Champions League Twenty20, 18th Match, Group A: Rajasthan Royals v Otago at Jaipur, Oct 1, 2013
Champions League Twenty20 - 18th match, Group A
Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
1 October 2013 - night match (20-over match)

So the Otago Volts' opening batsmen make it out to the wicket, with Dravid getting his troop ready to defend an envious home record. It will be Ashok Menaria to lead proceedings for the Royals, with Neil Broom on strike

Prashant Sharma: "One should not forget the roles of coaches for RRs. They are actually creating plans and roles for each individuals with best dressing room environment. For me Paddy Upton is the real champ!"

Shanmukh: "We're definitely in for a CRACKER at Jaipur!! RR's 12th win, or Otago Volts' Sixteenth win is the biggest question! The best part? We can see Glimpses of the answer in around 10 minutes ;)"

biju ramakrishnan: "What an exciting contest its gonna be today at Jaipur....!!!...We would get to watch 'The Wall' with his ever efficient squad, demolish the Otagos....Time to get this winning streak going at home....All the best royals..!!!"

Ravi: "Poor Otago..All the likes of Tendo, McCullum, Neesham, Broom will be taken away by IPL teams in IPL auction next year"

Sindhur: "I would love to see Watto as the new caption. But as he is prone to injuries, My choice would be Rahane."

James: "Royals have historically overachieved in IPL. Probably down to having 2 of the best captains (Warne and Dravid)."

7.45pm Time to weigh in folks. Who is going to win this one? Remember that both teams have records at stake, with Otago looking for a sweet sixteen (16 wins in a row) and Royals looking to continue their win streak at their fortress (a streak that has extended from the beginning of this year's IPL)

Sathya: "Watson Vs Ten Doeschate..!! Hmm interstng.. :)"

vijaysai: "expect a early diwali in india today with the likes of watto, broom mcclum"

Sandeep Raghuvanshi: "Boom Boom Broom.. Love to see this guy hitting some biggies today.."

goutham: "First time in champions trophy, i am supporting non-IPL team. I wish Otago to win... Otago team in knowing only 3 things... Entertainment....Entertainment.....Entertainment"

Taylor: "Last time I watched mccullum face tait, mccullum finished with 116 odd not out and basically ended taits t20 career with the scoop shot."

OMPRAKASH KHOJA: "can anyone tell me ...who will be the new leader of ROYALS......"

7.35pm For the fashion police out there, it appears that Brendon McCullum is sporting one blue and one yellow shoe (good spot there by Siddharth Ravindran)

7.30pm - Toss Rajastan Royals have won the toss and will have a bowl

Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan Royals captain: The wicket will not change much so figured we should bowl first. It will be nice to know what score to chase. In terms of changes, it will be Rahul Shukla replacing Vikramjeet Malik.

Brendon McCullum, Otago Volts captain: Yeah we would have fielded first as well. The wicket looks a little more dry than the other night. Everything to play for tonight so we are excited. Not too many secrets here on this track. Royals have a brilliant record here, and we also have a little record to defend, so there is plenty at stake. It will be the same team from the last match.

kandy: "What's the need of match if it's home ground of RR. You know winner..."

Vinay Patel: "Group A has too many teams I want to qualify for the semis...I don't want to see Mumbai, Otago or Rajasthan out just yet. Surely there should have been a rule against having too many blue teams in one group?"

We are just five minutes away from the toss...

7.25pm Wasim Akram reckons that whoever wins the toss should look to bowl first as this is a drier, flatter wicket in comparison to previous matches held at the ground.

Sabani: "Either or record to be broken...Royal's home dominance or Otago's 16 on the trot. Team batting second will win the match"

Abhishek Jayswal: "Royals need to get in Yagnik somehow. Love the confidence in this guy."

7.20pm The good news for those who are concerned is that we should have mostly clear conditions tonight in Jaipur, with no imminent threat of rain.

nuka: "RR should try to give chance to harmeet, Tait and should bring Maneria up the order just to see how they fare...as RR nothing to loose and Otagos everything..."

