Indian Premier League

Rajasthan Royals v Sunrisers Hyderabad

Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Dravid opening the innings with Rahane. Dale Steyn with the ball.

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0.1

Steyn to Dravid, no run, short of length and on the middle stump, it was swinging away and he wanted to play it through the line, gets an inside edge to the leg side

0.2

Steyn to Dravid, no run, puts it fuller this time and again bit of swing away, defended back to the bowler

0.3

Steyn to Dravid, no run, on a good length and on the off stump, he's solid as ever and tapped to the off side

0.4

Steyn to Dravid, no run, short of length and the same line, on the off stump and defended to mid-off

0.5

Steyn to Dravid, FOUR, shorter this time and outside the off stump, looks to pull it away, not quite off the middle of the bat but pulled well enough to get it through mid-wicket for a four

0.6

Steyn to Dravid, FOUR, and again, four more, off a contrasting stroke there, was much fuller and on the leg stump, neatly flicked through mid-wicket for another four!

End of over 1 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (125 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.57)
R Dravid    8* (6b 2x4)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0
AM Rahane    0* (0b)     

Sammy's on the microphone and shouts out something on the lines of "We have defended this total lot of times!"

Shankar Narayana: "I would like to see Watson should come out along with Dravid rather than Rahane.. Let Dravid take the responsibility of handling Steyn and Watson should play sensible attacking innings from the other end, when the ball is new & hard.."

1.1

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, fuller and on the middle stump, tipped to the leg side but to the fielder there

Sammy was on a wide slip. Now moves to short mid-wicket. Explains the rationale on the microphone too.

1.2

I Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, not the best of lines, down the leg side and easily clipped away to deep square-leg for a single

1.3

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, fuller n the off stump and pushed it to mid-off where Perera rushes across to field it

1.4

I Sharma to Dravid, FOUR, that's not good bowling from Ishant, was looking to cramp him for room but Dravid gets it easily away through mid-wicket, beats Sammy there and it rushes away for a four

1.5

I Sharma to Dravid, no run, gets the line outside the off stump and he gets his bat and pad together and defends it to the off side

1.6

I Sharma to Dravid, OUT, leading edge and gone, caught at point! it was on the middle stump, he was looking to flick it away like he's been doing so far, on replays it looks like there was some movement away to the off side and the leading edge's taken it straight to the fielder

R Dravid c KV Sharma b I Sharma 12 (10m 10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

End of over 2 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 13/1 (120 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 6.66)
     I Sharma    1-0-5-1
AM Rahane    1* (2b)      DW Steyn    1-0-8-0

Watson at three.

Abhinav M Kulkarni: "@Shankar Narayana: I would rather see Dravid and Rahane open, keep their wickets intact for 8 odd overs, even if that means going at 6 ROP rather than required 6.6 RPO. Others can then easily do the rest of the job."

2.1

Steyn to Rahane, 2 runs, quicker and drifts it on to his pads yet again, carefully tucked around the corner to backward square-leg for a couple of runs

2.2

Steyn to Rahane, no run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, it's defended off the back foot to the covers

2.3

Steyn to Rahane, no run, nice punch but straight to the cover fielder, length ball and outside the off stump, no swing there

2.4

Steyn to Rahane, no run, gets closer to the middle stump this time, Rahane glances it away to short fine-leg but straight to the fielder

2.5

Steyn to Rahane, no run, slower one outside the off stump and again, he's gotten his foot out and defended to the off side

2.6

Steyn to Rahane, no run, another one on the off stump, shorter in length and defended well off the back foot, back to the bowler

End of over 3 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 15/1 (118 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.94)
AM Rahane    3* (8b)      DW Steyn    2-0-10-0
SR Watson    0* (0b)      I Sharma    1-0-5-1

3.1

I Sharma to Watson, FOUR, cracked away for a four, he's been bowled a length ball and crack, gone away through the covers, on the up and to the fence!

