Indian Premier League - 23rd match

Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians

Rajasthan Royals won by 87 runs

Shane Watson will open the innings with Ajinkya Rahane. Mitchell Johnson has the ball in his hands.

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harik: "I have a fantasy related question. If we have two games in a day, and captain of my team is one of the player from first game at a lockout time of 4p.m IST. If I change the captain to one of the player from second game, say around 7 p.m when the second game starts, doesn't it change my captain and will I get the extra points from the second game captain?"

Only one captain a day, to be locked before the start of the first game of the day.

Surprised to see Samson out too.

Vishwas: "Can someone please explain to me why on earth Sanju Samson is dropped? He played a mature match winning knock last game... these things make me mad!!!"

...and many comments coming in questioning the exclusion of S Sreesanth. Officially, he's recovering from an injury.

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7.30 pm

Toss time at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur. It's an all-blue line-up, and Dravid's won the toss and decided to bat first. He reckons its a drier than usual pitch.

Ponting's got the same line-up as the previous match, so no changes there.

Sreesanth is out because of an injury, Ankit Chavan is in, Dishant Yagnik takes Sanju Samson's place.

Hello and welcome to tonight's IPL game between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals. In case you weren't watching, Hyderabad had pulled off a stunner against Pune, I am still catching my breath as I bring you this second game now!

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Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid - the three most prolific Test run-getters of all-time will be in action today. As we found out in yesterday's edition of The Huddle, two of those three legends aren't having a good time in the Powerplays. Will they turn it on today? Here's our preview to the game.

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0.1

Johnson to Watson, 1 run, on his pads and Watson works it away down to fine-leg for a single

0.2

Johnson to Rahane, no run, short of length ball and on the middle stump, Rahane's on his back foot and defends it to the off side

0.3

Johnson to Rahane, 1 wide, down the leg side, there was a little swing for Johnson but started from around the middle-stump line, wide called

0.3

Johnson to Rahane, 1 run, shortish yet again, he was looking to leave it this time but in the end dabs it away to backward point where Pollard dives to his left to stop it

0.4

Johnson to Watson, no run, quickish delivery but a good in-swinging ball too, on a good line and length and Watson has to quickly bring his bat down to defend

0.5

Johnson to Watson, no run, whoa, what a ball! it was a bouncer and it was almost in that blind area, cramping him for room and Watson was looking to fend it away, hits the handle of his bat I think and rolls behind

0.6

Johnson to Watson, no run, big appeal for an lbw there, it was fuller this time unlike the previous deliveries which were a tad short and hits smack in the middle of the Watson pads, sliding down probably

End of over 1 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
SR Watson    1* (4b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    1* (2b)     

Gautam: "Given that all teams but 3 want to wear blue all the time, the IPL should really introduce home and away colors. True, they are not needed unlike football, but this is really silly. These two teams are nearly indistinguishable."

1.1

Malinga to Rahane, no run, outside the off stump, and swings further away from Lasith Malinga, he was trying fiddle at it, almost sucked into playing at it, beaten

1.2

Malinga to Rahane, FOUR, punches a good length ball from Malinga and through the covers for a four! it was only a push but Malinga's pace was quite helpful there

1.3

Malinga to Rahane, no run, and again, like the first delivery, there was a bit of swing away from the bat and Rahane taps it to the backward point region

1.4

Malinga to Rahane, no run, short of length this time but a lot closer to the batsman, defended it back to the bowler's right

1.5

Malinga to Rahane, no run, fuller from Malinga and driven to the off side, there's that big man Pollard who swoops on the ball at point

1.6

Malinga to Rahane, FOUR, bouncer from Malinga and pulled away to the mid-wicket fence for a four! second one of the over...

End of over 2 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
AM Rahane    9* (8b 2x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0
SR Watson    1* (4b)      MG Johnson    1-0-3-0

2.1

Johnson to Watson, FOUR, edged and through the slips cordon for a four! it was a widish ball from MJ and Watson goes hard at it, despite the presence of two slips there it flies away to the fence

2.2

Johnson to Watson, no run, and he goes for it again, this time it's beaten! It was fuller on the off stump and Watson was looking to smoke it over the long-on region...misses

2.3

Johnson to Watson, 1 run, better this time, opens the face of the bat and guides it through to third-man for a single

kailesh: "@gautam - thats where i loved Kochi Tuskers .. atleast they had an awkward but awesome outfit ..."

