This one went down to the wire, literally. But in the end, Shane Warne’s Rajasthan Royals had the last laugh, with the defending champions defeating the Kolkata Knight Riders in the ‘Super Over’ after both teams were tied on 150. Yusuf Pathan followed up his superb 21-ball 42 during the Royals’ innings, with 18 (two sixes and a four) in the ‘super over’ as the winners clinched the nerve-wracking contest at the Newlands on Thursday night.
Earlier, even before Shamita, sister of Rajasthan Royals owner Shilpa Shetty, could settle down in her seat, rain came down in full force. Sure, there was disappointment all around the Royals’ box with Shilpa looking glum and depressed. It wasn’t without reason. Her team had been thrashed by the Bangalore Royal Challengers in the opener, while the second contest against the Mumbai Indians was completely washed out.
Electing to field after winning the toss, KKR quicks made full use of the overcast conditions, with Ishant Sharma using his height to great advantage and Anurit bowling superbly to take a wicket each.
But Pathan and Smith steadied the sinking ship with a 36-ball 56-run partnership only to fritter away the advantage midway through the innings.
Rajasthan Royals: Smith c Gayle b Mendis 15 (21b, 1x4), Valthaty c Ishant b Anureet 5 (7b, 1x4), Quiney c Gayle b Ishant 6 (2b, 1x6), Yusuf c Yashpal b Mendis 42 (21b, 6x4, 2x6), Jadeja c Yashpal b Ishant 22 (26b), Mascarenhas b Anureet 27 (28b, 2x4), Warne not out 2(2b), Raut not out 21 (13b, 1x4, 2x6); Extras: (lb 3, w 7) 10; Total: (for 6 wkts in 20) 150; FoW: 1-8, 2-14, 3-70, 4-73, 5-112, 6-125; Bowling: Ishant 4-0-36-2, Anureet 4-0-35-2, Agarkar 1-0-14-0, Mendis 4-0-19-2, Ganguly 3-0-23-0, Gayle 4-0-20-0.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gayle c Jadeja b Warne 41 (33b, 2x4,4x6), McCullum c Kamran Khan b Mascarenhas 3 (9b), Shukla c Rawat b Kamran Khan 13 (13b, 1x4), Hodge c Rawat b Patel 5 (7b), Ganguly c Rawat b Kamran Khan 46 (30b, 4x4, 2x6), Bangar c Smith b Kamran Khan 2 (9b), Yashpal c Raut b Warne 20 (18b, 3x4), Agarkar not out 1 (1b), I Sharma run out (Kamran Khan/Rawat) 1 (1b); Extras (lb 8, w 9, nb 1) 18; Total (8 wickets; 20 overs) 150 (7.50 runs per over); FoW: 1-25, 2-60, 3-67, 4-71, 5-94, 6-143, 7-149, 8-150; Bowling: Y Pathan 4-0-27-0, Mascarenhas 4-1-29-1, Warne 4-0-25-2, Kamran 4-0-18-3, Patel 3-0-36-1, Jadeja 1-0-7-0.