Rajasthan Royals v Otago, CLT20, Jaipur October 1, 2013

Unbeaten Royals get home semi-final

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Rajasthan Royals 142 for 6 (Hodge 52*, Rahane 52) beat Otago 139 for 7 (Neesham 32, Shukla 3-23) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Fancy beating Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur? Forget it. Royals extended their winning streak at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium to 12, beating the confident Otago by four wickets to keep the semi-final options open in Group A. Royals progressed briskly initially in their chase of a middling 140, stuttered after their middle order fell to rash strokes, before Brad Hodge played the rescue act with an electric 52 to stall Otago's spirited recovery. Though Royals had already booked their place in the knockouts, there was still some context in this match, for this victory means they will stay back in Jaipur for their semi-final.

A further 15-20 runs could have made the difference for Otago. Having scored a mammoth 242 earlier in the tournament, their impressive top order was blown away by the relatively unknown Rahul Shukla. The Jharkhand seamer came in as a replacement for Vikramjeet Malik and in the space of six balls, he proved it to be an inspired selection. Bowling the fourth over, he struck with his first ball, removing Hamish Rutherford's middle stump as the batsman looked to play across the line. Two balls later, he got rid of the captain Brendon McCullum trapped in front with one that came in. There was room for one more wicket in the over and it came via a bizarre shot by Derek de Boorder.

It got worse for Otago when the in-form Neil Broom perished to a top edge off Shane Watson, leaving them reeling at 21 for 4. Otago's progress in the tournament was orchestrated by meaty contributions by the top order. Now they found themselves in a situation they weren't accustomed to, and it was up to the lower order to cover the slack.

James Neesham gave the innings some impetus with a quick 32, but he was lucky to have been let off on 0, when the umpire Paul Reiffel failed to notice a thick inside edge on the way to the keeper. Nathan McCullum and Ian Butler ensured Otago played out 20 overs, their cameos pushing the score to 139. While it was below par, from 21 for 4, it was an improvement.

Ajinkya Rahane got Royals off to a rapid start with some exquisite shots through the off side off the seamers. Rahane got his timing and placement perfect, taking Royals to 43 at the end of the Powerplay. Nathan McCullum's sharp reflexes at point, running backwards to pluck a catch to send back Rahul Dravid, was temporary relief, but Rahane's was the wicket they needed.

The middle order needed to bat around Rahane but Royals put pressure on themselves with some questionable shots. Sanju Samson played on to his stumps and both Shane Watson and Stuart Binny departed quickly edging behind. Rahane passed his fifty but fell chipping a full toss to mid-off. The boundaries dried up and the drought lasted five overs before Hodge released the pressure with a boundary over cover. Two balls later, he slogged a slower ball and got a lucky top edge that cleared the keeper.

Hodge ensured at least one boundary off every over. He made room to James McMillan and carved a six over third man and in the same over smashed one over extra cover, beating Neesham's dive. With 24 needed off the last three overs, it was still even and Ian Butler did well conceding only four runs off the first four balls. Hodge changed the complexion of the over with a six and four off consecutive balls to bring the equation firmly back in Royals' favour.

Dravid later described it as a nerve-wracking period in the game, but it was Hodge's experience that made the difference.

As for Otago's semi-final hopes, they will wait on the result of the Mumbai Indians-Perth Scorchers match on Wednesday. If Mumbai win, it will come down to a net run rate scenario between Mumbai and Otago.

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Sir_Ivor on October 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I agree entirely with Nandan Nadkarni's views on Rahul Shukla. I think he is a great prospect from whenever I have seen him bowl which has been confined only to the IPL. He has good and consistent pace moves the ball both ways and seems strong and blessed with the ingredient of stamina. I am really surprised that Sandip Patil and his team who have done an excellent job as selectors have not found Shukla even be fit enough to play in the A team or the the Challengers. With a little advice from a good fast bowling coach could make him even better than what he is already. He looks pretty rough cut with his holding of the ball in his run up but like Umesh Yadav has the muscle structure and ease of run up and delivery to get good pace. Besides he is only 23 or so and if he is elected for some format at this stage will be motvated to greater things.Rahul Dravid will be the best man to talk about this rare talent and I hope the selectors will have a word with him about this young fast bowler.