2.4

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, inside edge and four! that's a streaky shot to get a four, it was short of length too but kept a tad lower than what the batsman expected and takes the bottom of the bat, beats the keeper and runs away

2.5

Johnson to Rahane, no run, defended on the back foot to mid-off

2.6

Johnson to Rahane, 2 runs, good thinking from Johnson after all those shortish deliveries, he gets one to pitch up but Rahane is up to the task and is able to turn it away to the leg side for a couple of runs

End of over 3 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 22/0 (RR: 7.33)
AM Rahane    15* (11b 3x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0
SR Watson    6* (7b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-8-0

Change in bowling. Rishi Dhawan.

Sankar: "Whom do you think the best WK batsman in IPL 2013? Dhoni or Karthik?" Both are good for me, although other readers may have differing opinions.

3.1

Dhawan to Watson, no run, in-dipper and Watson was almost surprised by that one, gets an inside edge on to the pads

3.2

Dhawan to Watson, no run, short of length and it bounces more than he expected by it, fails to put it away as it goes straight to Pollard again

3.3

Dhawan to Watson, SIX, this time he's got it out of the middle, shorter from Dhawan and Watson's not missing out of that one, spanking shot over mid-wicket for a six!

3.4

Dhawan to Watson, 1 run, extra bounce for Dhawan and Watson's had to fend it away to the leg side, gets a single to the leg side

3.5

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, short of length from Dhawan and Rahane pushes it to back to the bowler

3.6

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, another one that's slightly shorter and Rahane wants to punch it through but can get it out only to a fielder, no run

End of over 4 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 29/0 (RR: 7.25)
AM Rahane    15* (13b 3x4)      R Dhawan    1-0-7-0
SR Watson    13* (11b 1x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    2-0-14-0

Change in bowling now. Pragyan Ojha comes on.

sachet: "@sankar, I agree with you. However I will say Dinesh Kartik is better."

Vijay: "@Sankar: No more wicket keeper for india until Dhoni retires. Dinesh must prove himself as consistent batsman to get a place in XI"

Mahesh: "@Sankar:With current form karthik is slightly better than MS but with all time form MS is the way better than karthik"

4.1

Ojha to Watson, 1 leg bye, flatter from round the stumps and Watson gets bit of a bat on it, rolls over to short fine-leg for a single

4.2

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, drifts on to his pads again and Rahane is able to flick it away for a single to short fine-leg

4.3

Ojha to Watson, FOUR, top-edge and over the short fine-leg fielder for a four! that was way down the leg side and Watson shuffled across and slog swept it over the fielder

4.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, slightly shorter on the off stump and cuts it to the fielder at point

4.5

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, quicker and shorter, easily worked away to square-leg for a single

4.6

Ojha to Rahane, SIX, down the track and middles it well, gets a maximum! It was not really flighted but Rahane had made up his mind to go after him and he almost had to reach out for it, not a problem for the 'Mumbai' player Rahane!

End of over 5 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/0 (RR: 8.40)
AM Rahane    22* (15b 3x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    1-0-12-0
SR Watson    18* (15b 2x4 1x6)      R Dhawan    1-0-7-0

5.1

Malinga to Watson, no run, short of length, outside the off stump and Watson has a dart at it, misses the outside edge

5.2

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, goes over the top and for a four! that's pitched up to the bat this time from Malinga and Watson's gone after him, smashes it over mid-off for a four

5.3

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, and again, this time he does not get hold of the shot, hits the bottom of the bat but he still has enough power to clear mid-on and get himself a four, was a short of length ball too

5.4

Malinga to Watson, 4 leg byes, on his pads, was trying to york him but had a very poor line going for him, hits his pads and rolls over to the fence

Sankar: "I feel Karthik's batting is underrated, He deserves to be in IND team. I still remember him getting dropped after MOM in Asia cup final..!"

