British Asian Cup

Middlesex v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 46 runs

The players are out in the middle and we have a game on, Fazal and Asnodkar opening the innings for Rajasthan Royals, Berg will start the proceedings for Middlesex.

Toss: The toss had taken place some time ago, Middlesex have won the toss and they will be bowling.

4:25 pm: The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. All is happening too quickly.

4:21 pm: It is raining heavily, the umbrellas are all up and the wicket is covered.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the British Asian Cup match between English twenty20 winners 2008, Middlesex and IPL winners of 2008, Rajasthan Royals.

The weather does not look good, rain is in the air, the covers have been on and off. We will keep our fingers crossed for a full game, stay tuned for all the updates.

0.1

Berg to Fazal, no run, chases a wide delivery outside the off stump and gets beaten.

0.2

Berg to Fazal, no run, another delivery angled across outside the off stump, cuts and misses.

0.3

Berg to Fazal, no run, this time closer to the stumps, defended square of the wicket on the off side to point.

0.4

Berg to Fazal, no run, knocked back to the bowler.

0.5

Berg to Fazal, 1 run, pushes in the gap at cover for the first run for Rajasthan Royals.

0.6

Berg to Asnodkar, 1 run, drops it softly to the onside and takes off for a single.

A good first over from Berg.

End of over 1 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 2/0
SA Asnodkar    1* (1b)      GK Berg    1-0-2-0
FY Fazal    1* (5b)     

Finn to share the attack.

1.1

Finn to Asnodkar, no run, keeps it fuller and Asnodkar playing too early, plays in the air to mid-on.

1.2

Finn to Asnodkar, FOUR, edges wide of the first slip and down to third man fence for the first boundary.

1.3

Finn to Asnodkar, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg, pushed to mid-on.

1.4

Finn to Asnodkar, 1 run, fuller and on the pads, Asnodkar looking to play through the onside, gets and edge along the ground to gully.

1.5

Finn to Fazal, no run, moves forward and plays to the man at cover.

1.6

Finn to Fazal, 2 runs, well timed shot, driven to the left of mid-on.

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 9/0
FY Fazal    3* (7b)      ST Finn    1-0-7-0
SA Asnodkar    6* (5b 1x4)     

Hendreson into the attack, he was part of the Rajasthan Royals this year.

2.1

Henderson to Asnodkar, no run, cuts and misses outside the off stump.

2.2

Henderson to Asnodkar, no run, pitches and moves away, another swing and miss from Asnodkar.

2.3

Henderson to Asnodkar, 1 run, turns it through midwicket for a single.

2.4

Henderson to Fazal, no run, fuller delivery and Fazal looking to flick it in the air over midwicket, misses it and takes it on the pad, appeal turned down as it pitched outside the leg stump.

2.5

Henderson to Fazal, SIX, a good strike this time from Fazal, hits it high and over the bowler and into the stands, used his feet well to connect that.

2.6

Henderson to Fazal, no run, looking to play through the onside, inside edges onto the pad.

4:52 pm: The rain has got heavier and it has become dark as well, all the covers seem to be out. The good news is that Lords has good drainage facilities.

4:45 pm: It has started to rain and the covers are coming on, the players walk off the field and we have a break. Showers are expected right through the evening.

End of over 3 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 16/0
FY Fazal    9* (10b 1x6)      T Henderson    1-0-7-0
SA Asnodkar    7* (8b 1x4)     

Finn to bowl after the break.

The Middlesex players are out and warming up and the groundsmen are getting the ground ready for play. The crowd cheers as the sun is out, there are few dark clouds hovering around.

5:45 pm: The sun is trying hard to get through the clouds, the covers on one side of the pitch is off and we might have some play soon.

5:35 pm: The rain has stopped and some of the covers are coming off, we have some entertainment programme going on at the moment, with singers and dancers on. There is good crowd at the ground for the match. The players on the balcony watching and enjoying the entertainment, no play for the moment, hope to see some play soon.

3.1

Finn to Asnodkar, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, cuts and misses.

3.2

Finn to Asnodkar, FOUR, width again outside the off stump, Asnodkar cuts hard through cover for a wonderful shot, that was hit hard.

3.3

Finn to Asnodkar, no run, short again, cuts and misses.

3.4

Finn to Asnodkar, 1 run, looking for the drive on the up, gets an inside edge onto the pads and the ball rolls along to the off side.

