Indian Premier League - 55th match

Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)

Gilly is on the sidelines, waiting to get out to the middle. With him is Mandeep. The Royals are already on the field, waiting. Chandila starts.

Sajith: "@Srinivasan and Suneer: May all your imaginations be fulfilled. I have all the four in my Fantasy team!" And no-one from Rajasthan?

3.50 pm

Srinivasan: "Let me tell you Kings XI have got a serious team today...Imagine if all these three click on the same day..Gilly, Marsh and Miller..." And Mandeep too, he's not fired in the last couple of games.

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3.40 pm

GK: "He may come back into his own side under pressure to perform, but I can guarantee you that Gillie will bat with a free license as always!"

3.30 pm

Wow, Adam Gilchrist is out there for the toss. Rahul Dravid makes a mention of having to play four games in seven days across Kolkata, Jaipur and Mohali.

Dravid has won the toss and Rajasthan want to bowl first. He says the pitch's a little dry and could ease out later.

Many changes in the Rajasthan side, four of them. Even Punjab have made their own set of changes, including the captain himself. Will update the changes as soon as we have it.

Team changes: Punjab have brought back Gilchrist and Bipul Sharma comes in too. No Neser. Rajasthan have Yagnik, Chandila, Sreesanth and Cooper. No Stuart Binny, he seems to be injured.

3.20 pm

Ravinder Phogat: "Why RR not going with Badree, this is the only guy who has got under 6 economy in international T20s!!" I was surprised too that he's not been given too many chances after the first time he played. But with the kind of pitches in Rajasthan, makes more sense to invest in the quicks I guess.

By contrast, Ajay has a different question: "Does anyone know why Fidel Edwards hasnt played a game yet for RR?"

Vijay: "How much longer should i wait to see Sachin Baby get to bat?" Given how Dravid has gambled this season, you could well see him walk out at three or four today.

shashi: "Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane have demonstrated this season that batsmen do not necessarily have to muscle the ball to score runs. Both the players have played strokes straight out of the coaching manual, yet have played match-winning innings regularly."

Vivek Bhandari: "KXI is probably the only team to have played every foreign player, at least one match"

3.15 pm

Hello and welcome to the 55th game this Indian Premier League 2013. In fact there are two matches today, the first will have Rajasthan travelling to Mohali to face Punjab which will be followed by Pune hosting Kolkata Knight Riders. Suneer Chowdhary here to bring you both of them!

A look at the points table here tells us there's a lot riding on this game. A victory for Rajasthan here could seal their playoffs spot (their first since 2008) while Punjab need to win at least four of their remaining five to stand a chance, which means they can barely afford to lose this one.

pawan kurella: "All these days my day starts with preview and ends with report on cricinfo..." And hopefully has this commentary in the middle.

0.1

Chandila to Mandeep Singh, no run, flighted right up to the bat, on the off stump, tapped back to the bowler

0.2

Chandila to Mandeep Singh, no run, another one that's slowed down considerably, wants to dab at it, no turn, in fact drift away from the batsman

0.3

Chandila to Mandeep Singh, OUT, gone, caught and bowled! it was fuller up to the bat and he was looking to drive it straight back, he managed to do it but fails to keep it down, a simple catch back to the bowler, one down for nothing.

Mandeep Singh c & b Chandila 0 (1m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

jashn: "is Binny left out the side? is he injured? if he isn't then it's really harsh to leave him after so many good performances. RR will pay for it" Was injured last game.

0.4

Chandila to Marsh, no run, again a slower one, shorter too and he's on the back foot, defending to the off side

0.5

Chandila to Marsh, no run, fullish length but without any turn, on the middle stump and Marsh's driven it back to the bowler

0.6

Chandila to Marsh, 1 run, that's floated up to the bat in an invite to drive him away, he does it well, straight to mid-off but with a bit of a fumble there allowing a single

End of over 1 (1 run) Kings XI Punjab 1/1 (RR: 1.00)
SE Marsh    1* (3b)      A Chandila    1-0-1-1
AC Gilchrist    0* (0b)     

Adnan Ibrahim: "Out of 8 slots for international player, 6 taken by australians today in this match. This must be a record for maximum players from one country other than India. IS IT ???"

