Pepsi Indian Premier League, 7th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah, Apr 20, 2014
Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wickets
Played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (neutral venue)
20 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

Nayar and Rahane to open for Rajasthan. Punjab will open with left-arm spin

Toss: Punjab win the toss and will bowl

One change for Punjab. Murali Kartik is in for Rishi Dhawan. One for Rajasthan as well. Brad Hodge is sick, says Watson, and Steve Smith comes in.

Bare wicket compared to the grassy one in Abu Dhabi, and Watson says the players will have to adjust to that. Bailey says it is difficult to know what will be a good score on different surfaces

5.50pm local time Game seven upon us tonight, with Rajasthan taking on Punjab. Toss in ten minutes

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Patel to Nayar, no run, gentle length ball on the pad, nudged away


Patel to Nayar, no run, tossed up a bit around middle, he plays for some turn, there isn't any, and a leading edge rolls to the off side


Patel to Nayar, 1 run, goes back now to punch this length ball in front of square on the leg side


Patel to Rahane, no run, flights it just outside off, Rahane comes forward, it comes in a tad, and runs off an inside edge to leg


Patel to Rahane, FOUR, tosses it up much wider now, Rahane steps out, stretches a bit, and lifts it flat over extra cover


Patel to Rahane, 1 run, flatter and quicker one knocked down the ground for a single to long off

End of over 1 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • AM Rahane 5 (3b 1x4)
    • AM Nayar 1 (3b)
    • AR Patel 1-0-6-0

Mitchell Johnson to run in

Sushil: "KXIP set to make joke of another chase I guess"


Johnson to Rahane, no run, starts with a good length ball on middle and leg, Rahane carefully nudges it square


Johnson to Rahane, FOUR, tries a short ball, and even as it climbs onto Rahane, he swivels to pull it in the air to the deep backward square leg boundary


Johnson to Rahane, 3 runs, now he leans into a length ball going across him, hasn't timed it that well, and it slows down as it approaches the deep extra cover boundary, and is pulled back


Johnson to Nayar, no run, moves across to off stump, pushes forward and defends this length delivery to covers


Johnson to Nayar, no run, 143.7 kph from back of a length, Nayar is walking across again, and has little room to do anything but guide it to point, not getting the run


Johnson to Nayar, no run, moves to off stump and pushes another tight delivery to covers

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • AM Nayar 1 (6b)
    • AM Rahane 12 (6b 2x4)
    • MG Johnson 1-0-7-0
    • AR Patel 1-0-6-0

Siddartha Khand: "Err, whose that guy who looks like a certain Mitchell Johnson, only he's being carted around all around the park in the last two matches?"

Here's Awana


Awana to Rahane, no run, tries to force this good length ball from just outside off, but turns it straight to mid on


Awana to Rahane, 1 run, waits on this length ball now, it holds its line outside off, and he guides it to third man


Awana to Nayar, 2 runs, Nayar gets one away finally, shuffles across and swings hard through square leg, it is cut off by the deep fielder running from fine leg


Awana to Nayar, SIX, Nayar tees off now, picks this from a length and sends it soaring over the long on boundary


Awana to Nayar, no run, mistimes a forcing stroke in front of square on the leg side


Awana to Nayar, OUT, Rahane's gone, there was no single here, he had rushed too far up the pitch, Nayar whipped this to Bailey's left at mid on, took a couple of steps out and stopped, the captain is quick to the ball and scores a direct hit, Rahane had already given up trying to regain his ground, he had no chance

AM Rahane run out 13 (13m 8b 2x4 0x6) SR: 162.50

End of over 3 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 22/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • AM Nayar 9 (10b 1x6)
    • P Awana 1-0-9-0
    • MG Johnson 1-0-7-0

Balaji to Samson, no run, defends a good length ball on off


Balaji to Samson, no run, beats him with a similar delivery outside off


Balaji to Samson, FOUR, shot, he's leaned into this drive, timed it on the up, and placed it past short extra cover's dive


Balaji to Samson, no run, comes in with the angle and is pushed down the track


Balaji to Samson, no run, jumps out of the crease now, bowler shortens the length, and Samson knocks it back


