Champions League Twenty20 - 1st semi final

Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings

Rajasthan Royals won by 14 runs

7.58pm Its game time. A packed crowd at Sawan Mansingh Stadium watches as the Umpires and Chennai Super Kings strideout to the field, followed closely by Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane. Ravindra Jadeja to open the bowling for Chennai

Anekant: "@VKG - Malik was quite expensive in his last outing. This might have prompted his omission."

Pitch looks hard, it's got a little bit of grass on it and Sanjay Manjrekar says 86% of the wickets at Jaipur have fallen to seamers this year.

Lots of people putting on the selector's cap today. VKG: "Why no VS Malik???? I think he had done quite good job by taking out top orders in his given chances."

Sandeep Raghuvanshi: "Good to see Yagnik back.. Another talent with lots of aggression.. Will he be the Dravid's master stroke today like Malik and Shulka from previous games.."

Raj: "RD has dropped Menaria, but u know he is always spot on with selection. Maybe Yagnik might play a good cameo as he did it against MI in last IPL."

Bhaskar: "I am sure today's surprise package and turning point will be Morris.."

Vikas jangra: "If everything falls into place... How cool it will be!! Sachin Vs Dravid Final" And there is the side note that this will be the last time we will see them in one-day competitive cricket

But his supporters will not go down quietly. Here's Anekant: "Not sure if dropping Menaria is the right move. He can get in two overs of left-arm spin and is a decent bat."

Kris: "CSK always let some relatively unknown cricketer play one off blinder and take the game away from them (Valtayy, Bisla ...) I predict Maneria to play a blinder this evening." He may well have, only one problem. He's been dropped.

jignesh: "I would have liked RR vs CSK final ... both teams have plenty of batting/bowling depth, great finisher (MSD vs Hodge) and mostly find someone to put up their hands when needed ... only difference is one is full of T20 stars and other isn't."

7.30pm Chennai Super Kings win the toss and have elected to field. MS Dhoni says the pitch wouldn't change much and the weather would be fine throughout. Rahul Dravid wanted to bowl as well, but that was only due to their own preferences than anything to do with the pitch. He added that his team has been greedy and have one eye on that trophy. Both teams have one change each: For Chennai, Albie Morkel is benched for Chris Morris and for Rajasthan, Dishant Yagnik comes in for Ashok Menaria

Satheesh: "I feel RR is the most balanced team currently. They have the right people for every job. Dravid/Rahane for a steady start at the top followed by Sanju/Watto in the middle for acceleration and Binny/Hodge at the bottom for crisis management/slogging/chasing. MI is easier to beat compared to RR. CSK is going to have a tough time."

vibhash: "I think SIR Jadeja will drop MSd and ask Morkel to lead the side." Well, first he's going have to pull up his boots. He's been awfully expensive so far. Have we finally jinxed him?

To get low down on this vital clash, have a peek at Kanishkaa Balachandran's preview.

"Will "Friday" the "13th " have any impact on Royals.....??" Yes, Anoop Balwani. Chennai will have to hope so. Things could have been very different had Super Kings produced a better performance against Trinidad and Tobago. Courtesy a thumping loss, CSK were bucked off the top of the table in Group B and as a result are facing Royals in their fortress at Sawai Mansingh Stadium

7.15pmHello and welcome to ESPNcricinfo's live coverage of the first semi-final of the Champions League T20 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Things are set up rather nicely here: The head-to-head reads 8-5 in Super Kings' favour, but complications are bound to arise considering the match is in Jaipur, where Royals boast a 12-match winning streak.

0.1

Jadeja to Dravid, 1 run, gets off the mark straight away with a back foot tap down to long-off as Jadeja bowls a flatter ball on off stump

slip in for Rahane

0.2

Jadeja to Rahane, no run, very little flight offered again but his lines are good, this is on middle and forces the batsman to defend off his front foot

0.3

Jadeja to Rahane, no run, dabbed into the covers as Jadeja pushes this one outside off stump

0.4

Jadeja to Rahane, no run, comes down the track but only gets a thick inside edge, courtesy an attempt to loft the fullish ball on leg stump over cover

0.5

Jadeja to Rahane, SIX, but this one is middled. He looked fluid coming down the track and lofts the fullish ball straight over the sight screen

0.6

Jadeja to Rahane, no run, and that prompts Jadeja to bring his length back and the batsman gets forward to block