1.1

Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, outside the off stump and keeps it on a good length, that nips back a little but not at too much pace and he drives it to mid-off

1.2

Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, length ball that's outside the off, he wants to play it on the up and hits it well, but there's a short cover in place, straight to him

1.3

Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, ooh, almost! it was on a good length but closer to the bat, he was confused whether to go forward or back and beats the outside edge, seemed to have nipped away too

1.4

Sreesanth to Marsh, 1 run, slower one I thought but it's at 132 km/hr, fuller too and he's tapped it down to the mid-off fielder, they are off for a quick single

1.5

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, no run, it's on a length but Gilly loves to play 'em off the back foot and he does just that, defends it to the off side

gaurav: "What is this mystery of Chandila? No spin and yet wickets in the first over?"

1.6

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, good shot from a man making his comeback, fuller outside the off and that's drilled through the extra-cover for a four, the first boundary of the day

End of over 2 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 6/1 (RR: 3.00)
AC Gilchrist    4* (2b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    1-0-5-0
SE Marsh    2* (7b)      A Chandila    1-0-1-1

Chandila it is, again.

2.1

Chandila to Marsh, 1 run, outside the off stump and it's short enough to deserve a cut, he does that but it's hit straight to point where it's misfielded and they are off for a single

2.2

Chandila to Gilchrist, 1 run, floated it up to the bat from round the stumps and driven down to long-off for a single

turlapati: "@sajith. One down already out of the four in your fantasy team. I hope the rest of the three make it up for you."

2.3

Chandila to Marsh, 2 runs, on his pads and that's tucked round to mid-wicket for a couple of runs by Marsh

2.4

Chandila to Marsh, no run, whoa, what happened there? that's tapped down to mid-on and it's thrown back, Gilly's been hit by the throw, and Chandila lifts up the ricochet and whips off the bails, Gilly is out of the crease, but Dravid takes the appeal back! Gilchrist was angry on that, very, very angry!

2.5

Chandila to Marsh, 1 run, tapped away to the leg side for a single

2.6

Chandila to Gilchrist, no run, wants to cut it away but straight to the fielder

End of over 3 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 11/1 (RR: 3.66)
AC Gilchrist    5* (4b 1x4)      A Chandila    2-0-6-1
SE Marsh    6* (11b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-5-0

3.1

Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, short of length and that's been cut away to the off side, straight to the fielder

3.2

Sreesanth to Marsh, FOUR, drilled through extra-cover for a four, that's very full and while it did not come off the middle of the bat, it's hit in the gap and rushes away

3.3

Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, that's thrown up wide outside the off stump and he does get some bat on it, but not off the middle yet again and it goes to the fielder

3.4

Sreesanth to Marsh, 1 run, short ball, wants to pull it away but for the third time this over, the middle of the bat is missing, hits the top edge of the bat and lands at mid-wicket, there's no-one there and off for a single

3.5

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, short again but Gilly is no Marsh, he gets the pull away and it's off the middle of the bat, pulled away for a four

Sid: "Dravid keeps on giving reason to like him all the more. Had Kohli been in his place, he surely would have said that it was the batsman's job to get out of the way!"

3.6

Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, blasted back to the fence but it's not timed too well and still goes to the fence, fuller in length but it came slower than what Gilly expected, he had gone through with the shot and hits the toe end of the bat, Sreesanth pulls his hand out of the way and it rolls down to the fence

End of over 4 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 24/1 (RR: 6.00)
AC Gilchrist    13* (6b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-18-0
SE Marsh    11* (15b 1x4)      A Chandila    2-0-6-1

4.1

Chandila to Marsh, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped to the leg side for a single

Suchu: "urprised why Gilly should be very very angry !!! It was not that unfair ! Not sure if Punter or Kohli would have donee the same as Dravid !"

