Champions League Twenty20, 1st Semi-Final: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings at Jaipur, Oct 4, 2013
Champions League Twenty20 - 1st semi final
Rajasthan Royals won by 14 runs
4 October 2013 - night match (20-over match)

Out walk Mike Hussey and M Vijay with the Royals. Stuart Binny has the new ball and will begin with a slip...


Binny to Hussey, 1 run, short of length on middle and swinging into Hussey, tucked on the leg side with soft hands for a single


Binny to Vijay, no run, on length outside off, Vijay pushes to point where Rahane dives to his right to stop it


Binny to Vijay, no run, outside off, driven straight to point this time


Binny to Vijay, 1 run, quick single and was very very close. Vijay walked down to push to cover and a direct hit from Hodge would have sent vijay back


Binny to Hussey, no run, outside off and Hussey watches it go to the keeper

Sethi: "Last 5 overs should have yielded at least 50-55 runs. RR is 15 runs short where they should have been."


Binny to Hussey, no run, almost a yorker on middle, Hussey digs it out to mid-on

End of over 1 (2 runs) Chennai Super Kings 2/0 (158 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 8.31)

    • MEK Hussey 1 (3b)
    • M Vijay 1 (3b)
    • STR Binny 1-0-2-0

James Faulkner from the other end


Faulkner to Vijay, no run, full on off, Vijay pushes it to cover

Midwicket goes to the deep and fine leg comes in the circle


Faulkner to Vijay, 1 run, short of length outside leg, Vijay helped it to short fine leg and another quick single. Vijay could have been outside his crease again, not a direct hit


Faulkner to Hussey, no run, angled in towards off stump, Hussey defends it back


Faulkner to Hussey, 2 runs, length delivery angled into the pads, Hussey drives on the on side and Vijay comes back for the second quickly. Faulkner can't collect at the non-striker's


Faulkner to Hussey, (no ball) FOUR, oh that's a beamer! Was going down leg around chest height and Hussey did well to put it fine on the leg side


Faulkner to Hussey, no run, length delivery outside off, Hussey leaves it alone


Faulkner to Hussey, no run, on length around off, Hussey defends on the off side

Ragu: "Stuart Binny With new ball? wonder what Shaun Tait thinks sitting on bench? Am i not quick enough???"

End of over 2 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 10/0 (150 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.33)

    • MEK Hussey 7 (8b 1x4)
    • M Vijay 2 (5b)
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0
    • STR Binny 1-0-2-0

Shane Watson takes over from Stuart Binny, with a slip in place


Watson to Vijay, no run, and a little bit of shape for Watson straight away and it helps beat the batsman's outside edge as he charges down the track. Watson gives him a dirty look


Watson to Vijay, 1 run, fullish length with a little nip away, but Vijay gets forward and drives it wide of mid-off for a single

Vatsan: "Not to Jinx it, but Vijay has always been a big match player... I wouldn't be surprised if he lays the much needed platform for CSK!!" Well, let's see what happens now


Watson to Hussey, 2 runs, Hussey pulls out an ugly looking slog as the length ball from Watson goes off a thick inside edge through midwicket


Watson to Hussey, no run, short of a length and angled at the slips as Hussey goes for a cut, but there is a little bounce for Watson which evades the bat


Watson to Hussey, OUT, the running has not been anywhere near solid and it becomes the reason for the first wicket. Hussey hits the length ball down the ground and rushes for a single, but Vijay is not interested and after being more than half way down the track, there was no hope as the man from mid-on lobs the throw in to the keeper

MEK Hussey run out 9 (12m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 81.81

Suresh Raina comes in at No 3


Watson to Raina, no run, that one shapes a tiny bit in and Raina is hastened into the defensive strike down to mid-on

End of over 3 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 13/1 (147 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 8.64)

    • SK Raina 0 (1b)
    • M Vijay 3 (7b)
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-0
    • JP Faulkner 1-0-8-0

Rahul Shukla replaces James Faulkner


Shukla to Vijay, FOUR, nippy ball, banged in short but Vijay still comes on the front foot. He rises with the shot as he drives on the up, and the ball flies off over the lone slip and off to the third man boundary


Shukla to Vijay, no run, back of a length on off stump pushes the batsman back and he wants a single after blocking it but is denied


Shukla to Vijay, 1 run, length ball invites the drive and Vijay goes for it, but his lack of form continues to plague him as the ball squirts off the inside edge to fine leg


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, shortish and around the hips of the batsman who swivels around on his back foot and works the ball down to fine leg

Chandra Mohan Sumra: "With all intentions to Jinx CSK.. I have seen Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Bravo, Dhoni, Jadeja etc all performing on big occasions. And this one is one such big occasion. Regards!- RR fan"


