Earlier, Deccan Chargers skipper Kumar Sangakkara won the toss and elected to bat first. They soon off to a flying start and made a huge score of 196 runs in their limited 20 overs of play.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Shikhar Dhawan started really well and made 94 runs for the first wicket in 10 overs. Skipper was the first to go on 44 runs hitting 5 boundaries and 1 six.
Down the order, JP Duminy sparked with his bat allover the ground, hitting quick 58 runs from just 26 balls with 3 fours and 5 huge sixes.
Batting second, Rajasthan Royals started strongly and looked in good touch. Skipper Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane started well their innings and made 62 runs in just 5.5 over.
Australian Brad Hodge then hit an unbeaten 48 off 21 balls to help Rajasthan Royals chased down a big total of 197-run against Deccan Chargers in their IPL 5 match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Loosing captain Kumar Sangakkara said, “We were not tight enough in our fielding. We should be tight in all departments. You’re bound to see flatter tracks so the bowlers have to adapt.”
Winning skipper Rahul Dravid: “Who says experience isn’t required in T20? Hodge was excellent. It’s the only form of the game I’m playing now so I better do well. Today we were a bit lucky with this game.”
Brad Hodge is the Man of the Match, he said, “It’s the role of the Australian to attack the best fast bowlers. T20 is really enjoyable, half the battle is trying to stay fit. I’m just trying to do exactly what Rahul wants.”
Deccan Chargers: Bharat Chipli, Shikhar Dhawan, Tanmay Mishra, Daniel Christian, Kumar Sangakkara, JP Duminy, Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ankit Sharma, Anand Rajan
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Owais Shah, Brad Hodge, Ashok Menaria, Dishant Yagnik, Johan Botha, Pankaj Singh, Brad Hogg, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi