Indian Premier League - 25th match

Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)

Here we go, Rajasthan Royals players walking out to the middle, Gilchrist and Gibbs to open the innings for the Chargers. No surprises again, it will be Pathan to open the attack and he will be bowling to Gibbs.

Which team is the coolest, Tishani Doshi wonders.

Toss: Gilchrist has won the toss for Deccan Chargers and they will be batting.

Gilchrist: "we have a momentum going, good spirit in the team."

Warne: "It looks a very good wicket, smaller boundaries, if we will restrict them to 160-170, we will do well"

Teams: Deccan Chargers are unchanged. Rajasthan Royals have made quite a few changes, Naman Ojha, Carseldine, Harwood and Raut are playing today.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the match between Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals.

Pitch: Even covering of grass, dry surface, the ball will come on nicely, but later on it will become slower.

Deccan Chargers are sitting pretty on top of the table and a win here will help them to hold their position, whereas the Royals who are currently lying seventh on the table need to win and make it up the ladder on the points table to get to the top four.

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0.1

Pathan to Gibbs, no run, flat and straight outside the off stump, trying to run it down to third man, gets beaten.

0.2

Pathan to Gibbs, 1 run, turns it behind square leg to get off the mark.

Now it is Gilchrist's turn. Warne getting his field right, a strong off side field.

0.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, 2 runs, looking to work it to the onside, gets a leading edge down to third man, closing the face off the bat too early.

0.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, that is the first boundary, it was in the slot outside the off stump and he drives in the gap wide of the fielders through extra cover.

0.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, another half-volley, but this time driven straight to the fielder at extra cover.

0.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, 1 run, another full delivery driven to mid-off, silly fielding allows the single.

8 runs of the first over.

End of over 1 (8 runs) Deccan Chargers 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
AC Gilchrist    7* (4b 1x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0
HH Gibbs    1* (2b)     

Munaf Patel to share the attack.

1.1

Patel to Gilchrist, no run, back of a length delivery outside the off stump and Gilchrist has a slash at it and gets beaten, good carry to the keeper.

1.2

Patel to Gilchrist, no run, cuts and misses outside the off stump, through to the keeper, extra bounce.

1.3

Patel to Gilchrist, FOUR, picks up the length this time and pulls it on the front foot and hits it high and one bounce to the midwicket fence.

1.4

Patel to Gilchrist, no run, gets behind the back of a length delivery and defends to the off side.

1.5

Patel to Gilchrist, SIX, that is maximum, a wonderful strike, too short from Munaf, hooks it high and over the long leg fence.

1.6

Patel to Gilchrist, no run, gets behind a short of a length delivery and defends with an angled bat to gully.

10 runs of that over and Deccan have moved on to 18.

End of over 2 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 18/0 (RR: 9.00)
AC Gilchrist    17* (10b 2x4 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-10-0
HH Gibbs    1* (2b)      YK Pathan    1-0-8-0

2.1

Pathan to Gibbs, 1 run, works it to short fine leg for a single.

2.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, down the wicket and drives in the gap between mid-off and extra cover and no stopping that.

2.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, takes it on the pad, looking to work it to the onside, question asked but turned down as it was pitching outside the leg stump.

2.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, FOUR, goes for the big shot and gets the outside edge down to third man fence.

2.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, again takes it on the pad as he looks to work it to the onside.

2.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, quicker delivery from Pathan and Gilchrist back in the crease, plays square of the wicket on the off side.

End of over 3 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 27/0 (RR: 9.00)
AC Gilchrist    25* (15b 4x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-17-0
HH Gibbs    2* (3b)      MM Patel    1-0-10-0

Change in the bowling, Jadeja comes on.

3.1

Jadeja to Gibbs, no run, on the middle and leg, turns it behind square leg.

3.2

Jadeja to Gibbs, FOUR, sweeps and connects well past the short fine leg and to the fence, the fielder running around fails to field it.

3.3

Jadeja to Gibbs, 2 runs, sweeps again, but this time a top edge and the ball flies over the short fine leg for couple more.

3.4

Jadeja to Gibbs, no run, pushed to the onside.

3.5

Jadeja to Gibbs, no run, looking to sweep again, off the pad to the onside.

3.6

Jadeja to Gibbs, 1 leg bye, off the pad to short fine leg.

