33rd match (N), Jaipur, May 11 2008, Indian Premier League
(19.1/20 ov, target 157)159/7
Royals won by 3 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
player of the match
Shane Watson
Rajasthan Royals
• The Bulletin by Nishi Narayanan

Watson seals tense win for Rajasthan

Shane Watson first used the uneven bounce of the Jaipur pitch to keep the Delhi Daredevils in check, then batted as if it didn't exist to bludgeon 74 off 40 balls and maintain the Rajasthan Royals' 100% record at home

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Scorecard summary
Delhi Daredevils156/7(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals159/7(19.1 overs)

The umpiring controversy will be talked about for some time. After we saw what happened between Ganguly and Warne, we certainly haven't seen the last of Watson's run out. It's baffling why the third umpire wasn't used initially when it was fairly clear that he was struggling to make his ground. Anyway, a fair decision was made in the end.

Now to the final result. Rajasthan have maintained their superior record at home and have now extended their victories to 7. Looks like a semi-final berth is certain. Watson's in the running for the Player of the Tournament if he goes on like this. Rajasthan were uncharacteristically slow off the blocks, especially after two embarassing run-outs, but after the Powerplay, things changed. Smith and Watson clubbed 59 off runs off four overs and never looked back.

Delhi aren't looking as steady as they were when the tournament began. They were exposed after Sehwag and Dhawan were dismissed early and their middle order looks shaky. They're currently at No.5 in the standings.

Stay with us for the post-match presentation.

Sehwag: "It was a good total on this wicket where the ball wasn't coming onto the bat. But in the end of the day, two dropped catches cost us. Mishra bowled really well. The umpire told us we cannot refer the decision to the third umpire because he said there was no television coverage it couldn't be referred. We asked him to check with the third umpire if there was coverage and eventually the third umpire was called."

Warne: "We bowled 19 pretty good overs but my over was a shocker. Watson's played one of the best innings of the IPL, coming out the way he did. It worked out well having the extra batsman Dimitri coming in. Proud of the way the guys fought. We've got 4 days in Goa, we'll sit on the beach, play some tennis."

Watson is the Man of the Match: "We were behind the 8 ball when I walked in. I couldn't stick around for too long getting my eye in. It's kind to hear when people call you the best player in terms of value for money. It's a nice feeling for me, coming back after my injuries."

Thanks for your company and the mails. I enjoyed bringing both games to you. On behalf of Raghav and Binoy George, this is Kanishkaa signing off. Cheers!

Mahesh to Rawat, FOUR runs

Yomahesh bowls a low full toss outside off, Rawat stretches out and gets a thin outside edge which just beats Karthik

2 to win off 6 balls, here's Yomahesh

end of over 195 runs • 2 wickets
RR: 155/7CRR: 8.15 RRR: 2.00
Niraj Patel4 (2)
Mahesh Rawat1 (3)
Farveez Maharoof 4-0-22-1
Pradeep Sangwan 4-0-33-0
Maharoof to Patel, FOUR runs

lovely shot! That eases the pressure for Rajasthan as Niraj leans forward and pounds a half volley past mid-off and cover

Maharoof to Rawat, 1 run

low full toss, he creams this towards extra cover and de Villiers fumbles

Maharoof to Rawat, no run

makes room and cuts this one straight to point

Maharoof to Rawat, no run

tries to punch it through the offside and he misses

Maharoof to Patel, OUT

confusion! Patel gigs out a yorker top the off side and sets off for a risky run, Watson is sent back and he's miles out of his crease as the throw misses the stumps, they take a run anyway off the overthrow but Watson's really struggling to make his ground at the striker's end, the throw to Karthik is accurate and he whips off the bails. Now here's the drama - Delhi celebrate but umpire Steve Davis refuses to call for the third umpire, Delhi fielders are really peeved and Sehwag has a word with umpire Koertzen, Watson is also fuming about the situation, as if to suggest they get on with the game, finally the third umpire is called and gives Watson the marching orders.

Shane Watson run out (†Karthik) 74 (40b 5x4 5x6) SR: 185
Maharoof to Warne, OUT

Warne tries to go for broke and goes for a wild swing, the legcutter lands on middle, straightens and takes out the middle stump

Shane Warne b Maharoof 11 (12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 91.66
end of over 186 runs
RR: 150/5CRR: 8.33 RRR: 3.50
Shane Warne11 (11)
Shane Watson74 (40)
Pradeep Sangwan 4-0-33-0
Glenn McGrath 4-0-12-0
Sangwan to Warne, 1 run

bowls it short of a length and Warne pulls it over midwicket, Dhawan runs across and cuts it off

Sangwan to Warne, 2 runs

an attempted yorker turns into a low full toss and he pushes this to sweeper cover

Sangwan to Warne, 2 runs

Dropped: Warne takes the aerial route but fails to get the elevation, Dilshan who doesn't drop many spills the sitter at long-on

Sangwan to Warne, no run

another slower one and Warne misses as he tries to mow it across the line, in fact he gets an edge onto his body

Sangwan to Warne, no run

foxes him with the slower ball and this one just sails over the middle stump, Sangwan thought he had him

Sangwan to Watson, 1 run

comes round the wicket this time, but he lands it too full and he pushes it firmly past the bowler

end of over 176 runs
RR: 144/5CRR: 8.47 RRR: 4.33
Shane Warne6 (6)
Shane Watson73 (39)
Glenn McGrath 4-0-12-0
Virender Sehwag 2-0-21-1
McGrath to Warne, no run

makes a bit of room to squeeze that through the offside but the ball was a little too full, he's beaten

McGrath to Watson, 1 run

slides on the pads, he whips it across the line and places it to Sehwag at midwicket

McGrath to Watson, FOUR runs

McGrath errs by giving him too much width, he takes advantage of the fact that there's no slip and the outside edge sails past the keeper and down to third man

McGrath to Warne, 1 run

pitches on a good length outside off, he gets across and taps it wide of mid-off

McGrath to Warne, no run

cramps him for room and keeps it tight, he stays back and defends

McGrath to Warne, no run

Warne tries to flay that away through the offside but is beaten, Karthik stands upto the stumps

McGrath' brought back

end of over 1618 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 138/5CRR: 8.62 RRR: 4.75
Shane Watson68 (37)
Shane Warne5 (2)
Virender Sehwag 2-0-21-1
Amit Mishra 2.5-0-27-2
Sehwag to Watson, SIX runs

Watson's party gets better and better as he steps down the track and lofts it with the turn over long-on

Best performances - batters
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson RR
74 runs (40)
5 fours
5 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
31 runs
2 fours
3 sixes
Farveez Maharoof portrait
MF Maharoof DC
39 runs (16)
2 fours
4 sixes
Productive shot
pull/hook on back foot
18 runs
1 four
2 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
Shane Watson player pic
SR Watson RR
Siddharth Trivedi portrait
SK Trivedi RR
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Player Of The Match
Shane Watson
Shane Watson
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 days11 May 2008 - night (20-over match)
South Africa Image
Rudi Koertzen
Australia Image
Steve Davis
TV Umpire
India Image
MSS Ranawat
Match Referee
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Farokh Engineer
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Delhi Daredevils 0