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

Tambe, Rahane take Royals to final

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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.

Our batting lacked calmness - Stephen Fleming

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

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  • POSTED BY Zuhaib999 on | October 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Can't believe super kings lost

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu 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.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @linguboy, get your facts straightened out. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR 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 .

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 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.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY vsroc 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.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY Zuhaib999 on | October 6, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Can't believe super kings lost

  • POSTED BY mjrvasu 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.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 5, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    @linguboy, get your facts straightened out. Thanks.

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR 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 .

  • POSTED BY Raj12345 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.

  • POSTED BY njr1330 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY vsroc 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.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 5, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    @Maddy20, your comment is hilarious. Every team is composed of players from all over india and from all other nations. Let alone players, even captains of many teams are from other states. Kohli from Delhi captains RCB, Dravid from Bangalore captains RR, Dawan from Delhi captains SRH and so on. The only rule is that atleast 4 players from the catchment area should be in the SQUAD.

  • POSTED BY linguboy on | October 5, 2013, 11:25 GMT

    @ RR fans who are claiming that RR introduces and taps new talent, can you name two players introduced and nurtured by RR went on to become successful players. I could think of only one player SRJ. none other. On the other hand CSK introduced Ashwin and now Mohit Sharma (developing a lot under CSK), SRJ (matured from just raw potential to prospect under CSK). Remember Chris Morris was selected to SA national team pipping others only he performed well for CSK. Remember Holder(future WI fast bowler for sure). Every senior player wants to play for CSK till their retirement. Murali( different bowler for RCB compared to CSK), Hayden, now Hussey bcoz its not just a team its a family. There will be some problems and failures now and then but We will raise again like a fallen horse not like a elephant. Remember RR beat CSK in 2008 IPL final but it took another 6 years to reach another T20 finals. Whereas CSK went onto win 2IPL's and 1CLT20. RR deserved yes victory and pls don't deride others.

  • POSTED BY mathewjohn2176 on | October 5, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Posted by maddy20 on (October 5, 2013, 10:27 GMT, Don't you think the same reasons applied to Bangalore royal challengers too? Most of RCB players are from other states like captain kohli and if you field 4 Karnataka players ,then the team is gone for good.Its the same case with every other team including RR.Only MI and DD play with few of their own state players.So its unfair to target one IPL team although I am a MI supporter.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 5, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    @mylaichingamlae The reason why CSK wins is because they have players from other states(and intl players) who can , cover the weaknesses of TN players like Vijay, Badrinath(seriously T-20 player?) especially captain cool. If this team fields atleast 4 players from TN(or a captain from TN), they are gone for good.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 5, 2013, 10:21 GMT

    Rahul's excellent captaincy caused panic in CSK's chase. Vijay and Hussey couldn't rotate and started taking risky singles. In the process got themselves runout. Badri was meant to anchor the innings but uncharacteristically but unluckily got out. Tambe and Shukla bowled well and strolled CSK innings further. Ashwin and Morris partnership gave hope to CSK fans and gave exciting finish to the match. Well done RR. Fortress is yet to be breached. All the best in the finals.

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    one thing is always common in most of the comments irrespective of which team plays, be it IPL, ranji, CL T20. Whichever batsmen perform, take in this case rahane, there will b calls for rohit sharma to be dropped. Dont understand this grudge against rohit. he's a class act & evry test cricketer[present/past] appreciates his game. Agreed he's been inconsistent in past but now he's set on the path for glory which he will acheive given his talent. Agreed rahane is a very good batsman & will get his due. So pls stop deriding every other player in favour of others.

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    RR maintained their home record clean & made a royal entry into the finals of CL t20. On the other hand CSK who usually r such a confident side irrespective of venue & occasion some how uncharacteristically appeared dodgy & under pressure even when royals looked set for a score below 150. that dint happen thanks to classy knock from rahane[who's njoying great run] & lusty hitting from watson.That aside many RR fans going gaga over RR unearthing talent is over stated bcos tambe got to play bcos the lead spinners r unavailable.Home conditions did help them nodoubt. Tough luck CSK. looking forward to other SF which appears to be even more explosive given the galaxy of stars on display.

