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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 23:55
Dubai: Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant all-round display after Dwayne Smith`s fine batting show as Chennai Super Kings defended a modest total to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in their IPL match here on Wednesday. SCORECARD» | COMMENTARY»
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OUR FULL COVERAGE ON IPL 7» ALSO SEE: IPL 7 POINTS TABLE» | IPL 7 RESULTS» ==============================================================Rajasthan Royals innings:Over 19.5 || Score 133/10
Ashwin to bowl the final over. Tambe worked the first ball towards fine leg for a couple. Kulkarni played a slog-sweep off the second ball, and smashed it high over deep midwicket for a Six!
Kulkarni works the next ball over covers for another couple of runs. Ashwin bowls a leg-breaker and Kulkarni slaps it over deep midwicket for another Six!
9 needed from 2. Dhoni immediately goes to Ashwin and has a small discussion. Kulkarni worked the next ball towards deep midwicket and Tambe was hesitant about the second run as a result of which he has been run-out, CSK win the match by seven runs! PV Tambe run out 2 (2b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 117/9
Rajasthan need 29 runs from the last two overs, Hilfenhaus will bowl the penultimate over. Bhatia worked the first ball towards deep midwicket, two runs scored. Bhatia attempted a big hit off the second ball, didn't connect on that occasion. Bhatia slashed the next ball hard, and Ashwin took a good catch at point, Bhatia is OUT!
Pravin Tambe is the last man in. Kulkarni took a single off the fourth ball. Tambe hit the fifth ball towards third man for a single. Kulkarni hit the last ball over point for a couple of runs. Five from the over, 24 needed from the last one. R Bhatia c Ashwin b Hilfenhaus 23 (20b) ===================================================Over 18 || Score 112/8
Ashwin to bowl his third over. Five runs from the over. ===================================================Over 17 || Score 107/8
Jadeja to bowl his final over. Bhatia charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it over long-on for a Six!
Jadeja bowled a short ball to end his spell and Bhatia pulled it past deep square leg for a boundary!
Two good strokes from Bhatia in that over. 15 runs from the over. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 92/8
Ashwin has been brought back into the attack. Five runs from the over. ===================================================Over 15 || Score 87/8
Jadeja to bowl his third over. Southee was playing for the turn, it didn't turn much and Southee has been bowled!
Three runs from the over. TG Southee b Jadeja 4 (4b) ===================================================Over 14 || Score 84/7
Pandey to bowl his final over. Pandey bowled the second ball down the leg side and Faulkner worked it towards fine leg where a misfield from Mohit Sharma produced a boundary
for CSK. Pandey moved the third ball away from Faulkner, who edged it to Dhoni, Faulkner is OUT!
Tim Southee is the new man in. Pandey bowled a dot ball to end the over and Southee pulled it past square leg for a boundary!
Southee played a late cut off the last ball, and it went straight to Faf at first slip who dropped it!
Faf had to dive to his right, but it was at catable height and he would have taken it on any other day. Nine runs from the over. JP Faulkner c Dhoni b Pandey 4 (2b) ===================================================Over 13 || Score 75/6
Jadeja to bowl his final over. Smith charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it past deep cover for a boundary!
Jadeja bowled a back of a length delivery to end the over and Smith hit it straight to du Plessis at long-off, Smith is OUT! SPD Smith c du Plessis b Jadeja 19 (20b) ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 66/5
Pandey has been brought back into the attack, Rajat Bhatia is the new man in. Three runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 63/5
Sharma to continue. Binny attempted a big stroke off the fifth ball and hit in high in the air and Faf took a clean catch at long-off, Binny is OUT!
Seven runs from the over. STR Binny c du Plessis b Sharma 8 (11b) ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 56/4
Raina to bowl his second over. Smith charged down the wicket off the third ball, Smith missed the line and guess what, MS Dhoni has missed an easy stumping chance!
