Punjab v Rajasthan, IPL 2013, Mohali

Royals in second place after eight-wicket victory

The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

May 9, 2013

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Rajasthan Royals 147 for 2 (Rahane 59*, Samson 47*) beat Kings XI Punjab 145 for 6 (Marsh 77, Cooper 3-23) by 8 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Ajinkya Rahane plays an inside-out shot over mid off, Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Mohali, May 9, 2013
Ajinkya Rahane's 59 helped guide Rajasthan Royals to an eight-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab © BCCI

A masterful death bowling effort, and Ajinkya Rahane's third straight fifty, helped consolidate Rajasthan Royals' place in the top four as they beat Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in Mohali. Kevon Cooper was the primary architect of Kings XI's slow-down towards the end of their innings, as his measured slower deliveries exploited the slow nature of the Mohali surface, and swept away much of the momentum Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist had secured in a 102-run stand. Having arrived at the 14th over at 100 for 1, Kings XI could only stumble to 145 for 6 in their 20 overs and the batsmen failed to hit a boundary in the last four overs of their innings.

Cooper's first victim was Gilchrist, who reinstated himself in the side after three matches. He had batted securely for 42 from 32, and helped Marsh overcome an indifferent start, until he offered Cooper a return catch off an offcutter that took longer to arrive than he had anticipated. Cooper returned in the 17th over, proving difficult to get away, and should have had Marsh out then, had Rahul Dravid held on to a catch running back from cover. Cooper got both Marsh and David Miller next over though, again off slower balls, as both men perished attempting heaves across the line. He finished with 3 wickets for 23 from his four overs.

At the toss, Dravid had cited his side's preference for chasing scores as a reason for fielding first, and his choice proved an insightful one as Royals executed a smooth run chase to record their seventh-straight victory batting second. Dravid was uncharacteristically undone by the flight of a dipping Bipul Sharma delivery, but Rahane steadied the chase, alongside Shane Watson, and they rarely allowed the run rate to waver.

The pitch seemed to quicken as the match headed to its denouement - again a phenomenon Dravid had expected at the toss - and the hosts' fast bowlers could not build any pressure on the batsmen. Among Rahane's finest strokes was a languid six over extra-cover off Piyush Chawla, and an arrogant punch through the covers off Parvinder Awana.

Watson and Rahane put on 66 before Watson was dismissed by Chawla. Rahane subsequently gained a bundle of spirited raw-talent in 18-year-old Sanju Samson, who actually outshone Rahane in the latter part of the innings. The pair relied largely on singles and twos to form the base of their partnership, but quickly began finding the boundary as well, Samson doing so with particular audacity. He was unbeaten on 47 from 33 after hitting the winning boundary at the end of the 19th over, with Rahane on 59 from 49.

Marsh's 64-ball 77 was the backbone of Kings XI's foundation, but their failure to kick on from a good start ultimately cost them the match.

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Posted by alarky on (May 10, 2013, 16:23 GMT)

Yes, it's only an IPL match; and it's the first time that I am seeing Sanju Samson! However, I know when real class hits the scene! Sanju Samson is the best eighteen year old batsman in the world! I announced Rohit Sharma when he arrived, and to date his No.4 position is being held up by a person of far less class in the Indian test test squad, the only person who has played cricket in any format "WITHOUT ANY PRESSURE" ! The only player who has been told "just go on playing without any fear, because anything you do, YOU ARE UNDROPPABLE"! However, I would like to see the best batting prospect that I have seen, since Brian Lara between 1990 and 2006, that is that 18 year old SANJU SAMPSON being drafted into the Indian team immediately and given the No.4 position in the batting line up. That guy has more class than I've seen from India within the last 30 years! It's youths like him whose praises the Indian fans should be singing, not that of any has-been who has always been over rated!

Posted by Unmesh_cric on (May 10, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

I am still amazed that M Vijay was chosen over Rahane for the Champions Trophy. Vijay has been scratchy in this IPL. Also, he has been unsuccessful in ODIs for India. Rahane was never given a good chance to prove himself in ODIs. A couple of failures and he was dropped. It seems he never receives similar kind of support from the team management (read captain) as players like Jadeja do. Jadeja has been successful recently, but after millions of chances. It would have been okay if some other in-form batsman had been chosen over Rahane. But Vijay for ODIs? On what basis? Either selectors went by his recent Test performances or this is just a case of preferential treatment to the CSK players as always.