  • POSTED BY Iceman29 on | October 5, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    congrats to RR...they played better than csk...We could have seen RR's real talent when they play outside their home ground..so dont jump as if you guys are the best by winnin only in your home ground...CSK are always the team to beat my friends in any tounament remember that...

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 5, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @cool sande-dear correct ur facys that rr has qualified first time for the clt20...first clt20 was due when after mumbai attack it was cancelled...otherwise rr was due to play in it if it wasnt for that attack.

  • POSTED BY my_comments on | October 5, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    I don't see Harmony111 in this forum.

    So as most of the MSD/IND fans said the well structured plan of MSD of losing to T&T so that they'll be able to win against RR was a flop.

  • POSTED BY rashivkd on | October 5, 2013, 8:53 GMT

    All set for a grant farewell for two Indian legends The Master and The Wall.

  • POSTED BY my_comments on | October 5, 2013, 8:50 GMT

    @ Sparsh_The_Player: How can you say that RR is they are winning because of these unknown talents of India, yes they are performing but remember the foreign players had a big hand in qualifying to this semi, Hodge, Cooper, Faukner and Watson have contributed a lot to the success of RR.

    And as the IPL 2013 showed that home advantage was so high. So RR playing all their games in Jaypur is not fair.

    CSK/SL as you said or as well known SA teams might seem chokers, but they all these teams are consistent, coming to the semis and finals in more occasion than any other IPL or International team.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 5, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Well I guess it's the wall effect. Where ever he goes the wall seems to be there and this time it was for royals as their fortress is still safe and uninvaded.

  • POSTED BY NIKSTERROR on | October 5, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    @ mylaichingamlae I can feel your frustation getting to see CSK loosing 2 out of their last two matches having talent one tenth of yours. CSK buys every greatest T20 players and thus transformed into greatest T20 team .Every team wearing yellow jersey can not be the "Australian" team and please don't get flattered by calling yourself INVINCIBLES . By the way i thoroughly enjoyed the fear Ashwin had bowling to Rahane and Watson when they hammered him for 16 runs off his only 1 over

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | October 5, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    @ Akshay Jain: Keep dreaming my friend... Jadeja and rohit Sharma are here to stay...And so is Yuvraj... rahane will have to wait for long because the middle order of Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina & dhoni is impossible to breach...Just as Rahane's IPL-Team Ground.... Moreover, I have learnt that players cannot be judged upon T20 performances... Jadeja nad Rohit have won matches overseas while Rahane failed to incoming deliveries to English bowlers even on indian pitches... You should open your eyes and trust the team management.

  • POSTED BY bikigupta on | October 5, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    It's such an astonishment, a pleasing one indeed, that over the years Rajasthan Royals have been introducing one after another incredible talents from across the country. One must give credit to the people in the team who have been entrusted with identifying such talents and bringing them to the foreground. These guys have a great eye for talents.

  • POSTED BY Rohit... on | October 5, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Have you all heard the news???? Hodge out of final....huge loss for RR.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 5, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    Jadeja is very overrated player like rohit sharma. Both of them will very soon loose their place in the Indian team to yuvi n rahane

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    Mighty impressed with Shukla's bolwing and he showed the way to bowl Dhoni, because if there is something that bothers Dhoni's batting is the quick out swing movement. He did that and got him plumb in front of the wickets. Wide yorkers and pacy outswingers is the way to go if you want to survive brutal slogging of MSD.

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Keep Calm and Halla Bol RD and RR's tag line : Epic combination :D

  • POSTED BY PFEL on | October 5, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    Come on Royals! The side with 3 aussies is always a good one to support in my book. Look forward to end of this IPL v 2 masquerading as a world league. the BCCI have scoured every possible way to give the IPL teams every advantage and it's finally worked for them. IPL teams making finals.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 5, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    Prayings for brad "get well soon".Give a grand end to rd yhe great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!z

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    The only reason RR won 5 games on the trot was that they played on their home ground, otherwise even MI had 8 wins out of 8 in IPL 2013. So why only RR got to play in their homeground & noone other IPL team got, also the pitch that will be used in the final in Delhi is totally different from the Jaipur pitch, so every chance of RR losing in the finals. I hope MI win the trophy & give Sachin a winning farewell. RR playing all matches on their homeground could actually be a blessing in disguise for MI, as MI have had enough practice in Delhi & RR will have no time to adapt to new conditions, so c'mon MI win it for Sachin, support from a Delhi Daredevils fan !!!