3.2

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, short of length and on the middle stump, easily tucked around the corner for a single

3.3

I Sharma to Rahane, no run, on a good length outside the off stump, punches it to the off side but its straight to the extra-cover fielder

3.4

I Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, and now he walks across to the off side but flicks it to the leg side, plays it very late too and gets a single

3.5

I Sharma to Watson, FOUR, it was a length ball but the bad bit was that it was too far down the leg side and easily clipped over the short fine-leg fielder for a boundary!

3.6

I Sharma to Watson, no run, shorter in length and outside the off, bit of seam away and he cuts it straight to the backward point fielder

End of over 4 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 25/1 (108 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 6.75)
SR Watson    9* (4b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-0-15-1
AM Rahane    4* (10b)      DW Steyn    2-0-10-0

Perera comes on.

Hyd Fans: "Excellent, excellent stuff from Hyd bowlers. Continue this for next 4 overs and get Watson wicket, its not that hard, you can do it."

Sandeep Raghuvanshi: "I hope RR wins today.. can't wait to see next round of Pollard vs Watso .. would be fun, trust me .."

4.1

Perera to Rahane, 1 run, walks across the stumps and flicks it away to deep square-leg for a single

4.2

Perera to Watson, 1 run, short of length on the middle stump, tapped away to the leg side for a single

4.3

Perera to Rahane, 1 run, swung across the line now, was on the off stump and he looks to get it over mid-wicket, bit of an inside-edge for a single

4.4

Perera to Watson, no run, on a good length and the off-stump line, defended off the front foot to the off side

4.5

Perera to Watson, no run, shorter in length and tapped to mid-on, straight to the fielder and it keeps them rooted to their crease

4.6

Perera to Watson, no run, shorter in length and he was looking to go back and punch it back, gets it off the toe of the bat back to the bowler

End of over 5 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/1 (105 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 7.00)
SR Watson    10* (8b 2x4)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    6* (12b)      I Sharma    2-0-15-1

Manasvi: "Everyone's talking about Watto (and for good reason too) but Rahane's performance will be crucial. If he can play the anchor role and score a 40+ score at a SR of 110-120, that will suffice."

5.1

I Sharma to Rahane, SIX, wow, what a shot, and it's gone all the way! it's one the best timed shots you will see on this kind of a track, it was on the off stump and he's chipped down the track and just tapped over the bowler's head, short-arm jab and all the way

5.2

I Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, on the pads and flicked away to the leg side for a single

5.3

I Sharma to Watson, FOUR, and now Watson goes over the top, not as classy as the Rahane shot, and does not get a six either, but it's a good shot alright, it was on a length and he's gone through the line and it goes over mid-wicket for a four

5.4

I Sharma to Watson, no run, big appeal for an lbw, that was a big appeal from a lot of them on the field but given not-out, hits the pads from a length and it looked like going down the leg side

5.5

I Sharma to Watson, FOUR, length ball and on the middle stump, not the line you want to bowl with the fielder up inside the circle at fine-leg, uses the pace of the bat and flicks it away for a four

5.6

I Sharma to Watson, 1 run, and again, what's with that line of bowling so close to the middle and leg line, easily flicked away to the deep square-leg for a single

End of over 6 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 44/1 (89 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.35)
SR Watson    19* (12b 4x4)      I Sharma    3-0-31-1
AM Rahane    13* (14b 1x6)      NLTC Perera    1-0-3-0

Karan Sharma comes on.

6.1

KV Sharma to Watson, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven back to the bowler, misfielded by the bowler and they cross for a single

Rehan: "Why Ishant why? Anand Rajan was good last game and he gets replaced by Ishant who will provide the pace which batsmen need on this wicket.."

6.2

KV Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, that's floated up to the bat and up to him, driven to long-on for a single

6.3

KV Sharma to Watson, FOUR, very short and it's muscled away through mid-wicket for a four! that was hit rather hard by the Aussie all-rounder and it takes no time to get to the boundary

6.4

KV Sharma to Watson, OUT, what a catch! sensational from Sammy! Watson's gone! that was shorter again and he goes for a pull yet again, gets it right out of the screws and would have gone for a six any other time, only this time it's a charged up Sammy who jumps high, as high as he can and plucks out a beauty!

