55dThe Bulletin by Mathew Varghese

Marsh century conquers Rajasthan

Kings XI Punjab's top order powered their team to a 41-run win in a dead-rubber top-of-the-table clash in Mohali

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SE Marsh
115(69) 11x4 - 7x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 49 runs
  • 5x4 - 3x6
4 2 8 0 29 20 29 23
NK Patel
57(39) 10x4 - 0x6
Control %77%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 6 10 8 8 5 7 13

Best performances - Bowlers

PP Chawla
O4
M0
R35
W3
Eco8.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
JR Hopes
O3
M0
R29
W2
Eco9.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Rajasthan Royals , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00

Match days

28 May 2008 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Points

Kings XI Punjab 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

END OF OVER:
20 | 2 Runs | RR: 180/7 (42 runs required, RR: 9.00)

  • Pankaj Singh1 (5b)
  • M Rawat23 (19b)
  • IK Pathan4-0-10-1
  • JR Hopes3-0-29-2

It's a 41-run win for Punjab. Priety is out there hugging the boys. She might as well have hugged them in the half time. Rajasthan will rue the poor start they had. Maybe the big hitters could have come out earlier. Niraj played a good hand and Yusuf blasted a few into the crowds but it was always going to be a near-impossible target to hunt down. Punjab will go into the semi-finals high on confidence and if they meet this team in the final, might just start as marginal favourites. However, Shane Warne would like to look at it the other way around: how his second-string side competed against a strong Punjab outfit.

Shane Watson: "Shaun Marsh batted beautifully. When he's going like that, he's really hard to stop. We thought maybe 200 would be gettable but the last five cost us. Yusuf and Akmal batted beautifully to get us as close as possible. We didn't get off to the best start but it wasn't today. But those guys in the middle order did really well. We need to make sure we do what we're thinking in our minds and concentrating for the semi-final."

Yuvraj Singh: "Good to hit the ball. I took a little time and was timing it well. Hats off to Marshy, he took it away. Hopesy was looking really good and did well with both bat and ball. Our combination is right for the semi-finals. We have enough bowlers and allrounders."

Shaun Marsh: "My best innings in the tournament definitely. I'm really enjoying being out in the middle. Playing in the IPL is a fantastic experience for me. Looking forward to the big game in Mumbai. I try and go ball by ball, if it's there hit it, if not, look for the single. Pretty basic philosophy. Me and Hopes tried to get the team off to as quickly a start as possible. And it worked today. I've spoken to my dad (Geoff Marsh) a few times in this tournament and he's a happy man."

Hope you enjoyed this blockbuster of a game. Thanks for joining us. This is Siddhartha Vaidyanathan signing off from Cricinfo. Good night and good luck.

19.6
0
Pathan to Pankaj Singh, no run, tight till the finish, full and outside off, Pankaj charges down the track but can't make contact. Just two off the last over, now that's bizarre.
19.5
0
Pathan to Pankaj Singh, no run, slower one this time, 111.9kph, another swing and another miss, it misses off stump too
19.4
0
Pathan to Pankaj Singh, no run, fine yorker, pushed back to the bowler

round the wicket

19.3
0
Pathan to Pankaj Singh, no run, keeps low this time, just misses the off stump and Pankaj's wild swing meets air
19.2
1
Pathan to Rawat, 1 run, slower one this time, tries to blast it over midwicket but the leading edge pops towards mid-on, they scamper through
19.1
1
Pathan to Pankaj Singh, 1 run, 44 off the last over, yorker outside off, dug out towards short midwicket for one

Amar: "I think Yusuf, Yuvraj and Marsh should try playing some golf. Tiger's place would definetly be under scrutiny had these guys were inspired by Gary Player instead of Kapil Dev."

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st5M KaifNK Patel
2nd24NK PatelYounis Khan
3rd49NK PatelSR Watson
4th21SR WatsonYK Pathan
5th33Kamran AkmalYK Pathan
6th39YK PathanM Rawat
7th7M RawatD Salunkhe
8th2M RawatPankaj Singh