Indian Premier League, 13th match: Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals at Pune, Apr 11, 2013
Pune Warriors won by 7 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
11 April 2013 - night match (20-over match)

8.00pm Danny Morrison is back to calling Rajasthan Royals as the double-Rs. The countdown is on as we're set to go.

7.50pm Plenty of Luke Wright fans on today. Here's Praharsha: "Luke Wright's T20 strike rate is 138 when compared to Finch's 136 and Luke is more than handy with the ball. PWI have surely missed a firepower trick!"

Debi Prasad: "I want to see RR doing well this year (may be win the title), even though I am a SRH fan. The reason is one man, Dravid. He is most probably playing his last IPL and I want to see him go away with a hurrah, unlike Dada."

Aqil: "Pune paid loads for the likes of Mendis and Richardson... no where to be seen!" Kane Richardson had to be one of the strangest picks at the auction. That much money for an unproven specialist quick?

Is there a single person happy with the teams picked today? Ashish: "Where is RR hiding Owais Shah. I feel he should be picked in the side over the so called Sanath Jayasurya Avatar (Perera)."

Sanju Z: "Spare a thought for Steve Smith. He was Pune's best player last season, was the second best player for Australia in India (other than Clarke) and still can't get a game.."

7.40pm Cobra Jain: "Seriously no steven smith again? Mathews should give him a chance" And also, Luke Wright, who has had a terrific time with England in T20s over the past year. But Finch comes in as Pune desperately look for some firepower at the top of the order, with Robin Uthappa struggling for form and Manish Pandey picking up another duck.

Anirudh: "if pune fail again, with the likes of yuvi, ross, mathews , they must really make some big decisions( mathew- captain?)".

"I think it's a travesty that Pune keep ignoring Tamim Iqbal. He's just the type who can give them a blazing start. Send Uthappa down the order!" Mohammed Surti and other angry Tamim fans, he's not in India for the IPL as Bangladesh have a Zimbabwe tour starting within a week.

James: "Big team news from Rajasthan: Watson, Tait out due to injuries. Also big team news from Rome. Pope still Catholic." Ha ha!

Kalyan: "Finch should make the team irrespective how others are playing in the team. He provides the flying start which will help the likes of Yuvi and Taylor to cash on later!"

Figgy: "How on earth is Luke Wright not getting in this Warriors side especially considering their performance so far? Some of the selections from the teams are costing them games so far this year, I think this could be another one and this is set to be another one."

Toss Rahul Dravid calls 'Tails,' and Dravid wins the toss. Rajasthan will bat. Dravid says the track looks good, and that it might get slower later in the evening. Mathews says he wasn't sure what he would have done if he won the toss, though he thinks the surface may be a bit two-paced.

Big team news from Rajasthan: Watson, Tait and Rahul Shukla out due to injuries. Faulkner, Harmeet and Kushal Perera in (are you happy Farook?) .

For Pune, Marlon Samuels and Manish Pandey are out. Aaron Finch and Yuvraj Singh take their place.

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7.20pm Well, Chris Gayle has again done what Chris Gayle does best, dispatching bowlers to all parts of the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Nine sixes in his innings as Kolkata Knight Riders, like so many teams before them, had no way of stopping Gayle.

Now, the focus shifts to Pune, where the Warriors take on Rajasthan Royals.

Mayank: "hoping for a yuvi-uthappa show today. this batting line up is too good to miss-out again."

Farook: "really looking forward for Kushal Perera to get another chance... Please RR one more chance... sob.."

7.00pm Pune are desperately in need of a turnaround. Can Yuvraj Singh's return do the trick for them? Here's our preview to the game.

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Kumar to Perera, OUT, fantastic start for Pune, all those Kushal Perera fans get to watch him for just one ball, the first ball pitches on middle and off, moves back a touch and that was going on to hit middle, plumb lbw, golden duck for Perera, he should have been forward to that, stuck in the crease and the ball keeps low

MDKJ Perera lbw b Kumar 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Diwakar: "I still dont understand why Ravi Sastry shouts so much!!! someone tell him he already has a mike in his hand"


Kumar to Dravid, no run, full ball angling in, Dravid gets forward and pushes towards mid-off, Bhuvneshwar can be a handful with the new ball


Kumar to Dravid, no run, another lbw shout, but this one was was sliding down so Dravid survives


Kumar to Dravid, 1 run


Kumar to Rahane, 2 runs, moves across to tuck the ball towards square leg for a couple


Kumar to Rahane, FOUR, pitched up and on the pads, easy put away that, eased towards the midwicket boundary for four

Farook: "No Kushal Perera for the rest of the season i guess... :'( sob..."

