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)

Back for the chase, Tendulkar will open, his latest partner is Dwayne Smith, Chandila, he of the hat-trick, has the ball

0.1

Chandila to Tendulkar, no run, steady offbreak on a good length, slight turn on off, worked on the leg side

0.2

Chandila to Tendulkar, no run, another steady length ball punched from the crease to mid off

0.3

Chandila to Tendulkar, 1 run, fuller delivery, pushed crisply past the bowler to long on

0.4

Chandila to Smith, no run, not much turn for him, but right on off from a length, pushed to the bowler

0.5

Chandila to Smith, SIX, there goes Smith, picks up the fullish straight ball and belts it straight down the ground

0.6

Chandila to Smith, 1 run, pushes a quicker one to long on

End of over 1 (8 runs) Mumbai Indians 8/0 (155 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.15)

    • DR Smith 7 (3b 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (3b)
    • A Chandila 1-0-8-0
1.1

Watson to Smith, no run, beaten first up with one that holds its line just outside off from back of a length

1.2

Watson to Smith, no run, now one that skids into him from back of a length, he misses and takes it high on the pad

1.3

Watson to Smith, no run

1.4

Watson to Smith, no run, pitched up just outside off, he is a tad late in getting forward and pushes it to mid off

1.5

Watson to Smith, FOUR, coming in from back of a length, and he uses the angle to work it past short fine leg

1.6

Watson to Smith, no run, punches a length ball outside off to extra cover

End of over 2 (4 runs) Mumbai Indians 12/0 (151 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.38)

    • DR Smith 11 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 1 (3b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
    • A Chandila 1-0-8-0

Rahul Dravid telling the on-air commentators that Rajasthan are looking to identify a young Indian top-order batsman to partner Ajinkya Rahane next season. If that happens, he will step back and play a "different role" he says

2.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked on the leg side for one

2.2

Tait to Smith, 1 run, that has fallen in front of fine leg running across, Smith looking to swat a back of a length ball square, gets away with the top edge

2.3

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, hurls it full and wide down leg with the angle

2.3

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, sends it wide down leg once again

2.3

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, third time on the trot, hurls it down the leg side

2.3

Tait to Tendulkar, FOUR, shot! when Tait gets it full just outside off, for once, he gets the front foot out and squeezes it past extra cover

2.4

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, bottom-edges a cut into the ground

2.5

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, mistimes it again, tries to punch it away on the off side, it rolls down the pitch

2.6

Tait to Tendulkar, no run, after three consecutive wides from Tait, Tendulkar mistimes his third successive stroke, bends the knee looking for the drive, cannot time it at all

End of over 3 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 21/0 (142 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.35)

    • SR Tendulkar 6 (8b 1x4)
    • DR Smith 12 (10b 1x4 1x6)
    • SW Tait 1-0-9-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-4-0
3.1

Watson to Smith, no run, that was an inside edge, but it fell just in front of the keeper, Smith looking to force one from the crease, but it nipped back in

3.2

Watson to Smith, 1 run, punched wide of extra cover

3.3

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, eases a pitched up ball with an open face to square third man

3.4

Watson to Smith, no run, Watson getting it to move around, as always, pitched on a a length outside off and zipped away from Smith's poke

3.5

Watson to Smith, no run, goes after a widish one, misses

3.6

Watson to Smith, FOUR, he's got hold of it this time, full and moving away, but wide, and he gets to the line and lifts it in the air over point

End of over 4 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 27/0 (136 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.50)

    • DR Smith 17 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 7 (9b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-0
    • SW Tait 1-0-9-0
4.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, Tait's radar continues to be awry, full, wide and moving further away outside off

4.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, gets it on target, full and swinging away late on off stump, squeezed off a thick edge to third man

4.2

Tait to Smith, no run, gets bat down in time to defend a 147.4 kph length ball on off

4.3

Tait to Smith, 2 runs, mistimes the pull off a 145.5 kph shortish ball, two fielders after it as it loops over midwicket, it beats them both

4.4

Tait to Smith, no run, gets too far across and cannot work it away square on the leg side, rolls down the pitch

4.5

Tait to Smith, FOUR, Smith is going after them, he is not connecting well but still getting some runs, this time he lofts it over extra cover, fielder dives and tries to pull it back but it rolls into the rope

4.6

Tait to Smith, FOUR, another boundary for Smith, Tait going short again, and this time he gets a lot more bat on it to pull it into the deep midwicket rope

End of over 5 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 39/0 (124 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 7.80, RRR: 8.26)

    • DR Smith 27 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 8 (10b 1x4)
    • SW Tait 2-0-21-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-10-0

Brad Hogg to bowl his left-arm wrist spinners

5.1

Hogg to Tendulkar, no run, tries to sweep from outside off first ball, misses, there is an appeal for lbw, he was hit well outside the line of off

