Indian Premier League, 25th match: Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Port Elizabeth, May 2, 2009
Rajasthan Royals won by 3 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
Played at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth (neutral venue)
2 May 2009 (20-over match)

Welcome back for the chase, can Rajasthan Royals pull this off? They have to score 142 at 7.10, this should be easy, but they will have to bat well.

Gilchrist giving a good pep talk to the team. The players are out in the middle and it will be Asnodkar and Smith to open the innings. Fidel Edwards to start the proceedings for the Chargers.

0.1

Edwards to Smith, no run, run out missed, works forward of square leg and Smith takes off for a single, Asnodkar does not respond at all, the throw comes in but misses the stumps at the strikers end.

0.2

Edwards to Smith, OUT, short outside the off stump and Smith upper cuts high in the air and down to third man and Shoaib takes the catch low in front of him.

GC Smith c Shoaib Ahmed b Edwards 0 (2m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Good start by Deccan, Carseldine is the new batsman.

0.3

Edwards to Asnodkar, 1 wide, a bouncer and Asnodkar ducks under it, signalled a wide as it goes above his head.

0.3

Edwards to Asnodkar, OUT, back of a length delivery and Asnodkar pushes softly to the off side and Carseldine comes on for the single, Asnodkar responds very late and Gibbs picks up the ball and throws it to RP Singh, who runs the batsman out.

SA Asnodkar run out 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Naman Ojha is the new batsman.

0.4

Edwards to Carseldine, 2 runs, works it to deep square leg for couple of runs.

0.5

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, left alone outside the off stump.

0.6

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, watches it closely and lets the ball go through to the keeper.

End of over 1 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 3/2 (139 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 7.31)

    • LA Carseldine 2 (3b)
    • NV Ojha 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 1-0-3-1

RP Singh to share attack.

1.1

Singh to Ojha, no run, slashes and gets beaten outside the off stump.

1.2

Singh to Ojha, no run, extra bounce and off the glove to the off side.

1.3

Singh to Ojha, no run, another delivery angled across outside the off stump, another slash and gets beaten.

1.4

Singh to Ojha, no run, good bowling from RP Singh, cramps him and Ojha is forced to block the ball.

1.5

Singh to Ojha, no run, back of a length delivery cut behind point.

1.6

Singh to Ojha, OUT, cut hard to Gibbs at short point, the fielder was well placed there by Gilchrist as Ojha was looking to cut each and every delivery, well done.

NV Ojha c Gibbs b Singh 0 (6m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Deccan on top here, 3 wickets for 3 runs.

End of over 2 (wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 3/3 (139 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 1.50, RRR: 7.72)

    • LA Carseldine 2 (3b)
    • RP Singh 1-1-0-1
    • FH Edwards 1-0-3-1

In walks Ravindra Jadeja.

2.1

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, fuller and bit wide outside the off stump, left alone.

2.2

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, cut hard but well stopped by Gibbs at short point, good anticipation.

2.3

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, short delivery outside the off stump, goes for the pull and gets beaten.

2.4

Edwards to Carseldine, 2 runs, full toss hit hard to covers, Jadeja quickly calls for a second run.

2.5

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, full and straight from Edwards, pushed back down the track and the ball hits the stumps.

2.6

Edwards to Carseldine, no run, good length delivery and on target, Carseldine defends with a straight bat down the track.

End of over 3 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/3 (137 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 1.66, RRR: 8.05)

    • LA Carseldine 4 (9b)
    • RA Jadeja 0 (0b)
    • FH Edwards 2-0-5-1
    • RP Singh 1-1-0-1
3.1

Singh to Jadeja, no run, plays and misses outside the off stump, a tentative Jadeja, nice shape from RP Singh.

3.2

Singh to Jadeja, 2 runs, back of a length delivery angled into the thigh pad, nudges it down to fine leg.

3.3

Singh to Jadeja, no run, fuller outside the off stump, tries to squeeze it out, misses the bat and through to the keeper.

3.4

Singh to Jadeja, no run, short delivery, up on his toes and defends with an angled bat to gully.

3.5

Singh to Jadeja, no run, walks down the track and RP Singh cramps the batsman once again, wonderful bowling RP Singh.

3.6

Singh to Jadeja, no run, short delivery angled in and Jadeja gets his bat out of the way as he sways away.

End of over 4 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/3 (135 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 1.75, RRR: 8.43)

    • RA Jadeja 2 (6b)
    • LA Carseldine 4 (9b)
    • RP Singh 2-1-2-1
    • FH Edwards 2-0-5-1

Smith comes on.

