Indian Premier League, 19th match: Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals at Mohali, Mar 24, 2010
Rajasthan Royals won by 31 runs
24 March 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Right, Michael Lumb and Naman Ojha to open the Rajasthan Royals. Last time Lumb played, he was caught dead plumb first ball. I promise to stay away Lumb-is-Plumb line even if he manages to do that again. Irfan Pathan will be bowling.

Toss Shane Warne is wearing blue, as opposed to the away beige for Rajasthan Royals. Kumar Sangakkara has won the toss, and decided to bowl first. "There is a bit of dew around, which should get heavier." Shane Warne said he would have wanted to bowl too.

7.25pm One of these teams will finish at joint-fourth place tonight. And they began their season horribly. Which just tells us it is a long tournament, and there is a long way to. King's XI Punjab have made one change tonight, bringing Sreesanth back and leaving Ramesh Powar out. Rajasthan Royals have retained the XI that beat Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the teams are coming off wins, and will want to build something resembling momentum. Toss in five minutes. While you wait for the toss, why wait for an iPad when you can have a CricPad, fitted with a music finder and a mockery app among other things?


Pathan to Lumb, no run, back of a length, swinging away from Lumb, left alone


Pathan to Lumb, no run, slashes at one outside away, is beaten by the swing, will be interesting to see how long the swing lasts


Pathan to Lumb, no run, fumble by Yuvraj at mid-off, doesn't cost them a run, first time bat met ball tonight


Pathan to Lumb, FOUR, walks across the stumps, goes against the swing, and manages to clear mid-on


Pathan to Lumb, no run, square-drive, more like throwing his arms at a wide delivery, finds cover-point


Pathan to Lumb, FOUR, slower ball, checks his drive, it gets a thick edge, and sails past first slip, and fine of a square third man

End of over 1 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 8/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • MJ Lumb 8 (6b 2x4)
    • NV Ojha 0 (0b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-8-0

Sreesanth to bowl


Sreesanth to Ojha, 1 no ball, good start - spoke too soon. He is actually too good with the ball straightening outside off and beating Ojha, but he has also over-stepped. Why am I not surprised?


Sreesanth to Ojha, no run, comes back well, with a bouncer, 138ks, beats him again. You have done well if you manage to beat a batsman on a free hit, and not by bowling a wide


Sreesanth to Ojha, no run, that's three in three, what a ripper of a legcutter, pitches back of a length, just outside off, and moves ever so slightly away, squaring him up


Sreesanth to Ojha, FOUR, Oh Sree, couldn't bowl four good deliveries in a row, goes short and wide, and is cut away, and Sangakkara has removed the second slip, which came in just one ball ago


Sreesanth to Ojha, no run, comes back well, beats him with a full, away-swinging delivery, and Sangakkara belts out a big annoying appeal, even after umpire has said no he keeps on shouting


Sreesanth to Ojha, FOUR, shot of the night so far, just meets a length ball outside off with an open face, and the ball speeds across, past cover-point, third man, who is very square, has no chance


Sreesanth to Ojha, no run, back of a length, into the pads, defended

End of over 2 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 17/0 (RR: 8.50)

    • NV Ojha 8 (7b 2x4)
    • MJ Lumb 8 (6b 2x4)
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-9-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-8-0

Shalabh is the new bowler


Srivastava to Lumb, FOUR, full outside off, slight swing, he throws everything at it, gets a thick edge that clears backward point, and also beats a diving Bisla at third man


Srivastava to Lumb, 1 run, overthrow, sloppy work by Theron at mid-on, looks to drop to cover and run, is sent back, but Bopara goes for a throw, and Theron at mid-on doesn't bend quick enough to get his body behind it


Srivastava to Ojha, FOUR, nice pick-up shot, leg-stump line, and he just flicks it over midwicket, all power comes in that last instance, through the wrists


