Indian Premier League, 28th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kochi Tuskers Kerala at Jaipur, Apr 24, 2011
Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets (with 35 balls remaining)
24 April 2011 - night match (20-over match)

It is the people's favourite opening combination -Watson and Dravid - walk out


Singh to Watson, FOUR, what a start to the innings, width for Watson, he crunches that off the backfoot in front of point for four, hammered that one


Singh to Watson, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball to third man


Singh to Dravid, 1 run, back of a length on middle and leg, clipped behind square leg by Dravid for a single


Singh to Watson, no run, pulled to backward square leg by Watson, hit hard into the ground


Singh to Watson, 1 run, length ball on middle and off, played towards the off side by Watson, hesitates before taking a single

Ashish Sharma: "RR's performance secret - they will perform best when expectations are least :)"


Singh to Dravid, 1 run, clipped off the pads behind square leg for a single, good start for Rajasthan

Azz: "Just joined the match - does the pitch have demons that could trouble the royals as well or is it the law of averages catching up with Kochi?" The pitch has demons but 109 may be too smal to trouble Rajasthan

End of over 1 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (102 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.36)

    • R Dravid 2 (2b)
    • SR Watson 6 (4b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 2 runs, on the pads, easy runs for Dravid, played along the ground to deep midwicket


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, length ball outside off, carefully defended by Dravid


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 1 run, looks to whip it to the leg side, flies away off the edge towards backward point


Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 run, Watson surprised by the 134kmh bouncer, came quicker on to Watson than he expected, was half way through his pull when the ball struck the bat, off the top edge and loops over square leg,


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, FOUR, classy from Dravid, overpitched by his state team-mate, and Dravid unleashes an on-drive and gets the placement perfect


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, short of length and outside off, Dravid looks to guide that to third man but is beaten

Sri: "How things change in a matter of 3 days . The duo of warne and trivedi which leaked 104 runs in 8 overs the other day are now back with figures of 6/35. Although I am the loser as i dropped them out of my fantasy 11."

End of over 2 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 16/0 (94 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 5.22)

    • R Dravid 9 (7b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 7 (5b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-8-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-8-0

Singh to Watson, no run, tested with the short ball, Watson mistimes his pull, the ball rolls towards mid-on


Singh to Watson, no run, looks to squeeze this one past the keeper, but can't get it past


Singh to Watson, 1 run, not much room for Watson to work with, he still manages to dab the ball to third man for a single


Singh to Dravid, 1 leg bye, length ball outside leg, off the pads towards square leg


Singh to Watson, no run, Watson looks to defend a short of length ball on the front foot, edged and onto the pads, ball dribbles towards the keeper


Singh to Watson, 2 runs, length ball on the pads, flicked away to deep backward square leg

Not everyone is convinced with Warne at the IPL. Duncan asks: "Does Warne ever bowl between the 16-20 over stretch? Helps being the skipper."

End of over 3 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (90 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.66, RRR: 5.29)

    • SR Watson 10 (10b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 9 (8b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-11-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-8-0

Murali on now, his spell could be be the match decider. Unless he strikes, Kochi are sunk


Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 wide, speared down the leg side


Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on a length just outside off, worked towards square leg

Round the wicket to Watson


Muralitharan to Watson, 1 run, dabbed off the pads towards midwicket for an ambled single

Prasanth's view on the match: "110 ? Elementary, my dear Watson."


Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, blocked to the off side by Dravid


Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, Dravid looks to guide the ball to third man but is beaten outside off


Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, just down the leg side


Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, Dravid can't get hold of it as he looks to whip it to midwicket, ball rolls on to the pitch

End of over 4 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 23/0 (87 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 5.43)

    • R Dravid 10 (13b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 11 (11b 1x4)
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-3-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-11-0

Change of ends for Vinay


Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 run, inside-edges the ball towards midwicket by Watson


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid brings out the pull, and like most batsmen today he struggles with the big shot, the short ball hurries on and Dravid gets a top edge, flies over short fine leg for a one-bounce four


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, short of length ball outside off, jags in a touch and Dravid is surprised by that one, can't connect


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 4 runs, oh dear! Kochi can't afford these overthrows, length ball just outside off, driven to backward point, Jadeja thinks he has spotted the non-striker out of the crease. and shies at the stumps, he misses and the ball goes away for four free runs


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, blocked to the off side after moving towards leg


Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 1 run, another top-edge for Dravid, lands well short of third man, and Dravid collects a single

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/0 (77 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 5.13)

    • R Dravid 19 (18b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 12 (12b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-18-0
    • M Muralitharan 1-0-3-0

Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, Dravid wants to drive that through off, mistimes it towards the bowler


Muralitharan to Dravid, no run, arches back and carves the ball towards point


Muralitharan to Dravid, FOUR, this time it is very convincing from Dravid, a touch short, Dravid skips towards leg and whips the ball past mid-on for four, slightly airy but well wide of the fielder


Muralitharan to Dravid, 1 run, gets off the strike with a single to the off side


Muralitharan to Watson, no run, the straighter one from Murali, Watson playing for the turn, the ball zips past the outside edge


Muralitharan to Watson, no run, Watson guides the doosra towards point to end the over

End of over 6 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 38/0 (72 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 5.14)

    • SR Watson 12 (14b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 24 (22b 3x4)
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-8-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-18-0

Perera to bowl


Perera to Dravid, 1 run, glides the ball towards third man

Ganesh Swaminathan: "I can already see the boring presentation ceremony unfolding in front of my eyes.."Mahela, tough luck".."Yeah in 20-20 games anything can happen, one day you are on top and the next day you fall to the bottom"..come on guys..somebody, please change the scripts!" Please send in questions you would rather like asked at the end of the match


Perera to Watson, 1 run, short of length ball on the pads, pushed towards mid-on for a single

Sri: "@Ashish : RR employs the strongest optimisation technique available. When they go down they lose terribly, when they win they win crushingly and warne's inspiration takes them home in cliffhangers. Don't remember RR losing a close one !!! Any optimisation guy would attest !! "


Perera to Dravid, FOUR, what a shot this is from Dravid, superb to watch, gets back and clips the ball off the back foot, waits for the ball and uses his wrists to send the ball scurrying to the midwicket boundary, top shot that


Perera to Dravid, no run, Perera replies with the fast bowlers' fallback, the bouncer, Dravid ducks


Perera to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads again, pushed wide of mid-on, Watson was very keen on a second, 'No no no no no,' is the desperate call from Dravid, and Watson hurries back after starting for the second


Perera to Watson, 1 run, outside off, Watson opens the face to send the ball towards backward point

End of over 7 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 46/0 (64 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 4.92)

    • SR Watson 14 (16b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 30 (26b 4x4)
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-8-0
    • M Muralitharan 2-0-8-0

Jadeja to Watson, no run, Jadeja is on as Kochi looks for wickets, Watson is beaten outside off by the turn, big appeal for a stumping, Watson's back foot is firmly planted in the crease

Satty: "@Duncan: How many leg spinners do you see bowl between 16-20 in T20? "


Jadeja to Watson, no run, full ball just outside off, driven towards extra cover


Jadeja to Watson, no run, slapped off the back foot towards backward point


Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, Watson thumps that down to long-on, all along the ground for a single

Balaji: "Watching Dravid play is always great to watch whether it is Test or IPL. Style with Substance. Simply Superb."


Jadeja to Dravid, 1 run, length ball outside off, Dravid stretches across and drives towards cover


Jadeja to Watson, no run, dropped Jadeja is having a poor day in the field, puts down the danger man Watson, who clubbed the ball back to the bowler, was a low chance but Jadeja is usually a reliable fielder, he can't latch on this time, nice catch-able height too that was

End of over 8 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/0 (62 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.16)

    • SR Watson 15 (21b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 31 (27b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-2-0
    • NLTC Perera 1-0-8-0

Gomez to Dravid, 1 run, driven to long-off for a single


Gomez to Watson, 1 run, powered towards short cover by Watson, a diving stop by the fielder there

Ganesh V: "Not sure why a bowler has got to prove himself by bowling in death overs!! The important thing is to get wickets..Should not take anything away from the genius - Warne"


Gomez to Dravid, no run, dabbed towards backward point


Gomez to Dravid, 2 runs, length ball is driven past cover for a single

Zain is one of the many readers saying this: "Rajasthan has the worse run rate so far.It wouldn't hurt if they go after the bowling to improve that!"


