Indian Premier League, 9th match: Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Hyderabad (Deccan), Apr 24, 2008
Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
24 April 2008 - night match (20-over match)

Righto, we're just moments away from the start. Laxman and Gilchrist walk out. Munaf warms up. Two slips in place

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Toss: Shane Warne has won the toss and Rajasthan will bowl first. The reason, not surprising, the dew. Yeah, yesterday in Chennai it felt like they were playing with a bar of soap. It may not be as bad today but Warne's not taking too many chances. Hyderabad haven't had the best of luck batting first but they will have to keep history aside and reverse that trend.

Teams: Graeme Smith plays his first match for the Royals and he replaces Darren Lehmann. For Deccan Chargers, Venugopal Rao goes out and an additional seamer, D Kalyankrishna, comes in. Kalyankrishna plays for Andhra in the Ranji Trophy. And by the way, VVS Laxman will open. Hmmm... brave move there, given that Afridi can biff it around. Gilchrist and Laxman opening in a Twenty20 match - Odd couple of the IPL. Any other takers? Laxman's obviously out to make a statement and he wants to lead by example. No harm in that.

Deccan Chargers Adam Gilchrist (wk), VVS Laxman (capt), Shahid Afridi, Andrew Symonds, Rohit Sharma, Sanjay Bangar, Arjun Yadav, Chaminda Vaas, RP Singh, Pragyan Ojha, D Kalyankrishna

Rajasthan Yusuf Pathan, Kamran Akmal (wk), Mohammad Kaif, Shane Watson, Graeme Smith, Ravindra Jadeja, Pankaj Singh, Dinesh Salunkhe, Shane Warne (capt), Siddharth Trivedi, Munaf Patel

7.30: Good evening folks and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the 9th match of the IPL, now between the hosts Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals. The lights are on at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, Hyderabad (or rather Secunderabad). If you're in the vicinity, do go and catch the action. You will have my company, Kanishkaa Balachandran, through this match. Raju takes over the scoring.

7.35 local time: The stands look a bit empty. Has the mood dampened after two successive losses for the Chargers? It may be too early to tell. There's still another half an hour left for the action to start. The toss should happen soon. Stay online.

Rajasthan meanwhile must be chuffed after beating Kings XI Punjab a few nights back. People slammed their team as among the weakest in the competition before the two Shanes - Watson and Warne - scripted an emphatic win after a poor outing against Delhi.


Patel to Gilchrist, no run, starts off with one that pitches outside off and seams away, no wide called


Patel to Gilchrist, FOUR, and Deccan are underway! Munaf overpitches outside off and Gilchrist drives on the up and bisects the gap between mid-off and cover, the cheerleaders have an early workout


Patel to Gilchrist, no run, lands on a length, he firmly pushes this to mid-off


Patel to Gilchrist, no run, lands on a fullish length on the pads, he whips this across the line to midwicket


Patel to Gilchrist, FOUR, Munaf aims for a yorker but misdirects it down his pads, Gilly merely gets a deft touch as he flicks it down to fine leg


Patel to Gilchrist, FOUR, what a start, Munaf bowls a low full toss on middle and Gilchrist just works it on its way and flicks it between mid on and midwicket

End of over 1 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 12/0 (RR: 12.00)

    • AC Gilchrist 12 (6b 3x4)
    • VVS Laxman 0 (0b)
    • MM Patel 1-0-12-0

The stadium hasn't filled up yet.


Watson to Laxman, 1 run, the famous wrist comes into play early as he drags this from outside off and places it to fine leg

Watson goes round the wicket


Watson to Gilchrist, 1 run, awesome fielding there! Yusuf Pathan flings himself to his right at extra cover and intercepts a fierce cover drive


Watson to Laxman, FOUR, classy, he overpitches on the pads and he uses his wrists well and flicks this wide of square leg, that traveled fast off the bat


Watson to Laxman, no run, defends it back to the bowler but exposes his stumps a little, dangerous


Watson to Laxman, no run, fullish on the pads, he pushes this towards mid-on


Watson to Laxman, FOUR, brilliant! Watson overpitches on the pads and Laxman turns his wrists slightly and creams this past the bowler and mid-on

End of over 2 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 22/0 (RR: 11.00)

    • VVS Laxman 9 (5b 2x4)
    • AC Gilchrist 13 (7b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 1-0-10-0
    • MM Patel 1-0-12-0

Yusuf Pathan replaces Munaf. he bowls offspin


Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, overpitches outside off and he pushes this to Salunkhe at extra cover


