Indian Premier League, 13th match: Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders at Ahmedabad, Mar 20, 2010
Rajasthan Royals won by 34 runs
20 March 2010 - day/night match (20-over match)

Time to go. Ojha and Lumb walk out. Ashok Dinda to bowl

Toss Two captains, Shane Warne and Sourav Ganguly, who will be under a little bit of pressure on account of their individual performances. Warne says his team have had a few honest chats, a "couple of size 10s", and also says he is feeling better with the way the ball is coming out now. And Ganguly relays the disappointing news: Gayle is not playing today. KKR's team sources say Gayle got fever in the morning.

Warne has won the toss and Rajasthan Royals will be batting. He reckons it is a 175-plus wicket. Adam Voges and Shaun Tait come in, Damien Martyn and Morne Morkel go out. Faiz Fazal comes in for Sumit Narwal.

Two senior Bengal Ranji players go out from the Kolkata side: Rohan Gavaskar and Laxmi Shukla. In come Cheteshwar Pujara and Ashok Dinda.

3.25 The King of Cool is in India. And he is not very pleased with the airlines that misplaced his baggage. Just in time, though, the baggage - including sunglasses, hats, the works, and the cricket kit - was retrieved and all eyes are on Chris Gayle as he gets ready to play his first IPL match in India. He, and Kolkata Knight Riders, are up against a still winless Rajasthan Royals, who won't want to leave Shane Watson with too much to do, when he arrives. Hello and welcome to the 13th match of IPL 3.0. Toss in five minutes.


Dinda to Lumb, OUT, Lumb is plumb! Couldn't have been plumber had he been fixing pipes! Stays in the crease, walks across the stumps, Dinda bowls full, shapes in a bit, and he misses, and Rudi Koertzen's finger goes up slowly and surely

MJ Lumb lbw b Dinda 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Faiz Fazal is the new batsman, another left-hand bat


Dinda to Fazal, no run, another big lbw appeal, this time though it started straight and would perhaps have misses the leg stump. Hawk-eye says kissing leg stump, Koertzen goes with his instinct

Swing there right away for Dinda


Dinda to Fazal, 1 run, short this time, pushes to Ganguly at mid-on and rushes through for one


Dinda to Ojha, no run, plays a length ball with an open face towards point


Dinda to Ojha, 1 run, guides a shortish delivery to third man and comes through for one


Dinda to Fazal, FOUR, walks down the track and swipes across it as if in an ATM, gets four past mid-on

End of over 1 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/1 (RR: 6.00)

    • FY Fazal 5 (3b 1x4)
    • NV Ojha 1 (2b)
    • AB Dinda 1-0-6-1

Ishant to bowl now


Sharma to Ojha, 1 wide, starts off with a wide outside off stump


Sharma to Ojha, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, guided away to third man


Sharma to Fazal, no run, pushes a length delivery to cover


Sharma to Fazal, no run, tucks him up with a back-of-a-length delivery, no room there

Gav doesn't like the commentary here, may be he does. He writes, "we've only had one over and already youve thrown 2 horrible similies at us. Well it is the IPL..."


Sharma to Fazal, FOUR, nice little pick-up shot off the pads, slightly fuller and in his hitting zone and Fazal gets under it and lofts it over square leg


Sharma to Fazal, 1 wide, too far down the leg side, Fazal tries for a shot over the infield but fails to connect

Konga knows why Ganguly hasn't opened with Bond. "Bond will pepper Pathan with short ones, watch out!...Ganguly is saving Bond for exactly that..."


Sharma to Fazal, no run, defended back to the bowler, straight and pitched on a length


Sharma to Fazal, 1 run, punched away to wide of mid-off, comes through for a single

End of over 2 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • FY Fazal 10 (8b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 2 (3b)
    • I Sharma 1-0-8-0
    • AB Dinda 1-0-6-1

Dinda to Fazal, FOUR, slapped down the ground, disdain, pure disdain, and he gets four for it


Dinda to Fazal, FOUR, digs it in short, Fazal deliberately gets inside the line such that he can pull it fine, and he does exactly that and beats the square fine leg


Dinda to Fazal, no run, wants a quick single but he has hit too powerfully to point and is sent back


Dinda to Fazal, no run, walks down the track, Dinda angles it across him, he defends it to cover, and has hit too strongly to come for a quick single