  • GrindAR on October 2, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    I expected a good contest. Both teams did well on fulfilling. Attacks and counter attacks were equivalent. The two differences are, 3 wickets falling in 1 over for OV and 3 wickets fell very close to each other in RRs. That made 10 -20 runs short for OV, and same goes to RR just before Hodge entered. Any case, it was equivalent to one over eliminator as the match came in RRs control in 18th over of the second innings. Even after that, there was contest. Good to see OV fighting spirit. Their fans should be proud of them.

  • on October 3, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Man of the match should be given to Broad Hodge instead of giving to Shulka.

  • Siddhesh31 on October 2, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @binu kaani - Selection of a team is based on the franchise owners and the coaching team.. its unfair to blame Sachin for everything.. Even when Warne was the captain of RR, they always had few raw unknown domestic players like Maneria, Swapnil Asnodkar, Siddharth Trivedi, etc.. On the other hand , MI have always boasted of international players .. So its totally unfair on your part to blame Sachin ..

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I am surprised why Kundra and Shipa not appeared in a single match...?? Hope they join with the Team on Semi as well as Final..Owner must proud of the team performance ofcourse..

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Guys.....We need an IPL team to win the title. That's it.

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I really pity the profound dumbness of some people, Who are just waiting in the sidelines of their sorry little life for just one moment hoping for one failure by a great man and start criticising him. Rahul Dravid is the greatest and the best cricketer that ever was or will be. He doesn't need to prove himself. The same ppl who are criticising him for failing in 3 out of 4 innings here, where were they when Dravid was among top 10 run scorers in IPL 2013 just a few months back?? I am sure he will come back amongst runs. and i wish he plays one more season of IPL with Royals.

  • INDSlider on October 2, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Ravs1504: That is not humar, just the reality. Just go and see the score card.

  • on October 2, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @Balakrishnan Venkataramanan

    You seem to be die hard CSK fan putting up rubbish about MI just because MI had severely beaten CSK most of the times. Perhaps you don't like to meet between CSK & MI in semis. Entire post suggests biased & hater views about MI. All the participating franchise teams baring South African & Australian looked good. Both CSK & MI even RR have players who played for local regional teams all over INDIA. Names don't suggest the team representing a particular region or zonal team of a particular region. Think seriously before calling some great commentators biased. Putting malicious views should be avoided as far as possible.

    Great win for RR. Hodge looked in terrific form and should be part of Australians even at this age. Shukla, Tambe, Sanju,Rahane, maneria...oh!! what a line for RR!! RR has best local talents & that is why it has produced best winning record. Local players were excelled every time than overseas. This match was exceptional because of HODGE.

  • on October 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Due credit to Brad Hodge for his great finishing skills. But lets not forget Rahul Shukla for his three wickets strike in one over. In a country starved of fast bowlers in past and present I have a slight bias for decent fast bowling talent. I hope Shukla finds a place in the Indian team. Bowlers like him might be expensive but are genuine wicket takers.

  • Sir_Ivor on October 2, 2013, 11:51 GMT

    I agree entirely with Nandan Nadkarni's views on Rahul Shukla. I think he is a great prospect from whenever I have seen him bowl which has been confined only to the IPL. He has good and consistent pace moves the ball both ways and seems strong and blessed with the ingredient of stamina. I am really surprised that Sandip Patil and his team who have done an excellent job as selectors have not found Shukla even be fit enough to play in the A team or the the Challengers. With a little advice from a good fast bowling coach could make him even better than what he is already. He looks pretty rough cut with his holding of the ball in his run up but like Umesh Yadav has the muscle structure and ease of run up and delivery to get good pace. Besides he is only 23 or so and if he is elected for some format at this stage will be motvated to greater things.Rahul Dravid will be the best man to talk about this rare talent and I hope the selectors will have a word with him about this young fast bowler.

  • GrindAR on October 2, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    I expected a good contest. Both teams did well on fulfilling. Attacks and counter attacks were equivalent. The two differences are, 3 wickets falling in 1 over for OV and 3 wickets fell very close to each other in RRs. That made 10 -20 runs short for OV, and same goes to RR just before Hodge entered. Any case, it was equivalent to one over eliminator as the match came in RRs control in 18th over of the second innings. Even after that, there was contest. Good to see OV fighting spirit. Their fans should be proud of them.