Balaji to Samson, SIX, hello, this has been picked up from just back of a length and dispatched with disdain over the deep midwicket boundary

End of over 4 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 32/1 (RR: 8.00)

    • SV Samson 10 (6b 1x4 1x6)
    • AM Nayar 9 (10b 1x6)
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0
    • P Awana 1-0-9-0

Awana to Nayar, 1 wide, tries to pull this short of a length ball but misses as it carries down leg


Awana to Nayar, 2 runs, Nayar tries to deposit Awana over deep midwicket, but he gets too much underneath this length ball and it sails high before plonking down well inside the rope


Awana to Nayar, 1 run, angled across him now, and he flashes it past point's dive, third man runs across


Awana to Samson, no run, calmly moves forward and pushes a good length ball to extra cover


Awana to Samson, FOUR, some hitting from Samson, this is not short at all, but he's picked it up so cleanly, it flies to the deep midwicket rope


Awana to Samson, 1 run, a slower one into the pads now, it pops up in the air as he nudges it, but falls in the gap at square leg


Awana to Nayar, no run, Nayar cannot find the timing Samson has, he tries to pull this too hard, but mishits it, couple of bounces to mid on

End of over 5 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 41/1 (RR: 8.20)

    • AM Nayar 12 (13b 1x6)
    • SV Samson 15 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • P Awana 2-0-18-0
    • L Balaji 1-0-10-0

Johnson to Samson, 1 run, flicks a full delivery in the air off the pads, mid on runs it down to his right


Johnson to Nayar, 2 runs, Nayar mishits another slog, but will get two more as it is wide of deep midwicket


Johnson to Nayar, no run, holds its line and bounces outside off, Nayar tries to run it to third man but is beaten

Captaincy: "Watson showing his good captaincy there, sending Samson one down, giving young player a chance like Warne and Dravid used to do."


Johnson to Nayar, (no ball) FOUR, hammered down the ground, umpire Bowden stretches his right hand to signal no-ball and at the same time, also gets out of the way as Nayer cracks this pitched up ball straight back


Johnson to Nayar, FOUR, makes good use of the free hit, goes back in the crease and slogs hard over midwicket


Johnson to Nayar, no run, beaten again, 138.4 kph back of a length and moving away outside off, Nayar follows it in vain


Johnson to Nayar, 1 run, goes across, Johnson pitches it up on off, and Nayar keeps strike, easing it to long on

End of over 6 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • AM Nayar 23 (19b 2x4 1x6)
    • SV Samson 16 (10b 2x4 1x6)
    • MG Johnson 2-0-20-0
    • P Awana 2-0-18-0

Kartik to Nayar, OUT, Kartik strikes first ball, umpire Erasmus thinks awhile before raising his finger, Nayar struck in front missing a sweep to one that does not turn, but that has pitched just outside leg

AM Nayar lbw b Kartik 23 (31m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 115.00

harkmug: "Not sure about this *bold* captaincy by Watson. As the best batsman in that lineup, one would expect him to open or come in one-down. What is he waiting for? He isn't even bowling these days."

He is in now


Kartik to Watson, 1 run, flighted full and angled into the pad, turned to deep midwicket


Kartik to Samson, no run, full on leg again, Samson clips it straight to midwicket


Kartik to Samson, no run, flighted once more, and does not turn, nudged to midwicket


Kartik to Samson, SIX, this one will go, he tosses it up just outside off this time, Samson makes some room outside leg, and lofts, very cleanly once more, over extra cover


Kartik to Samson, 1 run, goes on the pads again, is nudged square on the leg side

End of over 7 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/2 (RR: 8.85)

    • SV Samson 23 (14b 2x4 2x6)
    • SR Watson 1 (1b)
    • M Kartik 1-0-8-1
    • MG Johnson 2-0-20-0

Patel to Samson, 1 run, moves forward and drives a full one to long off

Ram: "The confidence of these young Indian batsmen when they play for Rajasthan Royals is remarkable. For Eg. Yusuf Pathan, when he used to play for RR, was a match winner with both bat and ball. After he left RR, his confidence and performance dropped to base. Same applies to Rahane,Trivedi and even Jadeja. Their Coach and Team management should be remarkable"


