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Rajasthan vs Hyderabad - 28th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date: 29 April 2018

Rajasthan 140/6 (20 Ovs) RR: 7.00 | Hyderabad won by 11 runs

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Kane Williamson | Winning skipper | MoM: I think the contribution from the batting order on that surface to get 150, which was a par total, and then to squeeze well without bowling like we have in the last couple of games was incredible. They did get off to a good start, put us under pressure but it was nice for us to bounce back in the second half. The surface was definitely on the slower side, with slow turn and not a lot of bounce. They used the hard length ball well with the big boundaries, which was something we wanted to incorporate as well in our innings. I thought in the first part we were very good and were able to restrict them to a decent total. Yusuf's wicket was fortunate, probably not his best delivery, but was nice to get that wicket at that stage because he (Stokes) is such a dangerous player. The way the guys went out today, we didn't get that 10-15 more on another challenging surface but we did see an improvement, which we look to carry forward. T20 is pretty fickle in nature and it is nice to get a few wins on the board; but each game is a tough game. We need to adapt to conditions, not get ahead of ourselves, which have varied a lot and that's what we aim to build on and do going forward as well. Alex (Hales) is world class in this format; it was nice for him to get us off to a good start and it was great for him to have that opportunity.

19:27 local: They're making a habit of this. Nothing's small enough, no situation is lost-worthy enough for these guys to give up. And Hyderabad are pulling out new formulas of defence. With Rahane having anchored the chase, held up one end and cruising along with the asking rate well under control, Rajasthan had no business losing this. But Rashid continued his web, the seamers let out knuckle balls at will, and watched yet another side crumble against the asking run-rate. Rahane by no means is a hitter, and he surely wasn't helped by the English imports scratching around for form at this stage. And before they knew, it slipped. But in the end, it was that life Williamson got with some generous bit of fielding that would come back to haunt them hard. Stick around, the presentations coming up.

19.6
1
Basil Thampi to Jofra Archer, 1 run, it's it. Full, tailing in, whipped away .. doesn't matter where it goes. Hyderabad top tables

Jofra Archer, right handed bat, comes to the crease

19.5
0
Basil Thampi to Gowtham, out Caught by Dhawan!! There's the nail. The unlikeliest of ties is out of the equation too. Quite a half volley this, Gowtham can't get under the length though, drills it uppishly, without elevation. This time Dhawan at long-off need not tumble, he can stay and collect. Gowtham c Dhawan b Basil Thampi 8(5) [4s-1]

Basil Thampi to Gowtham, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

19.4
2
Basil Thampi to Gowtham, 2 runs, full, straight, right out of the death bowling manual. Gowtham goes straight down, drilling it to a tumbling Dhawan. And he's high-fiving .. it's sealed guys. 13 off 2

Gowtham needs to unleash his avatar he had on display against Mumbai.

19.3
1
Basil Thampi to Rahane, 1 run, keeps it in the blockhole. Rahane can only get a toe-end, down the pitch
19.2
1
Basil Thampi to Gowtham, 1 run, tailing in, another attempted yorker. Squeezed out only as far as extra cover waiting in the ring
19.1
4
Basil Thampi to Gowtham, FOUR, gets his line wrong. Gets his length wrong. A yorker in the form of a half volley, the line stays on middle and Gowtham's hoick gets a fat inside edge, through his legs and through a vacant square leg

Basil Thampi [1.0-0-17-0] is back into the attack

So 21 off 6. How things turn. Thampi gets his chance to avenge his first over carnage.

18.6
0
S Kaul to Rahane, no run, low, bent, wanting to hoick into the night sky. Nah. Can't. Inside-tickle is all he gets to the keeper
18.5
2
S Kaul to Rahane, 2 runs, 115.2kph. Ugly. Across, opened up and carves it away through point. You can trust a Bengali with footie skills, Shakib shows them at the boundary. Oh neat
18.4
1
S Kaul to Gowtham, 1 run, swivels, pulling it away round the corner. 23 off 8 and Rahane has his strike

Krishnappa Gowtham, right handed bat, comes to the crease

18.3
0
S Kaul to Lomror, out Caught by Saha!! Wide knuckle ball, angling way across -- tempting Lomror to chase, take on the big boundary. Well he has to. Throws his bat out .. he wouldn't have had a problem even with some sort of a big edge. Gets it off the outside, yes, but not past a flying Saha to his left. Lomror c Saha b S Kaul 11(12)

S Kaul to Lomror, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

18.2
2
S Kaul to Lomror, 2 runs, this drama. In a match that's set to remembered for a drop, here's Pandey almost pulling off a stunner. So Lomror slog-slices high up. Pandey reverse-cups right at the edge of long-off. Realizes he's slipping over and throws it back in. He's making a habit of these
18.1
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, knuckle, length, middle. Rahane makes room, slaps hard, but straight to backward point

27 now off 12. And we thought a big hit would ease out the equation.

