Indian Premier League, 10th match: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Rajasthan Royals at Bengaluru, Mar 18, 2010
Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 10 wickets (with 56 balls remaining)
18 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Right then. Two new openers for Rajasthan. Naman Ojha walks out with Michael Lumb from South Africa who now plays for Hampshire. Praveen Kumar with the new ball.

7:57pm Comment from Sunil: "Good that Royals are batting first. This gives a chance for Yusuf to take his time before he starts firing."

Toss Two of the greatest legspinners ever are out for the toss. "We have got a pretty good squad even though we have lost two group leaders and Jadeja. You will see a spirited show today," says Shane Warne, who also points out that Yusuf Pathan is fit.

Anil Kumble has won the toss and put Rajasthan in. Bangalore go in unchanged. Big news from Rajasthan is, Shaun Tait has been dropped, and Morne Morkel comes in. Michael Lumb and Damien Martyn come in the places of Graeme Smith and Dimitri Mascarenhas. And also, Siddharth Trivedi comes in for Amit Uniyal. Also Delhi's Sumit Narwal replaces Swapnil Asnodkar

7.25pm Hello and welcome to the coverage of the 10th match of the IPL, two Royal teams, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. By the end of tonight, we'll know who is royaler. Toss in five minutes.


Kumar to Ojha, no run, on a length, swinging in slightly, batsman gets forward and defends.


Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, shortens the length slightly, tapped away towards point and they are off for a tight single


Kumar to Lumb, no run, swings with the angle, away from the left-handed Lumb who shoulders arms


Kumar to Lumb, FOUR, and he's off the mark in streaky fashion! Short of a length, angling away again and Lumb pokes at it tentatively through the vacant second slip for four.

Two slips in now.


Kumar to Lumb, 1 run, driven square to Steyn sweeping, and Boucher tumbles as he takes the return


Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, short of a length again, worked away off the backfoot in the direction of third man to round off the over.

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • NV Ojha 2 (3b)
    • MJ Lumb 5 (3b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0

Steyn to Ojha, 3 runs, flicked and mis-fielded by Manish Pandey at square leg and the batsmen run through for three. Steyn topped 143 kph there.


Steyn to Lumb, no run, looks to flick it towards leg and misses, but he moved outside off, and hence though it hits his pads, Lumb is not plumb.


Steyn to Lumb, no run, swing and a miss outside off


Steyn to Lumb, no run, he's through him! Pacy delivery and Lumb ic caught deep in the crease and plays all over it.


Steyn to Lumb, 1 run, gets inside the line and works away another well-directed ball towards fine leg for a run


Steyn to Ojha, 3 runs, drifts on to Ojha's pads and he clips it square, nicely off the back foot. It's cut off close to the ropes, but the batsmen run three.

End of over 2 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/0 (RR: 7.00)

    • NV Ojha 8 (5b)
    • MJ Lumb 6 (7b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 1-0-7-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0

Steady start for Bangalore, though Lumb looks a little uncomfortable.


Kumar to Ojha, no run, on a length, and safely blocked towards the offside by Ojha for no run


Kumar to Ojha, no run, and again, good lines from Praveen. Ojha defends the length ball, off the backfoot towards the offside.


Kumar to Ojha, 1 wide, commentator's curse! Praveen drifts well down legside this time.


Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, again on a length outside off, no movement and steered off the backfoot for a single behind square.


Kumar to Lumb, no run, Lumb jumps down the track, but the length is not there for the big hit. It's short of a length and Lumb fails to make good contact and his biff dribbles to mid on


Kumar to Lumb, no run, on a length, on off and Lumb can't pierce the gap through the offside


Kumar to Lumb, 1 run, slower ball and Lumb goes through with the shot over midwicket after coming down the track. It falls safe between two fielders

End of over 3 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 17/0 (RR: 5.66)

    • MJ Lumb 7 (10b 1x4)
    • NV Ojha 9 (8b)
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0
    • DW Steyn 1-0-7-0

Steyn to Lumb, 1 leg bye, thuds into the batsman's pads and runs away towards the offisde for a run.