SR Watson c Sammy b KV Sharma 24 (20m 15b 5x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

Yagnik at four. Words exchanged between the new-comer and Ishant.

Dheeraj : "Rehan, you don't get it do you. Ishant was just "unlucky" to get whacked today, just like he is usually unlucky in picking up wickets"

6.5

KV Sharma to Yagnik, no run, shorter and spins back into the batsman, was looking to play off the back foot, misses the bat and hits his pads, appeal for an lbw but going down

6.6

KV Sharma to Yagnik, no run, shorter in length and defended back to the bowler off the back-foot

End of over 7 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 50/2 (83 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 7.14, RRR: 6.38)
DH Yagnik    0* (2b)      KV Sharma    1-0-6-1
AM Rahane    14* (15b 1x6)      I Sharma    3-0-31-1

Time-out time.

So some needle on the field. Started with Watson staring back at the bowler after hitting the boundary. Then Karan gave him a good, little stare after dismissing him. Ishant got involved too at some time and had a word with the out-going batsman, and then with Yagnik.

Amar Sujith Punyakoti: "Again Watto holes out to a West Indian." And again, it's a good catch on the boundary.

Suman: "Was the catch better than that of Pollard's ??!!" I think we will need a vote to decide that one.

7.1

Sammy to Rahane, 2 runs, short of length and flicked away to backward square-leg for an easily taken couple of runs

Sai: "Spin is introduced for the first time on this pitch after 26 overs and wicket has fallen in the first over itself. We must give this wicket to Sammy for his exceptional catch."

7.2

Sammy to Rahane, 1 run, short of length on the off stump and tapped back to long-on for a single

7.3

Sammy to Yagnik, no run, round the stumps and outside the off, tapped to the off side and wanted to rush off but sent back by Rahane

7.4

Sammy to Yagnik, OUT, what a poor stroke, now why would you do that? it was on the off stump from round the stumps, it was on a length and with the run-rate needed at less than 6.5, he could have done better than tried to slog it away, misses and the off stump and sent flat on the ground

DH Yagnik b Sammy 0 (6m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

7.5

Sammy to Binny, 1 run, on his pads off a good length, chipped away to the leg side for a single

7.6

Sammy to Rahane, 1 run, short of length yet again, he's quickly back and flicked away to deep square for a single

End of over 8 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 55/3 (78 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 6.50)
AM Rahane    18* (18b 1x6)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-1
STR Binny    1* (1b)      KV Sharma    1-0-6-1

8.1

Mishra to Rahane, no run, fuller on the off stump and driven straight to the covers

8.2

Mishra to Rahane, OUT, gone, caught and bowled, soft dismissal this! floated up to the bat this one, he was looking to drive it down the ground but can only lob it back to the bowler and Mishra has got number four

AM Rahane c & b Mishra 18 (42m 20b 0x4 1x6) SR: 90.00

Sanju Samson at six.

8.3

Mishra to Samson, no run, fuller on the pads and spinning away, pushed into the covers

8.4

Mishra to Samson, no run, slows it down this one, on a length and spinning away, defended to the off side again

8.5

Mishra to Samson, no run, straighter this time, wrong 'un and it bounces more than he expects, defended to the leg side

8.6

Mishra to Samson, no run, shorter delivery, outside the off stump but a straighter one, tapped back to the bowler to end a maiden, a wicket-taking one too

End of over 9 (wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 55/4 (78 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.11, RRR: 7.09)
SV Samson    0* (4b)      A Mishra    1-1-0-1
STR Binny    1* (1b)      DJG Sammy    1-0-5-1

Costa: "Just past 3am here in Australia and I've got work tomorrow morning but work isn't stopping me from watching cricket. GO SRH!!!"

