Indian Premier League, 40th match: Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Kimberley, May 11, 2009
Deccan Chargers won by 53 runs
Played at De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley (neutral venue)
11 May 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

The Rajasthan openers, Smith and Asnodkar, walk out, and we are ready for the chase


Singh to Smith, no run, Purple cap owner RP Singh starts off with a back of length ball which seams a bit away from the batsman, who leaves it through to the keeper


Singh to Smith, 1 run, wide outside off, Smith plays it unconvincingly down to third man, that hit the bottom of his bat before running away


Singh to Asnodkar, no run, shapes back into the batsman, Asnodkar was looking to cut but was cramped for room, chops it towards point


Singh to Asnodkar, no run, guides it towards backward point and sets off for a single, is forced to turn back after a diving stop from Rohit


Singh to Asnodkar, no run, very full, on middle stump, Asnodkar inside-edges it onto his boot, great over so far from RP


Singh to Asnodkar, FOUR, and just like the first over of the Deccan innings, the last ball of the first over goes for four, deftly played by Asnodkar, just opening the face and getting the placement right

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (162 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.52)

    • SA Asnodkar 4 (4b 1x4)
    • GC Smith 1 (2b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-5-0

Vaas to Smith, OUT, sensational start for Chaminda Vaas, he gets Smith lbw first ball, Smith had taken a step out of the crease and missed the shortish ball, hit on the pads on a middle-stump line, but that hit him very high on the pad, well above the knee roll

GC Smith lbw b Vaas 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


Vaas to Carseldine, no run, fuller from Vaas, defended back down the track by Carseldine


Vaas to Carseldine, no run, length ball, driven to mid-on by Carseldine, another dot ball


Vaas to Carseldine, 3 runs, on middle and leg this time, Carseldine whips it away past midwicket for three


Vaas to Asnodkar, no run, angling across the batsman, who leaves it through for the keeper


Vaas to Asnodkar, no run, ooh, another big appeal for lbw, there was an inside-edge though, that was a length ball on legstump, great start from Vaas

End of over 2 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/1 (159 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 8.83)

    • SA Asnodkar 4 (6b 1x4)
    • LA Carseldine 3 (3b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-3-1
    • RP Singh 1-0-5-0

Singh to Carseldine, no run, RP continues the good work, nice and tight around off, defended back towards the bowler


Singh to Carseldine, no run, slightly fuller, same cramping line, punched firmly back down the pitch, another dot ball


Singh to Carseldine, 1 run, back of a length on middle stump, Carseldine jabs it toward the leg side and gets a single


Singh to Asnodkar, 1 wide, chases after a short and wide one, the upper cut is one of Asnodkar's favourite strokes, but he didn't make contact with that one


Singh to Asnodkar, FOUR, fuller from RP, still gives room for Asnodkar, who slices it between extra cover and mid-off


Singh to Asnodkar, no run, much better from RP, length ball swinging in after pitching on middle, defended to the off side by Asnodkar


Singh to Asnodkar, no run, tests him with the bouncer, Asnodkar goes for a wild hook, mishit towards midwicket, lands safely though

End of over 3 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (153 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 9.00)

    • SA Asnodkar 8 (9b 2x4)
    • LA Carseldine 4 (6b)
    • RP Singh 2-0-11-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 1-0-3-1

Vaas to Carseldine, no run, starts with a back of a length ball outside off, Carseldine drops it square on of the off side, thinks of a single, before shouting 'No' to send back Asnodkar


Vaas to Carseldine, 1 wide, Vaas' radar deserts him as he tries the slower ball, 109kmh, way down the leg side


Vaas to Carseldine, FOUR, beautiful shot from Carseldine, the ball swung a after pitching on a length around offstump, lovely on-drive beats a diving Venugopal Rao, backfoot was off the ground as he finished the stroke


Vaas to Carseldine, no run, shortens the length a bit, and more away from the stumps, dabbed towards point


Vaas to Carseldine, no run, similar length, angling into Carseldine, who misses the ball and is hit on his thigh pad, there's a bit of excitement in the Deccan camp after Gilchrist, who is standing up fails to collect the ball, but there was no bat involved


Vaas to Carseldine, OUT, Carseldine is out, a bizarre bit of cricket, Carseldine fails to connect with the ball again, it thuds into his back pad, Gilchrist collects this time and belts out an appeal for caught-behind, Carseldine doesn't realise the keeper has the ball and sets off for a single, Gilchrist whips off the bails and asks the square-leg umpire for a stumping, which is upheld

