143dThe Bulletin by Mathew Varghese

Yusuf powers Rajasthan into semi-finals

A disciplined performance with the ball, followed by a counterattacking blitz from Yusuf Pathan, sealed a six-wicket win at Eden Gardens for the Rajasthan Royals

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

YK Pathan
48(18) 5x4 - 3x6
Control %75%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 17 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
0 8 4 0 4 1 6 25
M Kaif
34(31) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 21 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
0 0 2 7 10 5 6 4

Best performances - Bowlers

Sohail Tanvir
O4
M0
R26
W3
Eco6.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MM Patel
O4
M1
R22
W2
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Kolkata appeared to have the upper hand when Ganguly castled Watson but a Nor'wester called Yusuf struck at Eden after that. He rode his luck and came up with a priceless 18-ball 48. Kaif supported him and they cantered home in the end, ensuring their place in the last four.

Kolkata are still not totally out but there hopes of entering the semi-finals have slimmed considerably. The crowd backed them throughout but were silenced by some fantastic hitting at the end.

Sourav Ganguly: "We haven't played well right throughout. We had stops and starts and today the better side won. We were 20 runs short. We didn't bowl well as a group but Yusuf played well. A wicket at that stage would have helped but he took it away."

Shane Warne: "We got a bit of momentum going and we showed a lot of character today. Kaifee showed what a class player he is, we wanted to push him up the order. Yusuf is having such a fantastic tournament. We wanted to change the bowlers around in the first six overs, didn't want them to settle down and I think that made the difference."

Man-of-the-Match Yusuf Pathan: "I felt great that this was a chance to take the team out of trouble. I wanted to win the match from the pressure situation. I want to play my natural game and hit the ball clean."

So that's it from here. Hope you enjoyed our coverage and join us for more tomorrow. From Siddhartha Vaidyanathan and Raju, goodnight and good luck.

16.3
6
Umar Gul to Pathan, SIX runs, what a way to finish! Yusuf has done it in style, chips it way over square leg for a big six, he's turned this match around in a trice and stands at the non-striker's end and flexes his muscles at his team-mates. They've plucked the chestnuts out of the fire here. In the semi-finals for sure now, Rajasthan. And they truly deserve to be the first team to do so.
16.2
4
Umar Gul to Pathan, FOUR runs, ripper, round the wicket and short again, he stands and pulls with serious power, steaming through midwicket for four, what a tournament he's having
16.2
1w
Umar Gul to Pathan, 1 wide, another one, short again and down leg, Gul is probably trying too hard to bounce him here, Yusuf waits and watches
16.2
1w
Umar Gul to Pathan, 1 wide, short and wide outside leg, Yusuf doesn't need to touch that (though he tries to pull), wide called
16.1
4
Umar Gul to Pathan, FOUR runs, backs away and inside out loft over extra cover for four, Yusuf can't do anything wrong tonight, bounces at extra cover and goes for four

Gul back but it may not make any difference

END OF OVER:
16 | 6 Runs | RR: 134/4 (14 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.37, RRR: 3.50)

  • Mohammad Kaif34 (31b)
  • Yusuf Pathan34 (15b)
  • Ishant Sharma3-0-23-1
  • Ashok Dinda4-0-32-0
15.6
2
Sharma to Kaif, 2 runs, rocks back and pushes through covers, and they've scampered two again, how can Kolkata allow that, the fielder is slow and the throw isn't too straight, Kaif is speeding as if it's his last game, Rajasthan are taking the mickey out of Kolkata here, Eden has been silenced
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    A disciplined performance with the ball, followed by a counterattacking blitz from Yusuf Pathan, sealed a six-wicket win at Eden Gardens for the Rajasthan Royals

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st16GC SmithSA Asnodkar
2nd26GC SmithSohail Tanvir
3rd0M KaifGC Smith
4th27M KaifSR Watson
5th81M KaifYK Pathan