Patel to Watson, no run, appeal for leg-before as he pushes forward, but this was doing too much with the angle


Patel to Watson, no run, goes back to punch it to the bowler


Patel to Watson, FOUR, again he goes back, has some width this time, and cuts hard to the third man rope with the man up in the ring


Patel to Watson, no run, a touch fuller and square driven to backward point


Patel to Watson, no run, pitched up and angled into middle and leg, defended

End of over 8 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/2 (RR: 8.37)

    • SR Watson 5 (6b 1x4)
    • SV Samson 24 (15b 2x4 2x6)
    • AR Patel 2-0-11-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-8-1

Kartik to Samson, 1 run, shortish, punched off the back foot to long off


Kartik to Watson, 2 runs, has a go at this full delivery but mishits it through midwicket, will pick up two


Kartik to Watson, no run, looks to step out, Kartik shortens it, and Watson defends it square on off


Kartik to Watson, no run, overpitched outside off now, and Watson has slammed it straight to extra cover


Kartik to Watson, 1 run, drags the length back just a bit, Watson punches it from the crease to extra cover


Kartik to Samson, SIX, Samson continues to hit cleanly, this is overpitched on the stumps, and he's gone dead straight over the bowler, and over the rope

End of over 9 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 77/2 (RR: 8.55)

    • SV Samson 31 (17b 2x4 3x6)
    • SR Watson 8 (10b 1x4)
    • M Kartik 2-0-18-1
    • AR Patel 2-0-11-0

Patel to Watson, FOUR, Watson tries to mow his big slog sweep, manages only an inside edge that somehow eludes his stumps


Patel to Watson, no run, smacks a pull to midwicket now


Patel to Watson, no run, goes hard again, but now he finds the bowler


Patel to Watson, FOUR, Watson is determined to go after everything, he carts this full delivery to Miller who makes ground to his right at long on but drops it, and it runs behind him into the boundary


Patel to Watson, no run


Patel to Watson, no run, quick, full and angled into off, defended carefully

End of over 10 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/2 (RR: 8.50)

    • SR Watson 16 (16b 3x4)
    • SV Samson 31 (17b 2x4 3x6)
    • AR Patel 3-0-19-0
    • M Kartik 2-0-18-1

Manu: "Watson should open with Rahane. Nayar is a more than useful batsman but not quite opening material. He should be used in the traditional all-rounder's position. You can't have a classical batsman and a fringe player open, you need one attacking option upfront. "


Balaji to Samson, 1 run, almost a run out, a slower length ball is turned through midwicket, Samson wants the second, but Maxwell releases the ball quickly even as he falls to the ground, Samson dives back, direct hit could have meant trouble


Balaji to Watson, 1 run, very full and angled in from wide of the crease, driven to long on


Balaji to Samson, 1 run, slow, short and very wide, he wants to attack it but is done in by the lack of pace


Balaji to Watson, FOUR, Watson lofts this pitched up ball over extra cover now, stretches forward and powers it away


Balaji to Watson, SIX, overpitched straighter now, and Watson cracks it over the bowler


Balaji to Watson, no run, slower outside off, flashed to backward point

End of over 11 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 98/2 (RR: 8.90)

    • SR Watson 27 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • SV Samson 33 (19b 2x4 3x6)
    • L Balaji 2-0-23-0
    • AR Patel 3-0-19-0

Kartik to Samson, FOUR, Samson picks the gap at deep midwicket, this is full and angled in, and he clears front leg to swing it away


Kartik to Samson, 1 run


Kartik to Watson, 2 runs, full outside off now, Watson smears it over extra cover, work for the sweeper, he nearly overruns it, but manages to save the boundary


Kartik to Watson, FOUR, Watson uses his reach, reaches the pitch of this one outside off and swats it straight down the ground