LA Carseldine st †Gilchrist b Vaas 8 (11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 72.72


Vaas to Ojha, 1 run, worked down to third man for a single

End of over 4 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/2 (147 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.18)

    • NV Ojha 1 (1b)
    • SA Asnodkar 8 (9b 2x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-0-9-2
    • RP Singh 2-0-11-0

Symonds into the attack


Symonds to Ojha, no run, short and wide, stays a bit low as Ojha looks to cut it


Symonds to Ojha, no run

Symonds bowling medium-pace now


Symonds to Ojha, no run, back of a length outside off, chopped towards point by Ojha


Symonds to Ojha, FOUR, on the pads this time, tickled down fine by Ojha, and it beats a diving Vaas at the boundary


Symonds to Ojha, 1 run, shortish ball angling into Ojha, who back away to make room and plays it towards point


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, short and wide, 115.3 kmh, Ojha goes for a big heave, misses the ball totally

End of over 5 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 25/2 (142 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.46)

    • SA Asnodkar 8 (10b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 6 (6b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 1-0-5-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 2-0-9-2

Vaas to Ojha, no run, skids through on the middle stump and he makes a bit of room and chops it down to point


Vaas to Ojha, FOUR, he makes room and swings and gets a lucky inside edge which just beats the stumps and rolls past the keeper


Vaas to Ojha, 1 run, tries to slog him again and he mistimes the shot to mid-on


Vaas to Asnodkar, no run, another swish and he mistimes it down the track


Vaas to Asnodkar, no run, opens the face of the bat and steers him down to point


Vaas to Asnodkar, no run, gets behind the line and pushes it back to the bowler

End of over 6 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 30/2 (137 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 9.78)

    • SA Asnodkar 8 (13b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 11 (9b 2x4)
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-0-14-2
    • A Symonds 1-0-5-0

Symonds to Ojha, 1 run, full and outside off, driven to mid-off for a single

The asking-rate is inching towards 10 here


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, an incutter from Symonds, back of a length, wild swipe from Asnodkar, misses the ball, which narrowly misses offstump


Symonds to Asnodkar, 2 runs, fuller this time, and the swing makes good contact, the sails towards long-off, fielder gets it on the bounce


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, very short, just outside off, Ojha looks to cut but that was too close to offstump and he misses


Symonds to Asnodkar, 1 run, clubs that overpitched ball down to long-on for a single


Symonds to Ojha, 1 run, Symonds mixing his length nicely here, this was back of a length, the batsman opens the face and glides it towards short third man

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 35/2 (132 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 10.15)

    • NV Ojha 13 (11b 2x4)
    • SA Asnodkar 11 (17b 2x4)
    • A Symonds 2-0-10-0
    • WPUJC Vaas 3-0-14-2

Pragyan Ojha into the attack


Ojha to Ojha, 1 run, Naman comes down the track, and jabs it towards the off side, a quick single is taken


Ojha to Asnodkar, FOUR, nicely tossed up, spins away from Asnodkar, who waits on the backfoot and carves it through the covers, the sweeper on the boundary didn't pick the ball at all, so that will be a boundary


Ojha to Asnodkar, 1 run, punched towards extra cover for a single this time


Ojha to Ojha, 2 runs, Naman waltzes down the pitch and slices it inside out over extra cover, not hit too well but there was no fielder in the deep there, the sweeper has to come around a long way to cut it off


Ojha to Ojha, OUT, superb piece of fielding from Ravi Teja, Naman just chopped the ball towards point and was off for the single, Teja swoops on to it from backward point and throws down the stumps at the non-striker's end, Rajasthan in big trouble here

NV Ojha run out 16 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 114.28

Yusuf Pathan walks in, he's the key player for Rajasthan


Ojha to Asnodkar, no run, gives it a lot of air again, Asnodkar drives it back to the bowler

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/3 (124 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 10.33)

    • SA Asnodkar 16 (20b 3x4)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0
    • A Symonds 2-0-10-0

Symonds to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf goes hard at his first ball, goes towards long-on for a single


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, fired in towards leg, Asnodkar misses the flick and is rapped on the pads


Symonds to Asnodkar, 1 run, a bit of inswing for Symonds, Asnodkar lofts him over mid-on for a single


Symonds to Pathan, 1 run, short and wide, Yusuf put everything behind that cut, but the placement is poor, only a single as the fielder in the deep didn't have to move to field that one


