Rajasthan v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Eliminator, Delhi May 22, 2013

Hodge launches Royals into qualifier

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Rajasthan Royals 135 for 6 (Hodge 54*) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 132 for 7 (Dhawan 33, Malik 2-14) by four wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Three days ago, two successive sixes from Darren Sammy had launched Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL Eliminator. Three days later, two successive sixes off Sammy's bowling, and from Brad Hodge's bat, launched Rajasthan Royals into the second qualifier, where they will take on Mumbai Indians for a place in the final. The victory also meant Royals sealed their place in the 2013 Champions League Twenty20.

Hodge's was a blinder of an innings in many contexts. Prior to this, he had not spent a lot of time in the middle, Rahul Dravid preferring to use him as a finisher. He came in at 57 for 5 in a chase of 133 on a slow, uneven pitch, on which almost everyone had struggled for timing. He was up against the best attack of the season in a knockout situation. Royals had been up for a week against a spot-fixing controversy that had shaken their team and messed up their combinations.

Hodge's response was one befitting a man who has made the most Twenty20 runs in the world. When he cracked the second ball of the last over 96 metres into the crowd beyond the long-on boundary, he finished on 54 off 29. He hit five sixes on a pitch where the first one took 14.1 overs to come.

This match was Royals' after a start of 50 for 1 inside seven overs. Shane Watson was another batsman who was making a mockery of the difficulties posed by the pitch, pushing forward and getting boundaries with sheer power. His pull off the legspinner Karan Sharma was headed for six over deep midwicket when Sammy jumped several feet to intercept the ball, and turn the game.

Royals lost a wicket each in the next three overs to slip to 57 for 5. Sammy did most of the damage, keeping it straight to hit the stumps, as Dishant Yagnik and Stuart Binny missed. Ajinkya Rahane popped one back to the other Sunrisers legspinner Amit Mishra.

Fifty-eight were needed from 40 when Hodge tore into Karan, a bowler most sides had found difficult to get away. Two sixes and a four in the space of four deliveries. He followed it up with a straight six off Mishra in the next over. Sunrisers were visibly stunned, and Mishra, whose first three overs had gone for eight, was irritated.

Sunrisers hung in, though, despite a wayward 18th over from Dale Steyn. Hodge tried to hit a six almost every ball off Thisara Perera in the 19th, and managed five runs. It came down to 10 needed off six, but Hodge needed two deliveries.

Sunrisers did well to get to 132 from 67 for 3 after 14 overs. Royals went in without a spinner, but their various kinds of medium-pacers tied Sunrisers down with lack of pace and width.

Vikramjeet Malik, playing his second match of the season, sent back Parthiv Patel and Hanuma Vihari in the space of four balls. Shikhar Dhawan and Cameron White took their time to push on. White, especially, looked in good touch but both fell in trying to step up the pace of scoring.

Sammy and Perera were going to be key at the death but again, both fell just as they were starting to dominate. Sammy came out swinging sixes but was run out by an accurate, powerful throw from the deep by the substitute Rahul Shukla for 29 off 21. Perera zoomed to 11 off 6 before edging behind.

It was still not an easy target by any means and Royals' inexperienced middle order seemed to blow it, but Hodge was lurking at No.7 to deliver the knockout punch.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | May 23, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    What a fantastic knock from Hodge. It was incredible how he won RR the match with such great timing and shot selection from such a difficult situation. The Sunrisers have the best bowling attack in the tournament & they showed us why. Choking the RR batsmen for every run with some fantastic bowling and fielding, it looked as if it was just a matter of time before SRH would make RR crumble under pressure. At 57/5, Samson was struggling and even though he showed the temperament to fight it out, that alone wasn't going to be enough to take RR home tonight. Faulkner was tried before and he never inspired any confidence. And it was hard to believe that Cooper with his slogs would do any better against the mighty SRH bowling. So, it was really left to Hodge and when its a situation where only one man can win you the match - Murphy's law is never too far away. But, Hodge chose to do something special to prove his class and worth to his team & the world. Cometh the hour, cometh the man!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Bradilicious !! Hodge On Fire Today !! I think he kept his cool and knocked the ball around on good deliveries and hit the bad balls out of the boundary. We know australians are famous for Counter Attack... and that was some Australian Gene at Display... I hope Rajasthan Royals Continue This in the coming matches and lift the title after 5 years...

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 22, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Royals made a good revenge against SRH. They also struggled in middle and Hodge fixed the patch. Good to see Hodge's innings after a long time even this IPL. Sunrisers should realise that always depending on bowling wont help at any cause. Through this IPL averaging between 130-150 runs was the case of SRH. And hope Royals give same fitting reply against arrogant mumbai squad in Qualifier -II.

  • POSTED BY Adonis.. on | May 23, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Guys... anyone noticed the number of players, who got the MOM's in RR team? Its whopping EIGHT players. This tells you how RR team is playing like an unit. Someone is raising to the occasion. So far the list includes 1. Dravid (1) 2. Rahane (3) 3. Watson (1) 4. Faulkner (2) 5. Trivedi (1) 6. Cooper (1) 7. Samson (1) 8. Hodge (1) And who can forget the performances of BINNY, even though he haven't received the MOM yet?

    Guys.. lets appreciate this RR as a team, rather than group of individuals?

    For the match against MI, my money is on Binny to get the MOM. Anybody agrees with me???

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | May 23, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    As an SRH supporter, I have to admit without any malice that RR deserved to win. One man was the difference yet again after what Pollard did to us. No worries ... we had a decent season. If we can keep the nucleus of this team, lose Sanga for a foreign batter and maybe get just one more good Indian batsman, then the fans can breathe easy next year. Despite this loss, my support lies with RR followed by CSK. I would like to see a repeat winner this season.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, and IPL doesn't owe a thing to Sanga that a private franchise should carry him as an extra baggage in the team of XI with the way he is playing as a player at this time. This is not his national team to get any favours. This is franchise cricket that too not in Sri Lanka but in India. SRH did the right thing by dropping Sanga. If I were SRH, I would have preferred Sammy over White. There ends the story. Sanga doesn't even come into the picture anyway you look at it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    It would be interested to see whether Trivedi will be fit to play the next eliminator. He bowled his 4 overs and then went off. Shukla, a far better fielder, came on as substitute and produced the wicket of Sammy! Was that fair play?

  • POSTED BY addsmiles on | May 23, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @SC13159. I know two pitches were used. Who advises the curator? - That is precisely my question, since the slow surface would have suited SRH better than RR (and it almost did, before the Hodge blinder).