9.1

Sammy to Binny, no run, short of length outside the off stump, goes down the track and opens the face of the bat to get it to point

9.2

Sammy to Binny, no run, length ball on the off stump and defended off the front foot, straight to the fielder

9.3

Sammy to Binny, 1 run, over the in-field for a single, he was looking to throw his bat at that one, gets an outside edge to deep cover

9.4

Sammy to Samson, 1 run, length ball on his pads and classy punch through the mid-wicket for a single, chased down well by Dhawan and restricts it to one

9.5

Sammy to Binny, no run, on his pads again, 126.9 km/hr, wants to flick it away but hits his pads instead

9.6

Sammy to Binny, OUT, bowled him, this is hara-kiri from the batsmen, was on a length and there was a bit of an inward cut, he looks to play it through the off side and in doing so leaves a lot of gap between the bat and the pad, sneaks through easily and bowled

STR Binny b Sammy 2 (10m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 10 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 57/5 (76 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.70, RRR: 7.60)
     DJG Sammy    2-0-7-2
SV Samson    1* (5b)      A Mishra    1-1-0-1

76 needed off 10. The required rate's gone up marginally.

Asif: "Asif " And here @ Chicago - 12:12 in the afternoon... I stopped to go for my lunch to support RR : hope they win soon- I can go for my lunch ""

10.1

Mishra to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and easily tapped down to long-off for a single

10.2

Mishra to Hodge, 1 run, a change in run-up from Mishra, comes more across than straighter, pushed into the covers for a single

10.3

Mishra to Samson, 2 runs, tosses it up to the bat and tucked away to long-on, it's not hit too hard and they are able to come back for a second

10.4

Mishra to Samson, no run, fuller outside the off stump, driven but straight to White at short cover

10.5

Mishra to Samson, no run, slows it down and on the off stump, turning away and defended to the off side

10.6

Mishra to Samson, 1 run, on a length and tapped down to long-off for a single

End of over 11 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/5 (71 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.63, RRR: 7.88)
SV Samson    5* (10b)      A Mishra    2-1-5-1
BJ Hodge    1* (1b)      DJG Sammy    2-0-7-2

11.1

Sammy to Samson, 1 run, on a good length outside the off stump and tapped to the off side, they are away for a quick single, Vihari gets a good bounce but misses the stumps, Hodge looked in

11.2

Sammy to Hodge, no run, fuller on the middle stump and defended to the off side, was on the front foot there

11.3

Sammy to Hodge, 1 run, on a length and that's nicely played through point for a single, the third-man comes around to field it

11.4

Sammy to Samson, 1 run, on a length outside the off stump and punched down the ground for a single, was in the air but distant right of the bowler

11.5

Sammy to Hodge, FOUR, wow, that's some shot, it was caressed through the off side, was on a length outside the off again and he drives it through the covers, first beats the short cover, then beats the diving mid-off and it rushes off

11.6

Sammy to Hodge, 1 run, short of length outside the off and tapped through to the sweeper fielder for a single

End of over 12 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 70/5 (63 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 7.87)
BJ Hodge    7* (5b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-15-2
SV Samson    7* (12b)      A Mishra    2-1-5-1

Mishra to bowl

12.1

Mishra to Hodge, no run, shorter outside the off and very slow, wants to cut it but beats the outside edge

12.2

Mishra to Hodge, 2 runs, this time he gets the cut going, was outside the off again and gets it wide of the sweeper fielder, comes back for a second

12.3

Mishra to Hodge, no run, on a length and driven back to the left of the bowler, he has to rush to his left to stop the single

12.4

Mishra to Hodge, 1 run, very full on the leg-stump line, drives it through the covers for another single again

GSS: "The moment of truth is finally here. After such a long journey a couple of overs can make a huge difference for either team. Who will step up to the challenge? Steyn? Mishra? Hodge? Samson?"

Or Ishant?

12.5

Mishra to Samson, no run, ooh, some turn there, was looking to run it down to third-man and that's gripped and turned, beats the outside edge

12.6

Mishra to Samson, no run, on the middle stump and fuller there, pushed back to the bowler now

End of over 13 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 73/5 (60 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.61, RRR: 8.57)
SV Samson    7* (14b)      A Mishra    3-1-8-1
BJ Hodge    10* (9b 1x4)      DJG Sammy    3-0-15-2

13.1

KV Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, pitches it right up to the bat and driven through the covers for a single

Sameer: "Did i hear somebody telling DROP Sammy, he is a complete entertainer with his bat, ball and the dance."

