Indian Premier League - 33rd match

Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals won by 7 wickets (with 30 balls remaining)

Rajasthan are about to begin their chase, Graeme Smith and Naman Ojha are the openers. Praveen Kumar will bowl the first over, from over the wicket. Bangalore need quick wickets and Kumble has two slips in place.

0.1

Kumar to Smith, no run, good length but there's room outside off stump for the left-hander, Smith cuts but can't beat point

0.2

Kumar to Smith, no run, fuller length on off stump, Smith moves forward and blocks on the off side, Praveen runs across and fields

0.3

Kumar to Smith, no run, good length outside off stump, left alone by Smith

0.4

Kumar to Smith, 1 run, Smith drops the ball with soft hands towards cover and calls Ojha through for one

0.5

Kumar to Ojha, no run, full ball with a bit of swing into the right-hander, Ojha defends on the off side from his crease

0.6

Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha backs away to make a bit of room and plays the ball towards cover point, he's away with a single

End of over 1 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 2/0 (104 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.47)
NV Ojha    1* (2b)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0
GC Smith    1* (4b)     

Kallis is sharing the new ball.

1.1

Kallis to Ojha, no run, Ojha tries to cut without moving his feet and gets beaten outside off

1.2

Kallis to Ojha, no run, that falls just short! Ojha was hurried by the short one and he mis-hit the pull, the top edge fell short of Jaffer who was running in from square leg

1.3

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha backs away to make room and guides the ball towards third man

1.4

Kallis to Smith, no run, Smith moves back in his crease and defends on the leg side

1.5

Kallis to Smith, no run, Smith moves forward and towards the off and chips the ball in the air towards mid-off, the ball falls short of the fielder

1.6

Kallis to Smith, 1 run, Smith nudges the ball towards midwicket for one more

End of over 2 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 4/0 (102 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.66)
GC Smith    2* (7b)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0
NV Ojha    2* (5b)      P Kumar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kumar to Smith, no run, Smith moves out of his crease and drives a length delivery towards cover, Rajasthan are starting slowly but they can afford to

2.2

Kumar to Smith, no run, shorter and wider outside off, Smith cuts hard but hits it to Virat at point

2.3

Kumar to Smith, no run, Praveen bowls the slower one on middle stump which Smith drives towards mid-on

2.4

Kumar to Smith, FOUR, short ball just outside off stump, Smith jumps down the track, makes room, and slaps the ball through cover for the first boundary of the innings

2.5

Kumar to Smith, FOUR, and here's the second! Smith swivels and pulls the short ball towards deep square leg, Vinay Kumar slides but fumbles on the boundary

2.6

Kumar to Smith, no run, defended on the off side to end the over

End of over 3 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 12/0 (94 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.52)
GC Smith    10* (13b 2x4)      P Kumar    2-0-10-0
NV Ojha    2* (5b)      JH Kallis    1-0-2-0

3.1

Kallis to Ojha, no run, Ojha stays in his crease and plays the ball towards point

3.2

Kallis to Ojha, no run, Ojha backs away and tries to cut a ball that's very close to off stump, he gets a bottom edge into the ground towards slip

3.3

Kallis to Ojha, 2 runs, Ojha backs away once again and tries to loft the ball over the off side, he doesn't time it but manages to clear the infield

3.4

Kallis to Ojha, no run, Kallis replies with the short ball and Ojha ducks under it

3.5

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, has that been caught? If so it's a stupendous catch! Ojha made room to a short ball and played the upper cut towards third man, Roelof (or was it du Preez?) came sprinting in from the boundary and dived forward full length to try and take the catch, replays show the ball bounced just before entering his hands so Ojha's will survive

3.6

Kallis to Smith, no run, Smith fends at a good length ball outside off stump but gets beaten

End of over 4 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 15/0 (91 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 5.68)
GC Smith    10* (14b 2x4)      JH Kallis    2-0-5-0
NV Ojha    5* (10b)      P Kumar    2-0-10-0

du Preez from over the wicket.

4.1

du Preez to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha moves towards leg and pushes the ball on the off side

It was Roelof who tried to take that catch and to his credit he immediately signaled that he thought it had bounced.

