Indian Premier League - 38th match

Rajasthan Royals v Pune Warriors

Rajasthan Royals won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)

Game time. This is Nitin Sundar bringing you the game, and Sriram Veera is on the bulletin. The players are ready to take the field. Ryder and Pandey will open. Pandey is approximately the 79th opening partner Ryder has walked out with this season. Botha will open the attack.

Paneendra chips in again: "Given the state of Pune's batting form why do they need 5 specialist bowlers when Ryder and Yuvi can bowl? Doesn't an extra batsman instead help?" Valid point.

"A huge cricket fan like me is losing interest in IPL thanks to some ordinary pitches. Bowlers should have some assistance but people want to see at least scores around 160," says Praveen. Interesting comment - the pitches are tired, slow, low and indifferent since the IPL is coming after the domestic season and the World Cup. But then, there have been some interesting games, though not always high-scoring.

Sudhir: "What is Pune upto - 4 spinners: Kartik, Sharma, Yuvraj and Nathan...?" Interesting, isn't it? This pitch does help spin, mind you. RR have three of their own, and they were all devastating against Mumbai the other day.

Ripudaman: "Still waiting for Deepak Chahar and Pankaj Singh.. Saw them bowling in the Ranji... became a fan then and there itself."

Paneendra: "Uthappa is wasted at the bottom, why doesn't he open with Ryder?" By the looks of it, Manish Pandey will open today. Don't you think Uthappa is a lot more deadly against spin and medium pace? I do..

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Toss: Warne wins, Rajasthan bowl and they are unchanged. "Someone in the top four is going to make Yuvi and the boys pay today," Warne says.

Yuvraj: "I've won five tosses and lost all games, so happy to lose this time. Murali Kartik and Nathan McCullum are in."

Pre-toss discussions

Yuvraj: "We have lost games we should have won and we hope to turn it around today. It's an unpredictable format. We can learn from the way RR has played here. There will be slow turn."

Warne: "Nice to be back home, they cheer us well here as long as Sachin's not playing. Big game for us, we are prepared well. Very good wicket here, good outfield too."

It's Mayday, and fittingly so, sine Pune are in a lot of distress. Five defeats on the trot and they have the arduous task of turning it around in Shane Warne's fortress in Jaipur. Hello and welcome to game 38 of IPL 2011. Here's Sid Talya's preview to the game. Reckon you can predict the teams correct? Click here.

0.1

Botha to Ryder, no run, back of a length outside off, hint of slow turn, played with the turn into the covers

Slip in place.

0.2

Botha to Ryder, FOUR, too straight. On Ryder's pads and he tickles it along to fine leg. The outfield is bald as Andre Agassi's head.

0.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, fuller and on off stump, Ryder looks to dab to the leg side, can't get it away

0.4

Botha to Ryder, 1 run, as always, a very slow pitch this. Ryder backs away and looks for a big heave but mistimes it past the bowler for one. Bit of a misfield that from Botha.

Pradeep: "If Pune doesn't win today, they'd probably think of changing their name to Sahara Pune 'Worriers' !"

0.5

Botha to Pandey, no run, on off stump and breaking in, Pandey defends with the spin.

Both outfielders are on the leg side.

0.6

Botha to Pandey, 1 run, shortens the length, Pandey goes back in the crease and defends down the pitch

Vijay: "It's unfair to insult a legend (Agassi) by comparing him with the outfield." I can counter that by saying just how legendary the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is, but I shall desist ...

End of over 1 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
MK Pandey    1* (2b)      J Botha    1-0-6-0
JD Ryder    5* (4b 1x4)     

Menaria comes on. Spin everywhere.

1.1

Menaria to Pandey, FOUR, and four. Poor ball, short and wide outside off, easy smashed cut from Pandey.

1.2

Menaria to Pandey, no run, better line, fuller on off and Pandey defends.

1.3

Menaria to Pandey, 1 run, on the pads this time, Pandey whips to the leg side.

Menaria looks a bit like Yuvraj. Warne calls him 'Doxy', which is the name of the anti-malaria drug Warne carries. Malaria, Menaria sound the same to Warne!

1.4

Menaria to Ryder, FOUR, that's another poor ball, too short to Ryder who leans back and cracks it away square.