5.5

Malinga to Watson, FOUR, bludgeoned! four! shot! that's fuller from Malinga and has that been spanked or what! drilled through mid-off for a four, not a soul moved except those in the stands.

5.6

Malinga to Watson, no run, and a better one to end the over, short of length and has Watson hopping, beats the outside edge of the bat through to the keeper

End of over 6 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 58/0 (RR: 9.66)
SR Watson    30* (21b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-20-0
AM Rahane    22* (15b 3x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    1-0-12-0

Varun Sudhakar: "Not the best day for two best fast bowlers in the world today! First Steyn and now Mallinga!"

Late decision to take the time-out then. Mumbai Indians need to gather their thoughts.

6.1

Ojha to Rahane, no run, fuller and defended on the front foot, back to the bowler

6.2

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, short of length, he's quickly on to the back foot and cut away to the deep covers for a single

6.3

Ojha to Watson, no run, slower from Ojha, on his pads, bit of turn, tapped to the leg side, bit of hesitation about the running

6.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, fuller from Ojha and defended on the front foot back to the bowler

6.5

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, short and wide, the turn made it difficult for Watson, and gets a bit of a bottom edge

6.6

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, shorter in length and quicker too, goes on to the back foot and flicks it away for a run

End of over 7 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/0 (RR: 8.71)
AM Rahane    24* (18b 3x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    2-0-15-0
SR Watson    31* (24b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    2-0-20-0

7.1

Pollard to Rahane, 1 run, on his pads and gently tapped away to short fine-leg for a single

7.2

Pollard to Watson, OUT, edged and taken! Watson's gone, caught! this was brought from way behind the umpire, it was outside the off stump and Watson was trying to cut it hard through the covers for a four, instead gets an outside edge there and Karthik does the rest.

SR Watson c †Karthik b Pollard 31 (35m 25b 5x4 1x6) SR: 124.00

Interesting Dwayne Smith was miked up and said that Pollard has this habit of picking up wickets regularly.

Dishant Yagnik at three.

7.3

Pollard to Yagnik, no run, fuller ball from Pollard and driven back to the bowler, well fielded to his right

7.4

Pollard to Yagnik, 1 wide, down the leg side and goes further down for a wide

7.4

Pollard to Yagnik, no run, outside the off, short of length and cut it away, but straight to the point fielder

7.5

Pollard to Yagnik, FOUR, leading edge and it goes off for the second such boundary! it was from round the stumps and the left-hander was looking to flick it to the leg side, but the edge flies through point and beats the third-man fielder

7.6

Pollard to Yagnik, 2 runs, and now chipped over the in-field for a couple of runs to mid-wicket

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 69/1 (RR: 8.62)
DH Yagnik    6* (4b 1x4)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-1
AM Rahane    25* (19b 3x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    2-0-15-0

Harbhajan Singh now comes on.

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, short of length, cuts away to the deep cover for a single

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, no run, slower from Harbhajan from round the stumps, turn away from the batsman and it rolls over to the off side

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, 1 run, tries to work it over the mid-wicket, gets it away for a single

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, short of length and easily worked away to the leg side for a single

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, no run, slowing it down well and there are a few which are turning, like this one, and Yagnik tries to tap and run, sent back by Rahane

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, no run, quicker and shorter, wanted to cut it away, misses

End of over 9 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 72/1 (RR: 8.00)
DH Yagnik    7* (8b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    27* (21b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-8-1

Narasimhan Sridharan: "Was that delivery by Pollard to Watson even legal? Shouldn't you have a popping as you have for the front foot no ball?" Very much legal, Pollard does this regularly.

9.1

Pollard to Rahane, FOUR, slower from Pollard and that's cut rather well, should have been stopped by Malinga at deep point who dives over it

9.2

Pollard to Rahane, no run, goes wide on the crease and gets it to come back into the batsman, taps it to the leg side

9.3

Pollard to Rahane, 1 wide, down the leg side and going further down, called wide

9.3

Pollard to Rahane, 1 run, short of length, and opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

9.4

Pollard to Yagnik, SIX, goes after Pollard, timed exceptionally well but it was in the slot, and Yagnik slogged it over mid-wicket for a six!

