Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Kotla April 29, 2012

Morkel inspires incredible Delhi win

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Delhi Daredevils 152 for 6 (Sehwag 63, Pankaj 2-25) beat Rajasthan Royals 151 for 3 (Rahane 84*, Morkel 1-26) by one run
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Morne Morkel bowled a sensational penultimate over to turn a straightforward chase from Rajasthan Royals on its head and snatch victory for Delhi Daredevils. The victory creates daylight between Daredevils and the rest of the chasing pack, as they remain at the top of the points table.

Royals required 15 runs off the last two overs, with nine wickets in hand and victory seemed a foregone conclusion. But, Morkel gave away only three runs in an over filled with yorkers and claimed the wicket of Brad Hodge to set up a tense final over. The fourth ball was fired down the leg side but the umpire, to Hodge's surprise, didn't call a wide. It was a crucial decision as only one run separated the teams in the end.

Umesh Yadav was tasked with defending 12 runs for Daredevils against the in-form Ajinkya Rahane. Yadav started off with a fast full toss that Rahane missed. Desperation took over as Rahane looked to smash the next delivery, no matter what its length, and ended up mistiming his slices and breaking his bat. Owais Shah stole a single off the inside edge before Rahane hit the first six of the Royals innings, off a full toss to take back the advantage.

Two more runs came off the penultimate ball, which left two to get off the final one. Yadav kept it full, Rahane missed but ran anyway and Shah was not quick enough. Naman Ojha hit the stumps to run Shah out and deny Rahane victory, leaving him unbeaten on 84.

Rahane and Rahul Dravid are the most successful opening pair in this edition of the IPL and they showed why with a stand of 99 to set up the chase. Rahane started their reply in quietly confident fashion when Rahane flicked the first ball he faced - a poor one on legstump line from Irfan Pathan - for four.

Dravid rolled out his vintage drives and showed off powerful pulls as the Daredevils bowlers' lines and lengths presented no challenge. The two combined in a partnership that looked too easy, Dravid played with Sehwag-esque styled aggression while Rahane, once again, impressed with his timing and poise.

By the end of the eighth over, Royals needed less than 100 runs to win and Rahane and Dravid had racked up the same number of runs, 27 each. Rahane eclipsed his captain, reclaimed the orange cap and brought up his 50 with a finesse-filled flick to on the leg-side.

Daredevils thought they had some success when Dravid began walking after a cut that was thought to be caught behind but umpire Rod Tucker called him back. Tucker said he gave Dravid out when he saw him walking as it was the end of the over, but the misunderstanding gave Dravid a lifeline. He added only three more runs after that incident and was caught at long-on by a leaping Ajit Agarkar.

Rahane was unmoved by the dismissal and marched on, right to the brink of victory. He was only tripped up in the penultimate over and even then did not give up without a fight, as he scooped Yadav for six and very nearly gave Royals victory.

Daredevils may have thought their total was not enough after an underwhelming effort with the bat, save for Virender Sehwag's half-century and a last-over blitz from Nagar. Sehwag became the first player to score four consecutive half-centuries in the IPL and rebuilt Daredevils innings by himself after two early blows.

Mahela Jayawardene and Kevin Pietersen were dismissed in the first three overs but Sehwag's full range of shots was on hand to resurrect matters. He pulled, reverse swept, drove and struck two stunning sixes over long-off and long-on. Just as he threatened to take the innings away from Royals, they dismissed him when Ashok Menaria took a well-judged catch off a back foot cut.

Ross Taylor had been an almost absent partner in the stand with Sehwag and was bowled the over after Sehwag departed. Taylor looked to take a Pankaj delivery from outside off and flick on the leg-side but did not make contact and was bowled.

Brad Hogg's wrong un's and Cooper and Amit Singh's changes of pace ensured Ojha and Nagar could barely get away. Ojha managed a six before mistiming a shot to long-on but Nagar enjoyed a good last over, hitting two full tosses for six to push Daredevils past 150. In the end, it was just enough.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Angry_Bowler on April 30, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are good only on flat and slow indian pitches. We didn't forget how they played in Australia and England (0-8). In IPL any tom, dick and harry can hit like they do.

