Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Delhi April 6, 2013

Cooper last-over seals victory for Royals

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Rajasthan Royals 165 for 7 (Dravid 65, Binny 40, Yadav 4-24) beat Delhi Daredevils 160 for 6 (Warner 77, Cooper 3-30) by 5 runs
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An electric late rally in the field, completed by a stoic over of pinpoint yorkers from Kevon Cooper, saw Rajasthan Royals begin their IPL campaign with a thrilling five-run win over Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. Daredevils were hurtling towards their target after 17 overs, with only 22 runs to get, and a flourishing David Warner at the crease. But Cooper ignited his side with a five-run over in the 18th that ended with a wicket, before a direct hit from acting captain Brad Hodge at cover dismissed Warner in the penultimate over, to give his side hope of a still-unlikely victory.

Nine runs were required off Cooper's final over, but the bowler delivered six yorkers, two of which dismissed panicking Daredevils batsmen, and provided the IPL's first week with its second nail-biting result. Johan Botha was out lbw, attempting a reverse paddle with seven required from four, before Andre Russell also fell trying to hit the ball fine with six needed from two, only this time Cooper cleaned him up. New man Naman Ojha had to hit a six off the last ball for Daredevils to salvage victory, but could not connect with a wide yorker, sparking ecstatic celebrations from Royals.

Daredevils' death-over meltdown almost mirrored Royals' returns from the same period of their innings, after the visitors had managed just six runs from their last two overs, and lost four wickets. Royals had arrived in the 18th over at 159 for 3, and were eyeing a 180-plus total that seemed par on a good batting surface. They however lost four batsmen in six balls, including Rahul Dravid, whose immaculately paced 65 off 51 held the team's innings together.

Dravid had arrived at Kusal Perera's demise in the third over, and aside from a controlled edge to the third man fence first ball, was largely content to collect singles to begin with, despite the fielding restrictions. When the bowlers erred, as Andre Russell did when he served up a wide delivery in the sixth over, Dravid's placement and timing ensured the desired boundary was achieved.

He was dropped twice in the 12th over, when he began to introduce more aggression to his innings, but he was undeterred, and having made only 22 from his first 26 deliveries, he quickly achieved a more laudable strike rate through the middle overs.

For Daredevils, Warner was also relatively reticent to begin with, allowing opening partner Unmukt Chand to provide the early innings impetus, and striking at no better than a run a ball until the tenth over of the innings. When he eventually exploded in earnest, with two fours off Rahul Shukla in the 13th over, Daredevils appeared to be executing a measured chase.

Warner was dropped early in his innings, and had one more reprieve just after hitting fifty, as he continued to maul some indifferent Royals bowling through the middle overs. Just before Daredevils hit their wall, Warner launched Siddharth Trivedi in the 17th over for 13. After Warner's demise however, none of the Daredevils batsmen seemed capable of finding the boundary, and Royals achieved revenge for the mighty close defeat they had suffered last year, in the same fixture.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • DrVivekPS on April 6, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    On paper Rajasthan looks the weakest of the teams in IPL.... But they have always managed to get the best out of their players..... One thing they r missing badly is a genuine match winner like Gayle/Dhoni/Pollard, who can single handedly take the game away from the opposition... RR hope Watson can fill that gap..... They have always found it hard to hav a good Indian middle order batsman who can get some quick runs. in the previous two editions they were forced to go in with 3 overseas batsmen in majority of the games due to this weakness & that had always disturbed their team balance ... This year also they have'nt got any established indian players in the middle order but yes they have signed some good new talents like Sachin Baby n Sanju Samson... Stuart Binny looks promising as he can hit some big ones.... Sreesanth making a good comeback is also a huge relief for the team as it gives them a chance to try out new combinations....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Sreesanth was very good as well. He had a nice shape to his outswingers and he was pretty quick too. The ball that sent back Chand was a beauty. Great comeback match for him. In comes Watson, out goes Badree for the next match. Cooper SHOULD bowl well consistently or else Tait needs to get a look-in.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    SUPER COOPER ! Ice cool finish, his figures are also unfair he had 5 overthrows and also a wide that was clearly edged with resulting ball going for boundary from Warner so 10 extra runs that shouldn't have been. Great finish Brad Hodge in the field what a gun that catch and run out showing age isn't a factor ! another thriller showing why IPL is so great.

