CLT20 2013: Rajasthan Royals beat Otago Volts to top table
After Rahul Shukla's fiery three-wicket haul, Ajinkya Rahane and Brad Hodge scored a fifty each to help Rajasthan Royals beat Otago Volts by four wickets at Jaipur and extend their winning run at home to 12 matches.
Rahul Shukla bowled a fiery spell, bagging three wickets - all in one over to dismantle Otago Volts batting line-up. He finished with 3/24.
James Neesham and Ryan ten Doeschate then fought back to bring Otago back in the game. Neehsam top scored with 32 runs.
Ryan ten Doeschate (26) also played a crucial knock and was involved a 53-run stand with Neesham.
But Rajasthan Royals once again hit back through Kevon Cooper (2/33) to slow Otago's scoring rate.
Nathan McCullum scored an important 26 not out and was involved in a 33-run stand with Ian Butler (25) to help Kiwi side post 139/7 in their 20 overs.
After Ajinkya Rahane provided a fiery start, Rahul Dravid was out for just 10 runs. Nick Beard got the breakhthrough.
James Neesham then struck on crucial intervals to keep Otago Volts in the game. He finished with 3/22.
Ajinkya Rahane notched up his second successive fifty to keep Rajasthan Royals' hopes of topping the table alive. But soon after he fell for 52.
However, Brad Hodge had another plans. He scored a quick-fire 23-ball 52 not out to finish the game off in style.