Round 1, v Hyderabad in Jaipur
Rajasthan 403 (Kanitkar 193) beat Hyderabad 21 (Chahar 8-10) and 126 (Chahar 4-54, Pankaj 4-45) by an innings and 256 runs
Rajasthan started their campaign with a remarkable performance from debutant Deepak Chahar. Hyderabad were shot out for 21 in 78 minutes of mayhem on the opening day, breaking the tournament record for the lowest team total, and equalling the Indian first-class record. Chahar, Rajasthan's 18-year-old medium-pacer, did the damage with a spell that read 7.3-2-10-8. Hrishikesh Kanitkar, the captain, hit 193 as Rajasthan racked up 403 before Hyderabad collapsed for 126 in the second innings. Hyderabad axed four senior players, while their head coach and batting coach resigned in the aftermath of this crushing defeat.
Round 2, v Goa in Jaipur
Goa 216 (Pankaj 5-58, Chahar 4-67) and 391 for 3 (Ratra 204*) drew with Rajasthan 490 (Saxena 133, Parida 91)
Pankaj and Chahar shared nine wickets to bowl out Goa for 216 before Vineet Saxena hit a hundred to ensure Rajasthan took a 274-run lead. Ajay Ratra racked up 204 and Rahul Keni hit 115 in an unbroken stand of 310 to help Goa draw the game.
Round 3, v Madhya Pradesh in Vadodara
Rajasthan 523 (Deshpande 144, Bist 91, Sharma 5-109) drew with Madhya Pradesh 419 for 5 (Abbas Ali 115*, Bundela106*)
It was a run-fest at Vadodara. Vaibhav Deshpande hit a hundred and Robin Bist scored 91 to charge Rajasthan to a massive 523. Devendra Bundela and Syed Abbas Ali hit hundreds as Madhya Pradesh reached 419 for 5. Neither team got a point as even one innings couldn't be completed on a flat track.
Round 4, v Tripura in Kota
Rajasthan 150 (Chopra 62, Mota 5-31) beat Tripura 95 (Pankaj 8-32) and 55 (Pankaj 6-20) by 10 wickets
In a low-scoring encounter Rajasthan won by 10 wickets. Pankaj grabbed eight wickets to bowl out Tripura for 95 before Aakash Chopra topscored with 62 to help Rajasthan gain a 55-run lead. With the match tantalisingly poised, Pankaj breathed fire in the second innings to pick up six wickets and rout Tripura.
Round 5, v Jharkhand in Udaipur
Rajasthan 488 (Parida 190, Chopra 107) drew with Jharkhand 303 (Jaggi 131, Chahar 4-86) and 211 (Yadav 4-71)
The seamers again did the job for Rajasthan. Pankaj and Chahar shared six wickets to bowl out Jharkhand for 303 before the professional Chopra and Rashmi Parida hit hundreds to help Rajasthan post 488. The legspiner Vivek Yadav eased the seamers' burden in the second innings, grabbing four wickets as Jharkhand fell for 211. Rajasthan earned three points for their effort.
Plate Semi-final v Maharashtra in Nasik
Rajasthan 641 (Chopra 301) and 203 for 2 (Kanitkar 100*) drew with Maharashtra 349 (Paradkar 104*, Yadav 4-63)
Chopra hit his maiden triple-hundred to bury Nasik. Chopra batted over 13 hours and hit 33 fours and three sixes as Rajasthan ran away to a mammoth 641 in their first innings. Nikhil Paradkar hit a hundred but Yadav picked another four-wicket haul to restrict Maharasthra to 349. Kanitkar helped himself to another hundred in the second innings and Rajasthan moved up to the Super League.
Super League quarter-final v Mumbai in Jaipur
Mumbai 252 (Pankaj 6-64) and 290 for 1 drew with Rajasthan 589 (Saxena 143, Kanitkar 113, Menaria 121). Rajasthan progress on basis of first-innings lead
In a sensational result, Rajasthan shoved the 39-times champions Mumbai out of the competition to reach the semi-final. It was their talisman Pankaj who took six wickets to restrict Mumbai, who chose to bat, for a below-par 252. Saxena batted for nearly 10 hours for his 143 and Mumbai's woes increased with hundreds from Kanitkar and Ashok Menaria. Mumbai's captain Wasim Jaffer later said that Mumbai paid for their arrogance and complacency.
Super League semi-final v Tamil Nadu in Jaipur
Rajasthan 552 for 7 decl (Chopra 139, Menaria 106, Kanitkar 100*) drew with Tamil Nadu 385 (Badrinath 175) and 2 for 0
Rajasthan were put into bat but Chopra and Saxena added 181 runs for the opening wicket before Kanitkar and Menaria hit hundreds to charge them to a strong 552. The match hurtled towards a thrilling finale: Tamil Nadu, if they didn't get bowled out, needed to score 272 runs in 90 overs on the final day to go through based on net run-rate but they were shot out in the last session. For 10 hours and five minutes, Badrinath resisted everything hurled at him, but Rajasthan found a way around him to bowl out Tamil Nadu and get the lead.
Sriram Veera is a staff writer at Cricinfo