Michael Trigg: "The online forecast looks pretty good but I need to hear it from someone with eyes at the ground! How is the weather?! Also, last time the McCullum brothers were in an international T20 tournament, they played (and lost) in two Super Overs. Is this going to be redemption from the cricketing gods?"

kailash: "Today the big match is between Watto and McCullum...lets see how many sixes they hit!!"

Hiren Faria: "Maddy, we can see dreams but not expect that it will come true. Chennai is also a good team and in good form. i hope chennai will come in final"

7.15pm If Otago win then what is next? Who are the key movers and shakers for Royals? All this and more in Rachna Shetty's preview for today's match, which will provide all the permutations and information you need.

abhishek: "I wish all the best to Rajasthan Royals and the win the match..so that Mumbai Indians have the chance to qualify for semis..go on rajasthan.."

maddy: "Maybe we are matching a trailer for final, can expect both teams in Final. :D"

7.10pm Welcome to the Pink City as we have what should be a cracker. It will be Otago Volts facing off against Rajasthan Royals. Can the Royals continue their home dominance, where they have yet to lose at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in recent times, or can Otago extend their run to 16 on the trot? Rajasthan Royals, despite being already through to the semis, will want to finish off the group stage on a high as a victory here will see them secure their semi-final match in Jaipur, which has been a citadel for them in recent times. Otago will have pride on the line as a win here secures their passage into the next round.

0.1

Menaria to Broom, no run, length ball on and around off which Broom defends to the off side

0.2

Menaria to Broom, FOUR, Broom fetches this wide delivery outside off with a square drive through cover for four

0.3

Menaria to Broom, no run, flighted just outside off and Broom tries to carve this behind point, but finds the fielder

0.4

Menaria to Broom, no run, darts this in just outside off and Broom defends again to the off side

0.5

Menaria to Broom, 1 run, Broom works this fuller length delivery to the leg side for one

0.6

Menaria to Rutherford, FOUR, back of a length outside off and Rutherford gets off the mark with a streaky shot through the slip area for four

Abhinay Sali: "It has been a habit of the Royals to buy a retired legend and make him the captain. If CSK let hussey go, I think the royals will go after him and make him their captain. Does kallis plan to retire in the near future?"

End of over 1 (9 runs) Otago 9/0 (RR: 9.00)

    • HD Rutherford 4 (1b 1x4)
    • NT Broom 5 (5b 1x4)
    • AL Menaria 1-0-9-0

James Faulkner to open from the other end

1.1

Faulkner to Broom, no run, back of a length that just beats the outside edge of Broom's bat to the keeper

1.2

Faulkner to Broom, 1 run, short ball just outside off and Broom nudges this square on the off side for one

1.3

Faulkner to Rutherford, no run, short ball, good change up from Faulkner, as Rutherford decides to let it go

biju ramakrishnan: "Its time for the royal's unit to start thinking over whom to retain for the IPL next year...and when this question arises, its confusion around, for the royals r all in their best of forms.....love u royals"

1.4

Faulkner to Rutherford, no run, length ball, swinging away outside off, with Rutherford having a go

1.5

Faulkner to Rutherford, no run, back of a length outside off with some appreciable bounce as Rutherford has a flash

1.6

Faulkner to Rutherford, no run, full, slower ball just outside off which Rutherford directs to mid off

Prashant Sharma: "I am more worried for - Who after Paddy upton than Who after Dravid. My affection for RRs is due to I am from Jaipur RRS has been the team I have been supporting since first edition."

