IPL 7: Royals pull off stunning victory against KKR

  • PTI, Ahmedabad
  • Updated: May 06, 2014 00:47 IST

Their previous game, barely a week ago, was tied twice before Rajasthan Royals squeaked past Kolkata Knight Riders because they had scored more boundaries. That was in neutral territory, in the UAE.

On Monday, with Royals forced to play at a new home ground because Jaipur was not picked as an IPL venue, a strange boundary was breached in terms of madness, even conceding that anything goes in the T20 format.

First, the one-off incident; and then what turned into a torrent. West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell showed the kind of gamesmanship Caribbean cricketers are deemed incapable of. The paceman pretended to halt on his bowling run-up, only to stun the unprepared Rajasthan Royals skipper, Shane Watson, by going on to bowl the delivery. The umpire was blissfully ignorant of what had happened behind him while it looked a fit case for a dead ball.

Karun Nair, Sanju Samson and Watson though helped Royals raise a fighting total and it seemed sanity had been well and truly restored when Gautam Gambhir (54) and Robin Uthappa (65) were cruising.

But with just 50 needed off six overs, with all wickets in hand, all hell broke loose. Watson, bowling the 15th over, not only removed the openers, he also paid back Russell for his earlier cheekiness.

Before the fans could realise what was happening, three more wickets had tumbled in the next over, bowled by Pravin Tambe, who makes light of his 42 years with crucial strikes.

The leggie from Mumbai clinched a hat-trick, having Manish Pandey stumped without facing a legal delivery, beaten by a leg-side wide. Yusuf Pathan and Ryan ten Doeschate fell off the next two deliveries. KKR had lost a staggering six wickets for two runs in the space of nine deliveries!

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