Indian Premier League - 27th match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 7 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)

Here we go then. Shane Watson is taking strike. Rahane is there to accompany him. Ravi Rampaul is the man with the new ball.


Virat Kohli has won the toss and he is elected to bowl first. RCB have included Dilshan for the match and out go KL Rahul and Andrew McDonald. Royals have brought in Shaun Tait and Sreesanth in their squad.

Hebbar: "Finally! The $1.6 million buy Saurabh Tiwary finally gets a game."

Sushant: "Big fan of RCB...but their selection choices have been a little bad lately..Replace Dilshan with an Indian batsman and get Murli in to strengthen the "weakest bowling attack" of the IPL"

Rahul Dravid gets a loud cheer from his 'home' crowd. He says, "On paper we don't really match up with some other teams, but we have put up some great performances in this tournament."

Mohit: "Stating the obvious: The support for RR has gone up 10x, as dravid is leading it... goes to show how much we love (and miss) the legendary cricketer."

reddy: "Whom should I support? RCB or The Wall? But I go with The Wall. Sorry RCB"

Sharma: "I just want this to happen!! A fifty for Dravid and a win for RCB! A Bangalorean forever!"

Shabaz: "more than this game i am looking forward to see gayle vs faulkner. He is one of the few bowlers aside ashwin and steyn who has kept him quiet. in the recent BBL he has done it and at the start of IPL he again promised..hope he lives up to the expectations..go faulkner!!"

7.25 pm: The match in Kolkata was almost going to the last over, but Ravindra Jadeja had other ideas. We are still reeling from the after effects of that match, but there is another match about to start in half an hour. Welcome to the world of IPL. Today, it's Rahul Dravid leading Rajasthan Royals against Bangalore. Who would have thought at the start of this season that Rajasthan would be No. 2 in the third week, but they are there now after some excellent allround performances. Their only loss was against Pune Warriors.

Sudarshanrao Rao: "Bangalore supporters will have a hard time deciding whom to support, RR with their own RD as captain or RCB"

0.1

Rampaul to Watson, FOUR, bowls it short of length on the pads and all Watson has to do is flick it past the short fine leg fielder

0.2

Rampaul to Watson, no run, now he bowls length on the off and middle line, Watson gets solidly behind that and pushes it back to the bowler

0.3

Rampaul to Watson, no run, beats the batsman with a length delivery outside off. Watson stayed in the crease and tried to dab it to third man

0.4

Rampaul to Watson, 1 run, slightly short in length and that is enough for Watson to chop it past point firmly, the fielder there gets a finger to it to slow it down

0.5

Rampaul to Rahane, no run, back of length delivery on the stumps, Rahane stays in the crease and defends it solidly down the pitch

0.6

Rampaul to Rahane, no run, another back of length delivery, just outside off, the batsman stays on the back foot and defends it to cover

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    0* (2b)      R Rampaul    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    5* (4b 1x4)     

RP Singh from the other end

1.1

Singh to Watson, no run, bowls short of length on off stump, Watson stays in the crease and defends it solidly to the off side

1.2

Singh to Watson, no run, keeps it tight around off stump with a short of length delivery, defended to cover again

1.3

Singh to Watson, 1 run, another back of length delivery on the stumps, Watson pushes it towards mid-on with soft hands and calls for a quick single. Kohli hits the stumps, but Watson dives in

yogi: "We've had a low scoring thriller today and it will be great if this one is a high scoring thriller as the teams are stacked with some great stroke players."

1.4

Singh to Rahane, FOUR, oh beautiful short this one! It was short of length delivery angling across him, he gets up with the ball and punches it through cover point

1.5

Singh to Rahane, no run, similar line, but the length is a touch fuller. This time Rahane lets it go through

1.6

Singh to Rahane, no run, no swing for RP, so he bowls it on a tight line around off stump. Rahane gets behind it solidly and defends to the leg side

Madhavan: "Is it that RCB do not have any indian fast bowler to replace RP Singh or is it the management's faith in him. Anyway wish he makes the most of this chance"

End of over 2 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    4* (5b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    6* (7b 1x4)      R Rampaul    1-0-5-0

2.1

Rampaul to Watson, no run, fuller length delivery on off stump, Watson drives it firmly with a slightly closed face, finds mid-on with that shot

2.2

Rampaul to Watson, OUT, caught at mid-off! It was another full length delivery on off stump and this time Watson goes straight with his shot, hits it really hard but doesn't get the elevation he would have liked. Murali Kartik times his jump to perfection and plucks it to give RCB the first boost

SR Watson c Kartik b Rampaul 6 (9m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

That wicket has brought in Rahul Dravid.