  • on April 8, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Looks like Johan Botha is a big liability for Delhi. He is neither a match winning bowler nor an attacking batsman, I do not know why are they still keeping faith on him. Also, the all round capability of Andre Russel to be questioned. I prefer one good quality bowler and one good quality batsman in these two slots instead of using mediocre all-rounders. I hope Delhi will bounce back from these two defeats.

  • on April 7, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    no words about sreesanth in this match review.... he bowled well in field limit... congrats sree... My team RAHANE, KUSAL, DRAVID, WATSON, KOOPER, HODGE,BINNY, S.BABY, SREE, HAR SINGH, TRIVEDI

  • Dravidsundar on April 7, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Guys I would prefer Dravid in opening slot with watto and rahene comes in 1st down! cuz Dravid mostly relying on timing and finding gaps than power hitting so it will be opt for him to open the innings and make most of first 6 where field restrictions are on! then followed by Rahane and Hodge/shah.Binny,Maneria/Baby,Goswamy,cooper,Sree,Chandila,Fiedel Edwards! He should prefer Edwards more so that depth bowling will improve with world quality fast bowlers in fiedel& sree! sorry for kushal no need of him wattoo is back! so two fast bowlers,2.medium paced,1 spinner with watto's part time bowls perfect mix!

  • Gun79 on April 7, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    All my money on RR. They got the best captain, best local talents and in-form overseas players in the IPL tournament. Only challenge it to pic the best XI since all are good.

  • TeamRocker on April 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Even though Perera couldn't kick off, I could see that he has the potential to do just that. He looks like he can win matches if he gets going, so I would include him and Watson as the match-winners. @Dravid_Gravitas: I had forgotten Harmeet Singh. He did bowl really well in the Under 19 WC. In that case, here's my team (assuming that Watson is fit): Perera, Rahane, Watson, Dravid, Hodge/Shah, Binny, Menaria/Baby, Cooper, Sreesanth, Singh, Trivedi/Shukla. Note: Watson and Dravid are interchangable depending on which opener gets out. Watson comes in if Perera goes and Dravid if Rahane does. Watson comes in anyway if the openers bat a long time.

  • Narbavi on April 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Watson at no.4? no way, we need watson to bat in the top 3 for him to make a big impact, and he is not going to be bowling now so your team selection will become invalid as the team has only 4 guys who can bowl, in a t20 game u need 6 guys who can bowl, so my pick would be Dravid Rahane Watson Hodge, Baby, Binny, Faulkner/cooper, Samson, Sreesanth, Harmeet, Tait/Edwards, can use Hogg against teams like punjab and sunrisers who have many locals who will struggle against his style of bowling!!

  • Apocalypse_EX on April 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I think RR should persist with Badree. He has the record for lowest economy rate in t20 (4.9 rpo!)! One bad game doesn't mean he will always play like that. Don't forget that he was the catalyst for West Indies' sudden title charge in the World T20.

  • DrVivekPS on April 6, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    On paper Rajasthan looks the weakest of the teams in IPL.... But they have always managed to get the best out of their players..... One thing they r missing badly is a genuine match winner like Gayle/Dhoni/Pollard, who can single handedly take the game away from the opposition... RR hope Watson can fill that gap..... They have always found it hard to hav a good Indian middle order batsman who can get some quick runs. in the previous two editions they were forced to go in with 3 overseas batsmen in majority of the games due to this weakness & that had always disturbed their team balance ... This year also they have'nt got any established indian players in the middle order but yes they have signed some good new talents like Sachin Baby n Sanju Samson... Stuart Binny looks promising as he can hit some big ones.... Sreesanth making a good comeback is also a huge relief for the team as it gives them a chance to try out new combinations....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    Sreesanth was very good as well. He had a nice shape to his outswingers and he was pretty quick too. The ball that sent back Chand was a beauty. Great comeback match for him. In comes Watson, out goes Badree for the next match. Cooper SHOULD bowl well consistently or else Tait needs to get a look-in.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    SUPER COOPER ! Ice cool finish, his figures are also unfair he had 5 overthrows and also a wide that was clearly edged with resulting ball going for boundary from Warner so 10 extra runs that shouldn't have been. Great finish Brad Hodge in the field what a gun that catch and run out showing age isn't a factor ! another thriller showing why IPL is so great.

