Indian Premier League - 68th match

Sunrisers Hyderabad v Rajasthan Royals

Sunrisers Hyderabad won by 23 runs

Openers are out in the middle. Dravid with Rahane. So are the fielders. Steyn with the ball.

Punj: "Let us not forget Brendon Julian as well. I saw his few matches for Australia." Loved his almost-casual looking action.

Nripen: "I don't understand the logic not giving full quota of overs to strike bowlers when others have gone for some runs. Watson could have completed his full quota when he has figures of 1/19 in 3 overs. can someone comprehend and simplify please"

0.1

Steyn to Dravid, 1 run, swing away from the batsman and he guides it to third-man for a single

Suresh: "Suresh from Boston: Why are you not taking break today. Missing everyday quote "back in 10." that I see everyday before my lunch." Back from my break!

0.2

Steyn to Rahane, no run, ooh, shorter in length and it disappeared in the pitch, never came up and the batsman's looking puzzled by it

0.3

Steyn to Rahane, no run, fuller this time and he defends it to the off-side, was swinging away from the batsman again

0.4

Steyn to Rahane, no run, and now a bouncer under which he goes, did not have too many difficulties playing that, was a good ball and a pacy one at 145 km/hr

0.5

Steyn to Rahane, 1 run, length ball on his pads and rolls his wrist over it, flicked it to fine-leg for a single

0.6

Steyn to Dravid, 1 run, shorter in length and he was looking to play it down to third-man, bounces a tad higher than he expects but does well to tap it away

End of over 1 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 3/0 (134 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 7.05)
R Dravid    2* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    1* (4b)     

1.1

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, a good length ball from Ishant which makes the batsman almost grope at it, gets bit of an inside edge to the leg side

1.2

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, length ball on the off stump and punches it to short cover, that's come off the middle of the bat and White's doing the diving to his right, saves it

1.3

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, on a length and Dravid's on his back foot and defends it to the off side

1.4

I Sharma to Dravid, SIX, hooked away for a six! this was shorter from Ishant and Dravid goes after it, gets a top-edge and it goes a long way over fine-leg for a maximum

1.5

I Sharma to Dravid, FOUR, fuller on the middle stump, wasn't a bad ball but Dravid times it through mid-wicket for a four, a graceful looking push that earns him four!

1.6

I Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, on a length again but adjusts his line to outside the off stump, pokes at it and gets an inside edge to fine-leg for a single

End of over 2 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/0 (123 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.83)
R Dravid    13* (8b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    1-0-11-0
AM Rahane    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    1-0-3-0

2.1

Steyn to Dravid, 1 leg bye, not the best of deliveries, was on the pads but his pace is good and he only manages to flick it to fine-leg for a single

2.2

Steyn to Rahane, no run, shorter in length and he's quickly on to his back foot, tapped away to the leg side this time

2.3

Steyn to Rahane, no run, wow, he's cranking them up here and having a go at the batsman too, was on the off stump line and swinging away, looks to leave it and Steyn has a word with Rahane

2.4

Steyn to Rahane, no run, and keeps low again and the verbals are on! it was outside the off stump at pace, he was looking to defend from the back foot and sneaks under his bat, lot of words at Rahane who stares back

2.5

Steyn to Rahane, 1 run, bouncer now and Rahane wasn't expecting that one feels, gets a bit of bat to wade it away to fine-leg and now Steyn sends him his regards while he is completing the single

2.6

Steyn to Dravid, no run, bouncer and he goes under it and lets it go through

End of over 3 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 16/0 (121 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.11)
R Dravid    13* (10b 1x4 1x6)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-0
AM Rahane    2* (8b)      I Sharma    1-0-11-0

3.1

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, Rahane pushes it to the off side this time

MT: "@Nripen: He was 9 in 2 overs,and then went for 14 in his 3rd over. Dravid decision's to not give him 4th over is absolutely justified."

3.2

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, he wants to cut it and this time gets it off the middle, the fielder at point does well to get to it

3.3

I Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, shorter in length and he's on his back foot, taps it to square-leg for a single

Jagger: "@ Nripen - we in Australia are concerned Watson is bowling at all. Every ball we worry he will miss The Ashes campaign."

3.4

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, the good length bowling continues around the off stump channel and the captain can only knock it to the covers

Ramesh: "And what about the tall Bruce Reid and Michael Whitney [he destroyed India in Perth test I think in one of the tests]" Heady days of 'that' Perth Test match.

