Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers, IPL 2012, Jaipur April 17, 2012

Rajasthan consign Deccan to third defeat


Rajasthan Royals 197 for 5 (Hodge 48*, Mishra 3-32) beat Deccan Chargers 196 for 2 (Duminy 58*, Dhawan 52) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Not even eight days rest, their best efforts with the bat and Amit Mishra's three wickets were enough to earn Deccan Chargers a first win in IPL 2012. After Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan put on the highest first-wicket partnership of the season, and JP Duminy and Daniel Christian blasted 77 off the last five overs, Chargers piled on a hefty score for Rajasthan Royals to chase, but they were unable to defend it on a flat pitch with small boundaries.

Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane did the groundwork and Brad Hodge finished off fiercely. Almost everything Chargers did, Royals did better. Although Dravid and Rahane shared a stand of only 62, compared to Sangakkara and Dhawan's 94 , the Royals pair scored at a faster rate. They went at 10.62 runs to the over compared to Sangakkara and Dhawan's 8.81. Chargers had amassed 119 for 2 after 15 overs, Royals had the same score after 13. Duminy's 58 came at a strike rate of 223.07, Brad Hodge's 48 came at a strike rate of 228.57, and that was perhaps the difference between the two sides.

With a tall task ahead of them, Royals approached it aggressively. Rahul Dravid tore into an out-of-sorts Dale Steyn in the second over, using the pace to club him for three fours. With the in-form Rahane on the other end, Daniel Christian and birthday-boy Anand Rajan also took a pasting and Royals raced to the fastest fifty in this season's tournament, off 4.5 overs.

Dravid seemed set for a much longer stay at the crease but was foxed by a Christian slower ball that was aimed at his legs. He did not get inside the line and the ball cannoned into the pads and onto the stumps. The wicket brought a short-lived calm to the crease as Rahane and Ashok Menaria consolidated.

Unlike Chargers, who suffered a lapse in the mid-section of their innings and scored 23 runs between overs 13 and 16, Royals kept their slump to just two overs. The 8th and 9h overs yielded only eight runs in total but Rahane soon had the wheels turning again with a six over long-off after charging down the track to Mishra.

Menaria was not expected to bat at No. 3, given the match situation which needed quick runs, but Royals stuck to their original line-up and he did not let them down. He freed his arms and found the boundary and seemed a worthy partner to Rahane until he pulled straight to short midwicket. Rahane holed out two overs later to cause jitters in the Royals camp. Those nerves would have grown when Shah was dropped by Steyn at long-on when he was on 10 and then caught two balls later at deep midwicket.

Hodge did not waste time taking over and ensured the advantage was back with Royals when he clubbed Steyn for four consecutive fours. Hodge cut the short ball, turned the full toss to square leg, lofted another short one over third man and carved a half-volley through the covers to ensure Steyn had the most expensive return of the Chargers' bowlers.

With the anxiety shifting to Chargers, they dropped another catch, putting Johan Botha down and found themselves with only 11 to defend off the last over. Dishant Yagnik, little-known on the international stage, was the unlikely hero. Steyn offered him a touch of width and he found the gap on the off side and followed it up by slapping the ball through the covers to hand Royals victory.

This is the second match of in the tournament that Chargers have lost from a seemingly winnable position. Last Monday, they let Mumbai Indians canter to a five-wicket win after having them under their thumb at 95 for 4, chasing 139, in the 17th over. Chargers' three losses keeps them at the bottom of the points table.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Kavin on April 19, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane was with Mumbai Indians for first 3 years, then didn't recognize his talent because the team was stars studded and the old horses never wanted to retire....Here comes Rajasthan Royals, they immediately gave Ajinkya an opportunity to feel free and express himself, and look at him, he is delivering to his expectations. On the other side its been a trend set by RR, they develop home grown talent, nourish them, keep them grounded, No senior junior issues and when they become stars, others teams steal those players by paying big money....and guess what's next? Then those players becomes a complete joke, because their eyes are choked with money and unnecessary stardom and hype. Example? Yusuf Pathan. Look what he was with RR and look what he is now with KKR. A big salute TO RR's management for handling these kids with care and nourishing them for the future of Indian cricket.

  • Ramesh on April 19, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    Is Rahul Dravid going to get his gift of retirement :) ? Such a treat to watch the RRs play in this season...amazing team work !

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 20:49 GMT

    why dravid leaving out cooper he is a match winner he should be playin all the games

  • Harsh on April 18, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    The ultimate winner was t-20 cricket.Brad Hodge launched one of the finest match-winning assaults ever witnessed in I.P.L.The game proved that modern day batsman posess the capability of chasing down targets defying all odds.Run rates in chases that in yesteryears looked almost impossible to achieve are being repeatedly achieved as proved in this match.The innovations in strokes play a considerable role in this.

  • Kavin on April 18, 2012, 16:46 GMT

    Rajasthan royals are a complete treat to watch. NO senior junior issue with this team, so grounded and yet so effective team. They have a great balance and after watson joining it will become even better. Botha out watto in....will be the call.

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    come on deccan you seem to have lost enthusiam, energy , alacrity etc it is bad...

  • Shijith on April 18, 2012, 12:12 GMT

    Deccan chargers really lack quality Indian domestic players.at the auctions they only bought Mr Patel who was inconsistent at his best in his previous season with kochi .

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    this is my 1st tym commenting..bt anyways..yeah DC really didnt help themselves at all by fielding like an under 15 squad...nt sure if even under 15 squad has such a bad fielding side..bt hats off to RR for holdin their nerver (while I was holdin mine as well) at the very elast the UnderDogs must deserve to get a place in the Semi-Finals.....

  • Thota on April 18, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    I completely agree with harsha. Darren Lehman is trying to make benefit for the Australian players and playing with the sentiments and emotions of Deccan Chargers fans. How can you pay $1.7 million for such a useless player like Dan Christian who gives away minimum 40 runs in every game in his 4 overs where as indian domestic players are really bowling well. And Lehman is such is such a typical australian making J P Duminy sit for first two matches and played Cameron white and in the first game little know Daniel Harris who struggled to hit the ball. Their selection of the players in the auction is ridiculous . They allow all the talented players run away from Deccan for example, T Suman, Venugopal Rao, Pragyan ojah and rohit sharma. They transferred T20 Specialist peitersen. I think DC owners are misguided by Lehman and its better to sack him for the Interest of Indian Cricket and Deccan Fans. Hope DC owners read this comments and understand the fans sentiments.

  • Kiran on April 18, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    Completely agree with harsh_chu. At this rate even ardent fans like me will stop watching DC matches. No depth in batting or bowling and based on yesterdays fielding display, the coaching staff are not doing anything. Please shut down the team or sell off the franchise if you are not interested in competing. I can not imagine how we are planning to get a decent outfit on the field with only one decent Indian batsman (Dhawan) and one decent bowler (Mishra). To sell off Harmeet and Ojha who were decent performers is ridiculous. And what is the fascination with Aussie players? To play White and keeo Dumini on the bench is stupid. And why did we buy Christian for 1 mill? He can neither bat nor bowl. In every single match he goes at over 10 runs per over. Very very disappointed with the attitude of the team management. :-(

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