  • on April 30, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    This is not the first time umpire Ravi is making wrong calls. He should be removed from the umpires panel for this biased decision which cost underdogs RR the match. I wont agree that RR had their game plan wrong. Bringing the score to a gettable 15 from 2 overs is not a result of bad planning. But they did not plan for umpire Ravi's cruel jokes!

  • on April 30, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    For the people who are supporting RR because of not calling Morney's ball a wide, you guys should be happy and thank the umpires for not allowing Morney to bowl the extra ball, otherwise RR would have lost another wicket and go into more pressure than it happened.

    Also the fact is that RR shouldn't have delayed the match until the last couple of overs, they should have gone for the kill well before as they had 9 wickets in hand.

  • on April 30, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I hope the IPL committee docks umpire S Ravi his match fee for dis-allowing a wide in Morne Morkel's 19th over. RR would have won with one extra run from the wide ball and another ball to score from.

  • on April 30, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Lot has been said about the umpiring here... Ball not given wide in the penultimate over, when RR were just cruising to victory... this is ridiculous as if everyone has assumed that RR were counting on wides/no balls to win them match rather than the batters... The stats just below the article showed that the whole of RR team i.e. Rahul, Ajinkya, Brad, Owais played 41 dots among themselves out 120 possible legal deliveries (although DD's played 51 dots, but that irrelevant as they went 6 down by the end of their innings and Ross got stuck on a sluggish wicket) indicating that RR were more inclined to win with wickets in hand rather than balls, logic behind which cannot be explained... Yeah, that was a mistake by an umpire and he should have called it a wide... but still taking match to the last over was never required and RR payed for the flawed strategy... All in all, it was a good match to watch...RR loyals will blame the umpire, but thats the beauty of sports... Unpredictable...

  • on April 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    before the match Andre Russell have said.. If DD wins it would be a great Birth-day gift for him..!! I wonder..!!! This victory was the perfect gift..to him..!! Absolutely incredible..!!((( Who said T20 is batsmen's game..???)))

  • dravidsbiggestfan on April 30, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Apart from the obviously wide ball from Morkel, wasn't there a shot from Rahane which cleared the ropes but was given as four? i remember thinking at the time that this will come back to haunt them and i guess it did!

  • on April 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I am from Punjab & big fan of RR since first IPL in 2008, the way they played till 38th over yesterday was superb & they gave strong DD a great run for money. But i am so disappointed by the end result of this match till now i am unable to digest that bitter truth that RR lost the match yesterday. Hey RR, go & smash down DD in next match..Halla Bol

  • pai11 on April 30, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Mari2madhu: bang on mate in your observation... in this years IPL, runrate might come into consideration as many teams are vying for the top 4 spots. so after 10 overs when RR found themselves in a commanding position, they must have blown the DD away. after all even DD players were going through motions until penultimate over!! and to all those who blame the umpires, umpiring decisions are a part of the game. i know that RR were at the receiving end this time. its as if, RR's entire gameplan of victory was dependent on that one ball!!!! they must have won with atleast 2-3 overs to spare...

  • heshan666 on April 30, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    it''s ridiculous how players like shewag ,rahane & gayle perform in IPL.But they all noway near in international cricket(test cricket).Especially IND players are looking strongest players in T20 format.But what happen to them when it go to international T20s.That''s why we possibly say"IND are champions in IND"

  • Angry_Bowler on April 30, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Sehwag and Gambhir are good only on flat and slow indian pitches. We didn't forget how they played in Australia and England (0-8). In IPL any tom, dick and harry can hit like they do.

  • on April 30, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    This is not the first time umpire Ravi is making wrong calls. He should be removed from the umpires panel for this biased decision which cost underdogs RR the match. I wont agree that RR had their game plan wrong. Bringing the score to a gettable 15 from 2 overs is not a result of bad planning. But they did not plan for umpire Ravi's cruel jokes!

  • on April 30, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    For the people who are supporting RR because of not calling Morney's ball a wide, you guys should be happy and thank the umpires for not allowing Morney to bowl the extra ball, otherwise RR would have lost another wicket and go into more pressure than it happened.

    Also the fact is that RR shouldn't have delayed the match until the last couple of overs, they should have gone for the kill well before as they had 9 wickets in hand.

  • on April 30, 2012, 10:29 GMT

    I hope the IPL committee docks umpire S Ravi his match fee for dis-allowing a wide in Morne Morkel's 19th over. RR would have won with one extra run from the wide ball and another ball to score from.