Steyn to Ojha, no run, pacy again - 148 kph, and Ojha gets behind it nicely and defends


Steyn to Ojha, no run, 151 kph this time! A little off the mark, it's on legstump, short of a length but Ojha can't capitalise


Steyn to Ojha, no run, similar ball, gets bat on it this time, but straight to square leg


Steyn to Ojha, 1 wide, this time he slips down the leg side for a wide. 149 kph. Steyn needs to tweak the radar a bit, now that he's hit top gear.


Steyn to Ojha, no run, slower ball this time on off stump, short of a length and defended towards cover


Steyn to Ojha, 1 run, back to full pace, runs it off the backfoot down to third man for a single. Rajasthan off to a sedate start here.

End of over 4 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 20/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • NV Ojha 10 (13b)
    • MJ Lumb 7 (11b 1x4)
    • DW Steyn 2-0-9-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-10-0

Sandeep: "i dont understand why bangalore struggles to take initial wickets within 5 overs. if we look at the statistics , bangalore has rarely toppled the top order in their first 5 overs."


Vinay Kumar to Ojha, FOUR, righto! Bowling change works.. for the batsman! Ojha swings the full ball on legstump over square leg for four.


Vinay Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, clipped towards square leg for a single. Over to Lumb


Vinay Kumar to Lumb, 1 run, Lumb walks down a pace and looks to carve it over cover, but it goes fine for a run

Shades of Katich in Lumb's batting style


Vinay Kumar to Ojha, no run, good short ball, directed at Ojha's head and he's cramped for room, can't make contact on the attempted pull.


Vinay Kumar to Ojha, 1 run, short of a length outside off and Ojha looks to play a Sehwagesque carve over point, very nearly carries to third man.


Vinay Kumar to Lumb, no run, nice finish to the over after that four, keeps it outside off on a length, Lumb swings and misses

End of over 5 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 27/0 (RR: 5.40)

    • MJ Lumb 8 (13b 1x4)
    • NV Ojha 16 (17b 1x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-7-0
    • DW Steyn 2-0-9-0

Kallis to bowl. What a valuable player irrespective of the format!


Kallis to Ojha, OUT, and he strikes immediately! Tight and short of a length on offstump and Ojha is desperate to break free. Goes for that carve over covers again, hits high on the bat, and loops to Robin Uthappa at cover for a simple catch

NV Ojha c Uthappa b Kallis 16 (18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 88.88

Welcome back Damien Martyn - the new batsman


Kallis to Lumb, 1 no ball, free hit coming up. Kallis oversteps and Lumb will look to break free


Kallis to Lumb, 1 run, very good slower ball, Lumb plays a couple of pulls, and does not time it at all. Free-hit wasted.


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, Martyn's off the mark. On a length, he stays back and calmly guides it to third man.

No movement for the fast bowlers here.


Kallis to Lumb, 1 run, again short of a length and Lumb pushes it towards long on off the backfoot for one.


Kallis to Martyn, no run, nice bouncer there. Well-directed and Martyn has to duck to avoid being hit. 135 plus kph.


Kallis to Martyn, no run, and he ramps it up this time! Another good bouncer, this time tops 141 kph and Martyn takes evasive action.

End of over 6 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 31/1 (RR: 5.16)

    • DR Martyn 1 (3b)
    • MJ Lumb 10 (16b 1x4)
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-1
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-7-0

Kunal: "Apologies, but please explain how Lumb can hit a "couple of pulls" on the same ball?" Well it was a really slower ball and his first shot was too early so he had to play another shot!

Kumble is the new bowler.


Kumble to Lumb, no run, quick and angled across, pushed to mid off


Kumble to Lumb, OUT, he's a goner! Kumble does Lumb in with a beauty. Slow looped googly, around 86 kph, Lumb is drawn out and left stranded by the flight and turn away from him. Boucher does the rest. The openers are gone.

MJ Lumb st †Boucher b Kumble 10 (18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 55.55


Kumble to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, on a length, gets on the front foot and drives for a single.

Jhunjhunwala is the new batsman.


