Indian Premier League, 36th match: Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals at Nagpur, Apr 5, 2010
Rajasthan Royals won by 2 runs
5 April 2010 - night match (20-over match)

Toss Shane Warne has chosen to bat.

Gilchrist: " It's quite hard. There is some grass. It looks good. We have five changes though I won't go through all of them now!!"

Warne: "It looks a good wicket. There seems to be a little more grass. If we can put a good score, we can defend."

Morne Morkel and Sid Trivedi are in. Warne mentioned another name, a debutant, but I couldn't catch the name properly. And Deccan has made five changes. Wonder who all have come in. We still don't know. One thing we know is that Gibbs is not playing.

0.1

Harris to Lumb, no run, length delivery, around the off stump, gentle loosener, pushed out to covers

0.2

Harris to Lumb, no run, again driven out to cover. Shane Warne chose to bat

0.3

Harris to Lumb, no run, around 132 kmph length delivery, outside off stump and it just about straightened. Lumb pushes outside the line and is beaten

0.4

Harris to Lumb, no run, Drama A catch has been deemed illegal. Almost comedy of errors but Harris holds on after a juggle. Or does he? No says the third umpire. It was a back-of-length delivery which lumb pushes tamely back to Harris. It's chest-high. Harris palms it ,, the ball bounds to his thighs and pops up.. Harris grabs at it again and the ball is between his wrists as he goes down to the ground. He just about lifts his hands but again presses it back down on the ground. The ball has, or so it appears on tv, touched the ground. The batsman had walked off but he is then called back .

0.5

Harris to Lumb, no run, around the off stump, pushed away to the off side

0.6

Harris to Lumb, SIX, Whack! Lumb finishes the over of drama with a wallop. He charged out, moved outside leg, and slammed a length delivery over long-off

End of over 1 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 6/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • MJ Lumb 6 (6b 1x6)
    • NV Ojha 0 (0b)
    • RJ Harris 1-0-6-0
1.1

Smith to Ojha, 1 run, length delivery on the middle stump line, turned to the midwicket region

1.2

Smith to Lumb, FOUR, Edged past first slip. It was a length delivery that was angling away from Lumb, who tries to drive on the up through covers, and it flashes past Laxman

1.3

Smith to Lumb, FOUR, Thrash. He just cleared the front leg and smashed this length delivery over mid-on.

1.4

Smith to Lumb, 1 run, back of length, angling away, run down to third man

1.5

Smith to Ojha, no run, swing and a miss outside off stump, Gilchrist collects.

1.6

Smith to Ojha, no run, And again. He doesn't quite stay still. Neither does he move forward quickly. he almost stumbles out at the last minute and as a result makes no contact with the attempted on-the-up hit

End of over 2 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 16/0 (RR: 8.00)

    • NV Ojha 1 (3b)
    • MJ Lumb 15 (9b 2x4 1x6)
    • DR Smith 1-0-10-0
    • RJ Harris 1-0-6-0
2.1

Singh to Lumb, OUT, And as it happens in cricket, its Harris who takes the catch. A length delivery outside leg stump was slogged towards deep midwicket. The ball dips right near the boundary and who else but Harris should settle under it

MJ Lumb c Harris b Singh 15 (10b 2x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

2.2

Singh to Ojha, 1 wide, RP serves this wide outside off stump.

2.2

Singh to Ojha, no run, shuffles across to the off stump, RP straightens it around off stump line, Ojha is cramped for room as he attempts to chop it away. The ball brushes the pad en route to GIlly

2.3

Singh to Ojha, OUT, RP and Harris combo at it again. It was pushed well outside off stump, Ojha plays a weak slash. And the ball gently lobs to cover where Harris - oh he is everywhere isn't he - takes it

NV Ojha c Harris b Singh 1 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

2.4

Singh to Watson, no run, around the off-stump line, defended on the front foot

2.5

Singh to Watson, 1 run, chopped to thirdman for a single

2.6

Singh to Fazal, 4 leg byes, length delivery drifting to the leg stump line and it moves past the attempted leg glance but runs off the pad to the fine-leg boundary.

