Indian Premier League - 7th match

Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders

Rajasthan Royals won by 22 runs

Dravid and Rahane are opening for Royals and Brett Lee will start for KKR

The Teams have taken to the field and the 2 umpires are on their way to take positions.

In the last season, Knight Riders won both their games comprehensively by 9 and 8 wickets. Let's see if the Knight Riders can breach the so called 'fortress' that Rajasthan have built around them.

Rajasthan are fielding the same XI and Sunil Narine replaces Marchant de Lange for the Knight Riders.

3.32pm Gambhir has won the toss and decided to field first

Gambhir reckons that they have depth in their batting and would try and restrict the opposition and chase it down

Dravid remarks that he would have fielded too had he won the toss. But feels that it does not make much of a difference

It's Toss time....

Just a few minutes to go before the toss...

Rajasthan won its opening game quite convincingly thanks to a cracker of an innings by Rahane whereas Knight Riders lost to Delhi in a rain curtailed match. That should not hurt the Knight Riders much as they have a strong all-round outfit.

The first game today is in Jaipur where the home team, Rajasthan Royals, are taking on Kolkata Knight Riders.

3.18pm Good afternoon and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's ball-by-ball coverage of the IPL. I am Abhishek N who will take you through this game and Sanjay Murari will be scoring the game for us.

0.1

Lee to Dravid, no run, outside off, pacy delivery and bounced off the pitch and a nice carry to the wicket keeper

0.2

Lee to Dravid, 1 run, outside off again, peach of a delivery, Dravid tries to play it with soft hands and takes an edge and falls short of the slip fielder

0.3

Lee to Rahane, no run, angling away from the batsman, nice carry to the keeper again

0.4

Lee to Rahane, no run, good length, goes back and defends it back to the bowler

0.5

Lee to Rahane, no run, slight inswing into the batsman, goes onto his backfoot and chops it on to the on side

0.6

Lee to Rahane, no run, shaping away from the batsman, Rahane looks to drive it through the covers, gets beaten all ends

End of over 1 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 1/0 (RR: 1.00)
AM Rahane    0* (4b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0
R Dravid    1* (2b)     

1.1

Kallis to Dravid, no run, well outside off, rocks back and cuts it to point for no run

1.2

Kallis to Dravid, no run, in swing, chips it to the point fielder for another dot ball

1.3

Kallis to Dravid, OUT, Gone, Run out, Rahane is out, slightly short,Dravid drives it to mid off, Rahane is late to react but is sent back and Gambhir hits the bull's eye at the striker's end and Rahane is found short of the crease

AM Rahane run out 0 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

1.4

Kallis to Goswami, 2 runs, dabs it off his hips to fine leg

1.5

Kallis to Goswami, 1 run, short, pulls it to mid wicket, loops into the air

1.6

Kallis to Dravid, no run, on the leg stump, tucks it to the on side for no run

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 4/1 (RR: 2.00)
R Dravid    1* (6b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0
SP Goswami    3* (2b)      B Lee    1-0-1-0

2.1

Lee to Goswami, 1 run, outside off, angling away, guides it to wide third man

2.2

Lee to Dravid, SIX, whatttaaa shot, that's been pulled over fine leg, short ball, takes a top edge and the ball goes sailing over the fine leg for a SIX

2.3

Lee to Dravid, no run, on the hips, pushes it back to the bowler

2.4

Lee to Dravid, no run, outside off, cuts it to the point fielder for no run

2.5

Lee to Dravid, FOUR, cracking shot, pitched outside off, goes on to his back foot and cuts it to the deep point fence

2.6

Lee to Dravid, no run, good length, stays in his crease and pushes it to the off side

End of over 3 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 15/1 (RR: 5.00)
R Dravid    11* (11b 1x4 1x6)      B Lee    0.1-0-12-0
SP Goswami    4* (3b)      JH Kallis    1-0-3-0

3.1

Kallis to Goswami, 1 wide, veering down the leg side, wide called

3.1

Kallis to Goswami, no run, good length, bunts it on to the on side and tries to sneak a single but wisely sent back by Dravid

3.2

Kallis to Goswami, no run

3.3

Kallis to Goswami, 1 run, on the toes, pushes it to mid-on for a single

3.4

Kallis to Dravid, FOUR, good length, rocks back and drives it elegantly for a four through covers

3.5

Kallis to Dravid, no run

3.6

Kallis to Dravid, 1 run, drops it on to the off side with soft hands and sneak a single

End of over 4 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 22/1 (RR: 5.50)
R Dravid    16* (14b 2x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0
SP Goswami    5* (6b)      B Lee    0.1-0-12-0