  • on April 8, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Looks like Johan Botha is a big liability for Delhi. He is neither a match winning bowler nor an attacking batsman, I do not know why are they still keeping faith on him. Also, the all round capability of Andre Russel to be questioned. I prefer one good quality bowler and one good quality batsman in these two slots instead of using mediocre all-rounders. I hope Delhi will bounce back from these two defeats.

  • on April 7, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    no words about sreesanth in this match review.... he bowled well in field limit... congrats sree... My team RAHANE, KUSAL, DRAVID, WATSON, KOOPER, HODGE,BINNY, S.BABY, SREE, HAR SINGH, TRIVEDI

  • Dravidsundar on April 7, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    Guys I would prefer Dravid in opening slot with watto and rahene comes in 1st down! cuz Dravid mostly relying on timing and finding gaps than power hitting so it will be opt for him to open the innings and make most of first 6 where field restrictions are on! then followed by Rahane and Hodge/shah.Binny,Maneria/Baby,Goswamy,cooper,Sree,Chandila,Fiedel Edwards! He should prefer Edwards more so that depth bowling will improve with world quality fast bowlers in fiedel& sree! sorry for kushal no need of him wattoo is back! so two fast bowlers,2.medium paced,1 spinner with watto's part time bowls perfect mix!

  • Gun79 on April 7, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    All my money on RR. They got the best captain, best local talents and in-form overseas players in the IPL tournament. Only challenge it to pic the best XI since all are good.

  • TeamRocker on April 7, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    Even though Perera couldn't kick off, I could see that he has the potential to do just that. He looks like he can win matches if he gets going, so I would include him and Watson as the match-winners. @Dravid_Gravitas: I had forgotten Harmeet Singh. He did bowl really well in the Under 19 WC. In that case, here's my team (assuming that Watson is fit): Perera, Rahane, Watson, Dravid, Hodge/Shah, Binny, Menaria/Baby, Cooper, Sreesanth, Singh, Trivedi/Shukla. Note: Watson and Dravid are interchangable depending on which opener gets out. Watson comes in if Perera goes and Dravid if Rahane does. Watson comes in anyway if the openers bat a long time.

  • Narbavi on April 7, 2013, 7:45 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: Watson at no.4? no way, we need watson to bat in the top 3 for him to make a big impact, and he is not going to be bowling now so your team selection will become invalid as the team has only 4 guys who can bowl, in a t20 game u need 6 guys who can bowl, so my pick would be Dravid Rahane Watson Hodge, Baby, Binny, Faulkner/cooper, Samson, Sreesanth, Harmeet, Tait/Edwards, can use Hogg against teams like punjab and sunrisers who have many locals who will struggle against his style of bowling!!

  • Apocalypse_EX on April 7, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    I think RR should persist with Badree. He has the record for lowest economy rate in t20 (4.9 rpo!)! One bad game doesn't mean he will always play like that. Don't forget that he was the catalyst for West Indies' sudden title charge in the World T20.

  • Narbavi on April 7, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    @lasitha: I never said he is a bad player, he is an exciting talent no doubt about that, but the thing is there are only 4 overseas slots, so he can play only if Watson is rested or injured!!

  • on April 7, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Indian media is very much biased. They like to promote some players while tarnishing the image of other players. From the beginning the Indian media is responsible for depicting Sreesanth as a villain and ineffective. But Sreesanth being very temperamental should learn not to worry about any thing else but to focus on right line, length, swing the bowl well enough that batsmen should edge it.

  • ---lasitha--- on April 7, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @Narbavi ----come on man ,youre reallly going to judge him by that single inning, he gets out for 14 and he is a bad player, not that simple right??most sl fans cheer for your team just because this guy is in it, although its not our league. give him some more chances and youll undestand what we are talking about

  • BDHUNTER on April 7, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    First of all, congrats the royals...as a great supporter of royals from the very beginning of IPL 2008. Considering some restriction & obligation of team royals ,i think it is totally joke to play badree instead a local spinner/ experienced hogg....i think india can produce 100 of badree by 5/6 month continuously.....Like the other session of IPL (expect 2008) RR has weakness in depth over bowling and batting specially. However since RR management is poor and can't afford to buy new player ,it will be better for them to utilize the limited resource to get max result.

