Indian Premier League, 8th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders at Jaipur, Apr 8, 2013
Rajasthan Royals won by 19 runs
8 April 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Watson and Rahane out to open, Lee has the new ball

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7.30 pm Gambhir wins the toss and KKR will bowl

Watson is warming up ... with a white ball in his hand. Of course, four overs should not be a stretch for the reluctant Test bowler. Kapil Dev on air isn't impressed at all, saying how can you not bowl for your country and bowl here. Though Watson's problem is the format, and not the team, Kapil says in his days, one didn't go, 'I'll bowl only three-four overs.'

Shane Watson is back, Shaun Tait is also in, they replace Kusal Perera and Samuel Badree. Perera going out means they have to bring in an Indian keeper, Dishant Yagnik comes in, and Ashok Menaria has to sit out

KKR go in with the same four overseas players from their first game - Kallis, Morgan, Lee and Narine. One local change, Shami Ahmed replaces Balaji

Rahul Dravid: "Was a severe case of cramping [against Delhi], have always had a tendency to sweat, it is just a matter of managing my fluid intake."


James: "Kapil is being a bit harsh. I presume Watson would bowl for Aus in T20 (nad ODI's?). The same problem applies to both Tait and Malinga, so it's not just Watson. English and defending Watson: whatever next!?!" Nice warm-up for the Ashes, James

Avi: "If Watson bowls today, he is certainly going to produce more criticism(if not pace) for himself."

yogi: "You've got to admire kapil's straight forwardness..i can't imagine any other "pundit" bringing that up."

Gonzo: "I also have to monitor my 'fluid intake' during IPL games, in my case it's beer though. Works for me as I don't get cramping problems like Dravid."

vamshi: "That means there is no spinner in the Xl for RR? May be Hodge needs to roll over his arm tonight...." It also tells you how the teams are expecting the pitch to play, KKR have brought in the quicker Shami Ahmed for Balaji

Shail: "its long time since we have seen YK Pathan anihilating the bowlers! Supporting RR today, I hope today is not THAT day !"

AJ: "Good luck to both teams, but even more so to RR, for some reason(even though they won the 1st IPL) i always seem to think they are underdogs going in to any match, and as always want the under dogs to upset the big dogs! Perhaps PWI are giving them a good fight for that tag though." AJ, for being the underdogs, PWI have to turn up first

Kathan Shah: "Been supporting RR since IPL 1 and currently we are missing spinning allrounders like Yusuf and Jadeja who played crucial part in 1st season"

7.15 pm Game number eight, Rajasthan v defending champions Kolkata, one captain coming back to cricket after a long break, one captain looking to re-establish himself in the national side

Rajasthan's first game of the season at Sawai Mansingh this night

Aditya: "Time for Ajinkya to show the mongrel and demonstrate what he is really made of. Go Rahane."

Mueid mubi: "This ipl season seems to be balanced equally between bat and ball, nice to watch these type of pitches in india"

Aarohi Shetty: "Another mouth-watering clash in the making. It is going to be amazing to watch Dravid vs Brett Lee face-off"

Fantasy is the world to be in these days. Here's Anik: "Never expected Kushal Perera and Rajat Bhatia to feature in my Fantasy team.Hope they dont disappoint..Go Young Srilankan and a Veterean Delhite..."

Ross Lawson: "Been looking forward to this game for a while - two superb teams with strong overseas talent as well as Indian legends."

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Lee to Watson, no run, pitched up around middle and leg, Watson brings bat around pad to work it down to mid on


Lee to Watson, no run, loud, long lbw appeal from Lee, that has nipped in from back of a length and caught Watson high above the knee roll, going down leg, and too high


Lee to Watson, no run, short and angled down leg, Watson revs up for the pull, but he's not found much connection on that, just enough to be denied the wide call, ball goes on the bounce to the keeper

Watso is having a change of bats, maybe he as miffed at having missed that pull


Lee to Watson, 1 wide, quick, short, sharp from Lee, but again moving down the leg side

Firdaus Mohandas: "Ahh.....watching Lee bowl. I knew there was SOME reason I put on the TV."


