Indian Premier League, 72nd match: Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians at Jaipur, May 20, 2012
Mumbai Indians won by 10 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
20 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

All set for the start in Jaipur. Dravid out to open, so is Rahane, there is a slip for RP Singh

Rahul Dravid has won the toss and Rajasthan will have a bat

Dravid says that 160-170 is probably par here. Harbhajan says he would have batted first as well.

Mumbai are resting Herschelle Gibbs and Munaf Patel. Munaf could do with a bit of cooling off, he's been losing his top regularly this season. Ravi Shastri tells Harbhajan that things will be quiet on the field with Munaf out.

Dhawal Kulkarni is playing in place of Munaf. Harbhajan forgets the second change, Dravid reads it out from the team-sheet Harbhajan has handed over to him. James Franklin it is. "Thanks, Rahul," says Harbhajan.

Dishant Yagnik is in for Shreevats Goswami. Now it is Dravid's turn to forget the second change Royals have made. Before Harbhajan can bail him out, he remembers. Brad Hogg in for Johan Botha

7.25 pm We are down to the last league game this IPL season. 72 games in 47 days. The fourth and final playoff spot has been decided by the 71st game moments ago, with Deccan Chargers knocking out Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings sneaking through. Mumbai Indians will now meet CSK in the eliminator in Bangalore on Wednesday. Before that, they play Royals today, now then, we can do with one inconsequential game amid a glut of 72 games, can't we?

Rahul Dravid: "I am proud of the way we have played. We made some of the big teams earn their victories. We are disappointed at some of the close games we lost."


Singh to Dravid, 1 run, pushes a pitched up ball on the off side and is away


Singh to Rahane, no run, opens up and defends as this back of a length ball straightens a shade, probably he was expecting it to come back in even more, off a thick edge to point


Singh to Rahane, no run, wide, and short as well, Rahane cannot find any timing on it as he throws his bat at it


Singh to Rahane, 1 run, worked in front of square on leg


Singh to Dravid, 1 wide, full and swinging in down the leg side, Dravid misses by a long way as he looks to flick it


Singh to Dravid, no run, bounce this time as it zips across him from short of a length, he hangs his bat at an angle as he weaves out of the way


Singh to Dravid, FOUR, on the pads and he puts it away in front of square leg

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • R Dravid 5 (3b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 1 (3b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-7-0

sundar: "I can tell you that the other three metros will not be thanking Deccan for letting chennai back in. Bangalore can be controlled. All they have to do is get gayle and de villiers out and they will lose, like they did today. But chennai is far more resilient and you don't want to give them second chances. mumbai would have preferred bangalore in the eliminator instead of chennai."

Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl to his Mumbai team-mate Ajinkya Rahane


Kulkarni to Rahane, no run, tight line on a good length, just outside off, he taps it softly towards point


Kulkarni to Rahane, 1 wide, called a wide, harshly, Rahane had a go at this short of a length ball as it moved away to beat him by some margin


Kulkarni to Rahane, 1 run, pitched up nicely, and moves away a tad, eased out to cover


Kulkarni to Dravid, no run, goes for the cut to a wide delivery and is beaten as it bounces too much


Kulkarni to Dravid, OUT, Kulkarni strikes in his first over, another wide delivery, but there has been lots of bounce for him, Dravid reaches out to try and cut, only manages a thick edge to the keeper, did not move his feet much there, just reached out awkwardly with the bat

R Dravid c †Karthik b Kulkarni 5 (5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Kulkarni to Watson, no run, lovely delivery from Kulkarni, it is angled in back of a length, Watson shapes up to defend, it then moves away and beats the outside edge, that curled away a lot, top delivery


Kulkarni to Watson, no run, guides this one outside off to point

End of over 2 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 9/1 (RR: 4.50)

    • SR Watson 0 (2b)
    • AM Rahane 2 (5b)
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-2-1
    • RP Singh 1-0-7-0

Singh to Rahane, no run, caught on the crease as it swings back in from a length, cannot work it away, slip raises his hands in appeal, that was sliding easily down leg


Singh to Rahane, FOUR, did not pick it up cleanly, but manages to swing this shortish delivery over square leg, off the front foot


Singh to Rahane, 1 wide, more inswing, but well down the leg side off a good length


Singh to Rahane, FOUR, worked away to short fine leg's left, and goes right through his hands, Malinga messing up


Singh to Rahane, no run, good length, swinging in, ending just outside off, he shuffles, opens up and blocks softly