Shukla to Vijay, 1 run, keeps this one short of a length as well and Vijay lifts his front leg off the ground as he pulls it down into the ground and to fine leg again


Shukla to Raina, no run, fuller and angled across the left hander who steers it strongly to point off the front foot

End of over 4 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 20/1 (140 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 8.75)

    • SK Raina 1 (3b)
    • M Vijay 9 (11b 1x4)
    • R Shukla 1-0-7-0
    • SR Watson 1-0-3-0

Watson to Vijay, 1 run, Vijay wanted to come back for two. He's not got the hang of running this innings at all. This one was on a fullish length right on middle which is whipped off to deep midwicket who comes around and does good work


Watson to Raina, no run, lots of in-dip from Watson there but oh dear, oh dear, that was a run out for the taking! There were two men on the stumps but Watson wanted to throw down the stumps and misses. Vijay, having scurried almost to the batsman's end, was no where in the frame as Raina sent him back after looking to block the ball but missed


Watson to Raina, FOUR, that was down the leg side. The seam took it further down and Raina only had to beat the man at short fine, which he does with a little flick


Watson to Raina, no run, that was shorter, but still over the top of leg stump. Raina looked to pull the ball behind square but finds the man at square leg


Watson to Raina, no run, fuller and straighter and Raina gets a little stride forward to help the flow of his bat as he drives it uppishly to mid-on. Cooper collects it on the bounce and has a shy at the stumps because Vijay had taken an unwise start down the pitch


Watson to Raina, FOUR, strays in line again and punished again. It was fired down the leg side, full and swinging in and Raina whips it off the front foot fine of the man at square leg

End of over 5 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 29/1 (131 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 8.73)

    • SK Raina 9 (8b 2x4)
    • M Vijay 10 (12b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-0
    • R Shukla 1-0-7-0

Kevon Cooper comes in as Rahul Dravid's fifth bowling change


Cooper to Vijay, no run, he starts off with a gentle loosener, full and outside off stump which Vijay is happy to get on the front foot and drive to mid-off


Cooper to Vijay, no run, point throws down the stumps as Vijay steers the back of a length ball off the front foot. Rahane swoops in but Vijay was safe


Cooper to Vijay, FOUR, slower ball and he's completely deceived the batsman. It was 111kph and the flight of it drew Vijay into a loft down the ground. His top hand flies off the bat and the ball goes over the top of the slip fielder


Cooper to Vijay, OUT, he;s threatened to do it all innings and finally he does it. Sanju Samson hits the target and Vijay is on his way. Vijay pushes this into extra cover and sets off. Raina hesitated midway since the ball was hit strongly and it was very close to the fielder, but seeing Vijay charge down he continued but Vijay still could not make it

M Vijay run out 14 (27m 16b 2x4 0x6) SR: 87.50


Cooper to Raina, FOUR, but what a response. Gets solidly on the front foot and punches the full-pitched delivery and drives it straight down the ground for a lovely-looking boundary


Cooper to Raina, FOUR, oh and he goes one better. This was not full, but Raina gets under it as he moves forward again and lifts the ball straight over the bowler's head. two bounces and into the boundary

End of over 6 (12 runs) Chennai Super Kings 41/2 (119 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.83, RRR: 8.50)

    • SK Raina 17 (10b 4x4)
    • S Badrinath 0 (0b)
    • KK Cooper 1-0-12-0
    • SR Watson 2-0-12-0

Pravin Tambe comes in as the Powerplay ends. Slip in place


Tambe to Badrinath, no run, flatter ball, angled in at the batsman's pads who looks to clip it to midwicket but cannot connect


Tambe to Badrinath, no run, not much turn here for Tambe. Badri goes back and punches it down to mid-off


Tambe to Badrinath, no run, Tambe goes up in appeal, so does the keeper as he pushes this through as well. It was a flipper Badri was on the front foot as he looked to present a defensive stroke. It seems like pad first and if it was, he was right in line with it, but Billy must think it was bat first


Tambe to Badrinath, 1 run, just a little room offered and Badri uses it to escape his noose. Goes back and pushes through cover


Tambe to Raina, 1 run, fuller and a little more tossed up as Raina comes forward and drives down the ground. Tambe gets a hand to it, but the ball ricochets off him and goes wide of man at mid-off


Tambe to Badrinath, 1 run, homes in on the batsman's pads and Badri squirts it to midwicket for a single

Kamal: "Next time Vijay should open with Ashwin. #RunLolaRun"

End of over 7 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 44/2 (116 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.28, RRR: 8.92)

    • S Badrinath 2 (5b)
    • SK Raina 18 (11b 4x4)
    • PV Tambe 1-0-3-0
    • KK Cooper 1-0-12-0

Shukla's back


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, and he goes full and straight, but it is a little too straight as Badri works it off his pads to deep square leg


Shukla to Raina, no run, in dip this time for Shukla. It was on a lovely good length around the off stump. Raina goes across to the off side a bit to hit it through the on side, but he gets a leading edge to extra cover


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, holds this one back of a length and Raina is happy to clip if off his hips to get off strike

chan: "looks like CSK is "running out" of ideas.."


