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Rajasthan Royals leg-spinner Pravin Tambe stole the spotlight during his side’s six-wicket win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi as he took four wickets to skittle them out for 70.
Rajasthan captain Shane Watson would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first as Bangalore’s top six batsmen were back in the pavilion with only 28 runs on the board.
However, Bangalore captain Virat Kohli managed to make 21 runs before he was caught by Tim Southee at midwicket off the bowling of Tambe.
Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc made a quickfire 18 before he was caught by Stuart Binny at point off the bowling of Rajat Bhatia.
Ravi Rampaul scored 13 runs before he was caught by Southee at cover off the bowling of Tambe.
Tambe put Bangalore out of their misery just three balls later when he trapped Ashok Dinda lbw for a duck.
The 42-year-old was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Kane Richardson snapped up two and Binny, Watson and Bhatia chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing a simple target of 71 to win, Rajasthan got off to a horrible start as they lost their top three batsmen for 36 runs.
Watson steadied the innings with his knock of 24 before he was caught by AB de Villiers at cover off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
However, in the end, Rajasthan reached their target with seven overs to spare.
Starc was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Chahal claimed one wicket.
Kohli was disgusted with his team’s performance, and said: “Looks like we didn’t arrive on the field today. It is one of those days that we need to forget quickly. The pressure created by the Royals was extended over a long time. When you lose a wicket every over, it builds up pressure. When I batted, I felt it was a good wicket, but that’s what happens when you lose wickets.”
Watson praised Tambe for his outstanding heroics with the ball, and said: “It was a great way for us to bounce back after that loss against Chennai. He (Tambe) is very skillful and reads the batsman’s mind very well. He is a very cagey bowler, I play him a lot in the nets. This pitch was slightly drier than the last time we played here.”
Tambe was named Man of the Match.