Royal Bengal Tigers beat Ahmedabad Rockets by 72 runs

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Hyderabad, Sep 23 (UNI) Royal Bengal Tigers scored a comprehensive 72-run victory over Ahmedabad Rockets assisted by a splendid match winning display of 79 runs by Rajiv Kumar in the ninth match of the ICL 20-20 world series here today.

S Sriram won the toss and put the Tigers' in to bat. The Tigers opened with a new combination of Rajeev Kumar, promoted in the order owing to his great form that he has carried from a very successful English summer and captain Deep Dasgupta.

The duo added a solid 41 run partnership before Dasgupta departed for a well made 22. This was an ideal setting for the prodigal Abhishek Jhunjhunwala to display his talent.

It was a perfect batting display from the top three Tigers' batsmen (Kumar 79, Jhunjhunwala 64, Dasgupta 22), helping them register the highest total of the tournament. The Tigers' innings finally folded at an impressive 193/4 in their allotted 20 overs.

It was always an uphill task for the Rockets and their cause was not helped by loss of wickets at regular intervals. With the exception of Sachin Dholpure, none of the Rockets batsmen got going resulting in a huge 72 run margin defeat.

With this win Tigers were back in contention.

Brief Scores Royal Bengal Tigers 193/4 in 20 overs (Rajiv Kumar 79, Jhunjhunwala 64, Sanjeev 1/8) won by 72 runs against Ahmedabad Rockets 121 all out in 18.2 overs (Dholpure 20, Eklak Ahmid 2/8 Diwakar 2/12).

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