  • on April 30, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Lot has been said about the umpiring here... Ball not given wide in the penultimate over, when RR were just cruising to victory... this is ridiculous as if everyone has assumed that RR were counting on wides/no balls to win them match rather than the batters... The stats just below the article showed that the whole of RR team i.e. Rahul, Ajinkya, Brad, Owais played 41 dots among themselves out 120 possible legal deliveries (although DD's played 51 dots, but that irrelevant as they went 6 down by the end of their innings and Ross got stuck on a sluggish wicket) indicating that RR were more inclined to win with wickets in hand rather than balls, logic behind which cannot be explained... Yeah, that was a mistake by an umpire and he should have called it a wide... but still taking match to the last over was never required and RR payed for the flawed strategy... All in all, it was a good match to watch...RR loyals will blame the umpire, but thats the beauty of sports... Unpredictable...

  • on April 30, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    before the match Andre Russell have said.. If DD wins it would be a great Birth-day gift for him..!! I wonder..!!! This victory was the perfect gift..to him..!! Absolutely incredible..!!((( Who said T20 is batsmen's game..???)))

  • dravidsbiggestfan on April 30, 2012, 8:47 GMT

    Apart from the obviously wide ball from Morkel, wasn't there a shot from Rahane which cleared the ropes but was given as four? i remember thinking at the time that this will come back to haunt them and i guess it did!

  • on April 30, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    I am from Punjab & big fan of RR since first IPL in 2008, the way they played till 38th over yesterday was superb & they gave strong DD a great run for money. But i am so disappointed by the end result of this match till now i am unable to digest that bitter truth that RR lost the match yesterday. Hey RR, go & smash down DD in next match..Halla Bol

  • pai11 on April 30, 2012, 8:05 GMT

    @Mari2madhu: bang on mate in your observation... in this years IPL, runrate might come into consideration as many teams are vying for the top 4 spots. so after 10 overs when RR found themselves in a commanding position, they must have blown the DD away. after all even DD players were going through motions until penultimate over!! and to all those who blame the umpires, umpiring decisions are a part of the game. i know that RR were at the receiving end this time. its as if, RR's entire gameplan of victory was dependent on that one ball!!!! they must have won with atleast 2-3 overs to spare...

  • heshan666 on April 30, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    it''s ridiculous how players like shewag ,rahane & gayle perform in IPL.But they all noway near in international cricket(test cricket).Especially IND players are looking strongest players in T20 format.But what happen to them when it go to international T20s.That''s why we possibly say"IND are champions in IND"

  • Robin-Hood on April 30, 2012, 8:02 GMT

    What ever you say DD will win 2012 IPL. Don't keep any doubts about it.

  • on April 30, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    It was not the umpire or rahane, it was ross taylor who was playing for rajasthan royals. If anyone else was playing other than taylor then delhi should have made 25 more runs which rajasthan couldn't even think of scoring in front of dabang delhi bowlers.

  • mari2madhu on April 30, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    RR strategy is the reason for the loss. I got more angry with the way they played after 10 overs. you have all 10 wickets in hand then why should not accelerate and finish the game early and improve the run rate which will be crucial at the end of the tournament.

    While chasing the score less than 160, all teams should plan to finish it atleast one over to spare unless to chase 180+

  • Thyagu5432 on April 30, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    This match is an apt example of how umpires can make or break for individuals or for a team. That ball from Morkel was a clear wide and the umpire thought it clipped the pad on the way. The ball was no where near the pad. It was such a crucial stage in the match, there is no harm in the umpires taking some help (from the third umpire).

    In any case, RR should still have won the match.

  • HSAF on April 30, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I am a fan of Dravid, I have been very much frustrated after such a loss for him. I have almost cried for watching, how about feel of Rahane who played there? Hope he should come back from this shock and move on........Come on Orange Cap holder,,,,cheer up.

  • HSAF on April 30, 2012, 6:16 GMT

    Its the umpires who cost this match for RR, Bad decisions. Why aren't they being punished for atleast these type of common error which caused the match for a side. No fines, No suspension......Its ridiculous. Umpires...everyone laughed for him at the period...i think that's just a compliment for his decision.

