and it is over with a wide down the leg side
That brings us to the end of the league stage of the IPL. About the 9th or 10th game, I was wondering that we had a mountain to climb, but it has sped past pretty quickly, this season. Abhishek Purohit signing off. Join us for the playoff games later. Cheers
Dwayne Smith is the Man of the Match. Smith: "It was a great privilege to bat with Tendulkar. I have been opening for some time now, it was not new for me. It is good to get some runs, it is crunch time in the tournament now."
Dravid: "162 was not a bad score. We needed early wickets but when batsmen like Smith get going, it is tough. A lot of positives this season. I am going to spend some time at home, I have enjoyed it here. It has been good fun. I will relax and see how life is out of cricket. I will take a call when I have to."
Harbhajan: "We are still trying to figure out who is the best partner for Tendulkar. Gibbs has done well in a few innings, Smith did well today. Our fielding was probably slightly better than what RR did today. We wanted to come out here and give it our best shot, and we did."
Highest opening stand in the IPL this, beating the 159 put on by CSK's Michael Hussey and M Vijay against RCB in 2011. And Rajasthan's record of having never failed to defend 160 and above is broken
Rajasthan began the season with a flurry of wins, but they ended with nine losses, only two less than Deccan Chargers. Too much is made of them punching above their weight, but they have never quite consistently challenged the more powerful sides
Sumon: "What an amazing coincidence that 20 May 2011, Rajasthan beat Mumbai by 10 wickets at home!"
Ramprashad: "CSK's record of reaching the play-off's in all IPL's is still alive and kicking ! Will it ever break?"
This is the highest opening stand in the IPL now, and probably the most fortuitous one too
Tait tries another yorker, Smith scrambles to get it towards mid on
tries the yorker, Smith almost falls over as he sends it through square leg
pitched up ball neatly driven with a bit of an open face, mid off stops it with a dive
inside edge onto pads, rolls on to the leg side
whips a very full one swinging in on middle to midwicket
another mistimed stroke as Smith goes hard at this one, falls short of sweeper cover, Tendulkar wanted two, had to turn back, would still have been gone had keeper gathered the throw, if he had
and some response from Tendulkar, he gets forward to a pitched up delivery and times it past sweeper cover
Watson still manages to produce a ripper, angled in, pitching around off on a length, and straightens to beat the open face of the bat
goes for the yorker, squeezed out from around off to midwicket
length ball awkwardly pushed past the non-striker to long on
misses the work on the leg side off the pad
dabs a wide delivery in the air down to third man
ducks under a shortish one
Smith sticks to his method, the same shot produced a top edge and a reprieve last ball, this time he wrists it powerfully behind square leg
i have lost count of the top-edges today, this is probably the 37th, maybe the 41st, and Rajasthan have put down another catch, can't even call it that, Tait was nowhere near the ball as he dived in vain as it came down
uday: "It has truely been a D-day... Duminy, Dale, Deccan, Dhoni, Dhawal and now Dwanye."
shuffles a long way across and turns it wide of fine leg
worked off the pads square on leg
drops it close to the stumps, and they take the single by the time the keeper gets to the ball, Tendulkar has a fifty, with Smith going strong at the other end, he's had the space to score a few runs before the eliminator
worked in front of square from deep in the crease
maxson: "Dravid and Ganguly just underestimated the ability of Stuart Binny and Steve Smith with ball."