Symonds to Asnodkar, FOUR, Asnodkar gives himself some room, and he comes down the pitch and carves it inside-out for a boundary over extra cover


Symonds to Asnodkar, 1 run, this time he punches it towards long-on, batsmen take a comfortable single

End of over 9 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 51/3 (116 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 10.54)

    • SA Asnodkar 22 (24b 4x4)
    • YK Pathan 2 (2b)
    • A Symonds 3-0-18-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-8-0

Ojha to Asnodkar, FOUR, an uppish cut from Asnodkar, that was short and wide, took a big top edge, flew wide of the short third man


Ojha to Asnodkar, no run, went straight on this time, Asnodkar was making room but there was no room and he was cramped, the ball drops on to the pitch off his gloves


Ojha to Asnodkar, 1 run, flighted this time, driven to the right of the bowler


Ojha to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf gets a huge stride in, and strokes it firmly past a diving Symonds at short cover


Ojha to Asnodkar, 1 run, close shave for Asnodkar, was hit on the knee roll in front of middle and off, that would have crashed into the stumps, umpire Dharmasena rules it not out though


Ojha to Pathan, 1 run, driven firmly to mid-off, Symonds can't stop that, gets his hand on it to take the pace off though

Deccan definitely hold the edge as we head into the strategic break, much depends on Yusuf. If Deccan get him early, it's hard to see how Rajasthan can pull this off.

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End of over 10 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 59/3 (108 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.90, RRR: 10.80)

    • YK Pathan 4 (4b)
    • SA Asnodkar 28 (28b 5x4)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-16-0
    • A Symonds 3-0-18-0

Symonds to bowl his final over


Symonds to Pathan, 1 leg bye, full on the pads, Yusuf tries to flick it away to the leg side, hit his pad and trickles towards point


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, shorter from Symonds, Asnodkar defends to the off side


Symonds to Asnodkar, 2 runs, persists with the shorter length, on middle and leg, Asnodkar swipes it towards midwicket, the batsmen zip through for a couple


Symonds to Asnodkar, no run, better line, in the channel outside off, pushed towards cover by Asnodkar


Symonds to Asnodkar, SIX, terrible fielding from Suman, offspinner from Symonds, sat up after pitching short, Asnodkar swatted it straight to the fielder, who seemed to have it under control, but he can't hang on to it and to make matter worse tips it over for a six


Symonds to Asnodkar, FOUR, fuller outside off, Asnodkar make room and creams it behind point for a boundary

End of over 11 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 72/3 (95 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.54, RRR: 10.55)

    • SA Asnodkar 40 (33b 6x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 4 (5b)
    • A Symonds 4-0-30-0
    • PP Ojha 2-0-16-0

Ojha to Pathan, 2 runs, Yusuf gets his front leg out of the way and crunches it to wide long-on for a couple


Ojha to Pathan, OUT, Yusuf holes out, the delighted cries from Deccan show how much they value this wicket, it was a shortish ball from Ojha, Yusuf was down the pitch and he flat bats it toward long-off, where Dwayne Smith completes a simple catch

YK Pathan c Smith b Ojha 6 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71


Ojha to Asnodkar, 1 run, cut away from middle stump by Asnodkar, flies down to short third man for a single


Ojha to Jadeja, 2 runs, overpitched outside off, Jadeja plays it with soft hands towards midwicket, Jadeja hesitated before taking off for the second, Gilchrist can't collect the throw fired in from Smith, Jadeja could have been in trouble there


Ojha to Jadeja, 1 run, swept to short fine leg for a single by Jadeja


Ojha to Asnodkar, no run, Asnodkar winds up for a big heave over midwicket, but that ball from Ojha spun and bounced lot more than the batsman expected, forcing him to pull out of the stroke

End of over 12 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 78/4 (89 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 11.12)

    • SA Asnodkar 41 (35b 6x4 1x6)
    • RA Jadeja 3 (2b)
    • PP Ojha 3-0-22-1
    • A Symonds 4-0-30-0

Smith comes into bowl


Smith to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball just outside off, square driven towards point for a single


Smith to Asnodkar, 1 run, slow full toss, on middle and leg, punched down to long-on for a single by Asnodkar


Smith to Jadeja, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point, a quick single is taken


Smith to Asnodkar, no run, Asnodkar was backing away, Smith follows him with a yorker outside leg, batsman misses it and the keeper stops it