Srivastava to Ojha, 1 run, angling across him, and steered away to third man


Srivastava to Lumb, 2 runs, whipped away off the pads, wide of fine leg, gets a couple, and this is Rajasthan's best opening stand this season


Srivastava to Lumb, 1 run, back of a length, wide of off, and chopped away to square third man

End of over 3 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 30/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • MJ Lumb 16 (10b 3x4)
    • NV Ojha 13 (9b 3x4)
    • SJ Srivastava 1-0-13-0
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-9-0

Sreesanth to Lumb, no run, on target, fullish, swinging in to Lumb, defended back to the bowler


Sreesanth to Lumb, FOUR, well played, effective shot, gives him the charge, and gets under a shortish delivery to loft it over point, gets enough on it to beat the in-ring


Sreesanth to Lumb, 1 run, on the pads, and worked away for an easy single


Sreesanth to Ojha, OUT, soft dismissal, against the run of play, hits a length delivery straight down the lap of mid-on, and Sree gives him a nice little send-off

NV Ojha c Srivastava b Sreesanth 13 (10b 3x4 0x6) SR: 130.00


Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 no ball, second no-ball for Sree, and again the actual delivery is a gem, cutting him in two with the inswing, but he has overstepped


Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 run, gets out of the jail with another short-pitched delivery, into his ribs, and the second free-hits gets RR only a single - two free-hits for just one run so far


Sreesanth to Lumb, no run, wafts outside off, and he plays way outside the line of the delivery

End of over 4 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/1 (RR: 9.25)

    • MJ Lumb 21 (14b 4x4)
    • FY Fazal 1 (2b)
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-16-1
    • SJ Srivastava 1-0-13-0

Srivastava to Fazal, 1 run, looks to square-cut, gets the bottom part of the bat, gets a single


Srivastava to Lumb, no run, steps down the track, and wafts and misses


Srivastava to Lumb, FOUR, pick-up shot, nicely done, takes it from off, makes sweet connection, and there is no intention of keeping it down


Srivastava to Lumb, FOUR, short, wide and he duly punishes it, powerfully cut and nicely placed wide of point


Srivastava to Lumb, 2 runs, pulled away, into the gap on the leg side, gets a couple


Srivastava to Lumb, 1 run, slower ball, 92ks, delays his shot, plays with soft hands, gets a single to third man

End of over 5 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 49/1 (RR: 9.80)

    • MJ Lumb 32 (19b 6x4)
    • FY Fazal 2 (3b)
    • SJ Srivastava 2-0-25-0
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-16-1

Sreesanth to Lumb, 1 run, premeditates a pull, Sree is too full for the shot, and he just manages a single off the bottom edge to fine leg


Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 run, nicely chopped away to third man

James Simpson: "Another aggressive send-off by a bowler, there's been quite a bit of that so far in the IPL but nobody seems to be getting reprimanded for it. Apparently yelling in the batsmen's face and point to the pavillion is fine but heaven help you if your 5 minutes overtime: that'll cost you $20k. Weird considering that the extra 5 minutes gives them enough time to fit in another couple of commercials."


Sreesanth to Lumb, no run, pulled away, again too full for the shot, and hence he hits it straight to straight midwicket


Sreesanth to Lumb, 1 run, he is adamant on the pull shot, this more of a swat, to a length delivery, gets a single to square leg


Sreesanth to Fazal, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side


Sreesanth to Fazal, no run, looks to run this down to third man, but it's not wide enough, gets an inside edge onto the pad, another amusing appeal from Punjab


Sreesanth to Fazal, no run, stayed back to a full delivery, for a milisecond, Sree must have thought of an lbw, but he got his bat down in time

End of over 6 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 53/1 (RR: 8.83)

    • FY Fazal 3 (6b)
    • MJ Lumb 34 (22b 6x4)
    • S Sreesanth 3-0-20-1
    • SJ Srivastava 2-0-25-0