4.2

du Preez to Smith, FOUR, Smith moves smoothly on to the front foot and drives the ball wide of mid-off for four

4.3

du Preez to Smith, no run, Smith jumps out of his crease and defends towards the bowler

4.4

du Preez to Smith, FOUR, full and straight from du Preez, Smith waits in his crease and drives the ball firmly, mid-on dives to his right but can't cut it off

4.5

du Preez to Smith, no run, Smith rocks back and pulls hard, this time he finds the fielder at midwicket

4.6

du Preez to Smith, 1 run, good length on leg and middle, Smith moves back and plays the ball towards deep square leg

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 25/0 (81 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.40)
GC Smith    19* (19b 4x4)      D du Preez    1-0-10-0
NV Ojha    6* (11b)      JH Kallis    2-0-5-0

5.1

Kallis to Smith, no run, Smith defends watchfully towards the bowler, Kallis' bowling average is 91 at the moment!

5.2

Kallis to Smith, 1 run, Smith plays the ball towards wide mid-off and calls Ojha for the single

5.3

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha gets cramped by the ball angling into his body but manages to nudge it towards the leg side for one

5.4

Kallis to Smith, OUT, bowled him! Smith charges and tries to swing Kallis on the leg side, the ball pitches on a length and Smith misses it completely, the stumps are in a mess

GC Smith b Kallis 20 (22b 4x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

Lee Carseldine is the new batsman.

5.5

Kallis to Carseldine, FOUR, Kallis gives Carseldine a half-volley on leg stump which the batsman glances to the fine-leg boundary to get off the mark

5.6

Kallis to Carseldine, no run, good length delivery angling across the left-hander, Carseldine lets it go through to the wicketkeeper

End of over 6 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/1 (75 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.16, RRR: 5.35)
LA Carseldine    4* (2b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-11-1
NV Ojha    7* (12b)      D du Preez    1-0-10-0

That wicket has reduced Kallis' average from 91 to 79. Kumble brings himself into the attack.

6.1

Kumble to Ojha, 1 run, driven off the front foot through cover for a single

6.2

Kumble to Carseldine, no run, bowled slowly through the air on middle and off, defended on the front foot

6.3

Kumble to Carseldine, 1 run, Carseldine nudges a full ball through midwicket to get off strike

6.4

Kumble to Ojha, 2 runs, that's in the air but wide of the man at midwicket, Ojha pushed forward firmly and the ball went in the air on the leg side

6.5

Kumble to Ojha, no run, fancy footwork! Ojha gets an inside edge that might have gone on to his stumps, he reacts quickly and kicks the ball away in time

6.6

Kumble to Ojha, no run, Ojha tries to sweep but misses

End of over 7 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 35/1 (71 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.46)
NV Ojha    10* (16b)      A Kumble    1-0-4-0
LA Carseldine    5* (4b 1x4)      JH Kallis    3-0-11-1

7.1

du Preez to Carseldine, 3 runs, Carseldine's pulled that with some power and hit the leg umpire! Hariharan was motionless at square leg until the ball thudded into him, he tried to get out of the way rather late, despite the deflection, the ball nearly reached the boundary

7.2

du Preez to Ojha, 2 runs, Ojha tries to pull but gets an inside edge past his stumps, the batsmen run a very risky run and get an overthrow

7.3

du Preez to Ojha, no run, Ojha backs away to pull but misses and gets hit on the pad

7.4

du Preez to Ojha, 1 run, played towards fine leg for another single

7.5

du Preez to Carseldine, 1 run, good length on off stump, Carseldine moves forward and drives through cover

7.6

du Preez to Ojha, 1 run, good length ball angling into the right-hander, Ojha jumps back and plays the ball through square leg

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/1 (63 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 5.25)
NV Ojha    14* (20b)      D du Preez    2-0-18-0
LA Carseldine    9* (6b 1x4)      A Kumble    1-0-4-0

8.1

Kumble to Ojha, FOUR, Ojha takes a quick step down the track and hits the ball very hard past the bowler, that's a good shot, his best today

