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Hodge launches Royals into qualifier

- May 22, 2013 - Updated 2349 PKT - From Web Edition

DELHI: Three days ago, two successive sixes from Darren Sammy had launched Sunrisers Hyderabad into the IPL eliminator. Three days later, two successive sixes off Darren Sammy's bowling, and from Brad Hodge's bat, launched Rajasthan Royals into the second qualifier, where they will take on Mumbai Indians for a place in the final.

Hodge's was a blinder of an innings in many contexts. He'd hardly had a decent outing this season, Rahul Dravid preferring to use him as a finisher. He'd come in at 57 for 5 in a chase of 133 on a slow, uneven pitch where almost everyone had struggled for timing. He was up against the best attack of the season. Rajasthan Royals had been up against a spot-fixing controversy that had shaken their team and messed up their combinations.

Hodge's response was one befitting a man who has made the most Twenty20 runs in the world.

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