Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 14, 2013

Seamers set up comfortable win for Royals

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Rajasthan Royals 126 for 4 (Rahane 34*, Praveen 2-10) beat Kings XI Punjab 124 (Hussey 41, Sreesanth 2-20, Trivedi 2-21) by 6 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Days after he kicked up a storm on Twitter, Sreesanth brought about another, on the field, in a state known for its colourful storms. This storm was of the more desirable variety for everyone involved, except of course the opposition, Kings XI Punjab, who failed to play out their 20 overs for the second game in a row. For the second game in a row, David Hussey top-scored with 41, and for the second time in a row his side was beaten comprehensively.

After the Sreesanth storm - two wickets in his first over and a maiden to follow - there were persistent showers all around. James Faulkner, Siddharth Trivedi and Kevon Cooper got two each, snubbing every little rising from Kings XI. Their second wickets gave Cooper the purple cap and Trivedi lead over Shane Warne as the most successful Rajasthan Royals bowler. All this meant a below-par total to chase, which Royals did with ease.

A bowlers' captain, Rahul Dravid has stacked his side up with seamers and has played his home games on green tracks this season. This game was no different, and he won the toss too. A surprise was in the offing as the non-turning tall offspinner Ajit Chandila bowled the first over, but the game was damaged irrevocably in the second.

Sreesanth bowled fast and accurate, and there was enough movement around for him to become dangerous. Adam Gilchrist drove in front of his body and failed to keep the ball down, offering mid-off an easy catch. Off the last ball of that over, the talented Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh was done in by movement away and edged a cut to third man.

Arguably, Sreesanth's second over was better than the first, when he swung the ball away consistently, and the pressure resulted in a risky single, and a direct hit from James Faulkner at the only stump visible to him. After that maiden, Kings XI were 10 for 3 after four overs, and sides don't come back from that in Twenty20s. Well, except in World Cup finals.

And there was no Marlon Samuels around. Hussey tried his best, though, cutting and running hard, but he was desperately lonely in the fight. Trivedi came and immediately began to bowl short of a length and just outside off. The pitch provided him enough seam movement to make it seem monstrous in Twenty20. Gurkeerat Singh went first. R Sathish followed to a similar delivery from Faulkner. The big wicket came soon enough for Royals when Hussey failed to keep a slower one down, and Dravid took it on second attempt at mid-off. Kings XI were 75 for 6 in the 13th.

There was an odd swing from Azhar Mahmood and Praveen Kumar, but 124 was going to hardly test Royals. That total lost any such testing ambitions when the returning Shane Watson came and thumped the ball all around to score 32 off 19. That innings left Royals enough cushion for Ajinkya Rahane to absorb the middle-overs blows and take the team to a comfortable win with an equally important 34 off 42.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on April 15, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Am an ardent fan of RR right from IPL debut.Firstly it was for Warne and secondly for Dravid.RR has to re-strategise.Make Rahane play with freedom and Dravid shud play the anchor's role.We really need someone to blast away in the first six overs as till now we have seen RR scoring at a meagre 7.5 rpo.Badree shud be used wisely but make him play more games, he is one of the best bowlers of this format.Keep a check on Tait and Sreesanth..they have this habit of wayward bowling.Ask them to bowl better line and lenght rather than maximizing speed.Cooper is doing fine ,let him be that way.Watson has to be the Gayle of RR and he has shown a glimpse in y'day's match,just spend more time on crease Shane and RR will b glorified !!

  • Barath22 on April 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    It was a good low scoring match ! Credits to RR for their victory. Kings XI should have batted for all the 20 overs where they could have added 10-20 valuable runs. Many people are arguing that RR should have finished the match earlier for better NRR. But winning the match is more important than higher NRR. Nice to see Rahane playing an innings of substance. As he said in the interview that he wanted to stay for 20 overs. If every team has one in-form batsman who wants to stay for 20 overs , it would be great benefit for the team( Kings XI lacked that one batsman today) . Also , one more thing that RR has to focus in on the erratic form of Sreesanth and they need make him aware of the role that he is expected to perform and deliver more consistently.

