Indian Premier League

Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals

Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Dravid to take first strike. Johnson to take the new ball. A slip in place.

9.02 pm

Covers coming off the pitch. Umpires walking out. Still looking skyward but the game's on for now. The Mumbai fielders are walking out too now. The batsmen follow them out, Rahane and Dravid.

8.58 pm

There you go, the umpires are at the edge of the boundary, waiting to step over and...

...the pitch's getting covered now because it's still spitting.

8.55 pm

The openers, Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane, are out in the dugout. The Mumbai fielders are out in the middle, for the team photograph. Still a few drops here and there. TV anchor is optimistic the match will start on time.

Naren: "@Aditi: The Pollard-Watson soap opera will be more entertaining if you ask me ;)"

8.45 pm

Uggh. It's drizzling again. Not a lot though. The ground-staff is ready to rush out with the covers in case the situation worsens.

Punit: "I would've definitely been tempted to bring in Owais Shah for Kevon Cooper. Cooper's been expensive of late and what luxury you'd have if you had Shah and Hodge to come in at 6 and 7!! If not Shah Badree at the Eden Gardens would've been better in my opinion, as he is a spinner and also how can you ignore someone with a career economy rate of 4.90?"

Vikram Samal: "@Punit: Why tinker with a combination that won you a game on the same ground 2 days ago?? Kevon Cooper more or less is a spinning option nevertheless."

vishnu: "Where is Bumrah? I thought he did well in couple of league matches he got with his variety of action."

8.40 pm

For all those asking, Sachin Tendulkar isn't playing tonight. And Dhawal Kulkarni is still injured, he's been ruled out of IPL this season.

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Aditi: "The rain delay isn't ideal, but it has saved my Dad and me from losing a bit of the match to the soap operas on TV. It'll now be after dinner entertainment. Good luck Mr. Dravid. We hope you win. :)"

8.30 pm, Toss

Rahul Dravid at the toss. So is Rohit Sharma. It's not a full-house yet.

Rohit says the pitch looks a little harder than normal. Rahul has won the toss and Rajasthan will bat first. Rohit wanted to bat too.

No changes for Rajasthan. Mumbai Indians have brought in Rishi Dhawan for Munaf Patel.

8.25 pm

Rajesh Arockiasamy: "Rushed out of the meeting and ran into seat to open live scoreboard and disappointed to find raining. Oh!!.. its Eng vs NZ test. MM..!!.. Switched back to MI vs RR quickly.. Oh Ho!!!. Raining in EDEN too.. Was upset and looked around thru window.. Yes, its raining here in Somerville, USA too.."

Acceleratii Incredibulus: "@Rajesh Arockiasamy: You should be in Chennai now. We are cooking ourselves in this heat."

Tim: "@DJ, haven't heard the name Colonial Stadium in years. It's now called Etihad Stadium, but it's non sponsor name is Docklands Stadium. It's great, except the grass doesn't grow too well." Melbourne Renegades' home ground too.

Jithin: "@Raghu: I dont think they'll try to change the winning formation, and considering the fact that he has played only one match this season, it would really be a big gamble if RR plays him tonight!"

8.15 pm

jignesh: "why does it take 30 minutes between toss and start?" That's something I have wondered too. Especially in case of games which are delayed due to rains.

Raghu: "I guess Rahul could bring on Ashok Menaria as a surprise package..He batted well last season and he will provide the option of a spinner for RD...They could rest Dishanth Yagnik, have Sanju behind the stumps and get Menaria in"

There was a comment on the IPL playoffs format last game - it's called the Page-McIntyre system and was developed way back in the 1930s. Was developed for the Victorian Football League.

8.05 pm

Ganesh: "The game has not started yet..but I am not able to change the team :( ..is this because its past 8pm or its (un)likely that the match is not happening today??"

Rohit Mehta: "I am not able to make transfers on fantasy cricket as it says the game is live. We have not even had the toss yet. Why is it not allowing me to do so?"

I think it's because of the 8 pm deadline.

DJ from US: "With all the riches, its time for IPL to build a Melbourne colonial style stadium."

