drives to long-off and they come back for the second, but Rajasthan have won the game!
Adam Gilchrist: We were outplayed, I got the toss wrong, Rahane played a beautiful innings. 20-30 runs more than what I thought we should have conceded. There were some positives, not saying it as a cliche, but even Rahul agrees that we had some positives coming out for us.
Rahul Dravid: Fantastic night for us, good to start this way, especially for the youngsters to do well. Rahane has worked really hard after being out of the Indian team.
Both captains surprised with the pitch not changing for the better with the dew coming in.
Rahane is the obvious choice for the man of the match award.
Rahane: I was batting well even in practice games so wanted to continue. I believe in myself and if you are a good batsman, you will play well irrespective of the format. Ball was coming on well and I think it was a team effort.
A 31-run win is a big one in a T20 game and it puts Rajasthan over the others in the tournament who have won one game. Stay tuned for the presentation.
This is an excellent showing from the Rajasthan Royals side under their new captain Rahul Dravid. In fact, both the retired legends of Indian cricket, Ganguly and Dravid, have made winning starts to their IPL 2012 captaincy debuts today.
driven to long-on and the batsmen come back for the second
the ball hits the batsman and they get a single
It was Cooper who got the run-out again, seven of the nine dismissals have involved Cooper tonight!
driven to long-on and Praveen Kumar wanted another two, but this time the throw is at the striker's end and the keeper removes the bails before the batsman can return back to the crease.
Praveen Kumar tries to hit it away but is beaten by the pace again, is able to get it into the gap between long-on and mid-wicket.
defended on the back-foot by Praveen Kumar.
goes for a heave to the leg-side but the slowness of the delivery messes up the timing. Still the lack of timing allows the batsmen t come back for the second.
drives to the covers for a single.
slower one and Praveen Kumar slogs him away for a six over long-off.
yorker and the batsman gets his bat down in time. Probably excited by that fact, the batsman went for a run, but the ball had gone straight to the bowler, who throws it back but misses.
slower one and Cooper has bowled Chawla to get his fourth wicket. What an IPL debut for the all-rounder from Trinidad and Tobago!
yorker length and the batsman digs it out to long-off.
For a moment it looked like he had mistimed that one but it comes off in the end and lands over long-on for a six. They need four of those every over from here on.
goes for a big hit over long-on but is beaten. Safe to say it was the lack of pace again.
another slower one and it is slogged away for a single
Another attempted slog but the ball comes out so slowly from the bowler's hands that Chawla does not get any timing on it.
smashes it but straight to the cover fielder.
tries to go for a heave but in the end, can only manage to drive towards long-on.
another fullish ball, not very easy to get under it and all Chawla can do is to drive it to long-off for a single. End of Botha's four overs for 36 runs, without a wicket. Not a good day for him
full, straight and the batsman drives it down the ground for a single