Kumble to Martyn, 1 run, flicked away from outside off towards short midwicket for a run

Rubbing my eyes in disbelief - there was a short leg in place!


Kumble to Jhunjhunwala, no run, flighted googly again, slower as well and beats the batsman's prod


Kumble to Jhunjhunwala, no run, slightly shorter, guided away towards point but can't get it past

End of over 7 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 33/2 (RR: 4.71)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 1 (3b)
    • DR Martyn 2 (4b)
    • A Kumble 1-0-2-1
    • JH Kallis 1-0-4-1

Kumble's first wicket this IPL. And gets it against one of his favourite teams too. He picked a five-for against them on the opening day last year


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, length ball again, Bangalore has done really well on that front. Martyn guides it away off the backfoot for a run towards cover


Kallis to Jhunjhunwala, no run, same length, different reaction. Big swing and a miss from Jhunjhunwala.


Kallis to Jhunjhunwala, no run, Jhunjhunwala escapes! Definite edge on that one, the fielding team was sure they had him but umpire Hariharan is unmoved.


Kallis to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, he makes room and carves it over point this time. Rubbing salt into Kallis' wounds with a four!


Kallis to Jhunjhunwala, OUT, he has his man this time! Kallis has his karma! Cuts in from a length outside off, creeps in off the inside edge, through the gap between bat and pad, and disturbs the stumps. Kallis is pleased, Kumble is pumped, Rajasthan are in trouble!

AA Jhunjhunwala b Kallis 5 (7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

A buzz around the ground as Yusuf Pathan walks out


Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, chops away the short ball, behind square for a run

End of over 8 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 39/3 (RR: 4.87)

    • YK Pathan 1 (1b)
    • DR Martyn 3 (5b)
    • JH Kallis 2-0-10-2
    • A Kumble 1-0-2-1

Vinay: "Why are the likes of Martyn and Laxman doing at IPL? These artists should be painting on a canvas not on advertisement boards."


Kumble to Pathan, 1 run, short of a length, drifting towards middle and leg, played away quietly for a single


Kumble to Martyn, 1 run, on the same length, Martyn quietly plays off the backfoot towards cover.


Kumble to Pathan, 1 run, worked away from legstump towards fine leg for a single


Kumble to Martyn, no run, has Martyn in trouble, with a looping legspinner on leg stump. Rapped on the front pads but not enough turn


Kumble to Martyn, no run, shortens the length and fires it in on the offstump line. Kumble is mixing it up really well here.


Kumble to Martyn, 1 run, and again, similar ball but played away for a single off the backfoot

Time-out for two and a half minutes.

Gunjan Gopal: "It has to be some kindda record that short leg was positioned. Please check for me statsguru/ records guru" Statsguru is powerful, but not so powerful!

End of over 9 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/3 (RR: 4.77)

    • DR Martyn 5 (9b)
    • YK Pathan 3 (3b)
    • A Kumble 2-0-6-1
    • JH Kallis 2-0-10-2

Steyn back in.


Steyn to Martyn, no run, 146 kph. Steyn fires that in short of a length, and Martyn misses the cut


Steyn to Martyn, 1 run, makes room (or was he running away from the pace?), but Steyn follows him towards legstump. Played away towards deep point for a run.


Steyn to Pathan, no run, short and drifting into Yusuf's ribcage, plays it down safely.


Steyn to Pathan, no run, Speed is in for Yusuf! Fast and short outside off, and Yusuf does not flirt with it.


Steyn to Pathan, no run, this time he does, but makes no connection. Recorded at 149.9, really short again. Through to Boucher.

Steyn's specifically been brought in to blast Yusuf out.


Steyn to Pathan, 1 run, again, short and fast, Yusuf plays it away to the left of point, where Kohli tumbles and saves, but can't stop the scampered single

End of over 10 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 45/3 (RR: 4.50)

    • YK Pathan 4 (7b)
    • DR Martyn 6 (11b)
    • DW Steyn 3-0-11-0
    • A Kumble 2-0-6-1

Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, hurries him with a bouncer! Top edges the pull, and it somehow lands safe after staying up for an eternity over midwicket


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, slower ball, and again the batsman somehow survives! Mis-hits towards mid-on, and runs a single.


Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, safely tucked away towards square leg for a single.


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, Fulltoss, probably the first of the day, outside off and Martyn can't take advantage.


Kallis to Pathan, no run, another very good bouncer, another attempted pull, and another miss. Very well directed once again.

Round the wicket now.


Kallis to Pathan, no run, short of a length, and going from middle to off stump. Yusuf plays it off the backfoot but can't pass midwicket.

End of over 11 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 49/3 (RR: 4.45)

    • YK Pathan 6 (11b)
    • DR Martyn 8 (13b)
    • JH Kallis 3-0-14-2
    • DW Steyn 3-0-11-0

Vishaal: "Not sure how will kallis look with both caps (Orange & purple) on him.. looks like he wants both." Kallis wears caps of many feathers for sure. Just three fours and no sixes so far. Can Yusuf do a Dhoni? Vinay back into the attack.


Vinay Kumar to Martyn, 1 run, Drifts onto the pads, Martyn plays it nicely towards square leg for a run.


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, no run, done in by the lack of pace. Yusuf is through with the pull shot before Vinay reaches him at 124 kph.


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, no run, and again. He's not very comfortable against the short ball, even at a pace of 126 kph, hit flush on the helmet.


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, SIX, length ball and Yusuf smacks his lips before smacking the ball high over long on for the first six of the day! Vinay pays the price for wavering from the script.


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, SIX, and again! Slower ball, and very short this time. Sits up and asks to be hit, Yusuf obliges. That was really big over long on.


Vinay Kumar to Pathan, no run, holds his guns and bowls another slower ball, fuller this time. Yusuf tries to work it away, but misses.

Finally a good over for Rajasthan. Yusuf's shaken off the rust.

End of over 12 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 62/3 (RR: 5.16)

    • YK Pathan 18 (16b 2x6)
    • DR Martyn 9 (14b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-20-0
    • JH Kallis 3-0-14-2

That six went 102 metres. Humongous!


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, follows Martyn's movements towards the legside well, keeps it full on legstump. He digs it out towards the offside, but can't get it away for more than one.


Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, around the stumps again to Yusuf, and he drives off the backfoot towards long off for one


Kallis to Martyn, 1 wide, loses the line on this occasion, the attempted slower ball slips well down the legside for a wide.


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, Martyn just can't break free. Again tries to make room, but Kallis keeps it tight and he can only work it away feebly for a quick single towards midwicket


Kallis to Pathan, no run, and he bounces him yet again. This was really dug in, and was on the verge of being called a wide.


Kallis to Pathan, 1 run, Dravid's put down the big one! Another short one, Yusuf again got it high on the bat, Dravid ran all across Bangalore, from square leg to mid wicket and did everything except hold on to it. Maybe, Uthappa from long on had a better chance of taking the catch.


Kallis to Martyn, 1 run, square drives the fullish ball on offstump for a single. Martyn needs to step up a gear somehow.

End of over 13 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 68/3 (RR: 5.23)

    • DR Martyn 12 (17b)
    • YK Pathan 20 (19b 2x6)
    • JH Kallis 4-0-20-2
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-20-0

Steyn to Martyn, 1 run, full and fast from Steyn, and Martyn's not got any of that silken timing going today. Stutters to deep cover for one


Steyn to Pathan, no run, on a length, and Yusuf can't work it away. He's staying back, expecting short balls. Great work from Bangalore


Steyn to Pathan, no run, and again, he's caught in no-man's land and can't get bat on the short of a length ball outside off


Steyn to Pathan, no run, much shorter, Yusuf swings and misses. Something's gotta give here.


Steyn to Pathan, FOUR, this time Yusuf calls him. Full and fast this time, but he was waiting for it and spanked it through the covers for four.


Steyn to Pathan, 2 runs, another drop! Again short, again pulled unconvincingly. It goes real high, and Vinay Kumar covers a lot of ground from long on to cow-corner, but cannot keep the ball in as he tumbles. Would have been a very good catch if he'd pulled it off.