Kartik to Watson, SIX, one more, this is overpitched on middle and leg, Watson clears front leg and smacks it high and straight

over the stumps now


Kartik to Watson, 1 wide, full and wide down leg


Kartik to Watson, 3 runs, Watson tries a huge slog sweep to one bowled outside leg, outside edge flies to short third man's left, he messes up the stop

End of over 12 (21 runs) Rajasthan Royals 119/2 (RR: 9.91)

    • SR Watson 42 (24b 5x4 2x6)
    • SV Samson 38 (21b 3x4 3x6)
    • M Kartik 3-0-39-1
    • L Balaji 2-0-23-0

Ekamra: "KXIP has become the new RCB. Their bowlers are leaking runs in every possible way and their batsmen have the ability to chase any score"


Awana to Watson, 1 run, full on off and middle, drilled down to long on


Awana to Samson, no run, slower length ball on off, knocked back down the track


Awana to Samson, 1 run, follows him as he makes room outside leg, Samson lofts the length ball, couple of bounces to long off


Awana to Watson, no run, cracks this overpitched ball for extra cover


Awana to Watson, SIX, a full toss angled in, Watson wallops it high over deep midwicket


Awana to Watson, 1 run, another full toss, Watson goes after it, but this time it travels flat and on the bounce to deep midwicket, will take him to 50 off 28

End of over 13 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 128/2 (RR: 9.84)

    • SR Watson 50 (28b 5x4 3x6)
    • SV Samson 39 (23b 3x4 3x6)
    • P Awana 3-0-27-0
    • M Kartik 3-0-39-1

Shakib: "KXIP have chased it in one game and it's like people are expecting their line-up to be able to do it every single time. Sure, great batting line-up to chase 200 quite regularly but this is only the 2nd game."


Patel to Watson, OUT, gone now, goes down for another slog sweep, misses, and Patel hits middle with a full delivery angled in

SR Watson b Patel 50 (30m 29b 5x4 3x6) SR: 172.41


Patel to Binny, 1 run, drives a full one to long off


Patel to Samson, no run, flat, quick, on a length, pushed back


Patel to Samson, no run, goes across to off, this is fuller, and he knocks it back again


Patel to Samson, 1 run, goes deep in the crease to punch to midwicket


Patel to Binny, 1 run, comes down the track, but Patel's quick and flat delivery is hard to get underneath, and he has to nudge it to leg

End of over 14 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 131/3 (RR: 9.35)

    • STR Binny 2 (2b)
    • SV Samson 40 (26b 3x4 3x6)
    • AR Patel 4-0-22-1
    • P Awana 3-0-27-0

Kartik to Binny, 1 run, comes out, swings, manages a thick inside edge through midwicket


Kartik to Samson, 1 run, leaves the crease, pushes it through extra cover


Kartik to Binny, 2 runs, swept hard off middle, deep square leg will get to it with a run to his right


Kartik to Binny, SIX, steps out now, is not to the pitch, but goes through with a mighty loft, and clears wide long off


Kartik to Binny, 1 run, goes back to force a length ball to long on


Kartik to Samson, 1 run, dropped, he jumps out and slams it into Kartik, and it rolls away into the off side, shout of 'catch it', that was struck very hard, and slipped through the bowler's fingers

End of over 15 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 143/3 (RR: 9.53)

    • SV Samson 42 (28b 3x4 3x6)
    • STR Binny 12 (6b 1x6)
    • M Kartik 4-0-51-1
    • AR Patel 4-0-22-1

Johnson to Samson, 1 run, chips a full one over cover


Johnson to Binny, no run, tries to make room and upper cut, but is beaten by the bounce on this back of a length ball


Johnson to Binny, OUT, Miller's 'caught' one this time, but it has still not gone to hand, Binny mishits a slog, Miller runs forward at long on, it bursts through his wrists, but he has a second line of defence, the gap between his legs, it lodges between his thighs, he puts his hand underneath to prevent it from slipping out, but all credit to the legs there

STR Binny c Miller b Johnson 12 (11m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 150.00


Johnson to Samson, 1 run


Johnson to Smith, 1 run, goes across to a 139.8 kph full one and turns it square on the leg side


