Shane Watson © IANS (File Photo)
Shane Watson © IANS (File Photo)


May 23, 2014


Rajasthan Royals are in a spot of bother, while chasing down a target of 180 against Kings XI Punjab in Indian Premier League (IPL0 2014. They lost the early wicket of Karun Nair. However, Sanju Samson and Ajinkya Rahane have stitched a fine partnership and that should give Rajasthan some hope.  The way Samson hooked Beuran Hendricks’s left-arm seam bowling for a six perhaps gives an indication that he is ready to up the ante.


At the right time though, Rishi Dhawan cleaned up Rahene with the batsman playing down the wrong line. Interestingly, it was close to being called a no ball. Shane Watson, the skipper then too was cleaned up by Dhawan. Punjab are on top for sure. Earlier, Despite losing wickets at regular intervals against Punjab‘s batsmen played with fearless courage during the early part of their innings. Rjasthan bowlers did make a fine comeback in the middle overs, but George Bailey and David Miller with their pyrotechnics in the end overs helped them to a score of 179 runs for the loss of four wickets on the board.


It was Virender Sehwag, who gave them a flying start by smashing Vikramjeet Malik’s medium pace bowling all over the park. He finally got out to the all-rounder James Faulkner‘s bowling caught by Malik. Manan Vohra took over from him by playing sparkling shots himself. The way he stood tall at the crease to smash Shane Watson with a flick shot between wide long on and deep mid-wicket region just gave a glimpse of his talent. He though was run out just when it seemed like he was about to get a big score. He was run out with him not even grounding the bat.


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