End of over 2 (1 run) Otago 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • HD Rutherford 4 (5b 1x4)
    • NT Broom 6 (7b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-1-0
    • AL Menaria 1-0-9-0

Shane Watson comes on to have a bowl

2.1

Watson to Broom, no run, fuller length, with some shape away from the right hander, as Broom hits this towards short cover

2.2

Watson to Broom, FOUR, full and wide, with some away swing as Broom throws his bat at this to hit behind square, with Tambe running in from third man to make an excellent stop near the boundary. But replays show that the back foot was touching the rope when he went to pick it up to throw it back to the keeper. So unfortunately, will be signalled four by the umpire

2.3

Watson to Broom, no run, length ball, with some shape again, as Broom has a go but fails to make a connection

2.4

Watson to Broom, no run, fuller this time and Broom steps down to drill straight to mid off

2.5

Watson to Broom, 1 run, fuller this time and Broom steps down to drill straight to mid off

2.6

Watson to Rutherford, 1 run, Short of a length delivery swinging down the leg side, Rutherford tries to help it on its way to fine leg, there was a bit of extra bounce on this one and it surprises the batsman

End of over 3 (6 runs) Otago 16/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • HD Rutherford 5 (6b 1x4)
    • NT Broom 11 (12b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-6-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-1-0

Shukla, who came in for Malik today, will have a bowl

3.1

Shukla to Rutherford, OUT, came in at a yorker length, with Rutherford looking to play through the leg side, but leaves a gap between pad and bat, with the ball finding the way through. First wicket down

HD Rutherford b Shukla 5 (12m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Time for Brendon McCullum

3.2

Shukla to BB McCullum, 4 leg byes, length ball on the pads, looking for the inswinger, with McCullum glancing this behind square for a boundary. Called leg byes by the umpire

3.3

Shukla to BB McCullum, OUT, full length and McCullum's stay is not too long as he plays all around this. This one looked plumb, and the umpire confirms it straight way. Looks like it was a stroke of genius to include Shukla in today's squad

BB McCullum lbw b Shukla 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Derek de Boorder will now try his luck

3.4

Shukla to de Boorder, no run, back of a length outside off and Derek gets on top of it successfully

3.5

Shukla to de Boorder, OUT, bouncer outside off and Derek, who must have misread the bounce and pace, ends up holding his bat in the air, cross-batted at that, with the ball deflecting off the face straight up into Shukla's waiting hands. Three wickets from Shukla now

DC de Boorder c & b Shukla 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Mayank Agarwal: "I must say RDs captaincy deserves tons of applause...he brings in Shukla(hardly played) and gets the breakthrough!!"

Ryan ten Doeschate, who wasn't expecting to be in so soon, is the new batsman

3.6

Shukla to ten Doeschate, no run, length ball just outside off and Tendo does the correct thing to block this out to the off side

End of over 4 (4 runs, wicket maiden) Otago 20/3 (RR: 5.00)

    • RN ten Doeschate 0 (1b)
    • NT Broom 11 (12b 2x4)
    • R Shukla 1-1-0-3
    • SR Watson 1-0-6-0
4.1

Watson to Broom, no run, fuller length delivery with some away swing as Broom defends towards mid off

jee1: "Trust Dravid to come up with such a stroke of brilliance..Shukla has delivered instantly..."

4.2

Watson to Broom, 1 wide, splays this wide down the leg side, with the umpire calling wide immediately

4.2

Watson to Broom, no run, up there again from Watson with Broom defending towards the leg side

4.3

Watson to Broom, OUT, short ball from Watson and Otago are just not reading this pitch as Broom, looking to pull this, ends up lobbing it in the air, with Samson running in towards backward square leg to complete a rather straight forward catch

NT Broom c †Samson b Watson 11 (21m 15b 2x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Time to Unleash the Neesh

4.4

Watson to ten Doeschate, no run, good length delivery outside off stump, ten Doeschate pushes it to mid off

4.5

Watson to ten Doeschate, 1 run, full and just outside off and Tendo plays this towards mid on, setting off for a quick single which was highly risky as the throw is fired in from Dravid to the keeper, but the batsmen are safe

4.6

Watson to Neesham, no run, length ball outside off and slanting away slightly as Neesham shoulders arms

Ankit: "This is Royal's fort baby..."