4.1

Smith to Carseldine, FOUR, nice drive from Carseldine as he plays past the diving mid-off to the fence.

4.2

Smith to Carseldine, no run, drives on the front foot to cover but cannot find the gap.

4.3

Smith to Carseldine, no run, pushes it to the right of Smith, who quickly gets across to field the ball.

4.4

Smith to Carseldine, FOUR, short outside the off stump and Carseldine swings into action, cuts hard over backward point to the fence.

4.5

Smith to Carseldine, FOUR, good ball back of a length, Caseldine is lucky as he looks to force the ball through the off side, gets an inside edge past the stumps to fine leg fence.

4.6

Smith to Carseldine, 1 run, fuller delivery driven to mid-on.

End of over 5 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/3 (122 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.13)

    • LA Carseldine 17 (15b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2 (6b)
    • DR Smith 1-0-13-0
    • RP Singh 2-1-2-1
5.1

Singh to Carseldine, no run, short of a good length delivery, touch outside the off stump and Carseldine watchfully taps it away towards cover

5.2

Singh to Carseldine, FOUR, shot! short rising delivery outside the off stump, Carseldine stands tall on the back-foot and punches it into the gap between mid-off and cover. He got right on top of the bounce and the placement was spot on

5.3

Singh to Carseldine, no run, short delivery, pitched outside the off stump and angling in, Carseldine gets behind the line and taps it away on the leg side

5.4

Singh to Carseldine, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, defended

5.5

Singh to Carseldine, FOUR, RP drifts down leg and Carseldine nicely works it away to the fine leg fence. Diving effort in the deep ends in vain

5.6

Singh to Carseldine, 1 no ball, short rising delivery down the leg side, no-ball called for overstepping and the next ball will be a free-hit

5.6

Singh to Carseldine, 1 run, Carseldine moves away towards leg and RP follows him nicely, in the end the ball is played down to mid-on and they scamper through for a dangerous single.

End of over 6 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 30/3 (112 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.00)

    • LA Carseldine 26 (22b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2 (6b)
    • RP Singh 3-1-12-1
    • DR Smith 1-0-13-0

Rohit Sharma into the attack now.

6.1

Sharma to Carseldine, 2 runs, bit of width offered outside the off stump and that's driven away to deep backward point for a brace

6.2

Sharma to Carseldine, 1 run, driven off the back-foot to deep point, easy single

6.3

Sharma to Jadeja, no run, full and on the pads, Jadeja tries to work it away on the leg side and ends up with a leading edge to short fine leg

6.4

Sharma to Jadeja, no run, swept away straight to the fielder at short fine leg

6.5

Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, punched away off the back-foot to deep backward point, again just the single

6.6

Sharma to Carseldine, 1 run, pitched up outside the off stump and that's driven straight back past the bowler to long-off for a single

Required run rate has moved up to 8.23

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 35/3 (107 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.23)

    • LA Carseldine 30 (25b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3 (9b)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-5-0
    • RP Singh 3-1-12-1

Ojha into the attack from the other end

7.1

Ojha to Carseldine, 1 run, starts off with a short delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Carseldine sways back and pulls it down to fine leg

7.2

Ojha to Jadeja, 1 run, punched off the back-foot to the cover region

7.3

Ojha to Carseldine, 1 wide, bowled from over the stumps and drifting down leg, that's a wide

7.3

Ojha to Carseldine, 1 run, turned away off the back-foot to the square leg reigon

7.4

Ojha to Jadeja, SIX, Max! Jadeja comes down the track and lofts one over the long-on fence, just managed to get it over Smith there. Close call but six runs added to the total

7.5

Ojha to Jadeja, no run, quicker delivery and Jadeja is beaten outside the off stump

7.6

Ojha to Jadeja, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Jadeja tries to work it away but fails to make contact

End of over 8 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 45/3 (97 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 8.08)

    • RA Jadeja 10 (13b 1x6)
    • LA Carseldine 32 (27b 5x4)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-10-0
    • RG Sharma 1-0-5-0
8.1

Sharma to Carseldine, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the fine leg reigon

8.2

Sharma to Jadeja, no run, driven away nicely off the back-foot but the ball finds the fielder at short third man

8.3

Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, driven down to long-off for an easy single

8.4

Sharma to Carseldine, FOUR, close to the off stump line, Carseldine makes room and cuts hard, ball clips the outside edge and races away to the third man fence, lucky runs

8.5

Sharma to Carseldine, 1 wide, strayingt down the leg side and that's a wide

8.5

Sharma to Carseldine, 1 run, cut away off the back-foot to deep point and the single brings up the 50 partnership, well played