Praveen: "@ DJ - Gayle might oppose that colonial stadium idea. You cannot exactly measure his 105 mtrs+ sixes if they frequently hit the roof of the stadium!"

7.55 pm

Simon Doull tweets: "8-30 toss and 9pm start in Kolkata.." Still a 20-over-a-side encounter.

Gareth: "It's getting rather late here in Aus... Hope we get started soon." For now, it's been delayed by an hour.

Rakesh: "I am from Kolkata and trust me the weather here is tricky from last 10/12 days. Rain comes from nowhere at around 7.30-8PM ... I don't know what will happen to this qualifier and finals even if they have reserve days ...!!"

7.45 pm

Just to reiterate, there's a reserve day tomorrow in case the game gets abandoned tonight.

Anuj Dhir: "People are waiting to see Tendulkar, Pollard vs Watson, Rahul Dravid.. I am here to see Dwane Smith's Slogs over mid Wicket :D Cmmon Eden Gardens, show why you are 1 of the best stadiums out there, dry up quickly...."

Alan Wilkins tweets "RR v MI match delayed maybe an hour. It is not raining in Kolkata but it's going to be a late night of cricket!"

There's one cover on the field for now, on the outfield. The Super-Sopper's trying to get the water out. The umpires are having a chat with the curator Prabir Mukherjee.

7.35 pm

According to Sunil Gavaskar, the outfield is quite dry. The umpires are out in the middle and having a look around.

Sreedhar: "Well.. Rain Rain go away...!! :-/ I am just hoping that Rahul Dravid gets a good enough chance to complete a highly-successful stint as captain of the RR amidst all the nonsense chaos that happened...! Really hats off to this 40-year old servant of cricket...!!"

AR: "I am very curious to know the spinners Dravid will pick today... Its a pity he has few options.. I wish they win atleast for Dravid.. Such a sincere player" Speaking of spinners, the outfield could dictate that for both teams. If it's as dry as they claim it is, then could be looking

7.30 pm

mihir shah: "What happens if qualifier is completely washed out ? i mean today as well as tom does CSK win it even b4 the finals?"

So, if the game is abandoned today and on the reserve day tomorrow, here's what the rules say: If any of the Final, the Eliminator, Qualifier 1 or Qualifier 2 matches are tied, or there is no result, the following shall apply:

a. the relevant teams shall compete in a Super Over to determine which team is the winner of the match in question; and

b. if conditions do not permit a Super Over within the time available to determine the winner or if the Super Over is tied, then the team which, at the end of the relevant regular Season, finished in the higher position in the League table will be deemed the winner of the relevant play-off match.

Shirish: "All countries should ban visa entries to english weather, at least at venues where sports activity is on!!!" They failed to do that at Leeds too today. It continues to rain there.

Sarthak Aggarwal: "Can someone please tell me what did Sanjay Manjrekar Tweet, I am at work and accessing twitter is prohibited here." Tweeted a pic of rains at Eden Gardens and the ground covered. It looked much better the last time they showed the visuals, about 10 minutes back.

Naren: "@Sarthak: Accessing Twitter is not allowed at work but accessing cricinfo is ? There is a cricket lover in the upper management for sure ;)" Or in the tech-team.

7.20 pm

Hello, hello, good evening everyone, except that it's not quite so. And I am not even talking of events off the field. It was raining at the Eden Gardens some time ago and this is what Sanjay Manjrekar tweeted an hour or so ago. Suneer Chowdhary here to bring you the game tonight.

It no longer raining but it's still a few covers on the field. At 7.30 pm India time, the umpires will be out to carry out an inspection.

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5.55 pm A quick weather update. It's raining in Kolkata at the moment. The forecast for the evening is not too bad but some showers are expected. Apologies for that comment about saying there is no reserve day. There is one - tomorrow. But let's hope it isn't needed.

