Hodge stars in Royals victory

2012-04-17 17:26
Brad Hodge (File)

Jaipur - Australian batsman Brad Hodge hammered 48 not out off 21 balls on Tuesday to lead Rajasthan to a five-wicket win over Deccan Chargers, taking the Royals back to the top of the Indian Premier League table.

Hodge smashed two sixes and six fours as Rajasthan scored 197-5 in 19.4 overs in reply to Deccan's 196-2 at Sawai Man Singh Stadium.

In-form Ajinkya Rahane hit 44 and captain Rahul Dravid 42 to be the other contributors in Rajasthan's victory.

Rajasthan had looked on course until leg-spinner Amit Mishra brought Deccan back into the game from the 12th over, taking 3-32 that included the wickets of Rahane and the dangerous Owais Shah.

Rahane leads the tournament with 304 runs, including a top score of 103 not out against Royal Challengers Bangalore, but he was caught at long off. Shah holed out to deep mid-wicket.

With the focus on Hodge, little-known batsman Dishant Yagnik blasted two consecutive fours off South Africa paceman Dale Steyn to hit the winning runs with two balls to spare.

For Deccan, South African batsman JP Duminy (58 not out) and Shikhar Dhawan (52) were the main scorers.

Duminy capitalised following a sparkling 94-run stand between left-handed openers Kumar Sangakkara (44) and Dhawan that set the base for a huge total.

Duminy, who played for Mumbai Indians before moving to Deccan last year, smashed two consecutive sixes off both pace bowlers Amit Singh and Pankaj Singh in the final two overs of the innings to boost the total.

Duminy added 58 in an unbroken third-wicket stand with Australian allrounder Daniel Christian, who chipped in with 29 off 19 balls with one six and two fours.

Rajasthan recorded its fourth win from six games, while Deccan is without a victory after three matches.


Rajasthan Royals 197-5 in 19.4 overs (Brad Hodge 48 not out, Ajinkya Rahane 44, Rahul Dravid 42; Amit Mishra 3-32) def. Deccan Chargers 196-2 (JP Duminy 58 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 52, Kumar Sangakkara 44, Daniel Christian 29 not out).

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