Perhaps for the first time in this competition Yusuf Pathan didn’t have to press the ‘Destroy’ button the moment he walked out. On Thursday, the burly allrounder took time to settle down and, for a change, dealt in ones and twos.
And he must be thanking Royal Challengers Bangalore for the ‘luxury’ he can’t afford most of the time, for they set Rajasthan Royals a target of 105. By the time Pathan walked in, more than half the runs had already been scored.
Graeme Smith and Naman Ojha, too, didn’t look in a tearing hurry when they started overhauling the target. Fresh from the record opening partnership they stitched in Durban against Kings XI Punjab, they went about the task in a calm and collected manner.
Even when Smith went, Ojha stuck on and saw the Royals home, hitting his second consecutive half-century in the process, in 15 overs.
Bangalore just couldn’t get started. Once Amit Singh accounted for Wasim Jaffer, they crumbled like a house of cards. None of their batsmen could cross 20.
The victory put Rajasthan Royals on top of the table, and their skipper Shane Warne was naturally ecstatic. “We are gaining the momentum at the right time. The team is in high spirits and raring to go from here on,” he said.