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0.1

Johnson to Dravid, no run, short of length and a tad wide outside the off stump, wants to cut it away but gets an inside edge and gathers no pace to the off side

0.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, back of length yet again and he's on his back foot, stands up tall and taps it to the leg side

0.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, good length from the bowler this time and he went for the drive without moving his feet, gets no edge on that en route the keeper

0.4

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, and shot now! it was very full and wide enough to drive it through the covers, it was timed perfectly and more vitally for the batsman, it goes in the gap

0.5

Johnson to Dravid, no run, brings his length back and defended into the covers by the batsman, to the left of the fielder and Rayadu dives to make the save

0.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, length ball outside the off and tapped to extra-cover

End of over 1 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 4/0 (RR: 4.00)
R Dravid    4* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    0* (0b)     

Rishi Dhawan to bowl over number 2.

Kalyan: "Surprised at Dravid's choice. Shouldn't he bowl in humid conditions with the bowling he has. Also, surprised to see no spinner (no Hogg or Badree) in the line-up in the most spin friendly pitch in IPL. Chavan and Chandila's absence will hurt the most in this pitch."

Gaurav: "Is Badree injured? I do not see any other reason why Dravid would not be playing him, specially here in Kolkata"

1.1

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, inside edged on to his pads and rolls over to the leg-side, that seamed back into the batsman who was looking to go for an off-drive

1.2

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, slightly wider and fuller this time and he drives it to mid-off, not well timed though

The towels are out. To dry the ball which could become wet regularly.

1.3

Dhawan to Rahane, 2 runs, swings back into the batsman and neatly flicked away to backward square-leg, there was a fielder much squarer and he needed to come around to field that

1.4

Dhawan to Rahane, FOUR, cut away for a four, it was shorter in length and outside the off stump, tapped through the covers, stands up tall while playing the stroke

1.5

Dhawan to Rahane, no run, and now fuller, the batsman expects that and gets forward to defend it to the covers

Slip is off.

1.6

Dhawan to Rahane, 1 run, again quite full and that's pushed into the covers, half-fielded and that allows the batsman to take a single off the last ball

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
AM Rahane    7* (6b 1x4)      R Dhawan    1-0-7-0
R Dravid    4* (6b 1x4)      MG Johnson    1-0-4-0

Mitch to continue.

2.1

Johnson to Rahane, 1 run, whoa, that's a bouncer that's shaken up Rahane, he was looking to hook it away and gets nowhere close to it, slams him on the helmet and it seems to have done enough damage for him to change his gear

That's hit him flush.

2.2

Johnson to Dravid, no run, short of length and he wants to cut it away again, was angling away and beats the outside edge of the bat

2.3

Johnson to Dravid, no run, gets it on the length and on the off stump length, pushes it into the covers

2.4

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, whoa, that's a four through mid-off, driven down the ground and Johnson has a word or two at Dravid, who seems to be in a mood to give back!

2.5

Johnson to Dravid, FOUR, and another one, flicked away to the square-leg for a four and Johnson continues to have a go at the batsman, Dravid goes up to the bowler and asks him again, "you want to say something?"

2.6

Johnson to Dravid, no run, and he goes for the pull now and misses, was short of length and a charged up batsman wants to go after it!

End of over 3 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (RR: 6.66)
R Dravid    12* (11b 3x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0
AM Rahane    8* (7b 1x4)      R Dhawan    1-0-7-0

That's an interesting start. Johnson and Dravid not holding back. Ojha with the ball now.

3.1

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, fuller on the middle stump and swept away to fine-leg for a single

Neelesh: "It's nice to see Dravid replying back to bowler..New Aggressive Dravid :)"

3.2

Ojha to Dravid, 1 run, fuller from round the stumps, driven to the covers for a single

3.3

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, inside edged to the short fine-leg area, while trying to play a defensive stroke, misfielded and they go off for a single

3.4

Ojha to Dravid, no run, shorter in length, was looking to cut it away, goes back and gets an inside edge

3.5

Ojha to Dravid, no run, and now he goes down the track to try and flick it away, gets an inside edge to the off side, Rahane wanted the single but sent back, he's well out but gets back with a dive

3.6

Ojha to Dravid, no run, shorter in length, rocks back and cuts hard, fielded well at backward point

End of over 4 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 23/0 (RR: 5.75)
R Dravid    13* (15b 3x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0
AM Rahane    10* (9b 1x4)      MG Johnson    2-0-13-0

Johnson continues.