Gomez to Dravid, 1 run, short of length ball that one keeps low, Dravid adjusts and drives for a single


Gomez to Watson, FOUR, Kochi are putting in a terrible display in the field, Watson clobbers the ball down the ground to long-on, RP Singh has a regulation stop to make and he lets it through his hands for a boundary, Kochi already thinking of the flight out of Jaipur?

Ashtaad has found another match-up to go with Warne v Murali and Dravid v Laxman: "RR vs KTK is a historical rivalry if you think about it, one's history had Lalit Modi, the other Shashi Tharoor!!"

Belford from the UK: "I think the best questions are the answers. 'What went wrong today?' Answer; 'Lost early wickets poor shot selection and we werent consistent' New Question; "Why did so many batsmen made such poor choice of shots?'"

Time-out time.

Ganshyam wants this to be asked: "Mahela "Does the colour of the jersey affect your performance in anyway?"

Arun: "Where is Shilpa Shetty these days? Haven't seen her cheering for RR..."

Pankaj Ojha asks: "Is it an illusion to see Watson scoring at a strike rate of less than 85 and Dravid Way ahead with a strike rate of 115+ a whooping difference of 30+."

End of over 9 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 57/0 (53 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 4.81)

    • SR Watson 20 (23b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 35 (31b 4x4)
    • RV Gomez 1-0-9-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-2-0

Jadeja to Dravid, no run, fullish ball is defended to the off side


Jadeja to Dravid, SIX, of all the big-hitters and T20 specialists in the match, it is Dravid who brings ou the first six of the day, slammed over long-on by Dravid, not the most elegant but it will do


Jadeja to Dravid, 1 run, tucked to short fine leg for a single


Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, Jadeja shouts 'Cacth it' but that was a brutal hit from Watson, powered past long-off for four


Jadeja to Watson, no run, looks to sweep this one from well outside off, misses


Jadeja to Watson, no run, driven firmly but can;t beat short cover

Vishnu Udayan: "@Satty; Piyush Chawla & Amit Mishra has been bowling plenty in the last 4 overs, remember they are way too less experienced than Shane Warne."

End of over 10 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 68/0 (42 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 4.20)

    • SR Watson 24 (26b 3x4)
    • R Dravid 42 (34b 4x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-13-0
    • RV Gomez 1-0-9-0

Perera to Dravid, no run, length ball outside off, opens the face to guide the ball towards point


Perera to Dravid, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, driven towards mid-on by Dravid


Perera to Watson, 1 run, just outside off, dabbed towards short third man


Perera to Dravid, 1 run, OUT, more width outside off, Dravid eases the ball towards third man, sprints back for the second, but the throw from the deep was right on top of the stumps and Dravid is caught short by inches as the keeper takes off the bails

R Dravid run out 44 (37b 4x4 1x6) SR: 118.91

Ryan from NZ wants this to be asked: "So ______, you guys were absolutely crushed. In your own original words, how would you describe the performance of your opponent?"


Perera to Botha, no run, fullish ball on middle and off, defended to the off side

Paras: "Why do the Sunday games have to be no contests?? Already Monday morning blues have started to take effect and this one-sided affair is doing no good!!"


Perera to Botha, no run, length ball just outside off, dropped towards off, batsman sets off for a single before being asked to turn back by Watson

End of over 11 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/1 (39 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 4.33)

    • J Botha 0 (2b)
    • SR Watson 25 (27b 3x4)
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-11-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-13-0

Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 run, short ball from Vinay to start a new spell, Watson was in position to play the pull early but it was a slower ball, it was a top edge from Watson, takes the ball down to fine leg


Vinay Kumar to Botha, 1 run, short and outside off, slammed towards deep midwicket by Botha


Vinay Kumar to Watson, no run, length ball on offstump, defended towards short cover


Vinay Kumar to Watson, 2 runs, thumped towards deep midwicket by Watson, a dive from Hodge stops the ball from going for four


Vinay Kumar to Watson, 1 run, heaved towards deep midwicket for a single this time


Vinay Kumar to Botha, FOUR, cut back in from a length, batsman is caught on the crease but he manages to stab it well wide of the keeper

End of over 12 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/1 (30 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 3.75)

    • J Botha 5 (4b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 29 (31b 3x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-0
    • NLTC Perera 2-0-11-0

Muralitharan to Watson, 2 runs, Watson goes down on one knee, and swipes the ball to deep square leg


