164dThe Report by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Chandila hat-trick keeps Rajasthan in race

When Rahul Dravid was asked at the toss to name the changes to his line-up, he paused for a few seconds before giving up trying to recollect the second spinner. Ajit Chandila ensured that his captain and the rest of the world weren't going to forget his n

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

AM Rahane
61(47) 7x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 29 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 8 5 1 24 6 4 13
SR Watson
58(31) 6x4 - 4x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 27 runs
  • 2x4 - 2x6
0 0 4 6 0 9 18 21

Best performances - Bowlers

A Chandila
O4
M0
R13
W4
Eco3.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
A Nehra
O4
M0
R23
W3
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Siddarth Ravindran

END OF OVER:
20 | 9 Runs | PWI: 125/9 (46 runs required, RR: 6.25)

  • A Nehra9 (8b)
  • M Kartik8 (9b)
  • STR Binny2-0-17-0
  • SW Tait4-0-25-1

Pune equal the record for most consecutive defeats in IPL, their eighth in a row, and today's defeat was their worst margin in IPL.

Here's the latest points table.

Shane Watson: "Everybody performed today. We've got a well-balanced unit, we've got some firepower, Tait with his pace, Botha is a high-class spinner, Rahane is batting beautifully. We need to put another complete game against Deccan."

D Ramapriya: "Angelo Mathews at # 7? LOL"

Ben has some sympathy for Pune: "Poor PWI... they not being in the auction has affected their strength just too much..."

Raghavendra: "Poor mathews! Whatever the type of cricket he struck with the tailenders."

Matt: "RR has the best combination of 4 overseas player - Watson (Best all-rounder alongside Kallis), Hodge (Best T20 batsman atleast on domestic 20-20 circuit), Botha (One of the most cunning/smart T20 spinner) and Tait (One of the few genuine fast bowler)...I really hope they qualify for the knock outs !!!"

Jeff: "So with this defeat, PWI lose 8 in a row, matched only with KKR's 8 defeats in row back in South Africa in 2009. No need to point out the common factor or need I??" Murali Kartik? :)

Sumantrasarathi Datta notes: "The spinners made all the difference: PWI: 7-0-70-0 RR: 8-0-38-6."

Presentation ceremony:

Botha: Rahane has a great cricketing brain, and he was moving closer to me, that was probably the maximum I could have thrown. Rahane: I was thinking about the possibility of the catch.

Ganguly: "It's hard to go down like this. I hope it is a learning experience for us. We've got some injuries, this is what is available, we have tried to pick the best possible team. I've never seen Chandila bowling before, he's a bit slower in the air. Wonderful result for him."

Dravid: "We are playing some good cricket and we are keeping our hopes alive. It is fantastic for me to see what the youngsters in the team have done." He says Chandila's nickname is 'doorknob'.

Chandila is the Man of the Match. "I was waiting for a chance for a long time. It was a crucial match for us, the pressure was on me. I called Narendra Hirwani for advice once I learnt I am going to play today, he gave me plenty of confidence, as did Dravid. This is just the start, there is still a way to go to complete my dream."

That's that from the first game of the day, Rajasthan stay alive, can Punjab also keep pace? Join our comms for Deccan v Punjab here.

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19.6
4
Binny to Nehra, FOUR runs, length ball angling in, thick outside edge past the keeper for four, Rajasthan don't care, they have won by 45 runs and move to 14 points to stay in the race
19.5
0
Binny to Nehra, no run, Nehra shuffles across and looks to pull that towards square leg but misses, struck on the pad outside off
19.4
2
Binny to Nehra, 2 runs, whips a full ball towards midwicket, lands short of the fielder there, Nehra rushes back for the second, not often I will get to type that phrase
19.3
1
Binny to Kartik, 1 run, scythed towards sweeper cover for a single
19.2
1
Binny to Nehra, 1 run, length ball on middle and leg, batsman backs away and drives to long-off
19.1
1
Binny to Kartik, 1 run, short of length ball on leg stump, worked towards the cover

Binny to bowl the easiest of final overs

Warriors 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st3SC GangulyJD Ryder
2nd0SC GangulyRV Uthappa
3rd8RV UthappaAP Majumdar
4th15CJ FergusonAP Majumdar
5th34CJ FergusonSPD Smith
6th29AD MathewsSPD Smith
7th17AD MathewsB Kumar
8th4M KartikAD Mathews
9th2M KartikR Sharma
10th13M KartikA Nehra
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