1.5

Menaria to Ryder, 1 run, slower and loopy, Ryder jumps out and can't get to the pitch, he plays it into the covers for one.

1.6

Menaria to Pandey, no run, armer from Doxy, Pandey doesn't pick it and just manages to stab it away off the inside edge to the leg side.

End of over 2 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
MK Pandey    6* (6b 1x4)      AL Menaria    1-0-10-0
JD Ryder    10* (6b 2x4)      J Botha    1-0-6-0

2.1

Botha to Ryder, no run, haha! Ryder backs away a mile, Botha sees him and lands it on a length straight at him, Ryder has no room in the end and plays a surprised flick that goes nowhere.

2.2

Botha to Ryder, FOUR, chippy. Ryder's done this a lot this IPL, makes room again, gets close to the pitch and then lofts with the turn, on purpose into the vacant wide long-on area.

2.3

Botha to Ryder, no run, fires it in, on the pads, Ryder squeezes it away square.

2.4

Botha to Ryder, 2 runs, looks to flick hard again, it is full on the pads and Ryder gets it away to midwicket where the fielder puts in a smart sliding stop to save the boundary. Only two runs taken. Was that Trivedi or Amit Singh?

2.5

Botha to Ryder, 2 runs, top bowling from Botha, slows it up as he sees Ryder charging, gets it to spin away and Ryder gets a leading edge as he looks to drive without reaching the pitch.

2.6

Botha to Ryder, OUT, you just can't keep Botha out of it for long, in this IPL 2011. Ryder's been utterly impatient, looking to charge out almost every ball, and it was getting monotonously predictable. Botha holds it back a touch, again gets it to grip and turn away sharply. Ryder heaves without conviction after prancing out, misses and is stumped by yards.

JD Ryder st †Yagnik b Botha 18 (12b 3x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Uthappa is in at No. 3. Here we go ...

End of over 3 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 24/1 (RR: 8.00)
     J Botha    2-0-14-1
MK Pandey    6* (6b 1x4)      AL Menaria    1-0-10-0

Watson comes on. Pandey to face.

3.1

Watson to Pandey, 1 run, back of a length on the middle and off line, Pandey works him from the crease towards midwicket.

Four stumpings for Yagnik. Most this year, tied with Dhoni.

3.2

Watson to Uthappa, no run, Watson again keeps is short of a length, at 134 kph and no movement off the track. Uthappa is solidly behind it and defends.

Widish slip in place.

3.3

Watson to Uthappa, no run, heavy ball, bouncer that goes at head-height on this pitch, takes some effort. Uthappa ducks.

3.4

Watson to Uthappa, 1 run, the epitome of clueless. Angles in from outside off, Uthappa is early on the flick, gets a leading edge, has no idea where it is and looks behind him as he runs away towards third man

3.5

Watson to Pandey, 1 run, tight lines, again on a length outside off and Pandey gets a thick outside edge past point.

3.6

Watson to Uthappa, no run, back of a length on off stump, Uthappa plays it off the back foot towards mid-off.

End of over 4 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 27/1 (RR: 6.75)
RV Uthappa    1* (4b)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0
MK Pandey    8* (8b 1x4)      J Botha    2-0-14-1

Amit Singh comes on now. Slips have vanished.

4.1

Singh to Pandey, no run, nothing to drive from the seamers so far. On off stump, Pandey defends from the crease.

4.2

Singh to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey lopes out of the crease, Amit angles it into his pads and Pandey whips airily towards fine leg. There is protection there, and he gets a single.

Nikalaus: "Why is calling Agassi bald an insult? He was and he carried it very well. " Indeed.

4.3

Singh to Uthappa, FOUR, again Amit lands one on the pads, easy runs for Uthappa, he gets the front foot inside the line and flicks fine enough to get his first four.

4.4

Singh to Uthappa, FOUR, aha, Uthappa goes aerial, and he wasn't completely in control of it. He thought it was fuller than it was, and just swung straight through the line. Makes good enough contact to send it well up in the air, but importantly, gets it to clear mid-off running back. Couple of bounces and home.

Keeper comes up now.

4.5

Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, tight line on off, Uthappa steers through backward point for one

4.6

Singh to Pandey, no run, short of a length and on off again, Pandey tries to force it away into the covers.

