Pretoria, South Africa: Naman Ojha hit an unbeaten 52 on Thursday to guide the Rajasthan Royals to a seven-wicket win with five overs remaining against the Bangalore Royals Challengers in the Indian Premier League.
The 20-year-old Indian blasted three boundaries and three sixes in 38 balls as Rajasthan reached 107-3 after Bangalore was bowled out for 105 on the last ball of its innings at Centurion Park.
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“I thought we batted extremely well and executed the chase well too,” Rajasthan captain Shane Warne said, adding of his team: “It’s mixing up nicely. The young players and the experienced guys are getting on well, which is the idea of this whole IPL.”
Rajasthan’s Amit Singh took 4-19 and Ravindra Jadeja claimed 3-15 after Bangalore lost the toss and was sent in to bat.
In pursuit, Rajasthan lost opener Graeme Smith on 20 in the sixth over after he missed a full, swinging delivery from Jacques Kallis and was bowled. Smith cracked four boundaries in 22 balls.
Twenty-one runs later, Lee Carseldine was run out following a mix-up with Ojha to leave Rajasthan on 48-2 in the ninth over.
Ojha then put on a 43-run stand for the third wicket with Yusuf Pathan (22 off 19 balls). The partnership was broken when Pathan top-edged a pull off South African seam bowler Dillon du Preez and was caught by Wasim Jaffer.
Needing 15 runs to win, Ojha and Jadeja (1 not out) steered Rajasthan home with 30 balls remaining.