Great bowling sees Royals into the semis

2013-09-30 00:00

RAJASTHAN Royals cruised into the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 with a crushing nine-wicket victory over Perth Scorchers at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur last night.

It was a victory set up by a magnificent bowling performance, led by West Indies seamer Kevon Cooper, who took four for 18 to restrict the Australians to a score of 119. He took two wickets in his second over and followed up with two in his next over — at that point celebrating the incredible figures of 3-0-9-4.

The Australian outfit looked good at 62 for two in the ninth over, when veteran leg spinner Pravin Tambe entered the fray. He immediately made his presence felt, having captain Simon Katich stumped, heralding a collapse from 62 for two to 85 for seven in 36 balls.

Hope may have flared briefly for the Scorchers when left-arm seamer Jason Behrendorff bowled Royals captain Rahul Dravid with the fourth ball of the innings, with just one run on the board. But Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane were untroubled as they secured the win with 21 balls remaining.

Rahane ended with 62 (with five fours and two sixes) off 53 balls, supported by the 18-year-old Samson, whose 50 included six fours and a six.

The Royals now face Otago Volts on October 1 with the target of topping the pool and gaining home ground advantage.

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