Indian Premier League - 15th match

Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals

Kings XI Punjab won by 27 runs

Smith and Asnodkar walk out, both have a lot to prove. None of them has clicked on so far, and the last time they played here under lights they were bowled out for 58. Asnodkar will take first strike, and surprise surprise, Ramesh powar will bowl. Yuvraj is learning from Warne, who began with Yusuf the other night.

0.1

Powar to Asnodkar, 1 run, and Powars starts with a short, stright delivery, but he has a deep midwicket for cover, so this will just be a single

0.2

Powar to Smith, 1 run, the leg attack, as Yusuf tried, just pitched outside off, spun towards the stumps, and Smith dabs it towards midwicket

0.3

Powar to Asnodkar, 1 run, short and wide, and Powar gets away with, Asnodkar cuts, but this goes straighter and towards cover, just a single

0.4

Powar to Smith, no run, flighted, slowed down, 70ks, and just outside off, and Smith lets it go

0.5

Powar to Smith, 1 wide, slow but way down leg

0.5

Powar to Smith, 1 run, flighted on the leg stump, 80ks, turns away, gets the outside half of the bat, but a single ensues

0.6

Powar to Asnodkar, 1 run, another flighted delivery, just outside off, turning in, and Asnodkar turns it around the corner and hares across for a single

End of over 1 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (134 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 7.05)
SA Asnodkar    3* (3b)      RR Powar    1-0-6-0
GC Smith    2* (3b)     

Irfan Pathan will open from the other end

1.1

Pathan to Asnodkar, 1 wide, wide, looking for swing perhaps, but this too far outside off and keeps going further away

1.1

Pathan to Asnodkar, OUT, and Irfan's good night continues, short, Asnodkar goes for the pull, but there is some extra bounce that gets his top-edge, straight to Powar at mid-on, it's game on

SA Asnodkar c Powar b Pathan 3 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 75.00

Rib Quiney is the new batsman

1.2

Pathan to Quiney, 1 run, length ball, angling into his pads, and dropped into the leg side for an easy single

1.3

Pathan to Smith, no run, just short of a length, on the stumps, stays low a bit, and Smith plays it towards mid-on

1.4

Pathan to Smith, 1 wide, Smith walks across, irfan tries it to fire it down leg, and angles it too far across

1.4

Pathan to Smith, no run, Smith walks across, Irfan gets some swing here, and Smith just defends it into cover, playing from a length, just outside off

1.5

Pathan to Smith, OUT, what a beauty, perfect delivery for a left-arm swing bowler, just short of a driving length, pitching off, and then moving away, and kissing the bat on the way... perfect, what ba start for Irfan, two wickets in one over following his 39 with the bat

GC Smith c †Sangakkara b Pathan 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Now it's the other way around - IKP to YKP now

1.6

Pathan to Pathan, no run, pitched on a length, just outside off, and a forward defensive from Yusuf

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 9/2 (131 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 7.27)
YK Pathan    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-3-2
RJ Quiney    1* (1b)      RR Powar    1-0-6-0

that's the end of the Powar experiment. Yusuf will bowl now - confusion all around, we have two Pathans and two Yusufs out here

2.1

Abdulla to Quiney, 2 runs, angling into the pads here, and just eased through the leg side

2.2

Abdulla to Quiney, no run, shout for lbw, but not convincing, Quiney fell over a bit, but it was angling across

2.3

Abdulla to Quiney, FOUR, that's easy meat, no swing, full and wide, and Quiney carresses it through the off side, with a "thank you" note

2.4

Abdulla to Quiney, no run, short of a length, angling in, big shout for lwb, but there is an inside edge

2.5

Abdulla to Quiney, no run, slower ball, outside off, and Quiney lets it go

2.6

Abdulla to Quiney, no run, on target now, just short of driving length, starts off stump, straightens a bit, and defended back

End of over 3 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 15/2 (125 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 7.35)
RJ Quiney    7* (7b 1x4)      YA Abdulla    1-0-6-0
YK Pathan    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    1-0-3-2

