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Heroic Hodge scripts Royals’ comeback win against Chargers
By IPL desk
Mumbai 17 April 2012
A brilliant batting performance from the Rajasthan Royals ensured that they continued their unbeaten run at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium. Brad Hodge scored 48* to see the Royals home along with Dishant Yagnik who hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.
Chasing 196, the Royals began their innings with intent and execution. Openers Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane took a real likening to the visitors’ bowling attack. The Royals duo took advantage of every opportunity provided by the Chargers. Dravid looked in inspired form as he pulled and cut his way to a well-made 42 off 24 balls. Daniel Christian was clearly struggling to cope with Dravid’s aggression but somehow managed to dismiss the veteran with a misdirected slower delivery.
Then, the onus was on Rahane to pick up where his skipper left off. Ashok Menaria (22) was the new man at the crease, and he helped the Royals settle into a nice rhythm. But the left-hander perished while looking to up the ante. Meanwhile, the Chargers were pinning their hopes on star spinner Amit Mishra and the tweaker responded by sending Rahane (44 off 31 balls) back to the dugout.
At 121 for three, the Royals required Owais Shah to stay there till the end. But the Englishman rode his luck on his way to 12. He eventually holed out at midwicket to give Mishra his third wicket. Brad Hodge took on the mantle to push the Royals across the line, and the Aussie stuck around till the very end. With eleven required off the last over, the Royals got home with two balls to spare. Yagnik (9) smashed two boundaries off Dale Steyn, in the final over, to register a remarkable five-wicket win.
Earlier, Chargers’ captain Kumar Sangakkara didn’t hesitate in electing to bat first after winning the toss. His decision paid immediate dividends with the skipper and Shikhar Dhawan assuming total control of their innings right from the get-go. The left-handed duo looked confident as they tackled the Royals’ bowlers with the utmost ease. The home side’s frontline bowlers were proving to be ineffective, and it took a part-timer to break DC’s dominance. While Brad Hodge got smacked for a boundary and a six off his first two deliveries by Sangakkara (44), he managed to dismiss the Sri Lankan off his third delivery to end the 94-run opening partnership.
Dhawan (52) followed suit in the 14th over, as he timed a Siddharth Trivedi delivery well only to find the fielder at deep square leg. The Royals looked like staging a comeback, but Daniel Christian and JP Duminy carried forth the DC openers’ good work. They smashed the home side’s bowlers all over the ground. 28-year-old Duminy looked like a man on a mission as he unleashed five majestic sixes during his impressive knock of 58*. Christian (29) also played his part to help the Chargers to reach 196/2 in 20 overs. Scorecard
Man-of-the-Match:Brad Hodge, for seeing the Rajasthan Royals home by scoring 48* in just 21 balls
Delhi Daredevils steamroll Mumbai Indians with seven-wicket win
By IPL desk
Mumbai 16 April 2012
The Delhi Daredevils put up a clinical performance to decimate the Mumbai Indians in front of the latter’s home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium. After winning the toss and opting to field first, the visitors’ bowlers put up an all-round show to bowl the hosts out for a paltry 92. In reply, the Daredevils chased down the target in just 14.5 overs for the loss of three wickets.
It was an ordinary batting performance by the MI batsmen, who struggled to get going against the visitors’ bowling attack. With Sachin Tendulkar still not playing for MI, Shahbaz Nadeem knocked over openers Davy Jacobs (0) and Richard Levi (1) in successive overs, with the hosts adding just five runs to the scoreboard. Ambati Rayudu (4) made his way back to the dugout next; the MI batsman was run out while attempting to complete a run off a leg-bye.
Rohit Sharma was the only top-order MI batsman who reached double-digits with a 27-ball 29. But Ajit Agarkar ended his resistance in the 10th over with the score at 41. And with Umesh Yadav removing Kieron Pollard (1) and Dinesh Karthik (3) on either side of Sharma’s dismissal, the hosts were in all kinds of trouble at 44 for six in 10.2 overs.
MI would have fared much worse had it not been for captain Harbhajan Singh’s feisty 22-ball 33 (5x4, 1x6) while batting at No.7. But with Irfan Pathan picking up the wicket of Clint McKay (8), and Morne Morkel sending RP Singh (0) and Harbhajan back in the 16th and 18th over respectively, MI couldn’t manage to go past the 100-run mark. Pragyan Ojha was the last MI batsman to be dismissed when he was bowled by Agarkar off the second ball of the 20th over.
After bowling MI out for the lowest total so far in the competition, Naman Ojha and Virender Sehwag knocked 34 runs off the first five overs of the run chase. RP Singh, playing his first game of the tournament, then struck for MI when he had Ojha (13) caught at short midwicket off a miscued pull shot off the first ball of the sixth over. RP added another wicket to his tally when he had Kevin Pietersen (9) caught in similar fashion with the visitors score at 52.
However, with Virender Sehwag leading from the front (36-ball 32), and Mahela Jayawardene (17*) and Ross Taylor (11*) stringing together an unbeaten 19-run stand for the third wicket, Delhi won the contest by seven wickets and with 5.1 overs left to spare.
The win takes the Delhi Daredevils to the top of the IPL 2012 points table while the Mumbai Indians slide to the fourth spot.
Scorecard Man-of-the-match: Shahbaz Nadeem for his excellent bowling figures of 4-0-16-2