End of over 3 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 22/2 (RR: 7.33)

    • FY Fazal 0 (1b)
    • SR Watson 1 (2b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-2
    • DR Smith 1-0-10-0
3.1

Harmeet Singh to Watson, 1 run, starts off with a slower one, fullish, pushed to mid-on .. overthrows at the non-striker's end ...waste of a run

3.2

Harmeet Singh to Fazal, no run, gets forward to push it to cover

3.3

Harmeet Singh to Fazal, FOUR, another slower one but shot and wide, bit of rubbish really, and Fazal crashes it to the point boundary

3.4

Harmeet Singh to Fazal, no run, just outside off, worked to mid-on

3.5

Harmeet Singh to Fazal, 1 run, tries to shuffle across and work it to the on side and the ball rolls of the pad to the off side

3.6

Harmeet Singh to Watson, SIX, Crashed. Another bit of rubbish. Short, around 125 kmph, sits up and pleads with Watto to be hit. And he obliges. He pulls it over midwicket. Thank you. Come again.

End of over 4 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 34/2 (RR: 8.50)

    • SR Watson 8 (4b 1x6)
    • FY Fazal 5 (5b 1x4)
    • Harmeet Singh 1-0-12-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-2-2
4.1

Singh to Fazal, no run, in the channel outside off stump, Fazal is beaten, pushing inside the line

4.2

Singh to Fazal, 2 runs, outside off stump, dabbed to third man

4.3

Singh to Fazal, 1 run, around 110 kmph, short delivery, pulled away to deep midwicket

4.4

Singh to Watson, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Watson tries to late cut but can't get bat to ball

4.5

Singh to Watson, no run, again he tries to chop to third man, again no room, he gets it to wide slip/gully

4.6

Singh to Watson, no run, short and wide outside off stump, watson goes for a cut but doesn't connect.

End of over 5 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/2 (RR: 7.40)

    • SR Watson 8 (7b 1x6)
    • FY Fazal 8 (8b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-5-2
    • Harmeet Singh 1-0-12-0
5.1

Symonds to Fazal, 2 runs, on the off stump line, tilting away, run down wide of third man for couple of runs

5.2

Symonds to Fazal, 1 run, full in length, worked through midwicket

5.3

Symonds to Watson, no run, slower one, just outside off stump, Watson chops it again straight to that wide slip/gully fielder. Hmmm

5.4

Symonds to Watson, 2 runs, Dropped by Mr Harris Oh well. Much fun. It was pulled to him at deep midwicket where he makes a complete mess. Clanger!

5.5

Symonds to Watson, SIX, Delicious wallop. Watson heaves his big frame forward and blasts this length delivery over long-on

5.6

Symonds to Watson, no run, leans across to drive to cover

End of over 6 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/2 (RR: 8.00)

    • SR Watson 16 (11b 2x6)
    • FY Fazal 11 (10b 1x4)
    • A Symonds 1-0-11-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-5-2
6.1

Smith to Fazal, no run, short in length, goes for the pull and doesn't connect

6.2

Smith to Fazal, 1 run, leans across to drive to cover point

6.3

Smith to Watson, 2 runs, really full in length, driven to long-on where RP makes a mess of a regulation stop. Gilchrist has a few words to say to his team-mate

6.4

Smith to Watson, 1 run, full in length, around the middle, driven to long-on

6.5

Smith to Fazal, no run, leans forward to defend to cover

6.6

Smith to Fazal, 1 run, full in length, swung to deep midwicket

End of over 7 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 53/2 (RR: 7.57)

    • FY Fazal 13 (14b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 19 (13b 2x6)
    • DR Smith 2-0-15-0
    • A Symonds 1-0-11-0
7.1

Ojha to Fazal, FOUR, quickish, short-of-length delivery on the middle stump but Fazal plays a nice little paddle shot to backward square-leg boundary. Nice little swat

7.2

Ojha to Fazal, 1 run, driven through the on side

7.3

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, shortish again, another one going on with the arm, pulled to deep midwicket

7.4

Ojha to Fazal, 1 run, around the off stump line, pushed to short third man ...

7.5

Ojha to Watson, FOUR, another shortish delivery, he is bowling the same delivery to Watto who this time finds the gap between deep midwicket and long-on. Fiercely pulled.

