Royals v Super Kings, 1st semi-final, CLT20, Jaipur October 4, 2013

Tambe, Rahane take Royals to final


Rajasthan Royals 159 for 8 (Rahane 70, Bravo 3-26) beat Chennai Super Kings 145 for 8 (Ashwin 46, Tambe 3-10) by 14 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pravin Tambe scripted the most remarkable chapter in his brief Twenty20 career, as he scuttled the Chennai Super Kings chase with a canny spell of legspin bowling that reaped 3 wickets for 10 in four overs. Super Kings began poorly in pursuit of 160, failing to eclipse the required rate in the Powerplay, as both openers were run out, but Tambe ensured the dangerous men below would not prosper, as he and the seamers gleaned a wicket per over between the 9th and 13th overs of the innings.

At the innings break, Royals may perhaps have felt their 159 for 8 was at least ten runs light at a traditionally high-scoring venue, but despite a desperate R Ashwin salvo towards the finish, the hosts extended their winning streak at home to 13 victories. A fluid Ajinkya Rahane scored 70 from 56 balls, which helped set up the 14-run win, with the Royals finishing the year unbeaten in Jaipur.

Tambe extracted no alarming turn from the hard surface, but succeeded instead by pushing his legbreaks through quickly at the batsmen's legs. The Super Kings batsmen were tentative in his first over, and when Badrinath ran past one that kept low in Tambe's next over, the visitors were even more reluctant to take him on . He trapped Dwayne Bravo in front with a slider in the following over, after Rahul Shukla had done MS Dhoni in with a beauty at the other end, then effectively delivered the coup de grace by removing Suresh Raina, who had been the only top order batsman to produce a start. When Tambe began his spell, Super Kings were 41 for 2 after 6 overs, and when he finished, they were 73 for 7 after 13.

Ashwin swung bravely at the seam bowlers, whose standards dipped after the middle overs, but his team had already surrendered too much ground. He and Chris Morris got Super Kings to within 23 runs off victory before the 20th over, and although Ashwin struck the first ball for six, he fell on the fourth delivery, having struck three fours and three sixes in his 28-ball 46.

Rahane arrived with consecutive fifties behind him, and his abiding fine touch was plain to see in the first over, when he strode down the pitch to send Ravindra Jadeja into the sightscreen. He lay low for several overs after that, as he collected runs into the outfield, but unfurled his attacking strokes again in the company of Shane Watson, with whom he put on 59 for the fourth wicket.

He found gaps in the covers often, and when the ball suited him, Rahane hit inside-out above the infield as well. An advancing drive over extra cover in the ninth over was followed three overs later by a graceful blow that carried the ball well over the cover rope and a fluent drive in the same direction. In between, the wayward yorkers were glanced to the fine leg fence and the short balls dispatched square on the leg side

The Super Kings attack was disciplined at the finish however. Royals were placed at 141 for 4 at the end of the 17th over, looking set for a score in excess of 170, but could only muster 18 more runs, surrendering three wickets in Dwayne Bravo's final over.

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Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Zuhaib on October 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Can't believe super kings lost

  • Vasudevan on October 6, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    CSK clearly looked de-motivated, one of the recent events being Hussey's disastrously timed release of his book. It is going to be very hard work to rebuild the CSK that every team feared. One wonders if even Dhoni would stay with the team next time around. In any case, RR played with purpose and deserved to go to the finals. Same purpose was also visible when MI was in the other S/F. One could expect to see a keen contest between deserving finalists.

  • Srinivas on October 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @linguboy, get your facts straightened out. Thanks.

  • NIKHIL on October 5, 2013, 19:59 GMT

    @ linguboy - Are you kidding , seriously!! RR always introduced new talents every time they played IPL. Jadeja , Naman Ojha , Rahane , binny , Menaria, Samson all had grown under RR . Shane Watson , Yousuf Pathan got limelight only when they played for RR . Dravid who was discarded by RCB was made to captain RR and look how well RR have performed. Veterean Hodge and Owais Shah have performed under RR and not when they played for KKR. You talk about CSK nurturing players but you forgot about how many talents they have wasted, Good players stagnate in your team like Du Plesis , Morkel , Nannes , Saha , Jakati , styris, Hilfenhaus , Baba Aparajith, Kulasekara , Ben Laughlin and many more local talents .

  • Raj on October 5, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Pravin Tambe is shown to Indian fan that age is not matter to perform, willingness & fit is main. Poor BCCI still experimenting unfir Gambhir & Shewag to bring into team and forget notice people like Tambe & Binny etc.

  • Nicholas on October 5, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    For the last few years, Pravin Tambe has been plying his trade as a 'pro' in the Liverpool league. The weird thing is, that in league cricket, he is considered to be a batsman who bowls a bit!

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    love to see chennai has eleminated from clt20. great work by rajastan and best wishes for them from a sri lankan.

  • venkatasubramanian on October 5, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(October 5,2013) It was tight and sensational bowling by Rajasthan Royals after their fine batting display till fifteenth over against CSK in the twenty first match of CLT20.Though R.Ashwin displayed his powerful strokes, in the company of C.Morris,in the late innings of CSK,their efforts became futile in the last few balls.This has enabled RR not only to reach finals of the tournament but also to achieve their consecutive 13th victory in their home soil.

  • mathew on October 5, 2013, 12:47 GMT

    Posted by Sanath Kumar on (October 5, 2013, 12:09 GMT), what you say is exactly my point.I was replying to the below user who talked only about CSK not fielding their own players,but it's the same for every other IPL team.Mumbai and Delhi produce maximum number of Indian team players who are well established and they play for many other franchise ,so I singled out Mumbai and Delhi.But RCB is just like CSK rely on other States players and criticising only CSK is unfair,which was my exact point to below user.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    @ mathewjohn2176 . What are u talking sir. In IPL is club cricket. No state nothing. State is with only its Name. See Sunrisers Hydrabad. Shikhar, Misra , Sharma are all from different states, In MI only SRT and Rohit is from Mumbai, Bajji, Rayadu, Ojha, Karhik are from Different states. Delhi gave so much player to country. But only Viu plays for DD. In KKR Gouti, Balaji, Yusuf are from different state. Not Just RCB all IPL teams having players from different states not from their states.

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