  • on April 30, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Rahane is a class batsman.Dear RR fans you have to blame Amith Sing for that last over Not Dravid.not Rahane,Not Hodge and not the umpire...Amith sing last 5 matches his econmy id more than 12.RR should include Sumith Narwal instead of Amith Sing.Stuart Binny should get more chances....in batting and bowling

  • niyuchemmad on April 30, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    rahulji....lets learn from this defeat and make the other match ours. our coming matches are between the team which compete for play offs. So lets don't make these mistakes agains and if possible ask our players not to take match to last over while batting second.....any way rahulji,,,, u are still at your best.. keep going and prove us that class is permanent once again....never drop cooper for watson.. drop hogg and add a indian spinner who can bat too...... come on dravid come on.......

  • avani on April 30, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @Sunil Kabra, I agree. RR should have compensated for the last over they bowled in which they gave 20 runs. Eventhough the asking rate was reasonable, they should have converted at least one over as big scoring over (before 15 overs) while they were batting. While RR were bowling all overs were economical except the 20th. But while they were batting, all 20 overs were economical. They should have had one big over. Taking it to till 20th is always risky while chasing a moderate score that too taking chance against Albie, who was the highest wicket taker was a very risky affair.

  • vak1997 on April 30, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    @winhex u r right... very glad to see him back in form. i never saw viru scoring 4 50+ scores on trot!! i m enjoying seeing him play...

  • on April 30, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    Rahane may play !! but its the daredevils who daringly defened .. hand off to the double DDs

  • anver777 on April 30, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    RR could have easily won the game atleast by the 19th over... keeping wkts in hand they would have accelerated much earlier. But all credit to Morne for bowling that superb 19th over barring that vital "WIDE" which umpire didn't called & that turned in favor of DD !!!!!

  • vinchester on April 30, 2012, 4:46 GMT

    The umpiring in IPL 2012 has been a howler. Rajastan should have won & lost it because of the umpire. A wide ball was not given at a crucial stage. that meant one additional run & ball & made all the difference between victory & defeat.

  • Romenevans on April 30, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    I have no idea why this bloke Amit Singh is making in the team again and again. He's the most pathetic death overs bowler and Rahul Dravid seems to be in love with him and make no sense at all. Today he gave away 20 runs in the last over and that was the real difference. Why can't you drop him RR? is he in the team because he got contacts with RR administration? He is the most undeserving player playing for RR. You people going to lose loyal fans because of this stupidity.

  • on April 30, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    WheR iS CanDimaL,TaiT anD SrEesaNtH haLF oF thE MatcHes PlayED bY RajAsTan rOYal,S buT thEsE Player,S diD nOt GeT aNy ChancE tIlL NoW tHe WaY RaHAnE MisS thE LasT BaLl iT wAs A dEFinEtLy oUt...

  • PTtheAxis on April 30, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    so once agian not many are talking about rahul draivd's run a ball inning which cost rr this match. run a ball ='s 120 runs. 150 is a tall task than. all matches rr have won is because of some 200+ strike rate batting by shah and hodge. and delhi were in that situation only because of ross taylor who needs to be benched for the rest of this ipl.

  • adis26 on April 30, 2012, 1:51 GMT

    @Alexk400 Dude what are you taking about - DD is on top of the league man...and it is on top by FAR !!! It has Morkey, Umesh, Irfan and a great upcoming spinner in Nadeem who is in form this season. Batting = Sehwag, Kevin, Warner, Ross, Andre Russell, Mahela and Irfan ... they are clicking together and playing hard. I think Delhi management has learnt from its mistakes last year and made terrific buys. Even the $2 mil Irfan Pathan buy is beginning to seem really worth it.

  • winhex on April 29, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    Glad to see Sehwag is back in form. not only good for delhi daredevils, but for Indian team too. He is one batsman who can bring India back to #1 spot. Keep it up sehwaq.

  • MWaqqar on April 29, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    I am an RR fan in Pakistan. RR loss today still hurts, my mood is down since evening. I wonder how much hurt the players esp Ajinkya must be feeling.

  • on April 29, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    Everybody is saying that rr loses due to that single wide….rr lose coz dd played well…single poor decision don't change the winners…the way rr was batting they should have finished it before that morkel over…rahane played superbly

  • on April 29, 2012, 21:42 GMT

    How come Chandimal is still on the bench ? Has he got to be an Indian National to play for the Royals in preference for Goswami ?