7.6

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, slows up the pace finally, around off stump, turning away, forced to long-on

End of over 8 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 65/2 (RR: 8.12)

    • SR Watson 25 (16b 1x4 2x6)
    • FY Fazal 19 (17b 2x4)
    • PP Ojha 1-0-12-0
    • DR Smith 2-0-15-0
8.1

Harris to Watson, 1 run, length delivery around 133 kmph, on the middle, tucked towards square-leg

8.2

Harris to Fazal, 1 run, around off stump line, tapped to short third man

8.3

Harris to Watson, FOUR, overpitched outside off stump, hit-me ball, and Watson crashes it to cover point boundary

8.4

Harris to Watson, 1 run, heaves this one towards long-on .. mistimes it

8.5

Harris to Fazal, 1 run, short in length outside off stump, punched to wide third man

8.6

Harris to Watson, 2 runs, low full toss, punched away to left of long-on for couple of runs

End of over 9 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/2 (RR: 8.33)

    • SR Watson 33 (20b 2x4 2x6)
    • FY Fazal 21 (19b 2x4)
    • RJ Harris 2-0-16-0
    • PP Ojha 1-0-12-0
9.1

Symonds to Fazal, 2 runs, around off stump line, driven wide of long-off

9.2

Symonds to Fazal, no run, on the leg stump line, slower one, pushed towards mid-off

9.3

Symonds to Fazal, 1 run, goes down the track and heaves it down to long-on

9.4

Symonds to Watson, 1 run, yet another slower one, a ugly heave from Watto gets the ball down to long-on

9.5

Symonds to Fazal, 2 runs, run out chance missed. It was pushed towards backward point .. Azhar bilakhia hurls the throw to Symonds .. awkward bounce and he doesn't collect it cleanly and breaks the stumps with his hands. Look pa no ball!

9.6

Symonds to Fazal, 1 run, pushed through the on side for a single

End of over 10 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 82/2 (RR: 8.20)

    • FY Fazal 27 (24b 2x4)
    • SR Watson 34 (21b 2x4 2x6)
    • A Symonds 2-0-18-0
    • RJ Harris 2-0-16-0
10.1

Ojha to Fazal, 1 run, goes down the track and drags it to deep midwicket

10.2

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, stays back to force this to long-on

10.3

Ojha to Fazal, FOUR, skips down the track, Ojha had slowed up the pace and floated it outside off, Fazal adjusts and plays a neat square drive to point boundary

10.4

Ojha to Fazal, 2 byes, goes for the reverse sweep, misses and it goes just down the leg side ... Gilchrist doesn't come across. mistake from him

10.5

Ojha to Fazal, FOUR, moves down the track and lofts it well to the right of long-on fielder

10.6

Ojha to Fazal, OUT, holes out to deep midwicket. Fazal was looking for some quick runs here;' he again moved down the track but ended up dragging the ball straight to deep midwicket

FY Fazal c Bilakhia b Ojha 36 (29b 4x4 0x6) SR: 124.13

End of over 11 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 94/3 (RR: 8.54)

    • SR Watson 35 (22b 2x4 2x6)
    • PP Ojha 2-0-22-1
    • A Symonds 2-0-18-0
11.1

Harmeet Singh to Pathan, no run, the slow bouncer outside off stump, Yusuf tries to upper cut it but makes no contact

11.2

Harmeet Singh to Pathan, 2 runs, cuts in towards middle, tapped to midwicket .. no one there .. by the time the man rushes in from the deep they take two runs

11.3

Harmeet Singh to Pathan, 1 run, length delivery around off, punched away to the off side

11.4

Harmeet Singh to Watson, 2 runs, full in length, dragged past square-leg for two runs

11.5

Harmeet Singh to Watson, 1 run, slower one, mistimes the heave to mid-on

11.6

Harmeet Singh to Pathan, 1 run, length delivery just outside off, pushed to left of mid-off

Engee: "I don't understand why Harris would be selected ahead of Vass, who is a proven candidate and given Deccan so many early breakthroughs from the limited outings he has had."