9.5

Pollard to Yagnik, no run, short of length and tapped to the off side for no run, that could have been spanked away but did not get too much on it

9.6

Pollard to Yagnik, FOUR, shot sir! that was full and it's drilled over the point fielder for a four, 16 from that over for RR!

End of over 10 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/1 (RR: 8.80)
DH Yagnik    17* (11b 2x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-24-1
AM Rahane    32* (24b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, shortish in length from Harbhajan and Rahane cuts it to the deep point region for a single

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, 1 run, short of length from the spinner again and easily tapped away to the leg side for a single

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, fuller this time but Rahane easily works it away to the leg side for a single

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, FOUR, slogged away to the deep square-leg for a four! that was fuller from Harbhajan and smashes it away to the fence for a four

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and guides it to the short third-man fielder, off for a quick single

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, no run, slower from Harbhajan and well defended on the front foot from Rahane, ends the over which went for 8.

End of over 11 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 96/1 (RR: 8.72)
AM Rahane    34* (27b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
DH Yagnik    23* (14b 3x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-24-1

11.1

Dhawan to Yagnik, 2 runs, easily pushed away to the fine-leg for a couple of runs, well tucked away, well run too

11.2

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 wide, down the leg side and that's a wide, getting a tad rattled here

11.2

Dhawan to Yagnik, FOUR, very short there and that's cut away to the deep point region for a four! this is excellent batting from the keeper!

11.3

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 no ball, short one, bouncer in fact, and he wanted to pull it away, hits his helmet I think, but wait, it's a no-ball, so that's going to be a Free Hit

11.3

Dhawan to Yagnik, (no ball) 1 run, clears his foot, slogs it away, gets it only as far as Ponting as mid-wicket, who drops it but more vitally it's another no-ball

Another Free-Hit! But field can be changed because the batsmen changed ends

11.3

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, slower ball and he was walking down the track to smack it over, missed by the batsman

Abhi: "oh wow! Yagnik's playing so well.. you tend to focus on Watsons/Rahanes , but here he comes and keeps hitting them to the boundary!"

11.4

Dhawan to Rahane, 1 run, short of length and flicked away to the leg side for a single

11.5

Dhawan to Yagnik, 2 runs, slogged away again! that wasn't as well timed as the others and it lands in no-man's land, for a couple of runs to mid-wicket

11.6

Dhawan to Yagnik, no run, outside the off stump, widish too and he was trying to cut it away, misses, through to the keeper

End of over 12 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 109/1 (RR: 9.08)
DH Yagnik    32* (20b 4x4 1x6)      R Dhawan    2-0-20-0
AM Rahane    35* (29b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

Naveen: "Wake me up, once this over finishes..!!!" It's done now. 13 off the nine balls that over.

12.1

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, short of length from Malinga and it's easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

12.2

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 run, full-toss on the off stump and driven through the covers for a single

12.3

Malinga to Rahane, 1 run, slower from Malinga and easily played down to fine-leg for a single to bring up a 33-ball 50 run stand

12.4

Malinga to Yagnik, no run, another slower one and Yagnik has stopped slogging them like it's a conscious decision to do that against Malinga, taps it away to the off side

12.5

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 run, fullish delivery and driven through the covers for a single

12.6

Malinga to Rahane, 1 leg bye, a very full length ball and beats the inside edge of the bat, there's a bit of appeal for lbw but seemed to be going down the leg stump

Time-out now.

End of over 13 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 114/1 (RR: 8.76)
AM Rahane    37* (32b 4x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0
DH Yagnik    34* (23b 4x4 1x6)      R Dhawan    2-0-20-0

Prasun: "Well thought out plan by Dravid here. If Rahane was gone, then probably Dravid would have come. Rahane and Dravid are probably given responsibility to play maximum overs with a decent strike rate."

