A play even before a ball was bowled. At the toss, Shane Warne announced Rajasthan Royals had made six changes to their line-up. Shaun Tait, Pinal Shah, Jacob Oram, Ankit Chavan, Nayan Doshi and Faiz Fazal were the recruits for this must-win encounter. Their total contribution was 32 runs and two wickets.
Sreesanth's proud moment
It could well have been a Test match; then the victory for the bowler would then have been sweeter. Sreesanth bowled a lovely outswinger to Rahul Dravid, and it proved tempting enough for him to try to chase it down. It landed on a driving length, produced the outside edge and was pouched safely at slip.
Shane Watson made merry dispatching every Bangladesh slow bowler who came his way not too long ago. P Prasanth became the latest in a series of left-arm spinners to be left scarred by a Watson assault as he was smashed for three sixes - two off long hops and one off a full toss - in an over that marked a rare high point for Rajasthan in their otherwise listless effort with the bat.
A horrible first game of the season for Jacob Oram. A lazy push against Brad Hodge resulted in his dismissal for a duck, and he was welcomed to the bowling crease by his New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum with three towering sixes, each more powerful than the other, and all over the bowler's head.
Tait overstepped in the first over of Kochi's chase to concede a free hit, and was promptly swatted next ball for a massive six by McCullum. He got his man two balls later with a searing yorker, or so we thought. Tait has had trouble with the back foot no-ball for a while now, and replays showed his heel had brushed the side crease as he got into his delivery stride. McCullum got a life, and though he lasted just a couple more overs, he was able to inflict enough damage in his brief stay to leave Rajasthan deflated.