So Smith was batting on 4, when Dhoni missed that chance. Let's see, how much cane he make out of that life. Two runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 54/4
Mohit Sharma has been brought into the attack. Seven runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 47/4
Suresh Raina has been brought into the attack. Three runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 44/4
Ravindra Jadeja has been brought into the attack. Watson charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it over long-on for a Six!
Watson tried to repeat a similar shot off the next ball, but it went high in the air and Hilfenhaus at long-off too k an easy catch, Watson is OUT!
And Jadeja gets two in two! He flighted the next ball and Samson hit it back to the bowler, Samson it OUT!
Six runs and two wickets for Jadeja in that over.SV Samson c & b Jadeja 16 (16b) SR Watson c Hilfenhaus b Jadeja 7 (6b) ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 38/2
Ravichandran Ashwin has been brought into the attack. Rahane played a poor stroke off the second ball and hit it straight to Manhas at deep midwicket, Rahane is OUT!
Just one for the over. Dhoni's go-to-man has struck once again in his first over. AM Rahane c Manhas b Ashwin 15 (12b) ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 37/1
Hilfenhaus to continue. Samson charged down the wicket off the second ball and slammed it over deep midwicket for a Six!
Magnificent stroke that! Hilfenhaus bowled a length ball to end the over and Samson launched it this time over long-on for another Six!
What a player! He got off to a slow start, but the brightest youngster on the tour – Sanju Samson – has hit two incredible strokes in that over against a world class bowler. Watson is going berserk in the dugout, so is Dravid. 14 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 23/1
Pandey to continue. Rahane was offered some width off the first ball and he worked it between point and covers for a boundary!
Rahane worked the second ball towards deep square leg and scored three runs. Pandey followed it with two dot balls which moved away from Samson. Samson was offered some room off the fifth ball and he hit it towards deep backward point for a couple. Samson took a single off the last ball. Ten runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 13/1
Hilfenhaus to continue. Another superb over, just three runs from it. Both the seamers are swinging the ball with accurate line and length. ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 10/1
Ishwar Pandey to bowl from the other end. After facing two dot balls, Nayar charged down the wicket and wanted a quick single, Rahane wasn't interested and McCullum went of to dislodge the bails, Nayar is run-out!
Sanju Samson walks to the crease. Superb stuff from Pandey, a maiden to start with! AM Nayar run out 5 (7b) ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 10/0
Ajinkya Rahane and Abhishek Nayar to open for Rajasthan, Ben Hilfenhaus will bowl the first over. The first ball moved into Nayar, who was looking to work it on the leg side. Nayar worked the second ball on the off-side for no run. After two good balls, Hilfenhaus bowled a wide. Fourth ball was slightly overpitched and Nayar flicked it past midwicket for a boundary!
Nayar worked the fourth ball with soft hands and took a single. Rahane got a thick edge off the fifth ball which rushed past third man for a boundary!
Ben bowled a brilliant outswinger to end the over and Rahane almost edged it to the keeper. Ten from the first over. ==============================================================Chennai Super Kings innings:Over 20 || Score 140/6
Southee will bowl the final over. Jadeja hit the first ball straight to Watson at point, he threw it back to Southee who couldn't collect it and it provided an extra run for CSK. Jadeja moved on the off-side off the second ball, didn't hit and it wasn't called wide as it was within his hitting range. Jadeja hit the third ball for a single. Southee bowled a slower one and Ashwin managed just a single off it. Southee followed it with another yorker and Jadeja hit it straight down the ground for a couple. He bowls a wide. Southee bowled another yorker to end the over and Jadeja once again hit it straight down the ground for two runs. A decent total by CSK, these two added unbeaten 39 runs for the seventh-wicket partnership. Ravindra Jadeja 36* (33b) Ravichandran Ashwin 9* (13b) ===================================================Over 19 || Score 131/6
Faulkner, who has had a forgettable day, will bowl his third over. Jadeja worked the first ball towards wide of long-off for a single. Ashwin managed an edge off the second ball which rushed past third man for a boundary!