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | May 23, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : Oops, my apologies. You are right about White not being a great captain but even Sanga shouldn't be captain after his dismal performance. So I guess the only other candidate for that has to be Darren Sammy, wouldn't you agree ?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | May 23, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Poor captaincy throughout the season resulted in SRH losing the tournament.I wonder, why darren sammy wasn't tried from game-1 and why the captaincy was given to Sanga/White where they already had an able captain in Sammy. BTW well played SRH, you won our hearts, it's disappointing to see u getting out. I would like to see the core of the team remaining same, i.e. Dhawan,Sammy,Styne and Mishra shall must get retained and Karan Sharma and Perera should be tried to Bought at any cost in the auction. For RR fans, i would say RR is much better a team than it is always projected.I am not at all surprised to see them in qualifier-2.A team having Rahul D,Shane W,Brad H,James F, Stuart B, Ajinkya R and Shaun T can never be considered as underdogs.So well played and well deserved RR.

  • POSTED BY SidsIPLTeam on | May 23, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    What a fantastic knock from Hodge. It was incredible how he won RR the match with such great timing and shot selection from such a difficult situation. The Sunrisers have the best bowling attack in the tournament & they showed us why. Choking the RR batsmen for every run with some fantastic bowling and fielding, it looked as if it was just a matter of time before SRH would make RR crumble under pressure. At 57/5, Samson was struggling and even though he showed the temperament to fight it out, that alone wasn't going to be enough to take RR home tonight. Faulkner was tried before and he never inspired any confidence. And it was hard to believe that Cooper with his slogs would do any better against the mighty SRH bowling. So, it was really left to Hodge and when its a situation where only one man can win you the match - Murphy's law is never too far away. But, Hodge chose to do something special to prove his class and worth to his team & the world. Cometh the hour, cometh the man!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    Bradilicious !! Hodge On Fire Today !! I think he kept his cool and knocked the ball around on good deliveries and hit the bad balls out of the boundary. We know australians are famous for Counter Attack... and that was some Australian Gene at Display... I hope Rajasthan Royals Continue This in the coming matches and lift the title after 5 years...

  • POSTED BY deadite11 on | May 22, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    Royals made a good revenge against SRH. They also struggled in middle and Hodge fixed the patch. Good to see Hodge's innings after a long time even this IPL. Sunrisers should realise that always depending on bowling wont help at any cause. Through this IPL averaging between 130-150 runs was the case of SRH. And hope Royals give same fitting reply against arrogant mumbai squad in Qualifier -II.

  • POSTED BY Adonis.. on | May 23, 2013, 17:26 GMT

    Guys... anyone noticed the number of players, who got the MOM's in RR team? Its whopping EIGHT players. This tells you how RR team is playing like an unit. Someone is raising to the occasion. So far the list includes 1. Dravid (1) 2. Rahane (3) 3. Watson (1) 4. Faulkner (2) 5. Trivedi (1) 6. Cooper (1) 7. Samson (1) 8. Hodge (1) And who can forget the performances of BINNY, even though he haven't received the MOM yet?

    Guys.. lets appreciate this RR as a team, rather than group of individuals?

    For the match against MI, my money is on Binny to get the MOM. Anybody agrees with me???

  • POSTED BY Go_F.Alonso on | May 23, 2013, 17:10 GMT

    As an SRH supporter, I have to admit without any malice that RR deserved to win. One man was the difference yet again after what Pollard did to us. No worries ... we had a decent season. If we can keep the nucleus of this team, lose Sanga for a foreign batter and maybe get just one more good Indian batsman, then the fans can breathe easy next year. Despite this loss, my support lies with RR followed by CSK. I would like to see a repeat winner this season.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 23, 2013, 16:21 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks, and IPL doesn't owe a thing to Sanga that a private franchise should carry him as an extra baggage in the team of XI with the way he is playing as a player at this time. This is not his national team to get any favours. This is franchise cricket that too not in Sri Lanka but in India. SRH did the right thing by dropping Sanga. If I were SRH, I would have preferred Sammy over White. There ends the story. Sanga doesn't even come into the picture anyway you look at it.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 16:01 GMT

    It would be interested to see whether Trivedi will be fit to play the next eliminator. He bowled his 4 overs and then went off. Shukla, a far better fielder, came on as substitute and produced the wicket of Sammy! Was that fair play?

  • POSTED BY addsmiles on | May 23, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    @SC13159. I know two pitches were used. Who advises the curator? - That is precisely my question, since the slow surface would have suited SRH better than RR (and it almost did, before the Hodge blinder).

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | May 23, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks : Oops, my apologies. You are right about White not being a great captain but even Sanga shouldn't be captain after his dismal performance. So I guess the only other candidate for that has to be Darren Sammy, wouldn't you agree ?

  • POSTED BY SherjilIslam on | May 23, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    Poor captaincy throughout the season resulted in SRH losing the tournament.I wonder, why darren sammy wasn't tried from game-1 and why the captaincy was given to Sanga/White where they already had an able captain in Sammy. BTW well played SRH, you won our hearts, it's disappointing to see u getting out. I would like to see the core of the team remaining same, i.e. Dhawan,Sammy,Styne and Mishra shall must get retained and Karan Sharma and Perera should be tried to Bought at any cost in the auction. For RR fans, i would say RR is much better a team than it is always projected.I am not at all surprised to see them in qualifier-2.A team having Rahul D,Shane W,Brad H,James F, Stuart B, Ajinkya R and Shaun T can never be considered as underdogs.So well played and well deserved RR.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 23, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    @andrew27994 ; I've never praised White. Why would I wanna do that when he is an utter failure as a captain. Its not me, its Baseball_sucks_ , someone who is trying to be me.

  • POSTED BY Otuwa on | May 23, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @AllInFairNess:Yes Perera is a mediocre allrounder[3rd highest run getter with 142strike rate,and 2nd highest wicket taker for SRH]And look at your India's genuine allrounder Irfan Pathan's stats[scored 158 runs with 93strike rate and took 10 wickets]surely he is a world class allrounder.lol..