  • on October 3, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    Man of the match should be given to Broad Hodge instead of giving to Shulka.

  • Siddhesh31 on October 2, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @binu kaani - Selection of a team is based on the franchise owners and the coaching team.. its unfair to blame Sachin for everything.. Even when Warne was the captain of RR, they always had few raw unknown domestic players like Maneria, Swapnil Asnodkar, Siddharth Trivedi, etc.. On the other hand , MI have always boasted of international players .. So its totally unfair on your part to blame Sachin ..

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    I am surprised why Kundra and Shipa not appeared in a single match...?? Hope they join with the Team on Semi as well as Final..Owner must proud of the team performance ofcourse..

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Guys.....We need an IPL team to win the title. That's it.

  • on October 2, 2013, 8:21 GMT

    I really pity the profound dumbness of some people, Who are just waiting in the sidelines of their sorry little life for just one moment hoping for one failure by a great man and start criticising him. Rahul Dravid is the greatest and the best cricketer that ever was or will be. He doesn't need to prove himself. The same ppl who are criticising him for failing in 3 out of 4 innings here, where were they when Dravid was among top 10 run scorers in IPL 2013 just a few months back?? I am sure he will come back amongst runs. and i wish he plays one more season of IPL with Royals.

  • INDSlider on October 2, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Ravs1504: That is not humar, just the reality. Just go and see the score card.

  • on October 2, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    @Balakrishnan Venkataramanan

    You seem to be die hard CSK fan putting up rubbish about MI just because MI had severely beaten CSK most of the times. Perhaps you don't like to meet between CSK & MI in semis. Entire post suggests biased & hater views about MI. All the participating franchise teams baring South African & Australian looked good. Both CSK & MI even RR have players who played for local regional teams all over INDIA. Names don't suggest the team representing a particular region or zonal team of a particular region. Think seriously before calling some great commentators biased. Putting malicious views should be avoided as far as possible.

    Great win for RR. Hodge looked in terrific form and should be part of Australians even at this age. Shukla, Tambe, Sanju,Rahane, maneria...oh!! what a line for RR!! RR has best local talents & that is why it has produced best winning record. Local players were excelled every time than overseas. This match was exceptional because of HODGE.

  • on October 2, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    Due credit to Brad Hodge for his great finishing skills. But lets not forget Rahul Shukla for his three wickets strike in one over. In a country starved of fast bowlers in past and present I have a slight bias for decent fast bowling talent. I hope Shukla finds a place in the Indian team. Bowlers like him might be expensive but are genuine wicket takers.

  • sachinisawesome on October 2, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    @ Balakrishnan Venkataramanan Your hate for MI is more than your love for RR. No doubt RR is a very good team and so is MI. I support MI but I love both the teams.

  • sachinisawesome on October 2, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @ Binu Kaani Great becoz you don't have an excuse for Rahul dravid's terrible performance as an opener, you will drag Sachin in it so the favorite punching bag(SRT) these days can take the heat away from Rahul. Shame.

  • on October 2, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Congrats Dravid & Co.again.They deserve to play semi-final at Jaipur, unlike MI who don't deserveto be in the semis,if they enter by fluke. First, they complained about the umpiring about Sanju Samson's non dismissal. Even, the biased commentators, Gavaskar & Shastri were repeatedly said that was reason for the loss against RR. But, yesterday,when Samson caught off Cooper, it was not given out and Ten Doeschate & Neeshan added almost winning partnership of 53 runs for the 5th wicket. But , nobody from RR complained. Similarly, MI are still say that they lost a match at Ahmedabad due to rain. Ottago also lost a game due to rain, but as of now almost has made to Semis, awainting the result of MI & Perth Scorchers tie. The so called Champions MI shoiuld play to their potentials( ON PAPER) instead of finding excuses for their dismissal performances and should learn from Dravid , how to utilise the available limited talents and win the games. RR maker sure you come to the FINAL.

  • Ravs1504 on October 2, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @Ausie_the_Great great sense of humour. ..

