Royals v Scorchers, CLT20, Jaipur September 29, 2013

Royals saunter into semi-finals


Rajasthan Royals 121 for 1 (Rahane 62*, Samson 50*) beat Perth Scorchers 120 (Cooper 4-18) by nine wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rajasthan Royals breezed into the Champions League semi-final with a nine-wicket win over Perth Scorchers that rarely looked an even contest, and preserved their unbeaten streak in Jaipur this year. The result also knocks Scorchers out of contention for the semi-finals, meaning no Australian sides remain in the hunt.

Kevon Cooper was the primary architect of Scorchers' collapse, settling into a fine rhythm early to deliver a number of humming yorkers, two of which yielded scalps. He took four wickets in total and conceded 18 from his four overs, while Pravin Tambe's canny legspin removed batsmen at the other end. Both he and James Faulkner finished with two wickets apiece.

With only 121 to chase down, Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane stroked attractive half-centuries to remain unbeaten at the close.

Liam Davis hit 13 runs off the second over of the match, but that was as good as Scorchers' evening got, as they embarked on a slide that began gradually at first, before reaching its hapless crescendo in the middle overs. Davis and opening partner Ashton Agar departed inside the Powerplay, and though Voges promised a bright innings with three early leg-side boundaries, the batsmen at the other end could not muster sustained competence.

Simon Katich was the recipient of Pravin Tambe's largesse, when a return catch was dropped in the eighth over, but the batsman could make no use of his second life. Two balls later, he ran past a googly. Hilton Cartwright failed to get bat to a straight Cooper yorker soon after, before Tom Triffitt offered Tambe a return chance the bowler could hold onto this time.

Ashton Turner and Joel Paris were castled by two more yorkers, and somewhere during the collapse Voges had mishit a slower ball to long-on, to top-score with 27. From 97 for 9, No. 10 Jason Behrendorff managed the kind of batting sense that had evaded the men above him to lift his team to 120.

Behrendorff engineered a tad more hope for Scorchers when he removed Rahul Dravid with the best yorker of the match - a late-swinging beauty - to have Royals 1 for 1, but 120 was always going to be difficult to defend on a pitch two teams had hit 167 on, hours before.

The occasional false stroke punctuated a spate of flowing square strokes off Samson's blade, but the range and composure in his 42-ball 50 embellished his reputation as a rising prospect. Rahane was the more circumspect of the two to begin with, but with so few to chase, Scorchers could not transform that reticence into pressure. The pair quickly began matching one another shot for shot, and the last half of the chase was little more than a simple stroll to the finish line.

Royals reached their target with 3.3 overs remaining, and their match with Otago Volts will now determine who finishes atop Group A.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    i see that my question has already been asked here by party21. but there is no response to that. why has it not been answered? and why the umpires fail to notice that?

  • Dummy4 on October 1, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    i see that my question has already been asked here by party21. but there is no response to that. why has it not been answered? and why the umpires fail to notice that?

  • Prateek on September 30, 2013, 23:38 GMT

    Hi, is there any one in espn team who can do me a favour to tell that when in the first innings the perth scorchers last batsmen was run out on was 119/10...than why in the next innings the target was made to 121 instead of 120....and after that in second innings perth scorchers score was changed to 120...when without completing the run, last batsmen was run out with miles away from crease.....?????

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    its unfortunate the ipl has control over this tournament. this is a really really nice concept allowing club teams from nations to compete against each other. however, the amount of ipl teams allowed direct entry, and then having one SL team, one pak team etc having to play a qualifier is a disgrace. apart from that perth scorchers and brisbane heat are pretty good teams, yet the ipl has a monopoly on this tournament, where players will be in violation of contract should they play for their real home teams. it makes the two australian teams the whipping boys when their native austrailians cannot play for their home team. it also makes for a not very competitive tournament.

  • MADHUR on September 30, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Gani.Shetty Sir, please tell us honestly is it fair on the other teams when only RR are being allowed to play not 1 or 2 but all their matches at their home ground...we all know that RR won all their home matches in IPL6...but so did MI...had MI also been asked to play their matches at Wankhede their performance would have been much much better...Same goes for SRH...all I am asking is for a level playing field.

  • Dhairy on September 30, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    Difference between CSK & RR. They both have domestic stars. raina,aswin,M sharma,vijay,badrinath,saha where not Internationals before IPL-1. jadeja came back for India after wearing CSK dress. but now most of them are part of Indian team. Players from RR Binny, samson, Rahane, Maneria, Tambe, Malik, Trivedi were also not Internationals before came to RR & not now also as well. but all are knocking the door of National team. Reason: skipper: Dhoni & Dravid.

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 10:25 GMT

    @MADHUR.KHOSLA : Jaipur May b the Fortress for for RR..but just go through the Players in the team

    Dravid & Binny : From karnataka Watson, Faulkner, Hodge: From Australia Rahane, Tambe : From Mumbai Cooper : West Indies V. Malik :From Himachakl Pradesh

    and Only Ashok Menaria from Rajasthan

    10 out playing 11 of RR all from Outside Rajasthan, if they are all can play better cricket, then y can't other players from other team...and its nt a favoritism, coz fixtures are set by clt20 committee,nt by any franchise...

  • Android on September 30, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    @Madhur - Absolutely second your comment mate...guess Mr. Gandhi suffering from a lot of heat within... need a lot more than burnol to cool it buddy ;-) ... well done RR..all the best..hope u get us the cup this time :) .. hard luck MI.. Afterall how many matches has RR won outside Jaipur n how many matches has MI lost against RR at MUM or any other nuetral venue?? n yes when was the last we saw rain abandon a match in India n that too towards the end of Sept.... lots of questions to answer ;-) ... MI winning CPL T20 - Had my doubts but struggling to qualify for the semis??? now that's tough luck!!!

  • Dummy4 on September 30, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @Otuwa: Dravid had already retired from international cricket, some time ago. Even for RR, he said that this is his last appearance.

    It is Sachin, who need your advice. The Businessmen-Owners would have seen, how Sachin's presence in the playing XI affects the MI team. And I am sure, he would have been given enough hints to make this his last appear for MI. It is he who keeps on clinging to the international career, despite his pathetic performance of recent years -- 22 test matches to be precise. Even Kapil must not have used these many tests, pathetically, just to overtake Hadlee's record. In the case of Sachin, there is no record to be broken either.

    It is blind inability for honest self-assessment; can't think of any other reason.

  • Aiden on September 30, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Always going to be too much of a task for Perth with their big names out through injury or baffling non-selections. Finish top 2 in big bash and try again next tournament I guess