3.5

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, shorter in length but it keeps low, is able to flick it away to square-leg

3.6

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, shorter in length, just does not come on to the bat as he looks to go down the track and punch it through the covers, straight to White

End of over 4 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 17/0 (120 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 7.50)
R Dravid    13* (13b 1x4 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-12-0
AM Rahane    3* (11b)      DW Steyn    2-0-4-0

Karan Sharma is on

Naren: "Why is Steyn talking ? I thought his bowling did that enough already."

4.1

KV Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, slower, shorter and easily goes back and punches it to the covers for a single, a diving Dhawan does well

4.2

KV Sharma to Dravid, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven to wide long-off for a single

4.3

KV Sharma to Rahane, SIX, wow, that's come off the middle of the bat, sounded so good too, slog-swept over mid-wicket and it goes all the way, was a wrong 'un too

4.4

KV Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, shortens the length and flicked away to the leg side for a single

Vijay: "I still remember the headline that a leading daily gave after that match - 'Whitney makes Chutney of Indian innings'. he sure did"

sreekanth: "@Ramesh - I remember mike whitney more of as an anchor on a programme in AXN some time back :)"

4.5

KV Sharma to Dravid, FOUR, and that's now been slapped for a four, it was shorter in length and that's hit in the air for a long time, through backward point but beats all the fielders there

4.6

KV Sharma to Dravid, no run, defended back to the bowler this time, bit of a leading edge

End of over 5 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 30/0 (107 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.13)
R Dravid    18* (16b 2x4 1x6)      KV Sharma    1-0-13-0
AM Rahane    11* (14b 1x6)      I Sharma    2-0-12-0

5.1

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, shorter in length and it's kept low yet again, beats the bat through to the keeper

5.2

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, was giving himself room to play it over but then checks his shot and hits it to mid-off, he has a shy at the stumps does Perera and misses at the non-striker's end, Dravid looked just out

5.3

I Sharma to Rahane, 1 leg bye, shortish in length yet again and he was looking to flick it away, but bounces more than he thought it would, rolls off the pads to third-man for a single

5.4

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, 136.6 km/hr but it seems like it never arrived, gets bit of the bat and it rolls over to the off side

5.5

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, short of length and outside the off stump, this one has bounced a lot more than he expected and he wants to go for a drive, misses the outside edge

5.6

I Sharma to Dravid, 2 runs, on a length and wow, what a shot, this is pushed and finds the gap on the off side for a couple of runs

End of over 6 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/0 (104 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.42)
R Dravid    20* (19b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-14-0
AM Rahane    11* (17b 1x6)      KV Sharma    1-0-13-0

Pranav: "Is there a scorecard available for that Perth test ?" Here you go.

6.1

Sammy to Rahane, no run, on a good length and he's quickly on to his back foot, tapped away to mid-wicket for a single

6.2

Sammy to Rahane, 1 run, goes down the track to try and bring some power on it, can only get it up to long-on for a single

Davender: "Suneer, this time you can't ignore to publish this comment. RR need to finish this game in 11 overs to be at second place. This will force Chennai to win against RCB to grab the second place again."

6.3

Sammy to Dravid, 2 runs, shorter in length and flicked it away to the backward square-leg area for a single, but wait there's bit of a misfield at deep square-leg and they come back for the second

6.4

Sammy to Dravid, 1 run, slows it down drastically but Dravid still waits and cuts it well to the deep point fielder for a single

6.5

Sammy to Rahane, no run, wow and some bounce now, it was on a length and rears up on Rahane, wasn't at too much pace and he taps it to the leg side

6.6

Sammy to Rahane, no run, slows it down again, 96.5 km/hr and it's outside the off stump, taps it to short third-man for a single

End of over 7 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/0 (100 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 7.69)
AM Rahane    12* (21b 1x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-4-0
R Dravid    23* (21b 2x4 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-14-0

Mishra comes on.

7.1

Mishra to Dravid, no run, its slightly shorter and Dravid goes back to punch it to short cover

7.2

Mishra to Dravid, 2 runs, shortens his length again and Dravid's gone on to the back foot and flicked it to deep mid-wicket, Sammy misfields and they comes back for the second

7.3

Mishra to Dravid, OUT, gone, run-out, Dravid's walking back! shorter in length and he pushes it to the off, they go for a single but a misfield by the bowler followed by a good fielding effort from White and a direct hit at the non-striker's end sees Dravid out, by some distance too!

R Dravid run out 25 (32m 24b 2x4 1x6) SR: 104.16

Watson at three.