4.1

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, and that's a classy cut, it was on a length and he bends his knee and gets it through the backward point region, almost uses the pace of the delivery to get it away

4.2

Johnson to Rahane, no run, round the stumps now and slows the pace down to 126.1 km/hr, gets it off the bottom of the bat to the off side

4.3

Johnson to Rahane, no run, shorter in length from round the stumps and he tries to punch it again, gets it straight to the fielder, one of the many on the off side

Andy Green: "Of all the colors available in the Universe , why did MI and RR have to pick the exact same shade for their uniforms? To make matters worse, even the designs are identical.I run a serious risk now of cheering for a team I don't intend to.."

4.4

Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, four more for Rahane now, this was pitched right up to the bat and outside the off stump, enough width to free his arms and gets it over the top, extra-cover and for a four!

4.5

Johnson to Rahane, no run, continues bowling full but this has pace taken off it, the drive is a good looking one but not in the gap on the off side

4.6

Johnson to Rahane, 1 wide, quicker, on a length but angling down the leg-side for a wide

4.6

Johnson to Rahane, 1 run, shorter in length and on the middle-stump line, tucked away behind square on the leg side for a single

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/0 (RR: 6.60)
AM Rahane    19* (15b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-23-0
R Dravid    13* (15b 3x4)      PP Ojha    1-0-3-0

Ojha continues.

5.1

Ojha to Rahane, 1 run, fullish in length from round the stumps, driven down the ground for a single

5.2

Ojha to Dravid, no run, shortens his length but cramps the batsman, who goes back and taps it down to mid-on

5.3

Ojha to Dravid, no run, another one that's on a length, he wants to cut, almost too hard and gets it back to the bowler

5.4

Ojha to Dravid, FOUR, and this time he does hit it hard and long, short of length and he gets back and hits it over wide long-on for a four, beats the deep mid-wicket fielder

5.5

Ojha to Dravid, FOUR, and that's a shot! takes it on the full almost like he expected it to be full, and sweeps it over square-leg now

5.6

Ojha to Dravid, no run, and now he wants to slog it away, too full to play that stroke, misses and the keeper gets his pads together to stall the byes

End of over 6 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/0 (RR: 7.00)
R Dravid    21* (20b 5x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-0
AM Rahane    20* (16b 3x4)      MG Johnson    3-0-23-0

Time-out now. And post that, it's Harbhajan with the ball.

Karl Correa: "The conditions should suit Malinga. He will get that late swing early in the match though. Rohit needs to get a breakthrough asap."

Brijesh Vyas: "@Andy Green...Please notice guys with bat are battting and and others are bowling and fielding...so go with that option to cheer ur team."

6.1

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, 1 run, floats it right up to the bat, and neatly plays it to square-leg for a single

6.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, shortens the length a tad this time, he was probably looking to slap it over but never got to the pitch of the ball and flicks it to short fine-leg

6.3

Harbhajan Singh to Rahane, OUT, bowled him, Harbhajan has a wicket in his first over! it was full on the leg-stump and he wants to sweep it away, misses it and rattles the stumps

AM Rahane b Harbhajan Singh 21 (30m 18b 3x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

Shane Watson at three. Not a lot of chirp so far I would imagine.

6.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, fuller, a tad flatter and he gets his bat and pad out and defends it back

6.5

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, full enough again but he prefers to go back and flick it away to the leg side

6.6

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, no run, quicker again, flatter in length too and tapped to short mid-wicket

End of over 7 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 44/1 (RR: 6.28)
SR Watson    0* (3b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-1
R Dravid    22* (21b 5x4)      PP Ojha    2-0-12-0

Ashok: "Colors - One of the reason why I like watching Big Bash :)" Teal, Magenta and Electric Green are three of them.