Satwik: "Danny Morrison always appears extra excited while referring to the Delhi Daredevils as the "DOUBLE DEES!!!!""

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • AM Rahane 6 (2b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 1 (3b)
    • B Kumar 1-0-7-1

Dinda to Dravid, no run, Dinda, with the trademark headband and the huge leap before delivering, starts with a full ball outside off, left alone


Dinda to Dravid, no run, back of length ball outside off, mistimes a drive towards cover

Salman Ali: "Do these franchises have 30 days return guarantee for these bench warmers?" Haven't seen the contracts Salman.


Dinda to Dravid, FOUR, lovely from Dravid, brilliantly timed by Dravid, it was a bit overpitched and Dravid leans into that off drive, perfectly finding the gap


Dinda to Dravid, 2 runs, on the pads, helped down towards fine leg where Bhuvneshwar does well to stop a boundary


Dinda to Dravid, 1 run, length ball outside off, another badly timed shot, the ball rolls towards cover, a single is taken


Dinda to Rahane, no run, length ball that slants in towards off, solidly defended back towards the bowler

Rohit Raja: "@Diwakar : Not just that. Shastri knows 5 words in every local language. He loves screaming something before the toss."

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • AM Rahane 6 (3b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 8 (8b 1x4)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-7-0
    • B Kumar 1-0-7-1

Kumar to Dravid, no run, defended back towards the bowler


Kumar to Dravid, no run, length ball is defended towards cover off the front foot

Bhuta: "Am I the only one who is still in denial about Dravid retiring from international cricket?! He is one of the main reasons why I watch the Rajasthan Royals matches. I miss you Rahul!!" Doubt you are alone, Bhuta


Kumar to Dravid, 1 no ball, overstepped, but it was a beautiful delivery from Bhuvesnhwar, moves in and beats the bat outside off


Kumar to Dravid, FOUR, free-hit, pitched up and that is thrashed back past the bowler along the ground for four, Dravid puts some serious effort behind that drive


Kumar to Dravid, no run


Kumar to Dravid, 1 run, on the pads, clipped behind square leg by Dravid


Kumar to Rahane, no run, back of length ball outside off, defended towards cover, a tidy over despite the no-ball and the free-hit

Aman: "@Satwik:What do you say about "You Betcha!" :P"

End of over 3 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • AM Rahane 6 (4b 1x4)
    • R Dravid 13 (14b 2x4)
    • B Kumar 2-0-13-1
    • AB Dinda 1-0-7-0

Mathews to Dravid, no run, Dravid looks to hammer the ball through the off side, but perhaps since he's going so hard at the ball, he can't time it, the ball rolls towards cover


Mathews to Dravid, FOUR, beautifully done by Dravid, given some width by Mathews, he caresses that past point, no attempt to club the ball, races to the point boundary


Mathews to Dravid, 1 leg bye, on the pads, Dravid looks to clip that to the leg side again, misses, off the pads for a leg-bye


Mathews to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face to guide the ball towards third man for a single

James: "Bhuta, for me one of the joys of the IPL is watching the recently retired greats one last time, such as Warne, Gilly, Murali, Dravid, Sachin (oops!!). Pity Lara never signed."


Mathews to Dravid, FOUR, Pune have bowled too many on leg stump, gifting runs really, this one angles in and that is clipped to backward square leg for four


Mathews to Dravid, no run, thick inside-edge as Dravid looks to drive straight, the ball dribbles towards the leg side

Vivek: "I always wondered, if T20 is all about hitting sixes, i should be watching none other than Gayle, but i always wait to watch Dravid bat and i like to watch him even more than i do for Gayle. !!!!!"

End of over 4 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 30/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • R Dravid 21 (19b 4x4)
    • AM Rahane 7 (5b 1x4)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-9-0
    • B Kumar 2-0-13-1

Dinda to Rahane, FOUR, classical from Rahane, that was overpitched and outside off, Rahane gets forward and eases that through cover for four, effortless from Rahane, top shot that


Dinda to Rahane, no run, that one lifted a lot more than Rahane expected, he's completely taken by surprise, and he is struck on the thumb as he looks to defend, that was 135.7kph from Dinda


Dinda to Rahane, 1 run, defended to the leg side for a quick single


Dinda to Dravid, no run, back of a length ball, driven towards short cover by Dravid

Rahul Ramesh: "How many of you miss Lance Klusener? I wish he was here in IPL. He would smashed all bowlers out of the park."