  • POSTED BY andrew27994 on | May 23, 2013, 10:42 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks Your comments are really funny. Just the other day, I recall you praising White's captaincy but today you are criticising him and suggesting that Sangakkara should've been captain. You have forgotten that SRH have another international captain in Darren Sammy. And I'll bet you, he would've conveniently finished off his overs well before the death overs. The real problem SRH had this time was that Karan Sharma was targeted very early and forced White to bring back Perera and Steyn earlier than he would've wanted. Just accept that SRH were outplayed that day.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    it was wonderful campaign for Sun Risers ,joy ,frustration nail biting finishes and heartbreaking moment all these feelings contain in Sun Risers road,,they makes this IPL more competitive............Good Luck SRH,

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 23, 2013, 10:09 GMT

    @AllInFairNess: HA HA HA pure jealousy. He is not as overrated as Ishant Sharma or Ashok Dinda who had more than one trashing

  • POSTED BY HardikB on | May 23, 2013, 9:41 GMT

    It was a good low scoring match. I was supporting SRH but I was still loving Hodge's batting until he made those winning runs and imitated Darren Sammy. Sammy used to do that for his newly born kid. Appreciate that Sammy did not react on that.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Dork29 what game did you watch. I think SRH did well with the bowling. The umpire cost the SRH 4 runs in the steyn over. You say sammy bowled well. he had 10 runs in the final over. 2 balls 2 sixes. Was it good balls that time of the match? For next years IPL I think this team must try and invest in better batsmen. MI and CSK have spend huge amounts to get where they are and with their sqauds they should be in the finals. Anything less is a failior. RCB could do with better bowlers next season as their batting is good but can do with another 2 quality indian batsmen to strengthen it. IPL is taking too long also. not really a fan of 20/20 cricket but there is nothing else to watch. Give me a test match any day.

  • POSTED BY shayad on | May 23, 2013, 8:55 GMT

    For next 2 match with batting order 1.S Watson /. 2.A Rahane / 3.R Dravid (c) / 4.B Hodge / 5.S Binny /. 6.S Samson (wk) /!!! 7.S Baby / 8.J Faulkner ./ 9.K Cooper ./ 10.S Trivedi . 11.Harmeet Singh .

  • POSTED BY Tapash on | May 23, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    Thanks Hodge, he did very well. Watson frustrates us; he was batting as if he is chasing 225 runs. We think Rehane will damage RR chance for final.

  • POSTED BY warun_sharma on | May 23, 2013, 8:42 GMT

    @ AllInFairNess : Don't worry mate , Thisara Perera Is a World Class All rounder for sure, Its confirmed by Sunil Gavaskar, Ramies Raja, Navjot Sing Sidu, Kapil Dev & ect , I don't think you know better cricket than them , and most Important thing is in rating of MVP list perera at No.4. so it says all , If parera not were there SRH at NO 8 spot above DD & bellow PWI . sorry mate you have to improve your knowledge !

  • POSTED BY dork29 on | May 23, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    On the whole it was a very poor, uninspiring match between two of the least glamorous outfits in IPL 13. The batting of SRH was pathetic, their bowling was worse and the ground fielding, the less said the better. to be honest, they did not derserve to win. looked like only Sammy was passionate about taking them to the SF against MI.He batted with purpose, bowled well and fielded like a man possessed. All th eothers, including Cameron White (arguably the worst captain among all teams)j ust went through th emotions.RR were not far behind. Their batting was abysmal and they never looked like having the inent to cross over teh finish line. Hodge, an unpredicatable commodity at the best of times, got them through with some frenetic, if unbecoming batting. ten matches like th eone that took place yesterday and I am sure the IPL viewership will fall by 40%. I was left feeling that neither of these teams deserve a place in the finals.

  • POSTED BY AllInFairNess on | May 23, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    @ Tal_Botvinnik, Baseballsucks, you both conveniently avoided your world class all rounder name to bowl the last over, because you both realized that he is over rated and he may go the same way the thrashing he received against MI.

  • POSTED BY Thyagu5432 on | May 23, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    It is actually a big challenge for the captain, whether to choose to bat or bowl after winning the toss. Looking at the way the pitch behaved in the previous match, may be, SRH decided to bat first. But then the pitch behaved totally differently. The irony is that, you will get to know about the pitch only after a few overs are bowled and you have already lost those overs (and may be, a few wickets as well) by that time. All these pitch reports, prior to the start of the match, is all humbug.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 7:56 GMT

    I think SRH need not be disappointed,, they are better side than RCB and Punjab,,, they showed how to play with lesser resources,,,

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | May 23, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    @Tal_Botvinnik--Agree with most of your comments especially mocking the 'best' and 'worst' according to @Narbavi.but differ regarding your opinion about giving the final over to Ishant.As you have already mentioned he belongs to the 'Indian bolwers'(most of them')who act as party poopers and would have given away the required runs anway by bowling too short/too full/too wide/etc...Sammy had his day till the last over both with the bat and on the filed(remeber Watto's catch and his wicket of Yagnik0..just that it wsa Brad's day..needs to give him credit for that.

  • POSTED BY cricanalyst05 on | May 23, 2013, 7:09 GMT

    Well played RR.. but still I dont get the logic of playing Yagnik in the 11.. He didnt play what he was asked to do..play leggies, instead gone crazy on fast bowlers.. Please replace him with Maneria or baby.. both r lefties

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    This should earn Hodge a promotion up the order for the next qualifier. Batting him at 7-8 is playing with fire- he was lucky not to run out of both partners and deliveries last night. Also, why the persistence with Yagnik. Is there another wk in RR?

  • POSTED BY Tal_Botvinnik on | May 23, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Narbavi: HA HA HA Your best bowler got clobbered in the final over while the bowler whom you consider the worst stifled Hodge and bowled a brilliant penultimate over. Wonder whether any of your Indian bowlers can do that. You talked about White ending sanga's season, now white has not only ended sanga's season but also effectively SRH's season. Just because Sammy was brilliant earlier on doesn't mean he needed to bowl the final over, should opted for the quicker Sharma to rattle the old man than bowl Sammy's slow long hops.

  • POSTED BY TheDarkKnight1988 on | May 23, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    SRH were a useless team, many may argue they have the best bowling attack, but the fact is they had the worstl pitch in ipl history to aid their bowling, they just spoiled the fun of ipl..useless under dogs, and to make it clear i am not a RCB fan, their bowlers may have done wonders but they never had the firepower to lift the cup

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    RH captain Cameron White missed the trick in last 5 overs. after 15 Overs, he had 3 from Perera and 2 from Steyn but he gave the 16th over to Steyn. Had 16th over bowled by Perera, then Sammy would have never required to bowl. Bad Decision and Wrong Calculation cost Sun Risers the game." Thisara just 3 overs 14 runs.