2.3

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, length delivery on middle and leg line, the batsman comes forward and defends to the leg side

2.4

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, keeps it in the channel outside off with a length delivery, the batsman lets it go through

2.5

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, back of length delivery just outside off, Dravid stays in the crease and tries to punch it through cover, but the ball hits the inside half of the bat and heads back to the bowler

2.6

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, slightly short in length, Dravid plays a pull shot straight to midwicket. He didn't get much timing on that as the ball came slightly slow off the deck

End of over 3 (wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 10/1 (RR: 3.33)
R Dravid    0* (4b)      R Rampaul    2-1-5-1
AM Rahane    4* (5b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-5-0

3.1

Singh to Rahane, no run, length delivery outside off, Rahane leans forward and drives it, but finds the fielder at cover

Rakin: "Its high time for RR to forget watson's past seasons glory and bring in owais shah."

3.2

Singh to Rahane, no run, another length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it past the non-striker. Mid-on and mid-off converge to cut the possibility of a single

3.3

Singh to Rahane, FOUR, that is a good hit! He gets some room just outside off and it's a length delivery. Since it's not swinging, Rahane just drives it over mid-on with a straight bat. One bounce and four

3.4

Singh to Rahane, no run, walks a couple of steps down the pitch but gets squared up by a length delivery, plays it towards cover

3.5

Singh to Rahane, no run, he responds with a bouncer, and it is a quick one too. Rahane is beaten in his pull

Ruchit V: "@Sushant, Murli has failed to deliver in shorter format. Moreover, RCB has 5 specialized bowlers! Somehow, I believe that a side like RCB (depending too much on Kohli,Gayle & AB) should have added a batsman!"

3.6

Singh to Rahane, no run, he comes down the pitch and makes room at the same time, but the ball is delivered wide outside off and he only manages to get a toe-edge to it as he goes for a drive through off

End of over 4 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (RR: 3.50)
AM Rahane    8* (11b 2x4)      RP Singh    2-0-9-0
R Dravid    0* (4b)      R Rampaul    2-1-5-1

Shashank: "After the wicket of Watson ,RR will have to decide as to who will be playing the driving role and who will be playing the anchor role as both of them cannot play the anchor role because of the presence of Gayle in the other team and given the fact that he loves Chinnaswamy."

4.1

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, length delivery on off stump, Dravid stays in the crease and punches it forcefully to the fielder at mid-off

4.2

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, short of length delivery outside off, Dravid makes room to hit it through off, but it bounces a touch extra and goes past the outside edge

4.3

Rampaul to Dravid, no run, back of length delivery and Dravid stands tall to play a back foot punch through off, but he is not able to beat the fielder at cover

4.4

Rampaul to Dravid, FOUR, he gets a length delivery outside off which he tries to smash back down the ground, but the bat face closes and the ball just eludes a diving mid-on, goes past his left to the boundary

4.5

Rampaul to Dravid, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, Dravid is struggling with his timing here and he pushes it towards the off side

4.6

Rampaul to Rahane, SIX, oh what a shot that is! He makes room and charges down at the same time, gets a shortish delivery that gets big on him, but he goes on with his punch shot over mid-off, and looks at the timing, it sails over the rope

End of over 5 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    14* (12b 2x4 1x6)      R Rampaul    3-1-16-1
R Dravid    5* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    2-0-9-0

Unadkat comes in

5.1

Unadkat to Dravid, 1 run, length delivery outside off which Dravid wrists towards square leg for a single

5.2

Unadkat to Rahane, OUT, he has been done in by an excellent slower ball by Unadkat! Rahane sees length and comes forward to drive, but that was bowled at 118kph and he is too early into his shot, ends up slicing it towards point where Dilshan completes and easy catch

AM Rahane c Dilshan b Unadkat 14 (22m 13b 2x4 1x6) SR: 107.69

5.3

Unadkat to Binny, no run, fuller length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and pushes it towards cover point

Sahil Jain: "It is great to see Rampaul being persisted with. Players like Mitchell Johnson and Ravi Rampaul have a fantastic record in the sub continent conditions and should have been given more chances in earlier IPL editions as well."