End of over 5 (2 runs) Otago 22/4 (RR: 4.40)

    • JDS Neesham 0 (1b)
    • RN ten Doeschate 1 (3b)
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1
    • R Shukla 1-1-0-3
5.1

Shukla to ten Doeschate, no run, back of a length outside off with appreciable bounce as Ryan defends to the off side

Sai Ashish: "I really don't understand how come every unknown player in Rajasthan Royals just walks into the final XI and plays so brilliantly!!"

5.2

Shukla to ten Doeschate, no run, back of a length and swinging in as Ryan gets on top of it

5.3

Shukla to ten Doeschate, FOUR, short ball and Ryan is too good for this to not be punished as he pulls behind square to get a much-needed boundary for Otago

5.4

Shukla to ten Doeschate, no run, short outside off and directed towards mid off

5.5

Shukla to ten Doeschate, 3 runs, short and wide and Ryan cuts this away towards extra-cover. Menaria comes in and picks up the ball to fire a throw at the non-strikers, with no one backing up, and Otago almost get an extra four runs, but Tambe stops it at the other end

Going round the wicket now

5.6

Shukla to Neesham, no run, fuller length as Neesham tries to club this away through midwicket, but finds mid on

Shane: "Thank goodness, someone is finally competing with Otago! Nothing worse than a team winning in a canter."

End of over 6 (7 runs) Otago 29/4 (RR: 4.83)

    • JDS Neesham 0 (2b)
    • RN ten Doeschate 8 (8b 1x4)
    • R Shukla 2-1-7-3
    • SR Watson 2-0-8-1

Kevon Cooper comes on to have a bowl

6.1

Cooper to ten Doeschate, 1 run, short ball straight away and Ryan, trying to play this towards mid on, spoons this uppishly, but luckily lands safe in no-mans land

6.2

Cooper to Neesham, no run, back of a length, generating some extra bounce, as Neesham tries to flick this off his pads

Sanket: "Seems Rahul Dravid has higher IQ than certain Mr. Einstein. Brought in Tambe and he grabbed 4 wickets. Now, trusted Rahul Shukla and he has sent 3 batsmen back in just one over..."

6.3

Cooper to Neesham, no run, fuller length just outside off as Neesham goes for a lofted shot through the leg side, and anyone who has ears can hear the audible nick, but the umpire stays nonplussed. What's going on out there? Big miss for Royals and lucky break for Otago

6.4

Cooper to Neesham, no run, Neesham tries to work this away through the off side

6.5

Cooper to Neesham, 1 run, length ball outside off as Neesham works this away through cover

6.6

Cooper to ten Doeschate, 1 run, fuller length and Ryan pushes this through mid on for a single

End of over 7 (3 runs) Otago 32/4 (RR: 4.57)

    • RN ten Doeschate 10 (10b 1x4)
    • JDS Neesham 1 (6b)
    • KK Cooper 1-0-3-0
    • R Shukla 2-1-7-3

jignesh: "RRs trend from last 3 matches of a bowler getting 3 or more wickets continues. Can Shukla extend the trend of RR bowlers getting MoMs?"

7.1

Shukla to ten Doeschate, 1 run, length ball just outside off and Ryan flashes hard to sweeper cover

7.2

Shukla to Neesham, 1 run, full and in the blockhole as Neesham is able to squirt this out for a single

7.3

Shukla to ten Doeschate, no run, length ball which Ryan hits towards point

Ravi: "haha..make Royals play every game at Jaipur and the Trophy will remain in their kitty forever......."

7.4

Shukla to ten Doeschate, 1 run, good slower ball at back of a length, with not much bounce as Ryan checks this pull, which almost carries to deep midwicket for a catch

7.5

Shukla to Neesham, FOUR, Neesham just clubs this length ball through extra-cover, beating sweeper cover to the boundary

7.6

Shukla to Neesham, 1 run, back of a length and slanting into Neesham as he is able to work this away through the leg side to retain strike for the next over

Gonzo: "Dravid may have a higher IQ than Einstein, but Einstein had a better slower-ball."

