48th match (N), Mohali, May 5 2012, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 178)134/8
Royals won by 43 runs
Player Of The Match
36 (17) & 2/22
end of over 209 runs
PBKS: 134/8CRR: 6.70 
Praveen Kumar7 (8)
Abhishek Nayar9 (8)
Shane Watson 4-1-22-2
Shaun Tait 4-0-18-2


Rahul Dravid: Tait added some spice to our attack, created some element of doubt in the batsmen. Conditions made us go for the five changes, good performance to get to 177. We have lost a couple of close games, but that is the nature of the competition, we need to play well.

David Hussey: It was a par score, but we played badly with both, the bat and the ball. Playing better away from home, we did not turn up tonight, need to regroup quickly and get to Hyderabad.

Shane Watson is the man of the match:

Watson: The wicket was something similar to what we get at home, pace and bounce helped me a lot and I enjoyed bowling here. Owe a lot to IPL, love coming to IPL, different characters Warne and Rahul, Rahul's a bit understated in every aspect of life.

End of a rather one-sided game, with Rajasthan winning the game on a canter. 177 was going to be a difficult chase but in the end, they fell quite short. Shaun Marsh was the only batsman who got going for Punjab, while Watson, Tait and Botha got a couple of wickets for Rajasthan Royals.

Earlier Rahul Dravid's 46, 30s from Watson, Menaria and Hodge propped the Royals to a score of 177 in their 20 overs.

Rajasthan and Punjab now have 10 points each from 11 games, sharing the fifth spot in the table. Stay tuned for the presentation.

"Is it possible that when a game becomes dead, they can simply wrap it up and we can all go home and get on with our lives? You know, like they resign in chess. This is seriously useless stuff going on. Even in international cricket, dead rubbers should not be played, in all formats. They are meaningless." As commentators, we will be the happiest with that change in rule Sundar!

Watson to Praveen, 1 run

full-toss, down the leg-side, tapped away for a single and that is the end of the game, with Rajasthan winning by 43 runs

Watson to Praveen, no run

goes for a pull, misses, and it goes through to the wicket-keeper

Watson to Praveen, 1 wide

down the leg side and it is left alone for a wide

Watson to Praveen, FOUR runs

full-toss and cracked through the point region for a four!

Watson to Praveen, (no ball)

another short one from Watson and this goes over his shoulder, the second one that goes over his shoulder, no-ball given

Watson to Nayar, 1 run

short ball, Nayar waited for the ball and pulled it away to the deep square-leg for a one-bounce single

Watson to Praveen, 1 run

another short ball, but it was a slower one, went on the back foot, tapped it to the leg side for a single

Watson to Praveen, no run

bouncer and he ducks under it

end of over 194 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 125/8CRR: 6.57 RRR: 53.00
Abhishek Nayar8 (7)
Praveen Kumar1 (2)
Shaun Tait 4-0-18-2
Shane Watson 3-1-13-2
Tait to Nayar, no run

another full ball on the off stump, gets an outside edge to the point region for a single

Tait to Praveen, 1 run

quick yorker and this time he tries to whip it away, gets a bit of an inside edge for a single

Tait to Praveen, no run

yorker length once again but PK has no back-lift, he defends it back to the bowler

Tait to Nayar, 1 run

yorker on the leg stump, Nayar has moved to the off, flicks it away to the deep square-leg for a single

Tait to Harris, OUT

pitched right up to the bat, Harris hits it in the air, goes to the long-on fielder for a simple catch. They were checking for the no-ball, both the front and back foot, given out!

Ryan Harris c Botha b Tait 3 (3m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60
Tait to Harris, 2 runs

slower one from Tait, Harris flicks it away to the deep square-leg region and they come back for the second