Dinda to Dravid, FOUR, lovely from Dravid, picking the gap to perfection, the second stunning off drive this over, this time Dravid sends it past cover

devesh: "Who would have thought that Dravid's fans would get to watch him bat only in T20's?"


Dinda to Dravid, 1 run, flicks it away in front of square leg for a single

Vaaalpaiyan: "@James : If I am right, couple of years back Lara was once available for Auction, and none of the Teams were interested in him."

Vineet: "I prefer a classic cover drive for four over a humongous six any day :)"

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 40/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • R Dravid 26 (22b 5x4)
    • AM Rahane 12 (8b 2x4)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-17-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-9-0

Sharma to Dravid, no run, Draivd gets forward and defends the first ball of spin in the match, from Rahul Sharma

A cat is sprinting across the outfield, briefly halting play and getting Shastri extremely excited.


Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, pushed towards long-off for a single


Sharma to Rahane, no run, drops it a bit short, stays in the crease and defends to the off


Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, pitched up and on the pads, clipped towards square leg

'Cat me if you can,' says the giant screen. Awful!


Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, short of length ball outside off, slapped through cover


Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane sends the final ball of the over towards extra cover for a quick single

End of over 6 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 44/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • AM Rahane 14 (11b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 28 (25b 5x4)
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-17-0

Venkat: "Shastri doesn't need a Cat-alyst to get excited .. does he?"


Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, no run, pitched up and that is defended off the front foot to the off side, Yuvraj bowling now


Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, 1 run, that keeps a bit low, slides on towards leg stump, stays in the crease and works it to the leg side


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, stretches forward and drives it towards long-off


Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, 1 run, a graceful drive towards long-off, all along the ground


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, whips a fuller ball towards wide long-on


Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, defended towards cover

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 49/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • AM Rahane 17 (15b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 30 (27b 5x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-5-0
    • R Sharma 1-0-4-0

Sharma to Rahane, no run, spinners doing a decent job here, first ball is pushed towards cover


Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, drops it short this time, ricks back and slaps it towards deep point for a couple, the fifty comes up


Sharma to Rahane, no run, another dot ball, blocked towards point this time

Vikas: "After all , it has just come to watch some Cri-Cat"


Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, full ball on leg stump, driven along the ground for a single to long-on


Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, a bit short once more from Rahul Sharma, Rahul Dravid gets back and slaps it towards sweeper cover


Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nurdled towards square leg

ShastriBot: "It was a cataclysmic event." A reference to the strategic time-out?

Indrasis: "Was that Schroedinger's cat in the outfield?"

vibhash: "If Mcgrath was playing, Shastri would have said - thats setting cat among the pigeons."

Sathia Jobe: "Enough of the Cat comments guys. It just came for a lil Cat-ch Up !"

James: "Guys, no more please! I'll be cat-atonic!" Okay James. End of feline jokes on Cricinfo comms.

End of over 8 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/1 (RR: 6.75)

    • AM Rahane 21 (20b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 31 (28b 5x4)
    • R Sharma 2-0-9-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-5-0

Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, 1 run, too short from Yuvraj, he gets away with it though, Rahana can only pull that towards long-on for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, no run, short again, Dravid backs away and cuts towards cover, straight at the fielder


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, FOUR, pitched up this time, Dravid makes a bit of room, slices that off the back foot past point for four


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, no run, again looks to hit the ball towards point, but can't beat the fielder


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, backs away and carves the power towards sweeper cover for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Rahane, 1 run, length ball is twirled towards midwicket for a single

End of over 9 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/1 (RR: 6.77)

    • AM Rahane 23 (22b 2x4)
    • R Dravid 36 (32b 6x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-12-0
    • R Sharma 2-0-9-0

Marsh to Rahane, FOUR, Mitchell Marsh is into the attack, he overpitches and that is powered over mid-off for four, doesn't quite hit it as well as he would have liked, but easily clears mid-off


Marsh to Rahane, 1 run, a quick single to short fine leg


Marsh to Dravid, no run, length ball on off stump is blocked back towards the bowler


Marsh to Dravid, FOUR, length ball on the pads, Dravid places this wonderfully, flicking it away wide of the man at deep square leg