Lee to Watson, no run, tries to drive a straight length ball, and mistimes it off the inner part of the blade, there is some pace in this surface


Lee to Watson, no run, right on middle and off, 141.4 kph, says the speed gun, warning: believe it at your own peril, Watson bends low to block


Lee to Watson, no run, the ball is flying around here, short of a length, zipping away, Watson tries to upper cut, misses

End of over 1 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 1/0 (RR: 1.00)

    • SR Watson 0 (6b)
    • AM Rahane 0 (0b)
    • B Lee 1-0-1-0

Viral Patel: "Are we playing at Jaipur or WACA?"

priyank: "I have same opinion as of Kapil paaji. If Watson can bowl 4 overs here, then he surely could have managed a few in the test matches against India to try to give break through when indian batting line up was mauling the bowlers"


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, no run, pitched up, swinging away widish, Rahane cannot connect as he reaches out


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, 1 run, angled in, straightening outside off, Rahane on the back foot and softly runs it towards point, they take the single after considerable pondering

Karthik: "Refreshing to see a green top!! Nothing can beat the sight a fast bowler running in fast!" Not exactly a green top, Karthik, but I share your thrill


Mohammed Shami to Watson, 1 run, wow, confusion, collision, Rahane just about manages to reach the other end with a slide on one leg, nudged to leg, they take off, first Rahane has to get past the bowler, who is rushing towards the ball, then Watson crashes into him, well done, little Rahane, for recovering from that


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, 2 runs, punched solidly, ball is coming on, and there should be lots of these today, cover saves the four with a dive


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, 1 run, into the pads now, and Rahane, in bread-and-butter fashion, turns it behind square leg


Mohammed Shami to Watson, no run, Watson plonks front foot out and flays this length ball down the ground, but mid off is in the way

End of over 2 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • SR Watson 1 (8b)
    • AM Rahane 4 (4b)
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-5-0
    • B Lee 1-0-1-0

bhaskar: "Why don't you guys understand, we all work based on what we get paid"


Lee to Rahane, 1 leg bye, that's got to be very close, Aleem Dar ingnores Lee's shout, and signals leg bye, Rahane was struck quite high with the incoming length ball, replays show


Lee to Watson, FOUR, Watson likes the pace onto his bat, he plants front foot forward and across, and blasts a widish length ball over extra cover


Lee to Watson, OUT, he goes for the shot again, but this time, he's hit it straight to short extra cover, didn't get hold of it, got it off the toe end

SR Watson c Morgan b Lee 5 (13m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Rahul Dravid walks in

Bhavesh Kotak: "all this hoo-haa while watson hasn't bowled yet. what if he doesn't bowl :)"


Lee to Dravid, no run, pitched up towards the stumps Dravid pats it to mid on


Lee to Dravid, 1 run, rather too wide from Lee, and moving further away, Dravid stretches to it and awkwardly cuts, backward point dives and takes pace off it


Lee to Rahane, 1 run, wide again from Lee, Rahane reaches for it and steers it in the air down to third man, that flew to the fielder, pace in the desert, well, on the edge of it

End of over 3 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 13/1 (RR: 4.33)

    • AM Rahane 5 (6b)
    • R Dravid 1 (2b)
    • B Lee 2-0-7-1
    • Mohammed Shami 1-0-5-0

Mohammed Shami to Rahane, no run, he's just had a loose waft at this length ball not far from off, inside edge onto pad


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, FOUR, stand and smash, Rahane gets a widish back of a length ball and sends it rocketing past cover


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, FOUR, he tried this against Lee, and does it now again, widish length ball swinging away, Rahane waits for it, goes forward, bends, opens the face and runs it to the third man rope


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, no run, wide line from KKR once again, Rahane eyes the cover region but misses this time


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, no run, reaching forward to the line of a fullish one, pushes it to extra cover


