Rajasthan Royals v Lions, CLT20, Jaipur September 25, 2013

All-round Royals thump Lions


Rajasthan Royals 183 for 5 (Hodge 46*, Binny 38, Tsotsobe 2-26) beat Lions 153 for 9 (Petersen 40, Tambe 4-15, Faulkner 2-22, Malik 2-26) by 30 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Brad Hodge's late assault on Lions' bowlers and an unexpected four-wicket burst from legspinner Pravin Tambe propelled Rajasthan Royals to the top of Group A with eight points and also extended their unbeaten run in Jaipur to 10.

Before the start of the match, 160 was thought to be a par score, even though 422 runs had come in the previous match between Otago Volts and Perth Scorchers. But Hodge smashed an unbeaten 46 off 23 deliveries, 20 of them in the last over bowled by Sohail Tanvir, Lions' best bowler in the innings till then, to transform an average start into a match-winning total.

Royals, who were asked to bat, had made slow progress to 69 in their first 10 overs, with their first three batsmen already dismissed. But the innings was revived, first by a brief cameo from Shane Watson, then another equally important innings by Stuart Binny, before the late counterpunch by Hodge.

Over number 13 for Royals was the one that shifted the pendulum their way. Watson and Binny were in the rebuilding mode and the score stood at 83 for 3. Aaron Phangiso, who had bowled his two overs for 15 before that, wasn't prepared for the attack. Watson smashed two sixes and a four, while Binny found the boundary as well to raise the run rate from below seven to above eight.

When Phangiso came to bowl the 16th, Watson had been dismissed, but this time Binny went after him, hitting the bowler for a six over wide long-on and following it up with a four through extra cover to spoil Phangiso's figures to 52 runs in four overs.

From there on, the baton was passed to Hodge, who first picked up a couple of boundaries in the 17th over bowled by Dwaine Pretorius, and then destroyed Tanvir's tally in the last.

Tanvir had only given 15 in his three overs. But he erred by bowling length in the second ball of the last over and Hodge dispatched it to the wide long-on boundary for four. The next ball was short of length and coming into the batsman, but Hodge managed to slap it over cover. He pulled the next over deep square leg for a six before punishing the last one - a fuller length delivery - over long-off.

Lions, in their chase, never got into a position to threaten the total - they lost early wickets, two of them in consecutive deliveries off Vikramjeet Malik - and all hopes of a late fight were doused once Tambe was introduced. Rahul Dravid had brought he 41-year-old legspinner in the team as a response to the pitch that was used for this game and the bowler didn't disappoint. He struck on his third delivery, dismissing Hardus Viljoen, who had added 53 for the fourth wicket with Alviro Petersen. In his second over, he outfoxed Jean Symes with a wide floater that was driven straight to cover and then had Sohail Tanvir plumb in front with a fuller delivery. With six wickets down, the onus was on Petersen to lead the fight, but he missed a quicker leg break in Tambe's third over to virtually end Lions' challenge.

The difference between the two innings could be measured in the four overs Royals took advantage of during their batting. Overs number 8, 13, 16 and 20 were taken for 16, 22, 15 and 21 runs respectively, which meant Royals scored 109 runs in the remaining 16, a run rate of less than seven-an-over. Lions maintained a run rate between seven and eight throughout their innings but failed to find those big overs, the third over with 14 runs being the best for them.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on October 8, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    wish u happy birthday tambe

  • Android on October 8, 2013, 9:22 GMT

    wish u many more returns of the day....happy birthday

  • Blessing on September 26, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @NixNixon and SurlyCynic- its always very interesting to me that such comments as yours come when SA or a SA franchise performs badly. Really appalling and bias your comments are. Mind you i am SA born and bread who also hates the quota system because it cripples our performances on the international stage. Mind you that the Lions were the best team across all formats last year with many players of colour and coached by a man of colour and never did i witness such comments here on cricinfo complaining about quotas. Lets be fair lads ,come on now.

  • Sharad on September 26, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    @NixNixon and other SA supporters, there's a quota system in India in pretty much every field. Most notably in education and politics - the two areas that pretty much dictate the direction a country takes. Hopefully that gives you a bit of a perspective - losing a game of cricket is not nearly as bad as being treated by a doctor who came through the quota system. The original intent of the quota system isn't wrong but it needs to be reviewed periodically. Unfortunately politics and vote banks don't allow for that.

  • Dummy4 on September 26, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Tambe is a very good weapon for RR. Yesterday i saw Tambe,s bowling.It was really well done. This guy deserve to be praised due to his leg spin art.

  • Nix on September 26, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    To add to my last comment, I want to make it clear that despite what I said, I give full credit to dravid and his team. They deserved the win and played well - both with bat and ball, and dravid impressed with bringing on Thambe, wow.

  • Francois on September 26, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    As a SA supporter it was funny seeing both Mosehle and Bavuma bat. Seriously are they future Proteas? Really quota players,

  • NIKHIL on September 26, 2013, 7:10 GMT

    Well done RR but still i am concerned with their batting department. Their opening batsmen are slow and not taking advantage of batting powerplay. Rahane is playing below his standards . RR might have made mistake with not selecting Owais Shah and Fiedel Edwards in their squad for Clt20 and they have only one option in form of Shaun Tain to replace Kevon Cooper. Tait is lethal but expensive during powerplays. Should try Dishant Yagnik instead of Menaria / Tambe for next match.

  • Srisha on September 26, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    I stopped watching IPL once it was confirmed that CSK was cheating everyone although many kept talking about it all these years. But, could not resist watching Rahul Dravid play and now following the CL. And, there again, the gentle giant is proving why he will be remembered as arguably the best sportsman in the history of independent India. It's immensely inspiring to see him give his 100% to the team even at this stage of his career. It's clearly visible that it's a case of Mind over Body. Seeing him admonishing himself whenever he makes a mistake (he's making some, these days) should be an eye-opener for many youngsters who are talented but, kind of indifferent. This, is an essential trait which towers over natural abilities. Not sure how long we will have to wait to see one more RD on a cricket field. A fitting tribute the RR youngsters can give this legend is by winning this tourney. To realize that some of them need to perform better - Menaria has to pull his weight in the team.

  • hari on September 26, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    At the beginning of the season no one counted on RR to do well. Most of the players are unkown or have not made a name for themselves. However, Dravid had prepared well for the IPL and since most of the boys were available prepared the entire team very well. Veterans like Hodge and earlier Hogg added their experience and contributed to RR success. Then came the brilliant Watson who just pecked the team to the top 4 in the tournament. Having qualified for CL, RR is lucky to get all qualifying matches at home. They are not only very confident at home their less known heroes also give outstanding performances. If it was Sanju in the first it is Tambe in the second. Winning is a habit and it rubs everyone in the team on the right side. With the consistant Dravid, Hodge, Watson and Binny the batting is perfect and guys like Cooper, Faulkner, Mallick bowl with control and penetration. I think this team is the best combination for a T20. Hope they go on to win it or atleast reach finals