Rajasthan Royals lose pre-IPL match, MoM to Kleinveldt

South Africa’s local club Cape Cobra beat Rajasthan Royals by 27 runs in a practice match at Sahara Park, Newlands on Saturday. Rory Kleinveldt recieves man of the match award at a pre-IPL game in South Africa.

Cobra’s Kleinveldt bagged Mahindra XYLO as man of the match award for his outstanding bowling performance which saw him take four wickets for only 22 runs in his four allotted overs. He scored blistering 22 runs.

The decision to bat first by Cape Cobras’ skipper, Justin Ontong, backfired as the Royals’ quicks reduced the hosts to 34/4. Peterson was the first to go, caught behind off Amit Singh. Puttick followed immediately thereafter in similar manner off Trivedi. Warne then introduced uncapped left-arm quickie, Kamran Khan, who produced a gem of a yorker to shatter the stumps of skipper Ontong. Brand, on the other end, provided some resilience and played attacking cricket before Amit Singh had his second scalp for 24.

The Royals’ reply started off well with Rob Quiney and Naman Ojha starting off aggressively. Ohja (10 off 8) was the first to go, followed by Quiney (34 off 22) but not before the openers gave a solid start of 47/2 in 5.4 overs. However, the Royals then lost 4 wickets for 16 runs, a situation that completely changed the completion of the match. South African all-rounder and veteran of T20 games, Tyron Henderson, gave a glimpse of what he probably has in store in the IPL, when he smashed the second ball he faced, right out of the park. Unfortunately, he got run-out a few balls later, which left the Royals in a spot of bother.

In the match, however, Royals’ Australian opening batsman Bob Quiney made a hard-hit 34 off 22 balls but the rest of the batting crumbled. Warne’s 21 were the second-highest score in the Royals innings.

Giving away the man of the match prize Pravin Shah of Mahindra & Mahindra said, “India and South Africa have a long and proud history of cooperation, and Mahindra South Africa is delighted to sponsor this coveted prize. Leveraging on the strength of our Indian roots, we are a fully-fledged organisation operating in South Africa and are proud to be a part of the local landscape.”

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