Player of the Match
Player of the Match
179dThe Bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

Watson helps Rajasthan march into final

This was Shane Watson's match. Imposing himself on the first semi-final, he boosted Rajasthan Royals with an electric fifty before rattling Delhi Daredevils' top order with an outstanding opening spell

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
SR Watson
52(29) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
5 0 5 0 0 1 17 24
YK Pathan
45(21) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 14 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
4 0 1 1 0 5 22 12

Best performances - Bowlers

SR Watson
SR Watson
O3
M0
R10
W3
Eco3.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MM Patel
O4
M0
R17
W3
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

11.25 pm: Rajasthan have annihilated Delhi. The margin is a whopping 105 runs. Rajasthan pummeled them with the bat, scoring 192 and then routed them for 87 in only the 17th over. Rajasthan were in the in-form team going into this match and they brushed aside Delhi with ease.

Smith and Asnodkar got them off to a cracking start and then Watson and Yusuf provided the big hits towards the middle and the end of the innings. Delhi's chase hinged on Sehwag and Gambhir but Watson's opening spell, during which he picked up Delhi's top three, finished the game as a contest. Warne was a treat to watch, he was turning the ball square and the batsmen had no clue how to counter him.

The only blot on Rajasthan's victory was the injury to Smith, who strained his hamstring while running. I wonder if he will be fit enough for the final.

"Its a terrible way to go out for Delhi! Even Bangalore might have done a better job here at bowing out!" says Vaidya. The 105-run margin is the second highest in the IPL.

Sehwag: "I think Rajasthan played well and beat us in all departments. I thought 160-170 was easily achievable but Waston, Smith and Pathan took the target beyond that. We didn't get good start, if Gautam and I had played a little longer it might have been different."

Warne: "We asked the guys for a big effort today. Congratulations to Delhi and to McGrath, copping one on the finger in the end. But congratulations to our guys. The IPL is important to everyone of our players. We didn't need to say anything, everyone was up for it. There's always room for improvement. We could have got 10-15 more runs."

The Man of the Match is a no brainer, Shane Watson for his 52 off 29 balls and his spell of 3 for 10 off three overs.

Rajasthan Royals will wait for the result of tomorrow's semi-final between Punjab and Chennai to know who they will face on Sunday. Siddhartha Vaidyanathan will bring you that match, it begins at 8.00 pm local time. For now, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

16.1
W
Jadeja to Mohammad Asif, OUT, a bizarre run out it's all over, Rajasthan are in the finals! Asif worked the ball off his pads towards short fine leg, McGrath had run a long way down the pitch and the fielder threw the ball towards the bowlers end, McGrath made his ground and the ball was backed up by Yusuf, he saw that Asif was taking it easy at the striker's end and had wandered out of his crease, Yusuf fired the throw in to Rawat who calmly broke the stumps with Asif just short of his crease

Mohammad Asif run out (Pathan/†Rawat) 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Jadeja is the bowler.

END OF OVER:
16 | 5 Runs 1 Wkt | DC: 87/9 (106 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.43, RRR: 26.50)

  • Glenn McGrath4 (3b)
  • Mohammad Asif3 (4b)
  • Munaf Patel4-0-17-3
  • Shane Warne4-0-21-2
15.6
0
Patel to McGrath, no run, another short ball this time outside off, McGrath lets it go easily and then walks down the pitch towards Munaf, can't really make put what he's saying
15.5
0
Patel to McGrath, no run, Munaf pins McGrath on to the back foot with a short ball, he defends on the back foot rather awkwardly, Warne's smiling, McGrath got hit on the glove and is in a bit of pain
15.4
4
Patel to McGrath, FOUR runs, he's scored! McGrath fends at a short of a length ball and gets an edge on it, the ball runs past the keeper towards the fine leg boundary

McGrath has faced two balls in the tournament and is yet to score.

15.3
1
Patel to Mohammad Asif, 1 run, Asif gets an inside edge past the stumps for single

McGrath is the last man.

15.2
W
Patel to Mahesh, OUT, the ninth falls! Yomahesh takes a walk down and tries to hook a short ball from Munaf, he misses and the ball smacks into his shoulder and lobs up towards Rawat who takes the catch, Rajasthan appeal and Rudi nods after a delay, he isn't sure initially but then tentatively raises the finger

VY Mahesh c †Rawat b Patel 3 (10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 30.00

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Daredevils 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st10G GambhirV Sehwag
2nd13G GambhirS Dhawan
3rd1S DhawanMK Tiwary
4th4TM DilshanMK Tiwary
5th27TM DilshanKD Karthik
6th20TM DilshanMF Maharoof
7th1TM DilshanA Mishra
8th1A MishraVY Mahesh
9th5Mohammad AsifVY Mahesh
10th5GD McGrathMohammad Asif