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15th Match, Group A (N), Jaipur, Sep 29 2013, Champions League Twenty20
Royals won by 9 wickets (with 21 balls remaining)
player of the match
Kevon Cooper
Rajasthan Royals
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• The Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Royals saunter into semi-finals

Rajasthan Royals breezed into the Champions League semi-final with a nine-wicket win over Perth Scorchers that rarely looked an even contest

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Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Vishal Dikshit
Scorecard summary
Perth Scorchers120/10(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals121/1(16.3 overs)

With that, Rajasthan Royals march into the semi-finals with a convincing nine-wicket win and Perth Scorchers are out of the Champions League. Royals' bowlers did the job today, Kevon Cooper in particular, and Rahane and Samson made sure they were not bothered much during the chase. Scorchers looked out of place today, especially after they were asked to bat. That's all for you all today, thanks for all the comments and feedback, we'll see you for tomorrow' double-header. This is Vishal Dikshit signing off with our scorer Gopi Rangarajan, goodbye!

Ajinkya Rahane: It was a really nice pitch, good for bowlers and batsmen. This wicket was not fast compared to what we played against Mumbai Indians but the ball was doing a bit and holding its line. It was slightly tough initially but was easier later to bat on. I enjoy batting with Sanju, we were just talking about positive cricket while batting. We just need to concentrate on the next game and stay positive.

Simon Katich: We are learning the hard way, we didn't get many partnerships going and were about 50-60 short there. Out bowlers tried their best but nothing worked. We presented four caps the other day and that in itself is tough. Hopefully we'll get a fair bit of this before the Big Bash. We've seen how big the standard is here form the Big Bash and it's a different ball game. We're gonna have to try harder in the next few days.

Time for the presentation:

Rahul Dravid: It's nice to win and play well. It was a really good and clinical performance today. We can always improve and we can keep getting better, we also take a lot of satisfaction from the match today. Our bowlers pulled it back brilliantly today, like Jimmy, Coops and a lot of professionalism from Samson and Rahane who batted very well. Our next game is a big one and Otago is playing very good cricket, they are the team in form.

Kevon Cooper: Hapy to come out here and bowl well and give my team a chance of winning. The yorker is something I practice e a lot, it's very important in this format. It's great to play with players like Dravid, Watson and we sit and plan every game with the support staff. We wanted to play good cricket here and happy to do that.

16.3
1
Mennie to Rahane, 1 run

full on the pads, glanced down to deep fine leg and that's it, RR have won

16.2
1
Mennie to Samson, 1 run

on length outside off, drives it down to long-on for a fifty and the scores are level

16.1
4
Mennie to Samson, FOUR runs

on length down the leg side from the back of the hand, helps it fine for a four along the way

end of over 169 runs
RR: 115/1CRR: 7.18 RRR: 1.50 • Need 6 from 24b
Ajinkya Rahane61 (52)
Sanju Samson45 (40)
Joel Paris4-0-28-0
Michael Beer4-0-26-0
15.6
Paris to Rahane, no run

on length on off, slashes and manages an inside edge onto the pads

15.5
2
Paris to Rahane, 2 runs

on length outside off, tried to drive it straight and a thick inside edge goes to deep midwicket

15.4
Paris to Rahane, no run

slightly slower on length on the leg stump, tries to flick but misses

15.3
1
Paris to Samson, 1 run

short and outside off, guides to third man with a late cut

15.2
1
Paris to Rahane, 1 run

full on leg, inside edge onto the pads for a single

15.1
4
Paris to Rahane, FOUR runs

on length outside off and Rahane lofts it wide of long-on towards the boundary and it's a four as the fielder in the deep stepped on the rope while diving to keep it in

15.1
1w
Paris to Rahane, 1 wide

on length outside off, down the leg side for a wide

Just 15 more required now.

Mangesh: "Nobody is really bothered about wicket keeper for India because Dhoni is doing a good job. But we need to start looking for post Dhoni era and that`s why Sanju Samson becomes important."

end of over 158 runs
RR: 106/1CRR: 7.06 RRR: 3.00 • Need 15 from 30b
Ajinkya Rahane54 (47)
Sanju Samson44 (39)
Michael Beer4-0-26-0
Joel Paris3-0-19-0
14.6
1
Beer to Rahane, 1 run

short and wide, cut to sweeper cover off the back foot

14.5
Beer to Rahane, no run

fuller on the pads, tries to sweep but fails to middle it

14.4
6
Beer to Rahane, SIX runs

another beautiful inside out drive from Rahane. He charged down and made room and converted it into a half volley to loft it for six

14.3
Beer to Rahane, no run

on length on leg, defends it back to the bowler

14.2
1
Beer to Samson, 1 run

full and outside off, driven to sweeper cover for one

14.1
Beer to Samson, no run

in the block hole outisde off, Samson fails to connect

end of over 144 runs
RR: 98/1CRR: 7.00 RRR: 3.83 • Need 23 from 36b
Ajinkya Rahane47 (43)
Sanju Samson43 (37)
Joel Paris3-0-19-0
Michael Beer3-0-18-0
13.6
Paris to Rahane, no run

full and down the leg side, gets something on the way to escape the wide call

13.5
2
Paris to Rahane, 2 runs

dropped! Full outside off and Rahane connects from the middle to send it to mid-off, but it's a bit too wide on his left to be caught easily

13.4
Paris to Rahane, no run

outside off and angling away, slashes and gets a thick inside edge to midwicket

13.3
2
Paris to Rahane, 2 runs

full on middle, driven towards deep midwicket. They were looking for three but not much time for that

Best performances - batters
Ajinkya Rahane portrait
AM Rahane RR
62 runs (53)
5 fours
2 sixes
Control77%
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
2 fours
0 six
7781615414
Sanju Samson portrait
SV Samson RR
50 runs (42)
6 fours
1 six
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
5 fours
0 six
368653172
Best performances - bowlers
Kevon Cooper
KK Cooper RR
O
4
M
0
R
18
W
4
ECO
4.5
James Faulkner profile
JP Faulkner RR
O
4
M
0
R
16
W
2
ECO
4
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesChampions League Twenty20
Season2013/14
Player Of The Match
Kevon Cooper
Kevon Cooper
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 days29 September 2013 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
Sri Lanka Image
Kumar Dharmasena
TV Umpire
India Image
Anil Chaudhary
Reserve Umpire
India Image
Nandan
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsRajasthan Royals 4, Perth Scorchers 0