  • on April 29, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Why is Amit Singh dropped for one match and brought back in the next. He has proved once again that he does not have either the nerve or the skill to bowl to international level players. If Morkel's over was brilliant then Amit Singh's last over was downright pathetic and that was the real difference. Wonder why there is no Sreesanth?

  • Robin-Hood on April 29, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    I'm sure Sehwag and Mahela will bring the cup to DD this time, time will tell you.

  • on April 29, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    @Alexk400 - I smell some miserable ranting from a miserable RR fan :)

    Andre Russel deserves a game. He should be given a chance in the place of Ross Taylor for the next one!

  • on April 29, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Come on guys so much of negative comments? It was a complete sensible approach till Morkel bowled that superb over .. lets accept it. Dravid and Rahane played really well cant blame anyone here.. not even the umpires.. one , two decisions will always go here or there.

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    For a change....TEAR-AWAY FAST BOWLING wins a match in India...loved it. This will encourage pacers to bowl fast and fiery on batsmen toes to Win games for their teams in INDIA.

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    Never leave it to the last minute if you do not need to. Should have learnt from Dhoni's mistake in Australia.

  • dariuscorny on April 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 you pretend to be a cricket expert but by saying that Rahane was slow proves you are nowhere near it infact it seems u dont understand cricket.in the penultimate over it was not Rahane who was mising the balls ,it was actually B Hodge.that set the match.it was Rahane's lack of experience which made him miss the last ball rather than just putting bat on to the ball.84 off 62 balls is no way slow

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    To be fair, RR wasted some opportunities leading up to the last over. They were in a comfortable position when it was 17 off of 16 balls. Even the last but one ball, they should tried to run 3. On the last ball Owais should have started earlier, what's the worst - he could have been run out by the bowler, but it still does not count as a ball. They could afford to get 6 people run out this way. This slong with the last ball loss to Chennai is going to kill their chances.

  • salahkar on April 29, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    dilli won coz they bowled well forget about a ball rest they bowled well Rahane responsible for RR lose so Rahane does not deserves mom

  • on April 29, 2012, 18:18 GMT

    good bowling frm d Morkel...he s at his best nw,best f luck DD for d next match

  • on April 29, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    Being a passionate Delhi fan, I'm feeling so sorry for Dravid, Rahane and whole RR team. Man, they could have / should have won this match. :( What good innings played by Rahane, that six off Yadav's low full-toss over the point was awesome.

  • Alexk400 on April 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Delhi has worst batting. Taylor not doing Much. Pathan can't bat. Nagar might be relative arun jaitley to get that many chances. N. ojha doing nothing. DD has no chance of winning IPL championship. Unless they give some power in lower middle order. Pathan , nagar are players who can score 10-20 at max withs trike rate of 100. Not good enough!. They should even play andre russel instead of taylor. Taylor has done nothing. He lost his mojo i think.

  • TheMeanMachine on April 29, 2012, 17:31 GMT

    What heartbreak! Left it a little too late is the general consensus.

  • Alexk400 on April 29, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Delhi got worst indian batsman after sehwag and worst indian bowlers. i doubt they win the IPL. It will be KKR vs Rajastan. DD need to find a good indian batsman who can bat. WHy nagar given 100s of chances , he fails to deliver.Irfan Pathan can't bat , can't bowl. Agarkar less said is better. DD has no brain in management level and coach level. Drop nagar , give someone else chance. Drop pathan also. He is useless .

  • Robin-Hood on April 29, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    DD will be in bit trouble when Kevin Peterson leaves the team next week. Shewag and Mahela have to play well in the front.

  • on April 29, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    RR left it too late. It should have been kept at less than 10 in the last over. In an ODI also one can defend 15 off two overs with guys like Waqar younis, Glenn Mcgrath , Allan Donald. It was world class over by Morkel, nothing to take away from Umesh who bowled straight. The wides and all are just a waste of time.Good cricket is what shines. Dravid defnitley needs to up the Strike rate.

  • on April 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Poor Luck for RR.... Morne Morkel.....superb over coupled with Bad Umpiring...Net Result.... RR is stuck in between..

  • on April 29, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    amazing innings by rahane.. this boy has a bright future.. very unlucky that they couldnt finish the match.. they paced innings beautifully but couldnt end it well..