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/0 (RR: 7.00)
AM Rahane    6* (5b 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0
R Dravid    1* (1b)     

1.1

Sharma to Dravid, FOUR, cut crisply between point and cover. Short and wide outside off, Dravid got on top of the bounce, rolled his wrists and slammed the ball to the point boundary

1.2

Sharma to Dravid, no run, back of a length again and Dravid takes a small step forward and looked to slap it through the covers but he gets an inside edge that ricochets onto his boots

1.3

Sharma to Dravid, no run, a little seam away, but Mohit is affording a lot of room here. Possibly a little fuller than the other two balls, but Dravid has missed out as he flashed outside off and is beaten

1.4

Sharma to Dravid, no run, tighter that time. Stays short of a length on off and Dravid drives it to the man at cover

1.5

Sharma to Dravid, no run, room outside off again which allows Dravid to pull out the square drive. He hasn't picked the gap this time as the full length ball goes straight to point

1.6

Sharma to Dravid, no run, fullish again, around the off stump corridor which forces Dravid to push toward cover off his front foot

End of over 2 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
R Dravid    5* (7b 1x4)      MM Sharma    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    6* (5b 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0

Chris Morris with his first ball of the CLT20

2.1

Morris to Rahane, no run, back of a length the start off with, but he does not make the mistake of being wide. A little inward movement and Rahane to steer to point

2.2

Morris to Rahane, 1 no ball, oh, he's overstepped. Shortish in length and he was looking to work it into the leg side, but could only manage a thick outside edge as the ball bobs away to the off side

2.2

Morris to Rahane, no run, Free Hit ball and Rahane opens up his front leg the slam it over the top of cover but the full length ball just outside off beats him by a distance

2.3

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, quick single. Uses soft hands to dab this fullish length ball on off stump to mid-off and sets off

2.4

Morris to Dravid, 1 wide, and now he bowls down leg side and if Dravid cannot get his flick shot to connect, you know it is a wide

2.4

Morris to Dravid, OUT, full and straight and gone! His stumps are in disarray and Morris has worked. Dravid was looking to play all around that ball, looking to clip it on the leg side when he should have been playing straight. He misses, the ball hits the pads and deflects onto the stumps

R Dravid b Morris 5 (11m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

Zuch: "RR plays a very methodical template driven game. Excellent for chasing scores but it can be their bane while batting first."

Royals pull out a surprise here. Its Kevon Cooper

2.5

Morris to Cooper, no run, and he gets forward and presents a very straight bat as Morris bowls back of a length on off stump

2.6

Morris to Cooper, no run, a little more effort in that as this one rises just below chest high and Cooper has to negotiate it with one leg off the ground as he looked to pull it. Wasn't much conviction in the shot as the ball wanders away in the region of square leg

End of over 3 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (RR: 4.66)
KK Cooper    0* (2b)      CH Morris    1-0-3-1
AM Rahane    7* (9b 1x6)      MM Sharma    1-0-4-0

3.1

Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, thick inside edge as Rahane looks to drive on the up. It was shortish and outside off stump, but he set off as soon as he hit it which made sure he made his ground at the other end

3.2

Sharma to Cooper, no run, play and miss. That was a little waft outside off and as the ball, pitched fuller, seams away, Cooper's drive cant connect

3.3

Sharma to Cooper, SIX, slapped over third man. Mohit is not learning here as he continues to bowl short and wide. Cooper goes forward and gave it an almighty slash as the ball sailed over third man

3.4

Sharma to Cooper, FOUR, oh, that was murdered. He has corrected in length but not in line and Cooper made a little room for himself as he flayed this through point.

3.5

Sharma to Cooper, FOUR, consecutive fours. Mohit must have picked up Jadeja's shoes before play today. This was right up there, but Cooper again pulled his front foot back from the line of the ball and drills this through extra cover

3.6

Sharma to Cooper, OUT, but now he's gone! May have been a little slower because Cooper had to adjust mid-stroke. As with the previous balls, he had moved outside leg and wanted to loft this over the off side field, but this time he hits it straight to the man at extra

KK Cooper c Badrinath b Sharma 14 (6m 7b 2x4 1x6) SR: 200.00

Sameer: "How often do we see a pinch hitter in a t20 game? RD playing this out of the box card on MSD."