Karthik: "Agree with James... Seeing Vinay Kumar use some choicest hindi "Gaalis" foul words yesterday and others, it seems like cursing out the bastmen is the way to go" Juan Theron to bowl now


Theron to Lumb, 2 runs, hit away first ball, length ball, nicely driven through the covers for two

Sarang: "You missed the point. Another 5 minutes gives them money from commercials "plus" the $20k. Whats wrong with that ;-)"


Theron to Lumb, no run, short and wide, and he misses out on that, just couldn't make any connection with the shot


Theron to Lumb, no run, nice offcutter, starts off, and nips away, beating the shot


Theron to Lumb, FOUR, too much width too often, and this time he crashes it past point, and fine of third man, top shot


Theron to Lumb, no run, slower ball, too full, he hits it straight and powerfully, Theron fields well in the followthrough


Theron to Lumb, 1 run, length ball, hit through covers, gets a single to sweeper-cover

End of over 7 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 60/1 (RR: 8.57)

    • MJ Lumb 41 (28b 7x4)
    • FY Fazal 3 (6b)
    • J Theron 1-0-7-0
    • S Sreesanth 3-0-20-1

Chawla to bowl


Chawla to Lumb, no run, goes for the slog sweep and is beaten first ball, no spin, and another big shout, Sanga keeps shouting for long, but it has hit him outside off, and is not spinning in either


Chawla to Lumb, OUT, Sanga may not be good at appealing, but he has pulled of a winner of a stumping here. Good bowling by Piyush too. He saw Lumb is not picking the spin, and he floats a googly outside off, drawing him into the shot, then beating him, and Sanga pounces on the slightest bit of overbalancing and whips the bails off during the two seconds that his foot is in the air

MJ Lumb st †Sangakkara b Chawla 41 (30b 7x4 0x6) SR: 136.66

Yusuf Pathan is the new man. Business is about to pick up


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, gets the big front down the pitch, turns it around the corner, comes through for one


Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, flicked away from around off, wide of long-on, but Bopara is quick enough to keep them down to one


Chawla to Pathan, no run, flat outside off, played to point, no turn


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, gets the big front foot down, bunts it into the covers for a single

End of over 8 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 63/2 (RR: 7.87)

    • YK Pathan 2 (3b)
    • FY Fazal 4 (7b)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-1
    • J Theron 1-0-7-0

Shalabh comes back


Srivastava to Pathan, 1 wide, short, and wide down the leg side


Srivastava to Pathan, 1 run, short, into the hips, pulled away, not very convincingly, gets a single

Mark from Chicago: Rajasthan Royals at their globalising best today. An Englishman born in South Africa is opening with a batsman from Madhya Pradesh. The players who follow represent the following teams: Vidarbha, Baroda, Western Australia/Notts, Bengal, Himachal Pradesh, Hampshire/Victoria, Mumbai, Gujarat and South Australia. Now someone please tell me why they are called the Rajasthan Royals?


Srivastava to Fazal, FOUR, very nice shot, exploits the square third man, opens the face very late and gets four


Srivastava to Fazal, 1 run, walks across the stumps, exposing all three sticks, slower ball comes out, drops into the leg side and runs, Yusuf wants two but is rightly sent back


Srivastava to Pathan, FOUR, tires the bouncer, gets it into his ribs, at , and he wallops it to the square-leg fence, need to be quicker than that


Srivastava to Pathan, 1 wide, huge huge shout for a catch down the leg side, and the umpire calls it a wide because there is light between glove and ball


Srivastava to Pathan, 2 runs, Irfan has dropped brother Yusuf! slower ball, Yusuf throws everything at it, ends up skying it, Irfan runs to his right from long-off, gets under it, but the hands don't come together in time


Srivastava to Pathan, no run, short ball again, this time he is beaten on the pull

End of over 9 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 77/2 (RR: 8.55)

    • YK Pathan 9 (7b 1x4)
    • FY Fazal 9 (9b 1x4)
    • SJ Srivastava 3-0-39-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-3-1

Back from time-out. Rohit, in response to Mark: "Add to that Shilpa Shetty, certainly not from Rajasthan !!"


