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Best performances - Batsmen

R Dravid
66(48) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 26 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
5 10 2 8 13 4 3 21
KP Pietersen
32(30) 4x4 - 0x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 4 2 0 8 3 5 10

Best performances - Bowlers

A Kumble
O3.1
M1
R5
W5
Eco1.57
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mascarenhas
O4
M0
R20
W3
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

17.10 start, First Session 17.10-18.45, Interval 18.45-19.00, Second Session 19.00-20.25

Match days

18 April 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

This is a mauling. 134 was supposed to be competitive, but it proved way more than adequate in this case as Rajasthan surrendered meekly. Kumble was the star, but the damage had been done much earlier with Praveen Kumar providing the early breakthroughs, and Ryder chipping in with a couple. Both the finalists from last year have been beaten today, and the change in conditions has set up a slightly different IPL this time around, with the contest between bat and ball being much more closely fought than it was in it's last edition.

This is now the second-lowest score in Twenty20 cricket, and the lowest in the IPL. The score, at the moment, is yet to be updated on the page, but you'll get a list of some of the other abject batting performances. Anil Kumble joins a fairly long list of bowlers who've taken five-fors in Twenty20 cricket.

There's still time left for the presentation, but wouldn't Rahul Dravid be a fair pick for Man of the Match? Kumble did take five wickets, but Bangalore well in front by the time he came on.

Presentation time. Ravi Shastri, as often during the IPL, is a little louder than he normally is.

Shane Warne: "It was pretty disappointing. As champions, we wanted to impose ourselves but Bangalore bowled very well. It was pretty embarassing for us really. We should still have won despite the conditions, batting under lights. We need to have a serious look at the top three or four and some shot selection. We'll work on it and I promise we'll come back better."

Kevin Pietersen: "The boys played fantastic cricket. Rahul was outstanding and Ryder was fantastic. We just wanted to hit it hard, take wickets and see where we would end up. Praveen's a fantastic bowler, very clever. You can't buy Kumble's experience, he's a legend. We'll try to do as best as we can, but there are some areas we can improve in, especially in the batting department."

Dravid is the Man of the Match.

Dravid: "I'm happy with the way I'm hitting it and it was good to get the team out of the hole. This was always going to be a good score in the conditions, you've got to play proper cricket, as it's not going to be easy hitting every ball. It all worked out well, and it was a good start to the tournament. The bowlers responded well and it was just brilliant."

That's all from us folks. It's been an interesting day, and the tournament, on first glance, appears to have been very well received with a capacity crowd at Newlands. We hope you've enjoyed our coverage, and we thank you for sending us all your feedback. Delhi Daredevils take on Kings XI Punjab tomorrow, and the Deccan Chargers face off against Kolkata Knight Riders. Join us then. Until tomorrow, it's Siddhartha Talya signing off from the commentary, and Raghav from the scoring desk. See ya!

15.1
W
Kumble to Kamran Khan, OUT, five-for for Kumble, tossed it up outside off, Rawat tried to swing it over midwicket, got a thin edge that was snapped up easily by Uthappa

Kamran Khan c †Uthappa b Kumble 3 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

END OF OVER:
15 | 4 Runs | RR: 58/9 (76 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 3.86, RRR: 15.20)

  • Kamran Khan3 (4b)
  • Mahesh Rawat4 (7b)
  • Jesse Ryder4-0-14-2
  • Anil Kumble3-1-5-4
14.6
1
Ryder to Kamran Khan, 1 run, Kamran turns it away wide of short fine for a couple more, full on middle and leg
14.5
2
Ryder to Kamran Khan, 2 runs, full and wide, sliced away wide of point, deep point gives chase and cuts it off, but they've taken two
14.4
0
Ryder to Kamran Khan, no run, slower ball bowled on a good length on the off, drives it through the line back to the bowler
14.3
0
Ryder to Kamran Khan, no run, full on the off, pushed back to Ryder
14.2
1
Ryder to Rawat, 1 run, length ball on the off stump, driven firmly back to the bowler who palms it wide of mid-off to allow them sneak a single
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Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st2GC SmithSA Asnodkar
2nd5NK PatelGC Smith
3rd7T HendersonNK Patel
4th14T HendersonYK Pathan
5th0AD MascarenhasYK Pathan
6th19YK PathanRA Jadeja
7th0SK WarneRA Jadeja
8th6SK WarneM Rawat
9th0MM PatelM Rawat
10th5M RawatKamran Khan

Indian Premier League

TeamMWLPTNRR
DC14104200.311
CSK1485170.951
RCB148616-0.191
DC1477140.203
KXIP147714-0.483
RR146713-0.352
MI1458110.297
KKR143107-0.789