17.6
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, dragged short. Sits up for a heave into mid-wicket
17.5
0
Rashid Khan to Rahane, no run, so he has a reverse sweep too. Oh dear, save the sanctity, somebody. It's down leg, and Rahane's missed. And the umpire's not amused
17.4
1
Rashid Khan to Lomror, 1 run, takes it on the full. Muscling, bottom-handed through mid-wicket
17.3
0
Rashid Khan to Lomror, no run, goes googly, Lomror trapped with flat feet, just can't slap it right. Can't slap it at all in fact
17.2
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, another sweep. Nailed away in front of square
17.1
6
Rashid Khan to Rahane, SIX, and there. Crunch. Targets the smaller leg-side, premeditates a sweep, slogging it uppishly, deep into mid-wicket. That should simplify things

The equation: 36 off 18. One hit / One wicket to kill the contest.

16.6
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, 120.5kph. Opens ups his stance, baseball-like, quietly knocked around in front of square
16.5
1
S Kaul to Lomror, 1 run, clears his front leg, bit can't get under this fuller length. Hammers it down the ground
16.4
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, 118.6kph knuckle ball. Rahane walks, shuffles and there's no pace to be doing anything fancy. So another one of his staple whips through mid-wicket
16.3
1
S Kaul to Lomror, 1 run, 114.5kph, hard drive, through the covers. Sensible singles these
16.2
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, ramps out to the width to guide it to short third
16.1
2
S Kaul to Rahane, 2 runs, full, tailing back in, dug out to long-on -- credit the second to slow timing and the massive outfields

Siddarth Kaul [2.0-0-10-1] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, delicate dab, expecting it to run away. But Yusuf's diving, putting his body on the line at short third man
15.5
1
Rashid Khan to Lomror, 1 run, 96.1kph, some sort of a cramped cut through the covers. Super-quick hands
15.4
2
Rashid Khan to Lomror, 2 runs, reverse, sweeping, does clear point, but not quite the legs to beat sweeper
15.3
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, bigger shuffle, ensures he's behind the line as he takes matters leg-sided
15.2
0
Rashid Khan to Rahane, no run, from the back of the palm, drawing Rahane into the drive. Only to fox him with the spit up, beating him comprehensively
15.1
2
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 2 runs, 97kph leg-spinning skidder. Rahane whips it off his sticker, and nobody quite bothers chasing as it meekly rolls through mid-wicket. Rashid eventually has to

The final time-out -- CRAJ: 6.8 | REQ: 10 -- Oh these close finishes.

14.6
1
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, 111.4kph. Consecutive knuckle number three. But it's short, allowing Rahane to wait on his back foot, read, shuffle, and whip it down to long-on
14.5
2
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, slow again. Rahane's wrists are softer, knocking it into mid-wicket, where the fielder's right at the boundary to pinch him for a second
14.4
1
Sandeep Sharma to Lomror, 1 run, so he has a knuckle ball too. Floated up wide outside off, making Lomror wait in a steery push through point

DYK - Rashid Khan has dismissed Buttler three times now in T20s off eight balls.

14.3
0
Sandeep Sharma to Lomror, no run, stabs at the width, finding point
14.2
2
Sandeep Sharma to Lomror, 2 runs, jumps down, away, gives himself room and carves it to sweeper's left. Rahane wants the second, and he doesn't mind putting in the dive
14.1
0
Sandeep Sharma to Lomror, no run, 124kph, good length on middle. Lomror starts off with a checked defence off the back foot

Sandeep Sharma [3.0-0-9-1] is back into the attack

Mahipal Lomror, left handed bat, comes to the crease

13.6
0
Rashid Khan to Buttler, out Caught by Dhawan!! They're falling. Buttler tries forcing the run-rate, but against Rashid, seriously? Gets a floater around off, tries going downtown with a full-blooded swing. Mistimes, and Dhawan's waiting at long-off, with a pre-loaded thigh slap celebration ready to come out. Buttler c Dhawan b Rashid Khan 10(11)