This partnership has brought the Royals right back into this game. The required run rate has dipped a bit now

8.6

Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, driven away wide of the fielder at long-on, easy single to end the over

End of over 9 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/3 (88 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.00)

    • RA Jadeja 12 (16b 1x6)
    • LA Carseldine 38 (30b 6x4)
    • RG Sharma 2-0-14-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-10-0
9.1

Venugopal Rao to Jadeja, OUT, And Jadeja departs! Rao starts off with a fuller delivery on the middle and off stump line, bowled from round the wicket. Jadeja comes down the track and lofts it straight to Dwyane Smith at long-on, the idea was to go over the fielder but ...

RA Jadeja c Smith b Venugopal Rao 12 (28m 17b 0x4 1x6) SR: 70.58

Shane Warne is the next man in

9.2

Venugopal Rao to Warne, 1 run, worked away off the pads to the fine leg reigon

9.3

Venugopal Rao to Carseldine, 1 run, slightly short and close to the off stump line, Carseldine makes room and cuts it away to deep backward point

9.4

Venugopal Rao to Warne, 1 run, short delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Warne stays back and pulls it away to deep fine leg - just a single

9.5

Venugopal Rao to Carseldine, OUT, big inside edge and umpire Asnani upholds an LBW shout! Rao fires one in and Carseldine goes back to cut, ball clips the inside edge and thuds into the pad - loud appeal for lbw and the finger goes up. That was one of the biggest inside edge I have seen given out, he smashed it on to the pad. To make matters worse, the ball after taking the edge, hit the pad outside the line of the leg stump.

LA Carseldine lbw b Venugopal Rao 39 (40m 32b 6x4 0x6) SR: 121.87

9.6

Venugopal Rao to Raut, 3 runs, played off the back-foot, ball clips the inside edge and runs down to third man

Time for that time-out, stay tuned - we will be back shortly

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 60/5 (82 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.20)

    • AS Raut 3 (1b)
    • SK Warne 2 (2b)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-6-2
    • RG Sharma 2-0-14-0

We are back, Raut will take strike and it will be Pragyan Ojha to bowl.

10.1

Ojha to Raut, 1 run, on the stumps, worked away towards mid wicket for a single

10.2

Ojha to Warne, 1 run, full and on the pads, driven down to long-on, again just the single

10.3

Ojha to Raut, FOUR, edged and through! flat delivery outside the off stump. Raut pokes at it, away from his body and the thick edge runs down to third man

10.4

Ojha to Raut, 1 run, worked away through square leg

10.5

Ojha to Warne, no run, pushes forward and gets hit on the pad, loud appeal for lbw tuned down - looked close

10.6

Ojha to Warne, 1 run, driven away to wide long-on, another single added to the total

End of over 11 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 68/5 (74 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.18, RRR: 8.22)

    • SK Warne 4 (5b)
    • AS Raut 9 (4b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-18-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 1-0-6-2
11.1

Venugopal Rao to Warne, SIX, flat delivery outside the off stump and Warne powers it away to the midwicket fence, powerful shot

11.2

Venugopal Rao to Warne, no run, dropped! full and driven straight back, as easy as it gets but Rao fails to hold on to it. What a miss

11.3

Venugopal Rao to Warne, SIX, another one! powerful slog sweep and the ball files off the meat of the bat and over the midwicket fence. Rao straightaway pays for the dropped chance - could that drop cost the Chargers the game?

11.4

Venugopal Rao to Warne, 1 run, swept away behind square on the leg side

11.5

Venugopal Rao to Raut, FOUR, drifting on to middle and leg, Raut goes down on one knee and paddles it down to the vacant fine leg fence - this is turning out to be a big over

11.6

Venugopal Rao to Raut, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, Raut goes for the cut but fails to make contact

End of over 12 (17 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/5 (57 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 7.08, RRR: 7.12)

    • AS Raut 13 (6b 2x4)
    • SK Warne 17 (9b 2x6)
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-23-2
    • PP Ojha 2-0-18-0
12.1

Ojha to Warne, 1 run, worked away from outside the off stump to the midwicket region

12.2

Ojha to Raut, 1 run, full and down the leg side, swept away to fine leg for a single

12.3

Ojha to Warne, 1 run, bit of extra bounce and turning away from the right-hander, Warne stands tall on the back-foot and plays it away well in front of point

12.4

Ojha to Raut, 1 run, driven straight back down the track to the long-on region

12.5

Ojha to Warne, no run, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, Warne plays across the line, trying to get it away to the vacant midwicket region, but gets beaten all ends up

12.6

Ojha to Warne, no run, defended to cover, no room for a single there

End of over 13 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 89/5 (53 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.84, RRR: 7.57)

    • SK Warne 19 (13b 2x6)
    • AS Raut 15 (8b 2x4)
    • PP Ojha 3-0-22-0
    • Y Venugopal Rao 2-0-23-2

Shoaib into the attack now.