4.2

Chandila to Gilchrist, no run, very full and flighted up to the bat, Gilly drives it to the cover fielder

4.3

Chandila to Gilchrist, 1 run, goes down the track and tries to hit it in anger, does not get it off the middle and it gets to mid-on for a single

4.4

Chandila to Marsh, 1 run, again an an attempt made to hit it down the ground but they aren't getting off the meat of the bat, hits it to mid-on for a single

4.5

Chandila to Gilchrist, 1 run, slows it down even further and Gilly is back, pulling and through mid-wicket for a single

4.6

Chandila to Marsh, no run, round the wicket and he bowls on his favourite good length, tries to play it through the line, but straight to fielder

End of over 5 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 28/1 (RR: 5.60)
SE Marsh    13* (18b 1x4)      A Chandila    3-0-10-1
AC Gilchrist    15* (9b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-18-0

Varun: "@Adnan- In Royals' last game vs DD, there were 6 aussies as well. Watto, Hodge, Faulkner, Tait, Warner, Rohrer."

5.1

Faulkner to Gilchrist, FOUR, edged and beats the keeper through to the fence for a four! it was on a length and induces a genuine edge, the keeper had to dive to his left but was far from his reach

5.2

Faulkner to Gilchrist, FOUR, and again, same length, same area, same result, the only thing different was the intent, this is deliberately played and it runs away to the fence for a four!

5.3

Faulkner to Gilchrist, 1 run, slower one, and Gilly goes back and taps it to wide mid-on for a single

5.4

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, short of length and he wants to cut it away, no pace on the ball and nothing on the shot

5.5

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, and almost an edge, it was a good length delivery and Marsh wants to play it without getting his foot out, is beaten, through to the keeper

5.6

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, cuts it hard and well too but does not find the gap there and it's straight to the point fielder

End of over 6 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 37/1 (RR: 6.16)
SE Marsh    13* (21b 1x4)      JP Faulkner    1-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    24* (12b 5x4)      A Chandila    3-0-10-1

Pranav Prakash: "While Dravid took back his appeal, he should have quietly taken Gilchrist aside & reminded him of the time he was behind stumps in the Sydney Test appealing religiously for Dravid's caught behind where the ball clearly missed a mile! 'Yeah, Talk nah Gilly!'"

Srinivas: "I do not understand why the umpire even asked Dravid if he wants to withhold the appeal. He should have made the decision from the bowler. This whole scenario makes other captains look bad. Players should only play to win."

Chayan: "Unfortunate to drag and relate Kohli in this incident! This was more intentional than Rayudu's incident/accident!"

6.1

Chandila to Gilchrist, 1 run, round the stumps, outside the off stump and tapped to the off side for a quickly taken single

6.2

Chandila to Marsh, SIX, goes down the track and smacks it over for a six, uses his feet well against Chandila and gets it off the middle of the bat, smacked

6.3

Chandila to Marsh, FOUR, and again, that's the second lofted shot, straight back over the bowler's head, this time it's bounced and gone away for a four, finally getting them off the middle of the bat now

6.4

Chandila to Marsh, 3 runs, poor effort in the field by Sreesanth, it was a shorter one and cut, Sreesanth at the backward point dives it an hour before he should have, it sneaks through

6.5

Chandila to Gilchrist, no run, wants to cut it away, misses, bit of an appeal from the keeper before he shuts up, probably realises it had missed the edge, probably was apprehensive of another dose of Gilly's anger

6.6

Chandila to Gilchrist, no run, tapped away to the off side but again to the fielder

End of over 7 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 51/1 (RR: 7.28)
AC Gilchrist    25* (15b 5x4)      A Chandila    4-0-24-1
SE Marsh    26* (24b 2x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    1-0-9-0

Costly last over from Chandila. 10 from his first three, 14 from his fourth.

7.1

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, edged and gone very fine to third-man for a single, that was on a length and almost squared him up

7.2

Watson to Gilchrist, no run, shorter in length and very close to the stumps, he was on the back foot and taps it back to the bowler

7.3

Watson to Gilchrist, no run, shorter in length and he's on the back foot, pushing it away to the off side

Change of balls now. Seems to have gone off shape.

Gonzo: "I'm glad I don't play cricket with some of the readers here, given how many seem to think it is ok to run out a batsman who is not taking a run but trying to avoid a ball thrown at his face! Great spirit of cricket guys."

