Kochi v Rajasthan, IPL 2011, Indore May 15, 2011

A revamped Rajasthan, and Oram's nightmare

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the IPL game between Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Rajasthan Royals in Indore

The revamp
A play even before a ball was bowled. At the toss, Shane Warne announced Rajasthan Royals had made six changes to their line-up. Shaun Tait, Pinal Shah, Jacob Oram, Ankit Chavan, Nayan Doshi and Faiz Fazal were the recruits for this must-win encounter. Their total contribution was 32 runs and two wickets.

Sreesanth's proud moment
It could well have been a Test match; then the victory for the bowler would then have been sweeter. Sreesanth bowled a lovely outswinger to Rahul Dravid, and it proved tempting enough for him to try to chase it down. It landed on a driving length, produced the outside edge and was pouched safely at slip.

Bangladesh revisited
Shane Watson made merry dispatching every Bangladesh slow bowler who came his way not too long ago. P Prasanth became the latest in a series of left-arm spinners to be left scarred by a Watson assault as he was smashed for three sixes - two off long hops and one off a full toss - in an over that marked a rare high point for Rajasthan in their otherwise listless effort with the bat.

Oram's nightmare
A horrible first game of the season for Jacob Oram. A lazy push against Brad Hodge resulted in his dismissal for a duck, and he was welcomed to the bowling crease by his New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum with three towering sixes, each more powerful than the other, and all over the bowler's head.

Tait's misfortune
Tait overstepped in the first over of Kochi's chase to concede a free hit, and was promptly swatted next ball for a massive six by McCullum. He got his man two balls later with a searing yorker, or so we thought. Tait has had trouble with the back foot no-ball for a while now, and replays showed his heel had brushed the side crease as he got into his delivery stride. McCullum got a life, and though he lasted just a couple more overs, he was able to inflict enough damage in his brief stay to leave Rajasthan deflated.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Their first IPL triumph cannot be called a FLUKE . It was just amazing bowling performances from Sohail Tanvir and Warne and an all round brilliance from Watson. They need to get more influential players thats all.

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2011, 12:29 GMT

    Biggest mistake RR did was not to retain a player like yusuf pathan.. He was always there for them when the team was in a mess..

  • Ryan on May 16, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    This wasn't the first game for Oram. Also the batting order is messed up. Watson should definitely be opening as he has been doing so well why mess around with that. Taylor should be used as a proper batsmen and not just a death-over-slogger. Botha is in good form for this IPL keep him where he is.

  • Mahesh on May 16, 2011, 8:03 GMT

    Rajasthan is worst side in IPL, It is proved that their first IPL win was totally fluke, BCCI must dismiss this & get a new team to improve the quality of cricket in IPL, this team's matches will not be seen by anyone from next edition the way they play. I think school kids can play better cricket than RR.

  • chakor on May 16, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Looks like an old ringmaster is running circus of few Jokers and old Lions... LOL

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Always been a great fan of Shane Warne and RR but sometime i get baffled by Shane's captaincy. I know he has a limited potential team in hands and we dont have great players in the team, but some time the changes done by Shane Warne are beyound my understandin (may be thats why he is a legend and i m just a fan), keeping apart this, RR needed 3 win from their last 5 games after winning against Pune. In the match against Chennai, after winning the toss, i m not sue why he choose batting, batting was difficult in the heat condition and could have been easy in the second innings but warne went on to bat and RR scored only 140 to loose the game. Also i felt that indian players are not utilized properly, i would love to open with Dravid and Rahane (Rahane did well whenever he got chance) followed by Botha, Menaria, Watson and Taylor, Pinal Shah shuld have been the keeper in all games. In bowling, they sud have tried Deepak Chahar who played his part in Rajasthan winning Ranji Trophy

  • Charindra on May 16, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    6 changes by Warnie. Typically erratic and unconventional captaincy. Deserved to lose.

  • Denham on May 16, 2011, 3:00 GMT

    A good send off for Mahela and I feel for Shane Warne

  • Dummy4 on May 16, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    Jacob Oram played Rajastan's 1st match against Deccan on 09-04-11!

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    This was not the first game for Oram. He had played the first 2 matches before getting injured.

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