IPL 7: Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore - As it happened...
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Rajasthan Royals Innings
Over 13 || Score 71/4
Chahal is ready with his third over. RCB need 10 from 48 balls. Off the fourth ball Watson smacked the ball out of the park over cow corner. Watson Out! Watson tried to go for another big shot but got the top edge and AB took a simple catch at covers. Stuart Binny is the new man in. Off the last ball Nayar placed the ball for three runs and with that RR beat RCB quite comprehensively by six wickets. Pravin Tambe was rewarded with Man of the Match award for his staggering bowling 4-0-20-4.
SR Watson c de Villiers b Chahal 24 (24b)
Over 12 || Score 61/3
RR need 16 runs from 54 balls. Dinda to continue. RCB has been stunned by RR in this game. Six came from the over.
Over 11 || Score 55/3
Chahal to continue. Off the second ball Watson smacked the bowler for a six straight over bowlers head. That was the only boundary came from the over. The leggie leaked seven runs from the over. Now it's just a formality for RR to win the match.
Over 10 || Score
Ashok Dinda has been given the ball for the first time in the match. The Bengal seamer conceded mere two runs in his opening over.
Over 9 || Score 46/3
Young leg-spinner Chahal has been introduced into the attack. And he bowled an excellent maiden over first up. RR need mere 25 runs from 11 overs.
Over 8 || Score 46/3
Rampaul to continue. Off the fourth ball Nayar collected his first boundary by punching the ball towards mid-off. Six came from the over.
Over 7 || Score 40/3
Satrc to bowl his last over of the match. Nair out! In the third ball Nair got a thick edge of his bat and gave a simple Patel to Patel behind the wickets. Skipper Shane Watson is the new man in. In the sixth ball Watson played a wonderful straight-drive for a boundary. Elegance written all over it.
KK Nair c Patel b Starc 8 (12b)
Over 6 || Score 36/2
Rampaul to continue. Promising youngster Sanju Samson is the new man in. Two singles came from the first three balls. Run out! Samson flicked the ball towards deep mid-wicket and decided to go for the second run as well. But a good throw from the deep and Sanju fell short of his ground. Abhisheak Nayar is the new man in. Four runs from the over and a run-out.
SV Samson run out 2 (6b)
Over 5 || Score 32/1
Starc to continue. Three runs came from the first ball as Nair placed the ball towards mid-wicket. Second was a dot. Rahane Out! It was length ball which moved away a bit after pitching and kissed the outside edge of Rahane's bat. Patel took a simple catch behind the wickets. Four runs and a wicket came from the over.
AM Rahane c Patel b Starc 23 (19b)
Over 4 || Score 28/0
Rampaul is ready with his second over. First two balls were dot. Off the third came a double. In the next two balls came two singles. Four from the over as last ball was dot one.
Over 3 || Score 24/0
Starc to continue. And this time again Rahane once again collected two boundaries from the over. If the first ball was slapped through cover boundary then the fourth one was pulled towards mid-wicket for the second boundary of the over. 11 came from the over. Four boundaries from Rahane's willow so far.
Over 2 || Score 13/0
Ravi Rampaul is sharing the new ball with Starc. Two runs came from the first four balls. Next was a dot. Off the last, Nair couldn't manage to touch the ball, another dot. Two form the over. But RCB need wickets here.
Over 1 || Score 11/0
Mitchell Starc is ready to open the bowling for RCB, whereas, Ajinkya Rahane and Karun Nair are in the middle to open the innings for RR. Rahane flicks the second ball fine towards fine-leg for the first boundary of the innings. Next ball was a wide. Off the third Rahane played an elegant shot down the ground for the second boundary. Good first over for RR as 11 came from it.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Innings
Over 15 || Score 70
Tambe to bowl his last over. Off the second ball Rampaul smashed the bowler out of the park. Rampaul Out!In the next ball, Rampaul again looked to hit a six but couldn't manage to connect it well as Southee took a simple catch at cover region. After two balls Tambe trapped Dinda in front to sum up the RCB innings at mere 70 runs. It's the lowest total so far in the seventh edition of the IPL. Tambe is the certainly the pick among the RR bowlers as he finished with an impressive figures of 4-0-20-4.