  • POSTED BY pull_shot on | October 5, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    Though i am in & out csk fan i am cheering for RR because of dravid's last tournament i am happy with d result. Please stop those who criticize about dravid batting and name 1 captain except shane warne that blooded young players and got d results even cooper & faulkner r young and i bet except RR cooper will never be a regular member in any ipl teams. Those who ask tambe in indian team please don't consider ipl and clt20 matches as metric anybody should come from ranji level.

  • POSTED BY mylaichingamlae on | October 5, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    For all the CSK haters and other team supporters.....We are always proud to be CSK'ans. Some may say, CSK is overrated and some may say CSK is over hyped. But the fact is that CSK is the pinnacle of T20 cricketing. I love how the other team supporters hate us like every country fans hated the mighty Australians when they won everything. Thank You for that. You may win one tournament, but we have won all the titles that is there to get out there....I feel your envy...but what can we do, we are the proud CSK'ans. We may have lost this match but we enjoyed your tense moments at the end of the match when you yourself doubted whether you will win or not when Ashwin and Morris were going strong, when you thought you had the match in the bag. Peace Out!!!

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | October 5, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    First biggest reason for CSK flop show this time is the failure of CSK spinners. Other spinners like Tambe, Narine are doing well and became biggest part of their teams success. Second biggest reason the failure of openers. Only Raina, and Dhoni was in form and rest of them are just supporting. CSK would not have even get into the semis if Dhoni would not have played blazing, unimaginable innings against SRH. I am really surprised when Tambe is bowling well, why worlds number 1 bowler Jadeja and Ashwin are not doing well? I think they are over confident about their talent and dhoni's support. Amit mishra should be picked in Aus ODI series just to put Ashwin and Jadeja on their toes. unfortunately Tambe is 41 years old, but his zeal is like a 20 year old boy where is Jadeja and Ashwin lack this at the moment.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | October 5, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Reason RR beat CSK is that whatever CSK bowlers did from 16-20 overs, RR did the entire 20 overs. Its just the bowling quality that made the difference. RR compensated for the superior batting line up of CSK, as simple as that. I cant recall wide or over pitched deliveries by RR in the whole innings. Fantastic.

  • POSTED BY cricketanand12 on | October 5, 2013, 3:30 GMT

    No problem CSk we are still or fan.But better selection of players next time.Get ballance. He is a profilic run scorer in English cricket.Southern is a great death bowler.zGuptill is a good batsman. Indian bowler s like SURYAKANT PRADHAN ,sandeep worried are good.No more badri and jadeja pleaseplease.Being a die hard fan,I would like csk to have hussey vijay raina ash win msd balance yuvraj southee hilfenhaus PRADHAN and worries as xi.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 5, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    My heart goes out for Brad Hodge. Hope he hasn't done irreparable damage to his knee. Most likely, he won't be playing the finals. I wish him a complete recovery so that he can get on with his life - he axes bowlers for a living. All the best Dear Brad Hodge. All RR supporters will be wishing and hoping that you will have a complete recovery and rehabilitation. Halla bol halla bol......

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    RR is 13 on the trot at home and still going strong- any T20 side managed this kind of a feat?

    The CSK vs.MI matches were a migraine. Yesterday, RR was mind freshing! Dhoni said (in post-match presentation) we have to think on our batting order after post match presentation. Now I think he should concentrate taking off his yellow jersey and try to stop the yellow OZ tour! It is all over!

  • POSTED BY on | October 5, 2013, 2:08 GMT

    why Rahane is ignored by selectors.Next world cup opener Rohit is not suited for opening slot.

  • POSTED BY cool_sande on | October 5, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    I am a CSK fan and I don't see exactly the "tiger's Eyes" in their body language which i saw in IPL or previous editions of CLT20.They looked bored,uninterested.May be its time to create a completely new team under Dhoni for next IPL(whatever franchise he plays next year), so that he will have a opportunity to try more players before 2015 world cup.

