Rajasthan Royals have started their CLT20 2013 campaign with a good win over Mumbai Indians. They were disciplined on the field and gave very little away to the Mumbai batsmen. Dravid fell early but Sanju Samson played a vital knock in the middle overs while Stuart Binny finished things off well.
Coulter-Nile started the with two dot balls to induce some excitement but a misfield from Pollard in the third ball leveled the scores.Binny finishes the game in style with a six.
Binny is doing it for Rajasthan here! He cuts Mitchell Johnson for a boundary off the first ball and gets a single off the second delivery.Watson too realises Binny’s the one in the zone and takes a single off the very next delivery.Binny then, digs out a full delivery and guides it to the cover boundary.The over ends with another single with only the hosts just two runs away from victory.
Pollard starts the over brilliantlybut Binny plays a big shot off the second ball to take two runs.Pollard then bowls a poor slow delivery and is smashed by Binny for a boundary through covers.Seven runs from the over.
Sanju Samson reaches his half-century and takes Rajasthan past 100 with a boundary flying past the edge of his bat. An excited Dinesh Karthik appeals for a caught behind, however it is declared as wide. Rajasthan Royals need 37 runs to win with five overs remaining.
Rajasthan are moving along easily without taking too many risks. Rishi Dhawan maintains a tight line through the over. The young seamer has been impressive in the match. He finishes off with a dot delivery.
Rishi Dhawan is back in the over and gets the vital breakthrough. Rahane goes after trying to play across the line and playing the ball onto his stumps.He bowls a couple of lovely deliveries to new man Shane Watson to beat his bat.
Rohit takes Ojha out of the attack and gets Pollard on. He starts with a poor delivery down the leg side and Samson gets a boundary. Five singles taken from the rest of the over. Nine runs come off it.
Rohit Sharma introduces spin with Pragyan Ojha. Rahane welcomes him with an excellent six over covers. Samson gets a boundary thanks to a bad misfield from Harbhajan. An expensive start for Ojha, 13 runs from the over.
Coulter-Nile bowls the final powerplay over. Rahane lifts the ball over the in-field and gets a boundary but the rest of the over is well bowled until Rahane gets another boundary to finish off the over. 10 runs from it.
What a reprieve for Samson! Johnson bowled a quick delivery that is angled back into the right hander and hits him in line. However, the umpire didn’t feel so.Johnson is generating very good pace here.Samson is clearly struggling in seeing the ball. He gets some confidence and time to breathe when an outside edge went to the third man boundary.Johnson went a bit short in his length and Samson was quick to flick it to the boundary. Sublime timing from the youngster.The over ends with a single. 12 runs come off it.
Nathan Coulter-Nile strikes! He removes Dravid. The Rajasthan skipper is gone after playing the ball straight to Pollard at point. The wicket brings outSanju Samsonto the middle. What a start by Coulter-Nile. Just one run and a wicket from it.
Mitchell Johnson starts with his usual late inswingers to the right-handed Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane waits patiently till Johnson gives him a bit of room outside the off stump and cuts it behind point to the boundary. Five runs come from the first over.
Vikramjeet strikes first ball! He has sent back the dangerous Pollard off his first delivery!Vikramjeet varies his pace beautifully to deceive the new man Nathan Coulter Nile and get a dot ball. Coulter-Nile replies with a powerful shot over covers for a boundary. It was a close call as the ball pitched just centimetres ahead of the boundary line. Coulter-Nile plays another one on the up throught covers and this time it clears the rope comfortably. These are valuable runs for the visitors. Another slower delivery andHarbhajan is run out. The final ball fetches just a single and Mumbai Indians finish at 142 for seven.
Faulkner continues and almost gets rid of Pollard! A full toss delivery is flicked powerfully and Menaria puts in a full length dive but fails to hold on to the ball. Another full toss, another heave but only two runs from it.Pollard flicks another one and this time it clears the boundary. He has taken his time but is in the zone at the right time. He also moves into the 40s. 15 runs from the over.
Pollard plays a dilscoop! What a sight to see the big man go down on his knees to attempt the cheeky shot. He then picks a full delivery and slams it straight back for a six. If Pollard can face at least 6-8 balls in the last two overs, Mumbai could have a good total on the board. He is shuffling a lot, trying to move across to play on the leg side and then move back to play over point but misses.11 runs from the over.
