Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Naman ojha shines as Rajasthan post record total

A record 135-run opening-wicket partnership helped Rajasthan Royals post a massive 211 for four in their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab in Kingsmead, Durban, on Tuesday.

It is the first time that the 200-run mark has been surpassed in the second edition of the tournament, Delhi's 189 for five against Chennai being the highest previously.

Graeme Smith (77) and Naman Ojha (68) both helped themselves to well-constructed half-centuries as Rajasthan's batting woes were finally overcome.

To say Punjab's bowling was disappointing would be akin to stating the obvious, but, more importantly, and to their detriment, Yusuf Abdulla, the holder of the Purple cap for most wickets in the tournament, went wicketless in his three overs and conceded a whopping 44 runs.

Punjab are in second place on the table with four wins (out of seven) going into the match while Rajasthan second from bottom with just three wins from seven matches. Now, things seemed set to change after the next 20 overs.

Ojha had taken 16 off Powar's first over and Punjab began on an inauspicious note. The bowler did not come back to bowl again till the 11th over.

Ojha went on to smash Irfan Pathan over deep square leg fence for another six.

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