Dinda to Fazal, FOUR, incredible shot, capitalising on the strong off-side field, takes this from well outside off and dragged it to the square-leg boundary


Dinda to Fazal, 1 run, and he keeps the strike too, crashes it through the off side for a single to sweeper cover

End of over 3 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 27/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • FY Fazal 23 (14b 5x4)
    • NV Ojha 2 (3b)
    • AB Dinda 2-0-19-1
    • I Sharma 1-0-8-0

Sharma to Fazal, no run, straight delivery, played with an open face, can't get it past point


Sharma to Fazal, 2 runs, steps down the track and hits him across the line into the leg side


Sharma to Fazal, 1 leg bye, slower bouncer, fails to connect on the pull but gathers one leg-bye

Abhik: "Agree with Gav. I mean, c'mon "plumber had he been fixing pipes"!? Are you Ravi Shastri?"


Sharma to Ojha, FOUR, superb shot, square cut, off the front foot, and it goes crashing past point


Sharma to Ojha, 1 run, steered away from outside off, gets a single


Sharma to Fazal, 1 run, slower ball on the pads, Sharma is lucky to get away with it as Fazal finds short fine leg with the flick

End of over 4 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 36/1 (RR: 9.00)

    • FY Fazal 26 (18b 5x4)
    • NV Ojha 7 (5b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 2-0-16-0
    • AB Dinda 2-0-19-1

Shane Bond into the attack. Business is about to pick up


Bond to Fazal, 1 run, tip-and-run, to mid-off


Bond to Ojha, 1 run, nicely bowled, nicely played, not too short but still got big around the throat, and Ojha still managed to keep it down and get it to thirdman


Bond to Fazal, no run, hits across the line again, doesn't get it past mid-on


Bond to Fazal, FOUR, this seems to Faiz's day, he exposes all stumps and slogs with all his might - as if the shot will be outlawed tomorrow - and gets an inside edge past short fine leg


Bond to Fazal, no run, slogs again, and is beaten by the slower one this time


Bond to Fazal, OUT, well maybe it's not exactly Faiz's day all the way, telegrams Bond before coming down the wicket and he bounces him, the mis-hit lobs straight to mid-off

FY Fazal c Pujara b Bond 31 (23b 6x4 0x6) SR: 134.78

A nicle little cameo from this Vidarbha player, who has played quite a few quick innings in the Ranji trophy one-dayers and also for Central Zone in the Deodhar Trophy. In fact Ojha and Fazal are opening partners usually for Central Zone

End of over 5 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/2 (RR: 8.40)

    • NV Ojha 8 (6b 1x4)
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-1
    • I Sharma 2-0-16-0

Mathews into the attack


Mathews to Ojha, no run, looks to steer the first ball, can;t beat point


Mathews to Ojha, FOUR, no cute steer shot this time, even though he is down the track, he cuts away powerfully in front of square, and finds the gap


Mathews to Ojha, 1 run, slower bouncer, Ojha does well to abort the big pull shot and guide it to short fine leg for a single

Jhunjhunwala to face for the first time


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, pushes a length ball to wide of mid-on, comes through for one


Mathews to Ojha, FOUR, didn't look the most convincing to begin with, was on the front foot, Mathews dug it in short, and he pulled it in front of square, one bounce for four


Mathews to Ojha, FOUR, crashed down the ground, boom! length ball, gentle pace, outside off, and hit at twice the pace it came to him, and mid-off has no chance

End of over 6 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 56/2 (RR: 9.33)

    • NV Ojha 21 (11b 4x4)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 1 (1b)
    • AD Mathews 1-0-14-0
    • SE Bond 1-0-6-1

Murali Karthik to bowl now


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, no run, flat delivery outside off, punched straight to extra cover


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 wide, fired down the leg side


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, flicks this from in front of stumps, gets an easy single


Kartik to Ojha, no run, angled into the pads, looks to work it on on, but is early into the shot


Kartik to Ojha, no run, smartly bowled, sees him come down, bowls flat, into the pads, and Ojha pads it away


Kartik to Ojha, 1 leg bye, full, on the pads, fails to connect on the sweep but gets a leg-bye


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, no run, good finish to the over for Karthik, bowls straight and fields the defensive hit back

