Ojha settles Royal rumble

Rajasthan chase down target of 106 to banish Bangalore

Last Updated: 07/05/09 3:33pm

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Ojha: second IPL half-century

Ojha: second IPL half-century

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Bangalore Royal Challengers 105 (A Singh 4-19) v Rajasthan Royals 107-3 (N V Ohja 52 no)
Rajasthan Royals beat Bangalore Royal Challengers by 7 wkts

Naman Ojha's half-century led the Rajasthan Royals to a resounding seven-wicket victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers.

Ojha, opening the batting, smashed 52 not out off 38 balls as the Royals overhauled a target of 106 with five overs to spare.

He was given solid support by Graeme Smith and Yusuf Pathan during stands of 27 and 43 for the respective first and third wickets.

Jacques Kallis (1-20) bowled Smith for 20 and Lee Carseldine (9) was run out after a horrible mix-up that saw both batsmen at the same end to reduce Rajasthan, the defending IPL champions, to 48-2.

But Yusuf kept the innings on track with 22 off 19 balls before holing out to fine-leg off Dillon du Preez (1-24) with 15 still required.

Ojha, who struck three fours and three sixes, powered the Royals across the winning line without further loss.

On-song Singh

Earlier, Bangalore had been dismissed for 105 from the final ball of their 20-over allocation after being asked to bat at SuperSport Park.

Number three Robin Uthappa's 17 was the top score of a disappointing effort as Amit Singh and Ravindra Jadeja shared seven wickets.

Singh, the uncapped Gujarat seamer, claimed 4-20, while left-arm spinner Jadeja picked up 3-15.

The Royals' win is their fifth in nine matches and puts them top of the standings, although the Chennai Super Kings can overtake them if they beat the Kings XI Punjab later on Thursday.

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