    Also for everyone slamming Dhoni and praising Dravid, please do recollect the 2007 world cup.(Few T20 matches doesn't make the whole Record)

    Also for everyone slamming CSK as Chokers,Please do remember that this is the first time,RR has qualified for the CLT20(I believe RR has been choking and sleeping for past five years),AND CSK IS THE ONLY TEAM TO PLAY IN ALL FIVE EDITIONS OF CLT20.

    @gsingh7:Stop crticising Ashwin.Take a look at Muralidharan's record against Australia.Ashwin Scored more runs than VVS and MSD at average higher than VS,GG,RD and took more wickets than Ishant ,playing a match less than others in AUS 2011 tour.LOL........

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 23:53 GMT

    T&T will easily crown the CLT 2013.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | October 4, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    MVijay did to CSK what RSharma did to India several times - running out partners and also themselves getting run out. Pathetic. Time for new TN players in CSK to replace the failing MVijay & Badri (both should be playing only Test cricket). Aparajith hasn't been getting the chances as much as Unmukt Chand esp in the T20 forms even though both were the pillars of Ind U19.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    I am glad RR won though im not a fan of either team. CSK just seem so powerpacked that if theyre batting 2nd the game might be over so seeing them lose badly in 2 straight matches makes he wonder what kind of a final we may get. Im hoping T&T win but might be an upset.

  • POSTED BY Ravishankara on | October 4, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    I thought CSK's loss to T & T held ominous portent. The story almost repeated. Bad batting and bowling. The second stringers in CSK failed to grab their chances

  • POSTED BY scarab666 on | October 4, 2013, 23:23 GMT

    Boring,boring,boring...........with an all indian final on the cards....gee who couldn't have predicted that outcome. To have a fair and just CLT20 competition you have to remove all foreign import players and play with your own home talent......at least this will promote the development of local talent. Super squads are great to see in action once but not game after game.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 23:22 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals held their nerves, and completed a well deserved victory. The 42 year old leg spinner, Tambe, dented Chennai Super Kings hopes mid-way, when he and Shukla took as many wickets in four overs. That they reecovered, to run Rajasthan Royals close, speaks volumes of their character and resilience. Unfortunately Ashwin's wicket in the last over, put the screws on Dhoni's team.The Chennai Super Kings were by no means shamed, and their detractors need to know their men better. CSK is on of the strongest outfits in the T20 format. They just hit a minor snag today.

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | October 4, 2013, 23:09 GMT

    Morris for Albie and Saha for Badri was my request to Dhoni. He did only one and Badri played. Saha could have given that extra 14 runs CSK needed. Anirudh or any others sitting back home would have done better than MVijay and Badri.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    A nice game of 20 20 cricket. Best team won it and will be playing in the Finals hopefully with T&T :) Well done RR, undefeated for the session (consecutive 13 wins) is really Best feat any team can achieve at the home ground. Would be interesting to see if RR can win CL2013, Win will be deserving farewell to our Dear Mr Wall (Rahul Dravid).

  • POSTED BY lazytrini on | October 4, 2013, 22:56 GMT

    ...so all those folks who said over the last couple of days that CSK let TT beat them...was this part of CSK's plan also?

  • POSTED BY BRUTALANALYST on | October 4, 2013, 22:33 GMT

    I feel it was Cooper's run out of Hssey that sealed the game. Hussey rarely fails for CSK so every time on rare occasion he goes early CSK always look a little lost.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Better to step down Rahul Dravid, because he is low form & give a chance to another batsman like Ashoka Maneria or like any other good form batsman for the final match on 6-10-13.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 21:48 GMT

    Dravid again getting bold ................terrible defense

  • POSTED BY Nampally on | October 4, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Congrats to RR for a great win - just win away from CLT 20 championship. Rahane has become New Dravid with his third consecutive 50. His innings (70) was the sheet anchor of RR with Watson chipping in with useful support. But in the last 3 "death" overs, CSK really did a grand job in sending RR crashing from 141 for 4 to 159 for 8. This gave CSK a strong chance to win knowing their powerful batting. But then Tambe with his fast leg breaks,sent CSK reeling back from 41 for 2 to 72 for 7 in 12.3 overs. When it looked all over for CSK, in steps Ashwin & Morris. Ashwin in a fine demo of power hitting nearly carried CSK within winning range of 17 runs from 5 balls before he fell for a gallant 46. Raina, Ashwin & Morris were the only 3 guys to hit the double figures. Jadeja had a another miserable game both with ball & bat. He is in poor form. With run outs of Vijay & Hussey, CSK authored their own defeat. What a farewell awaits Dravid in his final T20 match- going out in great style!