End of over 8 (8 runs) Otago 40/4 (RR: 5.00)

    • JDS Neesham 7 (9b 1x4)
    • RN ten Doeschate 12 (13b 1x4)
    • R Shukla 3-1-15-3
    • KK Cooper 1-0-3-0

Faulkner back into the attack

Siddartha Khandelwal: "Its really surprising that Royals win match after match given the limited resources thay have. The only international regulars they have are Faulkner and Watto, not a single Indian international regular . Every game, its someone new who puts their hand up."

8.1

Faulkner to Neesham, no run, length ball that angles in as Neesham tries to work this away

8.2

Faulkner to Neesham, FOUR, length ball and Neesham plays a short-arm pull through midwicket for four which Shane Watson would be admiring out in the field

8.3

Faulkner to Neesham, 2 runs, length ball again and Neesham pulls through the midwicket

8.4

Faulkner to Neesham, no run, full and on the money as Neesham tries to squirt it away

8.5

Faulkner to Neesham, 1 run, low full toss and Neesham should have done better than finding deep midwicket

Sandeep Raghuvanshi: "Rajasthan Royals were in news throughout this year but the good part is rather than the controversies it was there high voltage performance which earned them all this support.. Dravid - You are the MAN!!"

8.6

Faulkner to ten Doeschate, 1 run, back of a length slower ball which Ryan is able to work behind square on the leg side

End of over 9 (8 runs) Otago 48/4 (RR: 5.33)

    • RN ten Doeschate 13 (14b 1x4)
    • JDS Neesham 14 (14b 2x4)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-9-0
    • R Shukla 3-1-15-3

The 41-year-old Pravin Tambe into the attack

9.1

Tambe to ten Doeschate, 1 run, quicker ball within the stumps which Ryan directs through mid on

9.2

Tambe to Neesham, no run, flighted this time, just outside off, which Neesham defends carefully

Sridhar: "What happens when an unstoppable force (otago volts) meets an immovable object (RR at Jaipur)? It surrenders."

9.3

Tambe to Neesham, 1 run, length ball just outside off and Neesham nudges this through mid on

9.4

Tambe to ten Doeschate, no run, flighted back of a length and with some turn away from Ryan as he advances down the track, but is unable to work it away

9.5

Tambe to ten Doeschate, no run, darted in just outside off and Ryan tries to cut this away through point, but finds the fielder

9.6

Tambe to ten Doeschate, no run, quicker ball on the pads as Ryan tries in vain to flick this through the leg side

Ajeesh: "Taking nothing away from RR, but not happy with the scheduling. RR gets home game advantage even for the semis and other teams have battled rain and neutral venue pitch. In CLT20 every team must play in neutral venue, nothing wrong in extending this to IPL semis and finals."

End of over 10 (2 runs) Otago 50/4 (RR: 5.00)

    • RN ten Doeschate 14 (18b 1x4)
    • JDS Neesham 15 (16b 2x4)
    • PV Tambe 1-0-2-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-9-0
10.1

Watson to Neesham, 1 run, back of a length outside off and Neesham pulls this through mid on for a quick single

10.2

Watson to ten Doeschate, 1 run, back of a length outside off which Ryan opens the face to and steers through third man

10.3

Watson to Neesham, FOUR, short, slower ball and Neesham pulls this fiercely through midwicket for a boundary

Siman: "Matches like these show how well Dravid reads the pitch and knows his players! He should be made a national selector or Indian team coach in the coming years!"

