result
4th match (N), Jaipur, Apr 6 2012, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 192)160/9
Royals won by 31 runs
player of the match
Ajinkya Rahane
Rajasthan Royals
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• The Report by Abhishek Purohit

Rahane's 98 sets up easy Rajasthan win

Ajinkya Rahane purred his way to 98 off 66 deliveries and carried Rajasthan Royals to a comfortable win in their opening match of the season

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Scorer: Gopi Rangarajan
Commentator: Suneer Chowdhary
Scorecard summary
Rajasthan Royals191/4(20 overs)
Punjab Kings160/9(20 overs)
end of over 208 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 160/9CRR: 8.00 
James Faulkner11 (9)
Harmeet Singh1 (1)
Amit Singh4-0-26-1
Kevon Cooper4-0-26-4

Presentation

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.

19.6
2
Singh to Faulkner, 2 runs

drives to long-off and they come back for the second, but Rajasthan have won the game!

19.5
2
Singh to Faulkner, 2 runs

driven to long-on and the batsmen come back for the second

19.4
1
Singh to Harmeet Singh, 1 run

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!

19.3
W
Singh to Praveen, 1 run, OUT

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 run out (Cooper/†Goswami) 10 (6m 6b 0x4 1x6) SR: 166.67
19.2
2
Singh to Praveen, 2 runs

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.

19.1
Singh to Praveen, no run

defended on the back-foot by Praveen Kumar.

end of over 1910 runs • 1 wicket
PBKS: 152/8CRR: 8.00 • RRR: 40.00 • Need 40 from 6b
James Faulkner7 (7)
Praveen Kumar7 (3)
Kevon Cooper4-0-26-4
Amit Singh3-0-18-1
18.6
2
Cooper to Faulkner, 2 runs

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.

18.5
1
Cooper to Praveen, 1 run

drives to the covers for a single.

18.4
6
Cooper to Praveen, SIX runs

slower one and Praveen Kumar slogs him away for a six over long-off.

18.3
Cooper to Praveen, no run

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.

18.2
W
Cooper to Chawla, OUT

slower one and Cooper has bowled Chawla to get his fourth wicket. What an IPL debut for the all-rounder from Trinidad and Tobago!

Piyush Chawla b Cooper 10 (11m 8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 125
18.1
1
Cooper to Faulkner, 1 run

yorker length and the batsman digs it out to long-off.

end of over 1810 runs
PBKS: 142/7CRR: 7.88 • RRR: 25.00 • Need 50 from 12b
Piyush Chawla10 (7)
James Faulkner4 (5)
Amit Singh3-0-18-1
Johan Botha4-0-36-0
17.6
6
Singh to Chawla, SIX runs

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.

17.5
Singh to Chawla, no run

goes for a big hit over long-on but is beaten. Safe to say it was the lack of pace again.

17.4
1
Singh to Faulkner, 1 run

another slower one and it is slogged away for a single

17.3
1
Singh to Chawla, 1 run

Another attempted slog but the ball comes out so slowly from the bowler's hands that Chawla does not get any timing on it.

17.2
1
Singh to Faulkner, 1 run

smashes it but straight to the cover fielder.

17.1
1
Singh to Chawla, 1 run

tries to go for a heave but in the end, can only manage to drive towards long-on.

end of over 175 runs
PBKS: 132/7CRR: 7.76 • RRR: 20.00 • Need 60 from 18b
Piyush Chawla2 (3)
James Faulkner2 (3)
Johan Botha4-0-36-0
Ankeet Chavan3-0-28-2
16.6
1
Botha to Chawla, 1 run

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

16.5
1
Botha to Faulkner, 1 run

full, straight and the batsman drives it down the ground for a single

Best performances - batsmen
Ajinkya Rahane portrait
AM Rahane
98 runs (66)
16 fours
1 six
Control82%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
44 runs
7 fours
1 six
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Mandeep Singh portrait
Mandeep Singh
34 runs (25)
5 fours
0 sixes
Control84%
Productive shot
leg glance
14 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
Kevon Cooper
KK Cooper
O
4
M
0
R
26
W
4
ECO
6.5
Ankeet Chavan picked up 9 for 23
AA Chavan
O
3
M
0
R
28
W
2
ECO
9.33
Match details
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
TossKings XI Punjab, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2012
Player Of The Match
Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.25, Interval 21.25-21.45, Second Session 21.45-23.05
Match days6 April 2012 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
India Image
Shavir Tarapore
TV Umpire
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Vineet Kulkarni
Reserve Umpire
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Piyush Khakhar
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle
PointsRajasthan Royals 2, Kings XI Punjab 0