All over. Another full toss and Botha, promoted to No. 3 by Warne, sweeps it to the boundary. Deccan can't win a single game at the home ground. Yet.
Royals won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
|Johan Botha||RR||64.87||67(47)||66.26||65.76||0/31||-||- 0.89|
Simon: "Good job Botha, proved the sneering doubters wrong."
Anantha: "Well Ojha indeed bowled the last over after all!"
Amruth: "it will be good to see shilpa huggin the shy dravid :0"
Johan Botha: "Some gap there at the top with Watson not being in. So warnie asked me to go up. We are very excited. in the previous IPLs, we started with a loss. Good to start with a win this year."
Sandy: "Where were u botha against the kiwis.."
Samuel: "The legacy is secure. DC have never won a match in Hyderabad. They blame it on the Vastu of the stadium!"
Aparna: "I feel bad for the poor spectators at Hyderabad. Coming year after year. Never seen a win!"
XYZ: "In an effort to immitate Dhoni by not showing any emotions Warne may have gone too far. Madame Tussauds sculptures look more human than Warne. Is he going to advertise Botox and Diuretics like he does with Advanced Hair Studio? Aah the vanity..."
Prashant: "Strange team this deccan chargers, they didnt win one at home with names such as Symonds Gilchrist and didnt win it names such as Jaggi, Chipli . What a pity"
Vishal: "Romesh Powar wore shorts once... once. They snipped them down the middle and now use them as sight-screen on either ends."
Sanga: "We were about 20 runs short. We lost couple of wickets at crucial times and we didn't manage to rotate the strike. good rear-guard action from the lower-order batsman and some positives to take. It was a great pitch, some bounce, bit of carry and it will keep the bowlers interested. We need to tighten up a few things, be clearer in how we bat and keep bowling in the right areas. "
Warne: "Previous three we were smashed in the first game. So it was good. We bowled and fielded pretty well. They were 20 runs short. It;s the first game and every one is a bit nervous. Some young guys were very excited but all credit to Botha and Taylor who remained calm. Botha promotion was a plan before the game. I suppose all teams do that strategy and plans. He grabbed the opportunity and took it beautifully. Couple of Young guys were waving to the crowd and need to look at the captain more! "
Man of the match is Siddharth Trivedi: "The pitch had that moisture and I was getting bounce. I didn't use much slower balls as length balls were carrying a bit. So I struck to my basics. Playing in Indian domestic circuit, we hardly get these kind of tracks to bowl on. So when you get opportunity you want to do your best. I have been working my length deliveries. Shane Warne and co are backing me a lot."
That's it from us. Good bye. Hop on to the second game.
Warnie stands up and applauds. Botha rushed down the track and smashed this over the straight boundary. Boom. Bang.
Top edges this sweep shot but it sails over short fine-leg fielder
Sagar: "@Anon: Sanga trusts the game will not get into the 20th over"
Tripe continues. This was a full toss and Botha smashes it to the square-leg boundary
sweeps this to deep backward square-leg region and that's his fifty! Taylor gets across to congratulate him.
Massive! It was a length delivery - not the length you want to be bowling at this juncture- and Rosco has absolutely thrashed him. He cleared that front foot and slapped it high over midwicket boundary. What a crushing blow
Anon: "What is sanga doing here? Will he make Ojha bowl the last over to Ross Taylor? "
the bouncer around off, slightly slower, chopped down to third man
short in length, around off, another slower one, pushed out to cover point for a single
Jim: "@Stunnerbond: Come On, This is IPL!"
a slower one this time, short in length, pulled to deep midwicket
Top-edged over Sanga! It was the shortish delivery from Ishant and Botha went for the pull
Siva: "Great op for Ishant to learn from Steyn's operating manual and rediscover lost talent."
a slower one, bouncing from short of length, beats Taylor, who went for the pull and was struck on the body
Laura with the law of life: "Yes but all but the blessed few look stupid in shorts. This is life."
short in length outside off, mistimes his cut to the off. But its a no ball. Free hit coming up!
Stunnerbond: "These are the worst comments I have ever seen on Cricinfo during any match. About colors, dress and etc." Tsk tsk ..
Meanwhile Ishant to bowl
Vishal: "Fielding team wearing shorts under the lights in India... cue lots of trips by 12th man to apply mosquito repellent, another excuse to show commercials. Hmmm... don't be surprised if that actually happens."
stays back to push another slower one to backward point. What a fine over this was
the slower leg cutter this time, outside off, Botha is too early into the cut shot and misses
the slower one, on the middle and off line, jabbed out to the off
around the off stump line, steered to Duminy at backward point
cuts this down to Mishra at third man for a single
low full toss, looking for the yorker, it swing away a bit, pushed back to the bowler
Damien: "The national one day game in Australia already trialled shorts for one summer. The players looked stupid."
Schwartz: "..and skirts for the umpires? Just kidding. Wanted to rhyme with the others."
Strategic time-out on.
PKD: "Chipli is no Justin Kemp, why can't TV commentators understand!
full delivery around off, driven to the bowler who throws it back at the striker's end. Taylor was outside his crease but gets back in time
gets back to work it though midwicket
|Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad|
|Toss||Rajasthan Royals, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.20, Interval 17.20-17.40, Second Session 17.40-19.00|
|Match days||9 April 2011 - daynight (20-over match)|
|Points||Rajasthan Royals 2, Deccan Chargers 0|
Over 19 • RR 141/2Royals won by 8 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
Botha, Trivedi star as Rajasthan open with a win
Can Warne inspire Rajasthan again?
|J Botha||not out||67||47|
|LRPL Taylor||not out||21||14|
|Extras||(lb 2, nb 2, w 1)|
|Total||141(2 wkts; 18.5 ovs)|