Royals v Scorchers, CLT20, Jaipur September 29, 2013

Royals saunter into semi-finals

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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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  • vinjoy on September 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Throughout this year's IPL and now CL, RR has been the only team that does not need a blinder innings by a Pollard, Raina, Dhoni, Rohit... nor a Malinga over... The team that promotes process and method over madness... the team that truly reflects what 'man management' is... And no wonder it is led by one and only RD. Great work ethic is discussed in dressing rooms and is reflected on the field. Hats off.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Praty21 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 119....it 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.....?????

  • 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.KHOSLA 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.

  • DhairyBoghani 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.

  • 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...

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • vinjoy on September 30, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    Throughout this year's IPL and now CL, RR has been the only team that does not need a blinder innings by a Pollard, Raina, Dhoni, Rohit... nor a Malinga over... The team that promotes process and method over madness... the team that truly reflects what 'man management' is... And no wonder it is led by one and only RD. Great work ethic is discussed in dressing rooms and is reflected on the field. Hats off.

  • 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?

  • 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?

  • Praty21 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 119....it 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.....?????

  • 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.KHOSLA 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.

  • DhairyBoghani 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.

  • 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...

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • baseball_sucks 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

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on September 30, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    To all you knowledgeable fans.....Why is RR getting to play all its matches at its fortress (Jaipur)...Favoritism? or is there any reason behind it...

    @Swamynadh Gandhi R - Sir there is no need to crib about MI winning IPL6...maybe CSK lost the final on purpose but then criticising CSK for underperforming would make a lot more sense..need burnol?

  • Pathiyal on September 30, 2013, 5:41 GMT

    going for a rash stroke and getting bowled in a t20 match does not take any feathers from his cap. anybody doubts that can go back and see the pages in the history books and be true to themselves. samson and rahane were not so impressive with their strokes yesterday but they made it up somehow by staying till the end. kevon cooper was really impressive with his yorkers at the right times. the way RD is engineering his resources is brilliant.

  • Falew on September 30, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    It's painful to see players like Sachin,Dravid getting bowled out,Every cricketers should retire when the time comes,Otherwise their performances are pathetic to see,That is exactly now happening to that great players,

  • Vishal_07 on September 30, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @Mochan Solanki: we don't need Queen of England to recognize Indian cricketers. Dravid is one of the greatest cricketers of his generation and ever, knighted or not it does not change that fact.

  • on September 30, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Hope RD Lifts the trophy with few fifties in the coming matches, no one like Dravid who made this new RR team look so good.

  • on September 30, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. Let RD and ST breathe...it is their last tournament! One day the wall of an old house cannot withstand its own weight- it has to be broken. Let them leave with a smile!

  • JustIPL on September 30, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    No problem for getting eliminated, they did not even play Hogg and gave chances to the u-23 guys who were impressive. It is a really good idea for teams to field youngsters against the fantasy teams. Message to Dravid was clear that it is time to go with no desicion review needed. Dravid in his prime would have faced thousnads of these deliveries which Gavaskar described to be so threatening. Sanju is a really sensational talent too but should be given more A team for practice. Both Dinesh & Parthiv can play as batsmen in A team.

  • Nagendren on September 30, 2013, 2:51 GMT

    I personally think that rahane&sanju were too lucky.They nearly scored 20 runs of edges.I know they are part of the game but there were far too many.when katich had a slip the ball edged went to gully,when the gully was placed the ball went through slips,manny balls dropped just before the fielders and many more.However they played some great shots late.If luck was not favouring RR then they would have been under great trouble.I hope everyone who watched the match completely agrees with me.

  • on September 30, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    so its official that the fluke champions of IPL(MI) are out as RR 12,OV 10 points, even if MI win over scorchers and OV lose agianst RR a big margin of run rate make way for MI to mumbai and OV to semis,.... tough luck you fluke- MI .. u r just good enough to sell tickets by selecting SRT into team

  • on September 29, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    @ahmad uetian-mate whatever your nationality is,jeaslousy seems to oozing...world of cricket acknowledges dravid's greatness,we dont need any certificate from you about his greatness...at his age you cannot match his fitness...respect a legend mate...even great bradman got out to a dolly in his last inns....its his endurance and resilience in different conditions which gave him that name-wall !!we love u RD...let hate mongers die of jeaslousy !!!!

