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

All-round Royals thump Lions

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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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  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Great win and yes RR have made SMS stadium their fortress....what a beautiful ground it is. Rahul Dravid deserves all accolades here for making RR unbeatable at Jaipur.Even the public of Jaipur( i am from Jaipur myself ) have become a royal RR supporter only after Rahul took over as captain. Earlier people were interested in RR but emotional connection only came with introduction of Rahul as people had someone to look up to.

    Dravid has now not only made RR a strong team but made it a brand which will now carry on. People love RR and it is all because of association of Dravid. Salute to this hard working giant.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 8, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    wish u happy birthday tambe

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 8, 2013, 10:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | September 26, 2013, 16:29 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.

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | September 26, 2013, 15:11 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 12:46 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.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | September 26, 2013, 10:34 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.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | September 26, 2013, 9:08 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR on | September 26, 2013, 8:10 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.

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | September 26, 2013, 7:56 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Great win and yes RR have made SMS stadium their fortress....what a beautiful ground it is. Rahul Dravid deserves all accolades here for making RR unbeatable at Jaipur.Even the public of Jaipur( i am from Jaipur myself ) have become a royal RR supporter only after Rahul took over as captain. Earlier people were interested in RR but emotional connection only came with introduction of Rahul as people had someone to look up to.

    Dravid has now not only made RR a strong team but made it a brand which will now carry on. People love RR and it is all because of association of Dravid. Salute to this hard working giant.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 8, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    wish u happy birthday tambe

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 8, 2013, 10:22 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY 2nd_Slip on | September 26, 2013, 16:29 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.

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | September 26, 2013, 15:11 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 12:46 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.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | September 26, 2013, 10:34 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.

  • POSTED BY wanatawu on | September 26, 2013, 9:08 GMT

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

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR on | September 26, 2013, 8:10 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.

  • POSTED BY PerfectTen on | September 26, 2013, 7:56 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.

  • POSTED BY ravi_hari on | September 26, 2013, 7:41 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

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 6:49 GMT

    @NixNixon - The team selection for Lions was just awful in yesterday's match, they benched Bodi, McKenzie and played Tsolekile (who can't hit boundaries regularly). Why do you need a extra keeper when you have De Kock as a keeper in the line up. Not sure if there is any quote system in SA team, but surely that doesn't apply in CLT20 even if they have any domestic quota system like IPL teams are restricted to have 4 foreign players, let us know if there is any, would be something new to know.

  • POSTED BY THOR7 on | September 26, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Guys can someone please tell me if the "Fantasy Team" game on for CLT20??? Please tell me how to access that coz I can only see the Ashes!

  • POSTED BY Biso on | September 26, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @NixNixon: I was under the impression that IPL teams have a self imposed quota limitation of playing maximum of four foreign players. Now, please explain what is this quota system in a South African club team that you are talking about?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 26, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    Of whatever little I've seen on TV, it seems that crowds have given CLT20 a cold shoulder. Or was Ranchi an exception? I didn't see the game at Ranchi

  • POSTED BY Army_rangers on | September 26, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Once again,RD led the team brilliantly..guys like RD,thambe,hodge are again n again prvng that age is just a number..RR must win this trophy for their senior players.HALLA BOL

  • POSTED BY cricketisagame on | September 26, 2013, 2:36 GMT

    Chris, It is really sad that you're behind the stats just like your idol. As long as RD's declaration, you have to see the time he has given for SRT to make that double. RD thought he has to think of the team rather than the personal glory unlike your idol who still after the personal glory which made his status looks rather degraded when he was in prime. I am sure you will agreee with me in spite of being a die hard fan. As someone pointed out earlier, RD or RR is not behind records

  • POSTED BY on | September 26, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Dravid and his non-pretentious boys did it again. It was truly a team effort. Dravid, Watson, Binny, Hodge, Malik, Faulkner, and even the relatively unknown & older (by T-20 standards) Thambe played their parts, just right. Only a couple of players for the future , Rahane & Menaria, could not meet their own standards. But such things do happen. All players can't maintain the same form in every match. Though some people are not happy with the initial slow pace, I would say it was just right; suitably adjusted to each moment, over by each over. Sensible cricket can win even in dashing-bashing T-20s too! Thanks RR, for proving it yet again.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    I don't understand why both SA teams are playing extra keepers (who bat 8) and so weaken the batting. Why are the Titans playing Mosehle when they have Kuhn, given that Mosehle averages less than 7 and can't hit boundaries? Why is Tsolekile playing and batting 8 when De Kok could keep and open? Both teams really need to strengthen their batting to get anywhere in this tournament, but they both have extra keepers fielding in the outfield.

    Very strange. Is this a quota requirement?