  • POSTED BY JustIPL on | October 4, 2013, 21:01 GMT

    What a great revelation Tambe has been. He showed that age just a number and if you concentrate on game only then age does not matter. He should be given at least couple of games for india. With Ashwin able to feature in all three formats with bat and ball, jadeja can be given a break and I am sure he will come back stronger as he is a tripple centurion after all. CSK will rue that the momentum was robbed by Murali otherwise CSK would have won.

  • POSTED BY TheUltimateTruth on | October 4, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    How is it that Tambe bowled so well and neither Jadeja nor Ashwin could come even close? Jadeja didn't go for too many runs, but he didn't look like taking a wicket. Tambe did. Even Shukla bowled beautifully. The ball that got Dhoni out was a gem -- swung late and just enough to beat the bat but catch the pad. Although I was hoping CSK would win, I am thrilled for both Tambe and Shukla. I hope they make it into the Indian team. IPL and CLT are worth it in my mind to get guys like Tambe discovered! At 42 -- that would be a true fairy tale.

  • POSTED BY GrindAR on | October 4, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    Dhoni could have used up Jadeja fully, instead of 1 over to Ashwin. If you see the winning difference is Ashwin's over. He compensated better with the bat with Morris. But they did not have enough room to pull one stunner from where they entered, scored at the rate of 10 runs an over. Blame CSK middle order for their bad show...

    But RD deserve to go on high. He is the master mind of RR's success in the last two years. I would say, their turn around from saga put them in front of all IPL teams as well balanced, managed and financially relevant unit. They can be the golden model for how a franchise setup should be. Probably PWI can be helped if at all they are willing to and try to learn.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 4, 2013, 20:31 GMT

    i guess what the csk fans have to say now u said i was dreaming when i predicted csk are weaker than RR especially at their homegrounds . 13 win streak is no joke. best fortress in the country.when t and t win csk by big margin i knew their weaknesses are exposed and their morals was low.rr capitalised and if not for good batting from ashwin they wud have been thrashed. ashwin though was as toothless as a bowler as he was vs england and aus(in aus) in tests. he is only good on spinning tracks but on non assisting tracks he throws pies. even outbowled by 42 year old tampe.the sooner bcci look for his replacement the better for indian cricket. come on RR .WIN CL2013,HALA BOL..

  • POSTED BY dsuperguy on | October 4, 2013, 20:22 GMT

    Super Kings... humbled today....not so super after all..not so almighty ...

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 20:17 GMT

    I dont understand why Dravid and many commentators keep mentioning RR as underdogs. They have one of the most all round T20 teams with a superstar Shane Watson. Hodge is one of the most established players and finishers in T20. Rahane has always been consistent and a star performer for RR, he is better than Rohit Sharma in many ways as an opener, and in Dravid we have the most experienced captain who has the ability to face pressure with a seasoned cricketing brain. All this in addition to their excellent bowling attack. Just because their players dont cost a few million dollars, in no way does that mean they have a below par team. Stop calling RR an underdog, you have been the best team in the tournament now go out an win the finals for your captain!

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    congo...........RR..........................Had fun watching today's match

  • POSTED BY Blue_eagel on | October 4, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    Congrats to RR.. !! and CSK, we will accept the losses and even the slaps from the other team supporters.. Yet we will never loss our confident..we are like a Family being together for 6yrs whereas no other team played here had such histories.. And we already made so many histories in IPL and CLT20. we already proved in many occasions we are named for our consistency.. I could still bet we will be one out of the 4 teams in IPL7 semis.. And feel so sorry the 'Chokers' would never suits,we never finished below 4th place.. Consistent !! consistent!! consistent!!.. what else more you guys want CSK to prove... Please dont post ur comments just to take an opportunity to slam and slap on CSK.. CSK will rise !!

