Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Mohali April 21, 2011

Brutal Punjab maul ragged Rajasthan


Kings XI Punjab 195 for 7 (Marsh 71, Valthaty 46, Tait 3-22) beat Rajasthan Royals 147 for 7 (Praveen 2-22, Bhatt 2-20) by 48 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

You don't dismiss Paul Valthaty off a no-ball, this month. You don't dismiss Adam Gilchrist off a no-ball, ever. Rajasthan Royals found out just why. Siddharth Trivedi over-stepped as he got Gilchrist to chop on in the first over, and Shaun Tait cut the return crease as he sent down a thunderbolt in the second, that Valthaty guided to third slip. Both free-hits were slammed for fours, setting up a session of uninhibited brutality. Shaun Marsh built on the openers' heroics as Kings XI Punjab roared to a score of 195, setting up their third win in three games. The Mohali crowd lapped up the entertainment, Shane Warne was reduced to sledging in vain, Elizabeth Hurley had little to cheer by the end, and Preity Zinta could barely contain her glee.

Punjab were on top from start to finish, but the peak of their dominance was the third over of the game, off which Valthaty plundered Trivedi for 25 runs. A slow bouncer was pulled out of the ground, a fuller delivery was drilled straight and another length ball was redirected to cow corner. Trivedi managed to squeeze in a dot ball before sending down a badly-disguised slower one that was carved over point. And then Trivedi sent down another no-ball, full and succulent on the pads, and Valthaty tucked in for four more. Things just kept getting worse for Rajasthan, but they had it coming after the no-balls. Even Shane Warne wasn't at his best, as Gilchrist thumped him for a six and a four off his first three balls. At the end of four overs, Punjab were going at the other-worldly run-rate of 16.75.

Shane Watson, as he has so often done in recent times, came on and produced a crucial wicket, getting Gilchrist to drive to mid-on. Sanity prevailed for a few minutes as Marsh found his bearings, before he showed that there were non-violent ways to score runs as well. While Marsh finessed boundaries along the ground, Valthaty kept throwing visceral punches in all directions. Rajasthan continued to be generous, dropping him twice in the outfield off successive balls. Valthaty used the luck to wrest the orange cap back from Sachin Tendulkar, and slammed a Warne long-hop over the leg side, before someone finally held on to one of his mis-hits.

Marsh had moved to 21 off 14 balls by then, and stepped up a gear to ensure there was no let-up in the momentum. Rajasthan's medium-pacers fed him with several full and wide deliveries, while the spinners kept dropping short. Warne was the worst offender, and his lengths were shoddy enough to force Marsh to start playing some uncultured shots over the leg side. The 14th over yielded three sixes in four balls, as Punjab set their sights on 200. The projection was revised upwards after the next over, in which Dinesh Karthik looted three successive fours off Trivedi. Tait and Watson managed to pull things back in the last five overs, as Punjab lost 26 for 5, but the damage had already been done.

Chasing the biggest target of IPL 2011, Rajasthan strangely chose not to open with Watson. Rahul Dravid stroked a couple of elegant boundaries before Ryan Harris yorked him. Swapnil Asnodkar came out swinging wildly without connecting with much, and Praveen Kumar nailed him with a full delivery in the third over. Watson tried to ignite the chase with four boundaries off seven balls, but Praveen got him to top-edge a pull in the seventh over. The chase was as good as over when Ross Taylor was caught in front by a Piyush Chawla wrong 'un.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 24, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Shaun Marsh is the best left handed batsman in the world far ahead of Yuvraj Singh.

  • Mohamed on April 22, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    great victory though Kings xi need some changes but i'm nt too sure abt this changes bcs lack domestic players who can fill these shortages...i would like 2 tell dat punjab had a gud opening partnership though it will never happen day n day bcs it's cricket so whenever thier openers nt done enough they must b sure dat thier low order done da rest of work so we seen that poor last 5 overs 4m punjab eventhough 169 after 15 overs if i can tell abt changes it should be david hussey in 4 some one n drop mclaren n brng any gud bowlers if they had bsc hussey can be bowl some gud overs 4 king xi...

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 13:02 GMT

    We want Deepak Chahar in Playing XI..........He bowled out Hyderabad at 21 runs only - the lowest Ranji score in Indian cricket history.........Warne please give him chance, he will surely give you perfect bowling start...........

  • Bryn on April 22, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    like ive said for ages. shaun marsh is one of the most talented batsmen in the world. top 10 at least IMO

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    Where are Deepak Chahar, Pankaj Singh? Why warne not playing them? Is he out of his mind? Common!

  • Abhijith on April 22, 2011, 8:07 GMT

    Dravid should learn some things from Jayawardene . You don't need to advance down the track against fast bowler if just played 2-3 dot balls. Boundary per over then singles/doubles that is it . This tactic is better than slogging. No one can beat Dravid in case of elegance .

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    I think Warne is being too clever by half by keeping Watson down the order. He has throughly confused Watson who came in the form of his life but kept him lower down the order.Warne is trying hard to be a great captain and missing the obvious things. Dravid has been batting and Watson has been explosive. Warne is getting ahead of himself and making glaring mistakes. The 3 fielder rule that day was a case in point. Warne is a great spotter of talent and a wonderful motivator, but I think he is playing his cards poorly and Shane Watson has to be a very disillusioned man. Contrast this with Gilly"s captaincy that is motivating and yet not trying too hard to keep telling the world "I am the captain". Come on buck up Warney for Lizzies sake and the sake of the kids in the stands. sridhar

  • Gaurav on April 22, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    I dont know what is the problem in giving a young bowler like Deepak Chahar chance to play.We have seen so many young batsman been given the chance to play against top international players but none of the young bowlers are getting enough chances,didnt R Ashiwn get the valuable experience by playing in IPL, i would like to see Warnie giving a chance to Chahar instead of Trivedi.

  • jason on April 22, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    give oram a chance in place of taylor

  • jason on April 22, 2011, 4:07 GMT

    warne when will u understand..................... the opening pair dravid-watson

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