End of over 4 (15 runs) Rajasthan Royals 29/2 (RR: 7.25)
     MM Sharma    2-0-19-1
AM Rahane    8* (10b 1x6)      CH Morris    1-0-3-1

Sanju Samson is the new man

4.1

Morris to Rahane, 1 wide, here's some fire from Morris. 143kph short ball, well directed. But it flies over Samson's head as he tries to hook which means the Umpire will call it a wide

4.1

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, this one is on a good length around off stump and the batsman dabs it to third man

two slips in place

4.2

Morris to Samson, no run, he keeps it on the stumps and the batsman comes forward and across into the off side to work it fine of the midwicket fielder, but finds the man

Abhishek Jayswal: "Ohh that was a short stay but I suspected that during the last game when they sent Cooper ahead of Menaria. Nice move."

4.3

Morris to Samson, FOUR, lovely straight drive. Morris goes full and straight, but Samson replies with a lovely straight bat and goes through with the shot as the ball races off down the ground

4.4

Morris to Samson, 1 run, that one wasn't timed anywhere near as well as Morris goes back to a shortish length. He was hoping the guide the ball square on the off side, but the ball takes an inside edge and went toward midwicket. Rahane calls through for a single

4.5

Morris to Rahane, no run, good length on off stump and it is pushed into the covers off the front foot

4.6

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, and he steers this length ball on off stump to third man off the back foot to retain strike

Tushar: "Whhhoooaaaaa....that was some sought of a Caribbean flash floods..! 'Cyclone Cooper" :))"

End of over 5 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 37/2 (RR: 7.40)
AM Rahane    10* (13b 1x6)      CH Morris    2-0-11-1
SV Samson    5* (3b 1x4)      MM Sharma    2-0-19-1

Jason Holder takes over from Mohit

5.1

Holder to Rahane, no run, he hits a goodish length, targeting the top of off and Rahane keeps it out

5.2

Holder to Rahane, no run, goes a little shorter, but there is only enough room to dab the ball to point off the back foot

5.3

Holder to Rahane, FOUR, flat batted over the top of mid-on. Chips down the track and only looked to beat the fielder inside the circle and once that was done the ball was going only one way

5.4

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, turned off his hips as the good length ball on middle goes down to fine leg

5.5

Holder to Samson, no run, length ball just outside off, he goes for a big strike, but this one ducks beneath the arc of the bat as Holder bowls this a little slower

5.6

Holder to Samson, 1 run, looks to pick this one rising up above his hips and the ball goes uppishly wide of the fielder at midwicket as the batsmen take a single

End of over 6 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/2 (RR: 7.16)
SV Samson    6* (5b 1x4)      JO Holder    1-0-6-0
AM Rahane    15* (17b 1x4 1x6)      CH Morris    2-0-11-1

Mohit is back

6.1

Sharma to Samson, 1 run, and he's met with a little chip down the track as the back of a length ball is pushed down to long-on

6.2

Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, once again he forays down the track, but Mohit drags this one back and bowls it well wide of the batsman as well. Rahane reaches out and looks to slap it through the covers but the ball takes an inside edge and goes off to fine leg

Dhoni is up at the stumps now

6.3

Sharma to Rahane, no run, and with Rahane having to stay in the crease, he can only push this good length ball outside off to cover

6.4

Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, well placed. Opened the blade at the point of contact and used what little room Mohit afforts on his back of a length delivery to guide the ball behind point

Naren: "After 'Cyclone' Cooper, hope 'SandStorm' Samson can continue doing more damage before 'Hurricane' Hodge finishes it off ;)"

6.5

Sharma to Rahane, no run, fuller on off stump and the batsman gets forward to push the ball to the off side

6.6

Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, goes tighter on the stumps, but the batsman picks it off his hips and takes a single as the ball goes off to deep square leg

End of over 7 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 49/2 (RR: 7.00)
AM Rahane    20* (22b 1x4 1x6)      MM Sharma    3-0-25-1
SV Samson    7* (6b 1x4)      JO Holder    1-0-6-0

Jadeja's back

7.1

Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, and he starts off with a floater at 58mph. The batsman comes forward and hits the ball in the air through the cover field

7.2

Jadeja to Samson, 1 run, chips down the track and gets to the pitch of the ball, which is angled in at middle, to loft it down the ground

7.3

Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, worked from outside off to long-on as Jadeja employs a good length ball

7.4

Jadeja to Samson, 1 run, makes a little room for himself and shovels the full length ball over to deep cover off his front foot

7.5

Jadeja to Rahane, no run, reverse sweep and it was hit in the air too. But Raina at cover cannot make it as he dives forward. It was on leg stump, but Rahane had already committed to the shot

7.6

Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, fuller and angled on the pads which is easily clipped to long on for a single

Sid: "@Naren - You missed mentioning "Whirlpool" Watson!"