End of over 5 (10 runs) Pune Warriors 37/1 (RR: 7.40)
MK Pandey    9* (11b 1x4)      A Singh    1-0-10-0
RV Uthappa    10* (7b 2x4)      SR Watson    1-0-3-0

Warne comes on. The magician.

5.1

Warne to Uthappa, FOUR, aha, Uthappa welcomes him with a reverse sweep. That takes guts! The drifting leggie, Uthappa reaches out to take it on the full and the laps it past the slip fielder. Nicely done.

5.2

Warne to Uthappa, FOUR, this time he gives him the conventional sweep. Warne lands this well outside leg, the shot was on and Uthappa played it well, getting it to speed away towards fine leg. Botha ran across from deep backward square leg and made a mess of it the first time as he went sliding. And then tried again to stop it, but he was in contact with the ropes this time.

5.3

Warne to Uthappa, no run, aha, huge appeal and not given. Fastish leggie, lands on leg and hurries in, Uthappa was on the forward defensive, and was struck in front. Replays say that was hitting off.

5.4

Warne to Uthappa, FOUR, this is an exciting battle already, Uthappa takes him on again. Tossed up on leg, Uthappa reaches out to the pitch and slap-flicks it over midwicket. Well played again.

5.5

Warne to Uthappa, no run, huger appeal, again not given, Warne can't believe it! This looked plumber, landed on middle and leg and skidded on as Uthappa pushed forward. My gut feel, this was hitting middle and leg. Replays awaited.

5.6

Warne to Uthappa, no run, What. An. Over. Another humongous appeal, Tarapore is unmoved once again. He gestures that this was going down the leg side. Faster from Warne, pushes Uthappa back as he looks to defend a ball that's straightening. He misses. Replays in, this landed half inside the mat and was clipping leg. Another umpire would have given all three out!

End of over 6 (12 runs) Pune Warriors 49/1 (RR: 8.16)
RV Uthappa    22* (13b 5x4)      SK Warne    1-0-12-0
MK Pandey    9* (11b 1x4)      A Singh    1-0-10-0

Trivedi comes on now.

6.1

Trivedi to Pandey, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Pandey steers through the off side

6.2

Trivedi to Uthappa, 1 run, outside off again, not much pace, Uthappa calmly guides it through point for one more.

6.3

Trivedi to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey forces another single down the ground.

6.4

Trivedi to Uthappa, 1 run, Uthappa goes through the off side for the fourth single of the over. No pace or movement for Trivedi yet.

6.5

Trivedi to Pandey, 1 run, Pandey slaps off the back foot, through mid on for one more

6.6

Trivedi to Uthappa, 1 run, angles in from wide of the crease, Uthappa works it off the pads for another single.

End of over 7 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 55/1 (RR: 7.85)
RV Uthappa    25* (16b 5x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-6-0
MK Pandey    12* (14b 1x4)      SK Warne    1-0-12-0

After one memorable over, Warne takes himself on. I think he will come on from the other end. Probably thinks he has a better chance at lbws from there.

Shunks: "Too much appealing by warne has resulted in umpire not giving the second one which is plumb"

Ghanshyam: "Time for UDRS. It does slow the game... but it really helps it."

7.1

Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, Amit angles into the pads, it is worked with the angle through the leg side for one

7.2

Singh to Pandey, no run, straight, on off stump played defensively

7.3

Singh to Pandey, 1 run, a hint of inward curve, Pandey inside-edges the drive and gets a single to square leg

7.4

Singh to Uthappa, FOUR, lovely shot from Uthappa, it is a short of length ball outside off, the keeper is standing up and he can't jump out, so he just gets half-forward and lofts cleanly through the line.

7.5

Singh to Uthappa, 1 run, slower ball on off, he spots it and clips it through square leg for one.

7.6

Singh to Pandey, FOUR, Pandey mistimes this completely, but finds the gap and gets a boundary. It was short, but not short enough for him to completely climb onto. He still went for the pull and dragged it away between wide long-on and deep midwicket.

End of over 8 (11 runs) Pune Warriors 66/1 (RR: 8.25)
MK Pandey    17* (17b 2x4)      A Singh    2-0-21-0
RV Uthappa    31* (19b 6x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-6-0

Warne comes on, from Taufel's end.