    I would prefer Watson ,hogg, cooper,hodge,harmeet,binny,rahane,dravid,kusal perera,trivedi,sree in my team..

    Best of luck for RR form 2013 IPL.

  • harshthakor on April 7, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Delhi daredevils should have cruised home after Warner's spectacular effort However the lack of professionalism in this class of cricket was displayed with a team unable to chase a mere 17 runs required with 7wickets in hand or even 8.Infact in the same light the Rajasthan Royals should have atleast reached around 180.There seems to be a shaprp tendency of batting collapses in crucial moments of run chases.The fall of an important batsman literally swings the pendulum in favour of the opponents just like what happened to Mumbai against Bangalore 2 days before.Teams have to prepare to organise their run chasing tactics more effectively.This will be a very crucial factor in this tournament.The game proved that this version is not loaded in favour of the batsman and effective bowling can be equally rewarded just as Copper showed in the final over.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 7, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    @TeamRocker, the Indian spinner that should get the first look-in is Harmeet. I would go with Chandela if Harmeet proves ineffective. But from what we are hearing, Harmeet is a tremendous spinner.

  • on April 7, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    Delhi Daredevil's biggest problem is failure of lower middle order. They selected Kuldeep Raval in 2012 season the best performer of T20 (Syed Mustak Ali Trophy). Instead of giving single chance last season(2012) they dropped him this season. He would be better option for No.6/7.

  • TeamRocker on April 7, 2013, 6:02 GMT

    RR being the only team I like in the IPL, I was quite impressed with their ability to pull back the game towards the end (something they haven't been able to do previously). I would replace Badree with an Indian spinner and bring in Faulkner for Trivedi or Shukla. If Watson is fit for the next game, he should come in for Badree and an Indian spinner (like Chandela) should replace Trivedi/Shukla.

  • NP_NY on April 7, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    @Arun Choondapurakkal Sudhakaran: I was thinking the same thing. Sreesanth was the pick of the bowlers on either side. Personally I like many other Indian fans don't like his on-field antics but hopefully he has come out more mature after the long break. Because he does have talent and RR and even India could use it he would let them.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 7, 2013, 5:52 GMT

    To continue from my previous post, we can even have Harmeet for Trivedi and Watson comes in for Samuel. This way we will have Sree, Shukla, Cooper and Harmeet bowling 16 overs. Watson, Menaria, Binny and Sachin Baby will have to bowl the remaining 4 overs. 4 Bowlers sharing 4 overs will unsettle the opposition batsmen very much. I don't see how RR will lose if they play the team that I'm suggesting. Way to go Dravid. Way to go RR. Halla Bol Halla Bol......

  • on April 7, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Hi there is surely partiality towards certain players in the media. I have not seen anyone mentioning about the start sreesanth gave yesterday for Royals. If Dravid has held on to catch warner in sreesanths over the game would have been different. His match figure was good 4-18-1. Especially when he is infamous for leaking too much runs.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 7, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    My team for the next match: Perera, Rahane, Dravid, Watson, Hodge/Shah, Binny, Cooper, Menaria, Sachin Baby, Sreesanth, Shukla. There's no place for Trundler Trivedi and Samuel. Sreesanth, Shukla and Cooper will bowl 4 overs each. The remaining 8 overs can be shared between Watson, Binny, Sachin Baby and Menaria. 8 overs from 4 different bowlers will not allow the opposition batsmen to get into any kind of groove. With this team, RR can bat up to no.9 (Sachin Baby). If the openers give a great start, then Watson comes at 3. If 2nd wicket also plays well, then Binny comes at 4, Hodge/Shah at 5, Cooper at 6 and Dravid at 7. In fact, the innings might come to an end at no.4 or no.5. This way, you give all your big hitters the best chance to make an impact.