5.4

Unadkat to Binny, no run, he bowls it back of length on the off stump line, the batsman stands tall and punches it to cover

5.5

Unadkat to Binny, FOUR, back of length delivery on off stump, there is only a little room available and Binny gets on his back foot and punches this one through the gap at cover point

5.6

Unadkat to Binny, 1 run, slower delivery on the stumps, the batsman is a bit early as he tries to whip it away to the leg side, ends up playing it towards square leg

End of over 6 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/2 (RR: 5.16)
STR Binny    5* (4b 1x4)      JD Unadkat    1-0-6-1
R Dravid    6* (10b 1x4)      R Rampaul    3-1-16-1

Vinay Kumar comes to bowl a spell

6.1

Vinay Kumar to Binny, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman waits for it and then chops it down to third man

6.2

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, bowls a short delivery that comes a bit slow off the surface, it messes up with Dravid's attempted pull and he ends up dragging it to short fine

6.3

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, he stays on the crease and punches it down to long on

6.4

Vinay Kumar to Binny, 1 run, classical cut shot this time as he gets some width outside off, but there is a deep point in place

6.5

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, back of length delivery on off, Dravid opens his stance to push it towards mid-off, but is slightly early in his shot. He pushes it back to the bowler

6.6

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, short of length delivery outside off, he goes for a pull and doesn't get any timing again, straight to Kohli at midwicket

End of over 7 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 34/2 (RR: 4.85)
R Dravid    7* (14b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-3-0
STR Binny    7* (6b 1x4)      JD Unadkat    1-0-6-1

Sahil Jain: "Seems like the drug effect on speed gun has worn off and we are getting to know the correct bowling speeds! Nice slower ball by Unadkat!"

7.1

Unadkat to Binny, FOUR, he cracks this length delivery through cover with some power! He made some room too as he played that one

7.2

Unadkat to Binny, 2 runs, gets a short ball as a response but Binny was ready for that, he waits on the back foot and ramps it to deep backward point for a couple

7.3

Unadkat to Binny, 1 run, another shortish delivery on off stump, he gets on top of the bounce and chops it towards gully for a single

Pinaki Swain: "Binny has to repay the faith here. He is being preferred over Menaria and persisted at no4 ahead of Hodge."

7.4

Unadkat to Dravid, FOUR, finally Dravid gets hit timing right! It was slightly short of length on the off and middle stump and the batsman was quick to rock back and pull it past midwicket

7.5

Unadkat to Dravid, 1 run, back of length delivery on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and nudges it towards the right of midwicket for a single

Abhishek: "Dravid looks in so much pressure. He is hitting every ball very hard and hence no timing. Relax buddy we need only around 140 to be competitive."

7.6

Unadkat to Binny, 1 run, here comes the slower delivery! The batsman dabs it towards point and calls for a quick single

Sushant: "@RuchitV Its not about the specialist bowlers..its about how well the perform,and lately RP Singh and Vinay Kumar have been losing matches for RCB rather than winning"

Umesh: "This pitch looked slower than expected. Cooper would have been better choice than Tait for RR. Quicker you bowl, it will come to the bat easily."

zafar javed: "I somehow get a feeling that there will be a spat between kohli and sreesanth today.. Fingers crossed :)" --- In an ideal world, we watch matches for cricket, but in an IPL world, who cares about the sport!

End of over 8 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 47/2 (RR: 5.87)
STR Binny    15* (10b 2x4)      JD Unadkat    2-0-19-1
R Dravid    12* (16b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-3-0

Murali Karthik comes in

8.1

Kartik to Binny, 2 runs, bowls a flighted delivery on the middle stump, the batsman comes forward and pushes it down to wide long on for a single

8.2

Kartik to Binny, FOUR, he has timed it so well through the off side that the fielder at deep cover had no chance. It was a full delivery and he made some room and absolutely crashed it

8.3

Kartik to Binny, no run, stays on the back foot to a flatter delivery and chops it to point

8.4

Kartik to Binny, no run, moves outside leg stump, and the bowler bowls a quicker one angling it in, he can only jab it to short fine leg

8.5

Kartik to Binny, SIX, tries to disturb the bowler with some movement in the crease and gets a full delivery on the pads which he murders with a powerful sweep over the deep backward square leg fielder. It went flat and into the crowd

8.6

Kartik to Binny, 1 run

KCR telang: "@abhishek: I wouldn't say pressure mate but rather effort...that seems to be the difference between dravid and gilly too! Two ex-greats and one is trying harder while the other is taking careless risky shots...shows in their team's success which one is the latter and which one the former!"

