Openers Graeme Smith and Naman Ojha both scored half-centuries on Tuesday as the Rajasthan Royals reached 211-4 against the Kings XI Punjab, scaling the 200-run mark for the first time in the 2009 Indian Premier League.
Smith top-scored with 77, hitting 12 boundaries and one six, while Ojha faced 51 balls and struck five boundaries and five sixes for his 68 runs. The pair batted solidly to put on 135 for the first wicket, coming down the wicket often to the Punjab opening bowlers, offspinner Ramesh Powar and pace bowler Irfan Pathan.
There was little swing as expected at Kingsmead and the seam bowlers in particular fell short on length. Smith and Ojha took full advantage, mainly on the leg side, with Sree Santh and Yusuf Abdulla both costing 44 runs without a wicket.
Legspinner Piyush Chawla was Punjab's most successful bowler with 2-30 from his four overs.
Smith was dismissed first in the 15th over, caught at long on by Chawla off Powar, and two more wickets fell in the 17th over.
Yusuf Pathan went next 18 runs later, Chawla giving the ball flight for Karan Goel to take a good catch at long on. Ojha soon followed, Simon Katich taking the catch on the boundary to give Chawla his second wicket.
Ravindra Jadeja, with 33 off 12 balls, continued the attack on the Punjab bowling, sharing a stand for the fourth wicket with Lee Carseldine (16).