  • on October 2, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    Rahul dravid is a big hero for millions of people because he is promoting unknown talented boys rather than rich-chocolate boys like SRT

  • BustIPL on October 2, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    It is irony that Hodge was not given that much chances by aussies. With him,Watson, Faulkner are so important to RR without which otago would have won for sure. CLT20 has been a great platform for youngsters as T & T announced them through it and became the face of WI. As a result, WI went on to become T20 World Champions and now Otago.

  • ifrakurshid on October 2, 2013, 2:57 GMT

    For team Rajistan a victory walk comfortable enough though their batsman should have better what we witness Rahul the capt knows it and also wish to win the next match of the tournament. But if the performance of the batting remains the same crossing over semi-final line might be difficult.

  • on October 2, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    hahaha...still laughing from the comment made by harsha bhogle on hodge-HE AXES THE BOWLERS FOR HIS LIVING...haha..love u harsha,love u hodge !!

  • on October 2, 2013, 2:24 GMT

    hodge the finisher. ..dravid the planner..and rr players the executor..and rahul shukla the surprise package. ...nice combo for victory.

  • INDSlider on October 2, 2013, 1:42 GMT

    Congrats RR, Watto, Brad and Faulkner. Without Aussie players, RR would be no better than Kandurata and Faisalabadh.

  • GrindAR on October 2, 2013, 1:34 GMT

    @Viru Yadav: Where will be the fight? You want a miserable team to play semi-finals? MI are lucky to even have this half chance. They do not deserve to move to next round.

  • GrindAR on October 2, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    @cricpanther : Not sure if you followed the ODIs for past 10years. RD was #3 batsman. He most oftem had to stabilize the team than he had to think about hitting for runs. He was infact played the role of an anchor al through his career. Without him, impossible to win games would have been lost 100% of the times. He made sure atleast 30% of them converted into wins for India. the portion of your name "panther" dont suit you well. Please change yours, because you dont deserve to have the name "panther" as they are high precision machine like animals.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 2, 2013, 1:03 GMT

    Fantastic performance by RR. What an inning by Hodge. Take a bow. Halla bol halla bol.....

  • on October 2, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    1. You don't have to kick Dravid out. He is going out on his own. He never pretended to be a short format payer. In fact when he was recalled into India's ODI team by Srikkant &Co, the most surprised man was Dravid himself. But as a Captain of RR, he followed (and succeeded) Warne's approach to encourage unknown players with talents. That is why RR is clicking and performing as a team.

    2. I still can't understand why Brad Hodge was ignored by various OZ selectors, for so many years. He is a thorough professional. No doubt about it.

    3. Young Indian mates of Hodge in this team (like Samson & Binny) can observe and learn a lot from Hodge: (a) How to pace & build an innings. (b) How and why it is important to avoid rash shots, at this level, etc.

    4.Samson,especially being so young, can become a real asset, if he manages his learning curve smartly, studiously & intelligently. RR has enough varieties of role models, from whom he can pick, choose & learn. Good luck, young lad!

  • ashwinjk90 on October 2, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Its amazing how myopic people are when they aren't ready to give credit where it is due!In the CT'13,Dhoni did nothing throughout yet people credit him for the Ishanth over!Now people are ready to chastise a 41 yr old "test batsman" whose T20 form has tapered off!Give credit where it is due folks! @gsingh7 He has already said that this would be his last tournament,but its nice to see how much you follow the game! @cricpanther Maybe you should knock on Raj Kundra's door if you think you can think better "out of the box" in the next IPL season!

  • PFEL on October 1, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    Rajasthan are seriously going to cost themselves big matches if they stick with this ridiculous batting order. I've been saying this since the IPL, but their top 3 is too slow and they have been incredibly lucky so far to not have it cost them. In T20 cricket you need to give your best players the most time at the crease. Watson is by far their best player, he needs to be in the top 3. So does Hodge, their second best player. Having Hodge batting at 6 is a complete waste.