Posted by TeamRocker on (May 10, 2013, 15:35 GMT)

Top stuff all round from RR. Improvements: Faulkner is a bit too expensive upfront, they should hold him back for the middle overs. Give him one at the top. Yagnik out, Binny in if he's fit. Good on Dravid for playing more bowlers, their batting is already solid. Positives: Kevon Cooper bowled really well. He needs to bowl after the ball gets a bit softer, it's difficult to time the ball. Rahane's form is fantastic, and Sanju Samson: just wow! That extraordinary late cut deserved the innovative thinking award. Amazingly calm head on those shoulders.

Nice to see Gilly back in action. KXIP need to make some changes to their batting order, though.

Posted by siri12345 on (May 10, 2013, 11:25 GMT)

@narbavi win the wc 2015?lol sounds funny by the way wc 2015 will not be played in india

Posted by A-c-E on (May 10, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

I must say that my heart goes out for Rahane... He should have been in the Champions trophy... Again Rohit Sharma was looked beyond Ajinkya... I don't doubt Rohit's ability but somehow he was unable to carry his IPL form to the Indian team.. Rahane should be given more chance to prove his mettled... I am really happy for Umesh Yadav to be back with such great confidence... remember that super over against RCB.. he was chosen over Morkel... India should learn being shrewd during team selection.. as Aussies or SA/ENG

Posted by Narbavi on (May 10, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

@ Kavindeven: Absolutely and look at the shots these two play, everyone loves watching Rahane's classical shots compared to those ugly swipes Rohit plays, i don't want to blame Rohit, i would rather blame the selectors for repeatedly turning to him!! we need the trio of Rahane Pujara and Kohli to win the world cup in 2015

Posted by Narbavi on (May 10, 2013, 7:13 GMT)

@veerakannadiga: Same here, anyway all teams represent our cities, i am from chennai, but CSK is only my second love as long as Dravid plays in the ipl

Posted by veerakannadiga on (May 10, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

@Madan Shivkumar, well said mate. Yeah most of the people supporting RR are Dravid's fans. I am an ex RCB supporter myself. Reason Dravid was treated shabbily by RCB. My loyalty is with RD & not any particular team. At the end of the day, all these teams represent our Indian cities. So my support goes, wherever Dravid goes. What a man. God Bless him. from a loyal Dravid fan

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

RR is playing CSK in next match. RR Should play to it's strength. They should chase against CSK if they win the toss. Shukla should come in for Shree and Binny(if fit) for Yagnik. Other than that the team is fine. RD shouldnt make too many changes now on.

Hodge looks little rusty so it wouldnt be a bad idea to ask him to come at no.4 sometime once they secure the playoff position.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 10, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

@Narbavi - Not to mention Rahane is one of top 3 fielders in India. Remember the Delhi India Pakistan game when we defended the small total? It was Rahane's fielding effort that started the momentum and then Raina, Kohli chipped in. Small things we don't notice but they matter when a team wins with everyone's contribution. Rahane is miles ahead of Rohit in terms of temperament and a better fielder too. The thing for Rohit is, he score runs against mediocre bowlign attacks of IPL, and then he gets into the team...follwing, he fails miserably for India then again gets dropped and then again here comes IPL. Feel really bad for Rahane.

Posted by veerakannadiga on (May 10, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

@Madan Shivkumar, well said mate. Yeah most of the people supporting RR are Dravid's fans. I am an ex RCB supporter myself. Reason Dravid was treated shabbily by RCB. My loyalty is with RD & not any particular team. At the end of the day, all these teams represent our Indian cities. So my support goes, wherever Dravid goes. What a man. God Bless him. from a loyal Dravid fan

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 4:59 GMT)

It was delightful to watch SANJU SAMSON. His delibrate cut from middle stump for four and his pull shot to six were highlight of the day. Might be he is the next big thing.

However RAJASTHAN ROYAL'S and SIR DRAVID both rocks.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 4:33 GMT)

@ GRVJPR- Totally agree... Dishant Yagnik is probably the best young keeper of this IPL, very similar to the small Tatenda Taibu. Very agile behind the stumps against fast bowlers. Has to slightly improve while keeping the wickets for spinners. However his batting ability is no where in comparison with Samson, who is pure class. That one innings against MI doesnt make him a very good batsman and has a long way to go.

