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IPL 5, Match 4: As it happened


Cricketnext Staff, Cricketnext.com
Apr 06, 2012 at 11:33pm IST

Kings XI Punjab Innings

20th over: Punjab 160 for 9. A run-out for Kevon Cooper was the ideal way to end the match with Rajasthan's dominating the proceedings right from ball one. A comprehensive 31-run win for Dravid's men. Rahane with his 66-ball 98 and Cooper with a spell of 4 for 26 were the stars of the day.

Praveen Kumar run out 10 (6)

IPL 5, Match 4: As it happened

Chasing 192 to win, Kings XI Punjab could only muster 160 for 9, conceding a 31-run defeat to Rajasthan Royals.

19th over: Punjab 151 for 8. Eighth wicket goes down for the Kings XI Punjab. Cooper can do nothing wrong today. Bowling his last over, the West Indies castles Chawla with a nicely disguised slower one, which ends his spell at an impressive 4 for 26.

Piyush Chawla b Cooper 10 (8)

18th over: Punjab 142 for 7. Piyush Chawla trying his best out there, hitting Amit Singh for a six over long-on. But it's all too late in the day and perhaps something Punjab's top order should have done.

17th over: Punjab 132 for 7 Needing 60 to win off 18 balls, it's fair to say that the writing is on the wall for Punjab, who have been outplayed in each department by the Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan.

16th over: Punjab 127 for 7: This is turning into a surrender now as Chavan takes two wickets in the over by first getting Bipul Sharma out caught in the deep and then disturbing the timber behind Mandeep Singh.

Mandeep Singh b Chavan 34 (25)

Bipul Sharma c Rahane b Chavan 18 (13)

15th over: Punjab 117 for 5. Cooper returns to the attack and dries up the boundaries. It's been his match so far. After scoring 11 runs in 3 balls, he has so far taken three wickets and two catches in this match.

14th over: Punjab 112 for 5. Two more boundaries for the visitors. It's Bipul Sharma's turn this time, who stings Trivedi with boundaries through the point and fine-leg region. 80 needed off the last six overs.

13th over: Punjab 99 for 5. Mandeep Singh tries to take the attack to Both and does it successfully with a couple of boundaries to help his team's cause.

12th over: Punjab 87 for 5: It's five down for Punjab. Hussey departs and with him, perhaps, the last hope for Punjab. The Australian hits a pacey short-pitched delivery from Trivedi to long-on, where Cooper one again springs into action to complete his second catch of the match, apart from the three wickets.

David Hussey c Cooper b Trivedi 14 (10)

11th over: Punjab 85 for 4: Two fours off this over bowled by Chavan. First Hussey drove it to long-on, where the ball went through the fielders legs for a boundary, and then the Aussie swept Chavan to the deep square-leg boundary.

10th over: Punjab 74 for 4. It's the half-way stage and Rajasthan need 118 runs more to win. Hussey and Mandeep Singh are at the crease, with Bipul Sharma, Piyush Chawla, James Faulkner, Harmeet Singh, and Praveen Kumar yet to bat.

9th over: Punjab 68 for 4. It's an uphill task for the visitors now, with all the major stroke-makers back in the hut. David Hussey is the only dangerman left to be dislodged for Rajasthan.

8th over: Punjab 61 for 4. Kevon Cooper has run through the Punjab top order with three wickets, two of which have come in this over. First the West Indian foxed Marsh with a slower delivery and then induced a bad shot from Nayar, who top-edged a wild sweep.

Shaun Marsh c Dravid b Cooper 7 (6)

Abhishek Nayar c Goswami b Cooper 10 (10)

7th over: Punjab 54 for 2. Hodge is into the attack and Marsh takes advantage of the part-time bowler with a four off his last ball that makes it nine runs off the over.

6th over: Punjab 45 for 2 The Powerplay has ended on a sorry note for Punjab as they lose their second opener Valthaty. The right-hander cuts a full toss from Cooper to short third-man fielder Amit Singh, who catches it on the second attempt. Valthaty waits for the umpires to check if it was above the waist height, but replays confirm the legality of the delivery.

Paul Valthaty c Singh b Cooper 13 (15)

5th over: Punjab 40 for 1. Gilchrist falls. The Punjab skipper fails to make the life he got count. Mis-times a slower delivery bowled by Amit that took an edge and the ball lobbed up behind the bowler, where Cooper completed a nice catch running in from mid-off.

Adam Gilchrist c Cooper b Singh 27 (18)

4th over: Punjab 35 for no loss. After two sedate overs, Punjab finally break the shackles as Gilchrist lifts Botha for a six after an edge four off the first delivery. Valthat made it 17 runs off the over with a swept four off the last ball.

3rd over: Punjab 18 for no loss. Gilchrist gets a life. It was a difficult chance but the mid-on fielder almost cling onto it, with the ball popping out at the last moment. Another good over for Punjab, with Amit Singh giving away just three runs.

2nd over: Punjab 15 for no loss. Spin from the opposite end in the form of South African T20 skipper Johan Both. And he starts off well, conceding just three runs from the over. Can't see Gilchrist and Valthaty holding themselves back in Botha's next over.

1st over: Punjab 12 for no loss. Good start this by Punjab. Gilchrist makes his intentions clear with two boundaries - a clip to fine leg off a no-ball and and an aerial boundary over the mid-wicket region on the free hit off Siddharth Trivedi's over.

Rajasthan Royals Innings

20th over: Rajasthan 191 for 4. Rahane misses a ton, but his 98 powers Rajasthan to a formidable total. Kevon Cooper's three-ball 11 in the end kept Punjab under the pump, and the visitors will now have to bat consistently well to make a match of it.

