Player of the Match
Player of the Match
227dThe Report by Siddarth Ravindran

Smith and Tendulkar crush Rajasthan

Dwayne Smith and Sachin Tendulkar, with the help of a large dose of luck, put on the highest stand for the first wicket to crush Rajasthan Royals

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

DR Smith
DR Smith
87(58) 10x4 - 3x6
Control %60%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 36 runs
  • 4x4 - 1x6
0 3 21 4 12 0 22 25
SR Tendulkar
SR Tendulkar
58(51) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %72%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 24 runs
  • 3x4 - 0x6
8 1 5 9 16 5 3 11

Best performances - Bowlers

DS Kulkarni
DS Kulkarni
O4
M1
R18
W3
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
KA Pollard
O3
M0
R29
W1
Eco9.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan | Commentator: Abhishek Purohit

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