Singh to Rahane, no run, pitched up this time, and moving in all the time, he brings bat well in front of pad to push it on the leg side


Singh to Rahane, no run, Rahane wants the single, he is halfway down the pitch before he turns back as the fielder gets to the ball close to the pitch on the off side, the throw misses, Rahane might have just made it with a big dive had there been a direct hit

End of over 3 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 18/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • AM Rahane 10 (11b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 0 (2b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-16-0
    • DS Kulkarni 1-0-2-1

Kulkarni to Watson, no run, Kulkarni bowls another jaffa to Watson, angled in on a good length, swinging away late and beating the outside edge, lots of bounce again, he does this all the time in domestic cricket


Kulkarni to Watson, no run, slightly short, pulled away but to midwicket


Kulkarni to Watson, 1 run, length ball pushed towards mid on


Kulkarni to Rahane, 1 run, shuffles across and works the length ball with the angle into him, to deep square


Kulkarni to Watson, 2 runs, stays in the crease and works a length ball through midwicket, deep square runs across to field


Kulkarni to Watson, FOUR, slight width from a good length, just a bit, and that is enough for Watson to get the front foot out and hit it over extra cover, just rolls into the rope to beat the chasing fielder

End of over 4 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 26/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • SR Watson 7 (7b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 11 (12b 2x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-10-1
    • RP Singh 2-0-16-0

Ks: "What has happened to Chandimal this season? Why hasn't he had a single game? He seems well-suited to this format." Tamim not getting a game for Pune got a lot of attention, this one didn't

Malinga to bowl


Malinga to Rahane, no run, pushes a length ball to point


Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, slow length ball outside off, he waits on it and guides it to third man

Slip in, fine leg is up


Malinga to Watson, no run, pushes forward to a pitched up ball, thick edge rolls to point


Malinga to Watson, 1 run, short and angled in, he shuffles and works it to short fine, Kulkarni cannot stop it cleanly


Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, slower one, pitched up outside off, he runs it to third man


Malinga to Watson, 2 runs, Watson tries to get tonk this straight pitched up delivery down the ground, has to reach out a bit, and that is why he does not time it well enough to reach the rope, Sachin runs from mid on and pulls it back

End of over 5 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/1 (RR: 6.20)

    • SR Watson 10 (10b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 13 (15b 2x4)
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0
    • DS Kulkarni 2-0-10-1

ankit: "Royal "Chokers" Bangalore..."


Kulkarni to Rahane, no run, pitched up, he stays in the crease and punches to cover


Kulkarni to Rahane, OUT, pulled hard and pulled straight to shortish midwicket, short ball, Rahane goes hard for the pull but cannot place it wide of the fielder

AM Rahane c Sharma b Kulkarni 13 (17b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

Near identical season for Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan. Average of 40, strike-rate of 129, lots of runs. Both are off to West Indies with India A as soon as the IPL ends


Kulkarni to Binny, no run, sharp short delivery angled into him right away, he manages to get out of the way


Kulkarni to Binny, no run, punches a back of a length ball to cover


Kulkarni to Binny, no run, pushed to point


Kulkarni to Binny, no run, pushes a pitched up ball back to the bowler

End of over 6 (wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 31/2 (RR: 5.16)

    • STR Binny 0 (4b)
    • SR Watson 10 (10b 1x4)
    • DS Kulkarni 3-1-10-2
    • SL Malinga 1-0-5-0

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, shot! it was pitched up, but not quite full, not quite wide, Watson pushes forward, opens the face and drives it just to the left of mid off, who cannot stop it with a dive


Malinga to Watson, no run, pushes a length ball towards cover


Malinga to Watson, FOUR, flicked away, couple of bounces to the deep midwicket boundary, he is on the front foot to the fullish ball on off, reaches out a bit and times it over the infield wristily


Malinga to Watson, no run, short ball arrives now, Watson ducks


Malinga to Watson, no run, length ball ending just outside off, tapped to point

Charuhas: "Not sure why Dhawal Kulkarni has been ignored by MI throughout the season. Very happy to see him bowl well today. He deserves more chances for sure."