End of over 4 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 34/0 (RR: 8.50)
HH Gibbs    8* (9b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-6-0
AC Gilchrist    25* (15b 4x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    2-0-17-0

4.1

Pathan to Gibbs, OUT, flatter delivery from Pathan and Gibbs looking to swing it across the line, misses it and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal and given by the umpire, Gibbs is furious with the decision and he keeps speaking as he walks off.

HH Gibbs lbw b Pathan 8 (15m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

4.2

Pathan to Bilakhia, no run, moves back and defends to the onside.

4.3

Pathan to Bilakhia, no run, sweeps from way outside the off stump and misses, gets hit on the pad outside the line.

4.4

Pathan to Bilakhia, no run, moves forward and pushes down the ground to mid-off.

4.5

Pathan to Bilakhia, 1 run, short from Pathan, pulls in the air through square leg to the deep.

Pathan moves across to have a chat with Warne, about the field I think.

4.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, flat delivery from Pathan and Gilchrist looking to pull, mistimes to mid-on.

End of over 5 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 35/1 (RR: 7.00)
AC Gilchrist    25* (16b 4x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    3-0-18-1
AA Bilakhia    1* (4b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-6-0

Harwood into the attack from the Duck Pond end.

5.1

Harwood to Bilakhia, OUT, And he strikes first ball! Two slips in place and Harwood pitches it short of a length, the one that comes in with the angle. Bilakhia goes for the pull but gets nowhere, more of an instinctive shot. Ball clips the top edge and balloons up towards mid-on where Trivedi makes no mistake. It's a dream start

AA Bilakhia c Trivedi b Harwood 1 (6m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

5.2

Harwood to Gilchrist, no run, good length delivery and Gilchrist defends it down

5.3

Harwood to Gilchrist, no run, line and length delivery and Gilchrist works it away on the leg side

5.4

Harwood to Gilchrist, no run, slightly short and angling away from the left-hander, Gilchrist goes after it and is beaten comprehensively

5.5

Harwood to Gilchrist, no run, bowled from round the stump, good length and this one came in a touch. Gilchrist plays it safe by leaving it through to the keeper

5.6

Harwood to Gilchrist, FOUR, again slightly shorty and Gilchrist pulls it away well in front of square leg, long chase from the fielder at square leg ends in vain. The shot was not timed well enough but Gilly got just enough bat on it

End of over 6 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 39/2 (RR: 6.50)
AC Gilchrist    29* (21b 5x4 1x6)      SM Harwood    1-0-4-1
RG Sharma    0* (0b)      YK Pathan    3-0-18-1

6.1

Pathan to Sharma, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the square leg region for an easy single

6.2

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, worked away from middle and leg to the midwicket region, fielder moves across quickly and cuts off the single

6.3

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, defended down on the off side, this is good bowling from Yusuf.

6.4

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, swept away hard but straight to the fielder at short fine leg

6.5

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, forced away off the back-foot to the cover region, diving stop at short cover saves runs

6.6

Pathan to Gilchrist, no run, swept away fine, Gilchrist was interested in a single but Sharma was not. End of a brilliant spell from Pathan. Gave away 17 in his first two overs but the next two overs went for just 2.

End of over 7 (1 run) Deccan Chargers 40/2 (RR: 5.71)
AC Gilchrist    29* (26b 5x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    4-0-19-1
RG Sharma    1* (1b)      SM Harwood    1-0-4-1

7.1

Harwood to Sharma, 1 run, worked away for an easy single

7.2

Harwood to Gilchrist, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the pads, Gilchrist pulls hard but fails to connect properly, ball runs down to fine leg off the edge

7.3

Harwood to Sharma, no run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Sharma gets behind the line and defends it down

7.4

Harwood to Sharma, no run, punched off the front-foot to short cover, Warne there moves across and stop it with one hand

7.5

Harwood to Sharma, 1 leg bye, runs off the pad to the square leg region and the batsmen cross over for a quick single

7.6

Harwood to Gilchrist, no run, pitched up close to the off stump line, Gilchrist punches it down to mid-off

End of over 8 (3 runs) Deccan Chargers 43/2 (RR: 5.37)
AC Gilchrist    30* (28b 5x4 1x6)      SM Harwood    2-0-6-1
RG Sharma    2* (5b)      YK Pathan    4-0-19-1

Shane Warne into the attack now.