Posted by Narbavi on (May 10, 2013, 4:22 GMT)

@DEEWB5TW: Let me remind you that he made his debut in english conditions and played superbly, two bad knocks against england and he is dropped and Rohit is preferred again, ridiculous from the selectors!! If they can give him half the number of chances that they gave to Rohit then Rahane would have settled in perfectly by now!!

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 10, 2013, 4:11 GMT)

@unni001 Be cool mate! IPL is not all about Sachin Baby. Rajasthan royals is number 2 in points table without needing sachin baby. Other players are doing well. As fasr as Dishant yagnik is concerned he definitely is not a hype. technically he is the best keeper in India at the moment and a pretty handy bat.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 10, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

@Gun79 It's good that you are happy, but I can't undesrtand why? I mean sri lankan success will depend upon their players form and not whether rahane is included in Indian side or not.

Posted by Udendra on (May 10, 2013, 4:07 GMT)

unfortunately for Royals, none of the finals will be played at home.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 10, 2013, 3:53 GMT)

@Sunil Bobbala - Mentioned it already. That shot has to be the best i have seen in long long time. And that pull shot, oh! Stand and deliver stuff. Just pure class!

Posted by Romenevans on (May 10, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

@unni001 - Are you kidding me? Hodge has won us at least 3 crucial matches with his match finishing hitting ability. Owais Shah? Joke of the day may be? He plays as if he want to get selected for England's Test squad. The team is perfect we don't need experiments now because it is the last part of the tournament and we need stable team. Only change i see is Binny coming back in the team for SreeSanth asap he is recovered from the injury.

Posted by   on (May 10, 2013, 3:27 GMT)

there is no mention of Sanju Samson's shot from Awana. The ball was on full on middle stump, Sanju adjusted in the crease in such way that he just opened the face of the bat to guide it through third man for FOUR. FOr me this is one of shots of the match

Posted by unni001 on (May 10, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

I do not know why Sachin baby is being dropped without being given a chance to either bat or bowl. Hodge has been given enough chances and he has not really contributed. Owais Shah should be given a few more chances. Dishant Yagnik has also been given chances and it is high time, Sachin Baby is given a couple of matches and Yagnik can be rested.Yagnik is more of hype than substance .He does not have the class of Sachin baby.

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 10, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

What happen to one time wonder killer miller. ALways knew it's like all or nothing with such players.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 10, 2013, 3:11 GMT)

@jimwhatever - I can't see it. Who compared Sanju to Yusuf? Whoeveer it is, must be high on something. Sanju is pure class with amazing temperament, there is not comparison with Yusuf lol. You can not compare a lovely cover drive with a mid wicket hee-hoo slog Hahaha!

Posted by PuranV on (May 10, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

There are 2 big games against CSK and MI, must win one of them and beat Sunrisers then RR will be in the playoffs. I think RR can manage CSK in home ground. MI would be tough. If they remove one of the openers, D. karthik and Rohit then they can control the game. Important is depth bowling. Again Rahul should open to be a wall against Jonson and Malinga. Middle overs can be managed by Watt +Sam son and may be Binny. Good luck RR

Posted by Gun79 on (May 9, 2013, 23:32 GMT)

As a Sri Lankan I m happy to hear that A Rahane is out from the Champions League. India your doing the biggest mistake to include M vije for this young mans place. What sort of talent is going to waste.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson - two extremely bright talents for India ... take a bow !! In addition to his game, simply love Ajinkya's down to earth nature - a wonderful human being. Why he does not get selected regularly for India is something only the selectors can answer. Sanju is another super talent - I hope he remains firmly grounded though and not get carried away by his success unlike his predecessor from Kerala, the one and only Sreesanth. Some of the shots that Sanju plays are simply sublime.

RR need some sting in their bowling though - they will find it tough to defend a total against strong teams. Fidel Edwards is in the squad and the best bet, but have never seen him in the dugout... so not sure if he is even in India. Less said about Shaun Tait, the better. They do not have any other good fast bowler or genuine spinner which may prove to be their undoing in the key games.

