Indian Premier League - 61st match

Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals

Kochi Tuskers Kerala won by 8 wickets (with 76 balls remaining)

Here we go. RP Singh to Faiz Fazal.

Toss Kochi have decided to bowl. Vinay Kumar and Raiphi Gomez are out. Prasanth Padmanabhan and Gnaneswara Rao are in. Rajasthan have made six changes.

Hello and welcome to the coverage of the IPL game between Kochi and Rajasthan in Indore. Both teams are still in this, theoretically, but the one that loses today is out of the tournament. The game between Punjab and Delhi, which Punjab are winning easily, is almost about to end in Dharamsala. We'll get you the details from the toss in just a bit.

0.1

Singh to Fazal, no run, good ball outside off, Fazal feels for it and gets beaten

0.2

Singh to Fazal, no run, makes contact this time but cant beat backward point

0.3

Singh to Fazal, no run

0.4

Singh to Fazal, FOUR, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot to defend it on the off side and we have a mess, a needless throw from point from Ravindra Jadeja and he concedes four overthrows, Sunil Gavaskar is livid in the commentary box and so is everyone on the field

0.5

Singh to Fazal, no run, shortish outside off, gets back and chops it towards point

0.6

Singh to Fazal, 1 run, lovely shot, pitched up outside off, leans into the drive and plays it straight to extra cover, he would think that shot deserved more

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
FY Fazal    5* (6b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
R Dravid    0* (0b)     

Sreesanth runs in

1.1

Sreesanth to Fazal, no run, swinging in and Fazal tries to drive it through the on side, gets an inside edge onto the pads, thinks of a single but is sent back wisely

1.2

Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, walks across to clip it fine, kisses the pads on the way to the keeper who fumbles and they sneak a leg bye

1.3

Sreesanth to Dravid, no run, fullish on the off, there is some movement away from the batsman in the air, defended firmly to extra cover

1.4

Sreesanth to Dravid, no run, short of a good length on the off, nips away just a bit, played towards point

1.5

Sreesanth to Dravid, 1 run, straying on the pads, clipped away towards deep square leg for a single

Pinal Shah, Shaun Tait, Faiz Fazal, Nayan Doshi are four of the six new inclusions for this match

1.6

Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 run, back of a length outside off, tries to pull it square into the leg side, gets a thick inside edge

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (RR: 4.00)
FY Fazal    6* (9b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-2-0
R Dravid    1* (3b)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

2.1

Singh to Fazal, no run, played uppishly towards cover off the front foot

2.2

Singh to Fazal, FOUR, short and wide and it's slashed hard, well past the diving Owais Shah at slip who dives full length but can't reach it

2.3

Singh to Fazal, no run, bowled full on the off, tries to drive it to cover, the bat turns and he plays it back to the bowler instead, RP throws down the stumps at the striker's end and appeals, but nothing comes out of it

2.4

Singh to Fazal, FOUR, flat, really flat and lands just short of the ropes, good length and he seizes the chance, smashing it hard over midwicket for a one bounce four

2.5

Singh to Fazal, 2 runs, short of a good length on middle and leg, turned away past midwicket for a couple of runs

2.6

Singh to Fazal, OUT, trapped in front, full toss on middle and Fazal tries to work it around, turns the face and he misses, is struck on the pads, appeared as though he was struck in front of middle and off, that's got to be out

FY Fazal lbw b Singh 16 (15b 3x4 0x6) SR: 106.66

Fazal's gone, Kochi have struck early

End of over 3 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 18/1 (RR: 6.00)
     RP Singh    2-0-15-1
R Dravid    1* (3b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-2-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Dravid, OUT, The openers have fallen in successive deliveries, lovely outswinger from Sreesanth, lands on a driving length and Dravid chases it, gets a thick edge and Owais Shah, standing at a widish slip, makes no mistake, taking a good low chance

R Dravid c Shah b Sreesanth 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Rahane walks in, Rajasthan need a recovery

3.2

Sreesanth to Rahane, 2 runs, lands on a good length on middle, gets back and turns it away past square leg for a single

Two slips in place

3.3

Sreesanth to Rahane, no run, goodish length on the off, a hint of away movement, defended towards cover

Jacob Oram comes in, so does Ankit Chavan

3.4

Sreesanth to Rahane, 1 run, gets forward and pushes it for a well-run single

Watto to face

3.5

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, short of a good length on the off, drops it on the off side, calls for a single but Rahane sends him back

3.6

Sreesanth to Watson, no run, shortish with a bit of away movement again, chopped wide of second slip