8.1

Warne to Uthappa, FOUR, another reverse sweep! Four fours and three near lbws in the seven balls from Warne to Uthappa. Tossed up and in the slot, Uthappa obliges by reaching across and reverse dabbing to fine leg.

8.2

Warne to Uthappa, OUT, Warne's won the contest at the end of it all! On leg stump again, slightly shorter than before, and straightening, Uthappa was probably ambitious in looking for the reverse sweep again. Uthappa top-edges the reverse sweep, looked like it came off the glove, and Yagnik ran to the leg side to take the catch.

RV Uthappa c †Yagnik b Warne 35 (21b 7x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Yuvraj is the new man in. Finally Pune get the batting order right, says Harsha Bhogle on air. Got to agree with that.

8.3

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, no run, after eight balls of unstoppable action, a dot ball from Warne. Wide leggie outside off, Yuvraj leaves.

8.4

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up and closer to off, Yuvraj defends into the off side

8.5

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj is away, driving against the spin through wide mid-off for a single.

8.6

Warne to Pandey, 1 run, tossed up on off, chipped against the spin through the leg side for a single.

End of over 9 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 72/2 (RR: 8.00)
MK Pandey    18* (18b 2x4)      SK Warne    2-0-18-1
Yuvraj Singh    1* (3b)      A Singh    2-0-21-0

Botha is back on. And begins with a dead-ball as Pandey backs away at the last moment.

DeeDee: "IPL has brought back some wonderful memories .. Warne's legbreak, McGrath's metronomy, Ganguly's charisma, Murali's wizardry ... add the umpiring from 80s to that list too " Frankly, I think umpiring standards have declined since the 80s and 90s.

It's time for a stretch-my-legs time-out. In the meantime, I should remind you that Warne is only 1 wicket away from RP Singh (who has 57) who leads the IPL highest wicket-taker list.

9.1

Botha to Pandey, no run, turns in from outside off, slow turn and Pandey defends with the spin to square leg.

9.2

Botha to Pandey, FOUR, you won't see a late-cut go finer than that. It was the floater from Botha, holds its line outside off, Pandey waits and waits and opens the face fully to get it away towards the vacant first slip region. It lands and turns finer as it speeds away.

9.3

Botha to Pandey, 1 run, fuller on off, Pandey dabs into the cover-point region off the front foot for one more

9.4

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, aha, Yuvraj shoulders arms to one without much turn that angles in and barely straightens as it comes along. Close to off stump.

9.5

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shout all you want, Tarapore is not giving any lbws today. Botha lands this on off and it skids on from a length as Yuvraj prods forward. Hit in front of middle. Replays awaited. Botha implores, Tarapore is unmoved. Replays in, that was clipping the outside of leg stump.

9.6

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fuller, on middle, Yuvraj presses out to defend into the off side

End of over 10 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 77/2 (RR: 7.70)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (6b)      J Botha    3-0-19-1
MK Pandey    23* (21b 3x4)      SK Warne    2-0-18-1

10.1

Warne to Pandey, no run, Pandey leans out to defend a full legbreak on off stump.

10.2

Warne to Pandey, 1 run, risky. Wide leggie outside off, Pandey sweeps against the turn and nearly lobs it straight to deep midwicket.

10.3

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj presses out to defend from outside off into the covers.

10.4

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, he whips this one, with the spin through midwicket for a couple.

10.5

Warne to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter, on off, Yuvraj check-drives into the covers and gets the single.

10.6

Warne to Pandey, FOUR, Warne's first really poor ball, full toss on the pads, Pandey canters into the whip and drills it fluently through midwicket for four.

End of over 11 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 85/2 (RR: 7.72)
MK Pandey    28* (24b 4x4)      SK Warne    3-0-26-1
Yuvraj Singh    4* (9b)      J Botha    3-0-19-1

11.1

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, armer from Botha, Yuvraj did not seem to pick it as he pushed and got an inside edge to midwicket for a couple.

11.2

Botha to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flatter on leg stump, Yuvraj hangs back and forces through mid-on

11.3

Botha to Pandey, no run, tossed up outside off, and turning in, Pandey leans out and works it to midwicket

11.4

Botha to Pandey, no run, straighter, turning down the leg side, Pandey slaps it straight to short fine-leg.