4.1

Narine to Dravid, no run, down the leg side, turned to short fine leg

4.2

Narine to Dravid, no run, down the leg side, hits his pads and falls on the on side

4.3

Narine to Dravid, no run, on the hips, flicks it to square leg

4.4

Narine to Dravid, no run, straighter delivery, Dravid looks to push it through cover

4.5

Narine to Dravid, SIX, swept away for a SIX, on the legs, goes down on knee and the ball goes sailing over the fine leg fence

4.6

Narine to Dravid, 1 run, clipped to square leg for a quick single

End of over 5 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 29/1 (RR: 5.80)
R Dravid    23* (20b 2x4 2x6)      SP Narine    1-0-7-0
SP Goswami    5* (6b)      JH Kallis    2-0-10-0

5.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Dravid, 1 run, punched to deep midwicket for a single

5.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Goswami, 1 run, charges down the track and chips it to deep midwicket for a single

5.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Dravid, 1 run, flat and straight, goes back and pulls it to wide long on

5.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Goswami, FOUR, flat, makes room and drives it through extra cover, elegantly driven and perfectly timed

5.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Goswami, 1 run, comes forward, hits it hard back to the bowler and it deflects off his hand to mid-off

5.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Dravid, no run, flat and fired, pushed it to off side

End of over 6 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/1 (RR: 6.16)
R Dravid    25* (23b 2x4 2x6)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-8-0
SP Goswami    11* (9b 1x4)      SP Narine    1-0-7-0

6.1

Bhatia to Goswami, 1 run, outside off, flicked to deep midwicket

6.2

Bhatia to Dravid, 1 run, on the legs, flicks it to deep square leg for a single

6.3

Bhatia to Goswami, FOUR, makes room and slashes hard at it and off it goes over point to the deep point fence

6.4

Bhatia to Goswami, 1 run, OUT, Gone, Dravid is Run out here, on the toes, punches it to deep midwicket and Abdulla fires it flat to the bowler and Bhatia takes the bails off with Dravid well short of the crease

R Dravid run out 26 (24b 2x4 2x6) SR: 108.33

6.5

Bhatia to Goswami, 1 run, change of pace, does not pick it well and loops into the air to mid-on

6.6

Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, straighter one, punches it down the ground on his back foot to long on

End of over 7 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 46/2 (RR: 6.57)
AL Menaria    1* (1b)      R Bhatia    1-0-9-0
SP Goswami    18* (13b 2x4)      Iqbal Abdulla    1-0-8-0

7.1

Pathan to Menaria, no run, flat, pushes it back to the bowler

7.2

Pathan to Menaria, 1 wide, veered down the leg side, wide called

7.2

Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, straighter one again, pushed down the ground to long-on

7.3

Pathan to Goswami, 1 run, on the pads, flicks it to mid wicket and they look to take two

7.4

Pathan to Menaria, 1 run, flat, pushes it to long-off for a single

7.5

Pathan to Goswami, 1 run, flat again, pushes it back past the bowler

7.6

Pathan to Menaria, SIX, Menaria goes downtown with that shot, picks it well and deposits over the long-on fence for a six

End of over 8 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 57/2 (RR: 7.12)
AL Menaria    9* (5b 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-11-0
SP Goswami    20* (15b 2x4)      R Bhatia    1-0-9-0

8.1

Bhatia to Goswami, 1 run, outside off, drives it to sweeper cover

8.2

Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, on the pads, flicks it to deep mid wicket for a single

8.3

Bhatia to Goswami, 2 runs, flighted one, crunches it off his front foot to wide long-on

8.4

Bhatia to Goswami, OUT, Gone, Bowled! makes room, tries to drive it through the covers, does not pick the pace and the ball goes straight through the gate

SP Goswami b Bhatia 23 (18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 127.77

8.5

Bhatia to Hodge, no run, straighter one, stays in the crease and pushes it back to the bowler

8.6

Bhatia to Hodge, 1 run, change of pace, on the pads, flicks it to wide of mid wicket for a single

Strategic Time out taken.....

End of over 9 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/3 (RR: 6.88)
BJ Hodge    1* (2b)      R Bhatia    2-0-14-1
AL Menaria    10* (6b 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-11-0

9.1

Narine to Hodge, 2 runs, on the off, plays it with soft hands to short third man

9.2

Narine to Hodge, 2 runs, outside off, cuts it to deep point

9.3

Narine to Hodge, no run, on the off, dabs it to short cover for no run

9.4

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, on the full, pushes it through to sweeper cover for an easy single

9.5

Narine to Menaria, no run, flighted one, drives it to point for no run

9.6

Narine to Menaria, 1 run, makes room and tries to drive it on the off side but takes an inside edge and rolls to the on side