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, no run, beaten again, moving away from a good length, Rahane tries a weak punch off the back foot

Dan the Man: "@bhaskar, if your jemployers pay for your training (ie surgery, physio's, etc in the case of Watson) then they have a right to expect to see some return from it. And thats not even including having a little bit of patriotism. Not willing to put his body on the line for his country is rather cowardly"

End of over 4 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 21/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • AM Rahane 13 (12b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 1 (2b)
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-13-0
    • B Lee 2-0-7-1

Lee to Dravid, no run, tests Dravid with a pitched up ball that is angled in and then holds the line, Dravid carefully follows the line and leans forward to block


Lee to Dravid, no run, misses this full one on the pad, and bangs wrist onto bat in disappointment


Lee to Dravid, no run, slower one now, Dravid goes reaching forward, waits and plays it out to point

James: "Watson's bat broke twice in three overs. You'd think with all that money RR are paying him he'd buy some better equipment."


Lee to Dravid, 2 runs, width for the cut, and Dravid delays the stroke for an instant to get the placement to backward point's left, but the fielder reaches there with a dive


Lee to Dravid, no run, this came in a tad from back of a length, Dravid was making some room on leg, and adjusted to push to covers


Lee to Dravid, FOUR, this time he makes sure another one on the pads does not go unpunished, sends it racing into the fine leg rope with a quick turn of the wrists

End of over 5 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 27/1 (RR: 5.40)

    • R Dravid 7 (8b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 13 (12b 2x4)
    • B Lee 3-0-13-1
    • Mohammed Shami 2-0-13-0

Damodara: "Yesterday somebody said on cricinfo that there is NO ART in today's players batting. I strongly recommend them to watch Dravid playing - THE CUT SHOT... Master at work.."

Narine comes on


Narine to Rahane, 1 run, tossed up and turning in from outside off, nudged off the front foot to short fine


Narine to Dravid, no run, good length and straightish, punched off the back foot to covers


Narine to Dravid, 2 runs, lunges forward and turns an tossed up offspinner past short midwicket's dive


Narine to Dravid, no run, right forward again to defend to the bowler with a straight bat


Narine to Dravid, 1 run, this rushes in from a length, he rocks back and opens the face, he's timed it well, but Gambhir is quick to dive to his left at point


Narine to Rahane, FOUR, now Rahane lunges out and slogs, cleanly over midwicket

End of over 6 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 35/1 (RR: 5.83)

    • AM Rahane 18 (14b 3x4)
    • R Dravid 10 (12b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 1-0-8-0
    • B Lee 3-0-13-1

Aakash Desai: "Attaboy, James! You're back to attacking Watto rather than defending him!"

JH Kallis, great allrounder, ageless wonder, incomparable talent from outter space comes on


Kallis to Dravid, no run, back of a length, pushed to mid off


Kallis to Dravid, no run, forward to drive to extra cover

Now Dravid is not happy with his bat


Kallis to Dravid, 1 leg bye, misses one on the pad again, takes the leg bye


Kallis to Rahane, 1 run, crisp punch off the back foot, the kind of noise that reverberates around the ground, sweeper is in place though


Kallis to Dravid, FOUR, slower one, pitched up, Dravid has stretched the front foot out to the line, and driven it neatly past extra cover, no chance for the man sweeping


Kallis to Dravid, 1 run, squeezed past point for a single

End of over 7 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • R Dravid 15 (17b 2x4)
    • AM Rahane 19 (15b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-6-0
    • SP Narine 1-0-8-0

Ravinder: "We all talked about Ponting Sachin batting together now how about Kallis bowling to Dravid,two other legends of the modern game."