Sriram: "Does the umpire ask the captain for LBWs? Why does he check with the captain in this case? Isn't this a legal way of dismissal under ICC code? These rules, i say..."

7.4

Watson to Gilchrist, FOUR, on a good length and outside the off stump, he had a bit of room to free his arms and he does just that, gets the outside half of the bat and flies over the top, Cooper gives a good chase to his right but makes an absolute mess of it at the fence

7.5

Watson to Gilchrist, 1 run, closer to the body this time and tucked away to the leg side for a single

7.6

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, it's outside the off stump and he wants to cut it away, does not get it off the middle and it goes so slowly to the point fielder that they are able to get going for a single

End of over 8 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 58/1 (RR: 7.25)
SE Marsh    28* (26b 2x4 1x6)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0
AC Gilchrist    30* (19b 6x4)      A Chandila    4-0-24-1

Rishi: "@Chayan: Problem with Rayudu's incident was not only taking appeal back or not. That was fine on Virat'spart...However, he got in an argument with Pollard when he was talking to Umpire...That was the main reason behind people started booing him...By the way I was at Wankhede in that match.."

8.1

Trivedi to Marsh, no run, fuller on the middle stump and he wants to guide it away through to third-man, opens the face of the bat too, but it goes to the point fielder

8.2

Trivedi to Marsh, no run, on his pads, it's an offie bowled by him and he wants to flick it away, misses the bat and hits his pads, not for runs though

8.3

Trivedi to Marsh, 1 run, the ball does not come on to the bat, he was looking to swing it away but gets no part of the middle, rushes to long-on for a single

Shridhar Iyengar: "i agree with gonzo's comment. we need to play it as a sport that all."

8.4

Trivedi to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of length delivery and that's tucked to the leg side for a single

8.5

Trivedi to Marsh, FOUR, finally off the middle of the bat and for a four, the point fielder was backward and that's gone in the gap, was short and wide and he gets it right this time

8.6

Trivedi to Marsh, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and driven down to long-off for a single

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 65/1 (RR: 7.22)
SE Marsh    34* (31b 3x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    1-0-7-0
AC Gilchrist    31* (20b 6x4)      SR Watson    1-0-7-0

Time-out now and they have made a reasonable start. The talk of the first nine overs has obviously been that Gilchrist (non) run-out.

9.1

Cooper to Marsh, 1 wide, outside the off stump, very wide outside and he's let it go through, given a wide, not a good start for Cooper after conceding that misfield earlier

9.1

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, bit of movement back into the batsman, he opens the face and tapped away to the off side for a single

9.2

Cooper to Gilchrist, 2 runs, caressed! it was short and wide from the bowler and easily carved through the backward point, Sreesanth at third-man runs to his left and dives well, parries it across for a couple

9.3

Cooper to Gilchrist, 1 run, driven through the covers for a single

9.4

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, slower on his pads, and he easily tucks it to short fine-leg for a single

Best partnership for Punjab this season for second wicket.

9.5

Cooper to Gilchrist, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and he's still playing them off the back foot, drives it down to long-off for a single

9.6

Cooper to Marsh, 1 wide, on his pads, short of length and he does not get any bat on it, could well have been tucked down to the fine-leg fence for a four, instead he will have to re-bowl that one

9.6

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, yorker length, quicker too, dug out by the batsman and pushed across for a single

End of over 10 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 74/1 (RR: 7.40)
SE Marsh    37* (34b 3x4 1x6)      KK Cooper    1-0-9-0
AC Gilchrist    35* (23b 6x4)      SK Trivedi    1-0-7-0

10.1

Trivedi to Marsh, FOUR, short of length and spanked! he was looking to pull it and he does it quite well there, beats the two fielders there and runs away to the fence

10.2

Trivedi to Marsh, 1 run, fuller on his pads and tapped back to the bowler, he fails to latch on to it and they take a single

10.3

Trivedi to Gilchrist, 1 run, now goes down the track to smack it away but the slowness of the delivery, and probably of the pitch, makes him mistime the stroke, rolls over to long-on for a single

10.4

Trivedi to Marsh, 2 runs, tries to cut it away and the top edge goes over the the keeper's gloves, he was up to the stumps and that's beaten him