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 68/3 (RR: 6.80)
AL Menaria    11* (8b 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-13-0
BJ Hodge    6* (6b)      R Bhatia    2-0-14-1

10.1

Bhatia to Menaria, no run, fuller length, digs it out to mid-off

10.2

Bhatia to Menaria, FOUR, on the legs, whips it on the on side and the ball races away to the square leg fence

10.3

Bhatia to Menaria, no run, yorker length, guides it to the gully fielder

10.4

Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, angling into the batsman, pushes it to the point fielder

10.5

Bhatia to Hodge, no run, slower delivery, watches it and cuts it to point for no run

10.6

Bhatia to Hodge, 1 run, slower one again, drives it to cover and the batsmen go through for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 74/3 (RR: 6.72)
BJ Hodge    7* (8b)      R Bhatia    3-0-20-1
AL Menaria    16* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    2-0-13-0

11.1

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, half volley, crunched to sweeper cover for a single

11.2

Narine to Menaria, 2 runs, makes room and tries to cut it through on side, takes an inside edge on to the pads and goes to the off side, an over throw fetches them an extra run

11.3

Narine to Menaria, no run, on the legs, no run possible

11.4

Narine to Menaria, 1 run, makes room but manages to push it to cover

11.5

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, tossed up, comes forward and dabs it to cover

11.6

Narine to Menaria, 2 runs, on the legs, pushes it to wide of long-on

End of over 12 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 81/3 (RR: 6.75)
AL Menaria    21* (16b 1x4 1x6)      SP Narine    3-0-20-0
BJ Hodge    9* (10b)      R Bhatia    3-0-20-1

12.1

Bhatia to Hodge, 1 run, on the full, digs it out to deep mid wicket

12.2

Bhatia to Menaria, 1 run, flat, comes forward and pushes it to deep cover for a single

12.3

Bhatia to Hodge, 2 runs, half volley, pulls it to deep mid wicket and it's racing away to the fence but Das makes a diving stop and pulls it back, that would have been a certain four

12.4

Bhatia to Hodge, 1 run, leg cutter, pulled to long-on for a single

12.5

Bhatia to Menaria, no run, yorker length, digs it out to cover fielder for no run

12.6

Bhatia to Menaria, 2 runs, on the money again, punches it through covers where there was a slight misfield and the batsmen sneak a two, Bhatia was crossed with that

End of over 13 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/3 (RR: 6.76)
AL Menaria    24* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    4-0-27-1
BJ Hodge    13* (13b)      SP Narine    3-0-20-0

13.1

Pathan to Hodge, SIX, Flat and picks it well and thrashes it high over the deep mid wicket fence, that was massive! 10 rows back

13.2

Pathan to Hodge, FOUR, fired it outside off, rocks back and spears through the off side behind point for a four

13.3

Pathan to Hodge, no run, straighter one, pushes it to mid-off

13.4

Pathan to Hodge, SIX, explosive! similar shot, clean strike, over the long-on fielder for a massive one

13.5

Pathan to Hodge, no run, straighter one, pushes it back to the bowler

13.6

Pathan to Hodge, 1 run, full toss, Hodge comes forward and slaps it to long-on, was looking to pierce the gap to wide of long-on

Strategic Time out....

End of over 14 (17 runs) Rajasthan Royals 105/3 (RR: 7.50)
BJ Hodge    30* (19b 1x4 2x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-28-0
AL Menaria    24* (19b 1x4 1x6)      R Bhatia    4-0-27-1

14.1

Kallis to Hodge, no run, Wide outside off, close to the tram line but not called a wide

14.2

Kallis to Hodge, FOUR, good length, picks it up well and smacks it to the square leg fence

14.3

Kallis to Hodge, FOUR, back to back fours, makes room, picks it up well and hoicks it over mid wicket for a four

14.4

Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, outside off, pushes it to cover for one run

14.5

Kallis to Menaria, 1 run, good length, makes room and dabs it to wide of cover and scamper home for a single

14.6

Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, on the pads, flicks it to short fine leg and sneak a tight single

End of over 15 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 116/3 (RR: 7.73)
BJ Hodge    40* (24b 3x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0
AL Menaria    25* (20b 1x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-28-0

15.1

Narine to Hodge, no run, yorker length, digs it out

15.2

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, fired in, crunches it down the ground to long-off

15.3

Narine to Menaria, 1 run, full toss, does not make full use of it and slaps it down the ground

15.4

Narine to Hodge, 2 runs, on the legs, plays it with soft hands to deep mid wicket and go through for a tight two

15.5

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, high full toss, does not middle it well, loops over mid wicket

15.6

Narine to Menaria, FOUR, fired it on the full, pierces the gap between deep mid wicket and wide long-on for a four, keeps it simple

