Sunday 8 April 2012 

IPL 2012: Rajasthan Maintain Winning Start

IPL 2012: Rajasthan Maintain Winning Start
IPL 2012: Rajasthan Maintain Winning Start
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Rajasthan Royals 164-5 (Hodge 44) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 142 (Tiwary 59) by 22 runs
Indian Premier League, Jaipur

Rajasthan Royals continued their winning run at their home ground in Jaipur as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs in the Indian Premier League 2012.

This win makes it two out of two for the 2008 IPL champions while for Kolkata, it is similarly two losses out of two games.

Gautam Gambhir won the toss and invited Rajasthan to bat first. The hosts got off to the worst start possible as last match’s top scorer Ajinkya Rahane was run out for nought.

Rahul Dravid and Shreevats Goswami went about building the innings thereon, adding 43 runs for the second wicket before the skipper himself was run out. Two overs later Goswami followed, out for 23. Dravid had made 26 runs.

Up until that point Kolkata had held a tight grip on the match but then Ashok Maneria and Brad Hodge came together to prise it away. The duo were involved in a 64-run partnership for the fourth wicket as they a barrage of boundaries. Maneria made 40 off 30 balls, with four fours and one six. Hodge top scored for Rajasthan with 44 off 29 balls, including three fours and two sixes.

Owais Shah added to the fireworks later on in the innings, with a quickfire 23 off 11 balls (two fours and one six), to propel the score past 160. They eventually ended with 164 for 5 from their allotted 20 overs.

It wasn’t really a challenging score considering the line-up that the Knight Riders boast. But nevertheless they needed a good start to get there.

Instead, their top order was wound out completely, being reduced to eight for three in the third over and 25 for four in the sixth.

Dravid had started with left arm spinner Ankeet Chavan to deny the batsmen any pace and the move worked. He got Brendon McCullum trapped for 2. Then medium pacer Amit Singh accounted for Jacques Kallis (5 off 8 balls) and Gautam Gambhir for a duck.

From that point on, Rajasthan were always going to be on the top unless a harrowing innings from Yusuf Pathan came along. But that didn’t happen, as he was out for just 15.

Manoj Tiwary tried to hold the innings together, scoring 59 off 49 balls (seven fours) but he could only take them upto 142.

Kevon Cooper then came along to polish off whatever challenge remained in the middle and lower order, finishing with three for 28 in his four overs. Chavan finished with two for 23 and Singh with two for 30 as Rajasthan took away four out of four possible points on offer. 

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