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OUR FULL COVERAGE ON IPL 7» ALSO SEE: IPL 7 POINTS TABLE» | IPL 7 RESULTS» ==============================================================Chennai Super Kings InningsOver 20 || Score 149/512 needed off six balls.
Faulkner to bowl the final over of the match. Can he give RR another thrilling victory. First ball, single came of Jadeja's bat. Off the next, Dhoni slapped the bowler over long on for a maximum. Third ball, Dhoni placed the ball towards extra cover to completed two runs. Fourth ball, Jadeja and Dhoni ran three runs to seal the match for CSK. CSK beat RR by five wickets with two balls to spare. ===================================================Over 19 || Score 137/525 needed off 12.
Cooper to bowl the penultimate over of the match. First ball, Jadeja took a single. Second ball, Dhoni stole a single by placing the ball straight to the fine leg fielder. Third ball, Jadeja smacked the bowler for a six over long off. What a hit! Fourth ball, another single. Fifth ball, Dhoni placed the ball towards deep square to collect a double. Last ball, Dhoni took a double. ===================================================Over 18 || Score 124/532 nedded off 18 balls.
Faulkner to bowl the over. Three runs came from the first two balls. Next was a wide. Faf Out!
The left arm seamer bowled a perfect yorker to clean bowled the South African. Ravinder Jadeja is the new man at crease. Excellent over for RR as mere seven runs came from the over. F du Plessis b Faulkner 38 (39b) ===================================================Over 17 || Score 117/437 needed off 24 balls.
Cooper to bowl the over. Two singles came from the first three balls. Off the last three ball came three more singles. Five runs conceded from the over. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 112/443 runs needed off 34 balls.
Tambe to bowl the over. Two more wickets here and RR will be back in the mach. Two singled off the first four balls. Next was a dot. Off the last ball, Dhoni collected a boundary by playing a paddle sweep towards fine leg. Six runs came from the over. ===================================================Over 15 || Score 106/4
Bhatia is set to bowl his last over. Wickets are the need of the hour for RR. Singles and doubles are still on. Ashwin Out!
Off the fifth ball, Ashwin went for a slog but missed the line completely and the ball crashed into his stumps. Skipper MSD is the new man in. R Ashwin b Bhatia 14 (16b) ===================================================Over 14 || Score 100/3
James Faulkner is back to bowl his second over. Three singles came from the first four balls. In the last two balls came two more singles. RR need a couple of wickets here to make a comeback in the match. Meanwhile, CSK touched the mark of hundred runs. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 95/3
Bhatia to continue. Off the third ball Anshiwn slogged the bowler for a boundary towards cow corner. This boundary came after 21 balls. Eight runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 87/3
Tambe to bowl his third over. Two singles came off the first two balls. Off the next came a double from Ashwin's bat. Both the batsmen in the middle – Faf and Ashwin – are in no hurry and dealing in singles and doubles at the moment. Six runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 80/3
Bhatia to continue. Three runs came from the first five balls. Off the last came another single from Ashwin's bat. Tight over by the medium pacer as fours runs came in it. ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 76/3
Copper to bowl his second over. Single came from the first three balls. Off the next came another single from the bat of Faf. Copper is also mixing up his devilries. Smith Out!
Finally the the bowler was rewarded with a wicket. Smith went for a pull, but it was a slower one by the medium pacer, and the ball went in the air after getting the top edge of the bat. Wickeeper took a simple catch in the end. Smith missed his fifty by six runs. Surprisingly, R Ashwin has come up the order. DR Smith c Yagnik b Cooper 44 (35b) ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 74/2
Tambe is back to bowl his second over. He is the only blower to take a hat-trick so far in this edition. Six runs from the first five balls. Off the last came a boundary as Faf, played an innovative shot over the wicket-keeper. Ten runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 64/2
Rajat Bhatia has been given the ball. Off the second ball of the medium pacer, Smith collected his fourth boundary towards long on. Smith is playing sensible cricket at the moment, whereas Bhatia is mixing up his deliveries well. So overall good cricket is being played right now. Off the last ball, Smith got another boundary but it came from the inside edge of his bat. 12 runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 52/2
Ankit to bowl his last over. Four runs came from the over. Impressive spell by the left arm spinner as he conceded mere 20 runs in his four overs and scalped two wickets as well. Meanwhile, CSK crossed the mark of fifty runs. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 48/2
Kevon Cooper has been introduced into the attack. Faf du Plessis is the man walked in after the fall of Rain's wicket. Six runs came from the over, including a boundary which came from the bat of Faf. ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 42/2
Ankit to continue. Raina Out!
