IPL desk in Mumbai 06 May 2012 - 12:04am IST
Report: Match 48 – KXIP v RR
All-round Watson helps RR move up the ladder with 43-run win over KXIP
The pressure of chasing 178 runs got to the KXIP batsmen as they finished with 134 for eight. Shane Watson, who was the top batsman for the Royals, drew first blood in the KXIP innings by dismissing Mandeep Singh (7). Nitin Saini (2) and David Hussey (8) went back to the pavilion soon as they fell to Shaun Tait and Siddharth Trivedi respectively. Shaun Marsh put up a lone fight for Kings XI with a 27-ball knock of 34. But KXIP was dealt a huge blow when Johan Botha got rid of Marsh in the ninth over. Once they had the hosts under the mat, the Royals ensured they didn’t let them off the hook.
Shaun Tait, who played his first game in IPL 2012, impressed with his bowling. He registered figures of two for 18 in his four overs. Johan Botha was another successful bowler for RR, with figures of two for 21 in four overs.
After RR won the toss and elected to bat first, Ajinkya Rahane (5) had a rare off day. However, the Mohali crowd was treated to the fire and ice combination of Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson. The two put on 69 runs in 39 balls after Ryan Harris got rid of the in-form Rahane in the second over.
While Dravid (46 off 39 balls) showcased his trademark textbook shots, Watson went hammer and tongs against the KXIP bowling. The Australian all-rounder smashed four fours and a couple of massive sixes en route to his 17-ball 36. Ashok Menaria, who has had a relatively indifferent season this IPL, played a fine cameo of 34 runs off 27 balls that included a four and two sixes. Brad Hodge was another key contributor with the bat scoring a crucial 36 runs off 23 balls; he hit two fours and two sixes.
Ryan Harris was the pick of the KXIP bowlers with figures of four for 34 in his four overs. After removing the two openers, he sent Hodge and Stuart Binny back into the hut. Piyush Chawla was once again the most expensive bowler for the hosts, as he gave away 38 runs in his four overs, but he did pick up two wickets in return.
Man of the Match: Shane Watson for his all-round performance that saw him score 36 runs from 17 balls and pick up two wickets for 22 runs