Champions League T20 2013 October 5, 2013

Injured Hodge to miss final

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajasthan Royals batsman Brad Hodge will not be fit for the Champions League T20 final on Sunday, the Royals coach Paddy Upton has told ESPNcricinfo. Hodge had injured his knee during the semi-final against Chennai Super Kings last evening in Jaipur. He has had scans on his knee, the results of which are awaited.

Hodge had collided with Shane Watson, whose head hit Hodge's knee, at point during the final over of Chennai Super Kings' chase and had to go off the field. Shaun Tait, the Australian fast bowler, is the only overseas player available on the Royals bench.

Losing Hodge is a blow to Royals' chances of winning their maiden Champions League title. Batting at No. 6 in the role of a finisher, Hodge has scored 109 runs in three innings - two not-outs - at a strike rate of 198. His unbeaten 52 off 23 balls against Otago was instrumental in Royals securing a home semi-final, which they won by 14 runs.

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  • Dion on October 6, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    Why not bat first on a road in a final? Given pressure plays. A Big part in finals, surely runs on the board is the best way to go. RR made a Massive mistake in choosing to bowl first.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Get well soon Hodge! We miss u badly on this big day!

  • Android on October 6, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    shaun tait should be in for rahul shukla and ashok meraria for hodge

  • Daison on October 6, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Today's final will be decided on how Mumbai play Pravin Tambe - going by what Sunil Narine did yesterday, Tambe has got a good case today! If MI hit him out of the attack, it will be game, set and match!

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 7:55 GMT

    no way! still we have a light of hope even our one all rounder get injured but royals will hopefully win.... wish hodge get well soon

  • arjun on October 6, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    @ cricketisagame " Nikhil Nadipelli , looks like you're still worshiping your GOD. If you ask most of Indian's honest opinion you" -------------------- I am indian and in my honest opinion you are way off in your thinking about indians. God is still God he proved it last night too. Tendulkar is many times better than RD in ODIs where RD's career average is 72. Dravid is unfit for modern fast paced cricket. Second in Tests, only in 4th innings Dravid has comparable average to tendulkar, 1st 2nd and 3rd innings of tests Tendulkar average higher than Dravid. Also Tendulkar is only batsman to average 40 plus in all the nations, Dravid average 31 , 33 in SA and SRi lanka so Tendulkar is also our best overseas batsman. These are facts not opinions.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    RR will loss ,they are playing away and Hodge is injured ,MI indians are already adapted to the Delhi ground .Tambe wont able to bowl as he was bowling on Home ground hitting the know spots on the pitch.RR will only win if MI underperform.

  • Dark on October 6, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Big blow to RR.. Best would be RD to win the toss and bat first and put up a good score and try to defend it. Dravid will have to play a big innings if RR to win this for sure. The team which handles the pressure well will win..

  • Vinod on October 6, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    the absence of brad hodge will be a huge blow for RR. wish him recover fast. big burden on shane watson and stuart binny.

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2013, 4:02 GMT

    this is very bad news for Rajasthan royals i hope rajasthan royals do better in final with out brad ? is hows replace brad Hodge....

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