Raina tried to play the blower towards short fine leg but found a fielder there, who took a simple catch in the end. Tight over by the spinner as he conceded mere two runs in it. SK Raina c Bhatia b Ankit Sharma 2 (3b) ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 40/1
Pravin Tambe has been given the ball. And Smith welcomed the bowler with two consecutive boundaries off the first two balls. The leggie conceded 12 from his opening over. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 28/1
Ankit to continue. First breakthrough for RR.
Off the first ball, McCullum tried to slog the bowler by couldn't connect it well and Nair took a sharp catch at short square leg. Suresh Raina is the new man in. Eight runs came from the over along with the boundary. BB McCullum c Nair b Ankit Sharma 6 (3b) ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 20/0
James Fulkner is sharing the new ball with Ankit. In form Smith, smashed the bowler for two sixes off the first and third ball. 13 runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 7/0
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum are opening the innings for CSK. Ankit Sharma is ready with the new ball. Off the last ball McCullum came down the ground to smack the bowler for a six. Seven runs came from the over. ==============================================================Rajasthan Royals InningsOver 20 || Score 148/8
Mohit to bowl the final over of the innings. Bhatia collected a boundary off the second ball towards square leg. Bhatia Out!
Off the fourth ball, the medium pacer, tried a slower one and Bhatia gave his everything but still didn't manage to clear the long off fence and Smith took a simple catch at the deep. Eight runs came from the over. In the end CSK managed to restrict RR at a below par score of 148. R Bhatia c Smith b Sharma 7 (4b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 140/7
Jadeja to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. First ball, the left-arm spinner bowled an arm-bowl, which went straight after pitching and Fulkner missed the line and his bails went for a toss. Double Blow!
Off the third ball Binny tried to clear the long-on fence but end up giving a simple catch to du Plessis. Four runs came from the over. STR Binny c du Plessis b Jadeja 22 (17b )JP Faulkner b Jadeja 1 (4b) ===================================================Over 18 || Score 136/5
Mohit Sharma to bowl the over. Off the first ball, Smith read the slower one early and made some room for himself to hit the bowler over covers for a boundary. Smith Out!
In the very next ball, Smith tried to play an innovative shot, but got double minded and eventually his stumps went for a walk, as he missed the line completely. James Faulkner is the new man in. Excellent over by the medium pacer as he conceded mere seven runs in it. SPD Smith b Sharma 9 (8b) ===================================================Over 17 || Score 129/4
Jadeja with his third over. Off the fifth ball, Binny came down the track, once again and launched the bowler over extra covers for a six. Nine runs came from over. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 120/4
Now it's Aswin who is bowling his last over. Steve Smith is the new man in after the fall of RR's fourth wicket. Tight over by the offie as he conceded mere six runs from it. ===================================================Over 15 || Score 114/4
Bandree is ready to bowl his final over. Off the third ball, Binny came down the track to smack the bowler for a six towards cow corner. Karun Nair Out!
Nair went for a cut off the last ball but got the thick inside edge and the ball crashed into his stumps. Eight runs came from the over along with the wicket. KK Nair b Badree 8 (11b) ===================================================Over 14 || Score 106/3
Ishwar Pandey is back to bowl his third over. Pandey is not offering much room to the batsmen. Five runs came from the over, all in singles. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 102/3
Mohit Sharma is back. The medium pacer is mixing his deliveries well. Off the third ball, Watson smacked the bowler for a maximum over square leg. And with that Watson completed his fifty in style.
After completing his fifty, off the very next ball Mohit bowled the opener
, when he tried to hit the bowler out of the park and missed the line completely. Stuart Binny is the new man in. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of hundred runs. SR Watson b Sharma 51 (36b) ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 93/2
Ashwin to continue. Off the second ball, Nair collected a boundary towards fine leg. Seven runs came from the over. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 86/2
Jadeja is ready with his second over. Rahane run Out!