Rashid Khan to Buttler, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

13.5
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, fat leading-edge drawn as he tries flicking it against the turn. And Buttler calls him across for a quick one
13.4
1
Rashid Khan to Buttler, 1 run, angry charge down, not quite to the pitch though. Drilled in adjustment to long-on
13.3
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, uses the angle in to clip it behind square. More of a toe-end this
13.2
1
Rashid Khan to Buttler, 1 run, 94.2kph. On the reverse. Dragging it from outside leg to sweeper
13.1
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, juicy toss up outside off. Rahane reads the googly, covers the line with a long stride and tickles it softly to the on-side, just past the pitch

Rashid Khan [1.0-0-10-0] is back into the attack

12.6
2
Y Pathan to Buttler, 2 runs, too straight, too full, too easy. Flick. Square leg
12.5
1
Y Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, shows the full straight bat, punching it down the ground
12.4
0
Y Pathan to Rahane, no run, another floated up drifter down leg. This time he however picks out short fine with his sweep
12.3
4
Y Pathan to Rahane, FOUR, slipping down. That's the customary loose stuff a part-timer dishes out. Quick sweep, ensuring it goes very fine
12.2
1
Y Pathan to Buttler, 1 run, short again. Hacked again. Long-on again
12.1
1
Y Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, dancing down. Pathan's smart, he's seen him, he goes short. Rahane has to adjust to half-slap it to long-on
11.6
2
Shakib to Buttler, 2 runs, in with the arm and Buttler works it softly, deliberately, through mid-wicket. And takes on the sweeper's arm
11.5
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, on the move again, but Rahane takes it to cow corner with a whip
11.4
1
Shakib to Buttler, 1 run, a walking through-the-line squeeze out to long-off
11.3
0
Shakib to Buttler, no run, 79.2kph. Spots Buttler on the move down and smartly slows it up. Nothing on offer for Buttler to put it away, settles to defend
11.2
0
Shakib to Buttler, no run, clears his front leg out, checking his drive to cover
11.1
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, 85.3kph, off-lined. Rahane shuffles to go against the spin to mid-wicket

Shakib Al Hasan [3.0-0-25-0] is back into the attack

10.6
1
Y Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, too straight. Clipped away off the hips, round the corner
10.5
1
Y Pathan to Buttler, 1 run, tickled away off the inside half, short fine
10.4
1
Y Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, fuller, Rahane's back on the long-off drives
10.3
1
Y Pathan to Buttler, 1 run, back, slapping it down to long-on

Jos Buttler, right handed bat, comes to the crease

10.2
0
Y Pathan to Stokes, out Bowled!! My word. He's brought on as a roller, to sneak an over under the radar, but such is the power that practically anybody in a Hyderabadi jersey can pick wickets. Pathan holds the ball back in his palm as he fires in a slider. Yes it was short, but certainly not for Stokes to rock back as deep as he did in trying to heave it away. Misses big time, sneaking under the bat. Well under. And yeah, off's uprooted. Stokes b Y Pathan 0(3)

Y Pathan to Stokes, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

10.1
1
Y Pathan to Rahane, 1 run, 92kph, inviting Rahane forward. Cleanly stroked out to long-off

Yusuf Pathan, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

9.6
0
S Kaul to Stokes, no run, inward zip again. Another block, this time to cover
9.5
0
S Kaul to Stokes, no run, shuffles, gets behind the length-off-stuff to keep it out

Ben Stokes, left handed bat, comes to the crease

9.4
0
S Kaul to Samson, out Caught by Hales!! Times his way to Hales. He just can't look ugly, and the overdose of timing he's got in him isn't quite on par with the fields put out. Kaul brings out his knuckle ball, with a late tail inwards. Samson tries punching it through the on-side, gets it off the middle too, but can't keep it down. Right where short mid-wicket's waiting. Samson c Hales b S Kaul 40(30) [4s-3 6s-1]

S Kaul to Samson, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

9.3
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, 126.3kph, goes short, cross-seamed as he digs it into the wicket. Some sort of a front-hand tennis swat to long-on
9.2
1
S Kaul to Samson, 1 run, 133.4kph, tightens up on middle. Not quite the clean timing, but enough on Samson's punch to get it down the ground
9.1
1
S Kaul to Rahane, leg byes, 1 run, nipping back in off a shortened good length onto the hips. Turned away, one-handed glance. Nope, it's off the leg-ricochet

Siddarth Kaul [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack

And a time-out. So the Rajasthan going decently, but Samson's making it look beautiful. Given the kind of collapses the middle-order's faced, the onus is on these two to take it as deep as things could get. For Hyderabad's bowlers though, it's never late. Never..

