34th match (D/N), Jaipur, Apr 29 2011, Indian Premier League
(18.1/20 ov)95/3
Royals won by 7 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)
player of the match
Johan Botha
Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals have been awesome today, led astutely by Warne, who didn't get to bowl at Tendulkar but certainly out-thought him. This victory takes Rajasthan to No. 2 in the points table. Mumbai are still No. 1.

"Very happy with the win, against a good team," says Botha. "Nice to bat on good wickets (!) against the new ball. Really happy with my performance. We just wanted to start well and that's what we did. We picked up two-three wickets in the first six overs and that's always key ... 120-130 would have been a tough chase."

Sachin Tendulkar: "Tough pitch, different to what we played on in Mumbai. Don't want to take the credit away from Rajasthan, who bowled and fielded well. It was two-paced, the ball kept low. Lost early wickets, were not able to rotate strike. 130 would have been a challenging total. We were not able to accelerate in the middle overs."

Shane Warne: "We generally play these conditions well, we know what to expect. Bowlers executed plans exceptionally. The intensity was fantastic. We spent a lot of time planning, we put it all together. Our planning was very good, and our bowlers were good enough. Our start was a bit slow but we didn't want to give Malinga early wickets, so our batting plan worked as well. Johan's definitely grabbed his opportunity ... he's experienced and is a smart cricketer."

Johan Botha is the Man of the Match for taking 3 for 6 and scoring 45. "I was a little nervous, bowling so late, but it came good for me. (While batting) I tried not to over hit the ball, play as straight as possible. It was stopping and the odd one was skidding low, if they bowled straight it was difficult to score."

Well that's it from me, but Sid R's just beginning commentary for Bangalore v Pune, so go over there and flood him with emails. Thank you for your feedback today, much appreciated. Cheers.

Sathish to Taylor, 1 run

dropped, Taylor swipes across the line, gets a top edge that goes over the keeper, Pollard runs towards it from behind point on the off side, gets both hands to it, and drops it, and Rajasthan celebrate

end of over 186 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 94/3CRR: 5.22 • RRR: 0.50 • Need 1 run from 12b
Ashok Menaria4 (4)
Ross Taylor12 (17)
Munaf Patel4-1-18-2
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1
Patel to Menaria, no run

defended once again towards the bowler

Patel to Menaria, no run

good length and straight, defended on the leg side

Patel to Menaria, no run

left alone outside off stump

Patel to Menaria, FOUR runs

Menaria gets going by cutting a a ball that was slightly wide through point

"You have to Appreciate this Botha. People laughed when he was bought for 900K. But now he helped them win at least 3 matches with the bat." says Devgowda. Agreed, I laughed too.

Patel to Botha, OUT

bowled him! Botha stayed in his crease and tried to run a good length ball behind point, he missed and Munaf hit the top of off stump

Johan Botha b Patel 45 (39b 2x4 1x6) SR: 115.38
Patel to Botha, 2 runs

length ball, flicked from middle stump off the back foot

end of over 178 runs
RR: 88/2CRR: 5.17 • RRR: 2.33 • Need 7 runs from 18b
Johan Botha43 (37)
Ross Taylor12 (17)
Lasith Malinga4-0-20-1
Kieron Pollard2-0-16-0
Malinga to Botha, 1 run

full ball on middle stump, clipped towards wide mid-on

"@Atish, do you still have hope, since now the required rate is much less," taunts Amit.

Malinga to Botha, no run

played towards mid-off

Malinga to Botha, 2 runs

short of a length on leg stump, glanced off the hips towards fine leg

Malinga to Botha, FOUR runs

full again and Botha lifts it off his pads over midwicket and places it in the gap on the boundary

Malinga to Taylor, 1 leg bye

a full ball crashes into the batsman's pads after the attempted flick is unsuccessful, that was missing leg

Malinga to Taylor, no run

full and straight, the batsman is ready, and he defends with a straight bat towards the bowler

Malinga's final over begins ...