AB Dinda lbw b Tambe 0 (3b)
R Rampaul c Southee b Tambe 13 (13b)
Over 14 || Score 62/8
Rajat Bhatia has been introduced for the first time in the match. Single came from the first two balls. Off the third Starc slashed the ball for four towards backward point. Two single came off the next two balls. Starc Out! Strac went to cut the ball towards point by find a fielder there. His cameo of 18 off 16 balls came to an end. Seven from the over.
MA Starc c Binny b Bhatia 18 (16b)
Over 13 || Score 55/7
Tambe to bowl his third over. Tambe has already grabbed two wickets in the match. Again a tight one by the leggie, as he conceded mere four in it.
Over 12 || Score 51/7
Richardson is back to bowl his last over. Ravi Rampaul, who is playing his first match of the season, is the new man in. Three dot balls first up. Off the fourth came a single. Then came three runs in the last two balls. Meanwhile, RCB has finally crossed the mark of fifty runs.
Over 11 || Score 47/7
Tambe to continue. Virat Kohli Out! Tambe bowled a short delivery, Kohi went to the back-foot to smack the ball towards mid-wicket but failed to connect it well and gave an easy catch to Southee at short mid-wicket. Two runs form the over and a huge wicket of Kohli.
V Kohli c Southee b Tambe 21 (25b)
==============================================================Over 10 || Score 45/6
Southee has been brought back into the attack. Mithchell Starc is the new man in for RCB. First ball, Kohli smashed the ball over mid-on fielder for a four. Then came three off the next two balls. In the fourth ball, Starc, chipped the ball over mid-off for another boundary. Good over for RCB as 12 came from it.
Over 9 || Score 33/6
Pravin Tambe has been introduced into the attack. The leggie had impressed a lot in the last IPL season. Albie Out! Off the fourth ball Albie stepped out to launch the bowler for a six but couldn't manage to connect it well and Smith took a simple catch at deep mid-off. RCB is on the back-foot now. An irresponsible shot by the South African. Off the fifth Kohli smashed the ball towards extra cover for a boundary. Single off the last. Six came from the over and a wicket.
JA Morkel c Smith b Tambe 7 (13b)
Over 8 || Score 27/5
Watson with his second over. Just a single off the first five balls that too came off byes. Last ball a dot as well. Only one conceded form it. Ball is not coming on to the bat well.
Over 7 || Score 26/5
Richardson is ready with his third over. Another tight over by the seamer as he conceded mere four from the over. For the sixth wicket Kohli and Albie have to add at least 80-90 runs if they really want to come back in this match.
Over 6 || Score 22/5
Skipper Shane Watson has come to bowl his first over. First ball, a dot. Second was a wide. Rana Out! Rana tried to play a cracking shot off the next towards cover region but got the thick inside edge of his bat and the ball crashed into his stumps. Albie Morkel is the new man in. In the second ball Morkel faced, he sent it for a boundary straight down the ground. RCB is in deep trouble as half of their team is back in the pavilion.
S Rana b Watson 3 (8b)
Over 5 || Score 16/4
Richardson is ready with his second over. Three singles came from the first four balls. Off the last came another single. Another good over by Kane as mere four came from it. Sachin Rana and Virat Kohli are in the middle for RCB.
Over 4 || Score 12/4
Southee to continue. First three balls were dot. Off the fourth came a single. Last two balls were also dot balls. One from the over. Virat has to play the captain's knock today.
Over 3 || Score 11/4
Kane Richardson has been given the ball. First ball, Yuvraj Singh Out! Yuvi tried to play a flashy shot but only managed to get the thick outside edge and at third slip Steve Smith took a simple catch. Double blow for RCB. AB played his first ball into the stumps. Richarson is on a roll here. Hat-trick ball for Kane. Single off the next. Off the fifth, Kohli slapped the short of length ball towards mid-wicket for his first boundary. Six run from the over and two crucial wickets.