Bhatia to Dravid, 1 run, good length, worked off the pad through square leg


Bhatia to Rahane, 1 run, pops it in the air as he tries to punch down to long off, no harm done in the end as it's wide of extra cover


Bhatia to Dravid, 1 run, really slow from Bhatia, widish, Dravid has to wait an age for it to arrive and is disappointed that he's bashed it straight to the sweeper


Bhatia to Rahane, 1 run, this comes in now and bounces on Rahane, got quite big on him in the end, he angles it off the glove to short third


Bhatia to Dravid, OUT, Bhatia's broken through, straight length ball on the stumps, Dravid reaches forward eyeing midwicket, big gap between bat and pad and the ball sneaks through

R Dravid b Bhatia 17 (22m 20b 2x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

venkatakrishnan: "@Ravinder, Kallis bowling to Dravid has happened many a times in international cricket, but Sachin & Ponting batting together never and hence it is definitely a worth watching pair."


Bhatia to Binny, no run, this bounced too, from a good length, Binny surprised as he comes forward to block

End of over 8 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 46/2 (RR: 5.75)

    • STR Binny 0 (1b)
    • AM Rahane 21 (17b 3x4)
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-6-0

Kallis to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face to run a widish length ball to third man


Kallis to Binny, no run, drives but off the inner part of the bat, straight back to the bowler

ARSALAN: "That must have reminded Dravid of Australia Tour.. #horror#"


Kallis to Binny, 1 run, lifts from back of a length, he rides the bounce, and runs it down to third man


Kallis to Rahane, 1 run, dabbed down to third man again


Kallis to Binny, no run, tries to hook a sharp bouncer dug into the him, too quick for him


Kallis to Binny, FOUR, wide, short, and he pings the deep point boundary with a well-placed cut

End of over 9 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 53/2 (RR: 5.88)

    • STR Binny 5 (5b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 23 (19b 3x4)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-13-0
    • R Bhatia 1-0-4-1

Jit V: "Bhatia is really good. I wonder why he never got to play for India at least in ODIs especially given shortage of all rounders who can bowl at least medium fast?!?...and to think that Joginder Sharma played for India but not Bhatia is a bit painfull."


Bhatia to Rahane, 1 run, slower one cutting away from Bhatia, dabbed to short third


Bhatia to Binny, FOUR, slight width, and he opens the face into the gap past short third man


Bhatia to Binny, no run, that came in, from a length, around off stump, Binny was coming forward and adjusts to turn it to leg


Bhatia to Binny, FOUR, crashed over extra cover. Binny doing it again for RR, Bhatia offers width at slow pace, and Binny gets to the line to send it soaring


Bhatia to Binny, no run, hello, that has taken off from a good length, fortunately for Binny it was moving away outside off, he was able to withdraw the bat


Bhatia to Binny, 1 run, cautious in coming forward now, runs it down to third man

End of over 10 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 63/2 (RR: 6.30)

    • STR Binny 14 (10b 3x4)
    • AM Rahane 24 (20b 3x4)
    • R Bhatia 2-0-14-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-13-0

Naveen: "Like this Bhatia guy.Most underrated player, who contributes in every department of game, but yet never makes headlines. Sad. He deserves more." Which is why the IPL means so much to him


Shukla to Binny, OUT, that is gone, Aleem Dar raises the finger immediately, and Shukla has struck first ball, with one angled in, Binny caught in the crease as it nipped in further

STR Binny lbw b Shukla 14 (12m 11b 3x4 0x6) SR: 127.27


Shukla to Hodge, FOUR, first ball he gets some width and runs a cut past backward point and wide of third man


Shukla to Hodge, no run, straight and rising outside off, left alone


Shukla to Hodge, no run


Shukla to Hodge, no run, pitched up, towards the stumps, patted down the pitch


Shukla to Hodge, no run, fine line, sharp good length ball no far from off, Hodge flags it through

End of over 11 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/3 (RR: 6.09)

    • BJ Hodge 4 (5b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 24 (20b 3x4)
    • LR Shukla 1-0-4-1
    • R Bhatia 2-0-14-1

Narine back

ARSALAN: "One such underrated Bowler was Ashish Winston Zaidi.. A huge domestic name but didnt get a chance to represent India especially when India was devoid of good pacers and tried many like Kuruvilla, Harvinder Singh etc."