Malinga to Watson, 1 run, width available on this full delivery, Watson gets forward and thumps it straight to sweeper cover

End of over 7 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 40/2 (RR: 5.71)

    • SR Watson 19 (16b 3x4)
    • STR Binny 0 (4b)
    • SL Malinga 2-0-14-0
    • DS Kulkarni 3-1-10-2

Harbhajan brings himself on


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, defends a tossed up ball off the front foot


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, quicker and fuller, into off and middle, pushed down to long on


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, no run, slower, flighted more, and dipping on him as he comes forward, nudged towards midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, SIX, gives him width outside off stump with a full delivery, and Binny fetches it on a knee and hammers it over wide long on


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, no run, now he opens the face against the turn and pushes it to cover


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to one fired in towards the pads, works it to square leg

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/2 (RR: 6.00)

    • STR Binny 7 (8b 1x6)
    • SR Watson 20 (18b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-8-0
    • SL Malinga 2-0-14-0

Anish: "I think DC played some good cricket compared to Pune Warriors this season. Infact, Pune were totally awful. DC deserved to finish at a position above Pune Warriors in the points table. Sadly for the Bangalore fans, the win for DC today turned out to be at the expense of knocking out RCB from play-offs."


Smith to Binny, 2 runs, gets forward and square drives this full and wide one, point takes some pace off it with a dive


Smith to Binny, 1 run, short of a length, angled in, and worked in front of square leg


Smith to Watson, no run, that should have gone, short, wide, at 130 kph, he mistimes the cut to point


Smith to Watson, no run, lack of pace makes him mistime an attempted drive off the front foot


Smith to Watson, no run, almost takes out the bowler, with a powerful straight punch, Smith gets his hands in front of his face just in time, the ball pops out and rolls away, Smith does a reverse somersault as he falls back


Smith to Watson, 1 run, slightly short and he pulls hard, but down to long on

End of over 9 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 52/2 (RR: 5.77)

    • SR Watson 21 (22b 3x4)
    • STR Binny 10 (10b 1x6)
    • DR Smith 1-0-4-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-8-0

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, lunges forward on a knee and sweeps a flat delivery on middle to deep square


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, FOUR, skips out, stops as Harbhajan drags it slightly short and widish, Binny recovers to steer it to the third man boundary


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, FOUR, tosses it up on leg now, but Binny has made room and lofted it just out of the reach of extra cover

around the stumps


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 run, fires it full outside leg stump, he steps out for the third time in a row and drills it to deep square


Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 2 wides, fires it down the leg side again, Watson did not make room, he missed the sweep, and the keeper cannot collect the wide


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, SIX, Binny taking Harbhajan apart with ease, Harbhajan keeps it full on leg, now Binny goes down on his knee to slog-sweep over deep square leg


Harbhajan Singh to Binny, FOUR, changes the line to outside off stump, Binny gets forward without fuss and times it wide of sweeper cover

End of over 10 (22 runs) Rajasthan Royals 74/2 (RR: 7.40)

    • STR Binny 29 (15b 3x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 22 (23b 3x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-30-0
    • DR Smith 1-0-4-0

Smith to Watson, no run, beaten by some inward movement as he tries to clobber a length ball down the ground


Smith to Watson, no run, tries to stay back and steer a rising back of a length ball, beaten


Smith to Watson, SIX, he's connected on the third attempt, and has slogged Smith for six over deep midwicket


Smith to Watson, 1 run, tries to repeat the shot again, this one is hurled in towards the leg stump, and it races through midwicket off the inner part of the bat


Smith to Binny, 1 run, shuffles across, brings bat in front of pad, gets it straight to short fine, Watson dives in, Sachin's throw misses by a long way


Smith to Watson, 1 run, the length balls with a bit of angle into him are in the slot for him to wallop over midwicket, mistimes this one along the ground

End of over 11 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 83/2 (RR: 7.54)

    • SR Watson 30 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • STR Binny 30 (16b 3x4 2x6)
    • DR Smith 2-0-13-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-30-0

Pollard to have a bowl now


Pollard to Watson, 1 run, reaches out a a wide one and drags it down to mid off


Pollard to Binny, OUT, oh dear, Binny has managed to run himself out, he missed the work on the leg side and charged out for the single as the ball rolled off pad down the pitch, but barged straight into the huge frame of Pollard, by the time he turned around, Pollard had strode towards the ball, and it needed just a kick from him to roll onto the stumps, Binny was just short, with Pollard between him and the stumps

STR Binny run out 30 (17b 3x4 2x6) SR: 176.47


Pollard to Shah, no run, pushed softly to midwicket


Pollard to Shah, no run, slow length ball pushed in the same direction again


Pollard to Shah, no run, Pollard getting Mumbai back with a tight over, Shah can only tap this length ball towards point


Pollard to Shah, 1 run, finally manages to get the single with a push in front of point

End of over 12 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/3 (RR: 7.08)