5.2

Hogg to Tendulkar, FOUR, this one is in the slot for the sweep, tossed up full on leg stump, and Sachin forces the sweep past square leg

5.3

Hogg to Tendulkar, no run, that hurried onto him from a length as he made room to punch, pushes to extra cover

5.4

Hogg to Tendulkar, 1 run, goes deep in the crease and works it square on the leg side

5.5

Hogg to Smith, no run, defended off the front foot

5.6

Hogg to Smith, no run, beats him with the one that carries across the right-hander, tossed up, draws him into a big drive, and beats him, Yagnik cannot gather it cleanly, was Smith's back foot out? Yes, it was, for an instant

End of over 6 (5 runs) Mumbai Indians 44/0 (119 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 8.50)

    • DR Smith 27 (22b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 13 (14b 2x4)
    • GB Hogg 1-0-5-0
    • SW Tait 2-0-21-0

Keeper standing up for Trivedi

6.1

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, forced away past point to sweeper cover

6.2

Trivedi to Smith, 3 wides, way down the leg side, Yagnik does well to get a glove to it

6.2

Trivedi to Smith, no run, that has moved back into him with the angle, and beaten the inside edge, not far from the stumps as well

6.3

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, works a length ball from off through square leg

6.4

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, another one moves in from a good length, he hurriedly defends back to the bowler

6.5

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 5 wides, and again he sends it down the leg side with the angle and some inswing, this time Yagnik, standing up, cannot bail him out, neither can fine leg

6.5

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 2 runs, punches a length ball crisply wide of sweeper cover

6.6

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, hangs his bat out at a wide delivery, thick edge falls well short of Tait at third man

End of over 7 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 57/0 (106 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 8.14, RRR: 8.15)

    • SR Tendulkar 17 (18b 2x4)
    • DR Smith 28 (24b 4x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-13-0
    • GB Hogg 1-0-5-0
7.1

Hogg to Tendulkar, no run, was looking to go leg side, adjusted in the end to squeeze it from outside off to short third man, Hogg smiles

7.2

Hogg to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked square on the leg side

7.3

Hogg to Smith, 1 run, away to deep square off the pad

7.4

Hogg to Tendulkar, 2 runs, dropped, Sachin goes for the sweep, the top edge loops up in the air, deep midwicket races in, Watson even gets to it with a dive forward but it goes through his hands

7.5

Hogg to Tendulkar, 2 runs, driven wide of long off for a couple

7.6

Hogg to Tendulkar, 3 runs, the wrong 'un, Tendulkar was getting forward initially, waits on it a bit and cuts, straight through point, Hogg does not like that, he screams in frustration

End of over 8 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 66/0 (97 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 8.25, RRR: 8.08)

    • SR Tendulkar 25 (23b 2x4)
    • DR Smith 29 (25b 4x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 2-0-14-0
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-13-0
8.1

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, cannot time the drive to a pitched up ball, hits it back to the bowler

8.2

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar gets away again, a leading edge this time as he looks to work a length ball square on leg, falls wide of midwicket

8.3

Trivedi to Smith, FOUR, that is a wristy slap, that is picked from a good length, and Smith's right wrist comes into play to turn it behind square leg

8.4

Trivedi to Smith, no run, pushed off the back foot to the bowler

8.5

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, eases a 104 kph length ball to sweeper cover

8.6

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, opens the face and squeezes a skiddy pitched up ball on off towards point

End of over 9 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 72/0 (91 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 8.27)

    • SR Tendulkar 26 (26b 2x4)
    • DR Smith 34 (28b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-19-0
    • GB Hogg 2-0-14-0
9.1

Hogg to Smith, 1 run, turns in from a length on middle, pushed down to long on

9.2

Hogg to Tendulkar, FOUR, he continues to survive, Dravid smiles, so does Hogg, and Sachin, who walked outside off to try and paddle it fine on the leg side, it rushed across with the angle, got a shade big on him, and he awkwardly top-edged it over and past slip

9.3

Hogg to Tendulkar, 1 run, makes room and cuts it off middle to sweeper cover

9.4

Hogg to Smith, 1 run

9.5

Hogg to Tendulkar, no run, hurled it straight into the blockhole, Sachin was making rooom, and had to dig it out to the bowler, Hogg is enjoying this

9.6

Hogg to Tendulkar, no run, beaten by the quick wrong 'un now, he wanted to have a go, had made room outside leg, but this one zipped across wide outside off, and he was too far from the ball in the end

End of over 10 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 79/0 (84 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.90, RRR: 8.40)

    • SR Tendulkar 31 (30b 3x4)
    • DR Smith 36 (30b 5x4 1x6)
    • GB Hogg 3-0-21-0
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-19-0
10.1

Chandila to Smith, SIX, Chandila delivers an innocuous delivery, length on off, Smith cracks it without fuss over deep midwicket

