Rajasthan Royals continued their winning form with a convincing 19 run win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Defending a modest 144, the RR bowlers put on a good show to bowl out KKR for 125 to script their second win of the tournament.
|The Match coin used for the toss during match 8 of the the Pepsi Indian Premier League ( IPL) 2013 between The Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders held at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on the 8th April 2013|
Chasing 145, KKR started off briskly with Gautam Gambhir giving the charge to Sreesanth and depositing him for a six in the very first over. Rahul Shukla struck twice in the third over, first bowling Manvinder Bisla (1) before having Jaques Kallis (0) caught behind. Siddharth Trivedi then further sunk KKR dismissing Gambhir (22) and Manoj Tiwary (14) in quick succession. Yusuf Pathan (0) fell the very next over to Kevon Cooper leaving KKR reeling at 44 for 5.
Laxmi Shukla (2) fell to Trivedi handing him his third wicket. Eoin Morgan (51) who was given an early reprieve by Shane Watson on 2, made the most of it smashing Rahul Shukla for a boundary and a six off the 14th over. KKR lost Rajat Bhatia (12) holing out at deep midwicket off Shaun Tait, before Sreesanth picked up Brett Lee (5).
Needing 23 runs from the last two overs, Cooper sealed the match taking the wicket of the well set Morgan who was slow to begin but played some sparkling strokes once he had his eye in. KKR were finally bowled out for 125 runs, 19 short of RR’s total.
Earlier in the evening, KKR won the toss and elected to field. Lee struck first having the dangerous Watson (5) caught at short extra cover. Ajinkya Rahane hit two consecutive boundaries off Mohammad Shami, but RR struggled to find momentum and managed just 35 runs in the power play. Bhatia bowled Rahul Dravid (17) to give KKR their second wicket. Stuart Binny (14) followed soon after out leg before to Laxmi Shukla.
Rahane put his foot on the pedal hitting Mohammad Shami for a six, as RR took 14 runs of his over, but KKR struck back with Sunil Narine striking twice. He first removed Rahane (36) caught behind before having Kevon Cooper stumped. Brad Hodge (46*) struck a few lusty blows to push forward RR's score. He found an ideal companion in Dishant Yagnik (16) who smashed a six and a boundary of Narine to score 18 runs of the 19th over. RR eventually finished at 144 for 6 from their 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Siddharth Trivedi
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 144 for 6 in 20.0 overs (Brad Hodge 45*, Sunil Narine 2-28) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 125 all out in 20.0 overs (Eoin Morgan 51, Siddharth Trivedi 3-23) by 19 runs.
5: Number of times times Rajasthan Royals have won their opening game of an IPL edition at Jaipur
7: Number of times Jacques Kallis has been dismissed without scoring in the IPL – including four golden ducks!
16: Number of dot balls bowled by Brett Lee in his four overs
18: Number of runs conceded by Sunil Narine in his fourth and final over – most he has ever conceded in one over in IPL.
125: Is Kolkata Knight Riders’ total – their lowest ever against Rajasthan Royals.
150.1: The clocked speed of the last delivery of Shaun Tait’s second over– the fastest in this IPL.
Siddharth Trivedi is the Man of the Match. Trivedi: "Ball was seaming a bit in the first innings, it really worked bowling wicket to wicket, suited my style of bowling. I enjoyed bowling here, in India, if you get such wickets, fast bowlers put in more effort. Tait is a good mate and he guides me when I approach him. Sometimes I feel he bowls 150 and I am only in 130s but I use what I have."
Rahul Dravid: "With the bat, we were at least 15-20 runs below par, but our bowlers responded very well. Partnership between Hodge and Yagnik got us there. Trivedi bowled a good spell, Gambhir's wicket was a big one, we picked regular wickets in the early overs. Look at their middle order, Pathan, Morgan, Tiwary, Gambhir, who wants to bowl spin to them, pound them with a bit of pace."
Gautam Gambhir: "We kept losing wickets at the wrong time. 144 was a good job done by the bowlers, it was a good wicket to bat on, we should have chased it, we played bad shots and kept losing wickets whenever we had a partnership. The way Brett bowled are very good signs for us. Hopefully we can get many more pitches like this."
Sreesanth: "Always great to bowl on a green top. Was nice to see five fast bowlers playing. Gambhir knows exactly what I bowl, so he was charging at me. What a wicket, man, I am still excited about this wicket, we should stick to this wicket."