7.1

Ojha to Dravid, FOUR, whoa, that's been tossed up really high and he hits it inside out over the extra-cover area for a four

7.2

Ojha to Dravid, no run, slow enough but not as tossed up, on a good length and defended to the leg side

7.3

Ojha to Dravid, 1 run, and now he's on the back foot and pushes it to the mid-wicket area for a single

7.4

Ojha to Watson, no run, fuller and he gets on the front foot, pushes it back to the bowler

7.5

Ojha to Watson, FOUR, and now he's away, on the off stump and bit of turn away, gets back and cracks it through the backward point area for a four

7.6

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, fuller and angling into the batsman, squeezed through the leg side off the front foot and for a single

End of over 8 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/1 (RR: 6.75)
SR Watson    5* (6b 1x4)      PP Ojha    3-0-22-0
R Dravid    27* (24b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-2-1

Harbhajan continues

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, 1 run, shorter in length and easily tucked away to deep square-leg for a single

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, FOUR, that's not quite short from the bowler, but he still goes back and cuts it late through the backward point area for a four

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, on the middle stump and flicked away to fine-leg for a single

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Watson, OUT, and now he's gone, Watto has played a rather clumsy sweep there and top-edged to square-leg! It was a lot fuller than what the batsman expected probably and he was looking to flick it, gets the top edge of the bat and it pops up easily for the fielder to run back to the circle to pouch it

SR Watson c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 6 (8m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, no run, shorter in length again and he cuts it to the point region

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, fuller in length and on the middle stump, driven to long-on for a single

End of over 9 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/2 (RR: 6.77)
R Dravid    33* (28b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-9-2
SV Samson    0* (0b)      PP Ojha    3-0-22-0

Malinga with the ball now.

9.1

Malinga to Dravid, 2 runs, not the best lines to bowl, it was on his pads and on a length, well flicked to fine-leg where bit of a misfield allows them to come back for the second

9.2

Malinga to Dravid, 1 run, slows the pace down and on a length, tapped to deep cover for a single

9.3

Malinga to Samson, no run, slower one and that's almost beaten the batsman, played the stroke a tad too early, almost scoops back

9.4

Malinga to Samson, OUT, and hit up and it's caught! Not the best of strokes to play there, was another slower one and he went through with the shot, was looking to hit it over the mid-wicket region but that lack of pace beats him, it lobs high and Harbhajan is at it again, takes a good catch!

SV Samson c Harbhajan Singh b Malinga 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

9.5

Malinga to Dravid, no run, another slower one, taking the pace off regularly here, is on a length and he taps it to the leg side

9.6

Malinga to Dravid, 1 run, and again, very slow, almost needed to wait for some time before it arrived, flicked away to fine-leg for a single

End of over 10 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 65/3 (RR: 6.50)
R Dravid    37* (32b 7x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-1
STR Binny    0* (0b)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-9-2

Ankit: "RR consistently send Brad Hodge down the order and he's proven to be game-changer. This was the perfect opportunity to send him up the order, settle down and do some damage later but RR has missed out again!"

Viral Patel: "So far full marks to Rohit Sharma, he brought Ojha in the first six overs, and Malinga when inexperience Samson was at crease. Right bowling changes and field placements."

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up on a length and he goes back and pushes it to long-on for a single

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, no run, quicker and outside the off stump, gets his bat down in time to tap it to short covers

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, FOUR, that's a quicker one attempted, was wide enough outside the off to allow the batsman to cut it late, gets it through third-man for a four, Malinga gives it a chase but in vain

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, no run, straighter one and beats the outside edge,was looking to play it down the same region

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 run, 100.3 km/hr, shorter in length and he pats it to the off side for a single

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, 2 runs, good stroke, off the back foot, gets it a tad shorter and he's immediately punched it through extra-cover for a single

End of over 11 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 73/3 (RR: 6.63)
R Dravid    40* (34b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-17-2
STR Binny    5* (4b 1x4)      SL Malinga    1-0-4-1

11.1

Ojha to Binny, no run, round the wicket and straighter, not too much turn and defended back to the bowler

11.2

Ojha to Binny, SIX, goes down the track and hits it inside out over extra-cover to get the first six of the game!

PY: "@Ankit - Binny has done enough in this tournament to earn this spot for himself...Let Hodge be there to do some magic in last 5-6 overs."

