Heroic AB destroys Royals
Jaipur - AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan put on an unbroken 122-run stand off 50 balls on Monday as the Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 46 runs in the Indian Premier League.
Dilshan scored 76 off 58 balls and De Villiers smashed five sixes for 59 from 23 balls to help steer Bangalore to 189-3.
Left-arm spinner Prabhu Appanna polished off Rajashtan's top order by taking 4-19 to restrict the home team's chase to 143-7.
Rajasthan had kept Bangalore in check at 67-3 in the 12th over before Dilshan and De Villiers cut loose, with seamer Siddharth Trivedi conceding 44 runs off his four overs.
Bangalore had a setback when West Indian batsman Chris Gayle fell sick just before the innings was due to start, forcing Virat Kohli to open.
Kohli holed out in the deep in the fourth over. Left-arm spinner Brad Hogg then struck twice in quick succession, including Gayle, who came in at No 4 but fell leg before wicket for 4.
Rajashtan lost the plot as Dilshan and De Villiers struck boundaries at will through some superb strokeplay.
Rajasthan captain Rahul Dravid hit eight fours for 58 off 42 balls, but his team lost wickets regularly before their first home defeat in four matches.
It was also sweet revenge for Bangalore, who lost by 59 runs to Rajashtan earlier this month in which Ajinkya Rahana scored a century.
Rajasthan have eight points from four wins and four defeats, while Bangalore have eight points from four wins and three losses.
Royal Challengers Bangalore 189-3 in 20 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 76 not out, AB de Villiers 59 not out; Brad Hogg 2-39) def. Rajasthan Royals 143-7 in 20 overs (Rahul Dravid 58, Stuart Binny 20 not out; Prabhu Appanna 4-19, Harshal Patel 2-32).