  • POSTED BY rgfedex on | May 23, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Well played RR. Its a slow wicket that perfectly suit for SRH. RR bowl well. Watto is good but stunning catch reduce his inning. But brad hodge is outstanding though i still think he is underplayed. Faulkner did well and show that he can hit too. So now actually RR have a very long batting lineup till cooper and a very decent bowling lineup though without spinner. Now big game ahead vs MI. I am waiting for watto's response to arrogent polard. Kolkata pitch is slow but MI hven't mistery spinner like nirine. So good luck. RR have a good chance against CSK due to their poor bowling attck.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 23, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    @SC13159 - Hogg? RR played him against Kolkata in Kolkata on a dust bowl and he was bowling full-tosses, forget about turning the ball. Badree is more of a skiddy bowler who bowls at 90kph to 100 kph pace. He has good economy rate but i don't think he will be effective against Indian batsmen. Now left ones are Tambe, he is injured and Harmeet had a horrible only game against Pune. He bowls way to slowly to be effective in T20's. Loopy slow left arm bowling can be good in Test matches but in T20 he won't survive. So basically RR are left with no spinners at all.

  • POSTED BY AncientAstronaut on | May 23, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    At 57/5, it seemed like the Royals were going to lose like they lost last time, but Hodge was brilliant! To win the game for your side from that position in a knockout against the best bowling attack of the season is proof of his talent and temperament. His rock-the-baby celebration at the end to mock Sammy was uncalled for, but I think he did it unconsciously in the heat of the moment. Well done, Royals! Time to destroy Mumbai now!

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | May 23, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    maybe i am jumping the gun a bit too early but assuming RR does make it to finals beating MI ,wont their chances be dented considerably even before a single bowl is bowled.eden gardens favours spinners(based on what i saw in the RRvsKKR match)and all RR's spinners are gone.Them being not injured shouldnt the franchise and captain be allowed to pick at least 2 players(may be from Rajasthan Ranji team)which will only give chance to new and fresh talent and proclaim to everyone that IPL is untenable come whatever may...come to think of it RR is almost playing like a 10 member football squad..RD..cant respect and like you more..and i mean it..

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | May 23, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    @rgfedex : Opting Karan Sharma for that over is enough to say how poor White's captaincy yesterday ! He failed to read the situation rightly.

  • POSTED BY killerhub511 on | May 23, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    ugh.. disappointed SRH couldnt make it. They worked really hard as a team and shocked :O lot of people by their performance. But o well Hodge ended their run with a mature innings. White had to give Karan sharma's one over to some1 and i think looking at it was the right choice to give it to sammy. Jst didnt go right :(

  • POSTED BY Sandeep_Maddu on | May 23, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Well done SRH...having come so far is a tremendous achievement for a side whom nobody gave a chance. No shame in losing when you have given your 100% Today, as always, the bowling was very good, but it was just top quality batting from Hodge that took the game away. Irrespective of the result, well done SRH.....fans don't mind if their team lose as long as they fought hard. It is when you don't give your 100%, when you surrender meekly that they are hurt. But as long as the team fights till the end, especially given their limited resources and underdog status, fans always feel proud...SRH have shown that start studded teams like RCB and KKR is not what you need but what is needed is team play and fighting spirit....thank you SRH for making this IPL even more interesting.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    White did not manage his bowlers well throughout his captaincy.that friendly pace of sammy does no good at the last over. This is not the 1st time white spoiled the bowling attack. had it been Sanga, the result would have been different.

  • POSTED BY latecut_04 on | May 23, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Everyone seem to have missed a wonderful bit of captaincy from Cameron white.Anticipating spells from 2 left arm tweakers Dravid sent in a left hander(dishant yagnik)when Watto got out.Match was very much in Royals' hand at that time.White outhought dravid by giving the ball to Sammy after an over by Amit Mishra.Sammy cleaned up Yagnik who attempted a drive similar to the ones played on Jaipur tracks.This being slower pitch he missed the line and paid the price.This wicket and sammy's performance(except last over but there credit must be given to Brad)played a huge role in making the match a cracker of a contest.Also no one seems to have any complaints about Ishant's bowling.Steyn steamed in , kept the batsmen under check initially but Ishant bowled enough wayward deliveries(as usual) to release the pressure.Those who blame Steyn's last over know cricket next to nothing.SRH supporters must be feeling similar to what Indian fans feel almost always..let down by a poor showing by 1 bowler

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 23, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    RR do have two world class spinners in the dugout, Badree and Hogg. One of them should play in kolkatta pitch if Thambe doesn't recover in time.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Initially good bowling by RR, excellent fight back by SRH and wonderful innings from Hodge..overall it was awesome game to watch..thanks to both the teams.Congratulations RR and hard luck but good fight back by SRH.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 23, 2013, 5:24 GMT

    I feel proud and sad for Dravid :( lol he don't have spinner left in his squad and still fighting so hard. Hats off Dravid! Every time i see you, my respect for you increases.

  • POSTED BY Romenevans on | May 23, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    It makes RR's season even more remarkable and increases my respect for dravid that the Pitch was suited to SRH's game and all the spinners Dravid had are (well you know) gone. He had no choice but to play all fast bowling attack on a turning track and still came out winning. Just pure respect to the legend of the game.

  • POSTED BY 21tu on | May 23, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    SRH did a blunder by leaving out Sanga.He could have taken the pressure and scored at least 20 runs which would have been a good score to defend.But bad luck and a hats off to Royals,you are the Champs.White did not field well missed a run out in the 18th over.Too much tention...At Last SRH had a good season,well done boys .

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 4:21 GMT

    Just showed the value of Players Like Hodge who are silent but do they job perfectly when it matters, Now RR forget the last game & focus heavily on the Big Match to come on Friday. Hope RR MI match will be a nerve wrecker. All the best RR as well as MI. Pollard, Malinga, Hodge, Watsone are the players to watch together with Smith, Rohit, Binny, Trivedi.

  • POSTED BY ibbani on | May 23, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I loved the way RR won, RR's next target is MI and later the disgusting CSK.RR will win this year title. Not sure if IPL will go on from next year due to the spot fixing issues and other big heads in it. So it would be the 1st title and last title winners as RR.

  • POSTED BY SivaRamaKrushna on | May 23, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    No doubt, SRH has the best bowling attack of the season, but RR has good batting depth comprising some classy and pinch hitters. So SRH damaged most of the batting line up but still they have some batsmen so SRH had to lose.

  • POSTED BY extwrk on | May 23, 2013, 3:39 GMT

    Good to see RR into the qualifier. SRH were lucky to get into top 4, they have very good bowling lineup, but they have ridiculous batting order. And T20 matches cannot be won without good batting. On the other hand RR despite having some inexperienced batting and bowling have really showed their quality as a team.

