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

  • Pankaj Singh1 (5b)
  • Mahesh Rawat23 (19b)
  • Irfan Pathan4-0-10-1
  • James 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."

END OF OVER:
19 | 7 Runs 2 Wkts | RR: 178/7 (44 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.36, RRR: 44.00)

  • Mahesh Rawat22 (18b)
  • James Hopes3-0-29-2
  • Vikram Singh4-0-32-0
18.6
W
Hopes to Salunkhe, OUT, and another, short ball but that was rising on him, too quick for Salunkhe and he can only get a skier as he tries to pull, high in the air but Hopes ensures he has it covered.

D Salunkhe c & b Hopes 6 (4m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

18.5
2
Hopes to Salunkhe, 2 runs, slower one this time, pummeled towards square leg, Marsh dives and keeps them to two
18.4
4
Hopes to Salunkhe, FOUR runs, walks across and paddles that over short fine leg, he loves this shot, falls in the follow through but the result makes him smile
18.3
1lb
Hopes to Rawat, 1 leg bye, tries a paddle sweep past short fine leg but can't make contact
18.2
0
Hopes to Rawat, no run, yorker again, makes a clumsy attempt to dig it out and tries a single, he's a few feet down when Hopes runs up and tries to run him out, the batsman strangely offers Hopes a full view of the stumps but he misses

Salunkhe is in.

18.1
W
Hopes to Pathan, OUT, End of hopes, he's swung that to square leg and Marsh has pulled off a fine catch, diving forward and latching on clean, not that well timed from Yusuf this time. Hopes seals it

YK Pathan c Marsh b Hopes 39 (36m 15b 3x4 3x6) SR: 260.00

Priety checking both her mobiles. What better time to do it?

END OF OVER:
18 | 10 Runs | RR: 171/5 (51 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 25.50)

  • Mahesh Rawat22 (16b)
  • Yusuf Pathan39 (14b)
  • Vikram Singh4-0-32-0
  • James Hopes2-0-23-0
17.6
4
Singh to Rawat, FOUR runs, whoa! full and outside off, backs off and pelts that through extra-cover for four, that was like an oxygen pipe in a gas chamber, keeps Rajasthan barely alive. Now it's Yusuf time

55 off 14

17.5
0
Singh to Rawat, no run, dot again, full and driven straight back to the bowler

Has Rawat messed it up?

17.4
2
Singh to Rawat, 2 runs, lofted over midwicket but can't get the timing right, they get a couple and you can either see it as a good result or a bad one
17.3
4
Singh to Rawat, FOUR runs, that's more like it, straight and full, lofted over the bowler and it runs away for four, dive from long-on but he can't make it
17.2
0
Singh to Rawat, no run, full and wide, he's missed again, oh dear, Yusuf at the other end and you get beaten outside off, having said that good pace from VRV
17.1
0
Singh to Rawat, no run, full yorker from VRV, he tries to back away and cut but no bat on that

END OF OVER:
17 | 15 Runs | RR: 161/5 (61 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.47, RRR: 20.33)

  • Mahesh Rawat12 (10b)
  • Yusuf Pathan39 (14b)
  • James Hopes2-0-23-0
  • Vikram Singh3-0-22-0
16.6
1
Hopes to Rawat, 1 run, full and on pads, squirted away to fine leg for a single
16.5
1
Hopes to Pathan, 1 run, that's a good yorker, on leg stump, 130kph, pushed towards short midwicket, and it's a single, asking rate shoots up
16.4
4
Hopes to Pathan, FOUR runs, full again, and he's thundered that through midwicket, Powar dives but he can't beat the pace of this one, he's striking them from the sweet spot, another four, peanuts boss peanuts

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

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
RR14113220.632
KXIP14104200.509
CSK148616-0.192
DC1476150.342
MI1477140.57
KKR146713-0.147
RCB144108-1.16
DC142124-0.467