Umang: "@Davender: you are not taking into account the fact that CSK could lose to RCB and that would reduce their run-rate."

7.4

Mishra to Rahane, no run, fuller on his pads and he wants to sweep it away, straight to short fine-leg

7.5

Mishra to Rahane, no run, very full from the bowler and hits the pads, there's a huge appeal for Patel but Mishra does not appeal

7.6

Mishra to Rahane, no run, fullish from the bowler outside the off and driven back to the bowler

End of over 8 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 39/1 (98 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 8.16)
AM Rahane    12* (24b 1x6)      A Mishra    1-0-2-0
SR Watson    0* (0b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-4-0

Time-out time. Only 9 runs in the last three overs.

8.1

KV Sharma to Watson, no run, it's on a length outside the off and he wants to go back and cut it, bounces a tad more on him

8.2

KV Sharma to Watson, no run, fuller this time and Watto gets his bat and pad out and defends it to the off side

8.3

KV Sharma to Watson, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and that's flicked to deep mid-wicket for a single, Rahane wanted the second, Watson did not

8.4

KV Sharma to Rahane, OUT, goes down the track and hits it straight to the deep cover fielder! it was tossed up and he goes down the pitch to hit it over wide long-off but slices it more towards the deep extra-cover fielder, a scratchy knock comes to an end

AM Rahane c Dhawan b KV Sharma 12 (39m 25b 0x4 1x6) SR: 48.00

Samson at four.

8.5

KV Sharma to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped to the off side for a single, off the back foot this one

8.6

KV Sharma to Watson, 1 run, fuller on his middle stump and he easily drives it down to long-on for a single

End of over 9 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/2 (95 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 8.63)
SR Watson    2* (4b)      KV Sharma    2-0-16-1
SV Samson    1* (1b)      A Mishra    1-0-2-0

Watson makes Mishra wait. And then Mishra does the same by stopping before he delivers the ball. Bit of a friendly banter.

SAM: "A look at that Perth scorecard and a familiar story of the 90s - Tendulkar the lone man standing. Future generations will look at Tendo and compare his statistics to their heroes without the emotional undercurrents of the lone mighty warrior. Yes and Tendo was the only wall for years and years before Dravid actually made his place in cricketing world. Nostalgia :("

9.1

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, shorter in length and cut it away to the deep cover for a single

Kunal Pandya: "RR is making the same mistake they did in the last match by not sending Brad Hodge up in the batting order."

9.2

Mishra to Samson, no run, not too full, he comes forward before tapping it to the off side

9.3

Mishra to Samson, 1 run, tosses it up slightly more and spin away, pushed to the off side for a single

9.4

Mishra to Watson, no run, fuller on the middle stump, defended back to the bowler

9.5

Mishra to Watson, no run, floats it right up to the bat and that's defended to the off side

9.6

Mishra to Watson, no run, fuller from Mishra and driven back by Watson, not for runs though

End of over 10 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 44/2 (93 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.40, RRR: 9.30)
SR Watson    3* (8b)      A Mishra    2-0-4-0
SV Samson    2* (3b)      KV Sharma    2-0-16-1

93 needed off the last 10. Perera to bowl.

10.1

Perera to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and he opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

10.2

Perera to Watson, no run, on a length and outside the off stump, he defends it to the off side off the front foot

10.3

Perera to Watson, no run, ooh, bit of swing back into the batsman, he was looking to play it to the leg side but misses, hits the pads

10.4

Perera to Watson, 1 run, outside the off stump and on a length, opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

10.5

Perera to Samson, 1 run, good shot that, he was walking across the stumps and the bowler sends it down fuller on the middle stump, gets his bat down and flicks it to the leg side for a single

10.6

Perera to Watson, 2 runs, outside the off and well hit through backward point for a single, Steyn runs across to stop the second but Watson wants to come back, he does that despite a strong throw from the South African

End of over 11 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 49/2 (88 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.45, RRR: 9.77)
SR Watson    6* (12b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0
SV Samson    4* (5b)      A Mishra    2-0-4-0

11.1

Mishra to Samson, 1 run, on a length on the off stump and tapped through to the off side for a single

Anuj Agarwal: "The problem with defending a target against RR is that they have too many match winners to be comfortable against. Each of the likes of Watson, Binny and Hodge can single-handedly win the match even when they need 10 runs an over."

