Player of the Match
Player of the Match

That brings us to the end of the league stage of the IPL. About the 9th or 10th game, I was wondering that we had a mountain to climb, but it has sped past pretty quickly, this season. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the playoff games later. Cheers

Dwayne Smith is the Man of the Match. Smith: "It was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. I have been opening for some time now, it was not new for me. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now."

Dravid: "162 was not a bad score. We needed early wickets but when batsmen like Smith get going, it is tough. A lot of positives this season. I am going to spend some time at home, I have enjoyed it here. It has been good fun. I will relax and see how life is out of cricket. I will take a call when I have to."

Harbhajan: "We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for Tendulkar. Gibbs has done well in a few innings, Smith did well today. Our fielding was probably slightly better than what RR did today. We wanted to come out here and give it our best shot, and we did."

Highest opening stand in the IPL this, beating the 159 put on by CSK's Michael Hussey and M Vijay against RCB in 2011. And Rajasthan's record of having never failed to defend 160 and above is broken

Rajasthan began the season with a flurry of wins, but they ended with nine losses, only two less than Deccan Chargers. Too much is made of them punching above their weight, but they have never quite consistently challenged the more powerful sides

Sumon: "What an amazing coincidence that 20 May 2011, Rajasthan beat Mumbai by 10 wickets at home!"

Ramprashad: "CSK's record of reaching the play-off's in all IPL's is still alive and kicking ! Will it ever break?"

18.1
1w
Watson to Smith, 1 wide, and it is over with a wide down the leg side

END OF OVER:
18 | 7 Runs | MI: 162/0 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 0.50)

  • Dwayne Smith87 (58b)
  • Sachin Tendulkar58 (51b)
  • Shaun Tait4-0-40-0
  • Shane Watson3-0-16-0

This is the highest opening stand in the IPL now, and probably the most fortuitous one too

17.6
1
Tait to Smith, 1 run, Tait tries another yorker, Smith scrambles to get it towards mid on
17.5
2
Tait to Smith, 2 runs, tries the yorker, Smith almost falls over as he sends it through square leg
17.4
1
Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, pitched up ball neatly driven with a bit of an open face, mid off stops it with a dive
17.3
1
Tait to Smith, 1 run, inside edge onto pads, rolls on to the leg side
17.2
1
Tait to Tendulkar, 1 run, whips a very full one swinging in on middle to midwicket
17.1
1
Tait to Smith, 1 run, another mistimed stroke as Smith goes hard at this one, falls short of sweeper cover, Tendulkar wanted two, had to turn back, would still have been gone had keeper gathered the throw, if he had

END OF OVER:
17 | 6 Runs | MI: 155/0 (8 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.11, RRR: 2.66)

  • Sachin Tendulkar56 (49b)
  • Dwayne Smith82 (54b)
  • Shane Watson3-0-16-0
  • Siddharth Trivedi4-0-37-0
16.6
4
Watson to Tendulkar, FOUR runs, and some response from Tendulkar, he gets forward to a pitched up delivery and times it past sweeper cover
16.5
0
Watson to Tendulkar, no run, Watson still manages to produce a ripper, angled in, pitching around off on a length, and straightens to beat the open face of the bat
16.4
0
Watson to Tendulkar, no run, goes for the yorker, squeezed out from around off to midwicket
16.3
1
Watson to Smith, 1 run, length ball awkwardly pushed past the non-striker to long on
16.2
0
Watson to Smith, no run, misses the work on the leg side off the pad
16.1
1
Watson to Tendulkar, 1 run, dabs a wide delivery in the air down to third man

END OF OVER:
16 | 9 Runs | MI: 149/0 (14 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.31, RRR: 3.50)

  • Dwayne Smith81 (52b)
  • Sachin Tendulkar51 (45b)
  • Siddharth Trivedi4-0-37-0
  • Brad Hogg4-0-30-0
15.6
0
Trivedi to Smith, no run, ducks under a shortish one
15.5
4
Trivedi to Smith, FOUR runs, Smith sticks to his method, the same shot produced a top edge and a reprieve last ball, this time he wrists it powerfully behind square leg
15.4
2
Trivedi to Smith, 2 runs, i have lost count of the top-edges today, this is probably the 37th, maybe the 41st, and Rajasthan have put down another catch, can't even call it that, Tait was nowhere near the ball as he dived in vain as it came down

uday: "It has truely been a D-day... Duminy, Dale, Deccan, Dhoni, Dhawal and now Dwanye."

15.3
1
Trivedi to Tendulkar, 1 run, shuffles a long way across and turns it wide of fine leg
15.2
1lb
Trivedi to Smith, 1 leg bye, worked off the pads square on leg