Rohit Sharma top-scored with a 35-ball 49 as Rajasthan Royals restricted mighty Deccan Chargers to a modest 148 for nine in an Indian Premier League match here today.
Rohit guided the Chargers innings with two fours and three sixes and gave the bowlers something to defend after the Chargers lost half of its side with less than 100 on the board.
Apart from Rohit, Herschelle Gibbs (25 off 14) and Andrew Symonds (22 of 14) were the major contributors with the bat as the Hyderabad side lost wickets at regular intervals.
Shaun Tait (3/22) and Sumit Narwal (2/35) drew the limelight for Rajasthan in the pace bowling department, while captain Shane Warne rediscovered his old magic, giving away just 15 runs off his fours overs during which he picked up the crucial wicket of Gibbs.
Opting to bat, the Chargers had a disastrous start to their innings as they lost their skipper Gilchrist early.
Narwal, who replaced Munaf Patel, got the vital wicket in the fourth ball of the innings as Gilchrist went for a big hit over mid-off only to miscue it to Yusuf Pathan at cover.
Unperturbed by the loss, Gibbs went about his business from the word go as he dispatched off-spinner Abhishek Jhunjhunwala for two sixes to pile up 16 runs off the second over.
Veteran VVS Laxman (10), who came into the match in place of Mohnish Mishra, could not justify his selection as he miscued a pull to Pathan off Tait.
In-form Symonds was in ominous mood as he marked his arrival at the crease with three boundaries of Narwal.
But Gibbs' dangerous looking innings, which was studded with two fours and as many sixes, was cut short by a genius Warne.
The Rajasthan captain fooled Gibbs with a lovely flighted delivery and Naman Ojha did the rest behind the stumps.
As if Gibbs wicket was not enough, Symonds was caught short of the crease by a Jhunjhunwala direct throw as he went for an unnecessary double.
In search of big runs, Rohit fell one run short of his fifty in the penultimate over, caught by Michael Lumb off Tait.
Rajasthan Royals team
NV Ojha, MJ Lumb, FY Fazal, AC Voges, YK Pathan, AA Jhunjhunwala, P Dogra, SK Warne, S Narwal, SK Trivedi, SW Tait
Deccan Chargers team
AC Gilchrist, VVS Laxman, HH Gibbs, A Symonds, RG Sharma, TL Suman, Y Venugopal Rao, WPUJC Vaas, RP Singh, R Sharma, PP Ojha