  • on April 14, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Faulkner was given the man of the match award for his brilliant fielding efforts and for his two crucial wickets...Praises also goes out to Rahane for staying there..watson for the quick start..Sanju for successfully and quickly dealing with the early jitters(with a little help from Ryan Harris:)and playing a confident innings and also for the dismissals..and siddarth, chandlia and sreesanth for bowling tightly....

  • KK_Cricket on April 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Its sad to see a player like Pomersbach not getting a game.. And with the form he is in, he can give Punjab a rollicking start and set it up for Vohra/Hussey/Maan.. Gilchrist tried but isn't clicking so, should step aside, let Saini take the gloves and drop Sathish.. You cannot pick a player just for fielding.. This would make the team balanced.. And Mahmood should play at 4/5 as he needs some time to get his eye in...Hussey should always bat at 3 with others shuffling around.. if they do not make it count in the next 2 games, the tournament would be as good as over for Punjab...

  • mtanki on April 15, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Hope the same will continue till final and RR will become champion of 2013 IPL

  • RCBfan_kohli on April 15, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    good win this for RR...nice to see sreesanth back in form..

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Full support to RR.Now they have to give chance to sachin baby also...Congrats to sree nd sanju :)

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 15, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Relax guys RR cant make plaoffs...Mumbai,CSK,RCB,KKR are going to make playoffs.Thanxx....

  • on April 15, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    My team for RR is 1)Shane Watson 2)Rahul Dravid 3)Rahane 4)Shah 5)Sachin Baby 6) Samson 7)Faulkner 8)Kooper9)Sreesanth10)Trivedi11)(any better spinner)

  • Rajasthancoach on April 15, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Sreesanth deserve to be mom.sanju played superbly.dravid should make a call on sachin baby a talented batsmen in place of binny make batting even stronger..shaun tait in place of cooper gives xfactor as coopers batting ability is average n faulkner is allrounder..

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    Am an ardent fan of RR right from IPL debut.Firstly it was for Warne and secondly for Dravid.RR has to re-strategise.Make Rahane play with freedom and Dravid shud play the anchor's role.We really need someone to blast away in the first six overs as till now we have seen RR scoring at a meagre 7.5 rpo.Badree shud be used wisely but make him play more games, he is one of the best bowlers of this format.Keep a check on Tait and Sreesanth..they have this habit of wayward bowling.Ask them to bowl better line and lenght rather than maximizing speed.Cooper is doing fine ,let him be that way.Watson has to be the Gayle of RR and he has shown a glimpse in y'day's match,just spend more time on crease Shane and RR will b glorified !!

  • Barath22 on April 14, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    It was a good low scoring match ! Credits to RR for their victory. Kings XI should have batted for all the 20 overs where they could have added 10-20 valuable runs. Many people are arguing that RR should have finished the match earlier for better NRR. But winning the match is more important than higher NRR. Nice to see Rahane playing an innings of substance. As he said in the interview that he wanted to stay for 20 overs. If every team has one in-form batsman who wants to stay for 20 overs , it would be great benefit for the team( Kings XI lacked that one batsman today) . Also , one more thing that RR has to focus in on the erratic form of Sreesanth and they need make him aware of the role that he is expected to perform and deliver more consistently.

  • on April 14, 2013, 19:09 GMT

    Faulkner was given the man of the match award for his brilliant fielding efforts and for his two crucial wickets...Praises also goes out to Rahane for staying there..watson for the quick start..Sanju for successfully and quickly dealing with the early jitters(with a little help from Ryan Harris:)and playing a confident innings and also for the dismissals..and siddarth, chandlia and sreesanth for bowling tightly....