13.1

Shoaib Ahmed to Raut, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump and Raut punches it away towards cover

13.2

Shoaib Ahmed to Raut, 1 run, worked away on the leg side for an easy single

13.3

Shoaib Ahmed to Warne, no run, excellent off-cutter, Warne fails to pick it up and in the end leaves it through to the keeper

13.4

Shoaib Ahmed to Warne, 1 run, short and wide outside the off stump, Warne leans back and cuts it away well in front of point

Single will do for now, they need just above 7 at this stage and then there is Yusuf Pathan.

13.5

Shoaib Ahmed to Raut, 1 run, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Raut shuffles across and works it away behind square on the leg side

13.6

Shoaib Ahmed to Warne, 1 run, pulled away just wide of the fielder at short fine leg and they rush through for a well judged single

Royals seems to have the game under control

End of over 14 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 93/5 (49 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 8.16)

    • SK Warne 21 (16b 2x6)
    • AS Raut 17 (11b 2x4)
    • Shoaib Ahmed 1-0-4-0
    • PP Ojha 3-0-22-0
14.1

Ojha to Warne, OUT, And Warne throws it away! He charges down to Ojha and unleashes a wild swing, ball clips the edge and balloons up towards short cover, Gilchrist calls for it and nicely settles under it. Could this be a turning point?

SK Warne c †Gilchrist b Ojha 21 (29m 17b 0x4 2x6) SR: 123.52

14.2

Ojha to Raut, 1 run, turned away off the pads to the square leg region

14.3

Ojha to Pathan, FOUR, full and down the leg side, Yusuf goes for the sweep and the ball races away past the keeper to the fence, looks like it got a touch on it as it is signaled a boundary

14.4

Ojha to Pathan, no run, defended back down the track

14.5

Ojha to Pathan, no run, goes for the sweep but fails to make contact

14.6

Ojha to Pathan, no run, line and length delivery, Yusuf stretches forward and plays it back down the track. End of a decent spell from Ojha

End of over 15 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 98/6 (44 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 8.80)

    • YK Pathan 4 (4b 1x4)
    • AS Raut 18 (12b 2x4)
    • PP Ojha 4-0-27-1
    • Shoaib Ahmed 1-0-4-0

5 more overs to go and Rajasthan require 44 from 30.

15.1

Shoaib Ahmed to Raut, 1 run, back of a length delivery worked to the vacant midwicket for a single.

15.2

Shoaib Ahmed to Pathan, 1 run, slower delivery played in the air behind square leg for a single.

15.3

Shoaib Ahmed to Raut, 1 run, played square of the wicket on the off side for a single.

15.4

Shoaib Ahmed to Pathan, SIX, goes all the way, he strikes it nicely, lofts it high and over extra cover for maximum.

15.5

Shoaib Ahmed to Pathan, SIX, slower delivery from Shoaib, Pathan needs no invitation, pulls well high and over the midwicket fence for another maximum.

Pathan turning it on.

15.6

Shoaib Ahmed to Pathan, no run, plays and misses outside the off stump as he tries to run the ball down to third man.

The equation now is 2 9 runs from 24 balls.

End of over 16 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 113/6 (29 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.06, RRR: 7.25)

    • YK Pathan 17 (8b 1x4 2x6)
    • AS Raut 20 (14b 2x4)
    • Shoaib Ahmed 2-0-19-0
    • PP Ojha 4-0-27-1

Edwards back into the attack.

16.1

Edwards to Raut, 1 run, full toss driven down the ground to long off.

The crowd is very much excited, why shouldn't they, this match is going to the wire.

16.2

Edwards to Pathan, 1 leg bye, off the pad as he looks to work it through the onside.

16.3

Edwards to Raut, FOUR, terrible delivery on the pads, Raut only has to get a tickle and the ball runs down to the fence.

16.4

Edwards to Raut, 1 run, good ball in the block-hole, dug out to the onside, Edwards has a shy at the stumps and misses, good backing up at mid-off.

16.5

Edwards to Pathan, FOUR, short ball and pulled away nicely and finds the perfect gap between the fine leg fielder and deep backward square leg.