Marsh to Dravid, 1 leg bye, on the pads once more, Dravid looks to nudge it to square leg, off the pads for a leg-bye


Marsh to Rahane, 1 run, back of a length ball on off stump, clipped behind square leg for a quick run, this wasn't as well judged as the previous tight runs, a direct hit and Dravid would have been run out there, Dinda missed, Dravid had given up, but he survives

End of over 10 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 72/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • AM Rahane 29 (25b 3x4)
    • R Dravid 40 (35b 7x4)
    • MR Marsh 1-0-10-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-12-0

Mathews to Rahane, 1 run, slower ball to start from Mathews, turned towards square leg


Mathews to Dravid, no run, a yorker on legstump, can't do much with that


Mathews to Dravid, FOUR, pitched up and Dravid looks to thrash that through the leg-side, he connects with that slower one, and sends it to the wide long-on boundary, just lands short of the rope


Mathews to Dravid, no run, looked to force that through the off side but a thick inside-edge sends the ball towards midwicket


Mathews to Dravid, 2 runs, a powerful straight drive down the ground, T Suman makes a good stop at long-on, but after stopping it he isn't exactly sure where the ball is, he looks around in desperation before spotting it behind him


Mathews to Dravid, 1 run, punched down the ground for a single

End of over 11 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/1 (RR: 7.27)

    • R Dravid 47 (40b 8x4)
    • AM Rahane 30 (26b 3x4)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-17-0
    • MR Marsh 1-0-10-0

Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, horrible delivery from Rahul Sharma, Rahul Dravid should have smashed that short one to of the park, he can only send it towards long-on


Sharma to Rahane, OUT, terrific catch that by Mathews, Rahane made room and looked to crash that past short cover, it was flying fast and low, Mathews gets quickly down to his right to clasp that and break a big partnership

AM Rahane c Mathews b Sharma 30 (46m 27b 3x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

Stuart Binny is the new man, thought they would have sent Hidge in


Sharma to Binny, no run, big shout for lbw, surely an inside-edge there, or else he was a goner, a length ball pitching in line and hitting middle and leg, that hit pad first, that should have been out


Sharma to Binny, 1 run, Binny chips the ball towards long-off, just lands short of the fielder there


Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, shortish ball, another boundary ball that but Dravid can only send it to wide long-on for a single


Sharma to Binny, no run, Binny goes for the sweep, haven't seen many of those yet today, can't place it wide of short fine leg

End of over 12 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 83/2 (RR: 6.91)

    • STR Binny 1 (3b)
    • R Dravid 49 (42b 8x4)
    • R Sharma 3-0-12-1
    • AD Mathews 2-0-17-0

Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, drives that along the ground towards long-off, the half-century comes up for Dravid, second of the season for him

Anurag Acharya: "I'll take an innings as this from Dravid any day compared to Gayle's earlier one. I mean, as much as I love Gayle hitting sixes, all those 9 he hit tonight give me less satisfaction than Dravid's single beautiful cut shot."


Yuvraj Singh to Binny, 1 wide, slanting down the leg side, wide


Yuvraj Singh to Binny, OUT, Binny's troubled, and short, stay is over, he was expected to come out and slog, he charges out, Yuvraj lands it short, Binny had to reach out for that one, can't connect it properly and the ball loops to long-on for an easy catch

STR Binny c Marsh b Yuvraj Singh 1 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

AJ: "This game is causing me a lot of headaches, i always like to root for the underdogs, one team even though they won the 1st IPL are considered perenial underdgos, while the other is surely one. I think i'll go for the PWI this time around!"


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, backs away and slaps the ball towards long-off for a single

DravidFan: "I wish Dravid scores at least one century in this format before he retires."


Yuvraj Singh to Hodge, no run, Hodge, the leading run-scorer in T20s, defends his first ball to the off side


Yuvraj Singh to Hodge, 1 run, whips this towards deep square leg for a single


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, 1 run, eased towards long-on for a single

Geethike: "@Anurag Acharya, I am pretty sure Gayle's innings would win you more matches ;)" Can't argue with that.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/3 (RR: 6.76)

    • R Dravid 52 (45b 8x4)
    • BJ Hodge 1 (2b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-17-1
    • R Sharma 3-0-12-1

Mathews to Dravid, 1 run, low full toss, eased towards long-off for a single

paladin: "@anurag - i guess thats the difference between art and cricket - always a question of how much you can score and not how !"


