. SL vs AUS
Misbah-ul-Haq cites Pakistan's unpredictability as reason behind Old Trafford thrashing Misbah-ul-Haq is hopeful of bouncing back in the next Test.
Ravichandran Ashwin says he 'wanted to give something back to the team' All-rounder admits to being surprised by his promotion up the order.
Virat Kohli reveals how he imparts his batting knowledge to captaincy Indian skipper revels in the record-breaking victory over West Indies at Antigua.
England vs Pakistan 2016, 2nd Test: Stats - Alastair Cook's personal record and Younis Khan's poor form Interesting numbers from the second Test as England thrash Pakistan by 330 runs.
Highest individual score by batting position in Tests A list of the highest scores made by individual batsman at a certain batting position in test cricket.
India vs West Indies 2016, 1st Test: Rating the Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin propel visitors to humongous victory over West Indies.
Injury troubles continue for Ben Stokes as English allrounder limps off with calf injury Stokes will undergo an MRI scan on Tuesday to reveal the exact level of damage that has been caused.
Srilanka vs Australia 2016: Test 1 preview, prediction and live stream info Australia look to keep their fine form against the Lankans and Murali's influence will bolster their chances further in the upcoming series
Afghanistan to face West Indies and Ireland in 2017 Afghanistan will host Ireland in nine matches across formats at their adopted home in Greater Noida, India.
India vs West Indies 2016: Jason Holder blames poor execution for innings defeat against India The West Indies skipper denied claims that poor team selection was to blame for the home side's heavy loss.
5 spectacular fourth innings centuries that went in vain We list 5 fantastic fourth-innings centuries in a losing cause.
Angelo Mathews rues shortage of bowling talent in Sri Lanka ahead of Kandy Test Responding to Starc's recent comments, Mathews said that he was relishing the challenge of facing up to one of the quickest bowlers around.
Pakistan wobbling as Anderson strikes for England
Australia claim ICC Test Championship Mace The Steve Smith led side were ranked one in Test Cricket on 1 April, which is the annual cut-off date.
CPL 2016: Johnson Charles inspires St Lucia Zouks to 9-wicket win over Guyana Amazon Warriors Johnson Charles scored a career-best 94 to help St Lucia Zouks beat Guyana Amazon Warriors by nine wickets.
Steven Smith contemplating non-Australian approach for Kandy Test The Australian skipper is planning to bowl first if he wins the toss.
I always value myself as an all-rounder: Ashwin
Australia opt for two spinners against Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan board lodges complaint against Muttiah Muralitharan for unruly behaviour Sri Lankan board in no soft words have their stance clear.
5 best all-round performances by Indian cricketers in overseas Tests Indian players who contributed with both bat and ball in Tests outside the subcontinent.
More →
Related articles