Pathan to Gilchrist, OUT, beats him in flight, Pathan tosses it up ever so slowly, that's his stock delivery, it lands on a good length and Gilchrist comes forward for the loft but is beaten all ends up, Kamran Akmal does the rest

AC Gilchrist st †Kamran Akmal b Pathan 13 (9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 144.44

Great move to bring Pathan in. Afridi walks out. Rather quiet at the stadium


Pathan to Shahid Afridi, no run, flighted on middle and leg, he sweeps to fine leg


Pathan to Shahid Afridi, FOUR, flighted outside off, he reaches out for the drive and gets a thick outside edge which flies over gully


Pathan to Shahid Afridi, SIX, shot boss! Pathan flights it on middle and leg, he gets on his knee and executes a slog sweep and the ball sails over fine leg, all brute power


Pathan to Shahid Afridi, OUT, that's two for the over! Pathan flights it slow on middle stump, Afridi tries to go downtown and mishits this one, Jadeja takes the skier at mid-on

Shahid Afridi c Jadeja b Pathan 10 (4b 1x4 1x6) SR: 250.00

End of over 3 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 32/2 (RR: 10.66)

    • VVS Laxman 9 (5b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 1-0-10-2
    • SR Watson 1-0-10-0

Watson to Symonds, 1 run, full on middle and leg, he softly taps it back to mid-on


Watson to Laxman, no run, tests him out with a bouncer and the ball sails over his arched back


Watson to Laxman, no run, offers the full face of the bat and times this well straight to mid-on


Watson to Laxman, no run, the slower ball, Laxman uses his wrists and clips this to mid-on again


Watson to Laxman, no run, holds the length back outside off and Laxman whips this one straight to Smith at short midwicket


Watson to Laxman, no run, bangs in another bouncer and Laxman ducks, superb over, just the one run

End of over 4 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 33/2 (RR: 8.25)

    • VVS Laxman 9 (10b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 1 (1b)
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0
    • YK Pathan 1-0-10-2

Munaf back into the attack


Patel to Symonds, no run, wide outside off, Symonds slashes it towards point, big misunderstanding between the batsmen, both stuck mid-pitch but Kaif throws misses the stumps


Patel to Symonds, FOUR, makes room and scoops over cover, Watson tries to catch it but to no avail as it races for four


Patel to Symonds, FOUR, stays at the wicket, smacks the half-volley to the extra-cover boundary


Patel to Symonds, no run, a rarity in Twenty20, Symonds shoulders arms to one just outside off


Patel to Symonds, 3 runs, a bit of width, Symonds slashes it, Kaif tries to stop it at point, Watson gives chase and a superb dive keeps the batsmen to three


Patel to Laxman, FOUR, on-drive from Laxman, immaculately timed, two fielders give chase but the despairing dive at the boundary fails to keep the ball in

End of over 5 (15 runs) Deccan Chargers 48/2 (RR: 9.60)

    • VVS Laxman 13 (11b 3x4)
    • A Symonds 12 (6b 2x4)
    • MM Patel 2-0-27-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-11-0

Watson to Symonds, no run, slanting into his pads, taps it to midwicket


Watson to Symonds, FOUR, Symonds makes room for himself and bludgeons it past a diving mid-off and the fifty comes up


Watson to Symonds, no run, keeps it full, Symonds digs it out to cover, no run results


Watson to Symonds, no run, Superb spell this from Watson, back of a length and jags back into Symonds, another dot ball


Watson to Symonds, 1 wide, that wasn't that good, bangs it in but is ill-directed and results in a wide down leg


Watson to Symonds, FOUR, short of a length, Symonds fends it to the vacant fine leg region for four


Watson to Symonds, 1 run, pushes it to mid-on and a quick single is taken

End of over 6 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 58/2 (RR: 9.66)

    • A Symonds 21 (12b 4x4)
    • VVS Laxman 13 (11b 3x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-21-0
    • MM Patel 2-0-27-0

End of the Powerplay overs, Pankaj Singh into the attack


Pankaj Singh to Symonds, no run, strays down leg, fortunate to get away with that, it glances Symonds' pads and goes to the keeper


Pankaj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, a bit of width and Symonds runs it down to third man for a single


Pankaj Singh to Laxman, no run, Laxman nudges it to cover, fielder pounces on it quickly, prevents the single


Pankaj Singh to Laxman, 1 run, Slower ball, slanting to leg, Laxman guides it to fine leg for a single


Pankaj Singh to Symonds, no run, slow yorker, Symonds keeps it out, no run and this is turning out to be a great first over from Pankaj


Pankaj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, slightly short, Symonds clubs it to midwicket where Graeme Smith is positioned

End of over 7 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 61/2 (RR: 8.71)

    • A Symonds 23 (16b 4x4)
    • VVS Laxman 14 (13b 3x4)
    • Pankaj Singh 1-0-3-0
    • SR Watson 3-0-21-0

Trivedi to Symonds, SIX, Trivedi is welcolmed to the crease by a massive hit, Symonds clobbers it over long-on


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 run, pulled to midwicket, single results


Trivedi to Laxman, 1 run, short ball on off, Laxman pokes it to third man for a single


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 run, good length on off, Symonds drives it powerfully down to long-off for a single


Trivedi to Laxman, 1 run, short ball, Laxman pulls it from outside off, Yusuf Pathan runs across and cuts it off at the midwicket boundary


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 run, drive on the off, another single

End of over 8 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 72/2 (RR: 9.00)

    • A Symonds 32 (20b 4x4 1x6)
    • VVS Laxman 16 (15b 3x4)
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-11-0
    • Pankaj Singh 1-0-3-0

And Hollywood brings himself on


Warne to Symonds, 2 runs, short ball, didnt turn much, Symonds makes room and punches to mid-off


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, single to Pankaj singh at deep extra cover


Warne to Laxman, OUT, And Shane Warne has done it.. no foot work from Laxman, stays at the crease and drives away from his body and he gives the simplest of return catches

VVS Laxman c & b Warne 16 (16b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a back foot drive to the off


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, comes on a little quicker, Symonds whips it to mid-on for a single


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, very short ball that, Rohit tries to turn it to the leg side, chips it on the up, long-on runs in and keeps the batsmen to a single

End of over 9 (6 runs) Deccan Chargers 78/3 (RR: 8.66)

    • RG Sharma 2 (2b)
    • A Symonds 36 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 1-0-6-1
    • SK Trivedi 1-0-11-0

Trivedi to Sharma, 1 run, outside off, and sent down to third man for a single


Trivedi to Symonds, FOUR, slightly short of a length, Symonds gets on top of the bounce and pulls it for a welcome boundary


Trivedi to Symonds, no run, slower ball, Symonds gets into position for a pull but is beaten


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 run, slammed down the ground, long-on keeps it down to a single


Trivedi to Sharma, no run, another slower ball, short and on the off, Rohit steers it to short third man


Trivedi to Sharma, 1 run, another slower one, this time a low full toss, Rohit works it away to long-on and retains the strike

End of over 10 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 85/3 (RR: 8.50)

    • RG Sharma 4 (5b)
    • A Symonds 41 (26b 5x4 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-18-0
    • SK Warne 1-0-6-1

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, pushes this one a little flat, he uses his wrists and clips it to square leg


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, drifts on the pads this time and he clips this against the turn to midwicket


Warne to Sharma, no run, holds the length back, he stays on the backfoot and tucks it to midwicket


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, slides way down leg, he gets down to sweep and he makes faint contact, Salunkhe at short fine leg cuts it off


Warne to Symonds, 1 wide, loses his line and slides way down leg


Warne to Symonds, SIX, take that! Symonds latches onto an overpitched delivery, slogs across the line and carts it high over long-on


Warne to Symonds, FOUR, lofts this with brute force just past warne's reach and places it to the long-off boundary, that's his fifty

End of over 11 (14 runs) Deccan Chargers 99/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • A Symonds 52 (29b 6x4 2x6)
    • RG Sharma 6 (8b)
    • SK Warne 2-0-20-1
    • SK Trivedi 2-0-18-0

One slip in place


Salunkhe to Sharma, no run, defends on the up back to the bowler


Salunkhe to Sharma, 1 run, gets forward and pushes this through the line to long-on, that's the 100 up


Salunkhe to Symonds, 1 run, stays back at the crease and tucks this to midwicket for a quick single


Salunkhe to Sharma, no run, makes room to cut, he mistimes it and chops it down towards slip


Salunkhe to Sharma, 1 run, floated on middle and leg, he works his wrists and tucks this wide of midwicket


Salunkhe to Symonds, SIX, Salunkhe commits a crime by dishing out a half tracker outside off and Symonds obliges by staying back and clubbing this over cow corner