Ashwin was looking to make room off the third ball and he hit it for a single, and an overthrow from Faulkner produced an extra run. Jadeja smashed the next ball towards deep cover for a couple. 12 runs from the over. Faulkner has gone for 38 runs in his three overs today. ===================================================Over 18 || Score 119/6
Southee has been brought back into the attack. Jadeja followed it with three dot balls to Ashwin who was looking to play big hits. Fifth ball was a short one and Ashwin pulled it for a single towards deep midwicket. Jadeja took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. Just two runs from the over. ===================================================Over 17 || Score 117/6
Kulkarni has been brought into the attack. First ball swung away from Jadeja, a dot ball. Jadeja took a couple off the second ball. Third ball was full and wide, a dot ball. Kulkarni follows it with a wide. Kulkarni's next ball was short and Jadeja pulled it past midwicket for a boundary!
Jadeja worked the fifth ball towards deep backward point for a single. Kulkarni followed it with three consecutive wides and ended the over with a good dot ball. 11 runs from the over. ===================================================Over 16 || Score 106/6
Shane Watson has brought himself into the attack. He began with a low full-toss and Jadeja worked it for a single. Ashwin edged the second ball to the keeper, who aimed the stumps, hit it but it provided an extra run to CSK. Jadeja worked the third ball past third man for a single. Watson followed it with a dot ball. Ashwin took a single off the fifth ball. Jadeja took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. Five runs from the over. ===================================================Over 15 || Score 101/6
Bhatia to bowl his final over. Jadeja worked the first ball towards short of mid-on and hesitated before taking a risky single. Manhas worked the second ball for another single. Jadeja defended the third ball back to the bowler for no run. Jadeja pulled the fourth ball towards midwicket for a single. Manhas was offered some room off the fifth ball and he hit it straight to Rahane at point, Manhas is OUT!
Ravichandra Ashwin is the new man in. He defends the last ball back to the bowler for no run. M Manhas c Rahane b Bhatia 10 (10b) ===================================================Over 14 || Score 98/5
Tambe to bowl his final over. Manhas was offered some room off the first ball and he hit it wide of long-off for a boundary!
Tambe bowled one down the leg side, it beat the keeper and produced five wides for CSK. 13 runs from the over. ===================================================Over 13 || Score 85/5
Bhatia to bowl his third over. Just four from the over. The strategic timeout has been taken and CSK will have to decide about whom to target. ==============================================================Over 12 || Score 81/5
Tambe to bowl his third over. Dhoni charged down the wicket off the first ball, Tambe aimed the pads and Dhoni hit it straight to Faulkner at deep square leg, Dhoni is OUT!
Manhas finally walks in. Seven from the over. ==============================================================Over 11 || Score 74/3
Bhatia to continue. Dhoni hit the first ball back to the bowler, Bhatia dived to his right and even though he missed the catch, he got a finger to it which ran out Faf du Plessis!
That is another big blow for CSK. Ravindra Jadeja walks in ahead of Mithun Minhas. Just three from the over. F du Plessis run out 7 (9b) ==============================================================Over 10 || Score 71/3
Tambe to bowl his second over. Another good over from Tambe, five runs from it. Tambe is the only spinner in the Rajasthan squad, but I doubt whether they will target him. ==============================================================Over 9 || Score 66/3
Rajat Bhatia has been brought into the attack. And he strikes, Suresh Raina is OUT!
Bhatia bowled a wide bouncer and Raina edged it to short third man where Kulkarni took an excellent catch diving to his front. MS Dhoni is the new man in. Three runs and a wicket from that over for Bhatia. SK Raina c Kulkarni b Bhatia 4 (9b) ==============================================================Over 8 || Score 63/2
Stuart Binny has been brought into the attack. He began with a short ball and Smith hammered it over deep midwicket for another Six!
Smith was surprised off the second ball which bounced from good length and hit it straight to Watson at mid-off, Smith is OUT!