End of over 9 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 60/2 (RR: 6.66)
STR Binny    28* (16b 3x4 1x6)      M Kartik    1-0-13-0
R Dravid    12* (16b 2x4)      JD Unadkat    2-0-19-1

9.1

Vinay Kumar to Binny, FOUR, oye! It was a short delivery on off stump and it looked like the batsman was beaten in his initial movement, but he smokes it over midwicket. It just bounces inside the boundary

9.2

Vinay Kumar to Binny, 1 run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman waits in the crease and opens the face to run it down to third man

yogi: "Not surprising that stuart binny is feeling at home here. He's played a good cameo until now and he needs to make it a good innings."

9.3

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, 1 run, bowls a full delivery on off stump which the batsman drives to deep cover with ease

9.4

Vinay Kumar to Binny, no run, tries to upper cut a shortish delivery outside off, but the ball gets big on him and he is beaten

9.5

Vinay Kumar to Binny, OUT, this is a horrible shot by Binny after looking so good for the last 15 minutes. It was short and widish outside off, Binny decides to play another pull shot. But Vinay had cranked up the pace and the ball was getting bigger on him too, he just manages to get a big top-edge that goes behind the keeper, who takes a good catch running backwards

STR Binny c †Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 33 (21m 20b 4x4 1x6) SR: 165.00

9.6

Vinay Kumar to Dravid, no run, stays on the back foot and punches the back of length delivery to cover

kish: "Thanks Yogi for the nice words about Binny"

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 66/3 (RR: 6.60)
R Dravid    13* (18b 2x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-9-1
BJ Hodge    0* (0b)      M Kartik    1-0-13-0

10.1

Kartik to Hodge, no run, bowls a tossed up delivery at a very slow pace, the batsman has already planted his foot down and misses the ball, but it was going down leg

10.2

Kartik to Hodge, 1 run, he comes forward and pushes it down to long on

10.3

Kartik to Dravid, 1 run, pushed through on the pads, Dravid flicks it to deep midwicket for a single

Mohit: "I have feeling RR might be targeting too much here. With gayle, AB, Virat and Dilshan in the picture, no score is safe, but this look more like 140 wicket than a 160 one."

10.4

Kartik to Hodge, no run, pushed through outside off, the batsman goes back and cuts it to point

10.5

Kartik to Hodge, 1 run, slower, tossed up on off stump, but slightly short of length, allows the batsman to go back and punch it to deep cover

10.6

Kartik to Dravid, 1 run, makes room by moving outside leg and mows this flat delivery to deep midwicket without any timing, settles for a single

KP - Pietersen: "I am not sure why people want someone to bat through the innings in a T20 game? If every player plays like Binny did and scores at a strike-rate of 150+, then the score is going to go beyond 150 easily ... why waste players who can come and bash .. after all it's just a 20 over game. Get your minds round it guys."

End of over 11 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 70/3 (RR: 6.36)
R Dravid    15* (20b 2x4)      M Kartik    2-0-17-0
BJ Hodge    2* (4b)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-9-1

11.1

Unadkat to Dravid, 1 run, goes on the back foot and tries to chip it in the air towards wide long-on, but ends up playing it down the ground without much timing. It goes to the long-on fielder on the bounce

11.2

Unadkat to Hodge, no run, goes on the back foot to a length ball and defends it towards off

11.3

Unadkat to Hodge, 1 run, stays in the crease and opens the face to run it down to third man for a single

11.4

Unadkat to Dravid, 1 run, he moves outside leg stump and crunches the length delivery to deep cover, just a single though