End of over 4 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 21/2 (RR: 5.25)
SR Watson    0* (2b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-5-1
AM Rahane    3* (3b)      RP Singh    2-0-15-1

Raj: "SunnyG in a tremendous bashing mood.. The overthrow and now the attempted non-existent single - "When will the youngsters learn ?" he shouts on air!" Indeed

4.1

Singh to Rahane, no run, short of a good length on the off, gets on the back foot and defends it in front of the bowler

4.2

Singh to Rahane, no run, held it back again, punched off the back foot towards extra cover

Dinesh: "Ok somebody explain to me this..Murali Vijay scores 63 and ends up with the MOM when bollinger had 3 wickets in the same match..Today Piyush Chawla picks up 3 wickets and ends up with MOM when Valthaty scored 62 and picked up a wicket..I had Bollinger as my trump the other day and Valthaty as my trump today..Oh i hate those commentators!! They are costing me fantasy league points"

4.3

Singh to Rahane, no run, fires it on a length just outside leg, he walks across to clip it over square leg but makes no contact with the bat, is struck on the pads prompting a stifled appeal

4.4

Singh to Rahane, 1 run, drops it short on middle, gets into position early and pulls it to deep square leg for a single

4.5

Singh to Watson, no run, superbly fielded at extra cover by McCullum, pitched up and it's driven hard but to extra cover where McCullum flings himself to his right

4.6

Singh to Watson, no run, nips in, round the wicket and jags in towards middle, fends it into the leg side after he realises he is cramped for space

End of over 5 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 22/2 (RR: 4.40)
SR Watson    0* (4b)      RP Singh    3-0-16-1
AM Rahane    4* (7b)      S Sreesanth    2-0-5-1

5.1

Sreesanth to Rahane, FOUR, Outstanding stuff, just a Laxmanesque flick, fetched it from outside off and whipped it through midwicket, raced away

5.2

Sreesanth to Rahane, OUT, Rajasthan in a bit of trouble, Rahane shuffled a little too much there, bowled it on a length and went on straight, Rahane tried to clip it to square leg, missed and was caught right in front

AM Rahane lbw b Sreesanth 8 (9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Menaria walks in

5.3

Sreesanth to Menaria, no run, back of a length on the off, rocks back to knock it down

5.4

Sreesanth to Menaria, no run, nipped back in, goodish length and Menaria, who has it well covered, tries to play it into the off but gets a thick inside edge towards midwicket

5.5

Sreesanth to Menaria, no run, pitched up outside off, tries to caress it through cover, there was enough width to do it but mistimed it

5.6

Sreesanth to Menaria, SIX, lands in the stands, short of a good length and he launches into that one, width again and he stands tall to smash it over the extra cover boundary

End of over 6 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 32/3 (RR: 5.33)
AL Menaria    6* (4b 1x6)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-2
SR Watson    0* (4b)      RP Singh    3-0-16-1

Sanjeev: "@Dinesh: You had it easy! I hate the team management, the players i pick are not playing! Last game it was Praveen and today it was Vinay! Low transfers are hurting me!"

Girish: "@Dinesh . Its the impact the performance that has on the game. last year Vijay scored a century and bollinger won MOM for conceding just 15 runs in 4 overs and taking a spectacular catch. It is a difficult task to select a particular performance."

6.1

Parameswaran to Watson, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Watson drives hard through the line to long-off for just the single

Parameswaran's the bowler

6.2

Parameswaran to Menaria, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped behind point, Watson wants a single but is rightly sent back, Jadeja misses on the direct hit

6.3

Parameswaran to Menaria, no run, shortish on the off, rocks back and knocks it towards cover

6.4

Parameswaran to Menaria, 1 wide, back of a length, an attempted bouncer, called a wide for height

6.4

Parameswaran to Menaria, no run, short of a good length, pokes at that one, attempting to run it down to third man, misses

6.5

Parameswaran to Menaria, no run, shortish outside off, chops it down to point, a mistimed cut that

6.6

Parameswaran to Menaria, FOUR, slower one, rocks back to pull it over midwicket, a desperate attempt in the deep but he fails to drag that in

Menaria's not allowing the pressure to get to him here, timely releases

End of over 7 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 38/3 (RR: 5.42)
AL Menaria    10* (9b 1x4 1x6)      P Parameswaran    1-0-6-0
SR Watson    1* (5b)      S Sreesanth    3-0-15-2

Padmanabhan to bowl, the left-arm spinner

7.1

Prasanth to Watson, no run, quicker, short on middle and leg, tries to whip it square, gets an inside edge on the pads