  • KK_Cricket on April 15, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Its sad to see a player like Pomersbach not getting a game.. And with the form he is in, he can give Punjab a rollicking start and set it up for Vohra/Hussey/Maan.. Gilchrist tried but isn't clicking so, should step aside, let Saini take the gloves and drop Sathish.. You cannot pick a player just for fielding.. This would make the team balanced.. And Mahmood should play at 4/5 as he needs some time to get his eye in...Hussey should always bat at 3 with others shuffling around.. if they do not make it count in the next 2 games, the tournament would be as good as over for Punjab...

  • mtanki on April 15, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Hope the same will continue till final and RR will become champion of 2013 IPL

  • RCBfan_kohli on April 15, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    good win this for RR...nice to see sreesanth back in form..

  • on April 15, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    Full support to RR.Now they have to give chance to sachin baby also...Congrats to sree nd sanju :)

  • Sundara-Chandare on April 15, 2013, 5:30 GMT

    Relax guys RR cant make plaoffs...Mumbai,CSK,RCB,KKR are going to make playoffs.Thanxx....

  • on April 15, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    My team for RR is 1)Shane Watson 2)Rahul Dravid 3)Rahane 4)Shah 5)Sachin Baby 6) Samson 7)Faulkner 8)Kooper9)Sreesanth10)Trivedi11)(any better spinner)

  • Rajasthancoach on April 15, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    Sreesanth deserve to be mom.sanju played superbly.dravid should make a call on sachin baby a talented batsmen in place of binny make batting even stronger..shaun tait in place of cooper gives xfactor as coopers batting ability is average n faulkner is allrounder..

  • Romenevans on April 15, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    Hmmmmmm! Watch out for Sanju Samon. He was great behind the wickets and did anybody see him playing the bouncers so well? Binny out and Sachin Baby in the next game. This team has some serious stuff going on.

  • Sir.Ivor on April 15, 2013, 4:31 GMT

    I was happy to see Sreesanth get noticed more for his bowling than in his off field performances. Fast bowlers are considered to be the ultimate macho superstars. Which is why viewing fast bowlers like Kapil and Sreesanth cry in public or on TV quite laughable. If only Sreesanth would realise that 'Slapgate' as the media have labelled this sordid happening, is not something that captures public imagination he would be better served. That is because the joke is on him really. I am glad with the way he bowled last night, In fact it was closer to what was expected from him at the start of his international career. Sanju Samson on the other hand seems lesser of public demonstrations and more of efficiency. He is very promising as a keeper and it would be worth seeing his batting prowess. With the tall Sandeep Warrier said to be good I think Kerala's stocks are on the rise. I only hope that they are more like Yohanan and Kuruvilla. Not demonstrative but effective cricketers.

  • on April 15, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    @MathewsAdelaide : very true

  • Narbavi on April 15, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    Where are those people who had wanted Kusal to play instead of Watson? We all saw what a half fit watson was able to do with the bat making 32 off just 19, and also we saw what our local keeper did behind the stumps and also with the bat at no.6 in a pressure situation!!

  • Narbavi on April 15, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Yes, Shah will play the game at eden gardens and at Hyderabad i believe where the wickets are slow and helpful for spin, Shah in those conditions will be better than Hodge!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 15, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    @Narbavi, I have to agree with you on that comparison between Kusal and Sanju. I think the doors are now firmly closed on Kusal. Watson didn't even cut loose and he generates a strike-rate of nearly 170. It would be awesome if Watson can face 60 deliveries. Shah needs a look-in at some stage. He is a very clean striker of the ball.

  • Narbavi on April 15, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    Who needs Kusal when an 18yr old uncapped indian keeper can produce such a performance in his ipl debut?

  • on April 15, 2013, 0:09 GMT

    Finally Sreesanth was the perfect storm for Rajasthan Royals

  • dinuhebbar on April 15, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Report is 'completely' incomplete without a mention to another player who contributed well on his debut, SAMSON, both behind the wickets and in front of it too.