11.5

Botha to Pandey, 2 leg byes, another huge lbw appeal turned down, but this time it looks like Tarapore got it right. Lands well outside off and turns in, Pandey gets the front foot completely outside the line as he looks to sweep. He misses, and is hit outside the line.

11.6

Botha to Pandey, 1 run, Botha's spell is over, and it ends with a single as Pandey chips him from outside off to mid-on for a single.

End of over 12 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 91/2 (RR: 7.58)
MK Pandey    29* (28b 4x4)      J Botha    4-0-23-1
Yuvraj Singh    7* (11b)      SK Warne    3-0-26-1

Trivedi comes back on.

12.1

Trivedi to Pandey, OUT, tragedy for Yuvraj. He's run out backing up too far. Over-pitched on off stump, a typical nothing ball from Trivedi, Pandey bashes it right back, along the ground and Trivedi gets a hand on it. Yuvraj is not even in the frame. Off stump is out of the ground, at the bowler's end.

Yuvraj Singh run out 7 (11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 63.63

12.2

Trivedi to Pandey, 1 run, short ball, angles into Pandey who pulls away for a single.

Harpreet is the new man in. Big task ahead of him.

12.3

Trivedi to Harpreet Singh, no run, length ball on off, defended into the off side, with a touch of JP Duminy's elegance.

12.4

Trivedi to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, gets a single this time, dabbing a length ball into the covers.

12.5

Trivedi to Pandey, OUT, Pandey, what have you done? How many times have we seen him throw his wicket away in the IPL? What a moment to combust. Trivedi's innocuous nothing-ball does it again. It is a slow full ball on off stump, Pandey looks to brutalise it over midwicket, as he cross-bats. It loops up in the air and lands in deep midwicket's hands.

MK Pandey c Taylor b Trivedi 30 (31b 4x4 0x6) SR: 96.77

12.6

Trivedi to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, back of a length, Harpreet pushes a single down the ground. Pune need someone to step up here.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 94/4 (RR: 7.23)
Harpreet Singh    2* (3b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-9-1
M Manhas    0* (0b)      J Botha    4-0-23-1

Watto's back on.

Keshava: "Watching Harpreet Singh replace Yuvraj is a bit like watching Darren Bravo replace Brian Lara."

13.1

Watson to Harpreet Singh, no run, short of a length ball outside off, Harpreet defends from the crease.

13.2

Watson to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, short ball, Harpreet controls the pull along the round for a single.

13.3

Watson to Manhas, 1 run, slow bouncer, at 117 kph, and Manhas is all awry on the pull and gets it away backward of square for one.

13.4

Watson to Harpreet Singh, no run, another poorly executed pull. 125 kph, short ball on leg stump, Harpreet gets a bottom edge straight down the track. Watson collects.

13.5

Watson to Harpreet Singh, no run, nicely directed bouncers these, 126 kph and through Harpreet in a flash. The line was impeccable, he could not do much with it, Harpreet, and weaved away.

13.6

Watson to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, back of a length ball on the pads, Harpreet whips in strange fashion to the leg side for a single.

End of over 14 (3 runs) Pune Warriors 97/4 (RR: 6.92)
Harpreet Singh    4* (8b)      SR Watson    2-0-6-0
M Manhas    1* (1b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-9-1

14.1

Trivedi to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, full and angling across, driven into the covers defensively for a single

14.2

Trivedi to Manhas, no run, short of a length, hurries Manhas back in the crease and defends to the off side

14.3

Trivedi to Manhas, no run, keeps it outside off, Manhas gets across close to the pitch and steers through point.

14.4

Trivedi to Manhas, 2 runs, full length on off stump, Manhas flicks elegantly to the deep for a couple

14.5

Trivedi to Manhas, 1 run, Trivedi angles into the pads, it is glanced backward of square for a single

14.6

Trivedi to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, bumper at reasonable pace, for someone with Trivedi's limitations, Harpreet guides the pull to deep square leg for one.

Kaushal sends a life-changing comment. "People living in Qatar are also human and they follow cricket. You shouldn't just ignore their comments."

Sid D: "Shout out for Harpreet Singh,2nd player from Chattisgarh after Rajesh Chauhan." Is that so? Good on him.

VSM: "I can't understand y pune cant pick Ferguson. Why Pune picking 5 specialist bowlers?" Strange, agreed. Ferguson might have made a lot more sense than Paine in the last game.