Posted by anshu.s on (May 9, 2013, 20:28 GMT)

Sanju Samson looks like a class act !! funny that our selection comitee didn't think he was good enough to represent India in the u-19 WC !!!,Kings Xi keep making wrong selection choices, they need two international bowlers not 4 foriegn batters, simple fact is that apart from Miller and Marsh there foriegn contingent is not good enough , how can you drop Manan Vohra who IMO feel is a classy batsman and great potential and prefer bits and pieces veteran like Satish , all these owners and there coaching staff need to realise that in Indian conditions four foriegn spots need to filled with fast bowlers or all rounders unless a foriegn batter is like a Gayle,Miller,De villiers,Watson,KP or similar kind, atleast in our conditions trust our Indian batters and spinners ...

Posted by InsaneInsaan on (May 9, 2013, 20:26 GMT)

People say RR has no big names.... then What abt WATSON? HODGE? DRAVID as captain?

RR has more than enough talent. they r described as underdogs and that does take pressure of fRR. CSK have a good side and are always expected to perform.

CSK performs always, RR doesnt. thats becoz CSK can handle pressure better than other teams. RR has less pressure, so r giving good performances.

Posted by DEEWB5TW on (May 9, 2013, 20:06 GMT)

@sdgator: It was observed before his failure against Finn.Only opener who has played well with a flaw is Viru mainly due to hand eye coordination (may be thats why Viru seldom scores abroad).As you said I am sure people who spotted must be helping him out and that could be one of the reasons they may wait.Since he has loads of talent they wont rule him out but help him in the process.There have been many with flaws and it is up to the team management to trust a player.For now I don't think they have trust in Rahane as an opener(this was openly revealed).I am not qualified to comment on players like Rahane. But just observing things based on videos of other openers/players.I remember Gavaskar telling something similar when he got out to Finn.

Posted by sdgator on (May 9, 2013, 19:13 GMT)

@DEEWB5TW: I am fairly confident that most of your observations are based on 2 of his dismissals against Steve Finn in the Ind-Eng ODI series. If you look at those dismissals you will find that he was trying to push at the ball for a single and hence left a huge bat-pad gap. He would have otherwise defended that ball but since he had been putting himself under undue pressure to score quickly he made that horrible shot selection. I would have agreed to your analysis had he been driving at those balls. Then again your theory that he will struggle against fast bowlers in swinging conditions is flawed to the core bcos he was the lone shining star last time we played in an ODI series in England where rest of the team struggled to get going.And I am sure a 'serious' technical flaw wont go unnoticed since there are plenty of well qualified ppl around him to spot & correct it.And you cant deny that a lot of successful ODI openers in the past haven't been the best when it comes to technique.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 19:08 GMT)

@vishi, if u think MI can beat RCB and CSK back to back, you are in for a big surprise. okay RR is playing well, but CSK is no Kings XI with all due respect, CSK will beat RR in the first qualifier if they happen to be in it.

Posted by me_mumbaikar on (May 9, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Now the table is wide open with Mumbai and Royal Challengers has 4 matches each to go and Sunrisers and Royals has 3 matches each to go...As per me fantastic four will be CSK, MI, RCB and RR....

Posted by DEEWB5TW on (May 9, 2013, 18:00 GMT)

@Dadasupporter : I think his stance is fine.Its just that his game is a bit flashy and hence loses control.It suits T20 style.As an opener it is going to be hard to change his natural game.A thinking international bowler can bowl at full length at a decent pace and get him out.May be that's why the team management are not keen in sending him top of the order.This is just an observation and he may prove the team management wrong and play well as well.

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 17:39 GMT)

If Sanju doesn't play for India, it will be loss for the country. Send him to some some English county for exposure and with A team to SA and Aus. He has it in him, just need to give exposure to various conditions. That six off the short ball today has written "West Indian of Old" all over it.

Posted by phunny_game on (May 9, 2013, 17:18 GMT)

Just one game away from playoffs... Great performance but the next few games are tough ones... CSK at home, and a couple of tricky ones as well... I hope they don't falter like they always do at the end of the league stage. Dravid deserves one last hurrah. He didn't give an opportunity for fans and team mates to bid him farewell. Unlikely that he will play next year. If he does, his fans will be the most happy bunch of fans in the IPL but since that scenario is improbable, he deserves one Farewell lap with the golden trophy, and look at the crowd just to see that he has as many fans as sachin or anyone else...!!!!