10.4

Watson to Neesham, no run, back of a length and Neesham cuts this away through point , with Rahane making an excellent diving stop

10.5

Watson to Neesham, FOUR, fuller delivery and Neesham drives this straight down the ground for another boundary. Watson does not look amused

10.6

Watson to Neesham, SIX, length ball on the pads and Neesham plays the most effortless of flicks behind square which just goes over the third man boundary for a six. Excellent shot from Neesh

End of over 11 (16 runs) Otago 66/4 (RR: 6.00)

    • JDS Neesham 30 (21b 4x4 1x6)
    • RN ten Doeschate 15 (19b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-1
    • PV Tambe 1-0-2-0
11.1

Tambe to ten Doeschate, 1 run, down the pitch to a quick ball and he's lucky that hasn't ended in a stumping. Tambe fired it quicly and if ten Doeschate hadn't got bat to it, it was a sure stumping

11.2

Tambe to Neesham, 1 run, full on middle stump, whipped into the legside for one

11.3

Tambe to ten Doeschate, 1 run, steps out again, but not so aggressively, turns it to deep midwicket

11.4

Tambe to Neesham, 1 run, pitched wide of off stump and straightening, Neesham goes back and cuts it to the deep

11.5

Tambe to ten Doeschate, FOUR, pitched outside off and turned slightly in, but RTD's downward chop gets an outside edge and it flies past the keeper, fine enough to go for four

11.6

Tambe to ten Doeschate, no run, down the track once more, but can't get to the pitch. Ends up hitting his pad as it straightens

End of over 12 (8 runs) Otago 74/4 (RR: 6.16)

    • RN ten Doeschate 21 (23b 2x4)
    • JDS Neesham 32 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • PV Tambe 2-0-10-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-24-1

Kevon Cooper in to bowl

12.1

Cooper to Neesham, no run, short of a length on leg stump, Neesham misses with his pull

12.2

Cooper to Neesham, OUT, no Neesham fairy tale tonight, with the bat at least. Cooper slows down a length ball outside off stump and the batsman is done in by the lack of pace. Aims a big hit over long on, but ends up hitting high into air and Shane Watson takes it a few metres out of the circle, close to where mid on would stand

JDS Neesham c Watson b Cooper 32 (33m 25b 4x4 1x6) SR: 128.00

12.3

Cooper to ten Doeschate, no run, full on the stumps, played into the leg side infield

12.4

Cooper to ten Doeschate, 1 run, full again, on leg stump, RTD hits it down to long on

New man Nathan "Mattress" McCullum on strike

12.5

Cooper to NL McCullum, 1 run, full on off stump, drives it to cover who makes a diving save but the batsmen scamper through

12.6

Cooper to ten Doeschate, FOUR, straying onto the pads, and ten Doeschate times a nice glance that goes square of short fine leg and to the fence

End of over 13 (6 runs) Otago 80/5 (RR: 6.15)

    • RN ten Doeschate 26 (26b 3x4)
    • NL McCullum 1 (1b)
    • KK Cooper 2-0-9-1
    • PV Tambe 2-0-10-0
13.1

Tambe to NL McCullum, no run, full and straightening, N-Mac tried to turn it to leg but gets a leading edge that falls safely

13.2

Tambe to NL McCullum, 1 run, full on the legs, a lap sweep gets one

13.3

Tambe to ten Doeschate, OUT, absolutely plumb, and Otago lose both batsmen that had threatened to lift Otago out of the mire. Tambe pushes one fuller and flatter, maybe a little faster and it straightens to hit RTD right in front.

RN ten Doeschate lbw b Tambe 26 (42m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 96.29

Ian Butler is the new man

13.4

Tambe to Butler, no run, on the stumps, straightening, defended to off

13.5

Tambe to Butler, no run, another shout, but I think that was bat first, straightening on the stumps again but Butler's forward defence is good enough

13.6

Tambe to Butler, no run, wider and spinning away, Butler hits to point

End of over 14 (1 run) Otago 81/6 (RR: 5.78)

    • IG Butler 0 (3b)
    • NL McCullum 2 (3b)
    • PV Tambe 3-0-11-1
    • KK Cooper 2-0-9-1

Pinaki: "RTD funny, till date thought stands for some boring radial temperature distribution. Keep inventing cricinfo" Or Ready to Drink alcohol - teenagers know what I'm talking about, right?