End of over 8 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/2 (RR: 6.75)
AM Rahane    23* (26b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0
SV Samson    9* (8b 1x4)      MM Sharma    3-0-25-1

Holder switches ends

8.1

Holder to Rahane, FOUR, more use of the feet and more profit for the batsman. It was back of a length and having gone down beside the ball, he had the room to hit it well over extra cover

8.2

Holder to Rahane, 1 wide, and he bowls a bouncer, but gets the line wrong as it goes over Rahane's gloves down the leg side as he tries to hook

8.2

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, short and at the body again, but Rahane swivels on one leg and dabs it into the leg side for a single

8.3

Holder to Samson, 2 runs, full and homing in on middle, but Samson stays balanced at the crease and punches it to midwicket who gets a hand to it and makes the save. Lovely timing there

8.4

Holder to Samson, OUT, It was short of a length and Samson looked to swipe this down the ground, but the ball got big on him. The ball takes the top edge and balloons high into the air where Ashwin at midwicket comes around and takes a simple catch. The umpires were concerned if the ball had hit the wires of the spider cam, but all is well

SV Samson c Ashwin b Holder 11 (21m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 110.00

Shane Watson arrives to the crease

8.5

Holder to Rahane, no run, gets right behind that one and blocks it down the pitch as Holder keeps it on a good length on off stump

8.6

Holder to Rahane, 2 runs, full on leg and its clipped through midwicket smartly

End of over 9 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 64/3 (RR: 7.11)
AM Rahane    30* (30b 2x4 1x6)      JO Holder    2-0-16-1
SR Watson    0* (0b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0

9.1

Jadeja to Watson, no run, it was full and on off and Watson gets right forward and blocks

9.2

Jadeja to Watson, no run, holds the length back but watson has no trouble cutting this to point

9.3

Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, spanking straight drive. Jadeja stuck his hand out, but if he would be thanking his luck he couldn't get a hand to that. Full with only a little bit of room and Watson unfurled a furious strike down the ground

9.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, goes back in his crease and cuts the flatter, quicket ball to deep point

9.5

Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, fuller length, but still flatter as Rahane pushes this down to long on

9.6

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, goes right back again as Jadeja drops it short and hits the ball through point

End of over 10 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/3 (RR: 7.10)
SR Watson    6* (5b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-19-0
AM Rahane    31* (31b 2x4 1x6)      JO Holder    2-0-16-1

Dwayne Bravo into the attack

10.1

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, and its a leading edge from Watson this time. No danger as the length ball pitched just outside off flies through to third man

Dhoni comes up to the stumps

10.2

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, he uses the shortish length to guide it off the open face of the bat to third man

around the wicket

10.3

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, and he pitches it right up at Watson's legs, who nearly falls over his stroke as he flicks the ball to deep midwicket

10.4

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, just a little too straight there from Bravo and his good length ball is clipped to fine leg

10.5

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, this time it was a low full toss on the pads, and Watson finds it quite easy to nudge it wide of the man at midwicket - Ashwin - who is a little lazy and deep midwicket collects it

10.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, fuller length again, this one outside off and the batsman gets forward and pushes it down to long-off

senthil: "Where is Ashwin? why no ball yet from him"

Graham: "Vintage Vijay, any takers?" That one is going to take a lot of convincing

Eniyan : "Definitely a better CSK team that the other night...I watched the match in Delhi and their attitude were down and lazy...Today they are showing much better!!!"