11.5

Unadkat to Hodge, no run, he gets a length delivery just outside off, but he doesn't get any timing with his cut shot, plays it straight to Gayle at point

11.6

Unadkat to Hodge, 1 run, takes a step down the pitch but the bowler bowls it slightly short. Hodge works it towards midwicket for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 74/3 (RR: 6.16)
BJ Hodge    4* (8b)      JD Unadkat    3-0-23-1
R Dravid    17* (22b 2x4)      M Kartik    2-0-17-0

12.1

Kartik to Hodge, 1 run, full and flighted on the leg stump, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg

12.2

Kartik to Dravid, FOUR, pushes it through on the middle and leg line, but Dravid is very quick to rock back and find enough power in his punch to beat the wide long-on easily

12.3

Kartik to Dravid, 1 run, now he comes forward and drives it down to long-on for a single

Puneet: "wake me up during the last session of 5th day. :)"

12.4

Kartik to Hodge, no run, it's a tossed up delivery on off and the batsman comes forward and drives it straight to cover

12.5

Kartik to Hodge, no run, another front-foot push, but again, it is straight to Kohli at cover

12.6

Kartik to Hodge, 1 run, slightly short of length , the batsman goes back and punches it to wide long-on for a single

End of over 13 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 81/3 (RR: 6.23)
BJ Hodge    6* (12b)      M Kartik    3-0-24-0
R Dravid    22* (24b 3x4)      JD Unadkat    3-0-23-1

Neeraj: "There is a certain kind of consistency with RR. I cant recall the last time when I saw them collapse the way Pune, KKR or Delhi have done of late. I am sure their captain has something to do with it"

13.1

Unadkat to Hodge, 1 run, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and drives it on the up to deep cover

13.2

Unadkat to Dravid, 1 run, he makes room to this length ball and drives it on the up to wide long-off

Srini Murthy: "Dravid bleeds the opposition with a thousand cuts and they won't even feel the pain. Why go berserk when you can stay poised and do it"

13.3

Unadkat to Hodge, 1 run, he bowls a fuller length outside off and draws an outside edge as the batsman comes forward to drive, straight to third man

13.4

Unadkat to Dravid, no run, that is an ugly attempt to pull by Dravid, but it was a slower delivery and he is beaten all ends up

13.5

Unadkat to Dravid, FOUR, gets a fuller delivery and he drives it powerfully down the ground, not much timing, but a lot of power in that. It splits the too fielders in the deep

13.6

Unadkat to Dravid, 2 runs, tries to slog a length delivery to the leg side, but again, doesn't get any timing. It trickles towards midwicket but as the fielders are deep, they come back for a couple

End of over 14 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 90/3 (RR: 6.42)
R Dravid    29* (28b 4x4)      JD Unadkat    4-0-32-1
BJ Hodge    8* (14b)      M Kartik    3-0-24-0

Sudarshan Bhat: "Agree 100% with KP. In fact, my idea is for the tailenders to pinch hit at the top of the order. Let them hit out or get out in the first five overs. At worst, they will be about 25/4 or 25/5 (but it will be all tailenders' wickets); at best, they will be 50/1 to 60/1 after five overs."

14.1

Kartik to Hodge, 1 run, bowls it flat and short on off stump, the batsman stays on the back foot and punches it firmly to deep cover

14.2

Kartik to Dravid, 2 runs, comes down the pitch to hit is over long-off, but it goes diametrically opposite to it off a thick inside edge

14.3

Kartik to Dravid, FOUR, it's short of length on the middle stump and although Dravid doesn't get much timing with his pull, he hits it in the gap at deep midwicket

14.4

Kartik to Dravid, OUT, Dravid's scratchy stay in the middle comes to an end as he chips this full delivery straight down to long-on. He scored 35, but was struggling to get his timing going all through the innings. An important innings nonetheless

R Dravid c Rampaul b Kartik 35 (52m 31b 5x4 0x6) SR: 112.90

Rohit: "The fact is not everyone can come in and go berserk like Binny just did. You need to set yourself and someone playing through is invaluable. Just look at how Gayle goes about constructing an innings, even though it is only for 20 overs."

Martin Jose: "Getting Rahul Dravid's wicket in Chinnaswamy stadium is much tougher than beatig RCB in their home ground.There is o better player who know this stadium.."