Narine to Rahane, 1 run, forward to a tossed up ball and runs it to third man


Narine to Hodge, no run, quicker and fuller and moving away outside off, Hodge is beaten as he goes after it


Narine to Hodge, 1 run, comes forward to one floated up full, inside edged to square leg


Narine to Rahane, no run, good length, on off, he is back and across to block to the bowler


Narine to Rahane, no run, forward now and pushes it softly to the bowler, not taking chances against Narine


Narine to Rahane, no run, another dot ball, straightens outside off, Rahane steers it to point

End of over 12 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 69/3 (RR: 5.75)

    • AM Rahane 25 (24b 3x4)
    • BJ Hodge 5 (7b 1x4)
    • SP Narine 2-0-10-0
    • LR Shukla 1-0-4-1

Sunil: "I've been hearing about Bhatia right from his Tamil Nadu days . His problem was that right from his younger days he suffered in comparison to Robin Singh ( one reason why he shifted to delhi ) . He was then compared to Agarkar and later Pathan . He lost out each time as the selectors wanted pacy all rounders ( their choice . Don't ask me to explain that )"


Shukla to Hodge, 1 run, walks out and swings at a length ball, edges it down to third man


Shukla to Rahane, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to long on

Gonzo: "Watching Bhatia reminds me of the sign SA fans used for Paul Harris "we've seen your straight one, let's see the one that turns". In this case we've seen his slower ball, let's see the quicker one now."


Shukla to Hodge, 2 runs, angled in fullish, nudged square on the leg side, Hodge makes it back for the second


Shukla to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge gets another one through point, length from Shukla, widish, and he bangs the bat hard down on it, no chance for backward point


Shukla to Hodge, 1 run


Shukla to Rahane, 1 run, leading edge to the sweeper as he tries to turn it to leg off the pads

Zubair: "I dont understand, why Hodge is being avoided as a quality batsman in Australia. He could be a good example for scoring runs on Indian pitches. He could be a legend for Pakistanis if he played for them."

Vishnu: "Bhatia and all is ok. What was the issue with Brad Hodge for Australia? A talent wasted for mysterious reasons."

End of over 13 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 79/3 (RR: 6.07)

    • AM Rahane 27 (26b 3x4)
    • BJ Hodge 13 (11b 2x4)
    • LR Shukla 2-0-14-1
    • SP Narine 2-0-10-0

Ryan: "It's a DDT timeout!"

Vishnu: "KKR should be really careful of his partnership. Rahane and Hodge, once settled, can be damn explosive in the end."

Ground being sprayed with bug-bug-go-away spray, too many of them flying around


Bhatia to Rahane, no run, not much pace to do much with, slaps a length ball back to the bowler


Bhatia to Rahane, 1 run, 92.4 kph says speed gun, Rahane waits and waits and flays it down to long on


Bhatia to Hodge, FOUR, hodge is ready for the slow, back of a length sitter-up, drags a pull easily over midwicket


Bhatia to Hodge, 1 run, comes in, off the pad to short fine leg


Bhatia to Rahane, no run, nice, draws him forward with a fuller length and moves it away, Rahane beaten as he tries to run it to third man


Bhatia to Rahane, 1 run, slow on the pads, turned wide of short fine

End of over 14 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 86/3 (RR: 6.14)

    • AM Rahane 29 (30b 3x4)
    • BJ Hodge 18 (13b 3x4)
    • R Bhatia 3-0-21-1
    • LR Shukla 2-0-14-1

Mohammed Shami to Rahane, SIX, outstanding timing, just outstanding, Shami's pitched it up, Rahane's come forward and pushed it in the air, it's gone like a missile high over extra cover, way into the crowd


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, 1 leg bye, nice reply, hits him on the pads with an incoming length ball, appeal for lbw turned down

If you're visiting Jaipur for this game, and will be sticking around for lunch tomorrow, try a Rajasthani thali or two