3.5

Finn to Fazal, SIX, flicked away in the air and over the midwicket fence for a maximum, wonderful pick up by Fazal.

3.6

Finn to Fazal, 1 run, full delivery driven down to mid-on for a single.

A good start for Rajasthan Royals after the break.

End of over 4 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/0
FY Fazal    16* (12b 2x6)      ST Finn    2-0-19-0
SA Asnodkar    12* (12b 2x4)     

4.1

Berg to Fazal, no run, beats the bat outside the off stump as Fazal looks to steer the ball past the keeper.

4.2

Berg to Fazal, 1 run, pushes to mid-on for a single.

4.3

Berg to Asnodkar, no run, goes for the almighty swing to get the ball over the onside, misses it and through to the keeper, who is standing upto the stumps.

4.4

Berg to Asnodkar, no run, cuts and misses outside the off stump.

4.5

Berg to Asnodkar, FOUR, hits it high and over point and the ball rolls into the fence.

4.6

Berg to Asnodkar, no run, good yorker, dug out by Asnodkar back to the bowler.

End of over 5 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/0
SA Asnodkar    16* (16b 3x4)      GK Berg    2-0-7-0
FY Fazal    17* (14b 2x6)     

Henderson back into the attack.

5.1

Henderson to Fazal, no run, pushes to mid-off and looking for the single, not there.

5.2

Henderson to Fazal, no run, full outside the off stump and driven well but straight to the fielder at backward point.

5.3

Henderson to Fazal, FOUR, makes room and cuts hard in the gap through extra cover to the fence.

5.4

Henderson to Fazal, 1 run, mistimes the low full toss along the ground to the left of mid-on.

5.5

Henderson to Asnodkar, 1 run, slower delivery and Asnodkar mistimes the pull high in the air forward of square leg for a single.

5.6

Henderson to Fazal, 4 runs, makes room and cuts in the gap through extra cover, good fielding in the deep but the batsmen run four.

End of over 6 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/0
FY Fazal    26* (19b 1x4 2x6)      T Henderson    2-0-17-0
SA Asnodkar    17* (17b 3x4)     

Murali Karthik into the attack.

6.1

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, tossed up delivery, inside edges past the keeper, the ball goes behind the keeper and hits the helmet, five penalty runs.

6.2

Kartik to Fazal, 1 run, reverse sweeps to short third man.

6.3

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off.

6.4

Kartik to Fazal, 4 byes, uses his feet and misses the ball and the keeper fails to collect the ball.

6.5

Kartik to Fazal, OUT, uses his feet and looks to go big over extra cover but mishits it high in the air to the sweeper in the deep, Godleman takes the catch.

FY Fazal c Godleman b Kartik 27 (22b 1x4 2x6) SR: 122.72

6.6

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, cuts to deep point for a single.

End of over 7 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 56/1
SA Asnodkar    20* (20b 3x4)      M Kartik    1-0-4-1
M Kaif    0* (0b)     

Udal into the attack. It has started to rain again.

7.1

Udal to Asnodkar, no run, works it behind square leg.

7.2

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on.

7.3

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, moves forward and pushes down the ground to long on.

7.4

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, makes room and mistimes the cut to the sweeper on the off side.

7.5

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, uses his feet and drives down the ground to long on for a single.

7.6

Udal to Asnodkar, 2 runs, uses his feet and works it through midwicket and they are coming for the second run, there is a fumble and they get the second run.

End of over 8 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/1
SA Asnodkar    24* (24b 3x4)      SD Udal    1-0-6-0
M Kaif    2* (2b)     

Play continues on in the rain.

8.1

Kartik to Kaif, no run, a stifled appeal as the ball hits the pad.

8.2

Kartik to Kaif, 1 leg bye, off the pad and to the onside.

8.3

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, cuts along the ground to the sweeper in the deep on the off side.

8.4

Kartik to Kaif, 1 run, cuts again along the ground to the deep cover.

8.5

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, flat delivery outside the off stump, cut to deep point.

The sun is out.

8.6

Kartik to Kaif, 1 run, quicker delivery worked to deep square leg for a single.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/1
M Kaif    4* (6b)      M Kartik    2-0-8-1
SA Asnodkar    26* (26b 3x4)     

9.1

Udal to Kaif, 2 runs, uses his feet well and chips it over midwicket to the deep, two more to the total.