8.2

Kumble to Ojha, 1 run, played towards deep backward square leg for one

8.3

Kumble to Carseldine, no run, Carseldine moves back and across and defends towards the bowler

8.4

Kumble to Carseldine, OUT, that's an awful mix-up and Carseldine has to go, or is it Ojha? Carseldine pushed the ball towards mid-off and set off for the single, Ojha was ball watching and Carseldine kept running, both batsmen were at the same end when Virat threw the ball to Boucher, it's Ojha who's walking off, now he's waiting, it looked as though Ojha was back in his crease, the third umpire has to decide, it looks like one of those photo finishes and it is Carseldine who is out in the end, bizarre mix-up

LA Carseldine run out 9 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 112.50

Yusuf Pathan finally makes an appearance in this match.

8.5

Kumble to Pathan, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

8.6

Kumble to Pathan, 3 runs, Yusuf gets down on one knee and sweeps, he's placed the shot fine but the fielder does well to slide on his belly and drag it back in

End of over 9 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 51/2 (55 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 5.00)
YK Pathan    3* (2b)      A Kumble    2-0-12-0
NV Ojha    19* (22b 1x4)      D du Preez    2-0-18-0

Roelof will bowl the last over before the tactical break.

9.1

van der Merwe to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf mis-hits the ball towards mid-on and runs the single

9.2

van der Merwe to Ojha, no run, Roelof angles the ball into the right-hander and Ojha gets hit on the pad as he tries to play on the leg side

9.3

van der Merwe to Ojha, SIX, Ojha charges Roelof and smashes him high in the air, the ball stays airborne for a long time and when it comes down it falls just over the long-off boundary

9.4

van der Merwe to Ojha, 1 run, played on the off side for one more

9.5

van der Merwe to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf drives on the front foot towards deep cover

9.6

van der Merwe to Pathan, 1 run, played towards long-on for a single

Rajasthan are comfortably placed at the break, needing only 44 runs off the last 10 overs with eight wickets in hand. They might want to get these runs asap, though, to improve their net run-rate though, since a lot of teams are level on points.

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End of over 10 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/2 (44 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.20, RRR: 4.40)
YK Pathan    7* (5b)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-11-0
NV Ojha    26* (25b 1x4 1x6)      A Kumble    2-0-12-0

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Praveen Kumar returns for his second spell.

10.1

Kumar to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf stands tall and cuts the ball in the air behind point, Kallis runs to his left in the deep and dives, he can't get there in time

10.2

Kumar to Pathan, no run, short ball and Yusuf gets out of the way

10.3

Kumar to Pathan, no run, Praveen gives him another short ball, Yusuf tries to pull but misses

10.4

Kumar to Pathan, no run, Praveen continues with the short stuff, this one is outside off, Yusuf lets it go

10.5

Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, short again outside off stump, Yusuf stands in his crease and chips the ball in the air towards third man, it falls short of the fielder but yusuf isn't looking at ease against the short ball

10.6

Kumar to Ojha, 2 runs, fuller to Ojha and the batsman drives towards deep cover, Kallis is the fielder and the batsmen risk taking two

End of over 11 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/2 (39 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.09, RRR: 4.33)
NV Ojha    28* (26b 1x4 1x6)      P Kumar    3-0-15-0
YK Pathan    10* (10b)      RE van der Merwe    1-0-11-0

Kallis to bowl, will he too bowl short at Yusuf?

11.1

Kallis to Pathan, FOUR, no, it's a full ball and Yusuf leans forward and drives the ball powerfully to the cover boundary

11.2

Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, now it's short and Yusuf plays the ball awkwardly towards third man

11.3

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha steps back to a short ball and nudges down to third man

Right, does Yusuf have a weakness against the shorter one?

11.4

Kallis to Pathan, 1 wide, It's short again but the line is down leg side, Yusuf misses the pull but a wide is called

11.4

Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, fuller this time on middle and leg stump, Yusuf plays the ball through square leg

11.5

Kallis to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha stands on his toes on the back foot and plays the short ball towards fine leg

11.6

Kallis to Pathan, no run, Kallis cramps Yusuf for room with one that slants into the right-hander, Yusuf defends from his crease towards cover

End of over 12 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 76/2 (30 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 3.75)
YK Pathan    16* (14b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-20-1
NV Ojha    30* (28b 1x4 1x6)      P Kumar    3-0-15-0

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Vinay Kumar replaces Praveen Kumar.