3.1

Pathan to Pathan, no run, Irfan continues to his brother, length ball, swinging in a bit from middle stump, played towards midwicket

3.2

Pathan to Pathan, no run, this is short, there is no time for it to swing, but Yusuf pushes it off the front foot, towards mid-off, and shouts "no" right away

3.3

Pathan to Pathan, no run, well done Pathan brothers, Yusuf walks down, flicks it straight, but Irfan dives and keeps it to a dot ball

3.4

Pathan to Pathan, FOUR, IKP gives room this time, YKP capitalises, pitched up, wide of off, and Yusuf gets on a knee and lofts it over square field

3.5

Pathan to Pathan, no run, this is the away-going delivery, moving away from around off, Yusuf looks to dab, but misses

3.6

Pathan to Pathan, FOUR, Yusuf is warming up, this pone swung in, almost a yorker on the leg stump, and Yusuf digs it out and manages to flick for four to square leg

End of over 4 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 23/2 (117 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 7.31)
YK Pathan    8* (7b 2x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-11-2
RJ Quiney    7* (7b 1x4)      YA Abdulla    1-0-6-0

4.1

Abdulla to Quiney, OUT, this happens to you only on a very lucky day, this one was angled down leg, slipping away, Quiney looks to flick it for four, but there is a noise as it passes him, and the keeper goes up, and he is given. Lucky wicket, but Rajasthan in deep trouble now

RJ Quiney c †Sangakkara b Abdulla 7 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Dimi Mascarenhas the new batsman in

4.2

Abdulla to Mascarenhas, FOUR, and four right away, this one asked to be hit, short and wide, and Dimi slashes it through point, thirdman has no chance

4.3

Abdulla to Mascarenhas, OUT, Abdulla strikes again, lovely offcutter, pitches on leg stump, just short of a length, Dimi looks to defend but plays inside the line, the offcut beats the bat, and takes the top of off. Superb show by Punjab's left-arm seamers

AD Mascarenhas b Abdulla 4 (2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Ravi Jadeja in, to face the music

4.4

Abdulla to Jadeja, no run, length ball, on the off, driven on the up, but can't beat cover

4.5

Abdulla to Jadeja, no run, tries a bouncer, outside off, and Jadeja doesn't want to play at it

4.6

Abdulla to Jadeja, no run, almost another wicket, short and wide, Jadeja lookls to cut, without any footwork, and almost edges it

End of over 5 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 27/4 (113 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 7.53)
RA Jadeja    0* (3b)      YA Abdulla    2-0-10-2
YK Pathan    8* (7b 2x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-11-2

VRV replaces Irfan

5.1

Singh to Pathan, no run, gets away with a loosener, gentle pace, on a length, outside off, blasted straight back, but can't beat mid-off

5.2

Singh to Pathan, no run, and again, half-volley just outside off, and hit hard, but straight to Yuvraj at mid-off

5.3

Singh to Pathan, no run, yorker this time, just outside off, and played straight into the ground

5.4

Singh to Pathan, 1 run, shorter this time, just short of a length, outside off, Yusuf waits on it, and dabs it towards thirdman

5.5

Singh to Jadeja, FOUR, nice deflection, this was a boouncer aimed at his ribs from round the stumps, Jadeja went back in his crease, stood tall, and nudged it fine of fine leg

5.6

Singh to Jadeja, no run, this is a better short delivery, just outside off, hurries him, and he defends it on his toes to keep it down

End of over 6 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 32/4 (108 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 7.71)
RA Jadeja    4* (5b 1x4)      VRV Singh    1-0-5-0
YK Pathan    9* (11b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    2-0-10-2

Thirty-two for 4 at the end of Powerplay, and we have a game on here. Yusuf Pathan holds the key here

Chawla comes on

6.1

Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, shortish, on the pads, and an easy single towards midwicket

6.2

Chawla to Jadeja, 2 runs, googly, edge, and just wide of slip, on the off, Jadeja plays with soft hands, this spins across, and takes the edge, but wide of slip

6.3

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, short, pushed through, 85ks, and helped into the on side

6.4

Chawla to Pathan, OUT, the big man sinks, what a huge wicket, Yusuf looks for the trademark sweep, but the ball pitches too close to him, and outside off, it takes the top edge that lobs straight to short fine, and will we have an encore of Rajasthan's 58 all out against Bangalore?

