Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Jaipur

Watson, Samson keep Royals' citadel intact

The Report by Sidharth Monga

April 29, 2013

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Rajasthan Royals 173 for 6 (Samson 63, Watson 41) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 171 for 6 (Gayle 34, Watson 3-22) by 4 wickets
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Shane Watson drives through the offside, Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 29, 2013
Shane Watson pitched in with an all-round effort, picking up three wickets and scoring 41 © BCCI

For the second time this season, Rajasthan Royals promoted a wicketkeeper to No. 3, and stunned the opposition to set up a win. Chasing 172, with Shane Watson, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah yet to bat, Kerala's 18-year-old Sanju Samson scored 63 off 41, leaving Royals 56 to get off 34 balls, which they chased, but not without the mandatory inexplicable drama that is the IPL's USP. Watson, who left the chase all but finished, had been instrumental in keeping Royal Challengers, who have now lost all their four away matches, down with the wickets of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli among his three.

The game began with Royals presenting Gayle spin when hostile short bowling has only managed to trouble him. Gayle raced away, but Watson got him for 34 off 16 with an innocuous-looking delivery angling away from him. From 44 for 1 in four overs, Royal Challengers went without a boundary for 6.1 overs. The run rate fell, and when AB de Villiers and Kohli tried to correct it, they both holed out.

With the innings not going anywhere, R Vinay Kumar gave them a fighting target with three sixes of James Faulkner in the final over, two of those off slower balls. Faulkner had had a good birthday until then with two catches a run-out. Vinay would try to turn the game around in the last over of the next innings too, but that's for later.

In the chase, Royals stayed with their plan of using Watson lower down the order. Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane opened, and got them off to a swift enough start, but it was Samson who pinched Royal Challengers. There might have been the odd slog, but a major part of the innings relied on cricketing shots. The standout was successive sixes over extra cover to welcome Murali Kartik, who would have hoped he had not recovered from his illness in time for this match.

Those sixes took Royals to 60 for 2 in 7.2 overs, and the chase was on its way. Watson played the second fiddle while Samson went at it, reaching 25 off 21 by the time Samson fell. Watson and Hodge went about with the pursuit coolly until Hodge seemed to have killed off the chase with two sixes off Ravi Rampaul in the 18th over. If you thought 18 off 15 was the done thing, though, you haven't watched enough of IPL.

Watson top-edged RP Singh in the next over, but six off six was easy enough. However, Hodge tried to finish it off in one hit, and was bowled to leave five to get off four. Owais Shah then managed to get run out at the non-danger end, and we were smack in the middle of an IPL implosion. Back to the same last-over characters: Vinay and Faulkner.

Faulkner took the single, and then Stuart Binny pulled a four to beat the team that carries his home city's name.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Rajini007 on (April 30, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

rr team great chance to makeit to playoff Next away game against kkr

Posted by zaksy on (April 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT)

Kohli's captaincy cost RCB this match Henriques should completed his quota of 4 ovrs its seem that RR batsmens had problem while playing him but unfortunately kohli missed field awerness by sticking to preplanned things

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 8:22 GMT)

Kudos to captain Dravid

Posted by prashanth_joshua on (April 30, 2013, 7:50 GMT)

Sunrisers will thrash RR at hyderabad !!

Posted by phunny_game on (April 30, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

Too many big stars and a bad coach were the primary reasons why Dravid couldn't be as good a captain as Dhoni or Ganguly. But he is proving to be a taskmaster everytime he comes onto the field. Really wish they can win another 4 matches and make it to the Top 4. Though RR usually falter in the second half of the tournament and end up at 5th or 6th always, it will stil lbe very painful to see them not make it to the top 4 this time...

Posted by   on (April 30, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Which team you choose...No 4 foreign player restriction 1.Mike Hussy,G Gambhir,Watson,Rahul Dravid,E Morgon,AT Rayudu,Dinesh Karthik,Dale Styne,Faulkner,P Kumar,Narin 2.Chris Galye,Tendulkar,Kohli,ABD,Dhoni,KA Pollard,Sir Ravindra Jadeja,YK Pathan,Dwayne Bravo,Aswin,Malinga

Posted by unni001 on (April 30, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

High time to replace Sachin baby with Rahane.Dravid should give a chance to Sachin baby at the top of the order.

Posted by shamsher12345 on (April 30, 2013, 6:53 GMT)

One of the best wins for RR.. Were under pressure Chasing such a good target but done everything perfectly all right. Just wanted to see face of critics who said Dravid is not a good caption. He encourages the young players and the thing that i love about RR is the way they play as a unit.

They are familiar with the strengths and weakness and Dravid has mar shelled his troops very well like Bringing watson in to bowling...Samson 1st down.. Sreesanth bowled really well except his first over [as no can cant bowl well when Gayle is in destruction mode]

Would like to see Samson opening with Dravid and Rahane down the order as we need good start and some one like Rahane to anchor the innings in the middle.

Posted by Apocalypse_EX on (April 30, 2013, 6:50 GMT)

I think i found out why RCB have lost all their away matches.

Gayle at home:- 430-odd runs Gayle away:- 50-odd runs at an average of 14

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