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    tampe won it for double r's . rr has made a proper of their beautiful stadium.even biggest teams in ipl surrender there.still remember how they tamed csk last ipl when they were winning ruthlessly.they are a serious bet to win cl.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | September 25, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    @Chris54, yaaawwwn, fortunately we RR fans, RD fans and RD himself are not after personal records, as always!! Three cheers to RR and RD! Halla bol halla bol...

  • POSTED BY chris54 on | September 25, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @vildoc and Deepanjan,I stand corrected. I was forgetting about net run rate. I also overlooked the possible hat trick for Malik, but of course I recall him declaring on SRT.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    pravin tambe was only called for this match as replacement. sensational move by dravid..

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    chris54, Cricket is a team game mate! You'd then think it's rather insensitive to not give another over to Vikramjeet Malik who was on a hattrick? This is a man who once went for the win and had the guts to call back Sachin at 194* despite him being on the cusp of back to back double centuries, simply because it'd leave less time for him to bowl the opposition out. That's the right spirit of a team game. It brought RR a win, and Faulkner's economical spell in the end ensured the NRR is also high. That's what matters.

  • POSTED BY vildoc on | September 25, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @chris54 No need to judge Dravid. What he did was perfectly logical.Alongwith points run rate will be crucial for qualifying to the semis. No reason for being sentimental about records of individual players.Its the team cause one should play for first.

  • POSTED BY chris54 on | September 25, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I must say that it was rather insensitive of Dravid not to give the last over to Tambe, with the match already won and two wickets to fall, Tambe could/should have finishe d with a sixfor.

  • POSTED BY navneetkishore on | September 25, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    "Pravin Tambe" match winning performance by him. What a find he has been for the evening by royals.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | September 25, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Whilst the royals played exceptionally well and deserved this win, I as a SA cricket supporter are seriously considering to stop supporting SA cricket. If you look at the Lions team today, and the scorecard, it is evident that it gets increasingly more difficult for players chosen on merit to carry the increasing baggage of players chosen because of quota systems. The "dead" weight the SA teams have to carry is frustrating and losses like this leaves a sour taste in the mouth especially if you consider players like mckenzie and tahir being benched.

  • POSTED BY NixNixon on | September 25, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Whilst the royals played exceptionally well and deserved this win, I as a SA cricket supporter are seriously considering to stop supporting SA cricket. If you look at the Lions team today, and the scorecard, it is evident that it gets increasingly more difficult for players chosen on merit to carry the increasing baggage of players chosen because of quota systems. The "dead" weight the SA teams have to carry is frustrating and losses like this leaves a sour taste in the mouth especially if you consider players like mckenzie and tahir being benched.

  • POSTED BY navneetkishore on | September 25, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    "Pravin Tambe" match winning performance by him. What a find he has been for the evening by royals.

  • POSTED BY chris54 on | September 25, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    I must say that it was rather insensitive of Dravid not to give the last over to Tambe, with the match already won and two wickets to fall, Tambe could/should have finishe d with a sixfor.

  • POSTED BY vildoc on | September 25, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    @chris54 No need to judge Dravid. What he did was perfectly logical.Alongwith points run rate will be crucial for qualifying to the semis. No reason for being sentimental about records of individual players.Its the team cause one should play for first.

  • POSTED BY on | September 25, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    chris54, Cricket is a team game mate! You'd then think it's rather insensitive to not give another over to Vikramjeet Malik who was on a hattrick? This is a man who once went for the win and had the guts to call back Sachin at 194* despite him being on the cusp of back to back double centuries, simply because it'd leave less time for him to bowl the opposition out. That's the right spirit of a team game. It brought RR a win, and Faulkner's economical spell in the end ensured the NRR is also high. That's what matters.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    pravin tambe was only called for this match as replacement. sensational move by dravid..

  • POSTED BY chris54 on | September 25, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @vildoc and Deepanjan,I stand corrected. I was forgetting about net run rate. I also overlooked the possible hat trick for Malik, but of course I recall him declaring on SRT.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | September 25, 2013, 21:22 GMT

    @Chris54, yaaawwwn, fortunately we RR fans, RD fans and RD himself are not after personal records, as always!! Three cheers to RR and RD! Halla bol halla bol...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | September 25, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    tampe won it for double r's . rr has made a proper of their beautiful stadium.even biggest teams in ipl surrender there.still remember how they tamed csk last ipl when they were winning ruthlessly.they are a serious bet to win cl.

  • POSTED BY SurlyCynic on | September 26, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    I don't understand why both SA teams are playing extra keepers (who bat 8) and so weaken the batting. Why are the Titans playing Mosehle when they have Kuhn, given that Mosehle averages less than 7 and can't hit boundaries? Why is Tsolekile playing and batting 8 when De Kok could keep and open? Both teams really need to strengthen their batting to get anywhere in this tournament, but they both have extra keepers fielding in the outfield.

    Very strange. Is this a quota requirement?