YK Pathan c Goel b Chawla 10 (13b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.92

Raut is the new man in

6.5

Chawla to Raut, 1 run, flat, just outside off, and played off the front foot for a single into the covers

6.6

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, short, straight delivery, on the pads, and turned away into the leg side

End of over 7 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 38/5 (102 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 7.84)
RA Jadeja    8* (8b 1x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-1
AS Raut    1* (1b)      VRV Singh    1-0-5-0

7.1

Singh to Jadeja, no run, from round the wicket, pitches on a length on off, straightens just a touch to make sure there is no attacking shot possible

7.2

Singh to Jadeja, no run, almost gets en edge, short and wide, Jadeja plays from where he is standing, and is beaten on the cut

7.3

Singh to Jadeja, 2 runs, short, into the hips, tucks him up, and Jadeja plays it down towards square leg, and scmapers and runs two

7.4

Singh to Jadeja, no run, short outside off, angling in, and Jadeja looks to push it, no footwork again, playing away from body

7.5

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, wide, on a length, crunchy square-drive, but straight towards sweeper-cover

7.6

Singh to Raut, no run, it had everyone belive there was an edge, fullish delivery outside off, raut looks to run it down - depsite there being a slip - the bat and pad are close together, and it goes off the pad to Sanga. A polite enquiry is all that ensues

End of over 8 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 41/5 (99 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 8.25)
AS Raut    1* (2b)      VRV Singh    2-0-8-0
RA Jadeja    11* (13b 1x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-1

8.1

Chawla to Jadeja, no run, full, into the pads, can't beat midwicket

8.2

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, angled across Jadeja, who mplays it with soft hands, and takes a quick single

8.3

Chawla to Raut, no run, thrown up, just outside off, Raut looks to run it to leg side from there, and misses completely

8.4

Chawla to Raut, OUT, this one shows Raut has no clue what Chawla is bowling, steps out, finds himself short of the pitch of the ball, gives it his all, his all takes it up miles into the air, and towards Powar at mid-off, who makes good ground to hold on to this steepler

AS Raut c Powar b Chawla 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Warne is the new man in

8.5

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, onto the pads this time, and helped away to wide of midwicket

8.6

Chawla to Warne, no run, flighted outside off, and defended off the front foot

End of over 9 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/6 (97 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 8.81)
SK Warne    0* (1b)      PP Chawla    2-0-8-2
RA Jadeja    13* (16b 1x4)      VRV Singh    2-0-8-0

9.1

Singh to Jadeja, no run, VRV is giving Jadeja some trouble with short-pitched bowling, this time he tucks him up again, and Jadeja can't make enough room to guide it towards thirdman

9.2

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, another short ball, gets high, chest high, Jadeja waits for it, and opens the face down to thirdman

9.3

Singh to Warne, 1 run, short of a length, on the off, and Warne opens the face of the bat to get a single to third man

9.4

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, short and wide, cut hard, but finds out sweeper-cover

9.5

Singh to Warne, 1 run, length delivery, angling into the pads, Warne takes half a step across, and plays it towards square leg

9.6

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, again looks to attack Jadeja with short deliveries from round the stumps, Jadeja runs it down, wide of slip, towards thirdman

Strategy break. And Rajasthan need a better strategy. They had too many batsmen playing too many shots, and Punjab managed the rest with some smart bowling. As a result, Rajasthan now need close to a miracle to win this one, 92 required to win, four wickets in hand. See you in a bit

End of over 10 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/6 (92 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.80, RRR: 9.20)
RA Jadeja    16* (20b 1x4)      VRV Singh    3-0-13-0
SK Warne    2* (3b)      PP Chawla    2-0-8-2