  • Narbavi on April 7, 2013, 3:37 GMT

    @lasitha: If u think he is good enough to play ahead of Watson then ofcourse he should make good use of the chances that he gets, scored just 14 of 12 despite being dropped once by Botha!! He is a special talent which i totally agree but as i said before, he will never replace watson in the 11

  • Harmony111 on April 7, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    I loved the way Sreesanth posed like Arnold Schwarzenegger after dismissing Unmukt Chand. It was as if he knew it was coming and was ready with that pose.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 7, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Narbavi

    Why are you blaming kusal, what did the seasoned professionals like hodge,badree and rahane,menaria do?

    Kusal didnt bat well but he at least kept well,

    Rahane (28 of 24) wasted more balls than kusal (14 of 12) blame him if you want.

  • jimbond on April 7, 2013, 1:59 GMT

    RR seems to have a reasonable team. They have several players who can hold their own in a match, and hence the bench strength is good. For spin, they can easily swap Ankit Chavan or Harmeet Singh for Badree. On fast pitches, they can bring in Tait and Edwards- possibly the most destructive in four overs (other than Steyn). If they want to drop Kushal to bring in another overseas players, they have choices of three Indian WKs- Samson, Yagnik and Goswami. Stuart Binny is an effective allround option, but at some stage Faulkner may also play if overseas options permit. I would like to see Hodge in every match- he is a talent that the Aussies have misused. Hogg and Owais Shah are good back up options, but may not get too many games. Given RR's unpredictability, I would not be surprised even to see Sachin Baby, Praveen Tambe, or Vikramjeet Malik in some of the matches.

  • on April 6, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Cooper great stuff. Dont know why he is not on the windies team.

  • Mahaanama on April 6, 2013, 22:28 GMT

    Anybody has doubts about Kusal Perera? He played for SL first XI very recently. In his last 3 domestic innings he played in SL he scored 203, 97 & 336 runs respectively. He scored 42, 18* and 56 runs in 3 ODIs with Bangladesh and again scored 64 runs in the T20 match against BD. According to the comments made by Sangakkara recently Kusal has the best timing at the moment out of all SL batsmen.

  • PACERONE on April 6, 2013, 21:15 GMT

    Binny or Cooper should of been man of the match.Minus the six that Warner gave him plus the chances he gave and his contribution is much less than either of the two mentioned players.

  • Rally_Windies on April 6, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    wow, these Trini Bowlers are pretty awesome in 20/20 Format ..

    Copper, Badree, Narine , Supported by Rampaul and Bravo -- With Pollard available and the upstart Shannon Gabriel --

    A full strength T&T would be a nightmare --

    It is evident, from the number of sub 130 scores they have successfully defended .

    T&T even defended a sub 100 run score once ...

    I'm really waiting to see what impact Badree has in the IPL .

    a leggie who opens and can CONSISTENTLY bowl 4 overs for 16 runs to put immediate pressure on the batting team in the 1st 10 overs to cause a panic in the 2nd 10 . He causes a flood of wickets for other bowlers ... (or at least that is how T&T uses him)

  • on April 6, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    Kevin Cooper is one the most underrated players from the Windies. Wait till you see his exploits with the bat.The only reason that he isn't playing for the W.I. is insularity.Follow him and you will see.

  • on April 6, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Loved Sree's bowling today... Keep up the good performance... Wickets are on your way... All the very best..!!!

  • ---lasitha--- on April 6, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Narbavi _you want him to get big scores in every match., of course he is a great player but not any superhuman

  • kevepere on April 6, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Ohh yes andre russell what a contribution. Play jeewan mendis instead of russel . He can contribute with bowl and bat much better

  • Ross_the_Boss on April 6, 2013, 17:20 GMT

    RR bowling is still a bit weak...no match winner there. sree and badree will bowl well once in 3 matches (good enough), dravid will score about about 350 runs as will watson, rahane isnt as confident as last year..so will not be a big scorer, maneria isnt as talented as they made him out to be (will remain like manish pandey)...a rare good performance, stuart binny will do what daddy did for india...good all round performances (1-2 wkts, 15-20 quick runs), and kusal perera will play 1-2 blinders if he gets starts, but my fav batsman remains rahul dravid...how i wish guys like virat kohli had learnt something good from him in his RCB days!!!

  • on April 6, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    I am very impressed with this new kid kusal Perera. I was watching the T20I highlights the other day in which he scored 60+. I was hoping that RR give him a chance. Wishing him very best.