Sudhindra: "Looks like Mike Hussey and Brad Hodge are auditioning for a Phil Hughes place for the Ashes!!"

Praveen: "Its a strategty from Rahul Dravid to get out on the 15th over.. now the other players can hit how ever they want to.!!! Great job Rahul."

14.5

Kartik to Yagnik, no run, he tosses it up outside off and keeps the pace slow, the batsman tries to push it to the leg side, but gets an inside edge on to his pads

14.6

Kartik to Yagnik, FOUR, Yagnik is not wasting an times, he charges down the pitch and swipes the tossed up delivery wide of long-on

Amith: "The idea of tailenders opening is absolutely ridiculous,it'll come off once in an year and you're depriving the top order batsmen of the valuable time to settle in and play a big one, its like playing a 14 over match!!!"

End of over 15 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 101/4 (RR: 6.73)
DH Yagnik    4* (2b 1x4)      M Kartik    4-0-35-1
BJ Hodge    9* (15b)      JD Unadkat    4-0-32-1

15.1

Vinay Kumar to Hodge, FOUR, that is some timing now from Hodge! It was a full delivery on off, but then he not only times it, he gives it a bit of whiplash punch to send it to extra cover

15.2

Vinay Kumar to Hodge, OUT, the bowler corrects his mistake immediately by bowling it short of length just outside off. Hodge stays in the crease and tries to steer it to third man, but the ball bounces a touch extra and catches the outside edge en route to the keeper

BJ Hodge c †Arun Karthik b Vinay Kumar 13 (23m 17b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.47

15.3

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, no run, another short of length delivery for the new batsman, who sways out of line

15.4

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, 2 runs, length delivery outside off, the batsman comes forward and dabs it past backward point, but realises that Gayle is a bit slow to get to the ball after making a half-stop, they steal a couple

15.5

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, no run, tries to smash it through off, but the bowler bowls it short and it bounces over the bat

15.6

Vinay Kumar to Faulkner, 1 run, he moves his front leg out, but gets cramped for room with a short of length delivery, drags it to deep midwicket

Paul: "Time for the devil's advocate to stand up! I think Dravid got it all wrong. Having batted for so long at a run a ball it was his job to stay in and give the strike to his sloggers. Sorry!!"

End of over 16 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 108/5 (RR: 6.75)
JP Faulkner    3* (4b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-16-2
DH Yagnik    4* (2b 1x4)      M Kartik    4-0-35-1

RP is back

16.1

Singh to Faulkner, no run, the batsman moves outside leg stump to a full delivery and cracks it straight to cover

16.2

Singh to Faulkner, no run, back of length delivery wide outside off, but Faulkner had come forward to it and the ball bounces over the outside edge as he tries to cut it

16.3

Singh to Faulkner, OUT, caught at long-on! he gets a full delivery and tries to launch it over long-on, but he doesn't get any the intended elevation in that, straight down the throat of the fielder down the ground

JP Faulkner c Rampaul b Singh 3 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

16.4

Singh to Yagnik, 1 run, short delivery on the body, the batsman plays a half pull, half steer to fine leg for a single

16.5

Singh to Chandila, 1 run, another short delivery and Chandila has no clue about that one. He fends at it and ends up gloving it, it lobs towards the empty gully area

16.6

Singh to Yagnik, OUT, caught at mid-off! The wickets are falling very very quickly for Royals here and this innings is not going anywhere. Yagnik gets a full ball and he drives it straight to mid-off, who dives forwards and takes a good low catch

DH Yagnik c Rampaul b Singh 5 (13m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

End of over 17 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 110/7 (RR: 6.47)
     RP Singh    3-0-11-2
A Chandila    1* (1b)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-16-2

17.1

Vinay Kumar to Chandila, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman stays in the crease and defends it towards point

17.2

Vinay Kumar to Chandila, 1 run, he bowls a full delivery on off stump, Chandila drives it to the left of ABdV at mid-off and sets off for a quick single. AB is quick too and he fires in a throw that hits the top of the stumps. Chandila was lucky to just have his bat over the line

17.3

Vinay Kumar to Sreesanth, no run, short delivery outside off, the batsman lets it go through to the keeper

sam: "earlier today someone told RR never collapse... i dont understand y these people jinx everything thats goin good..."