Chawla to cointinue to Jadeja

10.1

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, on the pads, full, and turned away to fine leg

10.2

Chawla to Warne, no run, flighted, overpitched, Warne plays it to the left of Chawla, he does well to keep them down to a dot

10.3

Chawla to Warne, FOUR, slog sweep, from outside off, and Warne connects well, and clears midwicker easily

10.4

Chawla to Warne, 1 run, short and wide, and Warne cuts it away to sweeper-cover

10.5

Chawla to Jadeja, FOUR, deft touch here, shortish, just angling across off, Jadeja opens the face at the last moment

10.6

Chawla to Jadeja, no run, pitched up now, Jadeja gets onto front foot too early, and ends up playing around his front pad, and plays straight to midwicket

End of over 11 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 58/6 (82 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.27, RRR: 9.11)
RA Jadeja    21* (23b 2x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-18-2
SK Warne    7* (6b 1x4)      VRV Singh    3-0-13-0

Powar is back now, he bowled the first over today

11.1

Powar to Warne, 1 run, Warne looks to walk across, Powar is unfazed, throws it up, outside off, and driven to long-off

11.2

Powar to Jadeja, no run, oh ho ho ho, lovely offspin, flight, above eye level,then it dips, around off, and turns sharply, beaten all ends up

11.3

Powar to Jadeja, 1 run, this is shorter and flatter and Jadeja pushes it towards sweepeer-cover, that's one fielder he hasn't been able to beat all night

11.4

Powar to Warne, 1 run, full outside off, isn't thrown up high, Warne drives down the ground and along the ground

11.5

Powar to Jadeja, 4 leg byes, flighted, outside leg, Jadeja thinks he has not covered the leg stump, so goes to sweep, and gets the bottom part of the bat, fine, very fine, for four

11.6

Powar to Jadeja, 1 run, short and wide, and dabbed away square

"I wonder why we have to spend millions to watch a scoreline like 48/6 when you can see it regularly at many high-school playgrounds across the world," asks FanOfGoodCricket. "Are we not converting this great game into a farce? A 50 over game made some sense and still makes some sense. This just seems like a way to make fun of this great game and make great players look mediocre."

End of over 12 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 66/6 (74 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 9.25)
RA Jadeja    23* (27b 2x4)      RR Powar    2-0-10-0
SK Warne    9* (8b 1x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-18-2

12.1

Chawla to Jadeja, no run, flighted, on the pad, and defended into the leg side

12.2

Chawla to Jadeja, no run, just short of a length, on the pads, Jadeja looks to dab it into the leg side for a single, but can't beat the close-in fielder

12.3

Chawla to Jadeja, 2 runs, thrown up on leg again, and swept away to fine leg

12.4

Chawla to Jadeja, no run, topspinner, on the off, hurries him, and he can't play a forceful shot

12.5

Chawla to Jadeja, 1 run, length delivery, on the pads, and he takes a single towards midwicket

12.6

Chawla to Warne, 1 run, full and flat, outside off, Warne gets across and plays it towards midwicket, across the line, and gets a single. Ends a superb spell by Chawla, 22 runs and two wickets

End of over 13 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 70/6 (70 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.38, RRR: 10.00)
SK Warne    10* (9b 1x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-22-2
RA Jadeja    26* (32b 2x4)      RR Powar    2-0-10-0

Yuvraj brings himself on

13.1

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, no run, length delivery, on off, strightens a touch, and defended

13.2

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, 1 run, this one angles into the pads, and an easy single into the leg side

round the wicket to Jadeja

13.3

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, 3 runs, short and angled across, and this time Jadeja manages to hit wide of sweeper-cover, but VRV runs well to prevent a boundary

13.4

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, no run, on the atrget, just short of a length, on the off stump, defended

13.5

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, no run, thrown up, on off, and hit hard, but can't beat Yuvraj

13.6

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, 1 run, slowed down, flighted outside off, Warne gets to the pitch of the ball and plays it towards long-off

End of over 14 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/6 (65 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.35, RRR: 10.83)
SK Warne    12* (14b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0
RA Jadeja    29* (33b 2x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-22-2