Rajasthan calls the time-out. A chance for Yusuf to restrategise. Shane Warne is out there with a smile. He can only be happy that Yusuf is still out there. All hopes rest on him.

Lokesh: "Had kallis given one run less, I would have got 20 points more..He is my trump today!" Such are the vagaries of life eh, Lokesh!

End of over 14 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/3 (RR: 5.35)

    • YK Pathan 26 (24b 1x4 2x6)
    • DR Martyn 13 (18b)
    • DW Steyn 4-0-18-0
    • JH Kallis 4-0-20-2

Kumble to Martyn, OUT, he's a goner! Bangalore can't catch Yusuf, but can run him out! Tip and run towards cover by Martyn, Virat Kohli swoops in and throws down the stumps in one silken smooth action. Third umpire called into action, but Yusuf knew he was caught short. Well done Kohli!

YK Pathan run out 26 (24b 1x4 2x6) SR: 108.33

Needless to say, that's a big blow for Rajasthan's hopes. They need to hold their head here.


Kumble to Dogra, 1 run, full on leg stump, played away towards midwicket.


Kumble to Martyn, no run, shorter, faster googly and Kumble rents out a big appeal as it hits the pads.


Kumble to Martyn, 1 run, down the track and looks to drive, but can't get any kind of timing going. Martyn's having a nightmare so far.

Dogra is the new man


Kumble to Dogra, no run, short of a length and played away towards short third man, Kumble appeals for something.


Kumble to Dogra, 1 run, draws him forward, Dogra drives it down to long on for a run

End of over 15 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 78/4 (RR: 5.20)

    • P Dogra 2 (3b)
    • DR Martyn 14 (21b)
    • A Kumble 3-0-9-1
    • DW Steyn 4-0-18-0

Vinay Kumar to Dogra, no run, slow, but accurate bouncer and Rajasthan are not able to get them away or shake the bowlers off their lengths today.


Vinay Kumar to Dogra, no run, another good short one, another swish and a miss. That's the 50th dot ball of the innings.


Vinay Kumar to Dogra, no run, I swear I thought that was a replay. Same ball, same result. Dogra being dogged by the short ones.


Vinay Kumar to Dogra, no run, and again! Hits him on the helmet this time. Rajasthan need to find a way to counter this - the other teams will be watching keenly.


Vinay Kumar to Dogra, 1 run, gets it away this time towards third man for a run.


Vinay Kumar to Martyn, 1 run, distinct change of pace, down to 105 kph. Martyn completes his backlift, waits and waits and finally hits it towards short cover. Don't even ask about the timing.

End of over 16 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/4 (RR: 5.00)

    • DR Martyn 15 (22b)
    • P Dogra 3 (8b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-22-0
    • A Kumble 3-0-9-1

Praveen into the attack


Kumar to Martyn, 1 wide, starts off with a wayward ball, outside off. Swings away for good measure, easy call of wide


Kumar to Martyn, FOUR, finally a four for Martyn, but only since mid on was inside the circle. Swings the full ball over the infield.


Kumar to Martyn, OUT, and that's the end of that. Praveen comes back with an inch-perfect yorker that made up for lack of pace, with accuracy. Marto misses, Praveen hits, see you later.

DR Martyn b Kumar 19 (24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 79.16

Sumit Narwal walks in on his IPL debut.


Kumar to Narwal, OUT, another bouncer, another wicket! Dug in by Praveen, Narwal was in no position, but went through with the pull. Manish pandey ran in a long way from fine leg, and juggled a couple of times before holding on.

S Narwal c Pandey b Kumar 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Kumar to Dogra, OUT, three in three for Praveen!!! First hat-trick of IPL 2010! Straight and as fast as Praveen can be, and it is good enough for Dogra. Middle stump is out of the ground and Praveen roars! Rajasthan going down in a hurry here.

P Dogra b Kumar 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


Kumar to Morkel, no run, play and a miss outside off by Morne Morkel


Kumar to Morkel, no run, short one yet again, and the batsman cannot connect.

