James Faulkner is the Man of the Match
Smith: They were very good. We didn't get off to the best of starts, but we got around in the end. Hooda was good in his first match and Faulkner was great too. He is a little man, but he did brilliantly behind the stumps. I like playing here. I am sure we will be fine, we will look at the combinations and decide accordingly for each game.
Bailey: Pretty happy (on the team's performance). I thought 160 was about par. If we had taken a couple of opportunities, we should have restricted them before. That's the nature of this game, a couple of run-outs and we changed the batting order as well, but it didn't pay off. We thought that David (Miller) and I will come later and finish it off, but it was an error in judgement. Smith was really good and Faulkner was brilliant in the end. Hopefully, we can learn from our mistakes. Obviously, it was a great year for us last year but I am sick of talking about it. It's time for us to move on and concentrate on this year's competition.
Rajasthan Royals won by 26 runs
Over 19.6 CH Morris bowls a pitched up delivery to K Anureet Singh, no runs, gets forward and drives it straight back to the bowler.
Over 19.5 CH Morris bowls a pitched up delivery to K Anureet Singh, no runs, gets forward and fails to lay his bat on it and the keeper collects.
Over 19.4 CH Morris bowls a pitched up delivery to Karanveer Singh, 1 run, gets forward and drives it in the air towards long-on.
Over 19.3CH Morris to Karanveer Singh No runs ...
Over 19.2 CH Morris bowls a good length delivery to Karanveer Singh, Boundary! Makes room and carves it over a diving backward point, the ball runs away to the backward point fence.
Over 19.1 CH Morris bowls a good length delivery to Karanveer Singh, no runs, gets forward and looks to swing hard but misses.
End of Over 19 (8 runs) Punjab XI 131/8
GJ Bailey 24/18 James Faulkner 4-0-26-3
K Anureet Singh 0/1
Over 18.6 James Faulkne to GJ Bailey, out Caught by Nair!! What a catch that was!! Bailey went big on the on-side off this full delivery and it was looking like that it will clear Southee at long-on. Southee runs to his right, leaps over the rope after taking the catch, Karun Nair was also running to his left from deep mid-wicket. southee throws it back towards him in a flash and Nair plucks it out with his right hand after diving to his right..Bailey c Nair b Faulkner 24(18)
Over 18.5 James Faulkner bowls a good length delivery to K Anureet Singh, 1 leg bye, gets across the line and fails to flick it through the on-side and gets it off the pad, the batsmen take a leg bye.
Over 18.4 James Faulkner bowls a good length delivery to GJ Bailey, 1 run, gets forward and works it away through mid-wicket and gets a single.
Over 18.3 James Faulkner to MG Johnson, out Caught by Southee!! It was fairly close and Johnson has been given out though. It was a very lucky call for Faulkner, but he will take it. It was a length delivery outside off, Johnson wanted to go big on the off-side, but mistimes it completely. Long-off takes the simplest of catches. Johnson c Southee b Faulkner 0(4)
Over 18.2 James Faulkner bowls a good length delivery to GJ Bailey, 1 run, backing away and in the end, he manages to reach out and squeezes it towards sweeper cover.
Over 18.1 James Faulkner bowls it short of length to GJ Bailey, Six!! Makes room, pulls it and gets it over the deep mid-wicket fence, the ball boy just behind the boundary takes the catch as well
End of Over 18 (3 runs) Punjab XI 122/6
MG Johnson 0/3 TG Southee 4-0-36-2
GJ Bailey 16/14
Over 17.6 TG Southee bowls a good length delivery to MG Johnson, no runs, backs away and misses, the keeper collects and applauds the superb over from Southee.
Over 17.5 TG Southee bowls a pitched up delivery to MG Johnson, no runs, gets forward and once again misses the drive.
Over 17.4 TG Southee bowls a pitched up delivery to MG Johnson, no runs, backs away and has a wild swing at it, misses it completely.