10.5

Trivedi to Marsh, 1 run, very outside the off and on a good length, he was looking to cut it again but bit of a bottom edge that runs away to the off side, where the short cover fielder fields

10.6

Trivedi to Gilchrist, 2 runs, on his pads and tucked away to the leg side for another couple of runs

End of over 11 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 85/1 (RR: 7.72)
AC Gilchrist    38* (25b 6x4)      SK Trivedi    2-0-18-0
SE Marsh    45* (38b 4x4 1x6)      KK Cooper    1-0-9-0

Vipin Agarwal: "I love IPL but it don't like it when the bowlers like Cooper gets repeated chances even after missing his line/length on a consistent basis, he seems to be a bowler who relies on bowler mistakes rather than his own skills"

11.1

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, slapped and through the covers but straight to the fielder, it was fuller and outside the off and hit well but does not find the gap

11.2

Watson to Gilchrist, no run, short of length and slower, wants to unwind and cut it away, hits it straight to the fielder

11.3

Watson to Gilchrist, 1 run, that's shorter one but he's cleverly held his pace back, he goes for a pull but it does not go where he intended, runs over to long-on for a single

11.4

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third-man for a single

11.5

Watson to Gilchrist, 1 run, swings because that's in his arc, unfortunately it does not go into the park, just bounces off gently to the fielder at deep square-leg for a single

11.6

Watson to Marsh, 4 leg byes, on his pads and he wants to flick it, gets no bat on it but runs away to the fine-leg fence off his pads

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 93/1 (RR: 7.75)
SE Marsh    47* (41b 4x4 1x6)      SR Watson    2-0-11-0
AC Gilchrist    40* (28b 6x4)      SK Trivedi    2-0-18-0

12.1

Faulkner to Gilchrist, no run, on his pads and very full, surprisingly, he was looking to play it to the off side, and misses

12.2

Faulkner to Gilchrist, 1 run, and it's a similar delivery, same line and length, and he goes down the track and hits it down to long-on for a single

12.3

Faulkner to Marsh, 2 runs, flicked away to the leg side for a couple of runs

Incidentally, this is the highest score by Gilly for Punjab at Mohali.

12.4

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, on his pads and there's a fielder close in on the leg side, they don't get a single

12.5

Faulkner to Marsh, FOUR, very straight and full and easily tucked away through fine-leg for a four, beats the fielder inside the circle to get to his 50, well played!

12.6

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, outside the off stump and wants to cut it away, misses

End of over 13 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 100/1 (RR: 7.69)
SE Marsh    53* (45b 5x4 1x6)      JP Faulkner    2-0-16-0
AC Gilchrist    41* (30b 6x4)      SR Watson    2-0-11-0

S Ghosh: "I seem to remember Muralitharan being run out by the New Zealanders after he completed a run, then ran towards the other batsman as he had got a 100. That was truly pathetic." I do too. That was a shocker I agree, but I often see many batsmen touch their bat on the crease, show it to the umpire and then leave the crease, why can't everyone do that?

13.1

Cooper to Gilchrist, 1 run, lofts him but not off the middle either, no timing there and it lobs up to mid-wicket for a signel

13.2

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, tries to bludgeon it away and hits it straight too but without too much power and they don't get back for the second

13.3

Cooper to Gilchrist, OUT, catch it, yes he does! gone, caught and bowled! slower one and he was looking to play it through the off side but has to check his stroke, only managing to lob it back to the bowler, easily caught

AC Gilchrist c & b Cooper 42 (58m 32b 6x4 0x6) SR: 131.25

13.4

Cooper to Hussey, 1 run, on the middle stump and on a good length, he's back and flicking to the leg side for a single

13.5

Cooper to Marsh, no run, slower one and it's tapped back to the bowler, taking the pace off it is making it difficult for the batsmen

13.6

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and all he can do is to pat it down to long-on for a single

End of over 14 (4 runs) Kings XI Punjab 104/2 (RR: 7.42)
SE Marsh    55* (48b 5x4 1x6)      KK Cooper    2-0-13-1
DJ Hussey    1* (1b)      JP Faulkner    2-0-16-0

Anwar: "Why wouldn't you send the inform batsman Miller? This is what annoys me - as much as I respect David, Miller deserves to go before him!!"