13.2

KV Sharma to Samson, 1 run, shorter in length and tapped down to long-on for a single

13.3

KV Sharma to Hodge, SIX, and that's gone for a six! Hodge reads that one, was a wrong 'un and slaps it over the bowler, goes all the way for maximum, much, much needed

13.4

KV Sharma to Hodge, no run, pitches it up to the bat and defends it to the off side

13.5

KV Sharma to Hodge, SIX, shot, that's cracked, absolutely off the middle of the bat and it sounded like that too, slog-swept over deep square-leg area for another maximum!

Nice period of counter-attacking cricket here.

13.6

KV Sharma to Hodge, FOUR, bad ball this, the previous two weren't quite bad, but this is short and he's gone back and that's been pulled away through square-leg for another four

End of over 14 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/5 (42 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.00)
BJ Hodge    27* (14b 2x4 2x6)      KV Sharma    2-0-24-1
SV Samson    8* (15b)      A Mishra    3-1-8-1

Avanit: "With Cooper and Faulkner yet to come, Rajasthan have a deep batting line-up. And with Hodge still playing this match could be headed for an exciting finish! Wonder why Hodge is not sent up the order though." Probably because he can do what he did last over.

14.1

Mishra to Samson, 1 run, short of length and tapped down to long-on for a single

14.2

Mishra to Hodge, SIX, and now another six! third one this and suddenly the game's back in their favour, was on off the stump and thumped over long-off for another maximum, this is excellent stuff from the Aussie!

14.3

Mishra to Hodge, no run, short of length, outside the off stump and cut hard, straight to the point fielder

14.4

Mishra to Hodge, 1 run, the wrong 'un that, fuller, and driven to long-off for a single

14.5

Mishra to Samson, no run, fullish outside the off and defended to the point region, a loud shout of "No!"

Lot of words between Hodge and Mishra. Hodge has a smile on his face, Mishra not so much.

14.6

Mishra to Samson, no run, short of length and cuts it, but straight to the short cover fielder

End of over 15 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 99/5 (34 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.60, RRR: 6.80)
SV Samson    9* (18b)      A Mishra    4-1-16-1
BJ Hodge    34* (17b 2x4 3x6)      KV Sharma    2-0-24-1

Steyn's back. Vital over this.

15.1

Steyn to Hodge, 1 run, on a length and he was playing without too much of foot movement, gets it down to third-man for a single

15.2

Steyn to Samson, no run, short of length and on the off stump, tapped to the off side

15.3

Steyn to Samson, 1 run, short of length and outside the off stump, easily opens the face of the bat and gets it down to third-man for a single

15.4

Steyn to Hodge, 1 run, it's on a length yet again but the batsman's on the back foot and dabs it to the off side for a quick one

15.5

Steyn to Samson, OUT, that's gone, fast, furious and swinging back, easily beats the bat and thuds straight into the pads, hitting it right in front of the stumps and the stand's broken, another turnaround?

SV Samson lbw b Steyn 10 (29m 21b 0x4 0x6) SR: 47.61

Time-out time. 31 needed off 25. At the expense of sounding like a cliche, it's anybody's game from here (like it has been throughout).

Jury: "Wow, I am not watching the match live, but going my your comments, it is a sledgefest out there. Everyone is having a go at each other." It's been like that.

15.6

Steyn to Faulkner, no run, short of length and defended off the back foot to short mid-wicket

End of over 16 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/6 (31 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 7.75)
JP Faulkner    0* (1b)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-1
BJ Hodge    36* (19b 2x4 3x6)      A Mishra    4-1-16-1

16.1

Perera to Hodge, 1 run, on the middle stump line and a good length ball, tapped down to long-off for a single

Prabhakaran: "Thats is lovely bowling by Steyn!! the previous ball to Samson was a shorter one on the off side... and his next ball was fuller, right into his pads!! this is so good to watch..."