Mathews to Hodge, no run, full ball, worked towards midwicket

Avijeet: "@Anurag Acharya: I bet you like Dilip Kumar's B/W flicks more than Nolan's batman trilogy."


Mathews to Hodge, no run, dropped, it was a tough chance for Mathews, it was the slower offspinner, Hodge was fooled by that one, a leading edge pops back towards the bowler, Mathews has to dives to his right to take that, he gets a hand on it but can't connect


Mathews to Hodge, 1 run, punched towards long-off for a single


Mathews to Dravid, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Dravid eases that towards sweeper cover, only a single though


Mathews to Hodge, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point for a quick single

Hariiii: "@Geethike: As much as I love winning the games, its not always about that..especially when it involves my man Rahul Dravid :)"

Asim: "Remembering how wonderfully he adapted himself to ODIs, I am sure Dravid would have been able to adapt himself to T20 too - and be a force like Gayle - in his prime. He is the eternal learner, he may still do it though"

End of over 14 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 92/3 (RR: 6.57)

    • BJ Hodge 3 (6b)
    • R Dravid 54 (47b 8x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-21-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-17-1

Yuvraj Singh to Hodge, 1 run, short of length ball just outside off, slapped in front of point, a misfield allows a single

Ravi: "Surely the law of diminishing marginal utility doesn't apply to classical Dravid strokes."


Yuvraj Singh to Dravid, OUT, another superb catch, ends Dravid's innings, Dravid got a bit of width, and he looked to power that past cover, played it in the air to the left of Ross Taylor, who moved across and plucked it with one hand, 54 off 48 for Dravid, too slow? or built a platform?

R Dravid c Taylor b Yuvraj Singh 54 (57m 48b 8x4 0x6) SR: 112.50


Yuvraj Singh to Yagnik, FOUR, length ball outside off, Dishant Yagnik, who has shown he has plenty of confidence, opens the face and plays the ball late, just past the keeper, terrific shot first up


Yuvraj Singh to Yagnik, no run, gets forward and defends this one


Yuvraj Singh to Yagnik, FOUR, another four, a reverse-sweep this time, didn't look particularly pretty but he connected well and send that to the point boundary


Yuvraj Singh to Yagnik, 1 run, works this towards square leg for a single

End of over 15 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/4 (RR: 6.80)

    • DH Yagnik 9 (4b 2x4)
    • BJ Hodge 4 (7b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-27-2
    • AD Mathews 3-0-21-0

Sharma to Yagnik, 2 runs, length ball outside off, wristy shot sends the ball towards long-on


Sharma to Yagnik, no run, well outside off, Yagnik again wants to play that late dab, he misses out


Sharma to Yagnik, 1 run, he gets deep in the crease and tucks the ball towards midwicket for a single

Mohit Ranka: "I heard a collective sigh of all the cricinfo users on that dravid's dismissal!"


Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, shortish ball spinning away, Hodge deflects that towards backward point for a single


Sharma to Yagnik, OUT, oh dear, one of the strangest shots to get dismissed, he tried a Dilscoop, getting into position really early and waiting for the ball to arrive, doesn't connect properly though and lobs it towards short third man, he falls over as he plays the shot as well

DH Yagnik c Suman b Sharma 12 (8m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Waqaas Rumani: "Argh ! The Dravid Nostalgia ! But my favourite moment in Cricket T20 has been Dravid hitting 3 sixes in a row in his only T20 International match. I never ever even could dream of him attempting such a thing leave alone doing it !"


Sharma to Faulkner, no run, terrific spell from Rahul comes to an end, an outside off ball is missed by Hodge

Mazhar Mohammad: "I am very much interested in knowing how cricinfo filters out user comments for posting. Do you have a team who read through all the comments or is it controlled by a machine based on some user defined algorithm???" I'm reading the lot.

End of over 16 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 106/5 (RR: 6.62)

    • JP Faulkner 0 (1b)
    • BJ Hodge 5 (8b)
    • R Sharma 4-0-16-2
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-27-2

Mathews to Hodge, 1 run, full ball on the pads, nudged just behind square leg for a single


Mathews to Faulkner, 2 runs, slower offcutter from Mathews, clipped towards midwicket for a couple


Mathews to Faulkner, 1 run, full ball just outside off, Hodge squeezes that towards mid-off


Mathews to Hodge, 1 run, pitched up and that is powered towards sweeper cover


Mathews to Faulkner, no run, another slower one, defended back towards the bowler by Faulkner, Mathews moves across to his right to stop that


Mathews to Faulkner, 1 run, full ball on the stumps, Hodge can't put it away, mistimes his shot towards long-on

Pavan: "Does anyone remember his 50 off 22 balls against NZ in Hyderabad in 2003? He played that knock when T20 style of batting never existed."