Muralitharan to Watson, SIX, finally the first of the sixes the crowd came to see from Watson, who gets a massive stride and slugs that one over long-on for a huge six


Muralitharan to Watson, no run, big lbw from Murali after Watson is struck on the pads, that was going down, Murali was hopping up and down as he appealed furiously


Muralitharan to Watson, SIX, another six from Watson, this game is getting over in a hurry, the Rajasthan crowd are delighted, this time Watto swats it to cow corner for a six that just about clears the ropes


Muralitharan to Watson, no run


Muralitharan to Watson, 2 runs, rocks back and carves that past point to end the over

Arvind: "@Ryan, wouldn't it be more fun to ask the players to describe the performance of their teammates without using the words "unlucky" and "quality player""

End of over 13 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 96/1 (14 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 7.38, RRR: 2.00)

    • SR Watson 45 (37b 3x4 2x6)
    • J Botha 5 (4b 1x4)
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-24-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-0

Jadeja to Botha, FOUR, more awful fielding, Botha brings out the reverse-sweep, powers a full toss past the fielder at backward point, he should have stopped that one and conceded at most a single


Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, worked to short fine leg for a single


Jadeja to Watson, no run, skips away from leg and guides the ball to short third man


Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, brutality from Watson, he moves on to 49 with a muscled hit down the ground, much too quick for long-on or long-off to do anything about it


Jadeja to Watson, OUT, no half-century for Watson, he looked to work a fullish ball towards the leg side, it was flat and fired in, Watson misses and legstump is on the ground, Jadeja enjoys the moment

SR Watson b Jadeja 49 (40b 4x4 2x6) SR: 122.50

Ross Taylor is the new man in


Jadeja to Taylor, 2 runs, gets forward and drives towards long-off to pick off a couple

End of over 14 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 107/2 (3 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 7.64, RRR: 0.50)

    • LRPL Taylor 2 (1b)
    • J Botha 10 (6b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-24-1
    • M Muralitharan 3-0-24-0

Muralitharan to Botha, FOUR, another reverse-sweeps seals the victory, Rajasthan vaults into second spot, that was a thoroughly dominant performance from them, Kochi's winning streak comes to an end

Mojo: "@belford That won't work. Standard reply will be "It just wasn;t our day. Everything went wrong for us today""

Here's the latest points table.

Kochi need to forget this game quick, nothing went right - the batsmen didn't fire, the bowlers couldn't make the breakthroughs and the fielding was abysmal.

Shane Watson: "I was scratchy to start with, it was nice to hit a few big boundaries towards the end. It is normally a good wicket here, was a bit two-paced today, and good for the bowling side. I love opening, but will bat wherever Warnie wants me to."

Vasco da Gama: "This IPL, for home matches, teams seem to have started preparing wickets that suit them best, unlike previous seasons. Today was the best example ." And Delhi yesterday.

Nimit: "Just feel that rain abandoned match between RR and RCB proved to be a beneficiary for both the teams .... that single odd point can prove to be very very crucial for both the teams."

Aditi: "@Mojo: It wouldn't be far from the truth, though. Yes, the presentation is more inane than it needs to be most of the times, but ultimately the teams that need to find answers for themselves, not the commentators."

Liz Hurley says: "I have never been to watch any sports game in my life before this tournament. We might go see some tigers perhaps, and also you know encourage people to bowl well, bat well."

Raj Kundra: "I was dying to get Liz to see a home game, since this is what we are about. I don't think we should change the winning squad, we should keep the same for the next few games."

Here's the presentation ceremony.

First up, Mahela Jayawardene: "It was going to be a tough task with the dew, we needed another 20-30 runs, we didn't bat well and they bowled well up front. Rahul and Watto showed their experienced, played really well. After the start we had, I thought 120-130 was a good score, but we couldn't execute, plenty to learn from this. It is a close table, we need to keep focus."

Next is the winning cpatain, Shane Warne: "Our intensity was very good from ball one, the boys showed a lot of character today, it was a satisfying win, Watson is such a super player, arguably the best player in the world at moment. we don't look too much at the table, we are still at the halfway stage. We have four-five days off now, looking forward to that." Warne is Man of the Match as well.

The IPL tables remains very tight as we progressed towards the halfway stage of this tournament.

That's it from us at ESPNcricinfo, thanks for all the mails and the banter. see you at tomorrow's IPL game. Till then, ta ta!






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