11.3

Ojha to Binny, 1 run, and immediately it's bowled shorter and into his pads, flicked away to the leg side for a single

11.4

Ojha to Dravid, 2 runs, over the wicket and he looks to sweep it away, gets it off the middle of the bat and the fielder backward square-leg runs in to go for the catch, falls short of it

11.5

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

11.6

Ojha to Binny, FOUR, and again! he goes down the pitch and creams it over extra-cover, this time it bounces a few times before hitting the fence, ends a good over for RR

End of over 12 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 87/3 (RR: 7.25)
STR Binny    16* (8b 2x4 1x6)      PP Ojha    4-0-36-0
R Dravid    43* (36b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-17-2

12.1

Harbhajan Singh to Dravid, OUT, gone, caught at mid-wicket! that's from round the stumps and was a length ball alright, he goes back and tries to flick it away, gets it off the middle of the bat too but unfortunately for the batsman, it's been hit straight to the fielder, was falling short of him though and does well to fall forward to gobble up the catch, a shout of "Come on!" follows!

R Dravid c Sharma b Harbhajan Singh 43 (55m 37b 7x4 0x6) SR: 116.21

Hodge at six.

12.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, no run, fuller on the off stump and driven to mid-off, not for runs though

12.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, keeps it right up to the bat and it's driven to wide long-off for a single

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 wide, a very quick ball that, 101.8 km/hr and down the leg-side, left alone for a wide

12.4

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 1 run, length ball again and easily tucked away to the leg side for a single

12.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hodge, 1 run, and now slows it down a lot, outside the off stump and on a length, tapped away to the off side for a single

Sami: "The more I see Binny, More I feel he can be the Indian version of Watson..In the middle of his career with a sensible head and lots to offer for Indian national side"

Meghashyam: "Bhajji is involved in every wicket till now. Am I dreaming? :O"

12.6

Harbhajan Singh to Binny, 2 runs, round the stumps and very short, very flat and quick too, clipped around the corner and they are able to come back for the second to backward square-leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 93/4 (RR: 7.15)
STR Binny    19* (10b 2x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-23-3
BJ Hodge    2* (3b)      PP Ojha    4-0-36-0

So Harbhajan and Ojha are done with their eight. Dhawan has bowled one. So has Malinga. It's the latter.

sri: "I would like to see one change in IPL playoff's. The home field advantage should continue just like in Major League Baseball. While penalize the teams by playing at neutral venues. Let the teams enjoy the advantage of their standings."

13.1

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, slower ball and on the middle stump, pushes it into the covers for a singe

13.2

Malinga to Binny, 1 run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, but again, it's a slower ball, 123.2 km/hr, opens the face of the bat and guides it to third-man

13.3

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, quicker this time, on a length on the off stump, taps it through the covers for a single

13.4

Malinga to Binny, FOUR, and again, a slower one, but its fuller and he's tried to push it through the covers, gets an outside edge of the bat and that rushes through the fine third-man region for a four

13.5

Malinga to Binny, 1 run, fullish in length and driven to long-on for a single

13.6

Malinga to Hodge, no run, bit of a good length that and outside the off stump, pushes it to the covers

End of over 14 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 101/4 (RR: 7.21)
BJ Hodge    4* (6b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1
STR Binny    25* (13b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-23-3

Dhawan with the ball.

14.1

Dhawan to Binny, 1 run, fuller outside the off stump and that's driven through the covers for a single

14.2

Dhawan to Hodge, no run, short of length and he stays rooted on his crease and wants to cut it away, beats the outside edge of the bat through to the keeper

14.3

Dhawan to Hodge, no run, and now he wants to go down the track and flick it away but the ball comes slower than he expects and beats the bat, thuds into the pads

14.4

Dhawan to Hodge, 1 run, shorter in length and outside the off stump, he taps it to the backward point region where it's fielded off a dive, allows them to go through for a run

14.5

Dhawan to Binny, no run, slows it down considerably, 109.6 km/hr, looks to open the face of the bat but it never comes on and gets it to the backward point fielder

Sivakumar: "Sad to see no one appreciating Bhaji... He has done very well throughout this IPL. Today was yet another good day for him with the ball...!!!"