  • POSTED BY BMDeep on | October 4, 2013, 20:08 GMT

    @ Aus2013,I really wonder y u dont feel wondered when CSK played their first 3 games at Ranchi.A nice ROAD like wkt,wer no batsman is kept to test as ball is coming nicely to bat,which is more conductive for shot making.Nw,all of a sudden,when they come up with a surface that is conductive for bowling like kotla,the fans cry MASTER STROKE from MAHI to avoid MI in finals.Really, r u kidding us? D truth is CSK wins more often than not due to d large contributions at d top from Micheal hussey.He fails in a couple of matches, ta da...gme ovr fr CSK.I c a lot of ppl saying that CSK under estimated TT and RR but d truth is CSK in d first place is OVER HYPED.Dey wer never grt nd consistent in CLT20 and ppl got to accept dis fact.der batting apart form Hussey,Raina and Dhoni (only in 1 match) is pretty mediocre and bowling is not grt either.Yet they attract hype as d team is filled with most possible int T20 stars.Der defeat today might seem close by score board but game is long over at 72/7..

  • POSTED BY akpy on | October 4, 2013, 20:03 GMT

    RR has been very strong in the IPL as well as in CLT20...Dravid as captain deserves credit along with the leadership team though it was all shaped up by Warne as most of the team is still the same. However, as usual, some over the top comments about Dravid's captaincy, etc, etc. - this is T20 cricket and one or two quality performances can change it easily. That is why, CSKs record is truly amazing in terms of consistency as even here, they reached semis. Also, i hate some of these fans commenting on Dravid/Sachin's batting contributions..these guys have scored 28K+ runs in tests...gimme a break !!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 19:58 GMT

    Great show Tambe! Against such a quality Team! We all know that some of the IPL teams are stronger than National Teams! Keep going! All the best to you!

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    Well played RR u deserved to win Pravin Tambe's tears moved me a lot. As for CSK its time to rethink and try new players at next auctions pls buy J Neesham.

  • POSTED BY anupkeni on | October 4, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Chennai Super Kings have now lost 3 big knock-out matches: 1) IPL 2012 finals to Kolkata Knight Riders 2) IPL 2013 finals to Mumbai Indians 3) CLT20 2013 semi-final to Rajasthan Royals May be they are the new chokers of the IPL and CLT20!

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Congratulations to the Royals..Halla Bol..

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Caution : ROYALS DEB ahead , Think before ROARING ! #hallabol #fortessroyal

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 19:19 GMT

    Well done RR! Forever the underdogs, and Dravid is the best captain in the history of the IPL in my opinion, even better than Dhoni. He has got a bunch of non superstars together and made a superstar team. Hope they win the final and give this gentleman cricketer an awesome send off. Good luck from Sri Lanka.

  • POSTED BY bushmanZ on | October 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    CSK fans are such poor losers, they give no one the credit they deserve and always have an excuse or conspiracy theory for a loss.....ridiculous!

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | October 4, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    Tambe!!! tears in his eyes at the presentation ceremony..This sport is awesome..what an emotional time for the cricket fans. This is what IPL does to the cricket world..hope the series find J neesham get a contract for csk..

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | October 4, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    CSK is a special team and thier fans too...we were part of this family for 6 years..it is hard for players to play another team after this edition..hope CSK retain the majority of player esp. Dhoni,raina, ashwin...Big Congrats to RR..

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | October 4, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    It is really slap on the face for the csk..they must look for a specialist batsman and bowler rather than the bit and piece all rounders..morkel is a under utilised player in the team in terms of his batting ability..

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Congrats RR. A Great WIN for Rahul Dravid & his team mates. CSK's strategy misfired. They wanted to avoid MI in the semis and lost the game against T&T, thinking that RR woild be better choice. Now they need not meet MI at all. What a ROYAL thrashing from RR! When Dravid was the captain of India, no body consider him as the good captain. Now, even in T20 games, he has turned to be the best captain. As Siddhu just said as a hindi commentator, Rahul Dravid picked lesser / unknown names and converted them as the match winners, and made RR as the best team without( exept Watson) any stars. Now, the only unbeaten team in tournment, RR should win the Final & RAHUL DRAVID should LIFT THE TROPHY, as a fitting Finale.