It has been another entertaining innings from Smith. Faf du Plessis is the new man in. Ten runs from the over. DR Smith c Watson b Binny 50 (28b) ==============================================================Over 7 || Score 53/1
Pravin Tambe has been brought into the attack. Just two runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 6 || Score 51/1
Faulkner to bowl his second over. He began with a wide delivery. McCullum charged down the wicket off the second ball and scored a couple of runs towards deep cover. McCullum shimmied down the track off the third ball, hit it high towards midwicket and Steven Smith has pulled off a stunner!
Smith was running backwards but he had his eyes on the ball and timed his jump to perfection to grab it! Suresh Raina walks to the crease. Southee followed it with one on the leg side and Smith pulled it within a flash past deep fine leg for a boundary!
Smith used the pace of the next delivery and worked it past third man for a boundary!
Fifth ball was a low full-toss and Smith drilled it straight down the ground for a boundary!
Faulkner followed it with a length ball and Smith cleared mid-off for his fourth consecutive boundary!
19 runs from the over, Smith has now reached 44 off just 26 balls. BB McCullum c Smith b Faulkner 6 (10b) ==============================================================Over 5 || Score 32/0
Southee to bowl his second over. Smith failed to work the first ball into the gaps. Second ball was overpitched outside the off-stump and Smith clobbered it flat over long-off for another Six!
Smith took a quick single off the third ball. McCullum charged down the wicket off the fourth ball and took a risky single. Southee bowled an off-cutter, Smith couldn't read that. Smith was offered room off the last ball and he worked that fine past the fielder at point for a boundary!
12 runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 4 || Score 20/0
Kulkarni to bowl the second over. Good over this, just two runs from it. The ball is possibly not coming on to the bat, which is why these two haven't gone for their strokes. ==============================================================Over 3 || Score 18/0
James Faulkner has been brought into the attack. Smith got a leading edge off the first ball which flew towards third man, Pravin Tambe was the fielder there but he didn't go for the catch. Fourth ball was a length delivery and Smith smashed it high over long-on for a Six!
Nine runs from the over. ==============================================================Over 2 || Score 8/0
Tim Southee has been brought into the attack. Good over to start with, three runs from it. ==============================================================Over 1 || Score 5/0
Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl the first over, Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open for CSK. First ball was overpitched and Smith drove that through covers for a boundary!
Kulkarni responded back well as he bowled four consecutive dot balls. Smith took a single off the last ball to keep the strike. Five from the first over. ==============================================================TOSS:
Shane Watson has won the toss and he has decided to bowl first.
These two teams have been consistent with their good show in the Indian Premier League over the years.
Rajasthan Royals is a side which possibly has the maximum number of all-rounders this season. New skipper Shane Watson has plenty of bowling options in Kane Richardson, Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Faulkner, Pravin Tambe and Rajat Bhatia. Surprisingly, Watson himself hasn`t bowled much this season, however, he is capable of breaking partnerships every now and then.
In the batting department, Rajasthan have a formidable opener in Ajinkya Rahane, who`s unflappable temperament has won several matches for the team in the past. Rajasthan are privileged to have the brightest Indian youngster – Sanju Samson – who has all the shots in his repertoire and is expected to don the Indian colours pretty soon. Stuart Binny too has scored some crucial runs for the team and Brad Hodge is considered to be the most experienced T20 player all over the world.
Chennai Super Kings have been a champion team over the years, however their campaign got off to a poor start when even after scoring 205 runs in their first game against Kings XI Punjab, they lost the match, as a result of another brutal assault from Glenn Maxwell. Chennai were back in their groove in the second match against Delhi Daredevils, where batting first, they scored 177 runs and then bowled out the Daredevils for just 84 runs.
Chennai have an excellent opening pair in Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith and if these two get going, Rajasthan would be in big trouble. MS Dhoni also has a lot of options in the bowling department, however, the injury to Dwayne Bravo has been a major setback for the team, as their star player will now miss rest of the tournament.
First Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 23:55