    • OA Shah 1 (4b)
    • SR Watson 31 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • KA Pollard 1-0-2-0
    • DR Smith 2-0-13-0

Franklin to Shah, no run


Franklin to Shah, 1 run, pushes it to long-on


Franklin to Watson, 1 run, swings away and he gets behind it and pushes it to long-off


Franklin to Shah, 1 run, on the pads and he works it away to deep square leg


Franklin to Watson, 2 runs, on a yorker length and he pushes it down to long-on


Franklin to Watson, 1 run, spooned in the air but he knew that mid-on was back

End of over 13 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/3 (RR: 7.00)

    • SR Watson 35 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 3 (7b)
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-6-0
    • KA Pollard 1-0-2-0

Pollard to Watson, SIX, that was going to go, slow offcutter wide outside off from Pollard, Watson fetched it with his massive reach and cracked it high over deep midwicket


Pollard to Watson, 1 wide


Pollard to Watson, 1 leg bye, angled in to the pad from wide of the crease, he cannot turn it away fine


Pollard to Shah, no run, Shah played a few of these strokes earlier this season, tries to swing a length ball from outside off behind square leg, takes it on the pad as he misses, Pollard finds that worth a shout, it hit Shah well outside off


Pollard to Shah, 1 wide, wide, too far wide outside the off stump and moving further away, Shah cannot reach it


Pollard to Shah, 1 run, mistimes a push for a single to long on

around the stumps


Pollard to Watson, FOUR, with fine leg up, Pollard delivers an offcutter down the pads, Watson easily swats it past the fielder


Pollard to Watson, OUT, Pollard has the big wicket, Watson tries to wallop this one over deep midwicket, it bounced from just back of a length, and Watson's front-foot heave comes down in wide long on's hands

SR Watson c Smith b Pollard 45 (36b 4x4 2x6) SR: 125.00

End of over 14 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 105/4 (RR: 7.50)

    • OA Shah 4 (9b)
    • KA Pollard 2-0-15-1
    • JEC Franklin 1-0-6-0

Harbhajan Singh to Menaria, no run, some turn as he tosses it up on middle, defended off a thick edge towards point

he's bowling around the stumps


Harbhajan Singh to Menaria, no run, tosses it up again, on a length on off stump, beats Menaria's forward prod with more turn


Harbhajan Singh to Menaria, no run, pushed to the off side


Harbhajan Singh to Menaria, no run, cannot get it away again, plays out a length ball towards point


Harbhajan Singh to Menaria, 1 run, comes out to a flighted ball which turns away from him, reaches out and manages to spoon it over extra cover


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, defended down the pitch, superb comeback over from Harbhajan

End of over 15 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 106/4 (RR: 7.06)

    • OA Shah 4 (10b)
    • AL Menaria 1 (5b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-31-0
    • KA Pollard 2-0-15-1

Pollard to Menaria, 1 run, cuts one going across him outside off, to sweeper cover


Pollard to Shah, 1 wide, stands outside leg, Pollard follows him, Shah walks just inside the line, earns a wide


Pollard to Shah, 1 run, fetches it from well outside off and swings it behind square leg


Pollard to Menaria, 1 run, guides a back of a length ball to sweeper cover


Pollard to Shah, no run, stands a long way outside leg stump, Pollard delivers it on a length on leg stump, Shah cannot punch it past extra cover


Pollard to Shah, FOUR, Malinga has made a mess of this chance at deep square, again Shah picked it up from outside off and swung it over square leg, Malinga could not judge it as it came down, ended up having to dive as it approached him, put it down tamely in the end and it rolled into the rope


Pollard to Shah, SIX, this is what he has been looking to do, succeeds this time, Watson wallops them over deep midwicket, Shah swings them over deep square, from outside off, for six

End of over 16 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 120/4 (RR: 7.50)

    • OA Shah 15 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • AL Menaria 3 (7b)
    • KA Pollard 3-0-29-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-31-0

Singh to Menaria, no run, pushes a length ball on the off side


Singh to Menaria, 1 wide, goes for the yorker but sends it full down the leg side


Singh to Menaria, FOUR, that has been sliced in the gap between third man and sweeper cover, wide and pitched up, he opens the face and lofts it over point


Singh to Menaria, 1 run, full ball mistimed down to long on


Singh to Shah, 1 run, gets across and squeezes a very full one down to long on


Singh to Menaria, (no ball) SIX, Menaria has upper cut this one for six wide of third man, and it is a no-ball as well, he was in the air as he played the shot