End of over 17 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 112/5 (RR: 6.58)

    • JP Faulkner 4 (5b)
    • BJ Hodge 7 (10b)
    • AD Mathews 4-0-27-0
    • R Sharma 4-0-16-2

Kumar to Faulkner, SIX, rubbish full toss, 'get that out of my sight,' says Faulkner as he pummels that over long-on for six


Kumar to Faulkner, 1 run, dabbed to gully for a single


Kumar to Hodge, no run, slower one, looks to force that through the off side but Hodge misses

"So, looks like we have to impress you somehow to have our comments posted? Let me make a start - You are the best Cricket reporter I have ever come across." Flattery never works, Raj.


Kumar to Hodge, 2 wides, way too wide outside off stump, Hodge tries to reach that one but falls over in his attempt


Kumar to Faulkner, 1 run, looks for the big hit over the off side this time, a thick outside edge sends the ball bouncing away towards third man


Kumar to Hodge, no run, wide and full, looks to power that through the off side, Hodge misses out, he was hoping that would be called a wide, it isn't


Kumar to Hodge, FOUR, another full ball outside off, carved past point for four, Taylor overran that as he tried to field that from sweeper cover

End of over 18 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 126/5 (RR: 7.00)

    • BJ Hodge 11 (13b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 12 (8b 1x6)
    • B Kumar 3-0-27-1
    • AD Mathews 4-0-27-0

Dinda to Faulkner, 1 run, punched towards long-off for a single


Dinda to Hodge, 1 run, pitched up, and that is again slammed towards long-on


Dinda to Faulkner, no run, full and just outside off, the batsman can't get under that one, can only push the ball back towards the bowler


Dinda to Faulkner, 1 run, a low full toss just outside off, hacked towards long-on for a single


Dinda to Hodge, 1 run, keeps it full and outside off, thrashed towards sweeper cover for another single


Dinda to Faulkner, no run, full ball outside off again to round off an excellent over, the batsman moves across and looks to flick it down the leg side, doesn't connect properly

End of over 19 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 130/5 (RR: 6.84)

    • JP Faulkner 14 (12b 1x6)
    • BJ Hodge 13 (15b 1x4)
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-0
    • B Kumar 3-0-27-1

Kumar to Hodge, FOUR, good start to the over for Rajasthan, a full ball,very wide from Bhuvneshwar, Hodges reaches out and connects well, sends that past point for four


Kumar to Hodge, 1 run, short of length and outside off, slapped towards cover for a single


Kumar to Faulkner, FOUR, length ball and that is powered to midwicket for four, an almighty heave


Kumar to Faulkner, 1 run, powerful hit down the ground, but not powerful enough to beat the man at long-on


Kumar to Hodge, FOUR, full and wide once more from Bhuvneshwar, Hodge hammers that behind point for four more, Yuvraj dives at backward point but he can't get near that one


Kumar to Hodge, 1 leg bye, short ball that the batsman wants to send over midwicket, doesn't connect well, the ball dribbles along the pitch and Rajasthan end on 145 for 5

9.20 pm Not sure whether that's enough for Rajasthan. Pune have quite a strong batting line-up, with plenty of match-winners. Pune haven't won a match, though, in a long, long time. Will the streak finally end today? Back soon for the chase. Will get my dinner in the meantime.

Oliver: "If I said this in person, I might have been attacked by an angry mob, but since I'm on the internet...Dravid batted too slow and wasted deliveries that could have been used up more bountifully by Hodge, Faulkner and Cooper (gulp). #dravidisactuallymyfavbatsman"

Prashant: "Is the opposite of a come-back, a go-back? Coz that's what Kumar has done. Gets a wicket first ball, finishes with 4-0-41-1"

Cricket simpleton: "Certain bowlers are not designed for death overs . Moises, Bhuvi,trivedi, praveen kumar are such bowlers who can inflict damage in the early overs . why does not these international players/captains cant use their resources in a different way. #last over agonies"

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End of over 20 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 145/5

    • BJ Hodge 22 (19b 3x4)
    • JP Faulkner 19 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • B Kumar 4-0-41-1
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-0





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