End of over 16 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 125/3 (RR: 7.81)
AL Menaria    30* (22b 2x4 1x6)      SP Narine    4-0-29-0
BJ Hodge    44* (28b 3x4 2x6)      JH Kallis    3-0-21-0

16.1

Lee to Hodge, OUT, Gone, what was he trying to do here? tries to play a predetermined reverse scoop, hits his bat and then his pad and loops into the air straight to the keeper, soft dismissal

BJ Hodge c †McCullum b Lee 44 (29b 3x4 2x6) SR: 151.72

16.2

Lee to Shah, 1 run, angling in, punched it down the ground for an easy single

16.3

Lee to Menaria, no run, pitched outside off, plays through the line and misses

16.4

Lee to Menaria, no run, makes room, shortish delivery, looks to upper cut high over deep point, another dot ball

16.5

Lee to Menaria, 1 run, good length, opens the face and guides to wide of third man, easy single there

16.6

Lee to Shah, no run, fired it on the pads, huge appeal from Lee, umpire is not interested, it was sliding down the leg side

End of over 17 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 127/4 (RR: 7.47)
OA Shah    1* (2b)      B Lee    2-0-14-1
AL Menaria    31* (25b 2x4 1x6)      SP Narine    4-0-29-0

17.1

Kallis to Menaria, FOUR, full toss, tries a yorker, opens the face and slams it past point for a four

17.2

Kallis to Menaria, no run, another full toss, Menaria swings and misses, should have crashed it through covers

17.3

Kallis to Menaria, 1 run, yorker length, digs it out to point and the batsmen sneak a single

17.4

Kallis to Shah, FOUR, full outside off, uses his crease well and gets an inside edge and the ball races away to the square leg fence

17.5

Kallis to Shah, 1 run, on the full, punches it down the ground to long-on for an easy single

17.6

Kallis to Menaria, FOUR, full toss again, Menaria swipes across the line and hammers it to wide of long-on, one bounce over the ropes

End of over 18 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 141/4 (RR: 7.83)
AL Menaria    40* (29b 4x4 1x6)      JH Kallis    4-0-35-0
OA Shah    6* (4b 1x4)      B Lee    2-0-14-1

18.1

Lee to Shah, SIX, makes room, as flat as it can get, hoicks it over the sweeper cover for a six, a clean strike!

18.2

Lee to Shah, FOUR, straighter one, plays through the line, slaps it past mid-off for a four, well timed

18.3

Lee to Shah, 1 run, on middle and leg, digs it out to mid wicket and sneak a single

18.4

Lee to Menaria, OUT, Bowled! makes room and tries to go high over the cover region, misses it and there goes his middle stump for a walk, Lee is pumped up

AL Menaria b Lee 40 (30b 4x4 1x6) SR: 133.33

18.5

Lee to Cooper, no run, fired it full outside off, Cooper looks to slap it through covers and misses, straight to the keeper

18.6

Lee to Cooper, (no ball) 1 run, yorker length, digs it out and punches it to long-off

18.6

Lee to Shah, 2 runs, Free Hit, fuller length, stays in the crease and goes high over the mid wicket region, fielder cuts it off in the deep

End of over 19 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 156/5 (RR: 8.21)
OA Shah    19* (8b 2x4 1x6)      B Lee    3-0-29-2
KK Cooper    1* (2b)      JH Kallis    4-0-35-0

19.1

Iqbal Abdulla to Cooper, 1 run, full, jams it to Pathan at cover

19.2

Iqbal Abdulla to Shah, no run, makes room, swings and misses

19.3

Iqbal Abdulla to Shah, 1 run, comes down the track, smashes it down the ground

19.4

Iqbal Abdulla to Cooper, 2 runs, low full toss, scooped to wide long-off

19.5

Iqbal Abdulla to Cooper, 1 run, on the full, comes forward and squeezes it to long-off for a single

19.6

Iqbal Abdulla to Shah, 3 runs, makes room, takes a thick outside edge, the ball swirls into the air and goes to the third man region where Kallis chases it and keeps it to just 3 runs

I'll be back in 10 minutes for the chase...

I reckon, Rajasthan have put up a par total. Menaria and Hodge played their part with a little sized cameo from Owais Shah in the end that helped them go past 160. Royals have never lost a match when they posted a score of over 160.

End of over 20 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 164/5
OA Shah    23* (11b 2x4 1x6)      Iqbal Abdulla    2-0-16-0
KK Cooper    5* (5b)      B Lee    3-0-29-2
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Apr 8, 2012

Ankeet Chavan celebrates the wicket of Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Jaipur, April 8, 2012

Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket

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Apr 8, 2012

Kevin Cooper took three wickets, Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, Jaipur, April 8, 2012

Kevin Cooper took three wickets

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