8.6
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, drifting in on off. Knocked down, long-on's busy today
8.5
1
Shakib to Samson, 1 run, 85.1kph. A pressy poke, into the covers. And quick legs
8.4
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, slower, not quite the timing, but wristy enough off the back foot into the vacant mid-wicket
8.3
4
Shakib to Rahane, FOUR, a defensive drag down. Rahane stays tall, picks his widely open cow corner. And whips. Splitting the men converging to perfection
8.2
1
Shakib to Samson, 1 run, in with the arm from wide of the crase. Samson waits longer, getting his steery-punch square
8.1
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, rocks back, never mind getting cramped as he punches it to cover's left
7.6
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, to long-off, closed up a touch sooner than the ball comes onto him. Leading-edged back down the pitch
7.5
4
Rashid Khan to Rahane, FOUR, 94.8kph, back of the hand stuff, drifting down leg though and generously full. Rahane is quick to pounce on, sits, uses the angle and drills his sweep behind square
7.4
1
Rashid Khan to Samson, 1 run, some loop - if 88.9kph is what you call it. Stroked, long-off
7.3
2
Rashid Khan to Samson, 2 runs, low lean, opening up his bat face to carve it square
7.2
1
Rashid Khan to Rahane, 1 run, sliding in, fuller though. Wristed down, back to long-on
7.1
1
Rashid Khan to Samson, 1 run, too short a start. But with the pace Rashid's getting in on these skidders, Samson better be qucik on his back foot. Not quite, pulled off the inside half to long-on

Rashid Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

6.6
1
Shakib to Samson, 1 run, fired down leg, a bit short and Samson whips it away towards deep mid-wicket for a single
6.5
0
Shakib to Samson, no run, slower and a touch short outside off, punched to backward point who makes a good stop
6.4
2
Shakib to Samson, 2 runs, premeditated paddle by Samson who was across the stumps very early. Connects well and deflects this down to fine leg. Easy two
6.3
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, thrown up around off, Rahane gets across and flicks it away down to long-on
6.2
1
Shakib to Samson, 1 run, floated up around middle and leg, nudged to the leg-side with a shuffle across the sticks
6.1
2
Shakib to Samson, 2 runs, deft touch from Samson. Drifting in from a good length, he sits deep in the crease and dabs this very late past the keeper. Beats short third man who eventually tracks it down

Shakib Al Hasan [1.0-0-9-0] is back into the attack

Steady Powerplay for RAJ despite losing Tripathi early

5.6
1
S Kaul to Samson, 1 run, full and around middle, Samson continues to time his drives beautifully. Straight down the ground and they did think of the second but long-on is in business once more. Gets quickly across to his left to mop up
5.5
0
S Kaul to Samson, no run, back of a length outside off, steered with an open bat face towards backward point. Cannot find the gap
5.4
2
S Kaul to Samson, 2 runs, slower on a good length, a bit of width and Samson checks his back foot punch to beat the diving extra cover fielder. Mid-off gets across to his left to track it down as the batsmen take two
5.3
4
S Kaul to Samson, FOUR, such is the form Samson is in, he doesn't need bad balls to score boundaries. Here is another example. A knuckle ball outside off, he just stands tall and uses his supple wrists to drop kick this wide of the long-on fence. The fielder there tried hard but couldn't get to it
5.2
1
S Kaul to Rahane, 1 run, 'two' was the call from Rahane as soon as he hit this one but long-on was quick to get across to his right. On a good length just outside off, wristed away down the ground
5.1
0
S Kaul to Rahane, no run, stayed down a fraction from a good length, Rahane adjusts with a shuffle across and taps it towards mid-on

Siddarth Kaul, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

4.6
1
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, slowish and full around off, worked away down to long-on to keep the strike
4.5
1
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, 1 run, direct hit would have got Samson in trouble! Pandey from mid-on got across and tried to fire in a throw at the bowler's end but couldn't find the target. Rahane isn't amused with the call from his partner either, rightly so. Fuller ball that was nudged in front of mid-on
4.4
0
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, no run, yet another off-pace delivery, Samson was probably early into the flick. Checks his stroke to mid-wicket
4.3
1
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, another slower ball, on the pads and Rahane nudges it towards short fine leg. Quick single but they get it comfortably in the end
4.2
1
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, 1 run, slower ball on middle and leg, nudged through square leg for a single
4.1
0
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, no run, on middle and leg from a good length, Samson gets across and clips it towards mid-wicket who makes a tumbling stop
3.6
1
Basil Thampi to Samson, 1 run, slanting in around middle and leg, Samson checks his drive down to long-on to retain strike
3.5
2
Basil Thampi to Samson, 2 runs, tries the yorker but it's a full toss on middle and leg, casually wristed away wide of long-on who does well to get to it in the end with a slide to his right
3.4
4
Basil Thampi to Samson, FOUR, clobbered away! This time, Samson connected the pull perfectly and it raced away. Short of a length around middle, not high enough to threaten the batsman and an in-form batsman like Samson isn't going to miss out. Sends this to the deep square leg fence. Thampi needs to recover quickly
3.3
0
Basil Thampi to Samson, no run, slower ball and kept too low as well, Samson dabs it back past the bowler. He wanted the single but Rahane sends him back. Believe it or not, this clocked a mere 94.7kph
3.2
6
Basil Thampi to Samson, SIX, that's in the stands! Samson is showing no mercy on his State mate. Fractionally short from Thampi and that's all that was needed for the in-form Samson. Swivels to pull this away for a biggie. Didn't get a full chunk of it, didn't have to in the end as it cleared the deep mid-wicket fence with ease
3.1
4
Basil Thampi to Samson, FOUR, delicious shot! Oozing class! Not all that bad a ball, just a fab stroke. On a good length just outside off, Samson just stood tall and cracked the back foot punch on the up. Through the covers and it blazed away. What a shot!