11.2

Mishra to Watson, no run, shorter in length and he looks to cut it away again, does not get it off the middle this time and it rolls across to the off side

11.3

Mishra to Watson, no run, that's very short from the bowler and he has the license to cut that one, does it hard but straight to the cover fielder

11.4

Mishra to Watson, 1 run, that's very short from the bowler but turning away, Watson does not cut it this time, wants to pull it but can get it away to long-on only

11.5

Mishra to Samson, OUT, gone, caught, straight to the long-off fielder! floats it up to the bat and entices it go over the top, he opens his stance a little but cannot get as much power as he would have wanted, straight to Steyn at long-off, three down now

SV Samson c Steyn b Mishra 5 (13m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

Stuart Binny at five.

11.6

Mishra to Binny, no run, huge appeal for a catch in the slips, but it seems to have come off the pads, it was a googly and beats the inside edge of the bat, hits the pad and lobs up to the slip, Sammy appeals hard and long.

End of over 12 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 51/3 (86 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.25, RRR: 10.75)
STR Binny    0* (1b)      A Mishra    3-0-6-1
SR Watson    7* (15b)      NLTC Perera    1-0-5-0

Shakib: "@Anuj..that's ironic actually. At the start, RR were underdogs. Binny was unknown. Watson was being hammered for being in the team. Hodge wasn't underestimated (still is actually). All credits goes to RR and its players for putting up great fights. Let's see if they can win a match away now"

12.1

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, short of length on the off stump and taps it to third-man for a single

Vishnu: "@Anuj Agarwal, I slightly disagree with your comments, I think most of the teams have match winners who can single handedly change the match, the only difference is RR players are doing it consistently."

12.2

I Sharma to Binny, 1 run, length ball again and on the off stump, he looks to open the face of the bat and dab it to the off side for a single

12.3

I Sharma to Watson, 2 wides, and wow, this one swings away from the batsman, he was looking to cut and beats the batsman, what's more it beats the keeper too and they go through for a run, wide called too

12.3

I Sharma to Binny, 1 run, shortish in length this time and he opens the face of the bat through to third-man for a single

12.4

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, that's a change in line this time, quite closer to the body, fuller on the middle stump and flicked away to deep mid-wicket for a single

Sreeharsha: "Hyderabad - Uppal track proved that it is a bowler friendly. Barring the match against Chennai. All others seem to be IPL low scoring (130 runs in 20 overs low scoring ??) and difficult to chase on."

12.5

I Sharma to Binny, 1 run, outside the off stump, not too quick off the pitch and he gently taps it to third-man for a single

12.6

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, and easily guides it away to the third-man for a single

End of over 13 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 59/3 (78 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.53, RRR: 11.14)
SR Watson    10* (18b)      I Sharma    4-0-22-0
STR Binny    3* (4b)      A Mishra    3-0-6-1

Time-out time now. Post the break, it's an asking rate of more than 11 and Watson to face Perera.

KK: "Switching between IPL and Lords test - don't know which is a test match"

Saurabh: "Rahane and Dravid's opening combination was doing a fair job in the first half of the tournament. They were making runs at fairly good pace to set it up for the most explosive batsmen to come. But in last few matches Rehane is really struggling and the run rate in first 10 overs has declined to far below accepted level. Need to partner Rehane with watto in coming days, so that the momentum can be maintained. If Rehane goes early then Dravid can come at one down."

13.1

Perera to Watson, 1 run, slower one outside the off stump and he loves playing it down to third-man for a single

Rohan: "That Epic moment when Rahul Dravid is only batsman above strike rate of 100 in RR batting list!!"

13.2

Perera to Binny, 1 run, on-drives and in the air to deep square-leg where there's a fielder who restricts it to a single

13.3

Perera to Watson, OUT, gone, caught, that's the end of Watson! was a short of length delivery, he looks to hit it over wide long-on but does not get it off the middle and Sammy's caught him there

SR Watson c Sammy b Perera 11 (32m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 55.00

Watson's now caught by West Indians at long-on in successive games.

13.4

Perera to Binny, no run, on a good length and bit of movement back into the batsman, defended to the off side

13.5

Perera to Binny, FOUR, short of length and it's been cut hard through point for a four, beats the in-fielder and the deep cover fielder cannot get to it either

13.6

Perera to Binny, OUT, bowled him, two of them, the stumps are lying scattered now!it's on a length and he was looking to play it across, misses it completely and the off and the middle stumps gets a solid knocking

STR Binny b Perera 8 (13m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 14 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 65/5 (72 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.64, RRR: 12.00)
     NLTC Perera    2-0-11-2
BJ Hodge    0* (0b)      I Sharma    4-0-22-0

Baby comes in. Joins Hodge. Both are yet to play a ball.