  • Hardy1 on September 29, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    @EverybodylovesSachin, except for Sir Jadeja.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on September 29, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @Mochan Solanki..it is not going to happen. We do not need any SIR title for any cricketers anymore..

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 29, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @Ahmed Uetian: What a ridiculous comment !! I am sure you realize Dravid is called 'The Wall' because of his marathon run scoring prowess, resolute defence, and strong mental frame while playing international cricket. Man, he has scored over 13,000 test runs and over 10,000 ODI runs. That is WHY we call him 'The Wall'. Does that answer you question ? I have read some funny comments around Cricinfo, your comment takes the cake.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    It was sad to see the WALL clean bowled yet again. Just another indication that Dravid is right in calling it time on his career following this CLT20. Sachin also needs to follow suit and retire. I can't believe that man is still playing. The way he got out to Sohail Tanvir the other night was really painful to watch. Clearly he has lost it.

  • on September 29, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    rahul dravid should be awarded with titlr SIR,he surely earns it,

  • on September 29, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Dravid gets bold through the gate of a simple leg stump half volley & yet people call him the wall...............typical case of of Indian overrated great

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Did you even watch the match??? Dravid didn't got out to a yorker. The ball bounced way before him, brushed his pad around knee roll and struck the stumps. That was so very painful to watch. :( Hope RD scores some runs in the coming matches displaying his vintage stroke play.

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    How about that?? Mumbai Indians hopes and chances now hanging on RR. They need RR to beat Otago Volts to have any chance of qualifying. Love you RD. Hope you lift Champions league trophy.

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    nice to see sanju playing...keep it up. we are looking to see more from your bat. congratulations to Rahane for a fine innings..good knocking....CONGRATS TO KEVON COOPER TOO.....all the best to RR

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Excellent win for RR. Importantly during the presentation ceremony Simon Katich openly admitted about the higher standard here than the Big Bash league. He was frank enough to admit the difference in standards.

  • on September 29, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    great to see last moments of rahul dravid in cricket

  • on September 29, 2013, 16:28 GMT

    great to see last moments of rahul dravid in cricket

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Excellent win for RR. Importantly during the presentation ceremony Simon Katich openly admitted about the higher standard here than the Big Bash league. He was frank enough to admit the difference in standards.

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    nice to see sanju playing...keep it up. we are looking to see more from your bat. congratulations to Rahane for a fine innings..good knocking....CONGRATS TO KEVON COOPER TOO.....all the best to RR

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    How about that?? Mumbai Indians hopes and chances now hanging on RR. They need RR to beat Otago Volts to have any chance of qualifying. Love you RD. Hope you lift Champions league trophy.

  • on September 29, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Did you even watch the match??? Dravid didn't got out to a yorker. The ball bounced way before him, brushed his pad around knee roll and struck the stumps. That was so very painful to watch. :( Hope RD scores some runs in the coming matches displaying his vintage stroke play.

  • on September 29, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    Dravid gets bold through the gate of a simple leg stump half volley & yet people call him the wall...............typical case of of Indian overrated great

  • on September 29, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    rahul dravid should be awarded with titlr SIR,he surely earns it,

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 29, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    It was sad to see the WALL clean bowled yet again. Just another indication that Dravid is right in calling it time on his career following this CLT20. Sachin also needs to follow suit and retire. I can't believe that man is still playing. The way he got out to Sohail Tanvir the other night was really painful to watch. Clearly he has lost it.

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 29, 2013, 21:13 GMT

    @Ahmed Uetian: What a ridiculous comment !! I am sure you realize Dravid is called 'The Wall' because of his marathon run scoring prowess, resolute defence, and strong mental frame while playing international cricket. Man, he has scored over 13,000 test runs and over 10,000 ODI runs. That is WHY we call him 'The Wall'. Does that answer you question ? I have read some funny comments around Cricinfo, your comment takes the cake.

  • EverybodylovesSachin on September 29, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @Mochan Solanki..it is not going to happen. We do not need any SIR title for any cricketers anymore..