8.1

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up and turning away from the right-hander, Sharma stays back and works it away on the leg side

8.2

Warne to Gilchrist, no run, flatter trajectory, Gilchrist quickly gets into position and works it away towards square leg

8.3

Warne to Gilchrist, 1 leg bye, comes down the track and swings across the line but fails to make contact, ball clips the pad and runs away on the off side

8.4

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, forced away towards point

8.5

Warne to Gilchrist, SIX, perfect! once again Gilchrist comes down the track, this time gets right behind the line and lofts it straight back down the track and the ball sails over the long-on fence

8.6

Warne to Gilchrist, 1 wide, pitched on middle and leg and turning down the leg side, wide called

8.6

Warne to Gilchrist, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it through midwicket

End of over 9 (11 runs) Deccan Chargers 54/2 (RR: 6.00)
AC Gilchrist    37* (32b 5x4 2x6)      SK Warne    1-0-10-0
RG Sharma    4* (7b)      SM Harwood    2-0-6-1

Last over before the strategic time-out.

9.1

Jadeja to Gilchrist, 1 run, fulltoss on the pads and Gilchrist drives it down to long-on

9.2

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, full and on the pads, swept away nicely to deep fine leg for an easy single

9.3

Jadeja to Gilchrist, 1 run, drifting in from outside the leg stump, Gilchrist quickly goes down on one knee and slogs it away to deep square leg, again just a single

9.4

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, punched down to long-on

9.5

Jadeja to Gilchrist, OUT, Yusuf! full and on the stumps, Gilchrist drives across towards short midwicket where Pathan dives low to his right and takes a stunner. Jadeja nets the big fish.

AC Gilchrist c Pathan b Jadeja 39 (41m 35b 5x4 2x6) SR: 111.42

9.6

Jadeja to Suman, no run, punched down to mid-on, Sharma takes off for the single but Suman is not interested.

That's the end of over number 10 and drinks are called for. Time to discuss few strategies.

Crap fielding, tardiness, the ability to get up Aussie noses... it can only be Sourav Ganguly. In The CV.

End of over 10 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 58/3 (RR: 5.80)
TL Suman    0* (1b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-10-1
RG Sharma    6* (9b)      SK Warne    1-0-10-0

Warne to continue

10.1

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to cover point

10.2

Warne to Suman, 2 runs, drifting on to the pads and that's whipped down to fine leg for an easy single

10.3

Warne to Suman, 2 runs, a rare short delivery, Suman rocks back and pulls it away to deep midwicket, they taken on the fielder in the deep and scamper through for the second

10.4

Warne to Suman, no run, edged down to short fine leg, no room for a single there

10.5

Warne to Suman, 1 run, worked away on the leg side

10.6

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, fuller length delivery, driven away on the leg side for an easy single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 65/3 (RR: 5.90)
RG Sharma    8* (11b)      SK Warne    2-0-17-0
TL Suman    5* (5b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-10-1

11.1

Jadeja to Sharma, no run, defended outside the off stump

11.2

Jadeja to Sharma, no run, fuller length delivery, Sharma gets behind the line and punches hard but fails to get it past the fielder at short cover

11.3

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, driven down to long-off, again just a single

11.4

Jadeja to Suman, 1 run, another fuller length delivery and Suman too drives it down to long-off for a single, this is turning out to be another good over from the Royals

11.5

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, worked away off the pads to fine leg for a single

11.6

Jadeja to Suman, 1 wide, wayward delivery down the leg side

11.6

Jadeja to Suman, 1 run, flat and on the stumps, Suman drives it down to long-on, end of a decent over

End of over 12 (5 runs) Deccan Chargers 70/3 (RR: 5.83)
TL Suman    7* (7b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-1
RG Sharma    10* (15b)      SK Warne    2-0-17-0

12.1

Warne to Suman, FOUR, shot! tossed up and turning away, Suman dances down the track, nicely gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it inside out to the extra cover fence

12.2

Warne to Suman, SIX, another gutsy shot - Once again Suman comes down the track to the pitch of the delivery and this time he hammers it over the long-on fence

12.3

Warne to Suman, no run, short and cut away straight to the fielder at point

12.4

Warne to Suman, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single, good over so far for the chargers

12.5

Warne to Sharma, 1 run, cut away off the back-foot and they scamper through for a single

12.6

Warne to Suman, no run, tossed up close to the off stump line, Suman leans well forward and defends it with a straight bat.