Chawla to Fazal, no run, steps down the track, is beaten in the flight, but recovers well to defend it


Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, bunted wide of point for a single

Sanga gets a slip in


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, pushed towards sweeper-cover for one


Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, comes down the track and hits him to wide of long-off, where Kaif keeps them down to one


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, pushed down to long-off for a single


Chawla to Fazal, SIX, nice shot, clean clean swing, comes down the track again, gets to its pitch, and lofts him over midwicket

End of over 10 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 87/2 (RR: 8.70)

    • FY Fazal 17 (13b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 11 (9b 1x4)
    • PP Chawla 2-0-13-1
    • SJ Srivastava 3-0-39-0

Theron to Pathan, 2 runs, into the pads, worked away square of fine leg


Theron to Pathan, 1 wide, big wide down the leg side


Theron to Pathan, 1 run, short, into the body, tucked away for a single

Karandeep Singh Gill: "Response to Mark and Rohit . Now next thing you people are going to ask is why it is called INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE."


Theron to Fazal, no run, short and he misses out, makes good contact on the pull, but can't get it past midwicket


Theron to Fazal, 1 run, pushed to sweeper-cover for one


Theron to Pathan, 1 run, whipped away from in front of stumps, doesn't make good contact, gets a single


Theron to Fazal, 1 run, runs this one down to third man for a single

End of over 11 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 94/2 (RR: 8.54)

    • FY Fazal 19 (16b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 15 (12b 1x4)
    • J Theron 2-0-14-0
    • PP Chawla 2-0-13-1

Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, square-drive, good-looking shot, gets one to sweeper-cover


Chawla to Pathan, 2 runs, reads a googly and biffs it to cow corner and comes back for two before midwicket can come around


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, flat, into the pads, bunted away for one

Raj: "Interesting fact- England Vs Scotland rugby test matches are called as 'Calcutta cup'. Now that is what I call as globalisation at its best."


Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, drives a googly with an open face, gets a single to sweeper-cover


Chawla to Pathan, 1 run, quick delivery again, and he is contend with a single to cover


Chawla to Fazal, no run, looks to paddle it fine but ends up hitting it one bounce to short fine leg

End of over 12 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 100/2 (RR: 8.33)

    • FY Fazal 21 (19b 1x4 1x6)
    • YK Pathan 19 (15b 1x4)
    • PP Chawla 3-0-19-1
    • J Theron 2-0-14-0

Shalabh back again


Srivastava to Pathan, 2 runs, short, not much width, but Yusuf goes after it regardless, gets it over the infield and takes a couple despite not the cleanest of hits


Srivastava to Pathan, 1 run, good attempt by Yuvraj at mid-on, hit powerfully and dying on him, Yuvraj also had to move to his right, and while he lunged forward he at least got a hand to it as it bounced in front of him


Srivastava to Fazal, no run, looks for the pull but it is onto him too fast, and it goes towards mid-off


Srivastava to Fazal, 1 wide, way wide outside off, surprisingly no appeal from Sanga this time


Srivastava to Fazal, 1 leg bye, oh sorry, spoke too soon, Shalabh belts out a huge shout from the deepest part of his gut, as he has missed a scoop shot way way outside off


Srivastava to Pathan, SIX, length ball, and he gets under it, and hits it powerfully and straight and high, it takes ages to come down but clears Yuvraj at long-on


Srivastava to Pathan, OUT, slower ball does Yusuf in! Hasn't yet hit a clean Yusuf shot, and gives this one everything, and is early into the shot, and skies it down the ground, Yuvraj takes a safe catch running in

YK Pathan c Yuvraj Singh b Srivastava 28 (19b 1x4 1x6) SR: 147.36

End of over 13 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 111/3 (RR: 8.53)