Posted by Romenevans on (May 9, 2013, 17:16 GMT)

Continuing to my last comment.... Robin Uttahappa is another example of how he ruined himself because a rich team bought him and couldn't manage to use his skills and made him a mediocre player. He was amazing with RCB with all those innovative and aggressive shots he use to play, but now he has become a mediocre player. I hope someone will take care of Sanju and it won't happen to him. Anyway, let's cherish this moment of success, Go Royals! Halla Bol.

Posted by jimwhatever on (May 9, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

some people speak as though y pathan and sanju are of the same class. look at the elegance of sanju even at this age with which he handles fast bowlers. it is a shame to compare with y pathan

Posted by PuranV on (May 9, 2013, 17:10 GMT)

Royal win for Royal Dravid and party. Sampson gained confidence of Rahul young guys can see the ball better and take RR to playoffs. Congrats Rahul.

Posted by dadasupporterNO.1 on (May 9, 2013, 17:04 GMT)

@DEEWB5TW do u think after making adjustments such as stance,elbow alignment rahane will become better player????

Posted by Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on (May 9, 2013, 16:51 GMT)

Only one word - CLINICAL. What a wonderful team effort sans razmatazzzzzz......Halla Bol Halla Bol.........I just hope Watto, Ajinkya, Sanju, Binny, Faulkner, Dishant, Hodge, Dravid, Baby stay with RR in the next auctions irrespective of the big cheques they may be offered by other franchises. Just a hope......

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 16:36 GMT)

i think RR will only go for rahane n watson while retaining...samson n binny being uncapped players wont be taking part in auction...hence RR can buy them again provided they do not sign with other francise which is again very doubtful as with other teams they may not get the same exposure n chances as with RR

Posted by DEEWB5TW on (May 9, 2013, 16:34 GMT)

@SK5983 I beg to differ with regards to Rahane's technique.Rahane has not been picked in the ODI side mainly due to lack of one basic tehnique required by an opening batsman.His elbow alignment is not ok and hence he will face serious issues when he faces decent pace and even worse in swinging conditions.Laxman had similar issues earlier in his career but was lucky to get chances (but there was a spot vacant then).Rahane now needs to fight for a strong middle order which is hard to break in.I feel sorry for him as he is an extremely nice bloke but there isn't a place for him in the limited format.Perhaps a number 5/6 in test match in the longer run.T 20 is a bit different and technique doesn't play a big role.He can perhaps make it to as an opener in T20 cricket.This doesn't mean M.Vijay should be picked.Vijay continues to be picked because he has a perfect alignment for an opener but lacks various other things.Duncan Fletcher being a text book coach must have spotted this issue I feel

Posted by Romenevans on (May 9, 2013, 16:05 GMT)

I hope Sanju stays with RR because here coems the next year's auction and here comes the big fat cheque from a big franchise and guess what? Same will happen what happened to Yusuf Pathan. They developed him, nurtured him and someone else bought him. But i hope RR will go CSK way to retain Watto, Samson, Ajinkya and Faulkner and rest they can buy in auction again. CSK retained their core players and then again bought the left out players in the auction.

@Sanju - If you're reading this, please Kid never lose precious experience you'll get from Dravid's presence and stick to RR. Guess, we'll see. Best of luck from your no.1 fan.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 9, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

@Madan Shivakumar - With due all the respect to Dravid the legend and his legacy, but RR fans are not only supporting the team because of RR, we have team that plays together with amazing spirit and believes in playing young talent, that's why we keep contributing good players for Indian cricket. Dravid was the captain of RCB in first few season, but couldn't deliver and RCB dropped him. But here at RR they play like a family and a united team, that's why with the contribution of every player we are winning. But yes credit goes to Dravid the way he has led the team. Go Dravid, Go RR!

Posted by Nike_007 on (May 9, 2013, 15:31 GMT)

Cooper is another Tait minus Pace. On his day he can give match winning performance but if off-colour then go for runs and struggle with line and length.

Now when Tournament is 60-70% complete Dravid should not experiment much with team. 2-3 changes before every match can prove wrong now onwards.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 9, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

@vishi27 - LOL! Good analysis, im sure we RR going to give some serious competition in playoffs to those big stars studded teams.