  • gsingh7 on October 1, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    dravid was not suited to odi cricket whereas he was good player of tests. like sachin , he is a liability now and sooner rr removes him from the team better it is. he plays too slow and most times gets low score. also ipl teams being top on both groups show real strength of ipl and why 4 ipl teams should play. some champion teams from pak , sl ,bangladesh were not even good enough to qualify. whereas champion teams of australia and sa t20 tournaments are pretty average. hope rr wins cl2013. hala bol!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    Those ppl who were dead when royals did not play well are coming now and talking trash about dravid..!! Go to hell..!! Dravid is the best

  • on October 1, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Really..!! Really..!! India lost bcoz of dravid? U ppl started talking about strike rates only when dhoni's and raina's came.. Up and until then 70 s/r was considered to be best given that u cant trust anyone in Indian team then..!!

  • regofpicton on October 1, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Always intresting to see how the fan can drag their prejudices through the games no matter what the outcome. Here's Dravid being jeered at by all these chaps, while "The best captain in the World" (yeah right!) continues his run of scintillating form when it really matters with another duck. It all adds up to 5 runs in three innings. So even though Otago were given a leg up when their match with Mumbai was washed out, thanks to his consistent non-contribution the Volts are now relying on another result to get out of the group. McCullum used to be a decent player. Since he was handed the NZ capaincy he's been a liability instead of an asset. And that Otago might still make the semis just goes to show that they are indeed a good team, very little thanks to TBCITW.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Dravid a liability in all limited over formats ......unfortunately Ind bore it for 15 years in ODIs & lost a lot of matches bcz of his 69 S/R

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    @cricpanther you are an pathetic critic. RR is top of the table won all the matches , still you are saying dravid is not a good captain. Problem is you are unable understand his tactics! hope you get better with tournament.

  • NP_NY on October 1, 2013, 19:13 GMT

    @rhtkumar672: Dravid has no doubt proved to be a good leader but you can't credit him for everything, especially Hodge's performance. Hodge is a perfect professional T20 player. Without him Royals wouldn't even be in CLT20. The Aussies surely made a huge mistake 15 years ago not trusting Hodge and they have been repeating the same mistake ever since. As Harsha said, he still has a good two years left in him. The Aussie selectors should seriously consider picking him for the T20 format.

  • on October 1, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    Thier luck runs out

  • on October 1, 2013, 18:48 GMT

    A low budget team with old age, young age, what a perfect team! RR is a perfect example for Youth and experience. Just two stars in the team Watson and Hodge. Everyone underestimates the Royals and they pay the price. CSK's faith will be the same in the finals.

  • Nampally on October 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Another fine win for the RR. However it came in face of a great fight back from the Otago team twice- once when they were 4 down for 21 to finish with a competitive total of 140 & then reducing RR to 72 for 4 in 12 overs. It was left to magnificent demo of power hitting by Brad Hodge which brought RR back into the game with a victory. Hodge got 52 off 23 balls while Rahane got 52 off 48 balls. Rahane held the batting together while Hodge proved that he may be matching Dhoni as one of the best "Terminators". Give full credit to Otago volts for making even their modest total count & giving RR a great run for their money. Otago's long winning streak is broken up whilst that of RR's home winning streak continues. RR finishes on top & in doing so they also gave MI a fighting chance to qualify with a good run rate against the weakest team in their Division.Earlier, Shukla had a fine spell of 3 for 23 in 4 overs to send OV reeling. But it was fine teamwork that won the day for RR- Congrats!

  • on October 1, 2013, 18:30 GMT

    Nice to see Royals in semi. Rahul Dravid is one of the very finest cricketer from modern era and the ongoing tournament will be the last one featuring the gentleman. He will definitely end his career by lifting champions trophy.

  • on October 1, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    So have the RR played any games away from home? Seems a tad unfair.

  • rhtkumar672 on October 1, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Royals is one team that without having some big names performs very well. A brilliant example of how to gel as a team backed by excellent captaincy from Rahul Dravid. Difference can be seen in the batting approach of both Watson and Hodge. Just look how they play for Aussies and how for royals.

  • kalyanbk on October 1, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Everything is going according to script. RR continues to win at home to reach the final. They will meet CSK in the final and just as CSK gifted the final for Tendulkar's IPL retirement, they will gift the final for Rahul Dravid's retirement.

  • maddy20 on October 1, 2013, 17:57 GMT

    MI fans should stop accusing RR for their fate. Had they not lost so badly to the Royals in the first game, things would have been a lot different. Anyway they have to beat Perth by 43 runs tomorrow to win the game. Shouldn't be too hard considering how bad Perth has played so far!