    • FY Fazal 21 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • SJ Srivastava 4-0-49-1
    • PP Chawla 3-0-19-1

And Yuvraj keeps the ball with him after the catch. He will now bowl to Adam Voges who was in nice touch in his first match


Yuvraj Singh to Voges, FOUR, starts with a semi-slog-sweep, and it is effective, doesn't quite get on a knee but gets really low, and swats it wide of long-on, into the cow corner


Yuvraj Singh to Voges, 1 run, into the pads, and worked away for one to midwicket

Mark from Chicago gets back to Raj and Calcutta Cup: "That's not globalisation, my friend. That's one of the several hangovers from the imperial past."


Yuvraj Singh to Fazal, 1 run, This one is for Kingfisher Fair Play! Hit powerfully back at him and Yuvraj takes his hands out of the way and the ball hits the stumps, but Punjab appeal for a run-out. Replays reveal everything, brothers. It was just an instinctive appeal I feel, not intentional foul play. Will give him benefit of doubt. There is no way there was a touch on it, though


Yuvraj Singh to Voges, 1 run, onto the pads, worked away for one


Yuvraj Singh to Fazal, 1 run, short, pulled away to deep midwicket


Yuvraj Singh to Voges, FOUR, another nice shot from Voges, not frills, no big back lift, just a drive wide enough of long-off

End of over 14 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 123/3 (RR: 8.78)

    • AC Voges 10 (4b 2x4)
    • FY Fazal 23 (23b 1x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-12-0
    • SJ Srivastava 4-0-49-1

Chawla to Fazal, 1 run, Fazal comes down the track, throws everything at it, the ball doesn't turn and gets a thick edge for a single to short third


Chawla to Voges, 2 runs, good placement again, he is exposing it like Swiss cheese, short delivery, just a mere dab, but wide of long-on


Chawla to Voges, no run, comes down the track, hits straight to extra cover


Chawla to Voges, FOUR, he knows this ground like his house? another superbly placed shot, that semi-slog-sweep again, and again finds the gap between long-on and midwicket, all along the ground


Chawla to Voges, 2 runs, and he teases them some more, bunted into the leg side, and he comes back for two because he has not hit it powerfully


Chawla to Voges, 1 run, late-cuts this one, for a change finds the short third man fielder


End of over 15 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 133/3 (RR: 8.86)

    • AC Voges 19 (9b 3x4)
    • FY Fazal 24 (24b 1x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 4-0-29-1
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-12-0

Stephen: "The Calcutta Cup has nothing to do with globalisation and only partly to do with Imperialism. The Calcutta Rugby Club disbanded because they fely it was too hot to play rugby there. They sent their funds, in Silver Rupees, to the Rugby Football Union. These were melted down to form the cup that is played for between England and Scotland, so that there would be a permanent meomorial to the club" Irfan comes back


Pathan to Voges, no run, starts off with a slower one, hit straight to point


Pathan to Voges, 2 runs, good placement again, comes on the front foot, drives it wide of long-off, comes back for two


Pathan to Voges, 1 run, slightly late into a swat across the line, gets a single to long-on


Pathan to Fazal, 1 run, swiped across the line, gets a single to deep square leg


Pathan to Voges, SIX, walks down the track, gets under a length ball, and lofts it with just enough power so as to clear long-on


Pathan to Voges, 1 run, slower ball, dabbed to third man for one

End of over 16 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 144/3 (RR: 9.00)

    • AC Voges 29 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • FY Fazal 25 (25b 1x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-19-0
    • PP Chawla 4-0-29-1

Babal Gadar: "Look at Voges's placement!! Is he a relative of Michael Bevan or Mike Hussey?" Theron comes back


Theron to Voges, no run, length ball, and Voges swings inside the line, misses a straight delivery


Theron to Voges, 1 leg bye, appeals for a ball sliding down the leg side, and Voges has also walked down the pitch, doesn't persist with the appeal thankfully