AB de Villiers b Richardson 0 (1b)
Yuvraj Singh c Smith b Richardson 3 (7b)
Over 2 || Score 5/2
Tim Southee is sharing the new ball with Binny. Tight first over by the New Zealander as he gave mere four from it.
Over 1 || Score 1/2
Binny is ready with the new ball. First ball, Parthiv placed it on the on-side for a single. Next two balls were dot. Yogesh Takawale Out! Binny bowled a length ball which moved away after pitching and it got the outside edge of the right-hander. Wicket-keeper did no mistake. Skipper Virat Kohli is the new man in. Parthiv run-out. What a start for RR. Kohli placed the ball towards point region and both the batsmen decided to steal a single. But Rahane was quick there and Parthiv fell short of his crease. One run came from the over along with two wickets.
PA Patel run out 1 (1b)
YV Takawale c Samson b Binny 0 (3b )
RCB will look to set a total of around 180 while batting first, whereas, KKR will try to ristrict them somewhere near 150. Parthiv Patel and Yogesh Takawale, are in the middle to open the innings for RCB. On the other hand Stuart Binny is ready to start the bowling proceedings for RR.
Toss: Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and will bowl first. Track looks quite flat. RCB have done two changes in their playing XI. Sachin Rana and Ravi Ramapul are in Varun Aaron and Muttiah Muralitharan are out. RR too have done two changes as Karun Nair has come in for Kulkarni and Richardson for Faulkner.
Within a few minutes from now the 14th match of Indian Premier League`s seventh edition will kick start in which Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. It is the first match of the day as in the second encounter KKR will be up against dangerous looking KXIP.
RR started off their campaign in style by beating DD in their opening match but then they couldn`t manage to continue their winning streak and lost to Punjab and Chennai franchise in two back-to-back matches. On the other hand, RCB won their first two matches but then lost to Gautam Gambhir-led KKR in their third match.
RR skipper Shane Watson have to address his teams` batting and bowling issues, whereas, Bangalore are playing fantastic cricket, though, they lost in a close encounter against KKR. Rajasthan have to perform as a team as both their batting and bowling have failed on separate occasions.
The 2008 champions have some big names like James Faulkner, Brad Hodge and Steven Smith, besides Watson, in their ranks. But apart from Watson`s one innings, none of the star players could set the stage on fire. Domestic players, Rahane and Samson have come up with one good innings but they have lacked consistency.
The pace department led by Dhawal Kulkarni and medium-pacer Rajat Bhatia have also not made much of an impact. Kane Richardson too has taken three wickets in two matches but he missed the last game due to sickness.
Far from the days when Shane Warne used to be their spearhead, Rajasthan now lack a quality spinner as Pravin Tambe has not been very effective, with just one wicket to show from three matches. Bangalore, on the other hand, have been rock solid in their batting. While Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli chased down Delhi`s target with more than three overs to spare in the first match, it was Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers who did the job against Mumbai when Yuvraj and Virat failed.
Their pace trio of Varon Aaron (six wickets) , Mitchell Starc (five wickets) and Albie Morkel (three wickets) have contributed in the last three matches by taking wickets, while young spinner Yuzvendra Chahal too has bagged four wickets to help his team.
Rajasthan Royals: SR Watson (C), Amit Mishra, Ankit Sharma, AK Bains, R Bhatia, STR Binny, UBT Chand, KK Cooper, BCJ Cutting, JP Faulkner, BJ Hodge, DJ Hooda, Iqbal Abdulla, DS Kulkarni, VS Malik, KK Nair, AM Nayar, AM Rahane, KW Richardson, SV Samson, SPD Smith, TG Southee, PV Tambe, R Tewatia, DH Yagnik.
Bangalore Royal Challengers: V Kohli (C), VR Aaron, AN Ahmed, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, AB Dinda, CH Gayle, SB Jakati, NJ Maddinson, T Mishra, JA Morkel, M Muralitharan, HV Patel, PA Patel, R Rampaul, S Rana, S Sandeep Warrier, MA Starc, YV Takawale, Yuvraj Singh, VH Zol.