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, no run, slower from Harbhajan and that's defended on the front foot by the Rajasthan opener

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, no run, now tries to go down the track but Harbhajan sees that early and drags it short, defended back to the bowler

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, he's quickly down the track yet again and pushes it over to long-off for a single

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Yagnik, OUT, gone, caught, off a reverse sweep! Yagnik was looking to go after Harbhajan after those early dots this over, the ball seems to have bounced more than he expected and the top-edge goes to fine-leg where Tendulkar almost seemed to have lost the ball, grabs it in the end.

DH Yagnik c Tendulkar b Harbhajan Singh 34 (30m 24b 4x4 1x6) SR: 141.66

End of a vital innings from Yagnik. It's Binny at four.

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 run, fuller and driven down the ground for a single

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, quickly on to the back foot and tucked it away to the leg side for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 117/2 (RR: 8.35)
AM Rahane    39* (36b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-1
STR Binny    1* (1b)      SL Malinga    3-0-24-0

Johnson comes on now.

Adam A A: "I guess the decision to drop Samson for Yagnik wasn't a bad one after all"

Tushar: "It's been a while since Rahane has hit a boundary. He needs to start going after them now since RR have some big hitters to come (Hodge, Binny)."

14.1

Johnson to Rahane, 1 wide, starts off with a wide, from round the stumps and angling down the leg-side, Rahane fails to get any bat on it

14.1

Johnson to Rahane, 1 run, better from Johnson, outside the off and he taps it away to the point fielder, quickly runs across for a single

14.2

Johnson to Binny, 1 run, outside the off stump, and that's almost caught! There was one fielder running out from the inside the circle and another coming from outside, none of them got close

14.3

Johnson to Rahane, 2 runs

14.4

Johnson to Rahane, 1 run, and now he opens the face of the bat, tapped away for a single

14.5

Johnson to Binny, no run, wanted to go after it but the drive doesn't materialise, fails to get any bat on it

14.6

Johnson to Binny, 2 runs, opens the face of the bat and guides it to the third-man region where they should have gotten themselves a single, instead they rush back for a second. Harbhajan fails to get it back in time...

End of over 15 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 125/2 (RR: 8.33)
STR Binny    4* (4b)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0
AM Rahane    43* (39b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-1

Ojha comes on

15.1

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, OUT, and Rahane was trying to go down again, gets an inside edge and there's an appeal for a run-out! out, the batsman's out by a yard, they were going for the second to Johnson's arm, he came in quickly and lets it loose at the non-striker's end where Ojha gathers it well and whips the bails away, Binny's gone!

STR Binny run out 4 (9m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Brad Hodge at five.

15.2

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, short of length from Ojha and easily played it away to long-on for a single

15.3

Ojha to Hodge, 1 run, defended to a delivery from Ojha to the off side and they are away for a quick single

15.4

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, another shimmy down the pitch but he's struggling to get them away is Rahane, pushed to the extra-cover region for a single

15.5

Ojha to Hodge, 2 runs, driven down the ground and they are able to come back for a second run to Rishi Dhawan at long-off

15.6

Ojha to Hodge, 1 run, slower and flighted from Ojha, defended to the leg side by Hodge, away for a quick single

End of over 16 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 132/3 (RR: 8.25)
BJ Hodge    4* (3b)      PP Ojha    3-0-22-0
AM Rahane    46* (42b 4x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    3-0-22-0

Contrasting views here.

Amit: "Even though I support Mumbai Indians, it's sad to see Rahul Dravid not backing himself to score quick runs. True it was never his forte but if backs himself to be the captain of an IPL team then he shouldn't be shying away."

Rajkumar: "Amazing move by Dravid. He doesn't want to slow things down in the middle!!"

16.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, outside the off stump, opens the face of the bat and guides it to short third-man for a single

The last boundary that Rahane hit was in the 10th over

16.2

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, quicker from Harbhajan and Rahane is only able to hit it to long-off for a single

16.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, SIX, slogged it away and for a six! that's an excellent shot from Hodge after all those overs of not too many, went for one on the length

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 wide, quicker one but down the leg-side and it's a wide this time

16.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, shorter, quicker, tapped down the ground for a single

16.5

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, and at the other end Rahane continues to pick the singles, played away to the leg side

16.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, very full from the offie and driven to the off side for a single

End of over 17 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 144/3 (RR: 8.47)
BJ Hodge    13* (7b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-26-1
AM Rahane    48* (44b 4x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    3-0-22-0

Sagar: "@Amit : Rahul isnt shying. He is just showing faith in young talent and for hodge, cmon hodge is clean hitter and he knows that !"

