Brad Hodge does it again for the Rajasthan Royals. A quickfire 23-ball 52 not out helps Rajasthan post yet another win at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaiput. Rahane will be pleased with his effort as well, getting second consecutive century in the tournament.
It’s all over! Otago Volts’ record of 15 consecutive wins is over as Rajasthan Royals have defeated them by four wickets in a tightly-contested game. Hodge hits the winning runs, getting a boundary off Butler through covers. The veteran Aussie hit three sixes and five boundaries, and made it look so easy to his side which was struggling halfway through after making a good start.
One good ball to get rid of James Faulkner but one bad ball by Neil Wagner puts the pressure back on Otago Volts. Cooper gets a low full toss around the off stump which he puts away for a boundary. Unlucky for Wagner as the last ball goes for a boundary between the fielder at short third man and ‘keeper and RR now need only two runs from the last over.
Rahane hits in the air over the point region but Jimmy Neesham puts up a splendid effort to save a certain boundary. Rajasthan add five runs to their total from Butler’s second over in the game, They now need a further 60 runs to win from 36 balls.
Another wicket! Binny chases a delivery well outside the off-stump, gets an edge and Brendon McCullum, standing wide at first slip takes a good catch to put Rajasthan in more trouble. Only three runs come from the 13th over of the game.
Rahul Dravid tries to hit a delivery that was going well outside the off-stump, but mistimes the shot and Nathan McCullum takes a good catch at point. Beard claims his first wicket in the game. Sanju Samson walks in.
James McMillan is punished for being poor with his line as Dravid collects three runs from the gap between cover and point, and Rahane getting a boundary on the fine-leg area as the fielder was standing up.
Ajinkya Rahane cuts between the point and cover fielders to hit the first boundary in the Rajasthan innings. Ian Butler bowls the fifth delivery way down the leg side as Rajasthan get five more runs, and Rahane ends the over with a superb stroke through the off side as the hosts are off to a confident start.
Rajasthan Royals kept the pressure consistently over their rivals, but Otago did well to post a fighting total. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson will be key in Rajasthan’s chase.
Cooper gets another wicket! Gets rid of the dangerous Ian Butler, who gets an inside edge and the ball crashes into the wickets. A fine fielding effort by another Rajasthan veteran, Brad Hodge, helps them save a couple of runs.
Otago Volts 120/6 | Overs 18 | N McCullum 15*, I Butler 25*
Faulkner keeps it tight and doesn’t allow the Otago batsmen to go for big hits. Six runs added to their total, Butler and Nathan McCullum would be looking to add many more.
Otago Volts 114/6 | Overs 17 | N McCullum 11*, I Butler 23*
Butler takes the attack to the opposition with two sixes and a boundary off Cooper, as Otago cross the 100-run mark in their 17th over of the innings. Eighteen runs come from that over as the Kiwis side eye some late momentum.
Otago Volts 96/6 | Overs 16 | N McCullum 10*, I Butler 6*
Ian Butler gets into the act with a boundary on the first ball off Pravin Tambe. Otago batsmen scramble for three more singles to take the run count from that over to seven.
Otago Volts 89/6 | Overs 15 | N McCullum 9*, I Butler 1*
Nathan McCullum thrashes towards the cover area for a boundary as Otago batsmen add another eight runs to their total. Rahul Shukla finishes with the figures of 4-1-23-3.
Otago Volts 81/6 | Overs 14 | N McCullum 2*, I Butler 0*OUT! (Neesham 26(27) | Overs 13.3)
Tambe adds more to Otago’s woes, gets rid of the dangerous ten Doeschate to leave the Kiwis side in trouble. The Rajasthan spinner bowls a flat delivery that crashes into ten Doeschate’s pads even before the batsman could get his bat on time.
Otago Volts 80/5 | Overs 13 | N McCullum 1*, ten Doeschate 26*OUT! (Neesham 32(25) | Overs 12.2)
‘Unleash the Neesh’, as his teammates like to call him, is gone! Neesham falls to Kevon Cooper, caught by Watson at mid-on area after smashing four boundaries and a spectacular six to race to 25-ball 32. Cooper would have got Neesham out much earlier, had Paul Reiffel agreed. ten Doeschate picks a boundary off the last ball to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Neesham is leading Otago’s recovery and in some style! First he pulls through the midwicket for a boundary, thrashes the ball down the wicket on the fifth delivery and on the last, flicks the ball for a six behind the square leg to make it 16 from Watson’s third over.
Neesham manages to hit over Shane Watson at short mid-wicket for a boundary on the second ball of the over. Neesham and ten Doeschate are slowly rebuilding their innings after the early blows. Eight runs added to the team total.
ten Doeschate hits in the air off Rahul Shukla on a delivery that was low and slow, luckily for him the ball drops short of Menaria who was manning the deep-midwicket position. The Rajasthan pacer is hit for a boundary by Neesham for providing enough width.
Neesham gets a lifeline. How crucial will that be? The left-handed batsman hits a cross-bat shot off Kevon Cooper, gets a nick but the umpire feels otherwise. Three runs come from the seventh over of the game.
Neesham gets a lifeline. How crucial will that be? The left-handed batsman hits a cross-bat shot off Kevon Cooper, gets a nick but the umpire Paul Reiffel feels otherwise. Three runs come from the seventh over of the game.
Otago try to get some momentum with their star batsman Ryan ten Doeschate getting a boundary off a short ball by Rahul Shukla on the third ball. The Otago batsmen collect three more runs off the penultimate ball of the over with an over-throw that was all but going to the boundary, cut short by Pravin Tambe with a fine effort. The veteran Rajasthan player has been very impressive in the field today.
And there goes another!!! This time it’s Neil Broom who has mis-timed a pull shot off Watson and Samson does the rest. Watson drops it short, Broom goes for a pull shot but the ball takes leading edge and the fourth Otago batsman is back in the dugout. Only two runs come in that over.
Rahul Shukla strikes thrice! The Rajasthan pacer cleans up Hamish Rutherford with a peach of a delivery and then traps Otago captain Brendon McCullum in front of the wickets on the third ball of the over. Derek de Boorder’s stay at the crease isn’t for long as the Rajasthan seamer takes a simple return catch after the Kiwi batsman failed to judge the pace of the ball that was rising up. Rajasthan are all over the Kiwis side!
Broom punishes Shane Watson for providing a little bit of width first up, getting a boundary behind square. Pravin Tambe dives to prevent the ball crossing the boundary, but as he got up to throw the ball back to the wicketkeeper, he touched the boundary and umpires signalled a four. On the last ball, Rutherford gets a lifeline as Sanju Samson spills a tough chance behind the wickets.
Neil Broom sets the ball rolling for the Otago Volts with a cracking drive between the point and cover fielders to hit the first boundary of the game. Hamish Rutherford gets going too, albiet getting a boundary through an edge off the last ball of Ashok Menaria’s first over.
Rajasthan Royals’ captain Rahul Dravid won the toss and elected to field against the Otago Volts in their CLT20 2013 match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Tuesday.
Otago Volts: Neil Broom, Hamish Rutherford, Brendon McCullum (c), Derek de Boorder (wk), Ryan ten Doeschate, Jimmy Neesham, Nathan McCullum, Ian Butler, Neil Wagner, Nick Beard, James McMillan
Hello and welcome to the live updates of the Group A match between the local side Rajasthan Royals and the Otago Volts in the Champions League Twenty20 2013. I am Devarchit Varma, bringing you the over-by-over updates of the match.