End of over 7 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 59/2 (RR: 8.42)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 2 (4b)
    • NV Ojha 21 (14b 4x4)
    • M Kartik 1-0-2-0
    • AD Mathews 1-0-14-0

Mathews to Ojha, 1 run, short and wide, cut straight to square third man, gets a single


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, slower shot ball, Jhunjhunwala checks the pull shot, manages to keep it down, gets a single


Mathews to Ojha, no run, slower ball, full this time, Ojha hits it back to Mathews


Mathews to Ojha, 1 run, length ball, hit down the ground, gets a single to long-off

Ganguly comes up to mid-off for Jhunjhunwala


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, slower ball again, gets a single to wide of point


Mathews to Ojha, FOUR, he is making them ball to his strength here, again he steps out, twitters his intent before he does so, Mathews bowls short and he is ready to play his favourite shot, into the gap too

End of over 8 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/2 (RR: 8.37)

    • NV Ojha 27 (18b 5x4)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 4 (6b)
    • AD Mathews 2-0-22-0
    • M Kartik 1-0-2-0

Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, nice shot, uses Karthik's pace, flat delivery and he opens the face and gets it between backward point and short third man


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, OUT, poor call for second run! it's not too far of Mathews at deep fine leg and they still come through for the second and Mathews's flat rocket throw finds Ojha way short. Karthik doesn't collect it cleanly but the ball rebounds off his hands onto the top of the bails

NV Ojha run out 27 (18b 5x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

Bro Yo, Yusuf Pathan, comes in but will be at the non-striker's end


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 2 runs, this time it is a better call for the second, hit into the gap, wide of long-on, and they come back easily


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, no run, flat delivery again, hit straight to cover


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 2 runs, paddle sweep, Shah does well to get a hand at short fine leg, they take on Mathews's arm again, and he is just in. My word, what a flat fast throw again


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, extra pace again, and Jhunjhunwala has used it cannily, to the left of short third man this time


End of over 9 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 80/3 (RR: 8.88)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 17 (12b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 0 (0b)
    • M Kartik 2-0-15-0
    • AD Mathews 2-0-22-0

Chandan Singh: "Ha Ha.. Ganguly is indeed trying to save Bond for Yusuf... Negative approach... He is showing hez scared of Yusuf, right from the go... I tell you this is going to backfire... One Yousuf doesn't a team make!!" Anyway Bro Yo to face now. Cometh the Pathan, cometh the Bond!


Bond to Pathan, 1 run, full outside off, and muscled away wide of sweeper-cover, gets only one


Bond to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, steered away to third man, Yusuf back on strike


Bond to Pathan, FOUR, delicate! dug into the body, moves out of the line, and then gets under it and guides it past the keeper, not much pace in the wicket here


Bond to Pathan, 1 run, low full toss, hit down the ground, gets a single


Bond to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, and again, Jhunjhunwala runs it down to third man, Pathan back on strike


Bond to Pathan, FOUR, Pathan 2, Bond 0 - pitched up, right in his slot, and gets it over the mid-off

End of over 10 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 92/3 (RR: 9.20)

    • YK Pathan 10 (4b 2x4)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 19 (14b 2x4)
    • SE Bond 2-0-18-1
    • M Kartik 2-0-15-0

Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, no run, Karthik on target, around off stump, defended back to the bowler


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, no run, flighted around off again, another dot ball


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, too straight this time, and is flicked away for one


Kartik to Pathan, no run, leading edge as he looks to bunt it to leg for one, is safe


Kartik to Pathan, 1 run, no cute bunt shots this time, bludgeons this square cut to sweeper-cover


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, into the pads again, and turned around the corner for one

End of over 11 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 95/3 (RR: 8.63)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 21 (18b 2x4)
    • YK Pathan 11 (6b 2x4)
    • M Kartik 3-0-18-0
    • SE Bond 2-0-18-1

Bond to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, bouncer, 140ks, gets on to him fast, still manages a single with the pull down to long-on


Bond to Pathan, 2 runs, bouncer into the body again, and he has pulled it in front of square, along the ground


Bond to Pathan, no run, slower bouncer, manages to keep it down on the cut shot, but doesn't beat point


Bond to Pathan, 1 run, regulation short one, into the body, pulled away to fine leg for a single