16.2

Perera to Faulkner, no run, shorter in length and he dabs it to the point fielder and rushes off, the non-striker was going nowhere and rightly so, it had gone straight to the point fielder

16.3

Perera to Faulkner, no run, another dot, defended to the off side, it was on a length yet again, played away to the off

16.4

Perera to Faulkner, FOUR, whoa, what a shot, that's a tad fuller and its been drilled through the extra-cover area for a four, gave himself some room there too and gets a good result

16.5

Perera to Faulkner, 1 run, pulls back the length and gets it back on line, middle stump, gets an inside edge to which there's an appeal, pops out nearby for a single

16.6

Perera to Hodge, no run, short of length outside the off and that's cracked, off the middle of the bat and it's been straight to the point fielder

End of over 17 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 108/6 (25 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 8.33)
BJ Hodge    37* (21b 2x4 3x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0
JP Faulkner    5* (5b 1x4)      DW Steyn    3-0-13-1

25 needed off 18. Steyn to bowl his last.

17.1

Steyn to Faulkner, no run, outside the off stump, on a length and he was looking to give himself some room to smack it over the off side, misses

17.2

Steyn to Faulkner, 1 run, tailing into the batsman and he was looking to swing away, gets an inside edge to the mid-wicket fielder, White should have fielded that, he could have got the batsman out, run-out, fumbles it and they are able to get back for one

Steyn's feeling ill. Calling out for some water. But now he's alright. Seems like an insect in his mouth.

17.3

Steyn to Hodge, 2 wides, bad ball that, down the leg side but well kept by the keeper, it's a wide and could have easily gone away for a four, it's given a wide but it's come off his pads there!

17.3

Steyn to Faulkner, no run, fuller on the middle and he wants to hit over the leg side, hit straight to the short mid-wicket fielder there

17.4

Steyn to Faulkner, FOUR, cracking shot, that's the best you can expect a number eight against a bowler of Steyn's calibre, was a fuller ball and smacked through the covers for a four!

17.5

Steyn to Faulkner, 1 run, full-toss this, was looking for another yorker I think and it's been tapped down to long-off for a single

17.6

Steyn to Hodge, 2 wides, down the leg side and that's another wide given, this was a wide alright, not clipped anything this time, Parthiv has a shy at it and Steyn misses it, overthrow there

17.6

Steyn to Faulkner, no run, shorter in length and was looking to play it down to third-man, misses the outside edge

End of over 18 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 118/6 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.55, RRR: 7.50)
JP Faulkner    11* (11b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-23-1
BJ Hodge    37* (21b 2x4 3x6)      NLTC Perera    2-0-9-0

10 off that Steyn over.

15 needed off 12. Discussion between White, Parthiv and Sammy. And they call up Perera to bowl this one.

Karthik T: "Steyn is like the nitro-boost in racing games. You need to time his use perfectly."

18.1

Perera to Hodge, 2 runs, ooh, wants to swing it across the line there, gets only an inside edge and wants to go for a single, Perera rushes across quickly and has a shy at the non-striker's end, was a poor throw and that allows them to come back for the second

13 from 11. Stops at the end of his bowling run-up.

18.2

Perera to Hodge, no run, another one, he was looking to slog it for the second time in as many balls and for the second time, he gets an inside edge, rolls back to the bowler

Capt Obvious: "That was quite un-Steyn-esque over..not disciplined at all!"

18.3

Perera to Hodge, no run, and a third swing, this is wider outside the off stump and misses, to the wicket-keeper

13 from nine now.

18.4

Perera to Hodge, 2 runs, finally he gets it off the middle of the bat, cracked through the off side, he was looking to mow it across the line all this while but this time he's caressed it through the covers, White does well to get close to it, but still gets them two

18.5

Perera to Hodge, no run, and was looking to hit it hard yet again, why is he slogging all of them, hits it back to the bowler on the bouce

18.6

Perera to Hodge, 1 run, full-toss outside the off stump, that round-arm action that so resembles Waqar Younis' and he plays it to the off side for a single

End of over 19 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 123/6 (10 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.47, RRR: 10.00)
BJ Hodge    42* (27b 2x4 3x6)      NLTC Perera    3-0-14-0
JP Faulkner    11* (11b 2x4)      DW Steyn    4-0-23-1

Gone down to the last over. 10 needed from six. Hodge takes first strike. Sammy has the ball. Gets his field sorted. Hyderabad had scored 10 off the last over too.