Rohit Sharma is gone!What poor batting from the Mumbai skipper here!Having whacked a height no-ball for a big six over deep midwicket offthe previous delivery, Rohit tried to be cheeky and guide a ball down to third man. But he fails to beat the keeper and has to walk back.Dravid will be delighted. This could shut the Mumbai Indians out. The entertaining Harbhajan Singh walks out and hits a boundary off the last ball. A lot depends on Pollard now.
Mumbai get a much-needed move on. Both Pollard and Rohit manage to get a boundary each off Cooper. Pollard is lucky to survive after going for a random heave as the ball lands just short of the fielder in the deep in the last ball. 13 runs from the over.
Dravid seems to have won a perfect toss. Watson returns and continues to beat the bat. If Rohit can stay on and take his side close to 140, it could be a close game.At the moment, however, even 140 looks a big ask. A wonderful over ends with Rohit’s brilliant improvisation. He pre-meditates and plays a cheeky scoop. He timed it well enough for it to go all the way.
Oh dear! Terrible mix-up! Rayudu has to walk back. He is not happy with his skipper. The ball was played on the off-side and a yes-no from Rohit landed Rayudu at the other end of the wicket.The crowd however, seems happy as the wicket brings Kieron Pollard to the crease.Rahul Shukla does well to follow up a bouncer with a full delivery to beat Pollard’s bat.Four runs and a wicket from it.
Malik gets his second!Karthik is the man to go. He walked across the wicket but ended up playing on a length delivery which clipped the top of the bails to send him back. The wicket brings out Rohit Sharma to the middle.Rohit, at the toss, was eager to bat. Let’s see what he can do here.
He gets off the mark with a boundary as Vikramjeet errs in line for the first time today. He gives Rohit enough room to play a shot behind point.Tendulkar meanwhile, wants to continue to weild his willow. He swings and misses the last ball.
Shane Watson comes into the attack. The man tends to show double the form when he shifts from white flannels to the (Rajasthan) Royals blue.He tests Karthik with splendid variation in speed, line and length in the first five deliveries. Tendulkar, however, gets his third boundary with drive through backward point.
Tendulkar is in the mood for some fireworks today! He is looking confident and has so far to play his shots. So much that he is almost caught off the second delivery at point. Malik mixes his length well to test Tendulkar. He follows up a short delivery with a length ball that moves slightly away from the right hander. That will do a world of good to Malik’s confidence. Just three runs from the over.
Tendulkar gets going! James Faulkner comes into the attack and Tendulkar welcomes him with a boundary through backward point. Faulkner tests Tendulkar with a short delivery and the Mumbai batsmen does well to transfer his weight on the backfoot and lifts the ball over the in-field and helps it to the cover boundary. Whoever said the reflexes are going down.Faulkner bowls a better line to Karthik who is happy to defend the last couple of deliveries. Nine runs come off the over.
And we have the first wicket! Vikramjeet Malik dismisses Dwayne Smith! A length delivery that kept low hit Smith in line to send him back to the pavilion in the fourth ball of the over. The over began with the fielding has been excellent. The first two balls saw Smith denied two clear boundaries as Menaria and Ajinkya Rahane put in good dives to stop the ball. Smith does well in the third delivery to play it past the bowler to the straight boundary. Smith’s wicket brought Dinesh Karthik to the crease.
Ashok Menaria started the proceedings and Dwayne Smith drives the first ball to the cover boundary. The crowds went ballistic when Tendulkar got strike in the third ball. He played out the rest of the over.
Interesting tactics from both these sides here. The Rajasthan Royals (RR) have not named a single spinner and Dravid spoke about it during the toss. He said that he preferred an all-pace attack in the conditions. The Mumbai Indians (MI), on the hand, have two spinners in Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha. Will be interesting to see how the Mumbai duo operate with due coming into play later on in the day. For the moment, its Tendulkar time.
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the opening match between the Rajasthan Royals and the Mumbai Indians in the Champions League Twenty20. The T20 extravaganza (that’s what they call it) has made a grand comeback. The compelling Ashes 2013 is a now a thing of the past as Indian fans gear up to cheer for Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar among others in the opening tie. I, Prakash Govindasreenivasan, will be bringing you the over-by-over updates of this match.