9.2

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, a leading edge to short third man as Kaif looks to play to the onside.

9.3

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on.

9.4

Udal to Kaif, 2 runs, nice shot over the bowler, uses his feet well and chips it over the bowler to the deep.

9.5

Udal to Kaif, no run, defended to the onside.

9.6

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, uses his feet and takes it on the full and hits in the air to deep midwicket, not put away for a boundary.

End of over 10 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 74/1
M Kaif    10* (11b)      SD Udal    2-0-13-0
SA Asnodkar    27* (27b 3x4)     

Rajasthan Royals are in a good position after 10 overs.

10.1

Kartik to Kaif, 2 runs, looking for the big shot and gets an edge through the legs of the keeper.

10.2

Kartik to Kaif, no run, almost gives a return catch to the bowler.

10.3

Kartik to Kaif, no run, driven firmly along the ground to extra cover.

10.4

Kartik to Kaif, 2 runs, chips it in the air down the ground to long off.

10.5

Kartik to Kaif, 2 runs, makes room and cuts late past backward point to the deep.

10.6

Kartik to Kaif, 1 run, moves forward and works it through midwicket for a single.

End of over 11 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 81/1
M Kaif    17* (17b)      M Kartik    3-0-15-1
SA Asnodkar    27* (27b 3x4)     

Change of bowling, Malan into the attack.

11.1

Malan to Kaif, 1 run, a touch short and Kaif pulls it along the ground to long on.

11.2

Malan to Asnodkar, no run, backs away and drives along the ground straight to the fielder at extra cover.

11.3

Malan to Asnodkar, no run, misses the shot and collected by the keeper.

11.4

Malan to Asnodkar, 1 run, uses his feet and hits it along the ground to long off.

11.5

Malan to Kaif, no run, quicker delivery played back to the bowler.

11.6

Malan to Kaif, 2 runs, works it through midwicket, they push for two, the throw was wide.

End of over 12 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/1
M Kaif    20* (20b)      DJ Malan    1-0-4-0
SA Asnodkar    28* (30b 3x4)     

12.1

Kartik to Asnodkar, no run, down the wicket and miscues the shot, the ball is at his feet.

12.2

Kartik to Asnodkar, no run, backs away and displays the three stumps, swings and misses.

12.3

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, played out to the sweeper in the deep on the off side.

12.4

Kartik to Kaif, 1 run, mistimes the shot to extra cover.

12.5

Kartik to Asnodkar, 1 run, miscues to midwicket and they get a single.

12.6

Kartik to Kaif, no run, lovely delivery to end his spell of bowling, tossed up outside the off stump, Kaif swings across the line and gets beaten.

4 overs for 18 runs and a wicket for Karthik, wonderful bowling.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/1
M Kaif    21* (22b)      M Kartik    4-0-18-1
SA Asnodkar    30* (34b 3x4)     

13.1

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, hit in the air down the ground to long on.

13.2

Udal to Kaif, FOUR, uses his feet well and hits in the gap wide of long on for a boundary.

13.3

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, uses his feet and hits it in the air down the ground to long on.

13.4

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, full toss mishit in the air to long off, no timing from Asnodkar.

13.5

Udal to Kaif, 1 run, uses his feet and plays it through midwicket for a single.

13.6

Udal to Asnodkar, 1 run, swings it through midwicket to the deep.

End of over 14 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 97/1
SA Asnodkar    33* (37b 3x4)      SD Udal    3-0-22-0
M Kaif    27* (25b 1x4)     

14.1

Malan to Asnodkar, 2 runs, full toss mishit in the air down to long off, so many mishits from Asnodkar.

14.2

Malan to Asnodkar, SIX, this time he connects the full toss and hits it high and over the square leg fence for maximum.

14.3

Malan to Asnodkar, OUT, swings it in the air and down the ground, a mishit once again and Shah in the deep takes the catch.

SA Asnodkar c Shah b Malan 41 (40b 3x4 1x6) SR: 102.50

14.4

Malan to Kaif, 1 run, looking to work it through the onside, off the pad to short third man.

14.5

Malan to Ojha, 1 run, plays to short third man for a single.

14.6

Malan to Kaif, 2 runs, short ball pulled along the ground to deep midwicket.

End of over 15 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 109/2
M Kaif    30* (27b 1x4)      DJ Malan    2-0-16-1
NV Ojha    1* (1b)     

15.1

Udal to Ojha, SIX, gets it over the fielder at long on, hit well by Ojha.