10.2

Chandila to Smith, SIX, and again, hardly anything on his deliveries, no spin, no bite, Smith powers it over wide long on from around off stump

around the stumps

10.3

Chandila to Smith, 1 run, dropped by the bowler, Smith drilled a full toss straight back at him, it was hit powerfully though

10.4

Chandila to Tendulkar, 1 run, dabs it late from off to short third man

10.5

Chandila to Smith, 1 run, flicks a low full to the right of deep midwicket for Smith to bring up his fifty

10.6

Chandila to Tendulkar, 1 run, reaches forward and lifts it softly down to long on

End of over 11 (16 runs) Mumbai Indians 95/0 (68 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 8.63, RRR: 7.55)

    • SR Tendulkar 33 (32b 3x4)
    • DR Smith 50 (34b 5x4 3x6)
    • A Chandila 2-0-24-0
    • GB Hogg 3-0-21-0
11.1

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed to mid off

Srivatsan: "Is it just me or does Brad Hogg look like Tom Cruise with this new hairstyle?"

11.2

Trivedi to Smith, (no ball) 1 run, Smith gives Rajasthan another opportunity, and finally Rajasthan take it, but wait, it is just not happening for them today, Trivedi has taken the catch, but before that, he's overstepped, Smith survives after top-edging an attempted swat behind square leg

11.2

Trivedi to Tendulkar, FOUR, backs away and heaves the free hit length ball wide of deep square leg, it hasn't been pretty, it has been chancy, but MI have a century opening partnership

11.3

Trivedi to Tendulkar, no run, beaten as he tries to force away a rising back of a length ball

11.4

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, now he walks across, looking to swing it behind square leg from middle stump, mistimes it in front of square

11.5

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, they run for a leg bye as Smith missed the work square on leg

11.6

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, makes room, does not quite get hold of the length ball, but forces it away to sweeper cover

End of over 12 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 105/0 (58 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.75, RRR: 7.25)

    • SR Tendulkar 40 (37b 4x4)
    • DR Smith 52 (36b 5x4 3x6)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-29-0
    • A Chandila 2-0-24-0
12.1

Binny to Tendulkar, 1 run, tackles the bounce on this back of a length ball with a forcing punch to sweeper cover

12.2

Binny to Smith, 1 run

12.3

Binny to Tendulkar, FOUR, slower one sits up outside off from a length, and Sachin thumps it over extra cover

12.4

Binny to Tendulkar, 1 run, makes room and mistimes it down to long off

12.5

Binny to Smith, 2 runs, slow, flat, and shortish, pulled hard to deep midwicket, who fumbles and allows a second

12.6

Binny to Smith, FOUR, Chandila's nightmare continues, now he lets it slip through his hands at deep midwicket and it rolls into the rope, it wasn't hit as well as the previous stroke from Smith

End of over 13 (13 runs) Mumbai Indians 118/0 (45 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.07, RRR: 6.42)

    • DR Smith 59 (39b 6x4 3x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 46 (40b 5x4)
    • STR Binny 1-0-13-0
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-29-0
13.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, Tait is back, and right away he hurls it full and wide down leg

13.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 wide, once more, the keeper is having a hard time today, Tait, Trivedi, now Tait sends it fast down leg again

13.1

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, punches a length ball to sweeper cover

13.2

Tait to Smith, FOUR, candidate for shot of the day, for the manner in which it was played, not a conventional pull, he's just wristed the short ball, from a mile outside off, on one leg too, and it has crashed into the deep midwicket rope

13.3

Tait to Smith, 2 runs, drags it from outside off wide of deep midwicket

13.4

Tait to Smith, 1 run, leading edge on the off side as he tries to work it square on leg

13.5

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, the shortish delivery got much closer to him than he anticipated, he adjusted late to run it to third man

13.6

Tait to Smith, 1 run, hangs back in the crease and flicks the length ball to deep square

End of over 14 (12 runs) Mumbai Indians 130/0 (33 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.28, RRR: 5.50)

    • DR Smith 67 (43b 7x4 3x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 48 (42b 5x4)
    • SW Tait 3-0-33-0
    • STR Binny 1-0-13-0
14.1

Hogg to Smith, FOUR, fine stroke! he's got to the line of one outside off and driven it well wide of sweeper cover

14.2

Hogg to Smith, FOUR, too short, too flat, and he rocks back to thump it to the deep midwicket rope

14.3

Hogg to Smith, no run, the tossed up wrong 'un, he misses the sweep and is hit in front, but that pitched outside leg

14.4

Hogg to Smith, no run, beaten as he tries to cut a length ball that skids in

14.5

Hogg to Smith, 1 leg bye, nudges a full one off the pad to short fine

maxson: "Dravid and Ganguly just underestimated the ability of Stuart Binny and Steve Smith with ball."