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Big Thanks to Brad Hodge, how many times RR relay on him? and most of the time Brad has delivered, what a special player in T20, mostly only T20 player in RR!! Leaning experience for young, Rahane, Binny and Rahul Dravid not to forget he is the skipper in T20 format!!!

  • bbnn on October 1, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    One more thing i noted Rahul Dravid is not trusting Ashok Meneria as a batsman who was in red hot form prior to CLT20

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 1, 2013, 17:46 GMT

    Otago really pushed Rajasthan close in this match. The Volts are a FINE team. Mumbai cannot beat the Perth Scorchers by a big margin because the Scorchers aren't push overs by any means. So it looks likely that the Volts will continue their dream journey in this CLT20. Tomorrow's games will be very interesting to watch. This is why this tournament is so fun to watch. Can't wait !!!

  • bbnn on October 1, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Ajinkhya Rahane is proved again he is not good for handling pressure , he was batting like a dream in the initial overs, suddenly wickets are losing he was in a shell and not taking any responsibility playing dot balls after dot balls, and finally perishes to a full toss , RR won only because of Brad Hodge, What a player he is!!

  • bbnn on October 1, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I have only one question, why why why Australia is not picking Brad Hodge? He is equal to MS Dhoni for me in batting and attitude

  • on October 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    The Royal fortress still entaced. Even the high voltage from New Zealand couldn't invade it.

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    even though RR has Special performance by their Stars, Pravin Tabmbe, Brad Hodge, Shane Watson, Kevin Cooper, Malik, plus home advantage, what should require more??? Team Skipper dont make it cash and team ultimately end up with big disappointment!!!! Dravind's efforts as captain/batsman of T20, are not up to the mark!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Rajastan must take this game withbbig margin so that Mumbai can qualify if they win their next game. atleast there will be some fight.

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    RR need to strengthen batting, Rahul Dravid should down the order and not to set slower start which is not good in T20, specially this is not IPL but world IPL!!

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    sometimes, seems, Rahul Dravid's batting completely out of T20 and also his captaincy not showing any of the class!!! Ashok Maneria is also under performing!! Dravid needs to make some good decision specially in death bowling, require to think out of the box!!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    The only thing more miserable than Otago's batting in this innings is the expression on Shane Watson's face.

  • on October 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    weldone Royals

  • on October 1, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    lets hope Volts lose and it gets more interesting for the final match of the league

  • on October 1, 2013, 14:44 GMT

    lets hope Volts lose and it gets more interesting for the final match of the league

  • on October 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    weldone Royals

  • on October 1, 2013, 15:07 GMT

    The only thing more miserable than Otago's batting in this innings is the expression on Shane Watson's face.

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    sometimes, seems, Rahul Dravid's batting completely out of T20 and also his captaincy not showing any of the class!!! Ashok Maneria is also under performing!! Dravid needs to make some good decision specially in death bowling, require to think out of the box!!!

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 16:59 GMT

    RR need to strengthen batting, Rahul Dravid should down the order and not to set slower start which is not good in T20, specially this is not IPL but world IPL!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 17:02 GMT

    Rajastan must take this game withbbig margin so that Mumbai can qualify if they win their next game. atleast there will be some fight.

  • cricpanther on October 1, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    even though RR has Special performance by their Stars, Pravin Tabmbe, Brad Hodge, Shane Watson, Kevin Cooper, Malik, plus home advantage, what should require more??? Team Skipper dont make it cash and team ultimately end up with big disappointment!!!! Dravind's efforts as captain/batsman of T20, are not up to the mark!!

  • on October 1, 2013, 17:39 GMT

    The Royal fortress still entaced. Even the high voltage from New Zealand couldn't invade it.

  • bbnn on October 1, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    I have only one question, why why why Australia is not picking Brad Hodge? He is equal to MS Dhoni for me in batting and attitude

  • bbnn on October 1, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Ajinkhya Rahane is proved again he is not good for handling pressure , he was batting like a dream in the initial overs, suddenly wickets are losing he was in a shell and not taking any responsibility playing dot balls after dot balls, and finally perishes to a full toss , RR won only because of Brad Hodge, What a player he is!!