14.1

KV Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, tapped away and goes for a quick single

14.2

KV Sharma to Sachin Baby, 1 leg bye, on pads, spinning into the batsman and tucked away for a single

14.3

KV Sharma to Hodge, no run, fullish from the bowler, looks to defend off the front foot, defended with the ball hitting the pads

14.4

KV Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, that's a lot of bounce from a length, was looking to go back to cut but can only dab it down

14.5

KV Sharma to Sachin Baby, 1 run, shorter in length and easily tapped away to the deep square-leg region for a single

14.6

KV Sharma to Hodge, FOUR

End of over 15 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 73/5 (64 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 4.86, RRR: 12.80)
BJ Hodge    6* (4b 1x4)      KV Sharma    3-0-23-1
Sachin Baby    1* (2b)      NLTC Perera    2-0-11-2

Abhijeth: "They said last time that Perera's over was the turning point. Is it the same this time ? two wickets in one over ?"

15.1

Mishra to Sachin Baby, no run, googly that, or probably an offie, either way it turns away from the bat and he taps it to the leg side

15.2

Mishra to Sachin Baby, no run, and again, was a wrong 'un this time, wanted to pull it away but is beaten by a mile

15.3

Mishra to Sachin Baby, no run, and again! tosses it up, slows it down and beats the outside edge

15.4

Mishra to Sachin Baby, 2 runs, flatter, quicker and on his pads, tapped to the leg side for a quickly taken couple of runs

15.5

Mishra to Sachin Baby, OUT, gone there, given lbw to a reverse sweep! he had no option but to go for the runs, he was looking to reverse it but gets no bat on it, it dips on the batsman and hits his pads, loud appeal follows and ump rules it in the favour of the bowler

Sachin Baby lbw b Mishra 3 (6m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

15.6

Mishra to Faulkner, no run, fuller, tossed right up to the bat and he brings his bat and pad out and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 16 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/6 (62 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.68, RRR: 15.50)
JP Faulkner    0* (1b)      A Mishra    4-0-8-2
BJ Hodge    6* (4b 1x4)      KV Sharma    3-0-23-1

2/8 in his four overs Mishra. Excellent stuff

16.1

KV Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and turning away, presses out the turn and taps to the off side for a single

16.2

KV Sharma to Faulkner, SIX, whoa, slog swept by the new man for a six over deep square-leg, it was flatter one and he smacks it

16.3

KV Sharma to Faulkner, OUT, and this time he's caught, was attempting to play that same stroke yet again, what it does is to get a leading edge that carries to long-off for a simple catch

JP Faulkner c Perera b KV Sharma 6 (3m 3b 0x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

16.4

KV Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, moves around to the off side and sweeps it well, but gets it away to the backward square-leg fielder for a single

16.5

KV Sharma to Cooper, no run, fuller and on the middle, driven back to the bowler

16.6

KV Sharma to Cooper, 2 runs, shortens his length and that's tapped to long-on for a couple of runs, the fielder had to run wide and into it

End of over 17 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/7 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 17.33)
KK Cooper    2* (2b)      KV Sharma    4-0-33-2
BJ Hodge    8* (6b 1x4)      A Mishra    4-0-8-2

52 needed from 18. Three a ball almost. Up to Hodge and Cooper now. Against Steyn.

17.1

Steyn to Hodge, OUT, bowled him, that's sent the off stump on a cart-wheel, it was outside the off and on a length, he had no option but to cut it, wasn't that quick and it sneaks through and hits the off, another down

BJ Hodge b Steyn 8 (16m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

17.2

Steyn to Tambe, no run, it's full, it's fast and it's swinging in, just gets his bat down in time and lobs up in front of the short mid-wicket fielder

17.3

Steyn to Tambe, no run, outside the off stump and pushed to the point fielder

17.4

Steyn to Tambe, 1 run, was shorter in length and the batsman was looking to fend away, gets some bat on it to the point fielder

17.5

Steyn to Cooper, 1 run, outside the off stump and on a length, it's defended to the covers

17.6

Steyn to Tambe, 1 leg bye, on his pads and flicked away to fine-leg for a single

End of over 18 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/8 (49 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 4.88, RRR: 24.50)
PV Tambe    1* (4b)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-1
KK Cooper    3* (3b)      KV Sharma    4-0-33-2

Perera to bowl this.

