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Jaipur: Apr 29, 2013
RR 173/4 | Overs 19.5 | Binny 6*, Faulkner 1* OUT! Hodge 32 (18) and Owais Shah 1(1)
Vinay Kumar was Bangalore’s hero in the final over with the bat, but with the ball he couldn’t defend six runs. The final over was dramatic. Hodge and Owais Shah fell off consecutive deliveries. Binny hit the penultimate ball off the innings for a boundary and Royals recorded a five-wicket win with one ball to spare.
RP Singh picks up Watson. Is there a final twist in this tale? Six runs are needed off six deliveries.
Two length balls from Rampaul went for two sixes. Brad Hodge has brought the required rate down considerably. A 17-run over has tilted the equation in Rajasthan’s favour. Thirteen runs are needed off two overs.
Watson opens his shoulders. Vinay Kumar was hit over mid-wicket for a six. Rajasthan need 30 off three overs. Rajasthan need a big over then they will seal this match.
Unadkat hoodwinked Watson and Hodge with his slow deliveries. But a short delivery to Hodge was hammered past sqaure leg for a boundary. Rajasthan need 42 off four overs.
Sanju Samson falls after the strategic time-out. He tried to hit Rampaul over mid-wicket but got a top-edge which was caught by Murali Kartik at backward point. Rajasthan need 52 off five overs.
Sanju Samson has played a ramp shot past AB de Villiers. The slower ball from Unadkat off the second ball was hit inside-out. The teenager is turning the things on. Rajasthan need 57 off six overs.
RR 105/2 | Overs 13 | Samson 54*, Watson 24*
Sanju Samson brings his maiden IPL fifty hitting RP Singh for a four over covers. Dravid’s decision to send him at No 3 has proved perfect so far. Will the young ‘keeper take Royals home? Watson hits SIngh for a four off the final delivery. Rajasthan now need 67 off seven overs.
Kartik is bowling full and straight. Watson manages to hit Kartik over his head off the final delivery of the over. Royals need 77 off the final eight overs of the match.
RP Singh replaces Unadkat. He gave away only five singles. The length was full and no leeway was given to free the arms. Rajasthan need 87 off nine overs.
Seven runs came off Kartik’s second over. Rajasthan took no chances in the over. Singles and twos were the order of the over.
Watson is looking ominous. He pulls Unadkat in front of mid-wicket for a boundary. Samson played an impetuous shot- a charge down the wicket and a slog which eluded sweeper cover.
Samson greets Murali Kartik with two sixes over extra-covers. Fifteen runs come off left-arm spinner’s first over. Rajasthan are getting a move on.
Henriques has got the wicket of Dravid. Kohli is ecstatic. He dropped Dravid off the first ball of the innings. Dravid played a wild slog. In walks Shane Watson, the first and the only centurion of IPL 2013, so far.
Sanju Samson is taking Bangalore on. A thwack over bowler Vinay Kumar’s head and then a hit over mid-off went for boundaries. Rajasthan score 45 in the Powerplay overs.
Moises Henriques has given away only four off his first over. The back of the length deliveries were prevented batsmen from taking chances. Samson was dropped by Gayle off the fifth ball.
Sanju Samson has announced his intentions. He has come in ahead of Watson. The first two balls of the innings were hit for a boundaries. Vinay Kumar getting a taste of his own medicine, may be.
Rampaul has bounced out Rahane. The Rajasthan opener failed to keep the ball down attempting to pull Rampaul. Rajasthan lose the first wicket. So second wicket-maiden of the match.
RP Singh bowled too short to Rahul Dravid. The Rajasthan captain pulled Singh behind point and then cut him through covers. Rajasthan are off to a flier.
Virat Kohli drops Rahul Dravid at the second slip on the first ball of the innings. Ravi Rampaul is getting good bounce and a bit of pace. The second ball was hit over the top of slips for a four. The last ball was steered away behind point for the second four in the over.
RCB 171/6 | Overs 20 | Tiwary 7*, R Vinay Kumar 22*
Vinay Kumar has managed to hit three gigantic sixes off Faulkner. Bangalore score 171. Faulkner misses his radar and the birthday boy gave away 22 off his final over.
Henriques was run out off the first delivery of the over. Rampaul was dismissed off the last delivery. Only five runs were conceded off Watson’s final over.
Saurabh Tiwary was flummoxed off the last two deliveries of the over of Faulkner. Two slower balls beat him neck and crop. Only seven runs came off Faulkner’s over.