Emmanuel: "@sri: it will be difficult as the BCCI has to decide on the venues before hand. It might be too much of a task for the state boards to prepare the venue at such a short notice. Even the sale of tickets might be affected."

14.6

Dhawan to Binny, 1 run, another slower one but this time Binny comes down the track, pushes it into the covers for a single

End of over 15 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 104/4 (RR: 6.93)
STR Binny    27* (16b 3x4 1x6)      R Dhawan    2-0-10-0
BJ Hodge    5* (9b)      SL Malinga    2-0-12-1

Time-out time.

viral kotecha: "It wont be a bad idea to bring Rohit Sharma for an over or two, considering offspinner's(Bhajji) success and pollard goin for runs in previous games." Its Pollard here.

15.1

Pollard to Binny, OUT, and now he's gone, first ball after the Time-out! caught by Harbhajan too! was a length ball and slower too, he was looking to go down the track but the slowness of the pace beats him, he taps it away and lobs it straight to extra-cover, half the side's gone!

STR Binny c Harbhajan Singh b Pollard 27 (26m 17b 3x4 1x6) SR: 158.82

15.2

Pollard to Cooper, FOUR, punched back for a four! this was on the middle stump line with no pace taken off it, he gives it a serious whack there!

15.3

Pollard to Cooper, OUT, gone miles up in the air but not long enough! gone, caught at backward square-leg! he was looking to slog it away this time, he gets it higher on the bat which does not get him the distance he needs, goes high up and Smith's positioned just for that!

KK Cooper c Smith b Pollard 4 (2m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

15.4

Pollard to Hodge, 1 run, shorter outside the off stump and cuts it to third-man for a single

15.5

Pollard to Yagnik, 1 run, low full-toss outside the off stump, driven through the extra-cover region for a single

15.6

Pollard to Hodge, no run, very full on the middle stump, driven back to the bowler

End of over 16 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 110/6 (RR: 6.87)
BJ Hodge    6* (11b)      KA Pollard    1-0-6-2
DH Yagnik    1* (1b)      R Dhawan    2-0-10-0

16.1

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 run, outside the off stump and on a length, guides it through to third-man for a single

16.2

Dhawan to Hodge, 1 run, very short and wide, he was looking to cut it hard but it's not timed too well because the ball does not come on, rolls away into the covers

16.3

Dhawan to Yagnik, FOUR, four off an outside edge, wide outside the off and he was looking to throw his bat at, gets the toe of the bat and easily beats Malinga there

16.4

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 run, full-toss this time but a lot closer to the batsman, driven to long-of for a single

16.5

Dhawan to Hodge, 1 run, short of length and on the middle stump, pushed to the off side for a single

16.6

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 run, low full-toss and on the off stump, driven down to long-off for another single, five singles to go with a four that over

End of over 17 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 119/6 (RR: 7.00)
DH Yagnik    8* (5b 1x4)      R Dhawan    3-0-19-0
BJ Hodge    8* (13b)      KA Pollard    1-0-6-2

Malinga to bowl his third.

17.1

Malinga to Yagnik, FOUR, short of length and it's a tad quicker than all those slower ones he's been bowling, but it's on his pads and tucked away to fine, fine-leg for a four

17.2

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 run, touch wider outside the off stump and shorter too, gives him room to cut the ball, he does that but straight to the fielder, they are off for a single and the throw comes in at the non-striker's end, the batsman's sprawling back

17.3

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, short of length and he wants to give himself room and crack it away, again the ball does not come on as quickly he expected and the inside edge trickles down for a single

17.4

Malinga to Yagnik, FOUR, okay, so the batsman has gone really back on his crease even before the bowler has gotten to his bowling crease, gets a typically slow delivery on a length and he goes for a slog, gets an inside edge and still goes for a four!

17.5

Malinga to Yagnik, 2 runs, and now it's quicker one, on the middle stump too, wants to flick it away gets an outside edge through to backward point, Ojha rushes across to field that and restricts it to two, the fielder slips while getting up to that one and is down for the count

Ojha's squeezed his left shoulder and elbow while slipping there and he's grimacing there, looks like he's in a lot of pain there.