17.4

Vinay Kumar to Sreesanth, OUT, the procession continues. It's a good delivery by Vinay who fires it full and on middle stump. Sreesanth misses and it hits him right around his boot, plumb in front

S Sreesanth lbw b Vinay Kumar 0 (3m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

17.5

Vinay Kumar to Tait, no run, short of length delivery, Tait plays it like a tail-ender by moving outside leg and throwing his bat at it, but he makes no connection

17.6

Vinay Kumar to Tait, 1 run, moves the front leg out and drives the ball over infield to the man at deep cover

Puneet Nair: "Hence Proved. Eventhough RR are doing good this year, their batting line up is fragile. Dravid didnt too much wrong by staying long and scoring run a ball."

End of over 18 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 112/8 (RR: 6.22)
SW Tait    1* (2b)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-18-3
A Chandila    2* (3b)      RP Singh    3-0-11-2

Rohit: "@sam- because the internet hates everything."

18.1

Singh to Tait, OUT, the offstump is sent cartwheeling, but it was not such a great delivery, a mere high full-toss. Tait had moves outside leg and doesn't manage to get anything on it. Talk about hand-eye coordination, and that was a bad example

SW Tait b Singh 1 (2m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

18.2

Singh to Trivedi, no run, another full delivery and the batsman was again moving away to the leg side, he jams it towards midwicket

18.3

Singh to Trivedi, no run, he comes forward and presents solid front foot defence to a length delivery

Srini Murthy: "Ahemm.. @Paul, where are these alleged sloggers you were alluding to?"

18.4

Singh to Trivedi, no run, he moves way outside leg stump, close to the wide marker and misses the full delivery, which misses the leg stump

18.5

Singh to Trivedi, 1 run, length delivery and the batsman comes forward and chips it over the bowler towards long on

18.6

Singh to Chandila, 1 run, stays on the back foot to a short of length delivery and whips it away to deep backward square leg for a single

End of over 19 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 114/9 (RR: 6.00)
A Chandila    3* (4b)      RP Singh    4-0-13-3
SK Trivedi    1* (4b)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-18-3

From 97 for 3 to this! When did this happen?

19.1

Rampaul to Chandila, no run, again, moves away to the leg side and tries to slog a length delivery but misses, the ball goes past the leg stump

19.2

Rampaul to Chandila, 1 run, moves his front leg out of the way and punches this length delivery past the non-striker for a single

Prashant: "There's been almost 60 dot balls so far. That's half the innings wasted!!! On the other hand, they've scored all their runs off half the innings, which is bloody awesome!"

19.3

Rampaul to Trivedi, 2 runs, makes room and slashes this full delivery over cover, it goes high rather than long and drops just before the boundary. The fielder at deep cover pulls it in

19.4

Rampaul to Trivedi, OUT, he was making room again, but this time he gets a short delivery to which he presents an sky-facing blade. The ball ramps off the face off the bat and settles in the hands of RP at third man

SK Trivedi c Singh b Rampaul 3 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Well this is an IPL world as they say! You can have a good start every time and you can collapse every time too. We thought that Rajasthan Royals were immune to it, but this IPL finds a way to slap us again. 117 is a poor score, but we know what happened earlier in the day.

Madhavan: "This year's IPL has too much of middle order collapses - now it is becoming very common - today also we have witnessed this - is this because of improved bowling or is it due to lack of good middle order in almost all teams ?" ---- A bit of both I guess, but the pitches have played their part too

Steffan: "Sad to see Cooper dropped, he could have added with some runs at the end, and his bowling has been quite good."

Anand: "With Sreesanth and Tait in the side today the chase going to be very interesting. When on song both of them can destroy any batting lineup but on the other hand if both of them have a bad day at the office the chase would be over by the 10th over."

Gautam: "I think these frequent middle order collapses says a thing or two about the quality of most teams. I generally find most teams to be short on quality batting all the way from 1-6. One of the main reasons for this being there are far too many teams playing and the requirement to have 7 Indian players in each team has diluted the quality. Players like KL Rahul or Samantray would struggle to find a place if the number of teams were reduced or if the number of foreign players were increased to 5."

Nishant Gupta: "Middle order in this IPL is following GOLD these days.. crashing & crashing....."


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