GSS: "Dravid's move goes on to reiterate the fact: IPL 2013 is the year of the non-playing captain!"

17.1

Ojha to Hodge, 1 run, was shaping to slog it away but had to adjust his shot when he saw it was not in the slot, nudged to the leg side for a single

17.2

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, and again, Rahane's doing his best to get some away but he's just not getting them off the middle, inside edged to the leg side

17.3

Ojha to Hodge, 1 run, shorter this time and cut away to the deep cover region for a single

PPK: "Dravid must be one sorry bloke. If he comes early, he's accused of sapping momentum. If he sends big-hitters early, he's accused of shying away. All this when guys like Hayden have said that Dravid is the most aggressive on the field."

17.4

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, punched down the ground to get to his 7th IPL 50, single again

It's been a decent innings but he needs to get going here Rahane

17.5

Ojha to Hodge, 1 run, another one tapped to the off side and another stroking shot which is only a single

17.6

Ojha to Rahane, FOUR, finally a four, will be a relief for the Royals and for Rahane, was fuller and quicker and he reverse sweeps it through short third-man for a four

End of over 18 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 153/3 (RR: 8.50)
AM Rahane    54* (47b 5x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-31-0
BJ Hodge    16* (10b 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-26-1

Lasith Malina comes on.

18.1

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven down the ground for a single

18.2

Malinga to Rahane, 1 leg bye, a very full ball and on the stumps, Rahane was looking to flick it away, gets hit on his pads, just another single

18.3

Malinga to Hodge, 2 runs, full-toss and flicked between long-on and mid-wicket for a couple more for Hodge

18.4

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, and another very good delivery, pitched right up to the bat, driven down the ground for a single

18.5

Malinga to Rahane, 2 runs, up in the air and that's a drop! it beat Rahane there, the ball scooped high up in the air and falls between Malinga and Tendulkar! Both could have caught it and both didn't get a hand!

18.6

Malinga to Rahane, no run, down the leg side, very full, yorker length and Rahane was walking towards the off side, beats the leg stump but not called a wide

End of over 19 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 160/3 (RR: 8.42)
AM Rahane    56* (50b 5x4 1x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-30-0
BJ Hodge    20* (13b 1x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-31-0

19.1

Johnson to Hodge, SIX, and wow! where was Hodge all this while, it was a short of length ball and he goes across the line, smacks it over deep square-leg for a six!

19.2

Johnson to Hodge, 1 run, and this time was opening his stance up and was looking to play it over the off side, gets a bit of an inside edge, they run throught for a single

19.3

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, and now it's the turn of Rahane! it was fuller, straighter and Rahane's forced it over extra-cover for a four, getting some late runs here

19.4

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, and another one now! this is bad bowling from Mitchell, it's length bowling and swung across the line for a four, over mid-wicket for another boundary

19.5

Johnson to Rahane, no run, slower one, outside the off stump, wanted to tap it through to third-man but beaten by the slowness of the pace

19.6

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, inside out from Rahane, carved over the cover region for a four! Good shot to end the innings, good over as well, with 19 coming from it!

Rajasthan have ended on 179/3 which is a par score on this wicket. Mumbai Indians have an excellent batting line-up but 180 will require some getting here. Can Tendulkar and Ponting get going? We will know in about 10 minutes.

End of over 20 (19 runs) Rajasthan Royals 179/3
AM Rahane    68* (54b 8x4 1x6)      MG Johnson    4-0-41-0
BJ Hodge    27* (15b 2x6)      SL Malinga    4-0-30-0
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Apr 17, 2013

Harbhajan Singh was run-out by Dishant Yagnik, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 17, 2013

Harbhajan Singh was run-out by Dishant Yagnik

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James Faulkner picked up three wickets for 16 runs, Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2013, Jaipur, April 17, 2013

James Faulkner picked up three wickets for 16 runs

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