14.1

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and he's hit it down the ground, driven straight to long-off for a single

14.2

Watson to Hussey, no run, on his pads, on a length too and tapped to the short mid-wicket fielder

14.3

Watson to Hussey, OUT, bowled him, was that reverse swing? it was fuller in length and Hussey was looking to go down the track and flick it over the leg side, but the ball swings back into him and he misses it completely, bowled!

DJ Hussey b Watson 1 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Miller's arrival, long awaited. He's in now.

Surya: "@S Ghosh Can you post the video link for the incident you mentioned" Here you go.

14.4

Watson to Miller, no run, fuller on the off stump, no room and he drives it back, in the V and to the mid-off fielder

14.5

Watson to Miller, 1 leg bye, on his pads and he flicks it to the leg side, bit of swing back into him and hits the pads, rolls over to the on-side for a leg-bye

14.6

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, short of length and that's pulled away hard and straight to the deep square-leg fielder for a single

Time-out now.

End of over 15 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 107/3 (RR: 7.13)
SE Marsh    57* (50b 5x4 1x6)      SR Watson    3-0-13-1
DA Miller    0* (2b)      KK Cooper    2-0-13-1

Faulkner with the ball.

15.1

Faulkner to Marsh, no run, yorker length ball and unless I am seeing things, there's a definite case of some reverse back into the batsman, digs it out

15.2

Faulkner to Marsh, SIX, and now he's hit it over long-on for a six! fuller and right into his slot, he's cracked it over long-on for a biggie!

15.3

Faulkner to Marsh, 1 run, shorter in length immediately, tapped away to the off side for a single

15.4

Faulkner to Miller, 1 run, fuller and swinging back into the left-hander, driven down to long-on for a single

15.5

Faulkner to Marsh, FOUR, outside the off and that's drilled through the covers for a four, that's Marsh coming into his own after a relatively slow start

15.6

Faulkner to Marsh, 1 run, slower one and shorter in length, easily tapped away to retain strike

End of over 16 (13 runs) Kings XI Punjab 120/3 (RR: 7.50)
SE Marsh    69* (55b 6x4 2x6)      JP Faulkner    3-0-29-0
DA Miller    1* (3b)      SR Watson    3-0-13-1

16.1

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, full on the middle stump and he drives it down to long-off for a single

16.2

Cooper to Miller, no run, slower one, on a length and he has to quickly adapt to it, taps it in front of him and the bowler runs over to prevent the single

16.3

Cooper to Miller, 1 run, on his pads and flicked away to the deep square-leg for a single

16.4

Cooper to Marsh, 2 runs, goes for a big heave across the line but does not connect properly and it's run away to backward square-leg for a couple

16.5

Cooper to Marsh, 2 runs, and now he's dropped! Dravid's dropped a relatively simple catch, he was looking to loft it over the off side but gets the toe of the bat, goes high and through Dravid's hands in the covers

16.6

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, and now again, beats the full-bloodied cut shot and it's gone in the air and fallen just short of the fielder at deep cover

End of over 17 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 127/3 (RR: 7.47)
SE Marsh    75* (59b 6x4 2x6)      KK Cooper    3-0-20-1
DA Miller    2* (5b)      JP Faulkner    3-0-29-0

17.1

Watson to Marsh, no run, goes for a big hit, slower one that and he is too early in his shot, beaten

17.2

Watson to Marsh, 1 leg bye, full-toss on his pads and he's missed it! was looking to flick it away and gets no bat on on it, runs over to the off side for a leg-bye

17.3

Watson to Miller, 2 runs, wide outside the off stump, in fact wide enough to be called one had he left it, but he does not, goes after it and hits it through to deep extra-cover for a couple

17.4

Watson to Miller, 2 runs, punched on the up and it's gone in the same region as the previous one, easily taken couple of runs for Miller

17.5

Watson to Miller, 1 run, full-toss on the off stump, it was right in his slot and he can only drill it down to long-off for a single

17.6

Watson to Marsh, 1 run, full-toss and he can only push it to the deep mid-wicket for a single, good over in the circumstance by Watto

End of over 18 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 134/3 (RR: 7.44)
SE Marsh    76* (62b 6x4 2x6)      SR Watson    4-0-19-1
DA Miller    7* (8b)      KK Cooper    3-0-20-1

Cooper to bowl his fourth.