Shukla to Badrinath, FOUR, short ball at 143kph. Badri was not expecting that as it rose up toward his chest. He was very late on the pull shot, and the bal; strikes his glove and goes high and wide of the keeper and off to the boundary


Shukla to Badrinath, no run, he tries to ramp this one to third man as Shukla bombards Badri with short pitched bowling. There is more bounce than the batsman expects as he is beaten


Shukla to Badrinath, 1 run, this time he succeeds in bringing third man to play as he meets Shukla's short ball after going to the leg side and steering it away

End of over 8 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 51/2 (109 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 9.08)

    • S Badrinath 8 (9b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 19 (13b 4x4)
    • R Shukla 2-0-14-0
    • PV Tambe 1-0-3-0

shankar: "Badri is in terrible form. I think bravo would have been a better choice here in critical boundary scoring/over perspective."


Tambe to Badrinath, OUT, and Tambe strikes! Badri rushes down the pitch, but the bowler hasn't used enough flight to merit that decision. He looks to flay it over the top of cover, but the ball beats him and the keeper doesn't collect it cleanly, but the ball ricochets off his pad and onto the wickets

S Badrinath st †Yagnik b Tambe 8 (10m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

MS Dhoni comes in at No 5 and he has Dravid for company at slip


Tambe to Dhoni, no run, and this one goes along with the arm and hurries on to Dhoni. he was late on it while he looked to flick it to midwicket


Tambe to Dhoni, no run, another uncertain defensive from Dhoni as this one, pitched at a good length, rushes into him again


Tambe to Dhoni, no run, flatter again but he chips down the track and finds mid-on


Tambe to Dhoni, no run, keeps a little low and this time he stays back and chops it to cover


Tambe to Dhoni, 1 run, and he's off the mark with a push to mid-off. But Tambe's skidding onto his bat and troubling Dhoni here

End of over 9 (1 run) Chennai Super Kings 52/3 (108 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 9.81)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (5b)
    • SK Raina 19 (13b 4x4)
    • PV Tambe 2-0-4-1
    • R Shukla 2-0-14-0

Shukla to Dhoni, 2 runs, slips out of his hand and down the leg side as Dhoni turns the full toss down the fine leg


Shukla to Dhoni, OUT, oh, ho, ho... Shukla does it again! This one was on a good length and seamed away. It was at a pretty nippy pace too as Dhoni was squared up while looking to play the angle into the leg side. But he's struck on the back pad and the Umpire raises the finger

MS Dhoni lbw b Shukla 3 (4m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Dwayne Bravo comes in


Shukla to Bravo, 1 run, full and wide outside off and Bravo, despite being stuck on the crease, steers it to sweeper cover


Shukla to Raina, 2 runs, shorter to Raina, good ploy, but it is on his pads and he is happy to pick it off toward fine leg. Two men converge but there is a misfield which allows the batsmen to come back for the second


Shukla to Raina, 1 run, another one at an uncomfortable height, but angled down the leg side. Raina is up on his toes and flicks it down to fine leg


Shukla to Bravo, 1 run, he's rushing the batsmen here. Bravo has to jump back in his crease and nudge it behind square on the leg side to retain strike

KK: "When the fortress is built with the strongest ever possible wall, even helicopter bombarding can not save !!!"

kris: "Why cant Praveen Tambe be picked for India? His skills cannot be ignored just because he is 41 years old. He is committed, accurate and is doing magic with the ball"

End of over 10 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 59/4 (101 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.90, RRR: 10.10)

    • DJ Bravo 2 (2b)
    • SK Raina 22 (15b 4x4)
    • R Shukla 3-0-21-1
    • PV Tambe 2-0-4-1

111 needed off 60 balls


Tambe to Bravo, no run, and he tosses this up for a change and Bravo goes for his favourite extra cover drive, but he cannot get a bat to it


Tambe to Bravo, 1 run, this time he does, because he was looking to hit it along the ground and simply look to time it unlike the last


Tambe to Raina, 1 run, gets down the track and almost yorks himself, but still manages to dig it out to deep midwicket


Tambe to Bravo, OUT, another leg before! Early birthday present for Tambe as Bravo shuffles across and looks to turn this full length ball on middle into the leg side. But with the spinner skidding the ball more than spinning it, it was going to be dangerous and it was. Plumb in front