End of over 11 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 78/3 (RR: 7.09)
SR Watson    11* (9b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0
AM Rahane    33* (33b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-19-0

Ask and ye shall be heard, Ashwin into the attack

11.1

Ashwin to Watson, 1 wide, but he starts off with one that is on a good length but goes down the leg side and is called a wide

11.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, that was the leggie from Ashwin and Watson goes back and across and defends

11.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, ricochets off Rahane's bat as Watson slams a full toss on middle down the ground. Long-on cleans up

11.3

Ashwin to Rahane, SIX, inside out and over cover. That is a Rahane special. It was the leggie again, but Ashwin dropped it a little to short. The turn gives Rahane enough room to lift the ball to a handsome six

11.4

Ashwin to Rahane, FOUR, and this one pierces the gap between point and cover. Timing and placement takes it past the diving fielder and all the way to the boundary

11.5

Ashwin to Rahane, 1 run, leggie again, and Rahane brings the leg side into play as he dabs it off to long-on

11.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 wide, this one is right up there, but a little too wide of off stump to get away with

11.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 wide, same ploy and same decision as Watson flails trying to reach that with a front foot drive. Dhoni, who blocks it with his legs, and Ashwin suggest Watson hit it, but the umpire is having none of it

11.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, fuller length again and Watson drills it off his front foot to long-on

End of over 12 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 94/3 (RR: 7.83)
SR Watson    13* (12b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-16-0
AM Rahane    44* (36b 3x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-7-0

Bravo around the wicket

12.1

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, trademark straight drive from Watson again as he negotiates this full length ball off to long-on

12.2

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, this was off line and off length as the ball doesn't pitch and is clipped off his hips for a single

12.3

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, Bravo is obsessed with not affording the batsman room, as he keeps it full and on the pads and is picked away to deep square leg

12.4

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, the straight bat is used this time as the length is once again full and long-on is really earning his wages today

12.5

Bravo to Watson, no run, angled across the batsman, who goes for an expansive drive off the front foot, but is beaten

12.6

Bravo to Watson, FOUR, slammed straight of midwicket. That was a tad slower from Bravo, but full and on the pads again, and having played so many of those kind of balls, Watson punches this strongly off his front foot

End of over 13 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 102/3 (RR: 7.84)
SR Watson    19* (16b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-15-0
AM Rahane    46* (38b 3x4 2x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-16-0

Morris comes back

13.1

Morris to Rahane, no run, and he gets a little lift off the back of a length delivery that beats Rahane's drive on the up

13.2

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, off cutting slower ball, bowled short of a length again, and Rahane opens the face of his bat to dab it off to third man

13.3

Morris to Watson, 1 run, soft hands from Watson enables an easy single. Shortish from Morris and he waits for it to come to him before dropping it off fine on the off side

13.4

Morris to Rahane, FOUR, fifty for Rahane and its his third in a row. Wayward line as he strays full and on the pads. The batsman only has to get a feather on it to work it away to the left of the man at short-fine leg

13.5

Morris to Rahane, no run, good length ball outside off and Rahane respects it with a block down the pitch

13.6

Morris to Rahane, no run, on a good length on middle and he was looking to work it off to midwicket but doesn't get as good contact as he hoped. Morris went up as if in appeal, but thought better of it. There might have been a little inside edge there

End of over 14 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 108/3 (RR: 7.71)
AM Rahane    51* (43b 4x4 2x6)      CH Morris    3-0-17-1
SR Watson    20* (17b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-15-0

Kamal: "Need Raina to break the partnership!" But it is Holder though

14.1

Holder to Watson, 2 runs, fullish on middle as he angles it onto leg stump. Watson plants his front foot down the crease and whips it off to deep midwicket, who cannot prevent the double

14.2

Holder to Watson, FOUR, Overpitched and dismissed. He strode forward and slammed this one to the right of the bowler and it rockets off to the boundary much to long-off's chagrin

14.3

Holder to Watson, 1 run, loads slower this time and its the short one as well. Watson waited for that and pulls it toward wide mid-on

14.4

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, full toss on off stump and Rahane drives it into the off side and takes off for a single

14.5

Holder to Watson, FOUR, and that was another full toss as Holder's search for yorkers continues. Watson is enjoying this though as he flicks it off his front foot wide of fine leg. Morris runs around and pulls out a full length dive, but cannot pull it back

14.6

Holder to Watson, 1 run, overpitched on middle again but this time Watson's clip off the front foot finds deep midwicket

End of over 15 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 121/3 (RR: 8.06)
SR Watson    32* (22b 4x4)      JO Holder    3-0-29-1
AM Rahane    52* (44b 4x4 2x6)      CH Morris    3-0-17-1

Morris for his final over

15.1

Morris to Watson, OUT, fullish which tempts Watson into a big blow, possibly over the leg side. But this time Watson gets a thick edge and the ball flies high in the air towards cover. Holder rushes in from the boundary, settles underneath it and pouches it safely

SR Watson c Holder b Morris 32 (27m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 139.13

Arpit: "Will we see Watson getting out LBW?" Seems we won't

Zuch: "Its difficult to pin point the turning point in a T20 match, but i think the way RR played that over by Ashwin was one. It has put a huge dent in Dhoni's plan."

