Toss: Rajasthan Royals, who chose to field
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KXIP XI: A Gilchrist, M Singh, S Marsh, D Hussey, D Miller, R Sathish, B Sharma, P Chawla, M Gony, P Kumar, P Awana
RR XI: A Rahane, R Dravid, S Watson, B Hodge, S Samson, D Yagnik, J Faulkner, K Cooper, A Chandila, S Sreesanth, S Trivedi
Kings XI Punjab 145/6 (20/20 ov)
Punjab lost Mandeep Singh in the first over. But then saw Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh lay the perfect platform for them to attack the Rajasthan bowlers. The duo shared 101-run partnership before Gilchrist was dismissed in the 14th over. That still gave them enough time to put the foot down on the accelerator but that pick-up in the run scoring just didn't happened. Cooper and Faulkner were brilliant down the stretch and restricted KXIP to just 145 at the end of their 20 overs. Shaun Marsh top-scored with 77 from 64 balls but no one else really got going.
Rajasthan Royals 147/2 (19.0/20 ov)
In reply, Rajasthan were clinical. They came out with a plan and stuck to it. Dravid was dismissed early but Rahane was around to steer the team to victory. And he, unlike Marsh, had all the help he needed. Shane Watson chipped in with a vital 31 off 25 balls and Sanju Samson scored 47 off 33 balls. But the star of the show was Rahane (59 off 49 balls.) He simply doesn't panic and one can't help but wonder how he isn't part of the Champions Trophy squad. And when he does play shots, he is classy. They made this chase look easy. Not for a second did it look like KXIP had a chance.
Result: Rajasthan Royals won by 8 wickets (with 6 balls remaining)
Turning Point: From 120 at the end of the 16th over, KXIP only managed to reach 145. And in T20, that's just no acceptable.
In light of the spot-fixing investigation into the three RR players, here is how ESPNcricinfo described the tainted over in question from this match:
3.1: Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, short of length and that's been cut away to the off side, straight to the fielder
3.2: Sreesanth to Marsh, FOUR, drilled through extra-cover for a four, that's very full and while it did not come off the middle of the bat, it's hit in the gap and rushes away
3.3: Sreesanth to Marsh, no run, that's thrown up wide outside the off stump and he does get some bat on it, but not off the middle yet again and it goes to the fielder
3.4: Sreesanth to Marsh, 1 run, short ball, wants to pull it away but for the third time this over, the middle of the bat is missing, hits the top edge of the bat and lands at mid-wicket, there's no-one there and off for a single
3.5: Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, short again but Gilly is no Marsh, he gets the pull away and it's off the middle of the bat, pulled away for a four
Sid: "Dravid keeps on giving reason to like him all the more. Had Kohli been in his place, he surely would have said that it was the batsman's job to get out of the way!"
3.6: Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, blasted back to the fence but it's not timed too well and still goes to the fence, fuller in length but it came slower than what Gilly expected, he had gone through with the shot and hits the toe end of the bat, Sreesanth pulls his hand out of the way and it rolls down to the fence
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Updated Date: May 16, 2013 17:45:42 IST