Who will replace Chawla? Abdulla it is

14.1

Abdulla to Warne, no run, length ball, angling across, hit away on the up, but mid-off is in the circle

14.2

Abdulla to Warne, 1 wide, wide down the leg, got it completely wrong here

14.2

Abdulla to Warne, FOUR, is Warne turning it around? short, on the hips, lifts his front foot, and helps it fine, for four, it's possible still

14.3

Abdulla to Warne, no run, full, angled across, and Warne looks to lift it over cover, and is beaten

round the wicket now

14.4

Abdulla to Warne, 1 run, slower delivery, around the off stump, and Warne dabs it toweards point and rushes through

14.5

Abdulla to Jadeja, 1 run, what placement, what luck, slower ball, Jadeja gives it the full whammy, slices off the face, and falls between keeper, thirdman and point

back over the wicket

14.6

Abdulla to Warne, no run, this was a sharp delivery, faster, and full across the batsman, just short of beign a yorker, and Warne can't get bat to it

End of over 15 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 82/6 (58 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.46, RRR: 11.60)
SK Warne    17* (19b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    3-0-17-2
RA Jadeja    30* (34b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-5-0

58 required in the last five overs. Rajasthan have stayed alive, but it's tough ask

15.1

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, no run, flat and fast, across Jadeja, who opens the face, it runs off the bat, stright to short third man, which is pretty straight

15.2

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, no run, short again, looks to open his face, but misses

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, no run, yorker, good bowling, fast and full, and played back to bowler

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, 2 runs, big heave here, but this is slower, and gets the inside edge and runs past fine leg

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, another fast and flat delivery, Jadeja opens the face again, but can't beat the short thirdman

15.6

Yuvraj Singh to Warne, 1 run, angling in, and nudged away towards square leg

End of over 16 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 86/6 (54 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.37, RRR: 13.50)
SK Warne    18* (20b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-9-0
RA Jadeja    33* (39b 2x4)      YA Abdulla    3-0-17-2

Superb over from Yuvraj. Four came off it, now 54 required in 24 deliveries. Irfan comes back

16.1

Pathan to Warne, no run, and starts with a lovely slower delivery, starts around off, cuts away, and beats a defensive prod

16.2

Pathan to Warne, 1 wide, Warme walks across, Irfan looks to go around him, but misses the leg stump by a bit

16.2

Pathan to Warne, FOUR, premeditated and executed well, he was always going midwicket, got a length delivery on middle stump, clears the front leg, and swings over midwicket

16.3

Pathan to Warne, 2 runs, round the wicket, low fulltoss, Warne hits towards Powar at long-off, and goes "push, push", Jadeja pushes and beats Powar's direct-hit

16.4

Pathan to Warne, 1 run, slower ball, full outside off, only a single this time

16.5

Pathan to Jadeja, 1 run, that's a perfect fulltoss, wait-band high, can't do much with it, and dabs it down

16.6

Pathan to Warne, 1 run, fulltoss, and wasted by Warne, hits hard, but straight to Powar at extra cover

End of over 17 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 96/6 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 14.66)
SK Warne    26* (25b 3x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-21-2
RA Jadeja    34* (40b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-9-0

No sixes so far in this innings. If Rajasthan have to make a game of this one, they need a few pretty soon. 44 off 18, VRV to bowl

17.1

Singh to Warne, 1 run, length ball, Warne looks to smoke the leather off it, but hits it straight to long-off

round the wicket to Jadeja

17.2

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, almost a yorker, Jadeja makes room, hits it wide of mid-off, in circle, but can't beat him

17.3

Singh to Warne, 1 run, fuller ball, drivable, Warne makes room, and opens the face towards sweeper-cover

17.4

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, lucky again, makes room, fullish delivery on the stumps, goes off the slice towards thirdman, but falls short

17.5

Singh to Warne, 1 run, fulltoss, Warne makes room, then walks back across, moves too much, and ends up playing it straight down