Singh to Menaria, 1 run, not quite a free hit this one, drills it a very low full toss on the stumps to long on


Singh to Shah, 1 run, very well handled by Shah, yorker just outside off stump, he opens the face late to run it to third man

End of over 17 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 136/4 (RR: 8.00)

    • OA Shah 17 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • AL Menaria 15 (12b 1x4 1x6)
    • RP Singh 3-0-32-0
    • KA Pollard 3-0-29-1

Malinga to Shah, 1 run, Malinga starts with a yorker right away, just outside off, Shah just manages to squeeze it down to third man


Malinga to Menaria, 1 run, opens up, probably expecting the yorker, it is a length ball on leg, though, and he adjusts to push it towards cover


Malinga to Shah, 1 run, pitched up delivery just outside off crashed off the front foot to sweeper cover


Malinga to Menaria, 1 no ball, there is the yorker, and there is the wicket, or is it, Menaria making some room just outside leg stump, Malinga finds leg stump with the yorker, Menaria's bat came down late, but he will survive, Malinga has overstepped, Menaria puts his gloves back


Malinga to Menaria, 1 run, digs out a yorker around off to long off


Malinga to Shah, 1 run, the slow length ball, pacy yorkers, slow length balls, too steep a difference, Shah guides it to third man


Malinga to Menaria, 1 run, another slow length ball, the yorker has to be on the batsman's mind against Malinga, Menaria recovers to awkwardly get it down to third man

End of over 18 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 143/4 (RR: 7.94)

    • AL Menaria 18 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 20 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-32-0

Kulkarni to Menaria, 1 wide, way too wide with the angle across the left-hander


Kulkarni to Menaria, no run, full and wide delivery again, not called this time, Menaria reached out for it, did he get some bat on it


Kulkarni to Menaria, 1 run


Kulkarni to Shah, 1 run, slams a low full toss to midwicket, Harbhajan misfields and they get the run


Kulkarni to Menaria, 2 runs, tries to launch this pitched up wide ball over extra cover, mistimes it high in the air, Harbhajan runs back hard, but it sails just over him, he fields it on the bounce


Kulkarni to Menaria, OUT, Kulkarni has another wicket, Menaria opens up to a near-yorker, and digs it out low to Kulkarni, who takes it well, and claims it immediately, they check the replays, find that the catch carried cleanly, and that Menaria had got to the ball on the full, he has to go this time

AL Menaria c & b Kulkarni 21 (20b 1x4 1x6) SR: 105.00


Kulkarni to Yagnik, 1 wide, way too wide with the angle across the left-hander

Excellent spell from Kulkarni


Kulkarni to Yagnik, 2 runs, slams a pitched up ball just outside off, straight down the ground, Pollard saves the boundary running across from long on

End of over 19 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 151/5 (RR: 7.94)

    • DH Yagnik 2 (1b)
    • OA Shah 21 (20b 1x4 1x6)
    • DS Kulkarni 4-1-18-3
    • SL Malinga 3-0-21-0

Malinga to Shah, 2 runs, carves a pitched up ball over point

Fine leg is up


Malinga to Shah, 2 runs, goes for the yorker on the stumps, not quite in the blockhole, Shah drills it in the air down the ground, long on fields and hits the stumps at the non-striker's, Yagnik has made it


Malinga to Shah, 1 run, how did he get bat down on that., it was in the blockhole, headed for middle, Shah is outside leg stump, and manages to run it to third man


Malinga to Yagnik, FOUR, fine flick, Malinga hurls it fullish outside leg stump, and Yagnik puts it away behind square


Malinga to Yagnik, OUT, he's got him with the slower one, Yagnik had made room outside leg stump, but was done in by the sudden fall in pace, only spooned it up high in the air, Malinga settled under it

DH Yagnik c & b Malinga 6 (3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00


Malinga to Shah, 2 runs, Kulkarni has done well to stop this one at third man, it was a thick edge as Shah tried to swing it over square leg from outside off, Kulkarni almost overrran it as it bounced to his left and then turned across him, stopped it fine in the end

Dravid said 160-170 was a par score at the start, his batsmen have given him just that. Watson contributing again, but it was Binny who gave the innings momentum with his assault on Harbhajan

Stuart Binny: "I am happy to have got the opportunity to bat up the order. I think we know this wicket quite well, and our bowlers have defended well here."

End of over 20 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 162/6

    • OA Shah 28 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 0 (0b)
    • SL Malinga 4-0-32-1
    • DS Kulkarni 4-1-18-3





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