7.2

Prasanth to Watson, SIX, that's disappeared, Bangladesh revisited for Watson, short ball, a long hop that's dispatched over the roof behind the midwicket boundary, a Watson special that

7.3

Prasanth to Watson, no run, quicker through the air on middle, pushed gently into the leg side this time

7.4

Prasanth to Watson, no run, tries to slog-sweep that over midwicket but can't get hold, it's well fielded by Jayawardene who returns an inaccurate throw as Watson contemplates a single that wasn't on

7.5

Prasanth to Watson, SIX, short and it's gone again but nowhere as far as the previous one, still enough strength to clear the deep midwicket fence, poor length and it's getting the treatment

7.6

Prasanth to Watson, SIX, overcompensates this time, gifting Watto a full toss, it's drilled back over his head and over long-on for a flat crowd-killer

Three down but Rajasthan are maintaining an excellent tempo with these two getting them back on track in quick time

End of over 8 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 56/3 (RR: 7.00)
SR Watson    19* (11b 3x6)      P Prasanth    1-0-18-0
AL Menaria    10* (9b 1x4 1x6)      P Parameswaran    1-0-6-0

8.1

Parameswaran to Menaria, FOUR, the fun continues, short and wide, there to be hit and Menaria cashes in, slashing him over point

8.2

Parameswaran to Menaria, 1 run, drops it down in front of point for a quick single

8.3

Parameswaran to Watson, 1 run, bowled on a length this time, it's played down the ground to long-on for a single

8.4

Parameswaran to Menaria, 1 run, shortish on middle, punched off the back foot wide of midwicket for a quick single

8.5

Parameswaran to Watson, OUT, bowled'im, a bit of extra pace on that one from Parameswaran, quick delivery bowled full on leg stump, Watson tries to drive it through midwicket, a touch too fast for the man, misses and it clips the pads on the way to knocking back leg

SR Watson b Parameswaran 20 (13b 0x4 3x6) SR: 153.84

Some respite for Kochi with that dismissal, they'll think they're ahead now

Pinal comes in

8.6

Parameswaran to Shah, 1 run, short of a good length, eased into the gap past cover for a single

Time for the timeout

End of over 9 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 64/4 (RR: 7.11)
PR Shah    1* (1b)      P Parameswaran    2-0-14-1
AL Menaria    16* (12b 2x4 1x6)      P Prasanth    1-0-18-0

Kaushik: "Started following the match late and hence scrolling down through the commentary here in cricinfo.. Saw that Parameshwaran's name is given as Padmanabhan. It changes the meaning only. Former is Lord Shiva while the latter is Lord Vishnu"

Hodge comes on to bowl his offies

9.1

Hodge to Shah, no run, round the wicket, bowled fullish on leg stump, pushed towards midwicket

9.2

Hodge to Shah, FOUR, Pinal handles that with some more force, shortish and it's swatted hard past midwicket for a boundary

9.3

Hodge to Shah, no run, flighted on the off, pushed back to the bowler

9.4

Hodge to Shah, OUT, quicker through the air, bowled on a length outside off and he goes for the slog-sweep, mistimes it as it comes off the bottom of the bat, Rao makes no mistake at long-on, simple chance

PR Shah c Gnaneswara Rao b Hodge 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Rajasthan in some trouble now, can Oram revive them?

9.5

Hodge to Menaria, 1 run, shortish on the off, punches it hard to extra cover, there's a fumble and they decide to steal a single, Ravindra Jadeja picks it up from point and aims hard at the non-striker's end, misses, that's a missed run-out

9.6

Hodge to Oram, no run, tossed up on the off, driven straight back to the bowler

End of over 10 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 69/5 (RR: 6.90)
JDP Oram    0* (1b)      BJ Hodge    1-0-5-1
AL Menaria    17* (13b 2x4 1x6)      P Parameswaran    2-0-14-1

Max: "I was just thinking of that Bangladesh match!!! And hoping another cyclone. But that's not gonna be today!!! that was a hell of a day. Even those miss hits passed the rope flying. Lucky Kochi"

Rao into the attack now, medium-pacers coming on

10.1

Gnaneswara Rao to Menaria, no run, swing, swung in towards leg stump, tries to work it square, was struck on the pads

10.2

Gnaneswara Rao to Menaria, FOUR, timed it well, slower one bowled short on middle, punched hard past midwicket, plenty of legs on that to beat the fielder in the deep

10.3

Gnaneswara Rao to Menaria, 2 runs, two more, pushing it on a length on middle and leg, clipped away past square leg into the deep, Owais slides to keep them to a couple

10.4

Gnaneswara Rao to Menaria, no run, slower one bowled short outside off, cut straight to point