  • POSTED BY rgfedex on | May 23, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Thoes who blam white for poor captaincy is knew nothing about cricket. When hodge hit karan sharma then match is almost very easy for RR. RR just wanted to keep wicket and its easy for them. And this is the last batting pair remaining. Thats why he gave over to steyn to take wicket and put presser. If he gave him over at 17th than game may be over early or remain nothing for steyn to defend. So its very good decision to bowl steyn. Sammy bowled better than sharma. It is bad luck for sammy. BTW brad is outstanding.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | May 23, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: LOL, Sammy was SRH's best bowler last night, even the commentators were talking about how he should be bowling the last over, so it was completely the right decision!!

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    I do believe this goes to prove that even if your aide has the most potent bowling attack, it cannot always win you the game. if SRH had a better batting lineup they would have been the better side today. The favourites ate easily CSK, but I think RR has the potential to surprise both MI and CSK.

  • POSTED BY fazald on | May 23, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    A brilliant innings by Brad Hodge. A limited over specialist good enough to play for any international cricket team around the world but not good enough to play for his country according to the Australian selectors.What a waste of talent. The guy who was dropped from the team after scoring a double century in test cricket and was never selected to play for Australia again. This is the sad state of aussie cricket. This is only one of many such instances in recent times. No wonder aussie cricket is on the decline. Thanks to the Australian cricket selectors.

  • POSTED BY on | May 23, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    when karan sharma was hit for 22 runs in a over the captain brings another legspinner amit mishra to give the game to RR... what a shame... white is the most confused captain. darren sammy should be the captain of SR.

  • POSTED BY sandeep1978 on | May 23, 2013, 2:33 GMT

    What has been sad too see from an indian point of view, over the past 2 days, has been the performance of the indian players. In the pressure games, when u need to stand up and deliver, except Raina, they have all been woeful. From rohit sharma, karthik, rayadu,vijay, rahane ,binny, samson, ishant, all have failed so far. 90% of the time, its been the overseas players who have performed.

  • POSTED BY Wakenaam1103 on | May 23, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Sammy was used too late in the season. He was a spectator for the first half of the tournament before it was realized he was the captain of the World T20 Championship team. Agree he should not be used for the final over. This should have been reserved for Dale Steyn.

  • POSTED BY Sadiq1952 on | May 23, 2013, 2:09 GMT

    SRH performed very well overall. It's unfortunate that their best bat Sangakara failed to click the entire season. Their batting is weak. Choice of Vihari to play and that too at one down was poor captaincy. For the next round they should pick a top international T20 bat and another good local batsmen. Sammy and Perera should stay. Not sure of Cameron White. Good luck next season.

  • POSTED BY vswami on | May 23, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    @Bob Sacamano I am a hardcore cricket fan and I dont miss international cricket when IPL is on. For those who dont care, how does it matter when it starts or ends.

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | May 23, 2013, 1:58 GMT

    Rajasthan are VERY lucky to be through despite some idiotic captaincy, namely batting order. Hodge has been batting 6-8 all tournament. Meanwhile Dravid and Rahane are wasting the prime positions for run scoring. Hodge and Watson both need to be in the top 3, along with 1 of Dravid/Rahane. The other shouldn't even be in the team.

  • POSTED BY suma0021 on | May 23, 2013, 1:51 GMT

    Way to go Rajsthan under the leadership of none other than legend of the game, Rahul Dravid. As said, they always find someone to stand up to take the responsibility.The team is well balanced and covers all bases except spin. They could get a spinner in various ways: Bring in 1. Badri in place of Cooper. 2. Shah and Singh in place of Cooper and Yagnik. 3. Menaria in place of Yagnik -- not solving the spin problem properly, but at least filling the hole created by Yagnik hopefully.

    If they bring one spinner against MI, they have a fair chance to go to the final. If they win toss and bat, the chance will increase up to 60-70%.

  • POSTED BY RoyalGladiator on | May 23, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    i see many of my dear frends pouring with appreciations o SRH team to take the game till the end, giving a fight.... few also blaming White for his obnoxious captaincy..... but somehow i don't understand why nobody sees the brilliance RR showed today... over the past one week, the entire team has been goin through mental trauma after the spot-fixing scam pushed them to the wall.... they fought their way out nd very much deserved this win.... all through the season, each player has given his input to the success of the team... the best example of a team game could be given on RRs games..... with all limited resources Dravid skillfully utilised his armour.... this was a slow pitch where batting was not that easy as it looked.. SRH has been known for his powerpack bowling, nd dis was juss the right pitch for the, still RR showed their metal (this time in the form of Hodge) that they have one or the other Royal to do it for them... the history is gonna get repeated after 5 yrs... halla bol

  • POSTED BY aletheia on | May 22, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    The top-50 run getters who have scored more than 150 runs this season thus far, guess where Vihari stands ? 50th position with a strike rate of 86.69 !!!! Only Kallis with a strike rate of 96.58 is the other under-100 strike rate. Wonder what SRH think-tank has to say about this. SRH should target aggressive domestic batsmen like Ambati Rayudu and Kedhar Jadhav in the auction for next year.Expecting bowlers to win the matches all the times is not a wise option.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | May 22, 2013, 22:44 GMT

    More than today's game, I just loved the way Dravid put MI under pressure with the underdogs vs big names tag. I then loved how he reacted to Manjrekar's comment that Dravid likes the underdogs tag and so that much less pressure - It's not what I like Sanjay. Just look at the facts, the names, money and then going on to say anything less than a tournament win is a failure for MI OR CSK with those big names and money. Take a bow Dravid! You Rock! Halla Bol Halla Bol...........

  • POSTED BY Adonis.. on | May 22, 2013, 22:10 GMT

    Good job RR.. One opponent is down. Need bigger punch to Big boys of MI. Have to give the Pollard treatment back to arrogant Pollard..

    Well played Hodgy.. enjoyed ur celebrations..

    Go RR all the way.. Hallabol..

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 22:07 GMT

    please replace Kevon Cooper for Samuel Badree!! Eden Gardens is spinners paradise. RR dont have any quality spinners in their side exept Badree. there is Hogg as well but he seems to be without form. Badree could be the key for the Championship!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 22, 2013, 22:02 GMT

    @SC13159, yesterday's pitch wasn't like wankhede it was like the one you get in Banglore!

