RR skittle out Kochi Tuskers Kerala for 109

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne`s decision to bowl first was vindicated as Kochi Tuskers Kerala were skittled out for 109 in 20 overs at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Sunday.

Warne (3/16) led from the front removing Brad Hodge, Parthiv Patel and Ravindra Jadeja and was ably supported by Siddharth Trivedi (3/19), Johan Botha (1/19) and Amit Singh (1/26).

The Tuskers batsmen never looked in control during the entire period as Royals kept applying the pressure. Brendon McCullum`s absence was badly felt.

With McCullum opting to rest due to a niggle, VVS Laxman (8) was back in the team opening with skipper Mahela Jayawardene. The Hyderabadi stylist however looked totally out of sync during his 10-ball stay at the crease. His innings was cut short when he failed to make his ground with Rahul Dravid`s direct throw hitting the stumps.

Tuskers skipper Mahela Jayawardene also looked scratchy on the slowish track although he hit Amit Singh and Shane Watson for a boundary each.

It was comeback man Johan Botha who got the lucky break for the Royals when Jayawardene (13) shuffled across as the offie fired one down the leg-side. The ball hit Jayawardene pads and then hit the leg-stump.

Brad Hodge (8) also didn`t last long as skipper Warne sent him back with a delivery that kept low and was dragged back onto the stumps.

At 42 for three, Parthiv Patel (32) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) joined hands to add 48 runs for the fourth wicket.

However the slow nature of the track backed up by some disciplined bowling didn`t allow the duo to up the ante.

Just after the strategic time-out, skipper Warne got into the act dismissing Jadeja and Parthiv off successive balls.

Jadeja tried an ugly hoick which Warne caught himself while Parthiv went for a needless sweep shot that saw glovesman Dishant Yagnik whip the bails off in a flash.

In the very next over it was Siddharth Trivedi who accounted for Raiphi Gomez (0) and Thisara Perera (1) as Tuskers slumped 92 for seven having lost four wickets with addition of only two runs.

Raiphi tried to hoist Trivedi over long-on off the very first ball he faced only to be holed out by Watson. Thisara sensing the need for quick runs also tried the aerial route only to be caught by Binny in the deep.

Six runs later, Vinay Kumar (4) returned to the pavilion as he tried to hit through the third-man off Amit Singh.

Watson fielding at short third-man held on to a simple catch.

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