17.6

Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, full again, and Jadeja hits it npowerfully, but straight at the bowler, VRV gets a hand to it, and they take a single off the deflection

That hit cut VRV's finger, he is bleeding and is off the field. Luckily he has bowled his four overs. For 19

End of over 18 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/6 (38 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.66, RRR: 19.00)
RA Jadeja    37* (43b 2x4)      VRV Singh    4-0-19-0
SK Warne    29* (28b 3x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-21-2

38 required in two overs. Surely they have left it till too late? Abdulla replaces Irfan

18.1

Abdulla to Jadeja, OUT, timber! Jadeja, desperate Jadeja, steps out, is beaten by a swinging yorker. Stumps are splayed

RA Jadeja b Abdulla 37 (44b 2x4 0x6) SR: 84.09

18.2

Abdulla to Rawat, no run, and Rawat misses completely, angled across, and looks to run it to thirdman

18.3

Abdulla to Rawat, 1 run, angled across again, and guided towards thirdman

18.4

Abdulla to Warne, 1 run, full, and played towards mid-off, it's gone now for Rajasthan

18.5

Abdulla to Rawat, 1 run, slower delivery, on off, Rawat makes room, gets the outside half of the bat and a single

18.6

Abdulla to Warne, 1 run, Warne makes room, heaves the length delivery, towards backward square-leg

End of over 19 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 106/7 (34 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 34.00)
SK Warne    31* (30b 3x4)      YA Abdulla    4-0-21-3
M Rawat    2* (3b)      VRV Singh    4-0-19-0

All right six sixes required now, not one has been hit so far

19.1

Pathan to Warne, 2 runs, full, around off, Warne steps down and hits it wide of long-off

It's all over for Rajasthan now, except for a no-ball

19.2

Pathan to Warne, 1 leg bye, Irfan from round the stumps, angles it down, and Warne is hit in the pads

19.3

Pathan to Rawat, no run, slower bouncer, and Rawat - even after adjusting his shot - is too early

19.4

Pathan to Rawat, 1 run, full, hit straight, to long-off, the story of this innings

19.5

Pathan to Warne, 1 run, yorker, dug out, towards cover, Warne ambles, is not looking where the ball has gone, the point fielder has a shy and would have caught Warne short had he hit

19.6

Pathan to Rawat, 1 run, fulltoss, hit into the covers, along the ground, stright to a fielder, and that's what has happened throughout the second half of the innings - they have hit along the ground, and straight to fieldsmen. No sixes in the innings. Punjab get two points, and Rajasthan hit the second-lowest slot of the table

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Shane Warne: "Our bowling and fielding was pretty good, but our top order failed again. They bowled pretty well at the top, and we haven't found the right combination. Our blokes at the top aren't just doing the job, we can't keep doing that. They have to show how important this tournament is for them."

Yuvraj Singh: "After losing wickets upfront, Sangakkara and Irfan batted really well. The wicket surprised me, I had thought in the morning 165-170 would be a good score, but then 145 was enough."

Man-of-the-Match Kumar Sangakkara: "Kamran Khan is very difficult to pick, it tooks a few balls to get used to it. I think Irfan did most of the batting for me. We have got a great energy and great buzz going in the team."

Talking of buzz, it's time to buzz off. Okay bye

* So Irfan has won the battle of the Pathans, Preity Zinta has won the battle of the glamour gals (Shilpa Shetty ending on the losing side here), and Punjab have come back from a weak start to their season, moving up to the third slot behind Deccan and Delhi who are vyet to lose.

End of over 20 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 112/7 (28 runs required)
M Rawat    4* (6b)      IK Pathan    4-0-26-2
SK Warne    34* (33b 3x4)      YA Abdulla    4-0-21-3
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Apr 26, 2009

Reason for Yuvraj Singh to celebrate as Kings XI Punjab win their second, Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, Cape Town, April 26, 2009

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Apr 26, 2009

Irfan Pathan picked up two wickets in his opening over, Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, Cape Town, April 26, 2009

Irfan Pathan picked up two wickets in his opening over

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