68th match (N), Indian Premier League at Hyderabad (Deccan), May 18 2012
18.4/20 ov, target 127
Chargers won by 5 wickets (with 8 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Deccan Chargers
Match centre 
Scorer: Sanjay Murari
Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals126/8(20 overs)
Rahul Dravid39 (36)
Owais Shah28 (32)
Dale Steyn2/16(4)
Deccan Chargers128/5(18.4 overs)
end of over 1910 runs
DC: 128/5CRR: 6.85 
Ashish Reddy10 (4)
Parthiv Patel10 (5)
Shaun Tait3.4-0-35-0
Stuart Binny1-0-8-1

And with that, one more team falls by the wayside, Rajasthan has become the third team to be eliminated this season with this loss. They needed to win both their remaining games to qualify and their batting was just not up to the scratch tonight.

No, it wasn't the easiest of pitches but 126 was not a testing target either. There were a few hiccups on their way but Akshath Reddy's 42 at the top of the innings and his first wicket stand of 63 ensured that they managed to overcome those few in the end.

Dravid: I don't think it was the pressure, we did not play good cricket, should have recognised it was a 150-wicket not more. Very disappointed in the dressing room, tough dressing room I have just left. Don't look at stats too much, need to look at our own strengths, it was a bat-first wicket, we did not bat too well. Hope to deliver in front of our fans at home.

White: I hope the jinx of losing here is gone, good team effort to win it. We felt we bowled well, the way the track played, we would have batted first too. When you have won only two games in the tournament, there are always nerves, need to come back well against Gayle and co. with some plans.

Dale Steyn is the man of the match: Enjoyed the season a lot, would have been better had we won more. I don't want to discuss too many of my plans (laughs), teams respect me too much sometimes. My job is to run in, bowl fast and strike early, have been used in different situations, got to do job assigned to you.

Four teams now remain in contention for those two final spots for the playoffs, Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Punjab. A win for either Bangalore or Punjab will be enough to knock Chennai out too. Incidentally, two matches tomorrow, Punjab against Delhi at Dharamsala and Kolkata take on Pune.

Delhi and Kolkata will not only want to enter the playoffs with a win but a victory apiece will ensure that they finish in the top two, and give them an extra chance in the playoffs. A loss for Punjab will end their campaign, so that is a crucial match.

That is it from, Suneer Chowdhary, will be back with tomorrow's coverage!

Tait to Ashish Reddy, FOUR runs
shot, four, win! Pitched right up to the bat and Reddy has punched it over the bowler for a four! Deccan have won their second match at Hyderabad in four years and it is a moment to celebrate for the home team!
Tait to Ashish Reddy, FOUR runs
full-toss, outside the off stump, he has drilled it through the covers and that has gone all the way! Excellent shot under pressure!
Tait to Ashish Reddy, no run
yorker-length ball from Tait, 147 km/hr, bit of in-swing, defended away to the off side
Tait to Ashish Reddy, 2 runs
on the middle stump, quick and he has defended it to the leg side, the fielder at fine-leg needs to come in but by that time they can come back for a valuable brace

9 off 12 isn't the most difficult of tasks, but each time they have got close, they have lost a wicket. Ashish Reddy comes in now.

end of over 188 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 118/5CRR: 6.55 • RRR: 4.50 • Need 9 from 12b
Parthiv Patel10 (5)
Stuart Binny1-0-8-1
Johan Botha4-0-30-1
Binny to Duminy, OUT
stunning, pitched up and Duminy has lofted him and straight into the hands of the long-on fielder!
JP Duminy c Shah b Binny 24 (46m 31b 0x4 0x6) SR: 77.41
Binny to Patel, 1 run
short of length, dabbed away to the leg side, the bowler runs to his left, picks up and shies at non-striker's end, misses, had it hit, the batsman was back!
Binny to Duminy, 1 run
slower, outside the off stump, played away to the point region, they are off for a quick single, Rahane has a shy, misses
Binny to Patel, 1 run
shorter, slower and pulled away to the deep square-leg for a single
Binny to Patel, FOUR runs
outside the off stump and quicker, he opened the face of the bat at the 11th hour, just under his nose, the third-man was up and that has gone away
Binny to Duminy, 1 run
short of length, outside the off stump, flicked away to mid-wicket for a single

17 needed from 18. Stuart Binny to bowl his first

end of over 176 runs
DC: 110/4CRR: 6.47 • RRR: 5.66 • Need 17 from 18b
Jean-Paul Duminy22 (28)
Parthiv Patel4 (2)
Johan Botha4-0-30-1
Siddharth Trivedi4-0-20-2
Botha to Duminy, 1 run
slows it down, pitched up, he goes down the track and drives to mid-wicket for a single

Pressure-relieving three that was.

Botha to Patel, 3 runs
swept away, well-played, they come back for the third by the time Tait slides at fine-leg and saves the four, third umpire called in and it seems like he was touching the ball and fence at the same time. Umpire sees it otherwise and calls it three.
Botha to Duminy, 1 run
shorter run-up, flicked away to short fine-leg, they rush for a single, shy at non-striker's end, would have been a run-out had it hit
Botha to Duminy, no run
slower, wants to drive it away, gets an inside edge, hits the pads
Botha to Duminy, no run
quicker, on the stumps from round the wickets, slight turn, defended
Botha to Patel, 1 run
pitched up, punched down the ground for a single, to long-off

Time-Out now

end of over 165 runs • 1 wicket
DC: 104/4CRR: 6.5 • RRR: 5.75 • Need 23 from 24b
Jean-Paul Duminy20 (24)
Parthiv Patel0 (0)
Siddharth Trivedi4-0-20-2
Ajit Chandila4-0-20-1
Trivedi to Duminy, 2 runs
on his pads, pitched right up, flicked away to fine-leg, who is squarer and runs to his left, by which time they get back for the second

Parthiv Patel at six. 25 off 25 needed.

Trivedi to Lynn, OUT
short ball, but it wasn't too quick, he tried to pull it away and that has gone straight down the throat of the deep fielder, do not tell me this game will turn around from here!
CA Lynn c Watson b Trivedi 6 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 66.66
Best performances - batsmen
PA Reddy
42 runs (35)
4 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
25 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
R Dravid
39 runs (36)
5 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
cut shot on back foot
11 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
DW Steyn
A Mishra
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
TossRajasthan Royals , elected to bat first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Dale Steyn
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05
Match days18 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)
Simon Taufel
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Johan Cloete
Reserve Umpire
KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee
Javagal Srinath
PointsDeccan Chargers 2, Rajasthan Royals 0