15.2

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, lots of full tosses in this innings. Rahane guides this one square on the off side with an open face to give the new batsman, Brad Hodge the strike

15.3

Morris to Hodge, 1 run, keeps it in that corridor outside off and Hodge stays in his crease and chops it down to third man

15.4

Morris to Rahane, 1 run, slower ball outside off and Rahane gets forward and drives it down to long-off

15.5

Morris to Hodge, 1 run, bouncer, homing on on Hodge's head, but he negotiates it with ease. Shifting his weight onto his back foot, rolling his wrists on impact and hooking it down to deep midwicket

15.6

Morris to Rahane, FOUR, carted over midwicket. Morris goes full and straight, but Rahane placed his back foot across to the off stump to opened up his stance and slams it over midwicket

End of over 16 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 129/4 (RR: 8.06)
AM Rahane    58* (47b 5x4 2x6)      CH Morris    4-0-25-2
BJ Hodge    2* (2b)      JO Holder    3-0-29-1

Mohit to bowl with four overs left

Rahul: "Last recognized pair. Expect singles for two overs and then it'll be raining sixes!"

16.1

Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, he dabs the good length ball on off stump square on the off side and he takes a quick single

Dhoni is back up at the stumps

16.2

Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, change of pace from Mohit and Rahane cannot do much else except steer it to point

16.3

Sharma to Hodge, FOUR, full toss and and it is dispatched. Hodge planted his front foot outside leg to get a full swing of the bat as he pummels this through mid-off

fine leg inside the circle, long-off and long-on back

16.4

Sharma to Hodge, 1 run, this one doesnt pitch either as Hodge sets himself up to slam it over the top straight down the ground. But this came at him a little higher so his timing was off. And maybe his bat has sustained some damage as well. Hodge signals to the dressing room as he goes through for the single

16.5

Sharma to Rahane, FOUR, goes across to the off side and looks for the sweep. Mohit bowls it slower and even if it was on middle, Rahane manouevres it to the left of the man at fine leg and collects another boundary

16.6

Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face of the bat as he scoops this wide full toss over the head of point

End of over 17 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 141/4 (RR: 8.29)
AM Rahane    64* (50b 6x4 2x6)      MM Sharma    4-0-37-1
BJ Hodge    8* (5b 1x4)      CH Morris    4-0-25-2

Bravo around the wicket

17.1

Bravo to Rahane, 2 runs, yorker on leg stump and its dabbed into the vacant midwicket region. The batsmen realise that and scamper off for a second before the deep fielder can come in and collect

17.2

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, another one right at the block hole and this time Rahane can only dig it out toward square leg, but the batsman still sneak a single

17.3

Bravo to Hodge, 2 runs, Bravo has been impressive this over. This one is at the toes of the batsman again, but since he is concentrating on leg stump, Hodge can work this down wide of long-on

17.4

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, this time he makes room for himself and drives the full length ball to long-off

17.5

Bravo to Rahane, 1 run, yorker on off stump by Bravo and Rahane is up to it, watching it all the way onto his bat and nudge it straight of the man at cover

17.6

Bravo to Hodge, 1 leg bye, squirts off his pads square on the off side as Hodge was looking to whip it through square leg. Again Bravo finds the perfect full length in the deat

Roshan SHerigar: "The problem with starting your best bowler in the last possible spell is that if the opposition targets him and gets away with it, you will have to under bowl him and thus waste him. That is what has happened with Ashwin today. he has been wasted"

End of over 18 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 149/4 (RR: 8.27)
BJ Hodge    11* (8b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-22-0
AM Rahane    68* (53b 6x4 2x6)      MM Sharma    4-0-37-1

Raul: "@Rahul: I believe you missed Binny and Yagnik. Maybe you would addement your statement of "Last Recognized Pair""

