9th match (N), Hyderabad (Deccan), Apr 24 2008, Indian Premier League
(19.5/20 ov, target 215)217/7
Royals won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
player of the match
Yusuf Pathan
Rajasthan Royals
• The Bulletin by Nishi Narayanan

Warne gatecrashes Symonds' party

Rajasthan Royals won a last-over thriller after Shane Warne directed a 17-run chase off the final six balls to beat the Deccan Chargers by three wickets

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Scorecard summary
Deccan Chargers214/5(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals217/7(19.5 overs)

The Deccan Chargers just can't seem to get it right, this is their third consecutive loss. It was a gamble giving Symonds the last over and ironically, the man who biffed 117 actually ended up losing the game for them.

Sasidhar: "With Deccan's 3rd loss the leaue can be renamed as DPL (Deccan premium lost)."

But that's the beauty of Twenty20 isn't it? You never know what's in store. Warne deserves credit for keeping a cool head and those back to back sixes were unforgettable. Now for the first time in the IPL a team has failed to defend a score of over 200.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan cuts in with this observation: "Symonds bowling, Gilchrist keeping .. but it's the old fox who wins it with the bat."

Yup, the Aussies are everywhere. Time to rename this as the APL (Australian Premier League).

Here's Warne at the presentation: "These guys have a lot of skill. We thought 200 was a very getable score. We've got great team spirit. It was a fantastic knock by Smith, to come out and play like that after just joining the team."

Andrew Symonds: "I've probably bowled the worst last over in Twenty20 history. Twenty20 is good for the game but not for the ego." Poor Roy, you have to feel for him. He looked quite dejected.

Yusuf Pathan is the Man of the Match for his 61 off 28 balls and two wickets.

Two days, two thrillers. Time to catch my breath. Thanks for the mails. We apologise for the scoring error towards the end. Do join us for tomorrow's game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Mohali. Till then, cheers!

Symonds to Warne, SIX runs

the captain blazes and what a sensational win! Warne steps down the track and carts a half volley just over the deep extra cover rope. All players in the dug out rush onto the field and Yusuf Pathan jumps on top of Warne, the guys in blue are simply ecstatic

Symonds to Warne, SIX runs

Goodness! Warne steps down and clubs that high into the second tier over deep midwicket, how that changes things!

Symonds to Warne, FOUR runs

he charges down and creams a low full toss over the bowler's head, the fielder tries to get a boot to it but the ball beats him

Symonds to Pankaj, 1 run

low full toss, he steps down and pushes that to lonbg-off

Symonds to Pankaj, 2 runs

he takes a few paces down the track and clubs a high full toss to deep midwicket

17 needed off the last over, the atmosphere's terrific! Symonds has the honours with the final over. I must say this is a gamble, laxman's taking his time to adjust the field

end of over 196 runs • 2 wickets
RR: 198/7CRR: 10.42 RRR: 17.00
Pankaj Singh1 (1)
Shane Warne6 (6)
RP Singh 4-0-44-1
Shahid Afridi 4-0-28-3
Singh to Pankaj, 1 run

makes room to clobber that over the on side but RP fires in the yorker, he digs it out towards point

Singh to Warne, 1 run

on the blockhole outside off, he keeps it out towards point

Singh to Warne, OUT

Warne moves across his stumps to distract RP, he fires that down leg and Warne drives straight to Laxman at cover, Salunkhe sets off for a suicidal run but Warne sends him back, it's too late as RP whips off the bails

Dinesh Salunkhe run out (Laxman/Singh) 1 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100

Warne surveys the field

Singh to Salunkhe, 1 run

fires in a yorker, he keeps it out and RP gets a finger to it and deflects towards mid-off

Salunkhe walks in, tension!

Singh to Jadeja, OUT

the middle stump is out! RP fires in a yorker on the base of middle stump, Jadeja makes room to dig it out but is beaten for pace, the middle stump goes back by a yard or two

Ravindra Jadeja b Singh 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
Singh to Warne, (no ball) 1 run

makes room and RP follows him by cramping him for width, he drives square but Bangar slides and intercepts it at point

Tense faces on the Royals' dugout there

Singh to Jadeja, 1 leg bye

excellent start to the over as RP fires that on the blockhole on the pads, he backs away and gets a thick edge onto his pads

The crowd's gone really vocal. Hyderabad's come alive all of a sudden. 23 off 12, Laxman has a word with RP

end of over 186 runs • 2 wickets
RR: 192/5CRR: 10.66 RRR: 11.50
Shane Warne4 (3)
Ravindra Jadeja1 (1)
Shahid Afridi 4-0-28-3
Chaminda Vaas 4-0-42-1
Afridi to Warne, FOUR runs

fires that on the blockhole and Warne gets a thick outside edge and beats short third man

Afridi to Warne, no run

fires that on middle and leg, he fails to put that away

warne and Afridi make eye contact, it's all heating up

Afridi to Warne, no run

fires that at 115 kph, warne shapes to cut but is beaten for pace

Afridi to Jadeja, 1 run

Dropped: Kalyankrishna drops a skier at deep midwicket! Jadeja goes the slog and gets a thick top edge, Afridi forgives him for that lapse, nice gesture

Afridi to Smith, OUT

what have we here?? Afridi gets away with a low full toss and Smith goes for a rather tired heave, he fails to get the elevation and Kalyanakrishna takes it easily at deep midwicket

Graeme Smith c Kalyankrishna b Shahid Afridi 71 (45b 9x4 2x6) SR: 157.77
Afridi to Smith, 1 wide

slides the quicker one wide down the leg side

Jadeja walks in, he's a dangerous customer

Afridi to Kaif, OUT

could this be a turning point here? Afridi pitches that on a good length and Kaif tries to slam that over long-on, he mishits it and Symonds takes the offering easily at long-on

Mohammad Kaif c Symonds b Shahid Afridi 34 (16b 2x4 3x6) SR: 212.5

29 to get off 18

end of over 1710 runs
RR: 186/3CRR: 10.94 RRR: 9.66
Graeme Smith71 (44)
Mohammad Kaif34 (15)
Chaminda Vaas 4-0-42-1
Doddapaneni Kalyankrishna 3-0-30-1
Vaas to Smith, 2 runs

full outside off, he scoops it hard towards the bowler and Vaas fails to catch that, that was struck very firmly for Vaas to react

Best performances - batters
Andrew Symonds, player portrait
A Symonds DC
117 runs (53)
11 fours
7 sixes
Productive shot
leg glance
30 runs
3 fours
2 sixes
Graeme Smith
GC Smith RR
71 runs (45)
9 fours
2 sixes
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
29 runs
4 fours
1 six
Best performances - bowlers
Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi DC
YK Pathan player pic
YK Pathan RR
Match details
Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan
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 days24 April 2008 - night (20-over match)
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Asad Rauf
England Image
Mark Benson
TV Umpire
India Image
Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
Match Referee
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Srinivas Venkataraghavan
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Deccan Chargers 0