Bond to Jhunjhunwala, no run, slower ball, checks his shot, gets it straight to midwicket


Bond to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, slower ball again, too full and wide and he slams it over point - Rajasthan's 100 up in the 12th over, last match they couldn't get there in the whole innings

End of over 12 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 103/3 (RR: 8.58)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 26 (21b 3x4)
    • YK Pathan 14 (9b 2x4)
    • SE Bond 3-0-26-1
    • M Kartik 3-0-18-0

Dinda comes back


Dinda to Pathan, no run, starts with a slower ball, 106ks, Pathan pats it back to him


Dinda to Pathan, no run, slower bouncer, 112.7ks, Yusuf thinks of the pull but pulls out


Dinda to Pathan, no run, full and fast and goes equally fast of his bat, but finds extra cover


Dinda to Pathan, 1 run, slower legcutter tried this time, muscled down to long-on for one


Dinda to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, low full toss outside off, guided down to third man


Dinda to Pathan, OUT, Dinda has got Pathan, good intelligent T20 bowling on a flat slow wicket! After slower offcutter, slower bouncer, slower bouncer, yorker, gives him a regulation bouncer this time, 126ks, it chases him on the shot and it gets the high part of the bat and he holes out to deep square leg

YK Pathan c Hodge b Dinda 15 (14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 107.14

End of over 13 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 105/4 (RR: 8.07)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 27 (22b 3x4)
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-2
    • SE Bond 3-0-26-1

Adam Voges is the new man in, but Jhunjhunwala on strike. Hodge to bowl


Hodge to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, square-drives a full delivery for a couple - one run called short by the umpire


Hodge to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, tries another square drive, gets a thick edge and even better result, in the air but past backward point


Hodge to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, plays with the turn, gets a single to long-on


Hodge to Voges, FOUR, driven against the turn, first shot in the IPL and it's a cracker, past extra cover


Hodge to Voges, 1 run, guides it to short third man, and gets a single


Hodge to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, driven down to long-on for one

and again Rajasthan have followed up a fall of wicket with aggressive shots immediately after

End of over 14 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 117/4 (RR: 8.35)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 34 (26b 4x4)
    • AC Voges 5 (2b 1x4)
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-12-0
    • AB Dinda 3-0-21-2

Dinda to Jhunjhunwala, no run, angled into him, pretty quick, no room, cramps him


Dinda to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, slower legcutter, gets a single to backward point


Dinda to Voges, 2 runs, Voges is timing and placing them well, into the hips and punched away square, wide of the fielder, for two


Dinda to Voges, 2 runs, slower bouncer, and he pulls it into the gap again, gets a couple again

By the way it is baking hot in Ahmedabad - 43 degrees celsius


Dinda to Voges, 1 run, full delivery, hit down the ground, gets a single to long-on


Dinda to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, another slower legcutter, good spell from Dinda comes to an end with a single to point


End of over 15 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 124/4 (RR: 8.26)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 36 (29b 4x4)
    • AC Voges 10 (5b 1x4)
    • AB Dinda 4-0-28-2
    • BJ Hodge 1-0-12-0

Mathews comes back


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, starts off with a predictable slower ball and Jhunjhunwala is waiting and has crashed it square for four


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, another slower ball and he runs it down to third man for a single


Mathews to Voges, 1 run, slower ball again, and he runs it down to third man again


Mathews to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, he is bowling only slower ones, I'll let you know when he bowls the change-up quick delivery, dragged from outside off and gets a single to square leg


Mathews to Voges, no run, cut away, not much pace to work with, straight to point


Mathews to Voges, FOUR, uff an over full of slower balls, and he gets thick edge on this one that beats short third man and gets him four more

End of over 16 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 135/4 (RR: 8.43)

    • AC Voges 15 (8b 2x4)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 42 (32b 5x4)
    • AD Mathews 3-0-33-0
    • AB Dinda 4-0-28-2

Karthik back into the attack


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, they steal a single to short third, Voges is too quick


Kartik to Voges, 1 run, fired into the pads, gets a single down to long-on


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, comes down the track and goes inside-out, the turn takes it square as opposed to over cover


Kartik to Voges, 2 runs, full and fast into the pads with short fine up, flicked away for two


