Rajasthan Royals rule over Mohali Kings XI

Published: Monday, April 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Shane Watson (76* off 49) and Ravindra Jadeja (36* off 25) forged a fine unbeaten 69-run partnership as Rajasthan Royals reigned over the Mohali Kings XI in the Indian Premier League T20 tie at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Monday.

It was a spirited effort from the Warne-led Jaipur unit with a very few big names against the Mohali Kings XI a team with fiery bowling attack and solid batting line-up.

Warne (3/19) spun web around Kings XI to limit Mohali outfit for 165/8. In reply Jaipur riding on the efforts Watson and Jadeja hunted down the target with six wickets in hand and 18.1 overs to spare.


The match was evenly poised at 99/4 in 12th over when the young Jadeja joined Watson in the middle. The Indo-Aussie pair indulged in a calculated attack dispatching the first two balls of the over to boundaries and then milking the ball in the gaps for singles and twos.

Royals chasing a not-so-big target on a good batting strip got into trouble early on losing the top-three batters Kaif (5), Akmal (15) and Yusuf Pathan (7) in the first five overs.

However the Aussies Watson and Lehmann (17 off 16) battled Royals' back into the game with a rapidfire 51-run stand. Mohali wrested initiative in the 12th over when Irfan Pathan dismissed Lehmann for LBW before Watson and India U-19 all-rounder Jadeja changed the script.

Royals leggie Chawla went for plenty while their frontline bolwers, who had a decent opening spell, proved ineffective in their second spells as Jadeja scored runs briskly thro' his innovative taps and inside out shots.

Yuvraj's pyrotechnichs resurrected Mohali innings after Warne's mesmerising spell of leg-spin reduced 'em to 73/4.

Yuvi struck six boundaries and three sixes for his 34-ball 57 and forged a quickfire 63-run partnership with Pathan to resurrect Mohali after Sheikh of tweak had left 'em in a spot of bother at 72/4 after ninth over. Chawla (24* off 11) played a gem of a cameo innings.

Young seamer Trivedi supported Warne well with 2 for 25.

Mohali opting to bat got off to a flier with Karan Goel and James Hopes smacking Munaf and Watson for 35 runs in four overs.

Goel struck four boundaries and two sixes for his 21-ball 26 before being undone by Munaf with a toe crushing yorker that rearrenged Punjab southpaw's woodwork.

The next man in Sangakkara (20/8) took to the attack from the word go. The fiesty Lankan took to the ariel route as he dispatched Trivedi to the fence in as many balls as Mohali raced to 50 in the sixth over.

Warne introduced himself into the attack in the seventh over and in the third ball held on to the straight offering to send Sanga packing. In his following over the Wizard of Oz trapped his fellow countryman Hopes (16 off 16) after the talented leggie Salunkhe, the winner of the realty show Cricket Star, deceived Jayawardene with a flighted one for easy stumping.

Mohali outfit looked in some sort of bother at 72/4 in the ninth over before their skipper Yuvraj did a rescue act by taking the attack to the rival camp.

The big-hitting lefthander rode his luck, reprieved by Aleem Dar before he could open his account and dropped by Kaif at point in the early part of his innings, and made Royals pay for it belting six boundaries and three sixes.

Chawla's innovative shots fetched his side some valuable runs in the final overs as Kings XI set the hosts a daunting 166-run target.


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