Ajinkya Rahane century helps Royals rumble Challengers

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This IPL season Ajinkya Rahane is stealing the show. In a match where it was expected as if Chris Gayle will torment the Rajasthan Royals and Virat, De Villers will be too good to handle for RR bowling. But it proved other way round.

Rajashtan Royals’ batsman Ajinkya Rahane smashed a century to lead his team to a 59-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL on Sunday, and Kings XI Punjab beat Kolkata Knight Riders by two runs in a thriller.

Rahane hammered six boundaries off left-arm seamer Sreenath Arvind’s one over to remain 103 not out off 60 balls, hitting in total 12 fours and five sixes in Rajasthan’s imposing score of 195-2.

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Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane gave a slow but steady platform, and then with the arrival of Owasis Shah at crease, Rahane and Shah both cut loose and what appeared to be torment for RCB bowlers, they ended up with 195/2 on board. And then, their bowling appeared too hot to handle for Gayle and party.

Bangalore lost Chris Gayle cheaply early before being bowled out for 136 in 19.5 overs.

Medium-fast bowler Siddharth Trivedi clean-bowled four Bangalore batsmen for 25 runs, including the key wickets of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

England batsman Owais Shah hit 60 off 26 balls with five fours and five sixes to share a stand of 121 with Rahane off just 50 balls.

The win propelled Rajasthan to the top of the table, with six points from three wins and two defeats. Royal Challengers have one win from four matches.

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