End of over 12 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 101/3 (RR: 8.41)

    • YK Pathan 4 (4b)
    • SR Watson 38 (24b 2x4 2x6)
    • Harmeet Singh 2-0-19-0
    • PP Ojha 2-0-22-1
12.1

Harris to Pathan, 1 run, short in length, on the middle and leg, worked past square-leg

12.2

Harris to Watson, 1 run, on the middle stump line, pushed to the on side

12.3

Harris to Pathan, no run, lifting delivery on the middle stump, Yusuf stabs it to the on side .. bit unconvincingly

12.4

Harris to Pathan, OUT, Short ball gets Yusuf. Again. He moved outside leg, Harris follows him with a short ball, not a bouncer but dug in short, and Yusuf shovels it to backward point.

YK Pathan c Laxman b Harris 5 (7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

12.5

Harris to Jhunjhunwala, FOUR, edged but just wide of the diving Gilly. It was a sharp lifting delivery around off, stabbed to right of Gilchrist who dives but cant' reach it

12.6

Harris to Jhunjhunwala, no run, jabbed away to the off side

End of over 13 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 107/4 (RR: 8.23)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 4 (2b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 39 (25b 2x4 2x6)
    • RJ Harris 3-0-22-1
    • Harmeet Singh 2-0-19-0

Narayan: "See this is what happens when you spend like a million dollars on a fast bowler..read Kemar Roach... who is not even tested. You can't play him because he goes for runs. You can't see him sit in the bench because that's a costly way to warm the bench!"

13.1

Ojha to Watson, 1 wide, starts the over with a wide

13.1

Ojha to Watson, 2 runs, gets forward to turn it to the on side

13.2

Ojha to Watson, 1 run, leans forward to heave the delivery from the off stump line to long-on

13.3

Ojha to Jhunjhunwala, 2 runs, leans forward to tap it past square-leg ..

13.4

Ojha to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, works this to left of deep cover for a single

13.5

Ojha to Watson, SIX, almost caught at long-off. It was lifted towards the boundary where Symonds leaps but ends up palming it over. Fab effort from Symonds who tried his best but couldn't hold on ..

13.6

Ojha to Watson, 2 runs, worked to midwicket region

Time out

End of over 14 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 122/4 (RR: 8.71)

    • SR Watson 50 (29b 2x4 3x6)
    • AA Jhunjhunwala 7 (4b 1x4)
    • PP Ojha 3-0-37-1
    • RJ Harris 3-0-22-1
14.1

Singh to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, short in length outside off, cut to deep point

14.2

Singh to Watson, 1 run, short in length, heaved through the on side

14.3

Singh to Jhunjhunwala, 1 run, full in length around off stump, pushed out to cover

14.4

Singh to Watson, no run, almost yorker length outside off stump, dug out to the off-side of the pitch

14.5

Singh to Watson, 1 run, length delivery around off, pushed down to long-off

14.6

Singh to Jhunjhunwala, 2 runs, full in length, around off stump line, driven wide of sweeper cover

End of over 15 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 128/4 (RR: 8.53)

    • AA Jhunjhunwala 11 (7b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 52 (32b 2x4 3x6)
    • RP Singh 3-0-11-2
    • PP Ojha 3-0-37-1
15.1

Harmeet Singh to Watson, 1 wide, low full toss outside leg stump, wide

15.1

Harmeet Singh to Watson, 1 run, slower one, full toss on the leg stump, Watson misses out as he drags it to deep square-leg fielder

15.2

Harmeet Singh to Jhunjhunwala, OUT, length delivery, slower one outside off, Jhunjhunwala reaches out and cuts it to gully.

AA Jhunjhunwala c Laxman b Harmeet Singh 11 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

Chaitanya: "Why are the Deccan Chargers picking Laxman?? It is very difficult for me to attribute a reason to justify his selection."

15.3

Harmeet Singh to Raut, no run, leans forward to drive to the off side where Rohit gets across from covers and dives but misses. Symonds dives to his left at mid-on to stop it ..

15.4

Harmeet Singh to Raut, no run, slower one outside off stump, beaten, trying to push it to the third -man region

15.5

Harmeet Singh to Raut, OUT, Done in by another slower one. Double strike. Raut goes down on his knee and tries to pull it away but is beaten by the lack of pace. Trapped in front.

AS Raut lbw b Harmeet Singh 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

15.6

Harmeet Singh to Warne, no run, another slower one, jabbed out to the on side

End of over 16 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 130/6 (RR: 8.12)

    • SK Warne 0 (1b)
    • SR Watson 53 (33b 2x4 3x6)
    • Harmeet Singh 3-0-21-2
    • RP Singh 3-0-11-2
16.1

Singh to Watson, 1 run, outside off stump, chopped away

16.2

Singh to Warne, 1 run, almost caught at backward point by ROhit. The batsman edges the off drive and it flies low to left of Rohit ..