    Wankhede pitch supports swing bowlers...and yesterday's pitch wasn't doing that!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Fantastic innings by Hodge!! Watson had the match in control till the catch by Sammy...Yagnik and Binny played poor shots ...For the next match maybe Samson can be wicket-keeper and the best remaining specialist batsman (Menaria/Baby/Goswami) in the squad can be chosen in Yagnik's spot. Other option is to choose Owais Shah and a domestic bowler (Harmeet Singh) in place of Cooper and Yagnik.

  • POSTED BY psubbu79 on | May 22, 2013, 21:44 GMT

    Well played RR and SRH. I think RR has some really respected players who have been excellent ambassadors of the game. They don't deserve what has transpired across the last week. But they do deserve this result. I see RR beating MI here! Go Dravid! Go RR!!

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 22, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    4th placed team is out. Next out will be 3rd placed team. 1st v 2nd in the finals and 1st will win the trophy.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 22, 2013, 21:38 GMT

    @Suresh Reddy ; Dude, it was White who made a mess of it by not using his bowlers efficiently. He used only 3 overs of Perera n Ishant each n lost the game. No captain in the right mind would use Sammy for the final over. Sammy is a very predictable bowler. He has neither variations which Perera possesses nor the pace which Ishant possesses. Hodge knew exactly what Sammy was gonna deliver n launched the ball into the night sky. If Sanga had led the team, he would have made right decisions. Its not about winning or losing. Its about making right choices other than waiting for a miracle as White has done in all previous games.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 22, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    @SpeedCricketThrills in both the cases you chose the obvious......

  • POSTED BY Rally_Windies on | May 22, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    aye...

    Sammy is no good at death......

    poor captaincy ......

    Sammy is WI captain ! Captain of World Champion 20/20 team....

    & Captain Darren Sammy would never give Bowler Darren Sammy to bowl the last over to defend 10 runs ...

    (same goes for Rampaul - but I digress , 'tis not important in the context of this comment)

  • POSTED BY aletheia on | May 22, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    Great effort by SRH in making a tight contest.As always, the bowlers did a great job but there were not enough runs on board. SRH was 20 runs short in this game.SRH has to address its top-order mess.They need good batsmen to score freely at one down such as Samantray. I am sure even Hyderabad local team would not send Vihari at one down for the domestic matches.I feel that perhaps SRH needs a better mentor like Robin Singh who can better understand the local players.SRH should also have given some chances to Ravi Teja.Hopefully, they will learn from their mistakes for CLT20 qualifiers.

  • POSTED BY ThilankaK on | May 22, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    I told in this page before play start NO SANGA = NO WIN , because this is not a league match , this is knock out stage & this is semis , BIG match need a BIG player no if & buts , If sanga was there thisara will ball 18 & 20th & stayn will 17th & 19th & NO SANGA = NO WIN .

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | May 22, 2013, 21:25 GMT

    @addsmiles Two different pitches were used. yesterday's pitch was more like wankhede than chepauk. Today's pitch was like Hyderabad pitch. I don't know who advises the curator. May be they toss the coin.

  • POSTED BY Ahgg on | May 22, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    congrats to RR on the win and kudos to srh for the gallant fight. Guess even the most die hard srh fan knew deep inside they will probably not go all the way due to the "very weak" batting line up. Just a word about people saying who should have bowled which over and giving various reasons for the defeat. Guys let it go the best team on the day won. Everyone played their part but RR was better than them today. Maybe white could have kept steyn for the penultimate over but then again who knows. One thing is srh need to look at next season and make some important decisions. I would like to see them getting uthappa, yuvraj, bhuvnesh and finch. Retain Perera, steyn and sammy. Drop sanga, vihari and white!!!

  • POSTED BY PuranV on | May 22, 2013, 21:18 GMT

    It was a Royal finish by Hodge, I expected SH might win. It was good game equally balanced and made tough for both the teams. Good to see Royal's against mighty MI, as Rahul said there will mighty pressure for MI and they have lost two previous games. MI early wickets and Pollard wicket might through RR into finals. If RR qualifies in the finals then CSK might have pressure to keep the title. Good luck Dravid.

  • POSTED BY skWeb on | May 22, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Congrats to Royals. This win will definitely boost their confidence going into the game against MI. Love to see RR in the finals against CSK. Fitting for Hodge to be the hero. What a nice guy on and off the field. Hollywood please take note of this charming macho man.

    Cheer up SRH fans. Your team gave your dying fan base a huge lift and won over all the fans across teams for their never die effort. Thanks to your team, we witnessed lot of great games in this season. Just follow CSK model and retain as much players as possible. In the long run, team bonding and unity will triumph more than flair/star power. Good luck on your next season - love, CSK fan.

  • POSTED BY csk_sj on | May 22, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    RR has two match winners in Watson and Hodge. They've shown that they can beat MI and CSK. If MI chokes as usual, Dhoni better watch out!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    I dont know why H Vihary got this much chances in IPL 2013 even though his strike rate is just above 90. He had hit only one six in his 24 Twenty 20 matches so far he played. Not a good hitter of the ball but he played all the matches and that may be the reason for Sunriser's poor performance in batting.

  • POSTED BY Herath-UK on | May 22, 2013, 20:57 GMT

    Wonder why Sanga did not captain the team which was probably decisive in their loss today.Was he becoming more altruistic & wanting to show leadership qualities though in such a crucial knockout game I would have thought the coach & the team decided otherwise.I hope the rest he gained in fact will be helpful when the Lankans come here for the Champion trophy;blessings in disguise! Ranil Herath - Kent

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    When is this IPL thing going to be over? Apparently, nobody cares about it outside India. Senseless back to back matches with non-stop hit and a miss, I mean come on now. Its hard to find any English, Aussie, Sri Lankan, Pakistani, South African or even Bengali cricket fans who follow IPL regularly. No offense to cricket lovers in India, but I am pretty sure even they miss the good old international cricket.

  • POSTED BY warun_sharma on | May 22, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    OH WHITE ! WHY ?? Not Ishant Sharma in last over , he's a GENUINE fast bowler with yokers & slow balls !!! this is 2nd time It happened ! sorry for sammy ( my man of the match ) & with out him it was over by 15th over. special thanks to THISARA PERERA who done well for my team !!

  • POSTED BY ddr3 on | May 22, 2013, 20:36 GMT

    lol i guess RR were lucky that Brad Hodge played such a good innings that too when he was allowed to come in as a 7 Down..when literally he was the lone hitter left for them?