  • POSTED BY Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on | October 4, 2013, 18:58 GMT

    A million thanks to RR for believing in Dravid's abilities! Halla bol halla bol......

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | October 4, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    A match CSK should have won handily given their batting depth as RR looked at least 20 runs short on this placid wkt. All said, the unfancied RR played very well to defend their target. They should try to make it sweeter by winning the final and present a grand send off to Rahul Dravid who led them through thick and thin in his final season with them as a player. He deserves it.

  • POSTED BY srinideva on | October 4, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    My wishes to RR..We still proud of csk..they played better than us and won, simple as that..if you call yourself a top team you have to do well in every playing condition..my request to CSK supporters, please don't give any excuses for this loss..because we know more importantely our opponents know what kind of team we were..but this time we were not good enough..Hope for drastic changes in the squad. The first one to throw out is Mr.hon..sir jadeja..

  • POSTED BY sundersingh on | October 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Well done RR...... Thank u My master RSD!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 18:38 GMT

    Thank you mumbai(rahane and tambe)...halla bol !!!!

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    RR in finals...beat csk by 14 runs...its unbreakable WALL here at Jaipur mate!!!! 13 wins in 2013... Halla bol !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Ultimately it was Poise over Flair... a well knit team RR over a superstar team CSK..Domestic Players of RR putting overseas players of CSK to rest..The phrase "Mr.Cricket" has already been assigned to Michael Hussey...To me Rahul was always the "Mr.Cricket" for India..India does have more "Mr.Cricket" in number like Sachin,VVS, Kapil, Kumble and others. End of the day the team that played as a team won.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    MI and RR will play in final and RR will win.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 18:28 GMT

    RR... Trophy just one win away..!

  • POSTED BY arjun401 on | October 4, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    dear csk fans don't forget to give respect to other team players & fans SRT & RD are great legends in world cricke remeber it.

  • POSTED BY CricFanKrish on | October 4, 2013, 18:22 GMT

    Well played both teams ... it was a fantastic match! Royals did well to put up 159, and though CSK were staring down the barrel at 73/7, Ashwin and Morris played out of their skin to get them close. The match had everything - partnerships, steady play, quick wickets, batting comeback ... finally Royals holding their nerve to win. Though CSK lost, they can still feel proud that they got so close despite losing 7 quick wickets! RR and RD, wish you good luck for the finals ... hope RR can win this for RD and give him a wonderful farewell. Even if Mumbai makes the finals, they have won both the CLT20 and IPL, so Sachin doesn't need this as much as Rahul does.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | October 4, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    This game has proven to be a slap on the faces of CSK supporters and their conspiracy theories. CSK simply lost it totally in their last 2 games. They were over confident, complacent, and like a travelling circus. Congratulations RR !! Well done and I hope you beat whoever it is in the finals. Winners of IPL in 2008 and a good chance to become Champions League winners in 2013. So sad to see CSK implode like this. I hope they now strategically plan for auction 2014 and try to keep the core of the team as it is. Badrinath, Murali Vijay, Dwayne Bravo, and Albie Morkel should all be dropped from the team. They need some good all rounders in the side and a couple of good batsmen. Tough luck CSK, and well played RR !!

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Sanju samson excellent run out for dismissing vijay

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | October 4, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    It's evident from the comments here that people are jealous of CSK because they've been the dominant side in the IPL. I hope T&T beat MI, and RR beat T&T in the final.

  • POSTED BY Aus2013 on | October 4, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    I am just wondering why the heck RR is playing all the four league games in their home turf and semi's as well..what the heck is going on...I am sure that if they played in the neutral venue..I am sure that CSK will dethrone the RR easily and cheaply...Mark my words thats the end of the RR..they will not win the CLT20..coz thy r playing in a different venue..CSK are wasting the pretty good T20 players..Players like Duplesis & Albie are warming up their benches..Dup doesn't evn gt a game to play..Albie as usual comming as a tail ender..Now CSK are in the chocker's tag..If thy wnna to get rid off from it..please select ur players suitably...More importantly..utilse them rather than warming up their benches...

  • POSTED BY TRAM on | October 4, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Morris for Albie and Saha for Badri was my request to Dhoni. He did only one and Badri played. Saha could have given that extra 14 runs CSK needed. Anirudh or any others sitting back home would have done better than MVijay and Badri.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    CSK threw this match because they were afraid to meet TnT or Mumbai in the final

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Take that CSK fans/Dhoni fans/Dravid critics!!! Dravid is the undisputed king. Its one thing to win with almost 9-10 international players in the team and it is another thing to win with a team which has only 2-3 international players in the playing XI.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 4, 2013, 18:00 GMT

    So happy Chennai lost! they dnt deserve to be in the finals.

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | October 4, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    RR - Real Emerging team that is surprising everyone by winning with its new players! (Like Newly formed Team India)

    CSK - "New Chokers" ! (Like SL)

  • POSTED BY DD_f0rever on | October 4, 2013, 17:55 GMT

    I'm soooooooo glad that RR won. Dravid is the MAN who with unknown domestic players (young as well as old- Tambe, Binny, Samson, Shukla, Malik, Menaria, Yagnik) forms a well balanced team and gives the much needed exposure to them which they need to show what they are capable of, unlike someone other captains who with well known regular players from Team India look to win each and every match/ tournament.

    RR is the only team that is in true sense giving platform to youngsters/ domestic players and winning as well. Probably thats why I'm not even from Rajasthan but still supporting it.

  • POSTED BY on | October 4, 2013, 17:25 GMT

    Can't believe Du Plessis chose CSK over the Titans then never got a game.

  • POSTED BY maddy20 on | October 4, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    You don't mess with the Dravid! What was it that CSK fans said regarding RD and SRT again? We will retire Dravid in this game and Sachin in the next or something like that? Now you are struggling to get to half of RR's score(73/7)!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Another wrong T20 player gone...Badri is only suited for tests

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    there goes super ordinary Vijayi......all his supporters can have humble pie now...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 4, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    CSK back in to the game last 5 overs just 38 runs hussey is the key go CSKIANS

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | October 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    i think, rajasthan scored 10 runs more, would be happy if it was under 150.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @gsinsh : there are few differences between champions vs other teams. now look the beauty from CSK mate...

  • POSTED BY smarteee2k on | October 4, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @gsingh7, rolf.... please wake up man... 1

  • POSTED BY tahamahadi on | October 4, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is in his prime form !!!

    MI/T&T be ware!

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | October 4, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    csk bowled beautifuly in last 4 overs thanks to bravo, holder and morris.

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 4, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    csk gonna lose by big margin here. already 108 in 14 overs for rr on a slow pitch. losing to t and t was worst for them and csk are now under massive pressure to avoid back to back loses. rahane with 3 back to back fifties is in prime form and should be selected for aus odi series.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    again dravid 5 in 8...lol

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  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    again dravid 5 in 8...lol

  • POSTED BY gsingh7 on | October 4, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    csk gonna lose by big margin here. already 108 in 14 overs for rr on a slow pitch. losing to t and t was worst for them and csk are now under massive pressure to avoid back to back loses. rahane with 3 back to back fifties is in prime form and should be selected for aus odi series.

  • POSTED BY IndianEagle on | October 4, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    csk bowled beautifuly in last 4 overs thanks to bravo, holder and morris.

  • POSTED BY tahamahadi on | October 4, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    Ajinkya Rahane is in his prime form !!!

    MI/T&T be ware!

  • POSTED BY smarteee2k on | October 4, 2013, 16:07 GMT

    @gsingh7, rolf.... please wake up man... 1

  • POSTED BY android_user on | October 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    @gsinsh : there are few differences between champions vs other teams. now look the beauty from CSK mate...

  • POSTED BY ODI_BestFormOfCricket on | October 4, 2013, 16:08 GMT

    i think, rajasthan scored 10 runs more, would be happy if it was under 150.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | October 4, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    CSK back in to the game last 5 overs just 38 runs hussey is the key go CSKIANS

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    there goes super ordinary Vijayi......all his supporters can have humble pie now...

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | October 4, 2013, 16:55 GMT

    Another wrong T20 player gone...Badri is only suited for tests