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    Wat a match :D ;) ....Maza aa gaya

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    This match demonstrated the importance of finishing strong. Delhi finished their batting with a 20 run over and bowled brilliantly in the end.

  • kunderanengineer on April 29, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    Not to take anything away from Morkel's deadly death over performance but I think on another day that delivery to Hodge would have been called a wide. That deprived the fans of a super over which is how I think the outcome of this game should have been determined.

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Professionalism from Morkel !

  • atacheema on April 29, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    I am quite surprised...but I guess there was also pressure on the batsman + Morkel really held his nerve..so great job by DD :)..better luck for RR next time.

  • bismoy on April 29, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    This will happen when a t-20 side openers are test players.

    You end of consuming more balls,so not at all a suprise.!!!

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    So biased, Rahulcricket. Rahane's strike rate was better than Hodge's, whose SR was better than Dravid's. And you say RR lost because Rahane was slow???? A wide wasn't given, cost RR a run AND a ball and that is why they lost.

  • rockanpur on April 29, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Mr moonda the wise man ,what about umesh yadav ! have you reserved all of good word only for limited players.

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    that wide (which was not given) was the difference in the end but more than that the last over of delhi innings in which they scored 20 was also very vital

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    In response to rahulcricket007: I think you are mistaken. Rahane batter thru the innings, he scored at an run-rate of 8.0 runs per over, whereas the required run-rate was 7.6 runs per over. Statistics justify his innings. Also, Rahane had the highest strike rate among all the Royals batsmen that had a bat: Dravid: 105, Hodge: 122, Shah: 100, Rahane: 133 :-)

  • on April 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    Congrates DD :) You Rock !!

    Not a day for RR..... Rahane continous to blast !!

    best of luck rahane for b in Indian Team <3

  • rajachandra on April 29, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    One of Morkel's delivery in the penultimate over was surely wide and it made a difference. I think shah should have come ahead of Hodge. Also if the Rahane's bat had not broken that shot may have yielded more runs. Unlucky RR.

  • MWaqqar on April 29, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    In the final analysis the wide not given in 19th over cost RR the match. Poor umpiring. RR should have won even with poor umpiring. Wonder why anybody can critisize Rahane, he played excellently.

  • Romenevans on April 29, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    What was that Indian umpire was thinking? Why he did not give that ball wide of Morne Morkel? Pathetic umpiring to say the least. Proud of these Rajasthan Royals boys the way tehy are fighting and love the spirit of this team. Go Wall, fans are proud of you and the way you are handling them. Ajinkya was awesome.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    sure...................................

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Delhi Daredevils players were quick in applauding the great effort of Ajinkya Rahane, coz they knew without his extra-ordinary efforts they couldn't have won the match, Thanks to incredible innings by Rahane...now Rajasthan semi-finals dream will remain a dream only....feeling sorry for Dravid.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    irfan is nom 1 in delhi bowlers

  • soumyas on April 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    rahane is a gr8 talent, but sometimes feels like he too plays just for individual runs like sachin. he had gr8 chance of winning it for RR long before the final over, looks like his purple cap aim spoiled his scoring rate and costed the match.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    DD need to get Taylor out and play Van der Merwe. Good bowler, fielder and aggressive batsmen. He was a match winner for Somerset in several Champions league games.

  • ectasy on April 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    s Pathan shld snt up t order .. Dabang Delhi put up a great show but shld be cautious n low scoring games ... Delhi Dares!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Sehwag rocks.dehli will lift d trophy.

  • VAS4 on April 29, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Sehwag should have handed the man of the match to Rahane. It was Rahane,s innings made that match interesting till the last minute . The commentators were bound to give it to the winning team performer, but It would have been a nice gesture from Sehwag.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Not able to play international player bowling…………. That's a shame ……… lost the match….

  • ectasy on April 29, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    s Pathan shld snt up t order .. Dabang Delhi put up a great show but shld be cautious n low scoring games ... Delhi Dares!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Great death bowling by Morkel, but absolutely pathetic umpiring by S. Ravi. He cost RR a run and an extra ball and by not signalling a clear wide in the penultimate over. He has consistently blundered throughout the tournament and should not get another game. Incidentally, should not obvious umpiring errors like this be eligible for correction by the third umpire??