    Brad Hodge should have been in at no.5 any-day i guess...had the target been 150 or 160 RR would have lost it with ease!

    gotta say DRAVID's tactics to play Brad Hodge as late as possible will back-fire sooner or later!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    @baseballsucks - arey enough with supporting sanga blindly. Criticize the players & team for performing badly but dont say another player wouldve made huge difference. Sanga was in horrible form & thats why he was dropped, no other reason than that. If he was playing well then white wouldve been out. I agree with you that he shouldve held steyn back 1 more over instead of using him in 15th & 17th over. Sammy bowled well up till that point in the match giving 15 runs in 3 overs & getting 2 wicket - both bowled. Ishant bowled 3 overs for 31 runs so he was leaking runs. Plus 10 off last over in t20 isnt much when a player is on song that day. Same thing happened in last over vs csk with dhoni hitting 15 runs & pollard hitting perera & mishra for 50 runs in 2 overs. The bowlers got rid of all the dangerous batsmen but 132 is 6.6rpo which is slightly more than run a ball. It wasnt hard target to get.

  • POSTED BY sanji23 on | May 22, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    @Ajith Peethambaran:Sanju played an important role today.he formed a partnership with hodge and stabilized the innings.

  • POSTED BY starincricket on | May 22, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Its probably one of the tight match and last over finish this session. Because of Eliminator there was huge pressue between SRH and RR, Finally RR made count. Good to see Brad hodge showing good after sometime, This should alert MI and CSK straightaway for sure.

    Two Stunning instance change the course of this game. Sammy run out in the first innings and Watson's catch by Sammy.. That was wonderful to watch and changed it dramatically,

    It looked in the end, Sammy would be tight enough and the match ll go till the last ball.. If that happened , then it would be highly tight game of the session so far...

    But , Well played SRH, and thanks for tight finish.. and Congrats RR who ll play MMI (mightyMI) :) in the qualify 2.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I did not expect SRH to pass Delhi test, with the batting they had, but Well played, with the score of 135, only SRH bowlers could take that to 20th over. Is it going to be a repeat of IPL 1 final or MI will make use of the second chance they get this IPL? RR with No spinners on Kolkatta pitch is a tough one. Sachin or Ponting should play for MI to steady the innings.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:23 GMT

    Loss was expected putting up a low total like 132, bit of blame on dhawan for not picking up the pace as he had faced 39 balls but scoring only 33. Vihari once again failed & brought his SR down, 241 runs from 278 balls. I dont think any uncapped player in ipl history has gotten such a nice run at the top order after consistent failures(only had 2-3 games noteworthy). They shouldve sent biplap, white,sammy ahead of him. If hes on the team next year I hope to god he improves his SR as for ipl6 its a horrible 86.69, for batting 1 down its doom if chasing a big total. The bowlers did well but it was a bit too much to ask to defend below 140 score for 11th time in 17 matches especially t20. Batsmen have been biggest weak link, hope to get someone above avg. Even robin uthappa would be great to have or yuvraj singh. I hope aksat reddy improves next year I liked his aggressiveness, ashish showed some good hitting, biplap was better than vihari, k. sharma was good find. Good luck RR!!

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | May 22, 2013, 20:21 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks. I agree with you mate. Sammy is just a medium pacer. No one prefers to bowl a medium pacer in the death overs. Ishant should have bowled the last bowler as he got some pace. Sammy doesnt even bowl in the death overs for WI.

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 22, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    this is how CSK used to be 4 or 5 years ago....all small timers expcept couple of known players.....sheer team work...stick together and don't change the team too much SRH will be formidable in the future.....

  • POSTED BY JaadooSapra on | May 22, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    The way RR clawed back was remarkable. I agree with Rahul Dravid that all the pressure and the weight of expectations is on MI. Hope RR puts it across them and then CSK

  • POSTED BY addsmiles on | May 22, 2013, 20:18 GMT

    Somebody please explain, why would the curator create two absolutely different surfaces at the same venue? One an absolute batting paradise (which blunted MI attached and suited CSK) and another a slow turner and a replica of what we have in HYD, admitted by White at the toss (which suited SRH and almost won them the game before a Hodge blinder). Is it just me or does anyone else smell something fishy here?

  • POSTED BY Provost on | May 22, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    Is this the same pitch as yesterday? MI 144, SRH 132 and RR 135 (that too in the last over)....but CSK 192/1 ..how? as many people in this message board suggest it may be CSK's mediocre batting line up or simply "lucky"...

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:11 GMT

    Once Aus team was overflowing with talent so they sidelined palyers like Bevan and hodge,etc.. now they did they same mistake with huss! looking at their performances they both can still play for Aus..Wake up Aus selection commity!

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | May 22, 2013, 20:06 GMT

    How come RR had substitute fielders on for their 2 weakest fielders ? that Sammy run out changed the game I know it seems to be legal but someone really needs to look into this it doesn't seem in the spirit to me especially in T20 players don't need to be going off the field ! Discuss . . .

  • POSTED BY Parkunanyuvi on | May 22, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Hodge shown his experience of cricket!

    Halla bol \m/

  • POSTED BY Narabavi on | May 22, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    Poor captaincy & playing half fit Ishant Sharma cost the match for Sun Risers.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    What a clinical performance by RR. Hodge delivered in at the crunch situation. However the best was what Dravid said and the way it was said at the post match ceremony, there was aggression and sheer dedication

    Halla Bol !!!!

  • POSTED BY KallisTheGreatest on | May 22, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Both teams fought hard & better team won ! Bit smarter captaincy from White should've made the difference. Most notable mistakes are,1. Bowling three straight overs from half fit Ishant Sharma( 3rd one cost nearly 20 runs) 2.removing Kiran Sharma from the attack just after the wicket of dangerous Shane Watson & asking him to bowl again when Hodge started to get going. 3.Not using Perera's full quota (he bowls beautifully today.better than Steyn to be honest).

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Sunrisers never deserved to there in the first place. Exception being Dale Steyn and Dhawan. Knocking out my team RCB, RP Singh being the detriment.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:57 GMT

    This match showed what International experience is all about. While Hodge, Watto, Sammy, White, Dhavan, Steyn, Perera performed well, the over hyped new gen players like Yagnik, Sanju, Karan and co failed miserably. Look at Sanju who consumed 21 balls for 10 and finally got out for a Steyn beauty! For Champions Trophy atleast India can practice on Dharmasala which is closer to English conditions rather the usual hot and humid flat tracks of Chennai.