End of over 13 (12 runs) Deccan Chargers 82/3 (RR: 6.30)
TL Suman    18* (12b 1x4 1x6)      SK Warne    3-0-29-0
RG Sharma    11* (16b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-15-1

13.1

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 wide, full and drifting down the leg side, rightly called a wide

13.1

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, comes down the track and drives it down to long-on for an easy single

13.2

Jadeja to Suman, no run, flat delivery, Suman comes down the track and misses it completely and the keeper misses an easy stumping chance

13.3

Jadeja to Suman, 1 run, worked away on the leg side, again just a single

13.4

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, turned away behind square on the leg side

13.5

Jadeja to Suman, 1 run, punched away well in front of square leg this time, walking single added to the total

13.6

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 wide, quicker delivery down the leg side and Sharma leaves it through to the keeper

13.6

Jadeja to Sharma, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and runs it down to third man for a single

End of over 14 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 89/3 (RR: 6.35)
RG Sharma    14* (19b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-22-1
TL Suman    20* (15b 1x4 1x6)      SK Warne    3-0-29-0

Munaf Patel back on, short fine leg in place

14.1

Patel to Sharma, SIX, in the slot on the middle and leg stump line, Sharma lines it up and lofts it over the midwicket fence, good clean hit

14.2

Patel to Sharma, no run, fuller length delivery and that is driven towards midwicket, Suman back-up too much, the throw misses the stumps at the bowler's end and Suman makes it back safely. Munaf attempts to kick the ball on to the stumps but ends up breaking the stumps with his foot. They go upstairs and all is sorted

14.3

Patel to Sharma, FOUR, short and drifting down the leg side, Sharma moves across a bit and pulls it down to the fine leg fence - as easy as it gets

14.4

Patel to Sharma, 1 run, slower delivery and that's worked away through midwicket. Single brings up the 100 for the Chargers

14.5

Patel to Suman, no run, defended down towards cover point, fielder moves across quickly and cuts off the single

14.6

Patel to Suman, 2 runs, full and on the stumps, Suman gets behind the line and punches it down to long-on, gets it fine and that gives them enough time to come back for the second

14.6

Patel to Suman, 2 runs, full and on the stumps, Suman gets behind the line and punches it down to long-on, gets it fine and that gives them enough time to come back for the second

End of over 15 (13 runs) Deccan Chargers 102/3 (RR: 6.80)
TL Suman    22* (17b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-23-0
RG Sharma    25* (23b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-0-22-1

Raut comes onto bowl.

15.1

Raut to Sharma, 1 run, uses his feet and works it through the onside for a single.

15.2

Raut to Suman, 1 run, comes down the track and squeezes it out to backward point.

15.3

Raut to Sharma, FOUR, drags it too short, pulls it well in the air over midwicket to the fence.

15.4

Raut to Sharma, no run, tossed up outside the leg stump, comes down the track and pushes to mid-on.

15.5

Raut to Sharma, no run, down the leg side, Rohit looking to be cheeky, lets it go, but no wide signalled.

15.6

Raut to Sharma, 1 run, driven down the ground to long off for a single.

End of over 16 (7 runs) Deccan Chargers 109/3 (RR: 6.81)
RG Sharma    31* (28b 2x4 1x6)      AS Raut    1-0-7-0
TL Suman    23* (18b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-23-0

Four more overs to go and How much Deccan will finish on? Stay tuned for some fascinating overs. Trivedi into the attack.

16.1

Trivedi to Sharma, no run, a slow short delivery wide outside the off stump, mistimes the cut behind point.

16.2

Trivedi to Sharma, 1 run, another slow short delivery and Rohit had to wait for the ages and then he pulls it down to long leg for a single.

16.3

Trivedi to Suman, 1 run, stands in the crease and lofts it in the air and one bounce to long off.

16.4

Trivedi to Sharma, SIX, far too many slower deliveries from Trivedi, this time Rohit picked his spot and pulls it high and over the midwicket fence for maximum.

