9th Match, Group A (N), Jaipur, Sep 25 2013, Champions League Twenty20
(20 ov, target 184)153/9
Royals won by 30 runs
player of the match
Pravin Tambe
Rajasthan Royals
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• The Report by Devashish Fuloria

All-round Royals thump Lions

Brad Hodge's late assault on Lions' bowlers and an unforeseen four-wicket burst from legspinner Pravin Tambe propelled Rajasthan Royals to the top of Group A with eight points and also extended their unbeaten run in Jaipur to 10

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Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Vishal Dikshit
Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals183/5(20 overs)
Lions153/9(20 overs)
end of over 204 runs • 1 wicket
LIONS: 153/9CRR: 7.65 
Aaron Phangiso4 (6)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe0 (0)
James Faulkner4-0-22-2
Kevon Cooper4-0-39-0

Another win for Rajasthan Royals at home, they seem unbeatable here. Their middle order setup a big chase for the Lions who succumbed under pressure after Vikramjeet Malik troubled the top order with two wickets and Pravin Tambe virtually ended the chase with four wickets, he conceded only 15 runs from his three overs. Captain Alviro Petersen tried to keep them in the hunt with a 40 but ran out of partners and Royals are back on the top of the table. That's all from us for today, only one match tomorrow - between two Indian sides, CSK and Sunrisers. Make sure you tune in and send us your comments. I'm Vishal Dikshit signing off along with our scorer Gopi Rangarajan. Goodbye!

Alviro Petersen : To be honest we are normally good at the death but Rajasthan Royals played brilliantly at the death. Looking back we wonder where we could've got the extra runs. I was fancying chasing around 160 and to a degree we were close but never got hold of the chase. We need to bounce back, two games to win from now. We have to move forward as a team and want to be the best franchise in South Africa.

Brad Hodge: I was excited for PT [Pravin Tambe], he bowled well there. We are working to play according to the conditions and the pitch was a bit dry so I'm glad the move of playing Tambe paid off. Experience is very important in a team, few guys have that role in IPL and that's mine in Rajasthan Royals. I just try to send the ball out of the fence, pretty simply game plan for me. Sohail Tanvir has a strange action which is hard to pick when you haven't played him before, he's got the yorker, the slower ball, bouncer. We try to be a step ahead when we face him and hope it can pay off.

Time for the presentation:

Rahul Dravid: It was terrific, our middle order of Watson, Binny and Hodge got us to a big score and the others in the field put up a great performance. What a story for Tambe, I feel happy for him. He's spent so much time in all the leagues and clubs, the Kangana league, you gotta feel for him. I thought I'll try and bring him on when a wicket falls, the ball was swinging a bit initially. He took a wicket in the first over and two more in the next, it was sensational. Hodgey is one of the best players in the death. He has the ability to play against top-quality bowlers, Tanvir is a good bowler and Hodgey took him apart. He takes on that role beautifully.

Pravin Tambe is Man of the Match: I enjoyed a lot today, I bowled well. I was knowing my role when i was picked today, I knew where to bowl when I got the chance and I wanted to prove that today. I was practising form the last two days, my team-mates told me to hold the line, i was working hard in the nets. I enjoy bowling to left-handers. When the ball is skidding I can adjust and when it's turning I enjoy it too.

Faulkner to Phangiso, 1 run

bangs it short outside leg, tucked on the leg side and Royals have won by 30 runs

Faulkner to Pretorius, OUT

taken at long-off, it was a low full toss outside off, and Pretorious holed out to Brad Hodge in the deep

Dwaine Pretorius c Hodge b Faulkner 19 (18m 14b 1x4 1x6) SR: 135.71
Faulkner to Pretorius, no run

yorker right on middle, digged back towards the bowler, Faulkner dives and stops

Faulkner to Pretorius, 2 runs

full on the stumps, driven down to long-off

Faulkner to Pretorius, no run

short of length on leg, Pretorious swings and manages an inside edge on the pads

Faulkner to Phangiso, 1 run

low full toss on leg, driven down to long-on

end of over 1910 runs
LIONS: 149/8CRR: 7.84 RRR: 35.00 • Need 35 from 6b
Dwaine Pretorius17 (10)
Aaron Phangiso2 (4)
Kevon Cooper4-0-39-0
James Faulkner3-0-18-1
Cooper to Pretorius, SIX runs

too full on leg, Pretorius took his front foot out of the way to flick it over deep midwicket for six

Cooper to Pretorius, no run

another slower one, at 110kph, swing and a miss as the ball goes to the keeper

Cooper to Pretorius, 2 runs

full on the stumps, drives it hard over the bowler's head for two

Cooper to Phangiso, 1 run

outside off, driven deep on the off side

Cooper to Phangiso, no run

slower delivery at 106kph, Phangiso swings his bat to slog but misses, ball just goes over the stumps

Cooper to Pretorius, 1 run

full on the stumps, driven down to long-off

45 required from two overs

end of over 184 runs • 1 wicket
LIONS: 139/8CRR: 7.72 RRR: 22.50 • Need 45 from 12b
Dwaine Pretorius8 (6)
Aaron Phangiso1 (2)
James Faulkner3-0-18-1
Shane Watson4-0-27-1
Faulkner to Pretorius, 1 run

another attempted yorker, low full toss outside off is driven down to long-on

Faulkner to Phangiso, 1 run

low full toss outside leg, Phangiso makes room and drives to sweeper cover

Faulkner to Phangiso, no run

short of length on leg, tucked to midwicket and he calls for one but is sent back, Kecon Cooper picked up the ball quickly but took a lot of time to aim properly for a direct hit, which he got, but he took just too long

Aaron Phangiso is in

Faulkner to Tsolekile, OUT

yorker always works! It was swung in late as Tsolekile swung his bat and missed, the ball hit his pads and crashed into the stumps. Royals need two more to win

Thami Tsolekile b Faulkner 21 (14m 14b 2x4 0x6) SR: 150
Faulkner to Tsolekile, no run

full outside off, Tsolekile shuffled across to slog on the leg side from inside the crease but misses

Faulkner to Tsolekile, 2 runs

on length outside off, runs it wide of third man where Tambe dives to his right to cut it off in time and saves two

James Faulkner to bowl now

end of over 1711 runs
LIONS: 135/7CRR: 7.94 RRR: 16.33 • Need 49 from 18b
Dwaine Pretorius7 (5)
Thami Tsolekile19 (11)
Shane Watson4-0-27-1
Pravin Tambe3-0-15-4
Watson to Pretorius, FOUR runs

away-swinging full delivery outside off, third man is in and the batsman only had to poke his bat out to send it between point and short-third man for four

Watson to Tsolekile, 1 run

short of length around off, batsman stays back and pulls it to deep midwicket

Best performances - batters
Brad Hodge
BJ Hodge RR
46 runs (23)
6 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
15 runs
2 fours
1 six
Alviro Petersen
AN Petersen LIONS
40 runs (28)
4 fours
0 six
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
2 fours
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Pravin Tambe portrait
PV Tambe RR
James Faulkner profile
JP Faulkner RR
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossLions, elected to field first
SeriesChampions League Twenty20
Player Of The Match
Pravin Tambe
Pravin Tambe
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.20, Interval 21.20-21.40, Second Session 21.40-23.00
Match days25 September 2013 - night(20-over match)
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Billy Bowden
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Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Reserve Umpire
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Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsRajasthan Royals 4, Lions 0