New Delhi: Over the past week, what had promised to be a dream Pepsi Indian Premier League season for Rajasthan Royals had been transformed into a nightmare. When they lost four wickets for seven runs two-thirds of the way through a game they had controlled, it seemed as though fate had a cruel ending in store for their season. But in Brad Hodge, a man who has scored more Twenty20 runs than any other, they found an experienced hand who had just enough nous and skill to take them over the line.
Hyderabad, despite a stellar all-round show from Darren Sammy, were left to reflect on another mediocre batting effort, and a target (133) too small for even their balanced attack to defend. Sammy smashed a 21-ball 29 and took 2 for 27, but it was Hodge, with 54 from 29, who would have the last word. (Also read: Match stats)