  • gsingh7 on April 6, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    who is this kusal guy. why he is playing ipl. even india,s unmukt chand is better than him,, he gave poor start and built pressure on rr before the wall rescued them . leave kusal on bench for all remaining matches.

  • on April 6, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    Congrats Rajastan Royals for the thrilling victory against DD! Also to the Captain, batsman and Man of the Match Rahul Dravid. Keep it up.

  • Narbavi on April 6, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    @Vimukthi Dharshana: Useless points? Am i the one who said Kusal should play instead of Watson? And you call a 12 ball 14 as a platform for the middle order? Mate you got to be kidding me!!

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on April 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    2 last ball finishes in first 4 ipl matches, good kick off for ipl 2013. Well done cooper and should have been awarded MOM instead of dravid.

  • Unmesh_cric on April 6, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Everybody has been talking about Tendulkar and Ponting during this IPL. But in the race of legends, "the dark horse" Rahul Dravid is marching ahead right now!

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:39 GMT

    @Narbavi.Mate,you forgot one thing. Kusal laid the foundation nicely for Dravid & Rahane to move on.do not forget that this is his d├ębut game.you will see more magic from him as the game goes on.please give the credit where it is due my mate.rather than always coming up with utter useless points.

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, the wall... What a wonderful post retirement innings... Hopes he keeps up his fitness level as we may need to call him for tours in England, Australia or South Africa... Salute the legend...

  • Romenevans on April 6, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    BIG RR fan here! I think Trivedi, Menaria and Badree should be dropped as soon as possible. I think many of you didn't notice but that young lad Rahul Shukla bowled with pace and superbly. What to say Cooper! What an over he bowled.

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:32 GMT

    Cooper,Dravid,Yadav and Warner...all had a gr8 day....bt dnt forget to notice the comeback of speedster Sreesanth giving jst 18 runs in 4 overs...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 15:24 GMT

    Congrats RR! Boy, am I thrilled! And my Dravid is MOM too. Icing on the Cake! halla bol halla bol.......

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:19 GMT

    REVENGE!!!!!

    RR were only poor in one department, i.e., fielding. If that Warner catch had been taken, the game wouldn't have ever got till the end.

    Come in Watson in place of Badree...

  • suve on April 6, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    Jeevan Mendis should've played regardless of the pitch. Andre Russel is useless, not performing with the bat or bowl. Jeevan is a good leg spinner with a googly as a variation. His batting is very good too. I think Delhi's fielding cost them this match.

  • hayagriva on April 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Hats off to Rahul Dravid. Batting with such intent after a long break from international cricket, especially considering his age is brilliant. Good to see him in such fine form and fitness level.

  • Narbavi on April 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    Rahul Dravid, simply awesome!! Many lankan fans were talking about how kusal would rock if given a chance, he was given a chance today because of watson's absence and he made just 14 of 12 despite getting dropped once by Botha!!

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:10 GMT

    @Dhanno - MI have lost both SRT and RP. Guess they are playing brilliantly, eh? If only Karthik can do something.

  • on April 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    The more I see players like Tendulkar, Ponting play match after match in IPL TAMASHA, the more I am loosing respect for them! It is high time that just like Kumble, Laxman, Warne, etc they should hang their boots forever for IPL also as they have done for T-20/ODIs for their beloved countries.

  • on April 6, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    I hope there will be quite a few changes for the next match for RR.... Menaria is a good batsman but he is wasted lower down the order. He is a top order batsman who takes some tym to get going in the middle. If he cant be fit in the top 4-5 , better replace him with Sachin Baby who bats lower middle order & has a better strike rate.......He provides an off spin option too.....

  • Dhanno on April 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    good game. you have to root for any team with Dravid in it. legend, played a good hand today. In other game, MI now have a chance. They have a formidable challenge in each of their game. need to get SRT or RP out as soon as possible, if one of those wickets falls, MI will stand chance. if these two people get stuck in they will score at 6 rpo and no chance ever. Task for MI = get out SRT early.