End of over 12 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 108/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • A Symonds 59 (31b 6x4 3x6)
    • RG Sharma 8 (12b)
    • D Salunkhe 1-0-9-0
    • SK Warne 2-0-20-1

Yusuf Pathan returns


Pathan to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit gives him the charge and pushes with the turn to long-on, there's a fumble but the batsmen are content with a single


Pathan to Symonds, 2 runs, flighted outside off, he pushes it towards deep extra cover, they run well and pick up two


Pathan to Symonds, SIX, fetch that! Symonds picks the flight on middle and leg and clobbers it 74 m over the deep midwicket boundary


Pathan to Symonds, 1 run, cuts back on the pace, he pushes it to long-off


Pathan to Sharma, no run, Rohit goes for the slog sweep but ends up placing it straight to midwicket


Pathan to Sharma, no run, makes a bit of room outside off and glides it straight to short third-man, couldn't pierce the gap there

End of over 13 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 118/3 (RR: 9.07)

    • RG Sharma 9 (15b)
    • A Symonds 68 (34b 6x4 4x6)
    • YK Pathan 2-0-20-2
    • D Salunkhe 1-0-9-0

Pankaj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, Pankaj overpitches on middle and leg, he pushes it to long-on


Pankaj Singh to Sharma, 2 runs, Rohit tries to cut loose, he gets a thick top edge which lobs towards long-on and Pathan runs backwards and fails to get to it


Pankaj Singh to Sharma, SIX, that was one-handed! Rohit stays at the crease and lofts, he doesn't appear to be in full control but manages to clear the long-off rope by an inch


Pankaj Singh to Sharma, 1 run, fullish on leg, he pushes this to long-on


Pankaj Singh to Symonds, 1 run, low full toss, the slower ball, he works this to deep midwicket


Pankaj Singh to Sharma, no run, fullish on middle and leg, he tucks this to midwicket

End of over 14 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 129/3 (RR: 9.21)

    • RG Sharma 18 (19b 1x6)
    • A Symonds 70 (36b 6x4 4x6)
    • Pankaj Singh 2-0-14-0
    • YK Pathan 2-0-20-2

Trivedi to Symonds, FOUR, Trivedi bowls round the wicket, Symonds makes room and scoops a fullish delivery outside off to the vacant extra cover region, Lalit Modi applauds that


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 no ball, the keeper is upto the stumps, he oversteps and Symonds places it to midwicket


Trivedi to Symonds, 1 run, Free Hit: Symonds goes for the slog a little too early and ends up inside edging it onto his pads, the ball rolls to the offside


Trivedi to Sharma, 1 run, Rohit gets the width outside off and drags this to Salunkhe at midwicket

Symonds eyeing a ton here


Trivedi to Symonds, 2 runs, Dropped: Symonds makes room outside off and slices it on the up, Yusuf Pathan at point leaps up and gets his fingers to the ball, costly drop that, if only he timed his jump properly


Trivedi to Symonds, FOUR, he overpitches outside off and Symonds drives this forcefully just wide of long-off's reach


Trivedi to Symonds, SIX, Stunning! Yusuf overpitches outside off and Symonds shows scant respect by whipping it over deep midwicket, that's 19 for the over, what power

End of over 15 (19 runs) Deccan Chargers 148/3 (RR: 9.86)

    • A Symonds 87 (42b 8x4 5x6)
    • RG Sharma 19 (20b 1x6)
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-37-0
    • Pankaj Singh 2-0-14-0

Five overs left, Deccan should look at 200 here


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, makes room to cut, he ends up chopping it down towards point


Warne to Symonds, FOUR, slides down leg and Symonds gets a deft touch to it as he flicks it just wide of Pankaj at short fine leg


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, stays back and pushes a good length delivery towards long-on


Warne to Sharma, FOUR, gives it too much air, Rohit latches onto a low full toss and clubs it over extra cover


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, short of a length, he stays back and clubs this past midwicket


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, he tucks this across the line past square leg

End of over 16 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 160/3 (RR: 10.00)

    • A Symonds 93 (45b 9x4 5x6)
    • RG Sharma 25 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • SK Warne 3-0-32-1
    • SK Trivedi 3-0-37-0

Symonds needs another 7 for a ton


Patel to Symonds, 1 run, fires that on the blockhole, he digs it out to the offside, good ball


Patel to Sharma, FOUR, excellent placement, Munaf fires another blockhole outside off, Rohit makes room and digs it out past backward point, there's nobody to cut that off