Mohammed Shami to Hodge, 1 run, backs away and ends up chopping it towards point


Mohammed Shami to Rahane, 1 run, bends and opens the face to steer it to third man, was aiming to be much squarer in the gap


Mohammed Shami to Hodge, FOUR, dismissed, cracking drive from Hodge, pitched up, he helps himself with a full-blooded swing, to the deep extra cover rope


Mohammed Shami to Hodge, 1 run, down to third man for a single

End of over 15 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 100/3 (RR: 6.66)

    • BJ Hodge 24 (16b 4x4)
    • AM Rahane 36 (33b 3x4 1x6)
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-26-0
    • R Bhatia 3-0-21-1

Narine to Hodge, 1 run, pushes a fullish delivery wide of the sweeper who keeps them to one


Narine to Rahane, OUT, Rahane walks, tries to run it to third man, it is the one that goes away from the right-hander, keeper takes it and goes up immediately, and Rahane walks instantly

AM Rahane c †Bisla b Narine 36 (73m 34b 3x4 1x6) SR: 105.88


Narine to Cooper, no run, pushes a full delivery to extra cover


Narine to Cooper, OUT, Bisla breaks the stumps and runs towards the bowler, appealing loudly, Cooper misses the sweep to an offbreak, and replays show the back foot is on the line, quick work from Bisla

KK Cooper st †Bisla b Narine 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

So Narine doing it again for KKR, what an asset he is in this format

Slip and silly point


Narine to Yagnik, no run, pushes a flighted one to extra cover


Narine to Yagnik, no run, drills a full one back to the bowler

End of over 16 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 101/5 (RR: 6.31)

    • DH Yagnik 0 (2b)
    • BJ Hodge 25 (17b 4x4)
    • SP Narine 3-0-11-2
    • Mohammed Shami 3-0-26-0

Nikhil: "I am sobbing at work. Not because of the score. But for not being able to eat that Rajasthani thali today. I should not have opened that page just before lunch time."

Satwik: "Adding to that article on Rajasthani cuisine, having lived in Jaipur for a decade, I would like to add the Kebab Shop on M.I. Road as a must visit. A small eatery that serves the most delicious Kebabs."


Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, driven to extra cover off the front foot


Kallis to Yagnik, 1 run, goes deep and runs it from close to off down to third man

Andy: "I think KKR made an unsporting tactical decision by purchasing Sachithra Senanayake. They already had a mystery spinner in Narine and Sachithra was quite successful in the Big Bash with his own good variations. With Sachithra's buy KKR effectively denied another team from having an edge. No other logical reason why they bought him. I expect SS to be benched this entire season unless Narine is injured."


Kallis to Hodge, 1 leg bye, gets it off the pads but not much pace on it, and short fine leg fields


Kallis to Yagnik, 1 run, dropped softly to the off side, Morgan runs in from extra cover and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's but Yagnik's made it with a dive

yogi: "Once again he delivers a telling blow when the match is in balance. When he was bought for a high price there were many raised eyebrows how well has he justified his price tag."


Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, pulls a high full toss to deep midwicket


Kallis to Yagnik, no run, tries to arch back and steer it over the keeper but misses the short ball

End of over 17 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 106/5 (RR: 6.23)

    • DH Yagnik 2 (5b)
    • BJ Hodge 27 (20b 4x4)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-17-0
    • SP Narine 3-0-11-2

Lee back

Frankie: "What is it with these Trini vs Trini scenarios???"

Mukul Agrawal: "Comeon...give GAMBHIR some credit for his captaincy...he normally brings NARINE in the 18th and 20th over but today the situation required him early and he brought him for the 16th over and did the trick...way to go GAMBHIR"


Lee to Hodge, no run, they are still bouncing from a good length, widish, he backs away and swings hard, misses


Lee to Hodge, 1 run, clears front leg and slogs a full delivery from the stumps to deep midwicket

Mike: "@Mike, It was not unsporting of KKR to buy SS, but it was a very wise move, they know at some point of time Sunil Narine Mystery is going to sorted by the teams, then they can reveal another mystery for the team to resolve in the form of SS."


