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Confident Royals host Pune

Posted by on May 1, 2011 0 Comment

A miserly bowling display by the home side plus a rotten slice of luck saw Pune limited to 143 for seven after being made to bat first by the Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur.

Shane Warne won the toss and again elected to field first at a venue where his team have won 11 of their 14 IPL fixtures, including two victories in the past week.

Robin Uthappa top-scored for the visitors with 35 runs from 21 deliveries, while Manish Pandey collected 30 at the top of the order. The in-form Yuvraj Singh was desperately unlucky to be run out at the none-strikers end for just seven, leaving Mithun Manhas (24) and Nathan McCullum (11 not out) to push the Warriors up to 147 for seven thanks to 15 from the final over.

Siddarth Trivedi finished with figures of two for 28 for the Royals while Johan Botha (1 for 23) and Shane Watson (1 for 19) completed impressive four-over spells.

As for team news, Nathan McCullum and Murali Karthik were included by Pune while the Royals were unchanged from the line-up that beat Mumbai on Friday. Cricket365

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