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
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!
Goodness! Warne steps down and clubs that high into the second tier over deep midwicket, how that changes things!
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
low full toss, he steps down and pushes that to lonbg-off
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
makes room to clobber that over the on side but RP fires in the yorker, he digs it out towards point
on the blockhole outside off, he keeps it out towards point
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
Warne surveys the field
fires in a yorker, he keeps it out and RP gets a finger to it and deflects towards mid-off
Salunkhe walks in, tension!
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
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
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
fires that on the blockhole and Warne gets a thick outside edge and beats short third man
fires that on middle and leg, he fails to put that away
warne and Afridi make eye contact, it's all heating up
fires that at 115 kph, warne shapes to cut but is beaten for pace
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
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
slides the quicker one wide down the leg side
Jadeja walks in, he's a dangerous customer
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
29 to get off 18
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
|Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad|
|Toss||Rajasthan Royals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|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 days||24 April 2008 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Rajasthan Royals 2, Deccan Chargers 0|
Over 20 • RR 217/7Royals won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)