15.2

Udal to Ojha, 1 run, full toss hit down the ground to long on.

15.3

Udal to Kaif, 3 runs, uses his feet and hits it high in the air to cow-corner, good running.

15.4

Udal to Ojha, 2 runs, dropped, hit high in the air and down to deep midwicket, Morgan drops it.

15.5

Udal to Ojha, OUT, uses his feet and looks it high and over the long on boundary, miscues it to long off and Finn takes a good running catch.

NV Ojha c Finn b Udal 10 (5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

15.6

Udal to Kaif, 2 runs, uses his feet and plays in the air to deep square leg.

End of over 16 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 123/3
M Kaif    35* (29b 1x4)      SD Udal    4-0-36-1
JL Langer    0* (0b)     

16.1

Malan to Langer, 1 run, hit in the air down the ground and one bounce to long off.

16.2

Malan to Kaif, 1 run, swatted along the ground to long on.

16.3

Malan to Langer, OUT, cleans him up, Langer looking to clear the midwicket fence. The stumps are shattered.

JL Langer b Malan 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

16.4

Malan to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, short ball swatted along the ground to wide long on.

16.5

Malan to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, short ball hit hard along the ground to long off.

16.6

Malan to Mascarenhas, 1 run, quicker delivery pushed to the off side to point for a single.

End of over 17 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 130/4
AD Mascarenhas    5* (3b)      DJ Malan    3-0-23-2
M Kaif    36* (30b 1x4)     

Drums in the background and Henderson is on.

17.1

Henderson to Mascarenhas, FOUR, yorker delivery squeezed out along the ground to third man fence.

17.2

Henderson to Mascarenhas, SIX, short ball pulled well in the air and over the midwicket fence, cleared the boundary by a long way.

17.3

Henderson to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, low full toss hit along the ground to wide long off.

17.4

Henderson to Mascarenhas, 1 run, another full toss, this time hit along the ground to long on.

17.5

Henderson to Kaif, 2 runs, full toss hit in the air to deep midwicket, running hard and getting the second run.

17.6

Henderson to Kaif, no run, short delivery and Kaif makes room and looks to cut, misses it.

End of over 18 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 145/4
M Kaif    38* (32b 1x4)      T Henderson    3-0-32-0
AD Mascarenhas    18* (7b 1x4 1x6)     

160 is a good score and the Rajasthan Royals will be looking to reach it. Berg into the attack.

18.1

Berg to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, good fielding at long on by Shah, hit in the air down the ground.

18.2

Berg to Mascarenhas, 1 run, slower ball hit down the ground to long off.

18.3

Berg to Kaif, 1 run, heaved away to deep midwicket.

18.4

Berg to Mascarenhas, 1 run, hit in the air to deep midwicket, single once again, good bowling this.

18.5

Berg to Kaif, 1 run, good ball right in the block-hole, dug out to the onside.

18.6

Berg to Mascarenhas, 1 run, full toss on the legs and Mascarenhas fails to put it away, plays to deep backward square leg.

End of over 19 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 152/4
AD Mascarenhas    23* (11b 1x4 1x6)      GK Berg    3-0-14-0
M Kaif    40* (34b 1x4)     

Finn to bowl the final over.

19.1

Finn to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, short ball mishit high in the air and drops short of the fielder at deep backward square leg.

19.2

Finn to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, makes room and mishits a length ball to deep extra cover, the fielder trying to get under it, could not reach it.

19.3

Finn to Mascarenhas, 1 run, mishits to midwicket for a single.

19.4

Finn to Kaif, 1 run, hit down the ground to long on for a single.

19.5

Finn to Mascarenhas, FOUR, swings it high in the air and finds the gap at midwicket fence, one bounce to the fence.

19.6

Finn to Mascarenhas, OUT, short ball and Mascarenhas fails to make contact and they run through for a bye and Kaif is caught short of the crease.

M Kaif run out 41 (35b 1x4 0x6) SR: 117.14

Innings break: A good score put up by Rajasthan Royals. Asnodkar early on and then Kaif and Mascarenhas finished well for them. Karthik, Malan and Berg bowled well for Middlesex. Join us after the break for the chase.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 162/4
AD Mascarenhas    32* (16b 2x4 1x6)      ST Finn    3-0-29-0
    
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