Johnson to Samson, no run, hits this full delivery straight to cover

End of over 16 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 146/4 (RR: 9.12)

    • SV Samson 44 (31b 3x4 3x6)
    • SPD Smith 1 (1b)
    • MG Johnson 3-0-23-1
    • M Kartik 4-0-51-1

Awana to Smith, FOUR, full into the pad, Smith shuffles a bit, and manages to run it fine


Awana to Smith, 1 run, slower length ball on off, turned to deep midwicket


Awana to Samson, SIX, Awana pings it back of a length outside off and Samson goes to fifty with a flat-batted straight six


Awana to Samson, 2 runs, swings hard again but toe-ends it to extra cover this time


Awana to Samson, OUT, gone now, backs away to leg, Awana hits the blockhole, and the stumps, as Samson misses

SV Samson b Awana 52 (68m 34b 3x4 4x6) SR: 152.94


Awana to Faulkner, no run, a full delivery driven to mid off

End of over 17 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 159/5 (RR: 9.35)

    • JP Faulkner 0 (1b)
    • SPD Smith 6 (3b 1x4)
    • P Awana 4-0-40-1
    • MG Johnson 3-0-23-1

Balaji to Smith, 2 runs, full and wide, hit through cover, Kartik and Miller converge on the ball, Miller picks it up, Kartik avoids dashing into him


Balaji to Smith, FOUR, a full toss outside off is smashed back down the ground, and beats long on and long off


Balaji to Smith, FOUR, a wide yorker now, but in vain, third man is up and Smith squeezes it wide of the fielder


Balaji to Smith, no run, full and wide once more, but fortunately for Balaji, it is driven straight to backward point


Balaji to Smith, FOUR, a low full toss around off now, Smith shuffles a bit and whips it past short fine leg


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, yet another full toss, outside off, to end the over, driven to the sweeper

End of over 18 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 174/5 (RR: 9.66)

    • SPD Smith 21 (9b 4x4)
    • JP Faulkner 0 (1b)
    • L Balaji 3-0-38-0
    • P Awana 4-0-40-1

Johnson to Smith, 1 bye, misses a slower length ball angled across him, but they scamper a bye as keeper cannot collect cleanly


Johnson to Faulkner, SIX, mid off is up, this is pitched up, outside off, and Faulkner lifts it calmly over the fielder


Johnson to Faulkner, 1 bye, beaten by a slower one now as he swings in the air, but they earn another bye as it bounces before the keeper, who does not collect it again


Johnson to Smith, 1 leg bye, moves outside off and tries to lift it over leg, but misses, and it scoots behind square off the pad


Johnson to Faulkner, no run, Johnson's hit Faulkner on the side of the helmet here, the bouncer's climbed onto the batsman, who was attempting a hook before recoiling as the missile headed for his head


Johnson to Faulkner, no run, a widish slow bouncer to finish off, Faulker swings and misses

End of over 19 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 183/5 (RR: 9.63)

    • JP Faulkner 6 (5b 1x6)
    • SPD Smith 21 (11b 4x4)
    • MG Johnson 4-0-29-1
    • L Balaji 3-0-38-0

Balaji to Smith, 1 run, full and wide to start the last over, driven to the sweeper


Balaji to Faulkner, 1 run, attacks another full one outside off but can only hit it along the ground to long off


Balaji to Smith, 1 run, this is very wide outside off, he tries to turn it to the leg side, does that, but quite weakly


Balaji to Faulkner, 1 run, low and wide full toss dragged to deep midwicket


Balaji to Smith, FOUR, Balaji staying wide outside off and Smith's going off this time, a full toss is lifted easily over extra cover


Balaji to Smith, no run, a wide yorker to end with, Smith misses it

Punjab have another big chase on their hands but the ground is small and the pitch is flat, although Nayar says the outfield is slow

End of over 20 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 191/5

    • SPD Smith 27 (15b 5x4)
    • JP Faulkner 8 (7b 1x6)
    • L Balaji 4-0-46-0
    • MG Johnson 4-0-29-1
Maxwell and Miller - masters of the chase
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Maxwell and Miller - masters of the chase





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