  • on April 14, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    We're (the Royals) punching well above our weight this season, but we need to be ruthless about our overseas contingent if we're going to challenge the front-runners in the future. While our Indian players represent an ideal mix of youth & experience - Samson, in particular, looks like an outstanding prospect & it's great to see Sreesanth back to his spectacular best - we're top-heavy with imports who are either clearly over the hill (Hogg, Hodge & Shah), so injury-prone that they can never be relied upon to play more than three successive games (Tait & Edwards) or simply not up to the job (Badree & perhaps Cooper, though the jury's still out on the latter). While I admire Rahul's loyalty to the Royals' current crop of players, he needs to wield the selectorial axe sooner rather than later if we're going to mount a realistic challenge for honours: specifically, we need a Gaylesque masterblaster at the top of the order & a *penetrative* spinner to balance the attack.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 14, 2013, 20:56 GMT

    Match should have been finished at least 3 overs earlier. NRR will come back to bite towards the end of the season. Anyways congrats to my RR team.

  • MathewsAdelaide on April 14, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Whoever decided Player of the match, its a silly decision, looks like no idea of cricket the debutant teenager Sanju Samson or Sreesanth must be Player of the match, Samson - 3 catches - one is the best in the IPL - 27 runs in the critical time, IPL needs to be encouraged these Indian younsters. Sreesanth out standing initial overs only restricted Punjab in to low score

  • bijumonssss on April 14, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    ooh man how near!!!3 catches and a runout ,,,, even 23 ball 27 match winning runs in debut can't reach a MOM for you sanju faith in u next time man !!!! that was a descision even faukner disappointed!?? how econ of 7.62 wicket of a no 11batsman can reach you to mom nice!!1? lollll

  • on April 14, 2013, 18:50 GMT

    if you're a fan of kxip don't feel sad bcoz they scored 124 in 113 balls but rr chased that target in 116 balls i wonder why shaun marsh valthathy david miller is on bench and why satish harris and gurkeerat is playing just a bad day don't feel sad punjab

  • on April 14, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    MOM would have awarded to Sreesanth with 9/2 in first 3 overs or Sanju Samson with 27 not out(23 balls) and 3 catches, a brilliant run out. Faulkner, Trivedi also played well.

  • on April 14, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    sanju did an amazing job..played sensible cricket and so did rahane. good work by the seamers. good comeback by sreesanth with a good spell and 2 wickets. only if he had been consistent like this in every game,but he has improved a lot than his previous seasons. only the pune match dint work well rest all he was economical and contained well. not to forget faulkner's presence in the team and also shane watson's explosive start nice team work..good win ..good work guys.. sanju deserves an applause.. and how did MOM go to faulkner.. thought samson would get it for a decent debut..or the other contender was sreesanth .. :(

  • dhruvasoorya on April 14, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Its very clear that the decision to give man of the match award to Faulkner is wrong. He conceded 30 runs in 3.5 overs to take 2 wickets and took the second wicket of 11th man. Shreeshant conceded only 20 runs including a maiden and dismissed both the openers.Sidhart Trivedi dismissed the middle orders. This is the main reason for the low score. Either Sreeshanth or Sidharth Trivedi diserves man of the match award. No doubt about it.

  • overthrow on April 14, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    The more the shortest game is played, the more surprising MoM will come up like today, you have limited assessment to make out the MoM. This shows why test cricket is the real platform to identify the cricket skills.

  • sweet2hrme on April 14, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    All Ipl team hv atleast 1 West indies Star but this Punjab Kings XI dnt hv.. Mumbai(Pollard) Chenai(Bravo) Banglore(Rampaul) Pune(Samuel) Rajasthan(Cooper) Sunrises(Sammy) KKR(Narine) Punjab K XI(???) Very poor team n even poor display on the field !!

  • lovermind23 on April 14, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    MoM should have given to sreesant for his bowling or to Sanju samson for his decent knock and 4 dismissal. MoM is just a joke now.

  • sweet2hrme on April 14, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Once again one sided match. They cannt play full 20 ovrs bold out twice. Really PUNJAB K XI is a weaker team in this IPL. POOR VERY POOR..