Kartik to Voges, 1 run, slightly short, slightly outside off, punched away to short extra for one


Kartik to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, looks for the grovel shot past short fine but finds Ishant, gets a single

End of over 17 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 142/4 (RR: 8.35)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 45 (35b 5x4)
    • AC Voges 19 (11b 2x4)
    • M Kartik 4-0-25-0
    • AD Mathews 3-0-33-0

Phil, poor Phil, writes in, "Could we have some of that warmth from Ahmedabad here in Essex?" Ishant comes back


Sharma to Jhunjhunwala, OUT, and Jhunjhunwala misses the fifty! makes room to club it into the leg side, the ball follows him and gets him high on the bat, and it's an easy catch at midwicket

AA Jhunjhunwala c Ganguly b Sharma 45 (36b 5x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Dogra is the new batsman, but Voges on strike


Sharma to Voges, 1 run, hits a length ball down to long-on for one


Sharma to Dogra, OUT, edged and gone! poor shot really. wide delivery outside off and he goes after it and has to really reach out to be able to edge it. Would have been wide had he let it be

P Dogra c †Saha b Sharma 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Warne to face now


Sharma to Warne, 1 run, length ball, driven inside-out, gets a single to sweeper-cover


Sharma to Voges, no run, misses out on the square drive, good over so far


Sharma to Voges, 1 leg bye, length ball on the pads and he misses out, the short fine leg is up but all he gets is a leg-bye

End of over 18 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 145/6 (RR: 8.05)

    • AC Voges 20 (14b 2x4)
    • SK Warne 1 (1b)
    • I Sharma 3-0-18-2
    • M Kartik 4-0-25-0

Sameer to Phil: "No Phil you can't, because you are not in the "Royals" sponsorship deal." For background, Phil wants some of the heat from Ahmedabad to be sent to Essex. Bond to finish off


Bond to Voges, 1 run, gets a bottom edge for a single to point


Bond to Warne, OUT, Shane gets Shane! Looks to chip it over extra-cover but gets it way too straight, hitting it down long-off's throat

SK Warne c Tiwary b Bond 1 (2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Superb comeback for Kolkata so far. Still 10 deliveries to go. Lot of time to make significant runs or prevent them


Bond to Voges, 1 run, full and straight, hit down to long-on for one

Munaf Patel is the new man


Bond to Patel, 2 runs, good old-fashioned slog from Munna, and he manages to get it to land safe in the deep midwicket area, comes back for two


Bond to Patel, 1 run, full and straight, he can get just a single down to long-on


Bond to Voges, 1 run, good finish for Bond, yorker outside off, Voges digs it out for a single and retains strike

End of over 19 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 151/7 (RR: 7.94)

    • AC Voges 23 (17b 2x4)
    • MM Patel 3 (2b)
    • SE Bond 4-0-32-2
    • I Sharma 3-0-18-2

Ishant for the last over


Sharma to Voges, SIX, lovely straight shot, more you see of him, more he reminds of Clarke! Risk-free batting at good pace, misses his yorker length by inches and he gets under it and smacks it for a straight, low six - the first of the innings


Sharma to Voges, 1 leg bye, he is cross, he is disappointed, slower ball, on the pads, short fine up, that should have gone for four - instead he gets just one leg-bye


Sharma to Patel, 1 run, Munna does his job, backs away, cuts, gets a single, Voges on strike now


Sharma to Voges, SIX, Voges is finishing well! slower ball picked up early and he semi-sweeps it over midwicket, the bottom hand and the wrist provide him with the power


Sharma to Voges, 2 runs, into the pads, flicked away square, and he runs hard, too quick for the throw, and makes it easily in for the second, retains strike


Sharma to Voges, 1 bye, well bowled by Ishant, sees him back away and bowls a full and wide one, out of Voges's reach, but Munna is alert and he sneaks through a bye

So the last over aside, Kolkata have done well to Keep Rajasthan down to 168 after they looked good for 180. Nevertheless, on a slow, slightly two-paced pitch, this is what can be called a defendable total. Join us with the chase in a bit

End of over 20 (17 runs) Rajasthan Royals 168/7

    • AC Voges 37 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • MM Patel 4 (3b)
    • I Sharma 4-0-33-2
    • SE Bond 4-0-32-2





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