Theron to Fazal, no run, sees him back away, angles it across him, and it's far enough of the batsman, but not far enough to be called wide


Theron to Fazal, no run, looks to manufacture the scoop over short fine, and he bowls full and slow, and Faiz misses - no runs off the bat so far in this over


Theron to Fazal, 1 run, short, cut away to sweeper-cover


Theron to Voges, 1 leg bye, angled into the pads, sharp delivery, beaten for pace, gets a leg-bye, end of a good over for Punjab

End of over 17 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 147/3 (RR: 8.64)

    • AC Voges 29 (17b 3x4 1x6)
    • FY Fazal 26 (28b 1x4 1x6)
    • J Theron 3-0-15-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-19-0

Pathan to Voges, 1 run, full and wide outside off, doesn't make good connection, gets a single to sweeper-cover


Pathan to Fazal, FOUR, nice shot, stays deep in the crease and drives a full delivery past extra cover


Pathan to Fazal, 1 run, makes room, Irfan puts in the slower delivery, gets a bottom edge for one


Pathan to Voges, 3 runs, superb running and placement, first of all he has placed it wide of sweeper-cover, and a slight fumble from Yuvraj lets them come back for three


Pathan to Fazal, no run, full on the pads, clears his front leg, and misses on the swipe, the ball goes between his legs


Pathan to Fazal, FOUR, slower ball, and thwacked back past the bowler, the mid-off is up, and there is no stopping this

End of over 18 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 160/3 (RR: 8.88)

    • FY Fazal 35 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • AC Voges 33 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-32-0
    • J Theron 3-0-15-0

Theron to Voges, 1 run, yorker, on the pads, bunted for one


Theron to Fazal, FOUR, length ball, 107ks, asking to be hit, and he gets on a knee, and smacks it wide of long-off


Theron to Fazal, no run, and again he has missed a scoop shot, he is good down the ground, but he has missed at least three of those cute shots


Theron to Fazal, no run, backs away too soon, Theron bowls it short and wide enough of him, good comeback by the bowler after that early boundary


Theron to Fazal, FOUR, good ball, good shot, full and wide outside off, he gets his bat down in time, and slices it fine of square third man


Theron to Fazal, 1 run, looks to force a back-of-a-length delivery into the off side, gets a single off the bottom edge

End of over 19 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 170/3 (RR: 8.94)

    • FY Fazal 44 (37b 5x4 1x6)
    • AC Voges 34 (20b 3x4 1x6)
    • J Theron 4-0-25-0
    • IK Pathan 3-0-32-0

Irfan to bowl, and not Sreesanth


Pathan to Fazal, 1 run, OUT, goes for a non-existent double after hitting it straight to long-off, Piyush goes for the right end, the striker's, and also hits the stumps direct. Would have been run out even if this was not a direct-hit

FY Fazal run out 45 (38b 5x4 1x6) SR: 118.42

Dogra is the new man


Pathan to Dogra, 1 run, slower ball, opens the face, and gets Voges on strike


Pathan to Voges, FOUR, lovely shot! wide yorker, and he reaches out for it and squeezes it past point, once again superb placement


Pathan to Voges, 2 runs, slower ball, hits it to wide of sweeper-cover, comes back for two


Pathan to Voges, 1 run, OUT, Dogra sacrifices his wicket to keep Voges on strike, hit down to long-on, but they come back for two, and Piyush keeps his head again, throwing it right over the stumps to Irfan

P Dogra run out 1 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00


Pathan to Voges, FOUR, finishes the innings off on a high, walks across the stumps, and lofts the length ball over midwicket

It's a flat wicket, the ball is coming on, this could be a tight chase. Join us for it in a while

End of over 20 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 183/5

    • AC Voges 45 (24b 5x4 1x6)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 0 (0b)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-45-0
    • J Theron 4-0-25-0





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