Basil Thampi, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

2.6
1
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, 1 run, angling in on middle and off, Samson gets across and wrists this towards deep mid-wicket
2.5
0
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, no run, soft leading edge! Samson was standing tall to this good length ball around off, wanted to nudge it on the leg-side. Trickles towards short cover

Since scoring his T20 League career best 93 at the Eden, Tripathi hasn't crossed 28 in his next 12 innings.
His scores: 1, 7, 28, 0, 3, 17, 15*, 14*, 15, 5, 9 and 4

2.4
0
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, no run, on a good length outside off, Samson stands tall and punches to cover
2.3
0
Sandeep Sharma to Samson, no run, starts with a full ball outside off, a bit of outward shape as Samson defends off the front foot

Sanju Samson, right handed bat, comes to the crease

2.2
0
Sandeep Sharma to R Tripathi, out Bowled!! Bowled 'em! Horror stroke from Tripathi and his woes this season continue. On a good length around middle, kept low as well and Tripathi premeditated the charge down the pitch. In the end, he couldn't do much and had to adjust to keep it out. Couldn't and heard the rattle of timber behind him. Just the start HYD would have wanted. R Tripathi b Sandeep Sharma 4(5)

Sandeep Sharma to R Tripathi, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

2.1
0
Sandeep Sharma to R Tripathi, no run, short of a length outside off, Tripathi cuts it hard but cannot find the gap at backward point
1.6
4
Shakib to Rahane, FOUR, beautifully timed! Placement was spot on too. Got this wide of mid-on and well to the left of the deep mid-wicket fielder as well. A touch short around middle, skids off the deck and Rahane whips it away with strong wristwork. Nicely done by the skipper
1.5
1
Shakib to R Tripathi, 1 run, walks down the track, does Tripathi but Shakib pulls the length back a bit. Slower as well and it's worked to deep mid-wicket
1.4
1
Shakib to Rahane, 1 run, floated up on a length on leg, a touch short and whipped to deep mid-wicket
1.3
0
Shakib to Rahane, no run, slower around off, worked down the track and Shakib gets across to stop it in his followthrough
1.2
1
Shakib to R Tripathi, 1 run, fired in just around off, Tripathi dabs it towards cover and they take a quick single
1.1
2
Shakib to R Tripathi, 2 runs, flatter on a good length, Tripathi makes room and punches this wide of long-off. Rashid races to his left and makes a sliding stop to save a brace

Shakib Al Hasan, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Spin from the other end

0.6
0
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, no run, on a good length nipping in a fraction, Rahane defends this from the crease with soft hands towards cover. Fine first over from Sandeep, definitely getting some movement
0.5
0
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, no run, more of the fullish length and Rahane times the straight drive well too. Mid-off is straighter though and this goes towards him
0.4
0
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, no run, Sandeep continues to get that shape on the inswinger, full around off and it's defended off the front foot
0.3
4
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, FOUR, nicely done by Rahane! This tailed in sharply from a fullish length but the line was a bit too straight. Clipped away sweetly past the diving mid-wicket fielder and it raced away to the fence. RAJ are away

Rahane vs HYD in T20 League:
12 innings
197 runs
Avg 16.42
SR 89.55
2 X 50s
HS 62

0.2
0
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, no run, a bit of extra bounce from a shortish length and Rahane stood tall to punch this. Straight to backward point
0.1
0
Sandeep Sharma to Rahane, no run, on a good length and a bit of inward shape, punched off the back foot towards cover

Rahane and R Tripathi are at the crease. Rahane is on strike. Sandeep Sharma will open the attack