Rajasthan Royals win by 9 runs


KKR 190-9 after 20 overs

Rajasthan Royals: 199/5 (20 ovs)

20th over: Shakib Out! Morris claims his 4th wicket.

KKR need 16 runs of the last overshahrukh

18th over: Watson to Chawla, OUT, fuller delivery outside off, sliced away but only as far as point. Simple catch, simply taken.P Chawla c Binny b Watson 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

17th over: Faulkner to Azhar Mahmood, OUT, Mahmood gets caught by Rahane. Azhar Mahmood c Rahane b Faulkner 6 (7b 1×4 0x6) SR: 85.71

16th over: Watson to Pathan, OUT, right down the throat of long-off. Royals think they have the game. It was a length ball on and around off stump, Pathan makes room to hammer it over Kulkarni, but holds out.YK Pathan c Kulkarni b Watson 44 (35b 5×4 1×6) SR: 125.71

15th over: Shakib hits two consecutive fours!!!

14th over: Morris to SA Yadav, OUT. SA Yadav c †Samson b Morris 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

14th over:Morris to Russell, OUT, that’s an outside edge, and it’s travelled as fat as long-off. AD Russell c Kulkarni b Morris 37 (20b 4×4 2×6) SR: 185.00gambhir

13th over: Sran to Russell, SIX, cleared the stadium! Soars well over the roof beyond midwicket! Humongous hit, and guess what the length is? Short and sat up for Russell as he pulls off the front foot. He’s playing an absolute blinder  

12th over:Watson to Russell, SIX, on the roof! 100m SIX!!

8th over:Kulkarni to Pandey, OUT, straight to cover! Seems the slower ball has worked out. It was a length ball, on leg stump. Pandey had made room for the slash and picks out the fielder MK Pandey c Morris b Kulkarni 21 (21b 3×4 0x6) SR: 100.00

6th over: Faulkner to Pathan, SIX, banged in short, Yusuf goes for the pull. Looks quite awkward doingabram it and gets a top edge that flies towards the square leg boundary. Hooda is running to his left, Sran was racing to his left from long leg. Hooda goes for a the catch, but it slips past his hands and his momentum takes him into a horribly collision into Sran. Hooda’s looking quite out of it. The physio’s checking his reflexes, seeing if he isn’t too dazed. Looks a bit of an issue here. Still sitting against the boundary, having some liquid. Breathing hard.

4th over: Morris to Pathan, FOUR, shortish and sliding down, Yusuf has stepped inisde the line and dabbed it to long leg. Wonderful shot

3rd over:Brainder Sran to Pandey, FOUR, pulls, and he mistimes it, and yet beats mid-on!

2nd over:Kulkarni to Uthappa, OUT, RV Uthappa c Smith b Kulkarni 14 (8b 3×4 0x6) SR: 175.00

1st over: Morris to Gambhir, OUT, short ball, came quickly onto Gambhir, who was forced into an awkward position, he still plays the pull, top edges it and that loops to Binny at backward square leg, massive wicket this! G Gambhir c Binny b Morris 1 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


KKR need 200 runs to win

18th over: Morkel to Watson, SIX, this is length and Watson has pinged the second tier in the stands. Went forward, and unleashed a full swing of the arms. Massive hit!  
17th over :UT Yadav to Nair, OUT, fuller delivery outside off, Karun goes for a booming drive through the off side. All he gets is an outside edge through to the keeper.KK Nair c †Uthappa b UT Yadav 16 (10b 3×4 0x6) SR: 160.00
                UT Yadav to Nair, FOUR, moves outside leg, Umesh follows him, Karun looks for a slice through point. Gets a very thick    outside edge and it scurries away to the third man boundary  
16th over:Azhar Mahmood to Watson, FOUR, another offcutter, Watson did away with his front leg, used the room he has created and thumped the ball through extra cover. Russell’s speed is easily bested. Rushing towards a ton!  
15th over: Morkel to Nair, OUT, dropped by Mahmood at mid-off KK Nair c Azhar Mahmood b Morkel 6 (4b 1×4 0x6) SR: 150.00watson
14 th over:Russell to Faulkner, OUT, full on middle, Faulkner stays deep in his crease and looks for a helicopter-like flick seeking to clear the boundary. But he hasn’t got as much as he’d like. Long-on runs to his right and takes a clean catch ;JP Faulkner c SA Yadav b Russell 6 (6b 1×4 0x6) SR: 100.00
13th over: Watson hits Shakib for a huge 6!!
11th over: Russell to Smith, OUT, that’s an absolute shocker! A dumbfounded Smith is looking at the umpire for a no-ball. But this should be out. A full toss has been flicked straight at short fine leg. Doesn’t look like he’ll be saved. Smith will be kicking himself all the way back to the pavilion

SPD Smith c Morkel b Russell 14 (11b 2×4 0x6) SR: 127.27

9th over:Russell to Smith, FOUR, gets down the track and whips a good length ball past midwicket’s right. And there’s no one behind him. The batting in this match has been quite captivating. Conjures a boundary  

Azhar Mahmood to Rahane, 1 run, OUT, you can’t look any prettier while getting out. A Rahane run out 37 (22b 3×4 2×6) SR: 168.18rahane

5th over: Shakib comes into the attack, Shakib Al Hasan to Watson, SIX, down the track, not quite at the pitch, but it’s not turning either. Hit through the line and lifted over the bowler’s head. Massive hit  

4th over: UT Yadav to Watson, FOUR, good length but it’s been pummeled! This pitch is wonderful for batting, the bounce is true, swing is absent and Watson presses forward and thumps down the ground 3rd over: Morkel to Rahane, FOUR, that one seamed! And oddly, it was a cross-seamer. A little movement away but Rahane rides it with the angled face and caresses it past the keeper  

SRK in the stands at Barbourne Stadiumsrk

2nd over: RR off to a flyer, Morkel to Rahane, SIX, that’s a sizzler! He saw the width, he loves it and lashes the ball over point. And it carries all the way. 

1st over: Watson hits a magnificent cover drive

KKR XI: R Uthappa, G Gambhir, M Pandey, Y Pathan, S Al Hasan, A Russell, A Mahmood, S Yadav, P Chawla, U Yadav, M Morkel

RR XI: A Rahane, S Watson, S Smith, K Nair, D Hooda, S Samson, J Faulkner, S Binny, C Morris, D Kulkarni, BS Saran

RR won the toss and elects to bat first…