Patel to Sharma, FOUR, Munaf dishes out a low full toss, Rohit waits on it and clubs it through the line over the bowler's head, that was all timing


Patel to Sharma, 2 runs, backs away and digs out a yorker just past backward point, Pankaj runs across from third man and intercepts it


Patel to Sharma, no run, bowls a slower one wide outside off, he shapes to glide that to third man but misses


Patel to Sharma, no run, jams it on the blockhole outside off, he keeps it out to cover

End of over 17 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 171/3 (RR: 10.05)

    • RG Sharma 35 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • A Symonds 94 (46b 9x4 5x6)
    • MM Patel 3-0-38-0
    • SK Warne 3-0-32-1

Warne to Symonds, SIX, Into the second tier! Symonds brings up his ton with a blazing six over deepmidwicket, he stays at the crease and slogs that


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, goes back and clips it towards Jadeja at square leg, there's a direct hit but Symonds was safe


Warne to Sharma, 1 run, gets a top edge on the sweep but luckily it falls short of the diving short third man


Warne to Symonds, SIX, he stays back at the crease waits for the turn and clubs that over deep midwicket


Warne to Symonds, 1 run, low full toss down leg, he steps forward and pushes this to long-on


Warne to Sharma, OUT, Rohit shapes to cart this over the on side but is foxed by the late turn, he gets a thick leading edge to Salunkhe at extra cover

RG Sharma c Salunkhe b Warne 36 (30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 120.00

End of over 18 (15 runs) Deccan Chargers 186/4 (RR: 10.33)

    • A Symonds 108 (50b 9x4 7x6)
    • SK Warne 4-0-47-2
    • MM Patel 3-0-38-0

Arjun Yadav walks in


Patel to Yadav, FOUR, gives him width outside off and Yadav plays a deliberate glide wide of the keeper


Patel to Yadav, 1 run, low full toss, he opens the face of the bat and glides it down to third man

Rajasthan have a tough task already, 200 looms. Mid-on is up


Patel to Symonds, FOUR, all timing, Symonds makes room and places it towards Pathan at point who flings himself to his right and fumbles, the ball scorches away to the boundary


Patel to Symonds, 1 wide, bowls that far too wide outside the offstump, Symonds isn't interested


Patel to Symonds, 1 wide, Munaf loses his line again and dishes out another wide outside off, Symonds lets this one go too


Patel to Symonds, 1 run, Symonds is surprised by the extra bounce and checks the pull, he fends it off well in the end and places it wide of midwicket


Patel to Yadav, 1 run, full outside off, he pushes it through the line to extra cover


Patel to Symonds, FOUR, the carnage continues as Symonds takes a few paces forward and whips it high over midwicket, one bounce and four

End of over 19 (17 runs) Deccan Chargers 203/4 (RR: 10.68)

    • A Symonds 117 (53b 11x4 7x6)
    • AS Yadav 6 (3b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 4-0-55-0
    • SK Warne 4-0-47-2

That's the 200. These Aussies love the IPL. Watson does the honours


Watson to Yadav, no run, starts off with a slower one and deceives Yadav as he goes for the slog

can Yadav push a single?


Watson to Yadav, 1 wide, he bangs in the bouncer and that sails way over his head, Rauf is convinced that's an illegal delivery


Watson to Yadav, FOUR, the yorker turns into a low full toss and Yadav makes him pay by clipping it down to deep square leg


Watson to Yadav, FOUR, misfield! yadav pulls a short delivery over square leg, Jadeja over runs it and concedes a bonus boundary for the Chargers


Watson to Yadav, no run, the slower ball, Yadav goes for the slog and misses


Watson to Yadav, 2 runs, slides down the leg side, Yadav gets across and works it on its way wide of long leg


Watson to Yadav, OUT, Yadav sees the extra bounce and width and tries to slash over the keeper, Akmal leaps up and hangs onto it

AS Yadav c †Kamran Akmal b Watson 16 (9b 3x4 0x6) SR: 177.77

Finally something for Hyderabad to cheer about. Symonds' 117 has propelled them to a defendable score of 214. Rohit chipped in with a useful 36. Rajasthan will have to play out of their skins to chase this. No other team has won chasing a target of over 200 in this tournament. Do join us shortly for the chase.

End of over 20 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 214/5

    • A Symonds 117 (53b 11x4 7x6)
    • SR Watson 4-0-32-1
    • MM Patel 4-0-55-0





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