Vineet Ramakrishnan/Zeenews Sports Bureau
Jaipur: Chennai Super Kings registered a back from the dead victory against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur to keep alive their chances of qualifying to the IPL playoffs.
It was that main again, Albie Morkel who started the turnaround for CSK in the 17th over clobbering a six and and four off Pankaj Singh then hitting Watson for another six straight over the bowlers head. But it was the ‘Junior’ Chikka, Anirudha Srikanth playing his first match of the season who did a Morkel on Rajasthan slamming a six and a four of Watson then hitting another biggie, the shot of the day off a Shaun Tait’s 147 kmph delivery to take the game away from the Royals.
The duo amassed 35 runs off two overs before leveling the chase at 12 runs from 12 balls.
As it happenend
12: 33 pm Over 19 CSK: 80/6 SIX!!! whatay shot from Anirudh Srikanth. Tait shoots 147 kmph ball, Srikanth shuffles and hoicks the full length ball over deep square leg. Second ball, Tait rattles Srikanth’s stumps but a no ball. Next ball, 5 wides, and Chennai Super Kings come back fromthe dead to seal the low scoring affair.
12: 28 pm Over 18 CSK: 80/6 SIX!!! off the first ball for Morkel, in his hitting zone, half volley, Morkel slams it straight into the sight screen. Anirudh Srikanth gets another SIX!!! off the fourth ball. Short ball outside off stump, Anirudh swirls around and dispatches it to mid wicket fence. FOUR for Anirudh off the fifth ball as Watson bowls a low full toss, the batter gets it past cover. 18 runs off the over.
12: 22 pm Over 17 CSK: 80/6 OUT!!! Pankaj Singh bowls the very crucial over, Jadeja (16) gets a FOUR first ball but perishes on the second ball as he charges down the track, hoists Singh over mid on but finds Botha at long on. But Albie Morkel gets a SIX off the fourth ball and a FOUR!!! off the fifth ball. 17 runs off the over.
12: 13 pm Over 16 CSK: 80/5 OUT!!! Dhoni departs for 10 runs as CSK find themselves in a very precarious position. Dhoni went for a cut off the wide ball but finds Rahane at backward point. Trivedi has definitely changed the game for Rajasthan. He ends his spell with an impressive tally of 4-0-18-2/
12: 07 pm Over 15 CSK: 77/4 FOUR!!! for Dhoni off the first ball. 8 runs of the over.
12: 03 pm Over 14 CSK: 69/4 Massive SIX!!! by Jadeja. That should ease the pressure from CSK. The all rounder charged down the track and clubs it straight over the bowlers head.
11: 55 pm Over 13 CSK: 61/4 OUT!!! Amazing fielding effort from Tait as Michael Hussey (19) departs. The ball hit the pad, Hussey went for the run, Dhoni responded, but the captain sends back Hussey, but by the time he makes his ground, bowler Tait picks up the ball and hits the bulls eye.
11: 50 pm Over 12 CSK: 60/3 OUT!!! Trivedi gets the crucial wicket of Dwayne Bravo (10). Bravo goes for the pull but gets holed out at deep square leg.
11: 45 pm Over 11 CSK: 57/2 4 runs of the Botha over.
11: 42 pm Over 10 CSK: 53/2 Sid Trivedi into the attack and the medium pacer gives away 4 runs.
11: 38 pm Over 9 CSK: 49/2 Inside out shot from Hussey, splits deep extra cover and long off with precision, FOUR!!! for the leftie.
11: 34 pm Over 8 CSK: 42/2 2 runs off the Pankaj Singh over.
11: 30 pm Over 7 CSK: 40/2 Botha into the attack as he gives away just 4 runs of the over.
11: 25 pm Over 6 CSK: 36/2 OUT!!! Big wicket, Suresh Raina (23) departs, Raina skies one high up in the air, Rahane takes a well judged catch in the deep.
11: 20 pm Over 5 CSK: 30/1 Tait again comes up with blazing pace, gives away a wide but concedes just 2 runs off the over.
11: 15 pm Over 4 CSK: 28/1 Three FOURS!!! off Watson by Raina.
11: 11 pm Over 3 CSK: 15/1 Shaun Tait into the attack and he sets the speed guns blazing first up. 5 runs from the over.
11: 07 pm Over 2 CSK: 10/1 First FOUR!!! of CSK innings as Hussey pushes one wide of cover.
11: 03 pm Over 1 CSK: 1/1 OUT!!! Peach of a delivery from Shane Watson topples Murali Vijay’s off stump. The ball swung away late and marginally to clip the top of off as Murali Vijay looked clueless.