Holder's final over

18.1

Holder to Hodge, OUT, and just like Morris he starts it with a wicket. Hodge's stumps are knocked back. Not quite the Bravo yorker, but it was full enough. Hodge looked to clear his front leg and lift it over cow corner but to no avail

BJ Hodge b Holder 11 (13m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

Stuart Binny comes in at a crucial stage

18.2

Holder to Binny, 1 run, and he gets a full toss on the pads, which is helped along on its way off the back foot to deep square leg

18.3

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, now there's the yorker. But Rahane manages to dig it out and make good enough contact to guide it to cover to rush off for a single

18.4

Holder to Binny, 1 run, thick inside edge runs away to fine leg as Holder manages another pin-point yorker

18.5

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, Another one pitced right up and he stays inside the line of the ball and steers it to sweeper cover

18.6

Holder to Binny, 2 runs, just misses his length, but it is still full enough to make Binny mistime his mow to midwicket. The ball goes off the inside half of the bat to wide long-on instead

End of over 19 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 155/5 (RR: 8.15)
STR Binny    4* (3b)      JO Holder    4-0-35-2
AM Rahane    70* (55b 6x4 2x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-22-0

Abhishek Jayswal: "Anything less than 180 will be difficult to defend against CSK's lineup. Come on Hodgy!"

19.1

Bravo to Rahane, OUT, Bravo misses his yorker, but this time he won't be too troubled. Rahane, after moving toward the off side, tries to shovel it over the leg side the ball takes a thick top edge and is held safely at fine leg

AM Rahane c Sharma b Bravo 70 (87m 56b 6x4 2x6) SR: 125.00

19.2

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, Another on on the toes of the batsman but binny manages to hit this one down to fine leg to get the new man Dishant Yagnik on strike

19.3

Bravo to Yagnik, 1 wide, wonderful change of pace from Bravo. Yagnik tried to wait for it and pick it off his pads, but the angle from around the wicket takes the ball down the leg side. Binny is looking for a bye, but Dhoni grabs the ball and underarms it back to the bowler to stop any such thing

19.3

Bravo to Yagnik, OUT, holed out in the deep. This was short and angled down the leg side. Yagnik goes for the hook but he doesn't keep it down. There was a man in the deep at midwicket, Holder, and he makes no mistak

DH Yagnik c Holder b Bravo 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

19.4

Bravo to Binny, OUT, another one bites the dust. And its to a full toss again. It should have been carted over the boundary, but Binny doesn't get it off the middle. It went off the bottom of the bat and Jadeja comes in from long-on and collects it easily

STR Binny c Jadeja b Bravo 5 (8m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

19.5

Bravo to Faulkner, 1 run, oh and he almost got the hat-trick. Excellent yorker as Faulkner, the new man, jams his bat down, gets a thick inside edge which ricochets off his pad toward point

19.6

Bravo to Shukla, 1 run, brilliant finish from Bravo. Another one right up there and Shukla can only dig it out to midwicket and take a single

9.34pm Chennai Super Kings managed a fairly successful rear guard action to limit Rajasthan to 159. Rahane was very good at the top and his partnership with Shane Watson was looking dangerous. Morris, Holder and primarily Bravo combined very well at the death and did what Dhoni is always looking for in his bowlers: stringing yorkers together consistently. They did have a bit of luck too, with a couple of wickets falling to full tosses. But Royals have put the total on the board and it is a knockout game, so expect an exciting finish as the chase resumes in a few minutes' time

Amar Jayam: "Is there any SA player in RR team? Not sure why RR reminds me the 'C' word."

Anekant: "@Sri - Rahane score 70+ in a T20 game and stayed till the end. What else do you want?"

Krishnan: "Dhoni underusing spinners today was calculated.Jaipur pitches favor medium pace"

Sri: "Rahane will never be a top level batsmen. He can't take advantage of good start. This innings is a prime example of his mental weakness."

End of over 20 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 159/8
R Shukla    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    4-0-26-3
JP Faulkner    1* (1b)      JO Holder    4-0-35-2
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Oct 4, 2013

R Ashwin and Chris Morris added 73 in seven overs, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, 1st semi-final, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, October 4, 2013

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R Ashwin launches a six, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, 1st semi-final, Champions League 2013, Jaipur, October 4, 2013

R Ashwin launches a six

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