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    HOPE DELHI LOSES EVERY MATCH FROM NOW.... COS THIS WASN'T THEIR WIN AND THE MAN WHO MADE RR TO LOSE THE GAME WAS THE UMPIRE

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    This is an example of what happens if you cannot play international player bowling. Hitting sixes of local bowlers won't work all the time. Just 3 runs of Morkel over with 9 wickets in hand………ha ha ha ……..

  • ramji48 on April 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    RR lost as they were playing against not only DD but DD plus umpires, what a poor umpiring.. . clear legside wide not given in the penultimate over of Morkel, otherwise it would have been 2 balls & 1 run in the end instead of 1 ball & 2 runs.

  • shaonkarmakar on April 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    i also feel that cricket is a game of the gentlemen. but in today's match, at the second last over(which was the turning point of the match), the wide ball from morne was apparently a wide one and even sehwag reacted on this with a sigh. but the umpire didn't give it as wide and the way he was saying that it touched the pad on the way, the guilty feelings and nervousness was showing in his attitude. however, RR didn't play well today. wickets in hand the should have gone for the acceleration much earlier.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Congrats dravid.. u have done it :) donated the match to delhi.. The way top 3 batsmen were batting , it seemed it was 50 over game, and they were the last wicket remaining :) lol. Royals are the team that most deserves to be at last position in the table.. even the matches they won were bcos of heroics of Hodge and shah..

  • soumyas on April 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Dehli won just becuze of one wrong decision by umpire, clear WIDE wasn't given when it mattered most. that single run costed Rajastan Royals. why can't umpires see replies on big screens and after that give a proper decisions ? when whole world can see it happen properly it is only umpires who give wrong decisions...which is most annoying thing in cricket.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Ross Taylor will be relieved! What a bowling performance form the daredevils

  • on April 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    poor umpiring and great bowling cause RR the match.......

  • rahulcricket007 on April 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    AMAZING INNNINGS BY RAHANE . PLAYED SO SLOWLY TO ENSURE THAT RR CAN'T WIN THE GAME .

  • Ibra95 on April 29, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    hope the royals win!!! go rahane & hodge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on April 29, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    the pitch is not what it seems and may not be that easy to score off in the 2nd innings so RR cannot take it easy...

  • on April 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Pathan should have been sent earlier ahead of Nagar and Ojha !! That would make difference of 15-20 runs !

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  • on April 29, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    Pathan should have been sent earlier ahead of Nagar and Ojha !! That would make difference of 15-20 runs !

  • on April 29, 2012, 12:07 GMT

    the pitch is not what it seems and may not be that easy to score off in the 2nd innings so RR cannot take it easy...

  • Ibra95 on April 29, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    hope the royals win!!! go rahane & hodge!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • rahulcricket007 on April 29, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    AMAZING INNNINGS BY RAHANE . PLAYED SO SLOWLY TO ENSURE THAT RR CAN'T WIN THE GAME .

  • on April 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    poor umpiring and great bowling cause RR the match.......

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Ross Taylor will be relieved! What a bowling performance form the daredevils

  • soumyas on April 29, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    Dehli won just becuze of one wrong decision by umpire, clear WIDE wasn't given when it mattered most. that single run costed Rajastan Royals. why can't umpires see replies on big screens and after that give a proper decisions ? when whole world can see it happen properly it is only umpires who give wrong decisions...which is most annoying thing in cricket.

  • on April 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Congrats dravid.. u have done it :) donated the match to delhi.. The way top 3 batsmen were batting , it seemed it was 50 over game, and they were the last wicket remaining :) lol. Royals are the team that most deserves to be at last position in the table.. even the matches they won were bcos of heroics of Hodge and shah..

  • shaonkarmakar on April 29, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    i also feel that cricket is a game of the gentlemen. but in today's match, at the second last over(which was the turning point of the match), the wide ball from morne was apparently a wide one and even sehwag reacted on this with a sigh. but the umpire didn't give it as wide and the way he was saying that it touched the pad on the way, the guilty feelings and nervousness was showing in his attitude. however, RR didn't play well today. wickets in hand the should have gone for the acceleration much earlier.

  • ramji48 on April 29, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    RR lost as they were playing against not only DD but DD plus umpires, what a poor umpiring.. . clear legside wide not given in the penultimate over of Morkel, otherwise it would have been 2 balls & 1 run in the end instead of 1 ball & 2 runs.