Posted by Romenevans on (May 9, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

Great team work yet again. Rahane showed that dropping him from Champions Trphy was a wrong decision. Scoring back to back 50's in T20 games isn't easy, this guy got some serious class. Now on to Sanju! Wow! Again! That touch shot he played from middle stump to third man and the pull shot for six was something special. Go Royals! Fans are behind you! Halla Bol!!!!

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 15:26 GMT)

patient and sensible innings from both Sanju and Rahane...kudos to these young men...and all the best to captain dravid and RR....

Posted by QingdaoXI on (May 9, 2013, 15:17 GMT)

Rahane is the most technical and stylish batsmen India have at the moment more than Pujara and Rohit, but Dhoni has benched him more to kill his confidence and has not given the proper run to this batsmen. If some one ask me who are more top techincal and stylish batsmen India have at the moment i will say 1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Rohit Sahrma 3. Cheteshwar Pujara 4. Shikar Dhawan 5 Amabayti Rayudu 6. Suresh Raina 7. Virat Kohli 8. Unmukt Chand 9. Vijay 10. Ankit Bawne 11. Mandeep Singh Most of them will agree with me, this list has been prepared after following the domestic cricket too.

Posted by Surajdon9 on (May 9, 2013, 15:12 GMT)

yes, they've been my favorite for this very reason right from the first edition. Initially they looked a jaded side, but when warnie started pulling out rabbits out of his hat, things changed and we looked up. Out came Jadeja, Yusuf Pathan, Asnodkar - and suddenly we were all hooked. Now it's Dravid, Rahane, Sanju Samson, Stuart BInny. Nothing has changed - an aging, but agile magician at the helm and inspired by him, a few talented rookies. Shane Watson has been a constant right from the start. I wish Dravid inspires them to the title in 2013 as Warnie did in 2008. Go Royals!! Halla Bol!!!

Posted by   on (May 9, 2013, 15:06 GMT)

dravid is a great captain, gentleman and a true ambassador of the game who epitomizes the spirit of sportsmanship....frankly, 90% of RR's supporters are people who adore dravid....though it was a bit painful to see him move from RCB to RR, it is great to see the team give him the kind of respect and status he deserves! great knocks from rahane and samson too! the boy does know how to play t20 cricket :)

Posted by NixNixon on (May 9, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

A big mistake allowing hussey to come in before miller, its ridiculous to allow your best batsmen to stay in the shed - minimising his impact on the game. Its not like hussey has been setting the IPL alight with his batting. A bit selfish from Hussey there to be honest!

Posted by GRVJPR on (May 9, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

@TSJ07 I don't agree that slow wickets suits RR. The wicket at jaipur is quickest in this IPL. They are very good team with ability to adjust in any conditions.

Posted by stating_the_obvious on (May 9, 2013, 14:38 GMT)

Excellent victory!! RR is almost into the play-offs. Dravid has upheld the spirit of the game by calling back Gilchrist. This is something that the young Indian players must take note of, especially Kohli and Gambhir!

Posted by TSJ07 on (May 9, 2013, 14:02 GMT)

KXIP made the wrong choice of preparing slow wicket which suited more to RR bowlers who had more variations than KXIP bowlers.Ultimately by preparing slow wickets they took the chance that they will bat 2nd and will chase down the score but just the opposite happened. also very good bowling by RR bowlers especially Cooper and his bowling was the difference between two teams. However great chance was missed by KXIP when they were 100 for one in 13 overs, they should have scored at;least 70-80 more in last 7 overs and it would have been winnable score.

Posted by Vishal63 on (May 9, 2013, 13:56 GMT)

Predictions for Play-Offs.

First Qualifier: CSK vs RR Eliminator: MI vs RCB Second Qualifier: CSK vs MI Final: RR vs MI Champions: RR (I am an RCB fan).

Posted by Narbavi on (May 9, 2013, 13:53 GMT)

Everything about this team makes you like them, what an amazing performance, very good comeback from Cooper, almost in to the play offs, one more win and it will be secured!! Hats off to Dravid as well, always brings out the best from limited resources!!

Posted by Hardy1 on (May 9, 2013, 13:05 GMT)

Why's Binny sitting out?

Posted by coldcoffee123 on (May 9, 2013, 11:33 GMT)

Sad that KXI top 5 does not have a quality Indian batsman to have played at international level. That I think is a major reason why the team has not been able to score consistently big scores. All other teams have atleast one Indian batsman from the current Indian squad.

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