End of over 15 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 102/4 (RR: 6.80)
Harpreet Singh    6* (10b)      SK Trivedi    3-0-14-1
M Manhas    4* (5b)      SR Watson    2-0-6-0

15.1

Watson to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, another bumper, Harpreet's pulling needs some working on. He mistimes it to square leg for one.

15.2

Watson to Manhas, 1 run, Watto hasn't given anything to drive. Another short ball, Manhas pulls through square leg.

15.3

Watson to Harpreet Singh, 2 runs, full toss outside off, Harpreet cracks an extra-cover drive to the man in the deep. Gets a couple.

15.4

Watson to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, another short ball, Harpreet whip-slaps uppishly through midwicket.

15.5

Watson to Manhas, 1 run, Watson can always find work at a bar. As a bouncer. Short again, cross-batted to midwicket for one.

Once someone asked an Atlas where Timbucktoo was. Atlas did not know the answer. Atals Shrugged. (Runs and hides.)

Sandeep Hans: "@Kaushal : thanks Kaushal for raising voice for cricket lovers from nations which do not exist in cricinfo's cricket atlas."

15.6

Watson to Harpreet Singh, no run, another bouncer, Harpreet ducks under it cleanly this time.

End of over 16 (6 runs) Pune Warriors 108/4 (RR: 6.75)
Harpreet Singh    10* (14b)      SR Watson    3-0-12-0
M Manhas    6* (7b)      SK Trivedi    3-0-14-1

Warne returns for his last over.

16.1

Warne to Manhas, no run, tossed up on the toes, driven with the spin into the covers for a single

16.2

Warne to Manhas, 2 runs, shortens the length on leg stump, Manhas cuts as it breaks away, for a single through point.

16.3

Warne to Manhas, 1 run, Manhas trots out to a drifting leggie, gets to the pitch and pushes it into the covers for a single.

Sudhir: "Yuvi should have thought of Nathan McCullum up higher than Harpreet . He has hit 46 sixes in T20"

16.4

Warne to Harpreet Singh, no run, tossed up on a length outside off, Harpreet works it back to Warne with the spin.

16.5

Warne to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, shortens the length, hurries onto Harpreet who cross-bats a single

16.6

Warne to Manhas, 1 run, aha, gets the legbreak to dart away and Manhas edges it just past slip. They go for a quick single, the fielder from short third-man lets rip a throw, but Harpreet beats the direct hit. Eventful end to an eventful spell from Warney.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Pune Warriors 113/4 (RR: 6.64)
M Manhas    10* (11b)      SK Warne    4-0-31-1
Harpreet Singh    11* (16b)      SR Watson    3-0-12-0

Amit comes back on.

17.1

Singh to Manhas, 1 run, full and on middle and leg as Manhas advances, he gets too close to the ball and inside edges it onto the pads for a single into the covers.

17.2

Singh to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, slow bouncer at 118 kph, Harpreet's grip is wrong. No two ways about it. Another pull heaved away with no timing at all.

17.3

Singh to Manhas, FOUR, surprise surprise. A pull shot has managed to reach the fence. Short, sitting up, asking to be pulled, and Manhas finally finds the fence. Nicely played, rolled the wrists over it. First four in 38 balls.

17.4

Singh to Manhas, 1 run, fuller length on off, Manhas pushes from the crease into the covers for a single

17.5

Singh to Harpreet Singh, 1 run, Harpreet mis-hits another leg-side shot, this time the swiped flick from leg-stump line. Single to the deep.

17.6

Singh to Manhas, no run, slower legcutter, came out of Amit's hand, landed on a length, and just scooted along like a gopher. Manhas had no chance of connecting with that, as he looked to cut, a foot above where the ball went.

Karan: "Pune's bench is stronger than the team on the field!" Haha! They are resting their best players for the knock-outs, eh.

Terence: "Kaushal & Sandeep : That is not fair at all. I think Cricinfo's criteria for publishing comments does not discriminate on the basis of what country they belong to. I am from Aruba, a place I don't think many of you are aware of, and Cricinfo published my comment a few days ago."

