Royals win on boundary count

2014-04-30 09:06
Rajasthan Royals (File)
Johannesburg - The Rajasthan Royals edged out the Kolkata Knight Riders courtesy of scoring more combined boundaries after their Super Over finish ended in a tie in their Indian Premier League match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, the supersport.com website reports.

It was almost impossible to separate the two teams during the match as Rajasthan posted 152 for five before Kolkata responded with 152 for eight.

Kolkata then scored 11 runs off their Super Over with Rajasthan also scoring 11, however Rajasthan was awarded the match as they struck 18 boundaries during their innings while Kolkata scored just 14.

Shakib Al Hasan and Suryakumar Yadav were chosen to bat first during the super over for Kolkata but Yadav was run out off the first ball and the Knight Riders only managed three runs off their first three balls.

Manish Pandey then struck a six over long-on off the bowling of seamer James Faulkner before a single was scored off the fifth and sixth balls with Shakib being run out off the last delivery.

Shane Watson and Steve Smith kept their cool with Watson striking a four over deep mid-wicket off the bowling of spinner Sunil Narine before Smith picked up two to deep extra cover off the last ball to secure the tie and, ultimately, the victory.

Ajinkya Rahane had earlier struck a struck a composed 72 off 59 deliveries with six fours and a six as he held Rajasthan’s innings together on a pitch which offered up variable bounce.

Rajasthan, after winning the toss and electing to bat, were in a spot of bother early in their innings when Karun Nair (1) was bowled by seamer Vinay Kumar.

But Sanju Samson (20) and Rahane steadied the innings with a 41-run second-wicket stand before Samson was bowled off his pad by left-arm spinner Shakib.

Watson then joined Rahane at the crease and Watson was soon in to his stride as he pummelled 32 off 24 deliveries with five fours.

The pair added 63 runs for the third wicket before Watson was run out at the keeper’s end attempting a second run but he was unable to beat the accurate throw from Manish Pandey at deep point.

Rahane’s fine innings, which was based on traditional cricket shots rather than slogging, was eventually ended by Vinay Kumar when he was caught at long-on.

Smith ended not out on 19 while Faulkner was on two not out.
Vinay Kumar ended with 2-30.

Kolkata looked to be out of the match as they ambled to 88 for four in the 14th over.

But Shakib (29 not out) and Yadav smashed 49 runs off just 4.3 overs before Yadav, who scored an entertaining 31 off just 19 deliveries, skied a delivery from Faulkner and was caught at long-off.

Faulkner picked up two more wickets in the over as he dismissed Robin Uthappa (0) and Vinay Kumar (0) as Rajasthan fought their way back into the match once again.

Kolkata began the final over of their innings needing 12 runs to win but they could only manage 11 off the Kane Richardson over.

Faulkner ended with 3-11 off two overs.


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