  • sanyam77 on April 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Johan Botha and Andre Russel are wastage poor performence becoz of botha and russel jeevan mendis and vander merwe are much better then these two

  • darsh127 on April 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Great Win By My Team RR. Very impressed. There were some issues but thats part of the game. In the end, what matters is that we won. Just 1 thing to say, not taking anything away from dravid, superb innings but the MOM should be given to the person that wins the game for you. There was a clear winner today, Kevin Cooper. What a brilliant last over. anyways, good luck RR for future games and DD too.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Congrats RR! Boy, am I thrilled. And my Dravid is MOM too. Icing on the Cake! halla bol halla bol.......

  • MySayOnThIs on April 6, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    This loss is cox of jayawardene decision to send n rusell and botha ahead of ojha and pathan .. if the balls wasted by this PAIR was given to other pair ..this wud have been a win ...Poor Call Mahela.. Even the pick of rusell..doesnt make any sense same with botha ..he may be a gud one day player not for 20-20 ..cud have gone for Gulam Bodi to open and Jeevan Mendis..!! please bring them in !!

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    That Indian sub dropped Warner off BAdree along with the game ! RR fielding has been terrible

  • aby_prasad on April 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Whenever this man Mahela Jayawardene bats, there's always a chance. Wonder how he does everything so smoothly! Pure class. Talking about class, dravids start is great this season! Love RR n RD

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Great Kncok but poor captaincy from Dravid bowling Badree second over when Warner wasn't on strike and also putting himself at point, the drop of Warner could be the game.

  • ladycricfan on April 6, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Rahul is at his best again. Disappointed not to see more of Kushal Perera whom Lankans compare to Jayasuriya. Look like a high scoring match. Good to see Yadav doing well. Hope Delhi's batting clicks and gives us a nail biter. They will be disappointed if they lose two games in a raw.

  • ladycricfan on April 6, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Rahul is at his best again. Disappointed not to see more of Kushal Perera whom Lankans compare to Jayasuriya. Look like a high scoring match. Good to see Yadav doing well. Hope Delhi's batting clicks and gives us a nail biter. They will be disappointed if they lose two games in a raw.

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    Great Kncok but poor captaincy from Dravid bowling Badree second over when Warner wasn't on strike and also putting himself at point, the drop of Warner could be the game.

  • aby_prasad on April 6, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Whenever this man Mahela Jayawardene bats, there's always a chance. Wonder how he does everything so smoothly! Pure class. Talking about class, dravids start is great this season! Love RR n RD

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 6, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    That Indian sub dropped Warner off BAdree along with the game ! RR fielding has been terrible

  • MySayOnThIs on April 6, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    This loss is cox of jayawardene decision to send n rusell and botha ahead of ojha and pathan .. if the balls wasted by this PAIR was given to other pair ..this wud have been a win ...Poor Call Mahela.. Even the pick of rusell..doesnt make any sense same with botha ..he may be a gud one day player not for 20-20 ..cud have gone for Gulam Bodi to open and Jeevan Mendis..!! please bring them in !!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Congrats RR! Boy, am I thrilled. And my Dravid is MOM too. Icing on the Cake! halla bol halla bol.......

  • darsh127 on April 6, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Great Win By My Team RR. Very impressed. There were some issues but thats part of the game. In the end, what matters is that we won. Just 1 thing to say, not taking anything away from dravid, superb innings but the MOM should be given to the person that wins the game for you. There was a clear winner today, Kevin Cooper. What a brilliant last over. anyways, good luck RR for future games and DD too.

  • sanyam77 on April 6, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    Johan Botha and Andre Russel are wastage poor performence becoz of botha and russel jeevan mendis and vander merwe are much better then these two

  • Dhanno on April 6, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    good game. you have to root for any team with Dravid in it. legend, played a good hand today. In other game, MI now have a chance. They have a formidable challenge in each of their game. need to get SRT or RP out as soon as possible, if one of those wickets falls, MI will stand chance. if these two people get stuck in they will score at 6 rpo and no chance ever. Task for MI = get out SRT early.

  • on April 6, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    I hope there will be quite a few changes for the next match for RR.... Menaria is a good batsman but he is wasted lower down the order. He is a top order batsman who takes some tym to get going in the middle. If he cant be fit in the top 4-5 , better replace him with Sachin Baby who bats lower middle order & has a better strike rate.......He provides an off spin option too.....