10.5

Gnaneswara Rao to Menaria, 1 run, a bit more pace on that one, targeting middle and off, drags it down to deep square leg

10.6

Gnaneswara Rao to Oram, no run, good length outside off, opens the face and steers it wide of point where Jadeja dives and prevents the single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 76/5 (RR: 6.90)
JDP Oram    0* (2b)      Y Gnaneswara Rao    1-0-7-0
AL Menaria    24* (18b 3x4 1x6)      BJ Hodge    1-0-5-1

11.1

Hodge to Menaria, 1 run, floating it outside off from round the wicket, guided towards short third man

11.2

Hodge to Oram, OUT, Oram goes for a duck, a slightly quicker delivery landing on leg, Oram lazily tries to drive it through the line, misses, it deflects off the pads onto the off stump which is knocked down, will Rajasthan survive the 20 overs?

JDP Oram b Hodge 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The captain walks in

11.3

Hodge to Warne, no run, flighted outside off, played straight to extra cover

11.4

Hodge to Warne, no run, slightly short on the off, chopped down towards point

11.5

Hodge to Warne, 1 run, gets across and works it behind square leg for a single

11.6

Hodge to Menaria, 2 runs, nicely timed again by Menaria, driven elegantly wide of Owais Shah at long-off for a brace

End of over 12 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/6 (RR: 6.66)
AL Menaria    27* (20b 3x4 1x6)      BJ Hodge    2-0-9-2
SK Warne    1* (3b)      Y Gnaneswara Rao    1-0-7-0

12.1

Parameswaran to Warne, no run, comes round the wicket, angling towards leg, walks across to work it into the leg side, misses, appeal for lbw turned down, the umpire thought it was going down leg though the replays show it would have clipped leg stump

12.2

Parameswaran to Warne, no run, another appeal for lbw and this looks closer, much straighter and heading for middle as Warne misses it again when trying to close the face, not given but this one was gone for sure

12.3

Parameswaran to Warne, no run

12.4

Parameswaran to Warne, no run, shortish outside off, chopped down to point

12.5

Parameswaran to Warne, 1 run, full toss outside off, cracked towards deep point for a single

12.6

Parameswaran to Menaria, no run, short of a good length outside off, chopped straight to point

Good over from Parameswaran, should have had a wicket

End of over 13 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 81/6 (RR: 6.23)
AL Menaria    27* (21b 3x4 1x6)      P Parameswaran    3-0-15-1
SK Warne    2* (8b)      BJ Hodge    2-0-9-2

Hodge continues

13.1

Hodge to Warne, OUT, gone, gone! Warne drags it on, flat delivery well outside off and he tries to sweep it square, gets an inside edge straight onto the off stump, tame dismissal there, Kochi are on top

SK Warne b Hodge 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Chavan to face

13.2

Hodge to Chavan, no run, fullish outside off, gets a stride out to defend it to extra cover

13.3

Hodge to Chavan, no run, pitched up on the off, driven back to the bowler

13.4

Hodge to Chavan, 1 run, short ball outside off, slapped towards deep cover for a single

13.5

Hodge to Menaria, OUT, run-out, Rajasthan in disarray, guided to short third man, Chavan wanted a single and kept running through even as Menaria turned back, it's a wayward throw to the bowler's end and Hodge collects it yards away from the stumps, recovers well to take off the bails and catch him well short

AA Chavan run out 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

13.6

Hodge to Menaria, no run, flighted outside off, driven straight to extra cover

End of over 14 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 82/8 (RR: 5.85)
AL Menaria    27* (23b 3x4 1x6)      BJ Hodge    3-0-10-3
SW Tait    0* (0b)      P Parameswaran    3-0-15-1

Swapnil: "Nice bit of commentary going on air after those two LBWs being turned down. Sunny G sarcastically goes "Its definitely missing leg and off"; and after the Hawk Eye is shown for second one - Pommie replies "Well if its hitting middle I guess ..."! Aah we all understand don't we!"