Bhairav Desai: "This happens very frequently and I really don't understand why. But a part-time bowler is taken off after one over even after picking a wicket or two."

17.6

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 run, very full and darting back into the left-handed batsman, he goes back and tapped down to long-on for a single

End of over 18 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 132/6 (RR: 7.33)
DH Yagnik    20* (10b 3x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-25-1
BJ Hodge    9* (14b)      R Dhawan    3-0-19-0

Akshar Patel has come on as a substitute.

18.1

Dhawan to Yagnik, FOUR, outside the off stump and squeezed through backward point for a four, beats the fielder and gets through to the fence

18.2

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 run, continues going very deep into his crease and then drives it to long-on for a single

This has been a gem from Yagnik so far. Hodge's yet to explode here.

18.3

Dhawan to Hodge, 1 run, gives himself room and carts it to deep mid-wicket for a single

18.4

Dhawan to Yagnik, 1 run, outside the off stump, fuller too and he gets it away to the off side for a single

18.5

Dhawan to Hodge, FOUR, full-toss and on his pads, was darted in and he picks it up well, flicks it through to fine-leg for a four

18.6

Dhawan to Hodge, 4 leg byes, swing and a miss! misses the bat, the stumps and much to the Royals' delight, the keeper too, rushes away for four byes!

End of over 19 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 147/6 (RR: 7.73)
BJ Hodge    14* (17b 1x4)      R Dhawan    4-0-30-0
DH Yagnik    26* (13b 4x4)      SL Malinga    3-0-25-1

46 in the last five overs. Can they squeeze up to 160?

19.1

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 run, and he looks to jab it away through mid-wicket, that's a half-helicopter almost, gets it to long-on for a single alone

Ruchit vachhrajani: "@Bhairav, because this is t20. When you can complete overs with malinga and Dhawan, no point in giving the ball to a part timer. He might end up giving 20 runs..."

19.2

Malinga to Hodge, 1 run, fuller on the off stump and driven through to long-off for only a single, good, fuller length that from the bowler, difficult to get it away

19.3

Malinga to Yagnik, no run, and he's taken his stance almost close to the stumps there! yorker length and gets it on the full, hits the toe of the bat and hit back to the bowler

19.4

Malinga to Yagnik, FOUR, look at that, just look at that, he was looking to play from behind the stumps, yep, you heard it right, he's flicked away from behind the striker's stumps over the square-leg for a four!

First time I have seen that without the batsman getting out, hit-wicket.

19.5

Malinga to Yagnik, 1 wide, and now it's down the leg side for a wide, was full yet again and the batsman's back again, misses

19.5

Malinga to Yagnik, 2 no balls, now that's a wide of epic proportions, it beats Stephen Harmison's wide by at least a mile, it's slipped off his hand and goes away some place, outside the camera frame too!

19.5

Malinga to Hodge, FOUR, finally gets a yorker right, it was swinging back in and right on the length, but what a shot! backs away and gets some bat on it through backward point for a four!

Malinga had a smile after that.

19.6

Malinga to Hodge, 5 wides, what is happening here? seriously, that's slipped from his hand yet again and it's gone down the leg-side for a wide that long that a batsman on the adjacent pitch would have hit it easily, Hodge was walking down the track there, took three steps down too and Malinga's put off by that

19.6

Malinga to Hodge, no run, and a yorker to finish off well, outside the off stump and beats the outside edge through to the keeper

What a last over was that? Malinga's conceded 18, which he may have done before too but two of those deliveries were as wide as you could get in any format of the game - and I am counting university-level cricket too. Those 18 were a part of the 61 runs that came off the last five overs and 100 off the last 10. 165 is an impressive score in a knock-out game and on a track where the ball hasn't looked like it was coming on to the bat, can the Mumbai Indians recover from what transpired in the last five?

End of over 20 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 165/6
BJ Hodge    19* (20b 2x4)      SL Malinga    4-0-43-1
DH Yagnik    31* (17b 5x4)      R Dhawan    4-0-30-0
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