End of over 18 (8 runs) Pune Warriors 121/4 (RR: 6.72)
M Manhas    16* (15b 1x4)      A Singh    3-0-29-0
Harpreet Singh    13* (18b)      SK Warne    4-0-31-1

18.1

Watson to Harpreet Singh, OUT, Rahane's held on to one of the tougher outfield catches you will see. Short ball from Watson, he could not have been more predictable if he had held aloft a banner saying "Deadling exclusively in short balls". Yet, Harpreet was in no position to pull and top-edged off the front foot. Rahane ran across from deep square leg, slid and held as it came down over his shoulder.

Harpreet Singh c Rahane b Watson 13 (19b 0x4 0x6) SR: 68.42

18.2

Watson to Manhas, 1 wide, bumper from the round the wicket, too short and wide. Called.

18.2

Watson to Manhas, 1 run, Manhas survives a close-run thing. Full outside off, he steers to short third and bolts, the throw from Binny misses. A direct hit would have ended Manhas' stay.

McCullum is the new man in. The Nathan variety.

18.3

Watson to McCullum, no run, back of a length outside off, McCullum charges half out and throws his bat at it without making contact.

18.4

Watson to McCullum, 1 run, slow bouncer, McCullum gets over it and plays it down to square leg for one

18.5

Watson to Manhas, 1 run, is that Watson's first full ball today? It is a reverse-swinging yorker, curling in late, and Manhas does well to block it to the off side and run.

18.6

Watson to McCullum, 1 wide, angles the bouncer down the leg side again, and it is called wide.

18.6

Watson to McCullum, 2 runs, Rahane is everywhere. Full and fast from Watson, outside off, McCullum creams it through the covers, Rahane prances from the sweeper position, dives full length and hauls it in, a couple of feet in front of the boundary. Electric stuff from the young man.

Gucha: "Geoff Marsh might have made mistake by not bidding for the right son" Haha!

End of over 19 (7 runs) Pune Warriors 128/5 (RR: 6.73)
NL McCullum    3* (3b)      SR Watson    4-0-19-1
M Manhas    18* (17b 1x4)      A Singh    3-0-29-0

Trivedi comes on for the last over.

19.1

Trivedi to Manhas, SIX, finally a six. And what a laboured one. Manhas has strained every sinew in his body to haul this over the wide long-on fence. The patent slow off-cutter from Trivedi, lands on a length, pings the meat of the bat and flies into the stands.

19.2

Trivedi to Manhas, OUT, Manhas is gone, Trivedi surprises him with a touch of extra pace, and Manhas is hurried into the pull off the front foot. It goes high towards midwicket. Binny sprints in, slides and completes another good catch. Rajasthan have been brilliant in the field.

M Manhas c Binny b Trivedi 24 (19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 126.31

Rahul Sharma comes out to the non-stirker's end. Third man is back, mid-on is inside the circle.

19.3

Trivedi to McCullum, 1 bye, McCullum backs away, Trivedi tries to follow him and then McCullum heaves and misses. They then run a bye, Trivedi gets the relay throw and has a go, but misses the stumps.

19.4

Trivedi to Sharma, OUT, an action replay of the previous ball, except that this time Trivedi his the stumps at his end, and Rahul is gone. Slow and short offcutter outside off, Rahul has a carve and misses. He looks to run and transfer strike to McCullum, who is through in a flash. The relay throw comes to Trivedi, who takes aim and sends a stumps out of the turf.

R Sharma run out 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.5

Trivedi to McCullum, SIX, aha, typical Twenty20 from McCullum. He starts backing away even as Trivedi gets into delivery stride, and by the time the ball comes he is on the side crease! Trivedi helps the cause by following him instead of keeping it outside off, in which case McCullum could have never reached it. It lands short of a length and sits up, McCullum does well to muscle the heave all the way over midwicket. Pune's flourish has finally come, in the last over.

19.6

Trivedi to McCullum, 2 runs, McCullum moves away again, Trivedi follows him again but wisely keeps it fuller. McCullum can't get under this one and whip-drags through square leg and hustles across for the second. 15 runs off the over, and RR's RRR is 7.2.

Nishant: "Trivedi is a SLOW bowler with the fast one as the surprise ball. Ah the things IPL makes you do.."

End of over 20 (15 runs) Pune Warriors 143/7
NL McCullum    11* (6b 1x6)      SK Trivedi    4-0-28-2
M Kartik    0* (0b)      SR Watson    4-0-19-1
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