Tait on strike

14.1

Jadeja to Tait, 1 run, dug out into the leg side wide of midwicket for a single

Jadeja to bowl now

14.2

Jadeja to Menaria, 1 wide, fires in a wide well outside off, called by the umpire

14.2

Jadeja to Menaria, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, punched past midwicket for a single

14.3

Jadeja to Tait, no run, comes down the track and tries to swing that over midwicket, gets an inside edge onto the pads

14.4

Jadeja to Tait, 1 run, slung it full on middle, driven straight to long-on for a single

14.5

Jadeja to Menaria, no run, quicker ball and Menaria couldn't pick it, too late to play it and by the time he attempts a shot it's gone past him

14.6

Jadeja to Menaria, 1 run, worked away through square leg to keep strike

End of over 15 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 87/8 (RR: 5.80)
AL Menaria    29* (26b 3x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0
SW Tait    2* (3b)      BJ Hodge    3-0-10-3

15.1

Hodge to Menaria, 2 runs, short ball outside off and it's swatted hard past the diving extra cover in the deep for a couple of runs

15.2

Hodge to Menaria, OUT, Rajasthan are throwing it away, four for Hodge, tossed up on middle, Menaria made plenty of room to loft it over long-off, got plenty of elevation and it landed safely in the palms of Owais Shah waiting there for exactly that

AL Menaria c Shah b Hodge 31 (28b 3x4 1x6) SR: 110.71

He played a decent hand, but his side is in dire straits on a track that merits at least 140

Can he grab five?

15.3

Hodge to Tait, 1 run, short of a good length, gets back and punches it to extra cover

Nayan Doshi on strike

15.4

Hodge to Doshi, no run, full and wide and Doshi keeps Hodge interested, goes for a drive but misses

15.5

Hodge to Doshi, no run, short and wide, tries to cut that, doesn't make contact

15.6

Hodge to Doshi, no run, will be disappointed, slips in a short and wide delivery that Doshi wisely lets go, no five-for but he's put Kochi in complete control with his spell

End of over 16 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 90/9 (RR: 5.62)
ND Doshi    0* (3b)      BJ Hodge    4-0-13-4
SW Tait    3* (4b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-5-0

RP returns

16.1

Singh to Tait, 1 run, short and wide, cuts it hard to third man for a single

16.2

Singh to Doshi, no run, full and wide and Doshi doesn't bother going for it

16.3

Singh to Doshi, no run, good length and it zips through him as he steps back to play the cut

16.4

Singh to Doshi, no run, beaten this time as he invites him to play a drive with a full delivery, Doshi pushes and misses

16.5

Singh to Doshi, no run, around a good length pokes at that one and misses again

16.6

Singh to Doshi, no run, short of a good length, gets on the back foot and defends him to point

End of over 17 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 91/9 (RR: 5.35)
ND Doshi    0* (8b)      RP Singh    4-0-17-1
SW Tait    4* (5b)      BJ Hodge    4-0-13-4

Sreesanth comes back

17.1

Sreesanth to Tait, no run, targeting middle and off, Tait moves away and defends him to point

17.2

Sreesanth to Tait, 1 run, yorker and Tait just manages to squeeze it out towards deep point

17.3

Sreesanth to Doshi, no run, short of a good length on middle, nicely behind it and taps it to cover

17.4

Sreesanth to Doshi, no run, Doshi goes after that one this time, full outside off and he tries to smash it down the ground, no contact

17.5

Sreesanth to Doshi, no run, full toss on middle, pushed straight to extra cover

17.6

Sreesanth to Doshi, no run, with a slinging action this time, lands it on a length outside off, pushed straight to extra cover

End of over 18 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 92/9 (RR: 5.11)
ND Doshi    0* (12b)      S Sreesanth    4-0-16-2
SW Tait    5* (7b)      RP Singh    4-0-17-1

John: "PLEASE answer this for me!!!! How come Nayan Doshi is playing as an INDIAN when he is BRITISH? Don't tell me that PIO cards count in the IPL!!!!!!??? Please!!!!" No, he became an Indian citizen not long ago

18.1

Parameswaran to Tait, FOUR, smashed down the ground, short outside off and he moves away to swat that past long-off

18.2

Parameswaran to Tait, 1 run, shortish on the off, attempts a similar shot, miscues it and Hodge at extra cover runs in to clasp that, a low one-handed attempt, dropped in the end, a tough one

18.3

Parameswaran to Doshi, OUT, Rajasthan have been bowled out, Doshi attempts a swat, on the leg side, miscue again and Jayawardene takes a dolly at midwicket

ND Doshi c Jayawardene b Parameswaran 0 (13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Kochi have put in a morale-boosting performance with the ball, their job is half done. Dispiriting result with the bat for Rajasthan, who caved in on a track that deserved 150. Kochi will back themselves to get this without difficulty. Rajasthan aren't too far away from elimination.

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May 15, 2011

Parthiv Patel opens the face, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Indore, May 15, 2011

Parthiv Patel opens the face

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May 15, 2011

Brendon McCullum is bowled by Nayan Doshi, Kochi Tuskers Kerala v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Indore, May 15, 2011

Brendon McCullum is bowled by Nayan Doshi

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