Sreesanth concedes 14 off his final over. Sreesanth lost the plot just a little in his final over. He overstepped and then bowled a benign slower ball which Henriques hit past long-off.
RCB 123/4 | Overs 16 | Henriques 3*, Tiwary 0* OUT ! Kohli 32(35)
Shane Watson was hit for a six off his first delivery in this spell by Henriques. But he pulled back Bangalore from making this as a big over. After bowling two dot balls to Kohli, Watson got him off the third. Kohli looked to break free. He pulled the ball to long-on.
Only four runs conceded by Sreesanth in his third over. The back of the length delivery prevented Bangalore batsman from scoring runs freely.
Trivedi was hammered by Kohli over mid-wicket for a four off the first delivery. The fourth ball was dragged onto the leg-stump and it eluded the short fine-leg for another boundary. Bangalore is getting a move-on.
RCB 99/3 | Overs 13 | Kohli 19*, Henriques 0* OUT ! AB de Villiers 21(13)
Sreesanth gets AB de Villiers. A wicket maiden for him. De Villiers was caught off the first delivery on the sweeper cover boundary. So the lapse in the previous over was not at all costly.
Binny gets to bowl. De Villiers was gone but the sweeper cover failed to spot the ball. Will the miss be costly?
RCB 90/2 | Overs 11 | Kohli 16*, de Villiers 15*
Chandila has bowled out. Last over went for 15 runs. Not quite a good finish. Bangalore are using the long handle. De Villiers reverse-swept the last ball of the over for a three.
Trivedi is just not giving the pace. Kohli and de Villiers are biding their time. Good time for Rajasthan as they have arrested the flow of boundaries. Only five have come off over No 10.
Chandila is bowling very slowly. Bangalore are finding it difficult to force the pace. Kohli and de Villiers are getting their eye in. Rajasthan are slipping past frugal overs.
Siddharth Trivedi is taking the pace away from the ball. That caused the downfall of Mukund. A big booming drive caused about his downfall.
RCB 61/1 | Overs 7 | Mukund 18*, Kohli 5*
Ajit Chandila comes in for his second over. There is plenty of turn on offer for him. Six runs came off his second over. Bangalore are looking for ones and the twos.
Rajasthan have pegged back things considerably. The Powerplay overs have yielded 55 runs. Bangalore will be relatively happy. Shane Watson has bowled wicket-to-wicket line. Only six runs came off Watson’s second over.
James Faulkner hit Virat Kohli on the elbow off RCB skipper’s first delivery. Then he had Kohli playing back. There was a huge shout for leg before but the ball was too high. Faulkner has bowled in right channels.
Rajasthan’s go-to man Shane Watson gets Chris Gayle. Bangalore lose their talismanic man. A 16-ball 34 from the big West Indian has got Bangalore to a rolicking start.
Sreesanth is welcomed to the bowling crease with bludgeoning strokes. Two thunderous hits down the ground put Sreesanth off. The last ball was hammered over mid-wicket for a six. Seventeen came off Sreesanth’s first over.
The purple cap holder, James Faulkner bowled to the Orange Cap holder, Chris Gayle. The West Indian slammed Faulkner to mid-wicket for a boundary and then played an agricultural shot to get three runs.
Chris Gayle shows his sublime touch to Ajit Chandila. First shot was a streaky hit that went throught backward point. The second ball was a straight drive. The third boundary was a sweep shot. Gayle fell down and had a laugh about it.
Rajasthan Royals have won the toss, captain Rahul Dravid chose to bowl in the 40th match of Indian Premier League at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Abhinav Mukund comes in for his first game of IPL 2013, left-arm spinner Murali Kartik, and Moises Henriques are in the playing XI for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Tillakaratne Dilshan has been dropped.
Owais Shah is in for Rajasthan for Kevon Cooper. S Sreesanth comes in place of Sachin Baby and Sanju Samson is in for Dishant Yagnik.
Rajasthan Royals : Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid (c), Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Sanju Samson (wk), James Faulkner, Ajit Chandila, Siddharth Trivedi, S Sreesanth.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, Abhinav Mukund, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Saurabh Tiwary, Moises Henriques, Murali Kartik, Ravi Rampaul, R Vinay Kumar, RP Singh, Jaidev Unadkat.
This is Sarang Bhalerao and I will be bringing you the updates of the match being held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
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