19.1

Sammy to Hodge, SIX, short of length and that's been hit over backward square-leg for a six! that's not the best ball you would bowl at this stage of the game, and Hodge takes full toll of it with the fine-leg up in side the circle

19.2

Sammy to Hodge, SIX, was fuller and he's been hit straight and over the long-on region for a six to finish it off, what a shot to win a Champions League T20 place!

Both Rajasthan and Hyderabad had had a very good tournament. Not too many would have expected them to come through to the playoffs and edging out teams like Bangalore and Kolkata to make it here was big. Tonight, one of those teams has entered the semi-final (second qualifier) and their captain Rahul Dravid has laid the gauntlet for the Mumbai Indians. That should be another cracker. For now though, it's all we have from here, have a good, good night!

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Presentation time.

White: Ebbed and flowed in those last few minutes, mixed emotions, Hodgey showed his true class. Good show from us through the tournament but disappointed to lose from here. We will be back next year, fighting harder. We weren't relying on any one person so that was a good thing.

Dravid: Been a pretty difficult week for us but to play a game like this and win was good. Didn't bat too well in that period between 7th-10th over, but it's a young side and they will learn. Hodge put his hand up and got us through. These games are competitive and there's always going to be a bit of a needle. Mumbai is a very good side, in some ways the pressure is on them. In many ways we have a moneyball team and will look to get going at Eden Gardens.

Brad Hodge is the man of the match: Was looking to get the Chris Gayle distance than the Hodge distance in the 19th over! Quite a frustrating week last and so was a good thing to dust it off and play cricket. There's been a lot of celebration going on in the tournament and I was just trying to show that I have got children too with my celebration.

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Exciting match in the end, with Rajasthan coming out on top. There wasn't much to choose from till the very end but the Hodge knock proved to be a crucial one, almost took the opposition by surprise. It must be said that Samson, despite being slow, played his part too in stalling the wicket-flow and that helped the Royals in the end.

Well done Hyderabad to have got back into the game on a couple of occasions there, once while batting and getting 65 off the last six and then picking up those wickets in the middle of the Rajasthan innings to restrict them to 57/5 in 10. Hodge got them out of trouble with that smacking half-century!

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Shikhar Ahuja: "When the commentators wee praising Sammy as someone who couldn't do no wrong earlier today, I was just thinking to myself, "All it takes is one over to spoil your day." Well played Sammy, looking forward to see you play for the Windies team soon."

sh: "SRH might have lost the match but most of them like me would say... SRH TAKE A BOW....You deserve it..."

Jai: "I was just about to say "Experience pays off" but what Hodgey did after hitting the winning runs was a tad uncool."

Sajitha Thoma: "ha ha.. Wat a way to end the match.. Sammy hit 2 sixes to take them to this position and now concedes those 2 sixes to keep them at the same position"

Viral Patel: "C.White missed the trick in last 5 overs. 5 Overs left, 3 from Perera and 2 from Steyn and he gave 16th over to Steyn. Had 16th over bowled by Perera, then Sammy would have never required to bowl. Bad Decision and Wrong Calculation cost Sun Risers the game."

Abhishek: "This means that CSK, MI and RR are in Champions League, correct?" Correct.

Sandeep: "We say this every season. Hodge is one of the best players who didn't get his due in the international stint. he even came one down once and got a double hundred in England. Only to be dropped the very next series. Well played today Hodge...."

Bandish: "Is it just me who actually enjoyed Hodge's shenanigans after winning the match? For one, he was just reciprocating the "child's play" signal to the person who started it!! And also shows how intense the players get!!"

Deepz: "What was it Hodge doing after hitting the second six..Was he pulling Samy ? OR did he have a baby too ?" He was rocking the cradle.

asjad: "That was some taliking by Rahul Dravid!! Putting pressure on Mumbai!!"

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