  • overthrow on April 14, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    In Dravid's mould, Rahane can learn a lot, but also rahane needs to make sure that his basic instinct stays the same way. Sanju samson has done well here, Dravid trusts local talents, which is (sorry) which was the real intent of IPL.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    MoM to Faulkner! Why not Sreesanth? He took the danger man Gilly and the other opener , and blowed better. Just ridiculous!

  • Chaitanyamandy on April 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    What is this man, How does James Faulkner gets a man of the match? Was there a lucky draw for it? I mean anybody would have guessed Sreesanth to be man of the match,only because of his early breakthroughs KXI struggled.M too Disappointed with the decision.

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 14, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    well...rahane (cool knock) and sanju samson (decent debut) got them thru albeit a cpl of overs too late. this taget was tailor made for dravid/rahane to bat thru to the end. RR has a prob bcos only watson and to some extent Hodge seems to be capable to go hell-for-leather. For the bigger teams (like RCB/KKR/CSK) where they will need t oscore around 150-160, they need to bring Owais Shah in and maybe look to drop Faulkner as the indian bowlers are doing all right now.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 14, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    SUPER COOPER's IPL dream continues clean bawling the danger man Azhar Mahmood and out foxing Chawla with a slower one, he can't go a game without at least a couple of wickets always seems to do the right thing at the right time great variations not over used and always at the key time .

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 14, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    SUPER COOPER's IPL dream continues clean bawling the danger man Azhar Mahmood and out foxing Chawla with a slower one, he can't go a game without at least a couple of wickets always seems to do the right thing at the right time great variations not over used and always at the key time .

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 14, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    well...rahane (cool knock) and sanju samson (decent debut) got them thru albeit a cpl of overs too late. this taget was tailor made for dravid/rahane to bat thru to the end. RR has a prob bcos only watson and to some extent Hodge seems to be capable to go hell-for-leather. For the bigger teams (like RCB/KKR/CSK) where they will need t oscore around 150-160, they need to bring Owais Shah in and maybe look to drop Faulkner as the indian bowlers are doing all right now.

  • Chaitanyamandy on April 14, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    What is this man, How does James Faulkner gets a man of the match? Was there a lucky draw for it? I mean anybody would have guessed Sreesanth to be man of the match,only because of his early breakthroughs KXI struggled.M too Disappointed with the decision.

  • Angry_Bowler on April 14, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    MoM to Faulkner! Why not Sreesanth? He took the danger man Gilly and the other opener , and blowed better. Just ridiculous!

  • overthrow on April 14, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    In Dravid's mould, Rahane can learn a lot, but also rahane needs to make sure that his basic instinct stays the same way. Sanju samson has done well here, Dravid trusts local talents, which is (sorry) which was the real intent of IPL.

  • sweet2hrme on April 14, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Once again one sided match. They cannt play full 20 ovrs bold out twice. Really PUNJAB K XI is a weaker team in this IPL. POOR VERY POOR..

  • lovermind23 on April 14, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    MoM should have given to sreesant for his bowling or to Sanju samson for his decent knock and 4 dismissal. MoM is just a joke now.

  • sweet2hrme on April 14, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    All Ipl team hv atleast 1 West indies Star but this Punjab Kings XI dnt hv.. Mumbai(Pollard) Chenai(Bravo) Banglore(Rampaul) Pune(Samuel) Rajasthan(Cooper) Sunrises(Sammy) KKR(Narine) Punjab K XI(???) Very poor team n even poor display on the field !!

  • overthrow on April 14, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    The more the shortest game is played, the more surprising MoM will come up like today, you have limited assessment to make out the MoM. This shows why test cricket is the real platform to identify the cricket skills.

  • dhruvasoorya on April 14, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Its very clear that the decision to give man of the match award to Faulkner is wrong. He conceded 30 runs in 3.5 overs to take 2 wickets and took the second wicket of 11th man. Shreeshant conceded only 20 runs including a maiden and dismissed both the openers.Sidhart Trivedi dismissed the middle orders. This is the main reason for the low score. Either Sreeshanth or Sidharth Trivedi diserves man of the match award. No doubt about it.