18.1

Cooper to Marsh, 1 run, shorter in length and pulled straight to the deep square-leg fielder for a single

Neeraj Gupta: "Faulkner has started well in this tournament promising for prospect Purple cap...but in the last 3 matches (including this) his economy has averaged above alarming 9 with pity 3 wickets in total.."

18.2

Cooper to Miller, no run, goes down the track and wants to whack it away, not too much pace on the ball and he's beaten, bounces twice before getting to the keeper

18.3

Cooper to Miller, 1 run, shorter one and he's rolled his fingers over it, it reaches the batsman tomorrow, he taps it to to the leg side

18.4

Cooper to Marsh, OUT, and now he's bowled off a slower one! does not give too much pace on it, does not pitch it up either which means that he's got to make his own pace, he tries to do that by hitting it across the line, misses and the top of the middle stump is rattled

SE Marsh b Cooper 77 (83m 64b 6x4 2x6) SR: 120.31

18.5

Cooper to Gony, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump, not too slow this and he's pushed it to the long-on area for a single

Yashwanth: "No comment of viewers has been posted in the last 3 overs!!! No one is watching cricinfo or none of the posts are interesting????" Coincidentally, no boundaries in the last three overs as well.

18.6

Cooper to Miller, OUT, and that's gone again, Miller's innings is a short one! it was a slower one and he looks to pull it away, in fact he was looking to smoke it away on the leg side but never reached the pitch of the bat, hits it straight to deep mid-wicket and easily taken by Rahane

DA Miller c Rahane b Cooper 8 (22m 11b 0x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

End of over 19 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 137/5 (RR: 7.21)
     KK Cooper    4-0-23-3
MS Gony    1* (1b)      SR Watson    4-0-19-1

19.1

Faulkner to Sathish, 2 runs, slower one, rolls his fingers over the ball and he's able to hit it through extra-cover

19.2

Faulkner to Sathish, 1 run, on his pads and quicker, flicks it away to fine-leg for a single

Rakesh: "Somebody was asking Cooper relies on batsmen's mistake rather than his skills. Got to say that, buddy, he is smart enough to understand he is not a gifted player, but should'n a batsmen understand and play well without mistake. In that scenario the batsmen becomes unfit to play cricket if he does a mistake against unskilled bowler."

19.3

Faulkner to Gony, 2 runs, short of length and on his pads, easily flicked away to backward square-leg for a couple of runs

19.4

Faulkner to Gony, 1 wide, wide, wide outside the off stump, that was full but no way could the batsman have got close to it

19.4

Faulkner to Gony, OUT, outside the off stump and very full, he goes for a lofted off drive and hits it straight up and to the fielder at deep extra-cover

MS Gony c Samson b Faulkner 3 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.5

Faulkner to Sathish, 1 run, short of length and slower too, he wanted to pull it away but does not get any bat on it, they are still away for a single

19.6

Faulkner to Chawla, 1 run, yorker length delivery that's swinging into the batsman and he can only get some bat on it, single to the leg side

It was a slow pitch as Dravid thought it would be. What he also said at the toss was that it would ease out as the game progressed and if that happens, 146 should be a manageable chase. If not, things could get interesting. Marsh was the star of the shot despite looking out of touch to begin with. Gilchrist gave him good support too and was involved in a controversial run-out incident. Back in 10 for the chase.

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End of over 20 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 145/6
PP Chawla    1* (1b)      JP Faulkner    4-0-37-1
R Sathish    4* (3b)      KK Cooper    4-0-23-3
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May 9, 2013

Sanju Samson digs one out to the off side, Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Mohali, May 9, 2013

Sanju Samson digs one out to the off side

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May 9, 2013

Sanju Samson drives through the off side, Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, Mohali, May 9, 2013

Sanju Samson drives through the off side

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