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This time, Yusuf delivered with the ball

March 20, 2010 19:51 IST

Yusuf PathanYusuf Pathan failed to make any significant contribution with the bat for a third successive match.

His 14-ball 15 was nothing close to what is expected from him.

And though he hit Shane Bond for two boundaries in an over, he was caught by Brad Hodge off Ashok Dinda before he could break free.

With memories of that magnificent 37-ball 100 against Mumbai Indians still afresh, it was a major disappointment.

So why is he the top performer, you may wonder.

It is because of his bowling. Yes, he delivered with the ball on this occasion.

Yusuf cleaned up Manoj Tiwary (11) in the third over, his second, to give Rajasthan a good start.

And he came back to rattle Brad Hodge (36) stumps when the Australian had appeared settled and was looking to break free.

Yusuf was the pick of the Rajasthan bowlers with figures of two for 23 off his four overs.