16.3

Singh to Watson, FOUR, short delivery and Watson fetches it from outside off stump and crashes it to left of deep midwicket where Dwayne SMith seemed to have covered it but ends up pushing it to the boundary

16.4

Singh to Watson, OUT, the slower bouncer, around 115 kmph, Watson mistimes his pull shot to deep square-leg. Watson falls after an entertaining fifty. He did give a few chances, though.

SR Watson c Anirudh Singh b Singh 58 (36b 3x4 3x6) SR: 161.11

16.5

Singh to Warne, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, Warne, who has been pretty awful with the bat so far, has a lame poke at it and is beaten

16.6

Singh to Warne, no run, Almost another wicket for RP. Warne tries to dab a length delivery to the on side and gets a leading edge .. the ball spoons up say to short mid-off region but falls safely

End of over 17 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 136/7 (RR: 8.00)

    • SK Warne 1 (4b)
    • M Morkel 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-17-3
    • Harmeet Singh 3-0-21-2
17.1

Harmeet Singh to Morkel, FOUR, outside off stump, chopped away to backward point boundary.

17.2

Harmeet Singh to Morkel, no run, pushes this one to covers

17.3

Harmeet Singh to Morkel, no run, slower one from round the stumps, Morne has a big swing but misses. . the ball tails past the leg stump

17.4

Harmeet Singh to Morkel, OUT, Warne is run out. It was pushed towards backward point where RP fires in a direct hit at the striker's end

SK Warne run out 1 (4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

17.5

Harmeet Singh to Dole, no run, slow bouncer outside off stump, left alone

17.6

Harmeet Singh to Dole, no run, 130 kmph bouncer and Gilly collects

End of over 18 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 140/8 (RR: 7.77)

    • AP Dole 0 (2b)
    • M Morkel 4 (4b 1x4)
    • Harmeet Singh 4-0-25-2
    • RP Singh 4-0-17-3
18.1

Harris to Morkel, 1 run, full in length, pushed out to mid-off

18.2

Harris to Dole, FOUR, serves a short delivery which has been pulled by Aditya to the backward square-leg boundary

18.3

Harris to Dole, OUT, full in length, slower one, outside off, scooped out towards short cover where Symonds dives forward to take a good catch

AP Dole c Symonds b Harris 4 (4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

18.4

Harris to Trivedi, 3 wides, pushes it down the leg side. Gilly is slightly slow in getting across and doesn't collect cleanly

18.4

Harris to Trivedi, no run, moves outside leg and drives straight to Ojha at mid-off

18.5

Harris to Trivedi, no run, short in length outside off, tries to cut to third man but makes no contact

18.6

Harris to Trivedi, FOUR, moves outside leg stump and crashes the full delivery to cover point boundary

End of over 19 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 152/9 (RR: 8.00)

    • SK Trivedi 4 (3b 1x4)
    • M Morkel 5 (5b 1x4)
    • RJ Harris 4-0-34-2
    • Harmeet Singh 4-0-25-2

Greg: "Just made 200 pounds on a bet that Warne would get run out. He has been run out in almost every match. Easy cash!"

19.1

Smith to Morkel, 1 run, mistimes the pull shot towards long-on and it drops safely

19.2

Smith to Trivedi, 1 run, full pitched on the leg stump line, whipped away to the on side

19.3

Smith to Morkel, 1 run, full pitched around off, edges the off drive to short fine-leg

19.4

Smith to Trivedi, FOUR, full delivery outside off , goes for the big off drive and ends up slicing it over short third man!

19.5

Smith to Trivedi, OUT, Rajasthan bowled out for 159. Really full delivery on the leg stump line, the bat is late in coming down and the ball goes on to claim the leg stump

SK Trivedi b Smith 9 (6b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150.00

A strange meandering almost low-quality effort so far from Rajasthan. However, Watson's fifty has pushed them to 159. Can it be defended? Join us in a short while to find out.

Gokul: "Given the way DC is playing, 160 is quite competitive."

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