14.1

Shukla to NL McCullum, no run, short on off stump. McCullum rises to defend that to the off side

14.2

Shukla to NL McCullum, 2 runs, short again, but waist height. McCullum's pull gets a big top edge, but the ball lands safely between deep midwicket and deep square leg

14.3

Shukla to NL McCullum, FOUR, length ball outside off driven aerially on the up by N-Mac. Hit hard and timed well to evade cover

14.4

Shukla to NL McCullum, 1 run, short of a length ball on off stump, batsman pushes that to mid on and takes one

14.5

Shukla to Butler, 1 run, length ball on leg stump, driven into a gap on the leg side for a single

Coming around the wicket

14.6

Shukla to NL McCullum, no run, shortish outside off stump, punched on the back foot for a single

End of over 15 (8 runs) Otago 89/6 (RR: 5.93)

    • NL McCullum 9 (8b 1x4)
    • IG Butler 1 (4b)
    • R Shukla 4-1-23-3
    • PV Tambe 3-0-11-1
15.1

Tambe to Butler, FOUR, full and spinning away outside off as Butler just drives through the line through extra-cover for four

15.2

Tambe to Butler, 1 leg bye, darts this on the pads as Butler whips this behind square

15.3

Tambe to NL McCullum, no run, full and just outside off as Nathan goes for the reverse sweep, but unable to beat first slip

15.4

Tambe to NL McCullum, 1 run, darted in on the leg stump as Nathan paddles this behind square for one

nuka: "this rahul shukla has messed up my fantasy team...taking all the batsmen i had.."

15.5

Tambe to Butler, no run, full again as Butler tries to manufacture a shot through the leg side but finds mid on

15.6

Tambe to Butler, 1 run, length ball just outside off as Butler directs this through extra-cover to retain strike for the next over

End of over 16 (7 runs) Otago 96/6 (RR: 6.00)

    • IG Butler 6 (8b 1x4)
    • NL McCullum 10 (10b 1x4)
    • PV Tambe 4-0-17-1
    • R Shukla 4-1-23-3

Cooper back in the attack

Srini: "It looks like Royals will be chasing just around 120 twice in a row."

16.1

Cooper to Butler, 1 run, full delivery which Butler hits straight to mid on for a single

16.2

Cooper to NL McCullum, 1 run, full, even a low toss, as Nathan hits this on the up, with Cooper almost taking the return catch, but spills it towards the leg side

16.3

Cooper to Butler, SIX, length ball in the slot and Butler just smashes this over the long on boundary for a six

16.4

Cooper to Butler, FOUR, short, slower delivery outside off and Butler obliges with a cross batted mow through midwicket which beats an incoming square leg to the boundary

16.5

Cooper to Butler, no run, slower ball again outside off as Butler tries for the midwicket swipe

16.6

Cooper to Butler, SIX, slower ball, fuller length delivery and Butler hits this so high in the air that long on may be tempted, but his heart drops as he sees it sail over the boundary

Feminista Bot: "Just put a bet on the Volts. I suspect RR will choke here."

End of over 17 (18 runs) Otago 114/6 (RR: 6.70)

    • IG Butler 23 (13b 2x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 11 (11b 1x4)
    • KK Cooper 3-0-27-1
    • PV Tambe 4-0-17-1

Faulkner back into the attack

17.1

Faulkner to NL McCullum, 2 runs, full and on the money as Nathan clips this through midwicket for a couple

17.2

Faulkner to NL McCullum, 1 run, Faulkner follows the batsman with a yorker length delivery as Nathan backs away, ends up hitting this towards the off side for a single

17.3

Faulkner to Butler, 1 run, full and on leg stump as Butler flicks this behind square for one

Raul: "In mordern day cricket, I only remember a few Batsman who have been consistent in the whole series to name them would be Virat and Misbah are the 2 I can remember right now. Baz did well in the Qualifiers but has gone quite after that so has been most of the CLT20 players of all the team. Consistency is the something which players don't have these days."