End of over 17 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 85/7 (RR: 5.00)

    • M Morkel 0 (2b)
    • SK Warne 0 (0b)
    • P Kumar 3-0-15-3
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-22-0

Warne is at the crease. Can he draw on all that experience to give himself something to bowl at?


Vinay Kumar to Warne, no run, short again, airy pull from Warne and makes no contact.


Vinay Kumar to Warne, no run, short again, looks to upper-cut and times thin air to perfection, but the ball is through to Boucher.


Vinay Kumar to Warne, 2 runs, down the track, and hits the length ball straight down, the fumble by long off lets him take two


Vinay Kumar to Warne, no run, nice slower ball, full on leg, Warne can't get it away


Vinay Kumar to Warne, 1 run, even slower - 97 kph. Warne waits and waits and inside edges it onto his boot for a single to cover.

Praveen joins the illustrious company of Amit Mishra, Makhaya Ntini, L Balaji, Yuvraj Singh, Yuvraj Singh again and Rohit Sharma in the list of IPL hat-trick takers.


Vinay Kumar to Morkel, no run, slow again, outside the left-hander's offstump. Play and miss.

End of over 18 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/7 (RR: 4.88)

    • M Morkel 0 (3b)
    • SK Warne 3 (5b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-25-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-15-3

Can he take some more?


Kumar to Warne, 1 run, short outside off, and lacking in pace. Warne works it away towards midwicket for one.


Kumar to Morkel, no run, short again and angling into Morne, he tries to pull but can't get any timing.


Kumar to Morkel, no run, over the wicket, and really slow short ball, Morne can't connect.


Kumar to Morkel, no run, thin air yet again for Morne. Nice changes in pace from Praveen.


Kumar to Morkel, 2 runs, guided away towards cover for a couple. For a man who aims to emulate Mathew hayden's batting, Morne is struggling a bit for timing.


Kumar to Morkel, no run, and again, swing and a miss. Great spell from Praveen. He's gone for a few in the past, but kept it really tight today. And the hat-trick does his cause no harm.

End of over 19 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/7 (RR: 4.78)

    • M Morkel 2 (8b)
    • SK Warne 4 (6b)
    • P Kumar 4-0-18-3
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-25-0

Kumble to Warne, OUT, Hohoho, Jumbo wins the battle of the great leggies! Defeats Warne's attempted pull with a straight fast ball and disturbs timber.

SK Warne b Kumble 4 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 57.14


Kumble to Patel, no run, outside off and turn away from the right hander. He can't connect.


Kumble to Patel, 1 leg bye, hoick and a miss, the ball thuds into the batsman's thigh and runs away for a leg-bye


Kumble to Morkel, OUT, gotcha! Kumble deceives Morne all ends up, the spin eludes the outside edge and Morne's backfoot goes very slightly outside his crease. Boucher is waiting behind and whips off the bails.

M Morkel st †Boucher b Kumble 2 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 22.22

Last man in. 3 for 9 for Kumble, with two balls to go. He loves bowling at Rajasthan!


Kumble to Trivedi, OUT, and another run-out puts Rajasthan out of their misery. Full looping ball on legstump, played away by Munaf straight to short fine, where Dravid picks and fires in a good throw. Enough time for Boucher to collect and whip the bails. Enough certainty for umpire Harper to give it out without asking for camera assistance.

MM Patel run out 0 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Clinical performance from Bangalore, and equally a very meek response from Rajasthan. Every single bowler bowled to a plan, keeping it straight and always short of a length. Nothing in the hitting zone for Rajasthan and they don't like the short stuff. Yusuf Pathan tried hard to break free, and a couple of drops suggested it might just be his day, but things went from bad to worse in the last quarter. Yusuf's run out put the cat among the pigeons, and Praveen cashed in with a hat-trick. And through it all, big, genial, stingy and accurate Anil Kumble was all over Rajasthan. One reckons, getting Warne bowled matters to Kumble almost as much as the hat-trick matters to Praveen!

Rahul: "Is this is the same team which won IPL's first edition in 2008??? Looks horrible. Heading for 3rd straight defeat...Where is Royal's Royality? Departed with Shilpa's wedding?" Interesting deduction that!






  • RHB


  • RHB