Ajinkya Rahane b Faulkner 98 (66)

19th over: Rajasthan 178 for 3. 13 runs off the penultimate over of Rajasthan's innings. Poor bowling by Praveen who keeps bowling on the batsmen's legs, and at his pace, Owais Shah has to just improvise a bit for two boundaries from the fine-leg to square-leg region.

18th over: Rajasthan 165 for 3. A six followed by a wicket. After hitting Faulkner for a maximum, Hodge tries a slog on the next ball - which was a slower one - losing his stumps in the process. Good comeback by Faulkner after conceding six runs off the first ball of the over.

Brad Hodge b Faulkner 21 (16)

17th over: Rajasthan 156 for 2. It's Happy Hours now! Rahane is turning it on. Hits Chawla for three consecutive boundaries, followed by four leg byes. Eighteen runs off that over, and Rahane is just five away from a hundred.

16th over: Rajasthan 138 for 2. There is no stopping Ajinkya Rahane. A pick-up four over the covers, followed by a spectacular drive through the extra-cover region makes it 11 runs from the over, and Rahane is into the eighties.

15th over: Rajasthan 127 for 2: Bipul Sharma spoils an otherwise good over with a wide down the leg-side that brings about five extra runs. The strategic time-out is taken by the batting side.

14th over: Rajasthan 118 for 2. This is a big over for Rajasthan and has definitely brought the momentum back to the innings. First Hodge gets a streaky boundary to third man, then Rahane hits part-timer Valthaty for a six and a four to finish an over that leaked 16 runs.

13th over: Rajasthan 102 for 2. Rahane is clearly the key to a big total here for the hosts. His tenth boundary, hit over the bowler's head this time, has taken him to 59 off 45 balls.

12th over: Rajasthan 95 for 2. After the first six overs of Powerplay brought about 57 for no loss, the next six have pegged Rajasthan back. Just 38 runs have come in that bracket for the loss of two wickets.

11th over: Rajasthan 88 for 2. Another wicket for Punjab. This time Piyush Chawla is in action as he bowls Ashok Menaria, who loses his off stump playing across the line. The double blow has brought Punjab well and truly back into the contest, though Rahane, who now has a half-century to his name, is still there.

Ashok Menaria b Chawla 0 (3)

10th over: Rajasthan 82 for 1 Harmeet sends back Dravid as the Rajasthan skipper holes out to the deep in search of some quick runs. But there is no stopping Rahane who follows up the loss of wicket with another boundary, this time through the extra-cover region.

R Dravid c Faulkner b Harmeet Singh 28 (24)

9th over: Rajasthan 73 for no loss. Dravid has broken the shackles with a boundary off the last ball of Bipul's second over. And Billy Bowden signals the strategic time-out. Much to strategise for the Punjab think-tank.

8th over: Rajasthan 64 for no loss. Harmeet Singh, who played under Gilchrist for Deccan Chargers as well, has completed his first over. Both Rahane and Dravid have slowed down considerably in the last three overs that have accrued just 16 runs.

7th over: Rajasthan 61 for no loss. The left-arm spin of Bipul Sharma is in action now. And he has started off well, just fours runs given, but a spread field after the end of Powerplay had a big role to play in that.

6th over: Rajasthan 57 for no loss. End of the Powerplay, and the hosts have strung up a very healthy start. The eye-catching part of this run feast has been the conventional cricketing shots, no slogging. So Twenty20 is not all about using the long handle, is it?

5th over: Rajasthan 48 for no loss. Piyush Chawla, the leggie, comes into the attack and keeps it to six runs in the over despite another boundary through the covers by Rahane, who has now moved on to 31 off 19 with a staggering seven fours.

4th over: Rajasthan 42 for no loss. Dravid joins in the fun to increase Gilchrist's headache. Hits Faulkner for a boundary through the off-side. Runs coming from both ends now. Faulkner trying to mix it up, but Rajasthan up to it.

3rd over: Rajasthan 32 for no loss. Rahane is on fire here. Four fours off Praveen - first one through the covers, the next to square leg, then one with a neat glance to fine leg and last one an on-drive to round off the over. Gilchrist won't like that one bit.

2nd over: Rajasthan 16 for no loss. Gilchrist has pressed James Faulkner into service from the other end, but Rahane has taken off in this over with two consecutive fours off the Australian. Dravid ended the over with a nice clip off his leg for two.

1st over: Rajasthan 5 for no loss. Neat first over by Praveen Kumar, which was equally well played by Dravid and Rahane. There is a hint of swing, but then Praveen is known to generate that in even the most unhelpful conditions.

7:30 p.m. Kings XI Punjab's captain Adam Gilchrist won the toss and asked Rajasthan Royals to bat first in the fourth match of IPL 5 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here on Friday.

Except Gilchrist himself, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh and James Faulkner are the foreign players in the Punjab side. Rajasthan have gone in with Owais Shah, Brad Hodge, Johan Botha and Kevon Cooper.

7:20 p.m. Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fourth match of IPL 5 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. After the seething heat in the afternoon, the cool wind blowing across the Sawai Mansingh Stadium will make the condition better for both the players and the spectators.

It will be the beginning of a new innings for Rahul Dravid, who is captaining Rajasthan after retiring from international cricket recently. Adam Gilchrist will be leading the Punjab team for the second year in a row.

Both Punjab and Rajasthan had a decent last season, finishing fifth and sixth respectively. A good start here would be morale boosting for the sides coming into this tournament after ringing in a few changes from the previous four editions.

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