Smith to Asnodkar, 1 run, shorter from Smith, swung away towards long-on, couple of bounces before reaching the fielder


Smith to Jadeja, no run, fullish from Smith this time, Jadeja hits it hard into the ground, it 's still on the pitch but he's thinks of a single, Gilchrist prevents it by rushing out from behind the stumps

End of over 13 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 82/4 (85 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.30, RRR: 12.14)

    • RA Jadeja 5 (5b)
    • SA Asnodkar 43 (38b 6x4 1x6)
    • DR Smith 1-0-4-0
    • PP Ojha 3-0-22-1

It's Rohit "golden arm" Sharma into the attack


Sharma to Asnodkar, 1 run, OUT, and there's a wicket off the first ball, terrible running between the wickets, it was a half-tracker from Rohit, the Asnodkar swiped it to midwicket, Jadeja set off for the second, Asnodkar didn't, then Jadeja stopped, and Asnodkar started to run, Jadeja decides to run as well but Asnodakr was never going to make his ground after that much confusion

SA Asnodkar run out 44 (39b 6x4 1x6) SR: 112.82


Sharma to Raut, 1 run, swung to midwicket by new batsmen Raut to get off the mark


Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, swept towards square-leg by Jadeja for a single


Sharma to Raut, OUT, Rohit continues to be among the wickets, this was a much quicker ball, full and on legstump, Raut played all over it and the ball crashes into legstump, Rajasthan are into free fall here

AS Raut b Sharma 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

bowls from around the wicket


Sharma to Morkel, no run, length ball, play and a miss from new batsman Morne Morkel


Sharma to Morkel, 1 run, this time he whips it to midwicket, he's very keen on coming back for the second, Jadeja isn't and sends him back, nearly another mix-up there

End of over 14 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 86/6 (81 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.14, RRR: 13.50)

    • M Morkel 1 (2b)
    • RA Jadeja 6 (6b)
    • RG Sharma 1-0-4-1
    • DR Smith 1-0-4-0

Singh to Morkel, 1 run, RP starts with a short ball on an offstump line, pulled behind square leg by Morkel


Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Jadeja dabs it towards square leg, sprints through for a single


Singh to Morkel, 2 runs, length ball on legstump, Morkel backs away and flicks it towards midwicket, good placement fetches him a couple


Singh to Morkel, no run, yorker in middle stump, 134.1 kmh, well dug out by Morkel, but that's a dot ball which Rajasthan can ill-afford at this stage


Singh to Morkel, no run, played off the backfoot towards backward point, too firmly to have time to take a single


Singh to Morkel, 1 wide, goes for another yorker, but it too much down the legside, he'll have to re-bowl that


Singh to Morkel, FOUR, streaky boundary for Morkel to end the over, RP digs in the bouncer, Morkel pulls, gets a thick top edge which has the ball sailing over the keeper's head for a four

End of over 15 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 95/6 (72 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.33, RRR: 14.40)

    • M Morkel 8 (7b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7 (7b)
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-0
    • RG Sharma 1-0-4-1

Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, overpitched outside off, laced powerfully down to long-off by Morkel, a bit of a misfield but no extra run conceded


Sharma to Morkel, OUT, well, if Rohit Sharma keeps this up he'll soon be in the running for the Purple Cap, this was tossed up by him, well outside off, Morkel gets down on his knee and sweeps hard, a top-edge takes it t square leg where the waiting fielder takes a catch

M Morkel c Ravi Teja b Sharma 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, turned towards midwicket to bring new man Shane Warne onto the strike

Warne has a runner, Carseldine will do the running for him


Sharma to Warne, OUT, no need to bother, the golden arm of Rohit strikes again, Warne gave himself a ridiculous amount of room, Rohit didn't bother about that, he kept it on offstump, Warne misses, offstump is on the ground, the ball stayed a bit low

SK Warne b Sharma 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Sharma to Trivedi, no run, worked towards midwicket by Siddharth Trivedi


Sharma to Trivedi, 1 run, Trivedi gets onto the front foot and drives that length ball firmly to long-off

End of over 16 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 98/8 (69 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.12, RRR: 17.25)

    • SK Trivedi 1 (2b)
    • RA Jadeja 9 (9b)
    • RG Sharma 2-0-7-3
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-0

Rajasthan need a miracle from here


Singh to Trivedi, no run, full and on offstump, punched towards extra cover by Trivedi, no run


