55th match (D/N), Mohali, May 9 2013, Indian Premier League
(19/20 ov, target 146)
Royals won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
Rajasthan Royals
• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Royals in second place after eight-wicket victory

A masterful death bowling effort and Ajinkya Rahane's third straight fifty helped consolidate Rajasthan Royals' place in the top four, as they dispatched Kings XI Punjab by eight wickets in Mohali

Match centre 
Scorer: S Balasubramanian
Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Kings XI Punjab145/6(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals147/2(19 overs)
end of over 1912 runs
RR: 147/2CRR: 7.73 
Sanju Samson47 (33)
Ajinkya Rahane59 (49)
Manpreet Gony2-0-22-0
Praveen Kumar4-0-27-0

That's it from this game, hop in to the second game between Pune and Kolkata where surprise, surprise, ten Doeschate gets a game!


Gilchrist: Pitch was slower than normal, made it difficult to hit boundaries. Wanted to get to 160 or so which would have been competitive. We have to win every game from here, we are familiar with this scenario and we hope to compete hard.

Dravid: Proud of the way the guys played, they have been doing well all throughout. They responded well while bowling and batting. We hadn't been quite well in the death overs and we sat down and chatted about it, executed the plans well. Timed the chase well, could have been a tricky chase, Watson, Rahane and Samson timed it well. Something special about Samson, I hope he continues to go well.

Cooper is the man of the match: Wasn't bowling last few games, I knew I had to do well here. Wicket was slow and it suited my bowling. We bowled well in partnerships.

Uday: "About Sanju, he has to represent India to get higher price. Isn't it?" Till the previous auction, you could only get into the auction as an Indian player if you had played international cricket. Don't know whether they will change the rules next season.


This is as comprehensive as it can get. Dravid wanted to bat second because he thought the pitch would become easier to bat second, and he seems to have thought right. Won by eight wickets and with six balls to spare thanks to a brilliant couple of innings from Rahane and Samson after Watson had given them a good start.

Thanks to Prashanth and the 100 others: "Correction - Won by "eight" wickets with "six" balls to spare!!"

James: "Stop playing so well Sanju! I can sense the richer clubs getting their chequebooks ready to make a big play for him next year." Why would you want to deny him what he deserves?

Ronak: "@Suneer: I totally agree with James. I mean I want him to play good cricket but look at what happened to Yusuf Pathan. 3 good seaons with RR and then goes into auction and KKR bought him for 2.4 USD. His batting has slumped big time, he doesn't bowl too much and his fielding was never his forte." One day or the other, the money will come in. It's how he reacts to the adulation that will decide where he goes, whether it's next year or some time later.

Gony to Samson, FOUR runs
game, set, match there, full, outside the off stump and that's hit as hard as you will see an 18-year old hit!
Gony to Rahane, 1 run
slower one outside the off stump, gets some bat on it and pushes it to the off side for a single, Marsh has a shy at the stumps and misses by some distance
Gony to Rahane, no run
that's very full and outside the off stump, can only dig it out back to the bowler
Gony to Samson, 1 run
slower one on the middle stump, tapped away to the leg side for a single
Gony to Samson, no run
outside the off and driven straight to the short cover fielder
Gony to Samson, SIX runs
short in length and he's pulled it in front of deep square-leg for a six, mighty, mighty six!

Harshit Gupta: "Rahane climbs to top-5 run scorers in this season of IPL. Brilliant performance. I am sure he has earned his place in the national team for a couple of years now." You mean you hope that happens.

end of over 185 runs
RR: 135/2CRR: 7.5 • RRR: 5.50 • Need 11 from 12b
Sanju Samson36 (29)
Ajinkya Rahane58 (47)
Praveen Kumar4-0-27-0
Parvinder Awana4-0-39-0
Kumar to Samson, 1 run
fuller on the middle and he hits hard down the ground for a single
Kumar to Rahane, 1 leg bye
on his pads, was looking to flick it away but gets the inside part of the pads and it runs away to third-man for a leg-bye
Kumar to Rahane, no run
outside the off and he was looking to move around, bit of a lazy shot, misses, through to the keeper
Kumar to Samson, 1 run
moves around in his crease and then opens the face of the bat, bit of an edge that runs down to third-man for a single
Kumar to Rahane, 1 run
pitches it very full and outside the off stump, he was looking to go outside the leg stump, gets some bat on it
Kumar to Samson, 1 run
goes down the track and wants to pull it away, gets an inside edge that rolls across for a single to the leg side

ashish : "Gosh this boy has some confidence!!! That has to be one of the best improvisation i have seen. Just the audacity to play that off ur middle stump, speaks volumes of this guy!!"

end of over 1713 runs
RR: 130/2CRR: 7.64 • RRR: 5.33 • Need 16 from 18b
Ajinkya Rahane57 (44)
Sanju Samson33 (26)
Parvinder Awana4-0-39-0
Praveen Kumar3-0-23-0
Awana to Rahane, SIX runs
shot, shot, shot, that's some aggression, it was right up to the bat and he goes back, opens up his stance and cracks it over mid-wicket for a maximum!
Awana to Rahane, 2 runs
short in length and he pulls it away to the leg side for a couple of runs to get to his third 50 in a row, well played, law of averages not working here!
Awana to Rahane, no run
yorker length delivery that jags back into him, manages to dig it out, hit to short mid-wicket
Awana to Rahane, no run
outside the off stump and he looks to open the face of the bat, not for runs
Awana to Samson, 1 run
slower one and he was looking to thrash it at first but the pace change allows him to open the face of the bat and guides it to the off side for a single
Awana to Samson, FOUR runs
what a delivery and what a shot! it was very full and he was looking to move around the crease before stopping and takes the ball off the middle-stump, opens the face of the bat and guides it through third-man for a four

29 needed off 4. Awana with the ball.

Aswin: "The Rajasthan chase seems to have all attributes of a choke happening. Low totals, keeping abreast with required rate, no risks. A wicket is all that may be needed."

Best performances - batsmen
SE Marsh
77 runs (64)
6 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
22 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
AM Rahane
59 runs (49)
3 fours
3 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
22 runs
1 fours
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
KK Cooper
SR Watson
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossRajasthan Royals , elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League 2013
Player Of The Match
Kevon Cooper
Hours of play (local time)16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.25, Interval 17.25-17.45, Second Session 17.45-19.10
Match days9 May 2013 - day/night match (20-over match)
Kumar Dharmasena
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Reserve Umpire
Nitin Menon
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Kings XI Punjab 0