14.6

Hogg to Tendulkar, 1 run, worked in front of square from deep in the crease

End of over 15 (10 runs) Mumbai Indians 140/0 (23 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.33, RRR: 4.60)

    • SR Tendulkar 49 (43b 5x4)
    • DR Smith 75 (48b 9x4 3x6)
    • GB Hogg 4-0-30-0
    • SW Tait 3-0-33-0
15.1

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, drops it close to the stumps, and they take the single by the time the keeper gets to the ball, Tendulkar has a fifty, with Smith going strong at the other end, he's had the space to score a few runs before the eliminator

15.2

Trivedi to Smith, 1 leg bye, worked off the pads square on leg

15.3

Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles a long way across and turns it wide of fine leg

uday: "It has truely been a D-day... Duminy, Dale, Deccan, Dhoni, Dhawal and now Dwanye."

15.4

Trivedi to Smith, 2 runs, i have lost count of the top-edges today, this is probably the 37th, maybe the 41st, and Rajasthan have put down another catch, can't even call it that, Tait was nowhere near the ball as he dived in vain as it came down

15.5

Trivedi to Smith, FOUR, Smith sticks to his method, the same shot produced a top edge and a reprieve last ball, this time he wrists it powerfully behind square leg

15.6

Trivedi to Smith, no run, ducks under a shortish one

End of over 16 (9 runs) Mumbai Indians 149/0 (14 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.31, RRR: 3.50)

    • DR Smith 81 (52b 10x4 3x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 51 (45b 5x4)
    • SK Trivedi 4-0-37-0
    • GB Hogg 4-0-30-0
16.1

Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, dabs a wide delivery in the air down to third man

16.2

Watson to Smith, no run, misses the work on the leg side off the pad

16.3

Watson to Smith, 1 run, length ball awkwardly pushed past the non-striker to long on

16.4

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, goes for the yorker, squeezed out from around off to midwicket

16.5

Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson still manages to produce a ripper, angled in, pitching around off on a length, and straightens to beat the open face of the bat

16.6

Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR, and some response from Tendulkar, he gets forward to a pitched up delivery and times it past sweeper cover

End of over 17 (6 runs) Mumbai Indians 155/0 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.11, RRR: 2.66)

    • SR Tendulkar 56 (49b 6x4)
    • DR Smith 82 (54b 10x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-0
    • SK Trivedi 4-0-37-0
17.1

Tait to Smith, 1 run, another mistimed stroke as Smith goes hard at this one, falls short of sweeper cover, Tendulkar wanted two, had to turn back, would still have been gone had keeper gathered the throw, if he had

17.2

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, whips a very full one swinging in on middle to midwicket

17.3

Tait to Smith, 1 run, inside edge onto pads, rolls on to the leg side

17.4

Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, pitched up ball neatly driven with a bit of an open face, mid off stops it with a dive

17.5

Tait to Smith, 2 runs, tries the yorker, Smith almost falls over as he sends it through square leg

17.6

Tait to Smith, 1 run, Tait tries another yorker, Smith scrambles to get it towards mid on

This is the highest opening stand in the IPL now, and probably the most fortuitous one too

End of over 18 (7 runs) Mumbai Indians 162/0 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 0.50)

    • DR Smith 87 (58b 10x4 3x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 58 (51b 6x4)
    • SW Tait 4-0-40-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-16-0
18.1

Watson to Smith, 1 wide, and it is over with a wide down the leg side

That brings us to the end of the league stage of the IPL. About the 9th or 10th game, I was wondering that we had a mountain to climb, but it has sped past pretty quickly, this season. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the playoff games later. Cheers

Dwayne Smith is the Man of the Match. Smith: "It was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. I have been opening for some time now, it was not new for me. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now."

Dravid: "162 was not a bad score. We needed early wickets but when batsmen like Smith get going, it is tough. A lot of positives this season. I am going to spend some time at home, I have enjoyed it here. It has been good fun. I will relax and see how life is out of cricket. I will take a call when I have to."

Harbhajan: "We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for Tendulkar. Gibbs has done well in a few innings, Smith did well today. Our fielding was probably slightly better than what RR did today. We wanted to come out here and give it our best shot, and we did."

Highest opening stand in the IPL this, beating the 159 put on by CSK's Michael Hussey and M Vijay against RCB in 2011. And Rajasthan's record of having never failed to defend 160 and above is broken

Rajasthan began the season with a flurry of wins, but they ended with nine losses, only two less than Deccan Chargers. Too much is made of them punching above their weight, but they have never quite consistently challenged the more powerful sides

Sumon: "What an amazing coincidence that 20 May 2011, Rajasthan beat Mumbai by 10 wickets at home!"

Ramprashad: "CSK's record of reaching the play-off's in all IPL's is still alive and kicking ! Will it ever break?"

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