16.6

Edwards to Pathan, 1 run, full delivery driven down the ground to long on for a single.

End of over 17 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 125/6 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.35, RRR: 5.66)

    • YK Pathan 22 (11b 2x4 2x6)
    • AS Raut 26 (17b 3x4)
    • FH Edwards 3-0-16-1
    • Shoaib Ahmed 2-0-19-0

This should now be easy for Rajasthan, they need 17 from 18 deliveries. RP Singh is back for his final over.

17.1

Singh to Pathan, 1 run, short ball cut to the sweeper for a single.

17.2

Singh to Raut, 2 runs, another short delivery, hammered down the ground to long off, wonderful running, comes quickly back for the second run.

17.3

Singh to Raut, 1 run, too short from RP Singh, pulled along the ground to deep midwicket.

17.4

Singh to Pathan, 1 run, fuller delivery driven hard back down the track, hits the stumps and deflects to long on, that was hit with lot of power.

17.5

Singh to Raut, 1 run, again too short, pulled to deep midwicket.

17.6

Singh to Pathan, OUT, fuller delivery outside the off stump and Pathan looking for the big shot, gets the leading edge high in the air on the off side and Gibbs judges it well to take the catch at point.

YK Pathan c Gibbs b Singh 24 (17m 14b 2x4 2x6) SR: 171.42

Pathan departs, is there an another twist in the tale.

End of over 18 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 131/7 (11 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.27, RRR: 5.50)

    • AS Raut 30 (20b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 4-1-18-2
    • FH Edwards 3-0-16-1

Harwood is the new batsman, 11 required from 12 balls. Smith is back.

18.1

Smith to Harwood, 1 leg bye, off the pad to short fine leg.

18.2

Smith to Raut, 1 run, full ball driven to mid-off, Edward throws the ball and Smith does something with his hand, referred to the third umpire, NOT OUT comes up on the screen as the bails had been dislodged by Smith's hand.

There is some confusion whether it is a two or a single, as it was an overthrow, the umpire had actually signalled for the third umpire. Umpire checking with the third umpire, it is a single. 9 runs from 10 balls.

18.3

Smith to Harwood, 2 runs, full ball driven down the ground to long on.

18.4

Smith to Harwood, no run, good ball right in the block-hole, can only dig it out back to the bowler.

18.5

Smith to Harwood, 1 run, full toss, gets an edge to the off side.

18.6

Smith to Raut, FOUR, clips it behind square leg and Rohit Sharma running in, misfields it completely and the ball rolls into the fence for a boundary, a terrible mistake.

End of over 19 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 140/7 (2 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.36, RRR: 2.00)

    • AS Raut 35 (22b 4x4)
    • SM Harwood 3 (4b)
    • DR Smith 2-0-21-0
    • RP Singh 4-1-18-2

2 runs required from 6 balls. A wonderful chase by the Royals. Edwards in to bowl. Six men in the ring.

19.1

Edwards to Harwood, no run, a tight line on the off and middle, pushes to cover and looking for the single, not there.

2 from 5 now

19.2

Edwards to Harwood, no run, cuts and gets the edge outside the off stump and Gilchrist does well to stop it.

Tension building up, 2 from 4 now.

19.3

Edwards to Harwood, 1 bye, good short delivery and Harwood misses the ball and through to Gilchrist, they are running for a bye, Gilchrist throws the ball along the track and Edwards gets in between the ball and the stumps and drops the ball, misses a good run out chance.

19.4

Edwards to Raut, 1 run, pushes back to the bowler, Edwards gets some hand to it, deflects to mid-off, shy at the stumps from Smith misses the stumps, another run out chance missed and Rajasthan Royals win.

Rajasthan Royals win by 3 wickets, an exciting finish to the match. Deccan had their chances but the fielding went all wrong for them. Carseldine, Raut and Pathan played well for the Royals.

Raut: "Keep batting was the plan from the coach".

Gilchrist: "A great game of cricket, so exciting, tight finishes, both the teams had the opportunities to win it. There is bit more in the track and they bowled well to restrict us to 141, we would have like some more."

Warne: "We would have batted first, the guys showed lot of character, the bowling has been going very well, we wanted to get Yusuf down the order, so he could finish it off for us."

Pathan is the Man-of-the-Match.

Pathan: "I enjoyed it well, Carseldine and Raut played well, It was a good wicket to bat and I was able to strike well."

Thanks for joining us, we hope you have enjoyed the commentary, do stay tuned for the next game today between the Chennai Super Kings and the Delhi Daredevils, it promises to be an exciting game.

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