10: 49 pm Over 20 RR: 126/6 Dishant Yagnik gets two FOURS off Bravo as Rajasthan finish with a below par score of 126 for 6 in 20 overs against Chennai Super Kings.
10: 44 pm Over 19 RR: 116/6 OUT!!! Ashwin scalps Brad Hodge (33) LBW, after the later hit a colossal SIX!!! over mid wicket. Srikanth had earlier dropped the Australian.
10: 39 pm Over 17 RR: 107/5 OUT!!! Botha tries to slog, gets clean bowled for 12 runs. Hodge though gets two FOURS off the over. 10 runs off the over.
10:38 pm Over 17 RR: 97/4 Tight over from Ashwin, just 4 runs off it.
10:34 pm Over 16 RR: 93/4 4 runs off the Jadeja over.
10:30 pm Over 15 RR: 89/4 Bravo to Hodge, and the Australian slams the half volley through covers. 11 runs off the over.
10:26 pm Over 14 RR: 78/4 3 runs off the Jadeja over.
10:22 pm Over 13 RR: 75/4 Mahesh bowls another tight over. 4 runs of it.
10:19pm Over 12 RR: 71/4 Ravindra Jadeja into the attack and concedes 4 singles.
10:15 pm Over 11 RR: 67/4 OUT!!! Stuart Binny gone for 27 off 18 balls. Binny goes for a pull shot of a short ball, the ball hurries on to him as he lobs a simple catch to short mid on, Raina. Binny had earlier flicked a leg side delivery for FOUR!!!
Meanwhile, some problems for Albie Morkel, he was hit by some random object by the crowd.
10:08 pm Over 10 RR: 61/3 Rajasthan ups the ante as Stuart Binny strikes Dwayne Bravo for two FOURS!!! and a big SIX!!! in the over. 18 runs off the over.
10:00 pm Over 9 RR: 43/3 OUT!!! In-form Rahane 17 (22b) gone, slower one from Yo Mahesh, Rahane goes down track, tries to reach for it, balloons the ball straight up, Ashwin completes his second catch of the evening. AND SLIGHT DRIZZLES START AS RAIN STOPS PLAY AGAIN
9:50 pm Over 9 RR: 42/3 OUT!!! In-form Rahane 17 (22b) gone, slower one from Yo Mahesh, Rahane goes down track, tries to reach for it, balloons the ball straight up, Ashwin completes his second catch of the evening. AND SLIGHT DRIZZLES START AS RAIN STOPS PLAY AGAIN
9:46 pm Over 8 RR: 38/2 Hilfenhaus completes his quota of 4 overs with another tight over. 4 runs off it.
9:41 pm Over 7 RR: 34/2 Yo Mahesh into the attack and Raina drops a tough catch off Raina at first slip, Mahesh getting some late away swing as Rahane played it away from his body. 6 runs off the over.
9:35 pm Over 6 RR: 28/2 OUT!!! Big blow for Rajasthan as Shane Watson (5) perishes courtesy a brilliant catch by Ravi Ashwin down at third man.
9:30 pm Over 5 RR: 25/1 Rahane gets a FOUR first ball off a short ball from Morkel. 5 runs off the over.
9:25 pm Over 4 RR: 20/1 Good over from Hilfenhaus. Beats Watson three times in a row. The moisture of the pitch helping the bowler.
9:20 pm Over 3 RR: 19/1 Watson gets a FOUR!!!. RAIN STOPS PLAY AGAIN not before Rahane flicks one past square leg for FOUR.
9:04 pm Over 2 RR: 10/1 OUT!!! Dravid (4) departs as he tries to muscle a short ball over mid off, fails to connect the ball, simple catch for Hussey.
9:00 pm Over 1 RR: 5/0 So after a long delay, play has resumed and Albie Morkel concedes 5 runs off the over. Dravid picks up the first FOUR!!! of the day as he caress a full pitched ball past cover.
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first against Rajasthan Royals here at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
Upbeat after their two consecutive victories, Rajasthan Royals would aim for a hat-trick of wins and inch closer to a playoffs spot when they take on an insipid Chennai Super Kings in an IPL match here on Thursday.
Rajasthan have the winning momentum with them and have emerged from the shock of four consecutive defeats by posting two impressive wins over Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors.
The match will be a keenly-fought contest because a defeat here might just spoil the chances of either team to make it to playoffs.
The team composition for the previous two matches has been remarkable for Rajasthan Royals. With Australian all-rounder Shane Watson and pacer Shaun Tait in the side, they have proved that they are better as a team than their more fancied rivals.