18.1

Perera to Tambe, 1 run, on the off stump and he's merely pushed it to White at short cover and gone for a quick one, bit of a fumble by the fielder allows them to go through

18.2

Perera to Cooper, SIX, tonked it away and for a six! it was a very full ball and he's give it his all, the width of the delivery allows him to swing it away and gets it over deep cover

18.3

Perera to Cooper, no run, and swings across the line this time, is a very slow ball and that's beaten him, through to the keeper

18.4

Perera to Cooper, 2 runs, quicker and yorker length, he manages to get some bat on it and rolls across to the deep mid-wicket region for a couple

18.5

Perera to Cooper, FOUR, and now he's hit over the in-field behind square for a four, it was fuller and gets some width again, the thick edge takes it to the vacant deep third-man area

18.6

Perera to Cooper, 1 run, a slower ball and that's clubbed to long-on for a single

End of over 19 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/8 (35 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.36, RRR: 35.00)
KK Cooper    16* (8b 1x4 1x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-25-2
PV Tambe    2* (5b)      DW Steyn    3-0-6-1

19.1

Steyn to Cooper, 2 runs, yorker length, a tad too full and he takes it as a full-toss and drills it through the covers

19.2

Steyn to Cooper, FOUR, and four more for Cooper, fuller outside the off stump and slices it over point for a four

19.3

Steyn to Cooper, FOUR, gives himself and absolutely tonks it through wide long-off, Sammy rushes across to stop it and it's gone through him here, poor effort from the fielder

19.4

Steyn to Cooper, OUT, and again, he throws his bat at it and gets the toe of the bat through to the deep point fielder, who takes a straight-forward catch

KK Cooper c Samantray b Steyn 26 (14m 12b 3x4 1x6) SR: 216.66

Hasan: "@Suneer: Just want to know the rules about player retention in next years auction....how many players can a team retain???" The retention-rules are yet to be released.

19.5

Steyn to Tambe, 1 run, fuller on the middle and it's tapped to the deep mid-wicket area for a single

19.6

Steyn to Trivedi, no run, short of length outside the off and he looks to poke at it, beaten, Hyderabad have won it comfortably in the end

That ends Rajasthan's league engagements and they now have a bit of a break before they play their playoffs game. Should do them good, as they now await one of Bangalore or Hyderabad. That also ends my stint at the commentary tonight, hope you had a decent time. Thanks for all your comments too, have a very good night!

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Hyderabad win by 23 runs in the end, with Rajasthan almost never looking like they were in the game chasing that score of 136. The required-rate kept creeping up all the time and the loss of wickets made it even more difficult for them.

With this win, Hyderabad now have 18 points (check points table here) and they go two clear of Bangalore. This not only means that Punjab have now been knocked out, but also that Bangalore needs to win their last game against Chennai in order to remain in the tournament.

mik: "Surprise to see no appreciation for Biplab Samantray. The lad has top scored and won two matches for Sunrisers. Proud of our this Oriya lad :)"

vikram: "This results means that CSK and MI are the top two teams this ipl...so they will play the qualifier 1 and also are into the champions league...."

Ravi Varma: "What if hyderabad is in 4th position after all the matches and wins their next three matches(Qualifier 1,Qualifier2 and final) ? they still not eligible for champions league?" The winner of the Eliminator match will go through to the main draw of the Champions League along with Chennai and Mumbai. The losing team in that Eliminator will qualify for the Champions League qualifiers.

Hari: "You didn't mention this. This RR's loss made sure CSK and MI will end up in top two and will play the first qualifier." Yep, that too, thanks!

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Presentation:

Dravid: Showed some good intensity on the field, probably were a spinner light for this pitch. Credit to them for scoring those many, Mishra bowled very too well too and we got bogged down in the middle. Have struggled on wickets like these, slower and lower ones. Hopefully will have better wickets in the playoffs.

White: Never smooth sailing against Rajasthan but we fought hard here. We knew we were not too far away from a defendable target, bowled and fielded well here. Credit to the guys for keeping their calm.

Amit Mishra, man of the match: I want to thank the crowd at Hyderabad, getting a lot of support. Not only me, the entire team is doing well, getting confidence by their encouragement, I thank god, for allowing me come back from injury and working hard.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 113/9 (24 runs required)
SK Trivedi    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    4-0-17-2
PV Tambe    3* (6b)      NLTC Perera    3-0-25-2
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