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The overs that Sreesanth & Co fixed

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Last Updated: Fri, May 24, 2013 06:38 hrs
IPL: Sreesanth, 2 other Rajasthan Royals players arrested for spot fixing

In his press conference, Delhi police chief Neeraj Kumar identified the specific overs in which the three arrested Rajasthan Royals players had indulged in spot-fixing.
The first instance was during the match against Pune Warriors at Jaipur on May 5th.

Ajit Chandila was asked to give 14 or more runs in his second over. He gave away the 14 all right but forgot to give the predetermined signal before the over. This led to bookies demanding a refund of the Rs 20 lakh advance they had paid Chandila.



Rajasthan won the match by five wickets. Here's our ball by ball commentary for the over:

2.1 Chandila to Finch, 1 run, tossed up down the leg side, Finch dabs it behind square for a single
2.2 Chandila to Uthappa, FOUR, strays too far down the leg side and pays. Tossed up too short on leg stump, it spins down the leg side and Uthappa pulls it in the gap between short fine leg and backward square leg
2.3 Chandila to Uthappa, FOUR, too short on middle stump, Uthappa makes room and cuts in front of square, through extra cover for another boundary
2.4 Chandila to Uthappa, no run, loopy slow delivery on off stump, Uthappa looks to punch and gets an outside edge to the short third man region
2.5 Chandila to Uthappa, 1 run, gets on the front foot and drives this full delivery to long on
2.6 Chandila to Finch, FOUR, very poor bowling, tosses this one down the leg side, Finch sweeps it through square leg to the fence.


The second occasion when spot-fixing occurred was during the match against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on May 9th.

S Sreesanth was asked to give 14 or more in his second over. He signalled his intention by inserting a towel in his trousers and then began his warm-up exercises to give the bookies enough time to place bets.

He gave away only 13 but as Neeraj Kumar explained, "Bookies keep a cushion. They might tell the bowler 14, but they usually can keep it to 13."

Rajasthan won the match by eight wickets. Here's our ball by ball commentary for the over:

3.1 Sreesanth to Shaun Marsh, no run, in and around off, Marsh drives it to covers
3.2 Sreesanth to Shaun Marsh, FOUR, good shot. Full delivery outside off, Marsh leans and drives it between extra cover and mid off for a boundary
3.3 Sreesanth to Shaun Marsh, no run, full and outside off, Marsh reaches out and mistimes a drive to cover
3.4 Sreesanth to Shaun Marsh, 1 run, a good bouncer on the body, Marsh mistimes a pull to mid wicket, was in the air but there was no fielder there
3.5 Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, short deliveries to Gilchrist won't work even at this age, he swivels and pulls it away to fine leg for four
3.6 Sreesanth to Gilchrist, FOUR, that's a mistimed shot. Full and wide outside off, Gilchrist looks to drive it hard through the off side but the bat turns in his hands, he ends up dragging back past the bowler to long on. Gilchrist looks aggressive


The final incident took place during the match against Mumbai Indians at Mumbai on May 15th.

Ankeet Chavan was asked to give at least 13 runs in his second over. He gave away 14 in the first three balls alone and 15 in all.

Mumbai won the match by 14 runs. Here's our ball by ball commentary for the over:

2.1 Chavan to Glenn Maxwell, SIX, dragged short by Chavan and that was asking for trouble. Maxwell rocks back and slams it hard and deep over the mid wicket boundary
2.2 Chavan to Glenn Maxwell, 2 runs, bowled slow through the air and on the off, Maxwell reaches out and slog-sweeps it down to deep mid wicket
2.3 Chavan to Glenn Maxwell, SIX, Maxwell is looking to go after everything now. It was floated up by Chavan. Maxwell comes on the frontfoot and lofts it cleanly over the long on boundary
Dravid still has a slip in place.
2.4 Chavan to Glenn Maxwell, no run, pushed through quicker now, Maxwell makes room and slaps it straight to cover
2.5 Chavan to Glenn Maxwell, 1 run, tossed up and sliding on from round the wicket, Maxwell skips down again and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads, past the keeper
2.6 Chavan to Tare, no run, pitched up and flat, Tare drives it firmly to cover



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