  • POSTED BY Baseball-Sucks on | May 22, 2013, 19:54 GMT

    I hope that all the "White fans" are still here. Probably everybody wishes if Sanga had led the team by now. Captain White showed how to lose a winnable match. That's what happens when you let a mediocre cricketer to lead the team on crucial games. He completely lost the plot after the 15th over. After the 15th over, Steyn had 2 overs, Perera had 3 overs and Ishant had 1 over left. How in the world could someone mess that up ? As soon as Hodge hit those 3 sixes, White completely lost it. Even after he messed it up, he could still give last over to Ishant coz Ishant is one of their main bowlers. That's the most logical decision White could make.There was no need to gamble with Sammy who isn't a death bowler at all. In a crucial situation like that, you don't go gambling. You go for your best bowlers. Its a pretty bad way for SRH to exit specially when they had it right bag. Btw Dhawan's slow batting was also a factor.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    After a horrific week the Royals fans needed something to hold on to.. Thank You Brad Hodge for entertaining us.. Sorry Sunrisers Hyderabad, in the end, the match was decided by who needed it more badly.. Thank You Brad Hodge.. Thank You Very Much..

  • POSTED BY dayada on | May 22, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    That is how it gone. wonderful game of cricket

  • POSTED BY lakjak on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Now it is a battle between Junior (Rhoit), Senior (Dhoni) and Super Senior ( Dravid ).

  • POSTED BY SpeedCricketThrills on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    My prediction in the comments box of Cricinfo Preview on Qualifier 1 turned out to be true. My prediction on Eliminator has also turned out to be true.

    Wait for my prediction on Qualifier 2

    :-)

  • POSTED BY Abitha on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Well played Hodge. A score of 130+ in a play off is not enough., but SRH fought gallently till the last over. It is going to be a SEA OF BLUES IN THE NEXT MATCH!!!!! Let the better team win Kashinath

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    "FINALY THE SUN SETS...." u may have lost this knockout but u hav definetly won the respect.. waiting for u to rise again my dear SRH- luv u

  • POSTED BY nagkings11 on | May 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Hodge class with the combination of power....dravid said they are under dogs for qualifier 2 ...so they are enjoying the game

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Sunrisers has played with complete team work throughout the season. It has made its mark. Match was with SRH except until hodge releases his first 50 of this season from his stock. Sunrisers are the best team with bowling attack they have.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Feeling bad for Steyn and Sammy. but happy for my god of cricket Rahul Dravid. Just wish this was final instead of eliminator. Love the way underdogs like RR, SRH and KXIP have performed this season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Brad Hodge is the most experienced T20 player on this planet with the highest number of runs in this format and he proved that he is a true 'Victorian' when it comes to the decisive moments. He is truly one of the most underrated player who never got his due recognition from his Country. Hopefully he can achieve all that with the Royals. Dravid said that a team comes together in the face of adversity and his boys proved him right tonight :) Royals is definitely a MoneyBall team as Dravid mentioned and hope they go on to achieve what Oakland Athletics couldn't achieve. Warnie would be truly proud today!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    What an epic chapter in the club's history for Rajasthan Royals! They might be chided, insulted, drubbed, questioned and ridiculed off the field but they are champions on the field and they proved it today. Since the Shane Warne days the team has an unparalleled spirit to fight and Rahul Dravid has carried it forward :) Everybody is discussing the quantum of punishment for the 3 Royals' players and those 3 deserve everything that is going to come to them. But nobody has given a thought about the coaching staff and the skipper of Royals who lost 3 important players in a crucial phase of the tournament. Although the 3 should never play Cricket again, they were important for Royals' plans on the field. Even after losing them Royals progress ahead, its a true testament to the scouts of Royals who have players to replace the tainted trio. The trauma that Royals' players have experienced in the last fortnight would have been excruciating but this victory would have been the sweetest.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    2 teams considered underdogs have sure come a long way. That is the beauty of the T20 format

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 22, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    2 teams considered underdogs have sure come a long way. That is the beauty of the T20 format

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:30 GMT

    What an epic chapter in the club's history for Rajasthan Royals! They might be chided, insulted, drubbed, questioned and ridiculed off the field but they are champions on the field and they proved it today. Since the Shane Warne days the team has an unparalleled spirit to fight and Rahul Dravid has carried it forward :) Everybody is discussing the quantum of punishment for the 3 Royals' players and those 3 deserve everything that is going to come to them. But nobody has given a thought about the coaching staff and the skipper of Royals who lost 3 important players in a crucial phase of the tournament. Although the 3 should never play Cricket again, they were important for Royals' plans on the field. Even after losing them Royals progress ahead, its a true testament to the scouts of Royals who have players to replace the tainted trio. The trauma that Royals' players have experienced in the last fortnight would have been excruciating but this victory would have been the sweetest.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Brad Hodge is the most experienced T20 player on this planet with the highest number of runs in this format and he proved that he is a true 'Victorian' when it comes to the decisive moments. He is truly one of the most underrated player who never got his due recognition from his Country. Hopefully he can achieve all that with the Royals. Dravid said that a team comes together in the face of adversity and his boys proved him right tonight :) Royals is definitely a MoneyBall team as Dravid mentioned and hope they go on to achieve what Oakland Athletics couldn't achieve. Warnie would be truly proud today!

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    Feeling bad for Steyn and Sammy. but happy for my god of cricket Rahul Dravid. Just wish this was final instead of eliminator. Love the way underdogs like RR, SRH and KXIP have performed this season.

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:35 GMT

    Sunrisers has played with complete team work throughout the season. It has made its mark. Match was with SRH except until hodge releases his first 50 of this season from his stock. Sunrisers are the best team with bowling attack they have.

  • POSTED BY nagkings11 on | May 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    Hodge class with the combination of power....dravid said they are under dogs for qualifier 2 ...so they are enjoying the game

  • POSTED BY on | May 22, 2013, 19:38 GMT

    "FINALY THE SUN SETS...." u may have lost this knockout but u hav definetly won the respect.. waiting for u to rise again my dear SRH- luv u

  • POSTED BY Abitha on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Well played Hodge. A score of 130+ in a play off is not enough., but SRH fought gallently till the last over. It is going to be a SEA OF BLUES IN THE NEXT MATCH!!!!! Let the better team win Kashinath

  • POSTED BY SpeedCricketThrills on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    My prediction in the comments box of Cricinfo Preview on Qualifier 1 turned out to be true. My prediction on Eliminator has also turned out to be true.

    Wait for my prediction on Qualifier 2

    :-)

  • POSTED BY lakjak on | May 22, 2013, 19:39 GMT

    Now it is a battle between Junior (Rhoit), Senior (Dhoni) and Super Senior ( Dravid ).