12.1

Vinay Kumar to Ojha, no run, good length on off stump, Ojha defends off the front foot towards cover

12.2

Vinay Kumar to Ojha, SIX, shot! Ojha backs away a touch, just enough to make room, and hits through the line, it didn't go off the middle but the ball had enough on it to fly over the long-off boundary

12.3

Vinay Kumar to Ojha, no run, Vinay replies with the bouncer, forcing Ojha to take cover

12.4

Vinay Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, fuller length on middle and leg, Ojha flicks off his pads through midwicket

12.5

Vinay Kumar to Pathan, 1 wide, Vinay bounces Yusuf this time but that ball is far too high even for a tall batsman like Yusuf, wide called

12.5

Vinay Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, banged in short angling into the right-hander, Yusuf gets cramped for room but manages to steer the ball towards third man

12.6

Vinay Kumar to Ojha, no run, yorker to end the over, Ojha plays it out on the off side

End of over 13 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/2 (21 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 3.00)
NV Ojha    37* (33b 1x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-9-0
YK Pathan    17* (15b 1x4)      JH Kallis    4-0-20-1

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du Preez returns for another over.

13.1

du Preez to Pathan, 1 run, he bowls a short one but it doesn't bounce much, Yusuf pulls towards long leg

13.2

du Preez to Ojha, 1 run, Ojha plays the ball towards point for a single

13.3

du Preez to Pathan, FOUR, short ball and this time Yusuf swivels and pulls the ball flat towards the long-leg boundary

13.4

du Preez to Pathan, no run, defended on the off side

13.5

du Preez to Pathan, OUT, right, are the other bowlers watching? du Preez bowls another short one which doesn't bounce as much, Yusuf tries to pull but gets a top edge towards long leg were Jaffer takes the catch, Yusuf has looked suspect against the short balls today

YK Pathan c Jaffer b du Preez 22 (19b 2x4 0x6) SR: 115.78

13.6

du Preez to Ojha, no run, the batsman backs away to make room but gets beaten outside off stump

End of over 14 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/3 (15 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 2.50)
NV Ojha    38* (35b 1x4 2x6)      D du Preez    3-0-24-1
RA Jadeja    0* (0b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-9-0

14.1

Kumar to Jadeja, no run, Praveen sends down a bouncer at Jadeja who sways out of the way

14.2

Kumar to Jadeja, no run, short of a length outside off stump, played off the back foot to point

14.3

Kumar to Jadeja, 1 wide, short once again but down leg side this time, another wide, just 14 needed now

14.3

Kumar to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja waits for another short one and pulls towards deep square leg

14.4

Kumar to Ojha, FOUR, Ojha waits for the short one, picks his spot, and pulls the ball into the gap at deep midwicket

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14.5

Kumar to Ojha, SIX, is that six? Ojha made room and slashed the ball with tremendous bat speed, the ball flew flat and bounced on the rope, so that's a six

14.6

Kumar to Ojha, FOUR, that's the end of the game! Ojha finishes it by pulling the short ball to the midwicket boundary, back-to-back fifties for him, well played!

Rajasthan Royals go to the top of the league for the first time in the season. They have 11 points with five wins from nine games (one point for a washout) while Delhi are second with ten points, although they have two games in hand. It was smooth sailing for Rajasthan today, their bowlers set up the win by dismissing Bangalore for 105.

I'm off for a break before the second game begins. Punjab are playing Chennai, also at Supersport Park. The toss for that game is at 4.00 pm. See you soon.

End of over 15 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 107/3 (RR: 7.13)
NV Ojha    52* (38b 3x4 3x6)      P Kumar    4-0-31-0
RA Jadeja    1* (3b)      D du Preez    3-0-24-1
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May 7, 2009

Amit Singh high-fives Graeme Smith after getting rid of Wasim Jaffer, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, 33rd match, Centurion, May 7, 2009

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