0.2 gone! Early damage for Bangalore, pitched on a teasing length outside off and darted back in to kiss the inside edge as Ryder came forward to push at it, and Rawat made no mistake behind the stumps 0/1
    4.5 Uthappa throws it away, length ball on the off and his eyes lit up, tried to waft that across the line over midwicket, got the top edge and Rawat didn't have to move much to snap that 17/3
    0.3 Dimitri you beauty!! Timber! Landed on a good length on the off stump and moved back in, Taylor walked across to clip it fine, missed it completely and leg stump went for a walk. He's on a hat-trick now 0/2
    8.5 massive blow! Short of a length on middle, goes for the pull, replays show that was he was perhaps into the shot a little too early, mistimed it towards midwicket where Niraj Patel dived forward to pouch a good catch inches from the ground 52/4
    19.4 excellent catch, slower ball bowled short outside off, Dravid made room and struck it well, slapping it past extra cover, but Warne's right at the edge of the circle and stretches and dives to his left to pluck that superbly 125/8
    11.5 bowled 'im, tossed up on leg stump, inducing Kohli to step out of the crease, he tries to work it away into the leg side, misses, the ball spins back in to peg back middle 63/5
    15.4 genius! Got him with the flighted one, thrown up on the leg stump sucking him out of the crease, he tried to drive it through the leg side, missed, and the ball spun back in to hit middle and off 88/6
    19.2 the change of pace does the trick, slower ball bowled full on a length on middle and off, Praveen, predictably, tries to smash that out of Cape Town but didn't pick it well, ended up lofting it really high and Munaf had to take a few steps to his left to take a well-judged catch, took a while to come down 119/7
    not out
    not out
    4 (lb 2, w 2)
    133/8 (20 Overs, RR: 6.65)
    Did not bat: A Kumble
    Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Jesse Ryder, 0.2 ov), 2-0 (Ross Taylor, 0.3 ov), 3-17 (Robin Uthappa, 4.5 ov), 4-52 (Kevin Pietersen, 8.5 ov), 5-63 (Virat Kohli, 11.5 ov), 6-88 (Balachandra Akhil, 15.4 ov), 7-119 (Praveen Kumar, 19.2 ov), 8-125 (Rahul Dravid, 19.4 ov)
    AD Mascarenhas402035.00153000
    Kamran Khan302107.0052000
    MM Patel302528.3383110
    T Henderson403017.5094000
    SK Warne401824.50151100
    YK Pathan201708.5052010
    2.6 Bangalore are on top, pitched it short outside off and Smith was tempted into going for the cut, he slashed at it and edged it straight to Dravid waiting at a widish first slip 7/2
    0.5 terrible shot, he's just facing his third ball, good length on middle and off and has a waft at it, looking to heave it over midwicket, mistimed it and it lobbed up towards Kohli at point where he took a dolly 2/1
    6.2 trouble for Rajasthan, length ball on the off and Patel, in an act of desperation really, tries to clear mid-on but is unable to do so as there's a tall Anil Kumble guarding that area, takes it on the second attempt 14/3
    8.3 the slower one does the trick, bowled at 104.8 kmph, landed on a length on middle and Henderson swung across the line, didn't pick the change in pace, missed it as he was a little early into the shot and the ball crashed into middle 28/4
    11.1 is that the end now? Kumble pulled it short outside off and Yusuf attempted to swat it back over the bowlers head, hit the toe-end of the bat, skied it towards long-off where Ryder took a good catch running forward 47/6
    8.4 run out, Rajasthan in tatters now, utter confusion out in the middle, played to point off the back foot and Dimitri sets off for a single but there's absolutely no response from the non-striker, he's more than halfway down the pitch and an accurate throw to the keeper from Kohli seals his fate 28/5
    11.2 That should seal it for Bangalore, gave it air this time unlike the previous one where he bowled it flat and short, Jadeja got down on one knee and tried to slog-sweep it over deep midwicket, got a lot of elevation and though it was struck well, didn't get the distance he desired, Kohli ran well to his right to take a neat catch well inside the ropes 47/7
    13.3 googly, deceives Warne in the flight, he charges forward to swipe it over midwicket, misses, Uthappa takes it cleanly and clips the bails to take Bangalore to the brink here 53/8
    not out
    13.5 Kumble takes his fourth, tossed up and Munaf's eyes lit up immediately, landed on a length on middle and he had a massive swing at it, mistimed it and Steyn ran well in from long-on to cup that 53/9
    15.1 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 58/10
    9 (lb 1, nb 1, w 7)
    58 all out (15.1 Overs, RR: 3.82)
    Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Swapnil Asnodkar, 0.5 ov), 2-7 (Graeme Smith, 2.6 ov), 3-14 (Niraj Patel, 6.2 ov), 4-28 (Tyron Henderson, 8.3 ov), 5-28 (Dimitri Mascarenhas, 8.4 ov), 6-47 (Yusuf Pathan, 11.1 ov), 7-47 (Ravindra Jadeja, 11.2 ov), 8-53 (Shane Warne, 13.3 ov), 9-53 (Munaf Patel, 13.5 ov), 10-58 (Kamran Khan, 15.1 ov)
    P Kumar30722.33150021
    DW Steyn20603.0090030
    R Vinay Kumar302508.3381210
    JD Ryder401423.50140010
    A Kumble3.11551.57140000

Match Details


Royal Challengers Bangalore , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match


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


Royal Challengers Bangalore 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

Match Notes

  • We oldies can have our days too - Kumble

    Anil Kumble, the Bangalore Royal Challengers legspinner, feels that this year's team is "different" from the outfit that finished second last in 2008 and that the "intense" and "spot on" preparations in South Africa have helped immensely

  • Warne wizardry lights up veterans' day

    Shane Warne's night was ruined by a shoddy batting performance from his team. But what a pleasure he was to watch. We must be grateful that he is still in our lives, however briefly

  • Pietersen makes the perfect start

    Twenty20 captaincy feels like a lottery at times but pretty much everything Kevin Pietersen did came off. He may as well just ride the wave

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

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

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