17.4

Faulkner to NL McCullum, 1 run, full again and Nathan goes for a mow through long on

17.5

Faulkner to Butler, no run, full again and Butler unable to get this away through the leg side

17.6

Faulkner to Butler, 1 run, yorker length on middle/leg as Nathan clips this through to deep midwicket

End of over 18 (6 runs) Otago 120/6 (RR: 6.66)

    • IG Butler 25 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • NL McCullum 15 (14b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-15-0
    • KK Cooper 3-0-27-1
18.1

Cooper to Butler, no run, length ball just outside off, slanting in, as Butler flashes hard, but gets the inside edge which the keeper is able to stop

18.2

Cooper to Butler, OUT, exact line again, just a bit fuller, as Butler this time successfully finds the inside edge onto the stumps. Butler was unaware at first, thinking he got away again, but looks back to find his wicket in disarray

IG Butler b Cooper 25 (19m 18b 2x4 2x6) SR: 138.88

Time for Wagner to have a go

18.3

Cooper to Wagner, no run, slower ball just outside off which Wagner does not read as he goes for a hit through midwicket

18.4

Cooper to Wagner, 1 wide, wide down the leg side

18.4

Cooper to Wagner, 1 run, back of a length and Wagner gets off the mark as he carves this behind point

18.5

Cooper to NL McCullum, 1 run, slower ball, basically a low full toss, which Nathan is able to eke out through the off side

18.6

Cooper to Wagner, 3 runs, slower ball and Wagner looks to hammer this out of the Pink City, but gets a top edge which just carries over backward point, who does a great job in reining in a certain boundary

Murali: "I really want this match to go down to the wire. Both the teams have reasons to win. Otago volts to keep their continuous winning stretch, and RR their home winning stretch. Lets see which one stays alive by the end of the day."

End of over 19 (6 runs) Otago 126/7 (RR: 6.63)

    • N Wagner 4 (3b)
    • NL McCullum 16 (15b 1x4)
    • KK Cooper 4-0-33-2
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-15-0

Into the final over, with Faulkner to finish off things

19.1

Faulkner to Wagner, 1 run, full just outside off and Wagner drills this to mid on, and is still able to complete the run

19.2

Faulkner to NL McCullum, FOUR, full on leg and Nathan does a great job at digging this out, timing it well enough to beat deep backward square leg to the boundary

19.3

Faulkner to NL McCullum, no run, full again and just outside off as Nathan fails to get any bat on it

zafarjaveds: "Otago might have started SLOW, but they have steadied well to get the par score. Hence, Slow and steady wins the race."

19.4

Faulkner to NL McCullum, FOUR, low full toss and Nathan is able to loft this through the inner ring to find the boundary

19.5

Faulkner to NL McCullum, 2 runs, full again and Nathan works this away to mid on, with Nathan running hard for the first. The pair are able to scamper the second. Good running here from Otago

19.6

Faulkner to NL McCullum, 2 runs, full again, following Nathan as he dances down, as Nathan finds deep midwicket, who fumbles the ball, allowing the second run to be taken

Great recovery from Otago Volts here. After being reduced to 21 for 4 in the fifth over, with Rahul Shukla doing massive damage with three wickets in one over, they have done well to get to 139 for 7, led by innings from Ryan ten Doeschate, James Neesham, Nathan McCullum and Ian Butler. Rajasthan will be backing themselves here, but 140 can still be a tricky target in T20s, and Otago will be fighting hard, as they did in their previous match against Lions, to preserve their winning streak. One of the records will go down today. Question is, which one? Stay tuned to find out.

End of over 20 (13 runs) Otago 139/7

    • NL McCullum 28 (20b 3x4)
    • N Wagner 5 (4b)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-28-0
    • KK Cooper 4-0-33-2
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