18th Match, Group A (N), Jaipur, Oct 1 2013, Champions League Twenty20
(19.1/20 ov, target 140)142/6
Royals won by 4 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
player of the match
Rahul Shukla
Rajasthan Royals

Well there you have it. Rajasthan Royals extend their home winning streak to 12 matches, and Otago's 15-match winning streak comes to its denouement. It was a fascinating match, and even with the low total, there were some surprises thrown in as well. For now, this is Rohan Sharma saying good night, and good luck.

Rahul Shukla (RR), Man of the Match: His plan was to bowl as well as he could, and he was pretty relaxed. Captain backs me a lot and I bowl well because of it, (Rahul interjects) so he is going to get a lot more bowling. Very happy to be in the side.

Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan Royals captain: In the end, you know, it got pretty nerve-wracking in those last five overs. Incredible innings from Hodgy there to get us over the line. I think there is a lot of belief in our group and a good environment among the group and I think the young guys who come in know they are backed and that they are in the team for specific reasons. Not a surprise as he has specific skills so its about building confidence and creating a good environment around them so they can contribute and play. When he bats like that, why should Hodge bat up the order? There are not many people who can do what he does, and I haven't seen many people who can bat at the end of the innings under pressure like he does. I think we are a well organised unit. The unbeaten record is not that important. I just hope we can keep it for one more game. In the end we want to keep the momentum going and we knew in the back of our mind that even if we did qualify for the semi finals, then we would get an extra day off before the final. So its nice to get the home game (semi-final), and then have a day off before the final. It's nice to get over the line

Brendon McCullum, Otago Volts captain: Yeah from the position we were in early on (21 for 4), I thought we did a really good job to get to 140, and especially with the ball, we showed some good fighting abilities. The way Hodge played at the end was brilliant. It didn't take me by surprise, I thought he (Shukla) bowled a couple of good deliveries, he had some nice pace about him. Three wickets in one over, and between him and Hodgy, it proved a match winning performance. yeah we will be looking at the Mumbai-Perth game (closely). We didn't grab it (the opportunity) so whatever happens tomorrow will happens. But if we do find ourselves out, we will be grateful for what we have done in this tournament.

Brad Hodge, Rajasthan Royals batsman: It is never that easy. It's a bit of calculation and mathematics. Trying to figure out the maths involved and work out the boundaries, and get lucky as well with some getting over the fence. Yeah we got ourselves into a bit of a hole, and we sort of let them back into the game, but that is the quality of the side as we have the confidence to take on any side. We were trying to work out what they were doing as well, doing a little bit of preempting on our part. Its also important to know which bowlers are left and picking your moments.

Do stay tuned for the match presentation, which is not too far away.

Everyone is going bananas. Hodge is running wildly in celebration as Rajasthan's citadel is safeguarded for another day. That makes it 12 on the trot at home, and Otago's much storied 15-match winning streak comes to an eventful end. Dravid is all smiles as his Royals finish the group stage undefeated. Good fight from Otago, considering where they were in the first innings, and they took this as close as they could with some good tight bowling in intervals, not to mention some timely wickets as well. Neesham picked up three, but it was not enough as Royals hold on to a four-wicket victory, and also get the privilege of having their semi-final played at home, which based on recent history, may just well prove the difference from them.

Butler to Hodge, FOUR runs

full and just outside off and Hodge does the needful with a cover drive that beats sweeper cover to the boundary.

Ian Butler to bowl the final over, but with 2 needed off 6, it might just be the end of Otago's winning streak

end of over 198 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 138/6CRR: 7.26 RRR: 2.00
Kevon Cooper8 (4)
Brad Hodge48 (22)
Neil Wagner 4-0-33-2
Ian Butler 3-0-33-0
Wagner to Cooper, FOUR runs

fuller length on the same line and Cooper plays one of the most ungainly shots to eke this through the gap in third man for a boundary. Hodge must have told him to go for the shot, and he did.

Wagner to Cooper, no run

low full toss and Cooper ends up hitting this right back at Wagner, who dives on all fours to intercept the ball

Hitesh: "Rahane seems to lack mental strength to finish things off"

Wagner to Cooper, no run

full again just outside off as Cooper goes for a swat

Wagner to Cooper, FOUR runs

full and just outside off as Cooper lifts the heart of Jaipur with a lovely drive through extra-cover, which beats a tightly packed off side

Kevon Cooper is the new batsman

Wagner to Faulkner, OUT

Well, well, well. Right in the blockhole and its too good for Faulkner as Wagner cleans him up. Rajasthan Royals six down, and a glimmer of hope beckons for Otago Volts

James Faulkner b Wagner 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50
Wagner to Faulkner, no run

full and just outside off, with Faulkner failing to make a connection. Boos reign around the ground as the umpire does not call it wide

end of over 1814 runs
RR: 130/5CRR: 7.22 RRR: 5.00
Brad Hodge48 (22)
James Faulkner2 (2)
Ian Butler 3-0-33-0
James Neesham 4-0-22-3
Butler to Hodge, FOUR runs

short again and Hodge just helps this through with a lovely pick up shot behind square. And in the manner of two deliveries, Hodge has wrested control back into Royals' hands

Butler to Hodge, SIX runs

low full toss and Hodge just smashes this over midwicket for a massive six. That shot may well have effectively taken the contest out of this match

Butler to Faulkner, 1 run

back of a length and Faulkner guides through the off side, with point coming in, but ends up fumbling it as the run out may have been on

Butler to Hodge, 1 run

right in the blockhole and Hodge able to dig this out down to long on. Wants two but it was never going to happen

Karandeep Nagpal: "And Rahane chokes almost everytime. Remeber RR vs DELHI in IPL 2012 when RR needed 18 in 17 balls with 9 wickets in hand and Rahane still there. RR lost :/"

Butler to Faulkner, 1 run

slower length ball and Faulkner opens the face to run this down to third man

Butler to Hodge, 1 run

slower ball on middle and leg and Hodge is able to squirt this out through to mid off

James Faulkner is the new batsman with Butler, who has two overs left, into the attack

end of over 1710 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 116/5CRR: 6.82 RRR: 8.00
Brad Hodge36 (18)
James Neesham 4-0-22-3
James McMillan 4-0-26-0
Neesham to Rahane, OUT

low full toss and Neesham takes the big wicket, IPL price goes up once again as Rahane hits this straight at mid off, who accepts the chance gleefully

Ajinkya Rahane c Broom b Neesham 52 (72m 48b 7x4 0x6) SR: 108.33

Vicky Rhodes: "Hodge: A Player in need is a Player indeed. He delivers everytime.."

Neesham to Hodge, 1 run

right in the blockhole and Hodge is able to squirt it out through the off side for a single

Neesham to Hodge, 2 runs

Hodge is certainly in a hurry as he goes for another mow down the ground, and ends up axing this up in the air behind point, but safely away from any fielders

Prashant: "I think Brad Hodge is in Hurry to finish up the things"

Neesham to Hodge, SIX runs

Hodge hits one of the highest sixes you will ever see, as everyone thought it was going to be caught by long on, but ends up clearing his head, and the boundary, by a comfortable distance

Neesham to Rahane, 1 run

full and wide and Rahane drills this through to sweeper cover

Neesham to Rahane, no run

length ball and Rahane advances down the track, but is unlucky to find mid on

Neesham into the attack