CAPETOWN: Old pros Rahul Dravid (66) and Anil Kumble (5/5) put up sparkling performances as Bangalore Royal Challengers inflicted a humiliating 75-run defeat on defending Champions Rajasthan Royals here tonight.
Set to chase a modest 134, Rajasthan Royals folded up for just 58 runs- the lowest in the IPL so far- inside 16 overs as Royal Challengers bowled a tight line throughout the innings and did not let the opposition to take control at any point of the match.
While Royal Challengers' last season's captain Dravid played some delectable strokes to a magnificent 66 off 48 balls, his statemate Kumble came good with the bowl as he claimed the tournament's first five-wicket haul to make things worse for Royals.
After electing to bat first, Bagalore Royal Challengers just had captain Kevin Pietersen (32) and Dravid as the main contributers with the bat with all the other batsmen faling to reach the double figures.
Royal Challengers, however, were on the button wright away in their defence of a modest total as openers Graeme Smith (2) and Swapnil Asnodkar (0) surrendered meekly to Praveen Kumar who returned with figures of two for 7.
Kumble continued the good work done by the pacers and removed Yousuf Pathan (11), Ravinder Jadeja (11), Shane Warne (3), Munaf Patel (0) and Kamran Khan (3) to complete a brilliant spell and sealed the victory for his team.
Earlier, even Rajasthan Royals began the match on a bright note as Dimitri Mascarenhas reduced the Royal Challengers to zero for two and then claimed opener Robin Utthapa (3) to take his tally to three wickets.
Pacer Munaf Patel and leg-spinner Shane Warne claimed a couple of wicket each as they restricted Royal Challengers to 133 for eight.
It was largely to Dravid's magnificent innings which allowed his team to reach close to a total where the bowlers had something to bowl at.
The Bangalorean, who was stripped off the captaincy after his team's poor performance in the last season, looked to prove a point or two and his gestures after he completed his half-century made it very evident.
For his clinical knock, Dravid was also declared man-of-the-match.
Meanwhile in another match Sachin Tendulkar hit an unbeaten half-century as he led the Mumbai Indians to a 19-run win against the Chennai Super Kings in the opening match of the Indian Premier League at Newlands.
Tendulkar's 59 not out provided the foundation for Mumbai's 165 for seven after they were sent in on a blustery, grey day.
Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden hit 44 and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni 36 for Chennai but the 2008 runners-up could only manage 146 for seven.
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga bowled superbly to take three for 15 in four overs for Mumbai.
Mumbai's innings was anchored by Tendulkar, who largely played conventional cricket, punctuated by lofted off-drives.
Although he opened the batting he faced only 48 balls, hitting seven fours.
Tendulkar and Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayasuriya (26) put on 39 for the first wicket. He then shared a second wicket stand of 43 with Shikhar Dhawan (22).
Batting conditions were tricky under grey skies and Mumbai were struggling at 102 for four in the 15th over before the left-handed Abhishek Nayar lashed 35 off 14 balls in a fifth wicket stand of 46 with Tendulkar.
Nayar slammed three sixes in an over from Andrew Flintoff which cost 22 runs. Flintoff, who is on a 1.55-million dollar a season contract, was the most expensive Chennai bowler, conceding 44 runs in four overs.
Flintoff made 24 in Chennai's reply as he helped Hayden put on 52 for the third wicket. He hit two fours and a six off 22 balls before he heaved a ball from Harbhajan Singh high in the air for the off-spinner to take a catch off his own bowling.
Hayden hit his 44 off 35 balls before Zaheer Khan took a stinging catch in the cover off a fierce drive against Jayasuriya's left-arm spin. Dhoni hit 36 off 26 balls before being bowled by Malinga in the final over.