Hodge helps RR defeat KKR
With some all-round performance from most of its players, Rajasthan Royals defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 22 runs on their home ground at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Kolkata skipper Gambhir won the toss and decided to field first. Rajasthan got off to a bad start as their last match hero Ajinkya Rahane was run-out for a duck. Dravid and Shreevats Goswami added 44 runs for the second wicket before Dravid was the second one to be run-out. Towards the end, Ashok Menaria (40) and Brad Hodge (44) made sure that they put up a challenging total. Rajasthan scored 164 runs at the end of 20 overs!
Chasing a stiff target, Kolkata Knight Riders were bundled out for 142 to concede an easy win to Rajasthan Royals in the seventh match of the IPL.
Riders got off to a pathetic start as Kallis, Gambhir and McCullum perished in three balls. Kallis (5) was deceived by a slower one by Amit Singh who then scalped skipper Gambhir for a first ball duck. In the next over bowled by Ankeet Chavan, Brendon McCullum (2) was trapped before the wicket to a poor shot selection.
Cooper playing his second IPL match claimed 3 wickets for 28 in his four overs.
Earlier, Royals skipper Dravid hit 24-ball 26 helped by two sixes and an equal numbers of fours with a consecutive six and four off Bret Lee. Hodge was declared man of the match.
Well done Dravid. Your heroics have paid off and you must be on the top. Way to go.