Miss communication between the two batsmen in the middle and Rahane fell short of his crease, while returning back. Karun Nair is the new man in. Two runs came from the over. AM Rahane run out 4 (7b) ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 84/1
Vijay Shankar has been introduced into the attack for the first time in the match. Off the third ball, Watson played a perfect cover drive to collect a boundary. Off the last two balls, Watson smacked the bowler for two consecutive sixes. Expensive first over by the medium pacer as 19 runs came from it. . ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 65/1
Ravinder Jadeja has been introduced into the attack. Ajikya Rahane is the new man in for RR after the fall of their first wicket. Four singles came from the first five balls. Last was a dot. So a tight over first up by the spinner. ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 61/1
R Ashwin to continue. Fourth ball was a wide by the offie. Off the next, Ankit collected a boundary towards backward square leg. Ashwin's leg stump line is not at all helping him at the moment. Another wide. Ankit Sharma Out!
Ankit tried to launch the bowler for a six over long on, but couldn't clear the fence and got out at deep. 11 runs came from the over. Ankit Sharma c Smith b Ashwin 30 (27b) ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 50/0
Pandey to back to bowl his second over. Watson collected a boundary off the second ball by hitting the bowler towards point region. Solid start by the RR openers. Seven runs came from the over. Meanwhile, RR crossed the mark of fifty runs. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 42/0
R Ashwin has been given the ball. Off the third ball Anikt launched the bowler for a boundary over long on. Then in the next delivery he collected another boundary towards fine leg. Off the last he smacked the bowler out of the park to collect 17 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 25/0
Badree to continue. The leggie is bowling at a tight line. After three dot balls came a single off the fourth. Last two balls were again dot. So a single came from the over. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 24/0
Mohit Sharma has been introduced into the attack. Off the third and fourth balls, Ankit collected two consecutive boundaries, both are elegant shots by the southpaw. Eight came from the over. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 16/0
Badree to continue. Off the third came a single. Next ball was a wide down the leg side which was missed by the wicket-keeper as well and it went for four, 4-byes. Eight runs came from it. ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 8/0
Ishwar Pandey to bowl the second over of the innings. The tall pacer is getting some seam movement. First five balls were dot by the the seamer. Off the last, Watson smacked the bowler towards long-on for a maximum. Six runs came from it. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 2/0
Shane Watson and Ankit Sharma are in the middle to open the innings for RR, whereas, Samuel Badree has the new ball in hand. Four dot balls first up by the leggie. Off the next came a single from the bat of Ankit. Shane Watson took a single off the last to open his account. Two came from the over. ============================================================== CSK XI:
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Francois du Plessis, MS Dhoni (Capt.&W), Ravindra Jadeja, Vijay Shankar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Samuel BadreeRR XI:
Ajinkya Rahane, Karun Nair, Shane Watson (C), Stuart Binny, Dishant Yagnik, Steve Smith, James Faulkner, Kevon Cooper, Rajat Bhatia, Pravin Tambe, Ankit SharmaToss:
Rajasthan Royals skipper, Shane Watson won the toss and elected to bat first in Ranchi.
Big news is Rajasthan dropped Sanju Samson, Kane Richardson and Rahul Tewatia, and brought in Dishant Yagnik, Kevon Cooper and Ankit Sharma. For Chennai, Vijay Shankar is making his IPL debut as Mithun Manhas made may for the Tamil Nadu all-rounder. ===================================================
Chennai Super Kings would be aiming to go top of the table but a determined Rajasthan Royals stand in the way as the two sides gear up to clash in an IPL match.
Tied on points with Kings XI Punjab, Chennai are second on the table due to a slightly lower net run-rate. Chennai have won seven of their nine games and are aiming for their third title.
Rajasthan are not too far behind, occupying the third spot with six wins from nine matches.
Given their fine run, both the teams would start as equals in the match even though it was Chennai who came out trumps the first time the two sides came face to face in this season.
First Published: Tuesday, May 13, 2014, 19:55