16.5

Trivedi to Sharma, OUT, fuller delivery outside the off stump and Rohit looking to go down the ground, gets the leading edge very high in the air to mid-off, where Warne judges it well and takes a good catch.

RG Sharma c Warne b Trivedi 38 (51m 32b 2x4 2x6) SR: 118.75

Smith is the new batsman but he will not be on strike as the batsmen had crossed.

16.6

Trivedi to Suman, 1 run, slower delivery pulled to deep midwicket for a single.

End of over 17 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 118/4 (RR: 6.94)
TL Suman    25* (20b 1x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    1-0-9-1
DR Smith    0* (0b)      AS Raut    1-0-7-0

3 more overs to go and Deccan needs to speed up, Smith will have to strike big. Harwood is back.

17.1

Harwood to Suman, FOUR, short and wayward delivery down the leg side, pulls it well down to fine leg fence.

17.2

Harwood to Suman, 1 run, not a well timed shot outside the off stump, plays to cover for a single.

17.3

Harwood to Smith, no run, good delivery right in the block-hole, dug out back to the bowler.

17.4

Harwood to Smith, 1 run, another delivery right in the block-hole, digs it out to the off side beside the track, this time they get the single.

17.5

Harwood to Suman, 3 runs, keeps it full once again, played out to deep midwicket, Asnodkar fields and wanted to try a relay but his partner Smith was not even looking and the batsmen scamper through for an extra run and Harwood is not happy.

17.6

Harwood to Smith, no run, yorker dug out to the off side.

Good over from Harwood.

End of over 18 (9 runs) Deccan Chargers 127/4 (RR: 7.05)
DR Smith    1* (3b)      SM Harwood    3-0-15-1
TL Suman    33* (23b 2x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    1-0-9-1

Trivedi to continue.

18.1

Trivedi to Suman, 1 run, squeezed out to short fine leg, clumsy fielding by Harwood allowing the run.

18.2

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, full delivery driven down to long off.

18.3

Trivedi to Suman, 1 run, dropped, full delivery lofted in the air to long off and Raut running in to take the catch drops it.

18.4

Trivedi to Smith, no run, slow short delivery and Smith gets hit on the helmet as he plays too early.

18.5

Trivedi to Smith, 1 run, worked through the onside for a single.

18.6

Trivedi to Suman, no run, yorker dug out back to the bowler.

End of over 19 (4 runs) Deccan Chargers 131/4 (RR: 6.89)
TL Suman    35* (26b 2x4 1x6)      SK Trivedi    2-0-13-1
DR Smith    3* (6b)      SM Harwood    3-0-15-1

Harwood to bowl the final over.

19.1

Harwood to Smith, FOUR, too full and in the slot, hit hard in the air down the ground to long off fence.

19.2

Harwood to Smith, OUT, low full toss and Smith hits in the air down the ground straight into the hands of Warne at long on.

DR Smith c Warne b Harwood 7 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

19.3

Harwood to Suman, no run, yorker squeezed out back to the bowler, good bowling from Harwood.

19.4

Harwood to Suman, 2 runs, on a length and Suman flicks it high in the air to deep midwicket.

19.5

Harwood to Suman, 2 runs, full delivery and hit in the air over the bowler to long off.

19.6

Harwood to Suman, 2 runs, another full delivery driven down the ground to long on, good running, gets the second run.

Innings break Deccan finish on 141 for 5 in their 20 overs. They were 58 for 3 in the first 10 overs, but they have done well to get 83 runs in the next ten. The wicket is slow and Harwood thinks 140 is ok, do join us again after the break.

A look back at the hundred that wasn't, the hat-trick that was, and the other highs and lows of the week gone by.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Deccan Chargers 141/5
TL Suman    41* (30b 2x4 1x6)      SM Harwood    4-0-25-2
Y Venugopal Rao    0* (0b)      SK Trivedi    2-0-13-1
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May 2, 2009

Lee Carseldine led Rajasthan's chase after a terrible start, Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, 25th match, Port Elizabeth, May 2, 2009

Lee Carseldine led Rajasthan's chase after a terrible start

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May 2, 2009

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Abhishek Raut was Rajasthan's man of the moment

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