Lee to Yagnik, 2 runs, scoops it off the pad over midwicket, man in the deep runs around to field


Lee to Yagnik, 1 leg bye, he walked a mile outside off stump and tried to ramp it over short fine leg, the length ball hit his thigh pad and popped up in that region


Lee to Hodge, FOUR, Hodge squeezes in the boundary, clears front leg again, creates space and swats a back of a length ball between deep midwicket and long on


Lee to Hodge, no run, misses this time, makes room to leg, Lee bangs it in short outside off, and Hodge fails to connect with the swing

End of over 18 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 114/5 (RR: 6.33)

    • BJ Hodge 32 (24b 5x4)
    • DH Yagnik 4 (7b)
    • B Lee 4-0-20-1
    • JH Kallis 3-0-17-0

Narine to Yagnik, 2 runs, short and spinning across the left-hander, he slaps it wide of the sweeper for a couple


Narine to Yagnik, 1 leg bye, he tries to scoop Narine past short fine now, it is on the pads too, but he hasn;t got enough sting on it

Karthik: "I think they should get Rohit Sharma in the next auction. He is the biggest mystery of them all!"


Narine to Hodge, FOUR, that spun in and bounced, completely cramping Hodge, but the veteran adjusts superbly, steering it very late past the keeper


Narine to Hodge, 1 run, carrom ball on off, guided to point for one


Narine to Yagnik, SIX, length ball, Yagnik bends the knee and connects with the slog-sweep, flat and well over deep midwicket's jump


Narine to Yagnik, FOUR, now he gets the reverse sweep going to a full one outside off, successive fours, off Narine, short third man helpless as it races fine past him

Dan: "I think they should get Glenn Maxwell, his continued selection and purchase is a complete mystery!"

End of over 19 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 132/5 (RR: 6.94)

    • DH Yagnik 16 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 37 (26b 6x4)
    • SP Narine 4-0-28-2
    • B Lee 4-0-20-1

Kallis to Hodge, FOUR, yorker inches outside off, but Hodge creates some room with the front leg out of the way and squeezes it between short third man and backward point


Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, OUT, full and slogged out to deep midwicket, Hodge not willing to risk the second, Yagnik hurtling back, he realises Hodge is not interested, and keeps running, and walks back to the dressing room as the throw arrives at the keeper's end

DH Yagnik run out 16 (17m 11b 1x4 1x6) SR: 145.45


Kallis to Sreesanth, 1 bye, Sreesanth dances out and has a huge swing, can't connect, and Hodge rushes through for a bye


Kallis to Hodge, (no ball) 1 run, high full toss, pulled straight to deep square leg, it's called a no-ball for height, just above the waist


Kallis to Sreesanth, 1 run, Sreesanth makes room and goes for glory, an inside edge onto pad is his reward, and Hodge regains strike again


Kallis to Hodge, 2 runs, swung through square leg, and they come back for the secon


Kallis to Hodge, 1 run, well bowled, Hodge gets front leg away again, Kallis follows him with one angled in full, and Hodge can only dig it out to deep square

Couple of big-ticket games in the IPL tomorrow - you could win prizes daily by just picking a good XI for the day in the ESPNcricinfo Fantasy League. Have a go, call the shots.

Can Punjab beat Chennai? Will Sunrisers make it two in two against Bangalore?. Guess the winners of each match, and you could be in line for huge prizes.


Hodge lifting RR to 144. There is pace and bounce in this pitch, and they have an all-quick attack. This won't be an easy chase

Matt: "As I watch a 38 year old Hodge smash bowlers everywhere I think he could easily make the current Aussie test team. Surprise Ashes call-up?"

Aatman Shah: "Tait to run riot today."

End of over 20 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 144/6

    • BJ Hodge 46 (31b 7x4)
    • S Sreesanth 1 (2b)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-28-0
    • SP Narine 4-0-28-2





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