Singh to Trivedi, no run, throws in the bouncer, 129.0kmh, well-directed, Trivedi evades it by ducking at the last moment


Singh to Trivedi, OUT, pushes it fuller this time, Trivedi backs away, and doesn't get anywhere near that delivery, the legstump goes for a walk, only one more wicket needed by Deccan now

SK Trivedi b Singh 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00


Singh to Patel, 1 run, backs away and opens the face to guide it to backward point, doesn't bother with running too much, just walks the first few steps before being hurried on by the throw


Singh to Jadeja, no run, turned to short fine leg, there was a single in it but the batsmen decide Jadeja needs to be on strike and don't take it


Singh to Jadeja, 1 run, back of a length outside off, dropped with soft hands towards backward point

End of over 17 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 100/9 (67 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.88, RRR: 22.33)

    • RA Jadeja 10 (11b)
    • MM Patel 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-22-1
    • RG Sharma 2-0-7-3

Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, lashed powerfully towards point, this time they take the single


Sharma to Patel, 1 run, tossed up outside off, Munaf leans across and swings it on the full to midwicket


Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, length ball on the pads, nudged to the leg side by Jadeja and they take a single


Sharma to Patel, no run, full on middle and off, defended back to the bowler


Sharma to Patel, 1 run, swung to wide long-on for a single by Munaf


Sharma to Jadeja, 1 run, closes the face to work the ball to square leg for yet another single, Jadeja retains the strike

Two more overs before the misery ends for Rajasthan

End of over 18 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 105/9 (62 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 31.00)

    • RA Jadeja 13 (14b)
    • MM Patel 3 (4b)
    • RG Sharma 3-0-12-3
    • RP Singh 4-0-22-1

Vaas to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja shofts his weight to the backfoot, and turns the ball to midwicket for yet another comfortable single


Vaas to Patel, 1 run, a yorker outside off ,Munaf squeezes it to the right of the pitch , the batsmen scamper a single


Vaas to Jadeja, no run, glanced off his thigh pad towards short fine leg


Vaas to Jadeja, 1 run, shortish slower ball, slapped towards point for a single


Vaas to Patel, 1 run, back of a length ball on middle, Munaf was looking to defend, bottom hand came off as he played it to the off side


Vaas to Jadeja, 1 run, short ball, doesn't rise too high, Jadeja is hit on the pads but the angle was taking the ball down leg

End of over 19 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 110/9 (57 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.78, RRR: 57.00)

    • RA Jadeja 16 (18b)
    • MM Patel 5 (6b)
    • WPUJC Vaas 4-0-19-2
    • RG Sharma 3-0-12-3

Ojha to Jadeja, 2 runs, very short from Ojha, Jadeja whips it to deep midwicket for a couple


Ojha to Jadeja, 1 run, flighted and on the pads, glanced to short fine leg for a single


Ojha to Patel, OUT, and that's the end of that, another woeful mix-up has Munaf being run out, Munaf poked it towards backward point and set off for a single, though it had gone straight to the fielder, he was sent back but the throw was right over the stumps and Gilchrist takes off the bails with Munaf well short

MM Patel run out 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

So the Deccan Chargers win a crucial game by 53 runs, Rajasthan would have been pleased with their performance in the first 15 overs when they bowled but the late onslaught from Smith took Deccan to a challenging score. The move to bring in Chaminda Vaas worked, as he contributed with the bat before taking two crucial early wickets. RP Singh was on-song as well, and Symonds chipped in with some quick runs and tight seam-up bowling. The win helps Deccan leapfrog Rajasthan in the table, they are now in third while Rajasthan slip to fourth.

A lot of you have spotted the pattern in the points table. As Sriram from the US points out: "Notice the points table now. Top 7 team points are in sequential order starting from 14 to 8."

Post-match presentation: Shane Warne: It was a disappointing performance. Credit to Dwayne Smith for his hitting in the last five overs. I wasn't too happy with the intensity of the side."

Adam Gilchrist: It would have been nice to have 10 or 15 runs more. Dwayne Smith batted beautifully, and the bowling was clinical. Versatility is there, which is very important for any team.

The Man-of-the-Match is Dwayne Smith. "I was thinking of getting the single, hitting straight till we got to the end. I am very happy with our form today and I hope we continue winning." He also thanks Sussex for helping him improve his game.

Thanks for joining us today and for the many mails. That's it from me Siddarth Ravindran, do log on again for tomorrow's double-header at Centurion.






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