DJ Bravo lbw b Tambe 3 (5m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

Ravindra Jadeja in. Can he turn his tournament around. Slip firmly in place


Tambe to Jadeja, 1 run, he gets forward and opens the face to steer it to point and get off the mark


Tambe to Raina, 1 leg bye, goes for the sweep, but the ball strikes his pad before he can complete the shot. It was pitched outside leg so he was safe

End of over 11 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 63/5 (97 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 10.77)

    • SK Raina 23 (17b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1 (1b)
    • PV Tambe 3-0-7-2
    • R Shukla 3-0-21-1

James: "41 is the new 21" Yes, James. tambe is now the leading wicket taker in the CLT20. Shane Watson back into the attack


Watson to Raina, 2 runs, and his length ball is met with a slog down to midwicket. Thick inside edge means the ball trickels all along the ground and allows the batsmen two


Watson to Raina, 1 run, stays inside the line of the ball and drives it on the up to long-off as the required run-rate rises up 10


Watson to Jadeja, 1 wide, strays in line as he tries a bouncer. Jadeja swives in the crease without attempting a shot and and collects the extra


Watson to Jadeja, 1 run, a little seam in to the left hander who drops his bat with an angled face to guide the good length ball on off stump to third man

Deep midwicket, long-on, sweeper cover, third man and long-off are the deep men


Watson to Raina, 1 wide, full but another wide down the leg side. Raina looked to sweep it over fine leg, but he cannot reach


Watson to Raina, 1 run, stays leg side of the ball which makes it seem like he's playing away from the body as this fullish length ball is drive through extra cover


Watson to Jadeja, no run, charges down the wicket as Watson seams it away at 138kph. He saw the batsman coming at him and angled it wide of him. Well bowled by Watson


Watson to Jadeja, OUT, And the extra ball helps the bowler this time. It was short but there was no room for the cut shot that he was looking to play. The edge is taken and Yagnik secures a simple catch. Super Kings are floundering here

RA Jadeja c †Yagnik b Watson 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

End of over 12 (7 runs) Chennai Super Kings 70/6 (90 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.83, RRR: 11.25)

    • SK Raina 27 (20b 4x4)
    • SR Watson 3-0-19-1
    • PV Tambe 3-0-7-2

Chris Morris comes in with a strike rate of 145


Tambe to Raina, 2 runs, full and on middle as Raina drills it straight of midwicket, who comes around and does the job


Tambe to Raina, no run, angled on the pads and bowled flatter as well. He goes for a sweep shot but isn't quick enough this time either


Tambe to Raina, OUT, straight up in the air and another one goes down. This was outside off and Raina's front stride did not come toward the ball. In the end he only manages to get the bottom of the bat as he looked to flay it over the top of cover. The man comes in from mid-off and takes a straight forward catch

SK Raina c sub (AL Menaria) b Tambe 29 (46m 23b 4x4 0x6) SR: 126.08

R Ashwin is in at No 9. Required rate is 11.73


Tambe to Morris, 1 run, full and angled in at Morris as he drives it down the ground for a single


Tambe to Ashwin, no run, a little more flight than usual from Tambe and Ashwin gets forward and drives to cover


Tambe to Ashwin, no run, and he finishes his spell with a steady, good length ball on middle which is pushed to midwicket.

End of over 13 (3 runs) Chennai Super Kings 73/7 (87 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.61, RRR: 12.42)

    • R Ashwin 0 (2b)
    • CH Morris 1 (1b)
    • PV Tambe 4-0-10-3
    • SR Watson 3-0-19-1

Shashank: "Someone was suggesting earlier that RR were related to the C word. I am sure his notion must have changed. The way they have taken on this star studded team of CSK they truly need to be appreciated. This is an exemplary performance by the RR's."

Cooper comes back


Cooper to Morris, 2 runs, clipped through midwicket as the ball was full and on the pads. They call for two and rush over to complete it


Cooper to Morris, 1 run, full toss to follow the overpitched delivery as Morris works it off middle stump to deep square leg


Cooper to Ashwin, no run, back of a length homing in over off stump as Ashwin gets behind it


Cooper to Ashwin, no run, that hurried on to him, but the speed gun shows it at 129kph. Ashwin was on his front foot to flat bat it down the ground, but Cooper's shortish ball is too much for him


Cooper to Ashwin, no run, fullish and on middle as he blocks it to the leg side and Cooper rushes across to collect it


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, just a little room offered and Ashwin rides it as he stays on his back foot to guide the shortish ball to third man

End of over 14 (4 runs) Chennai Super Kings 77/7 (83 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.50, RRR: 13.83)

    • R Ashwin 1 (6b)
    • CH Morris 4 (3b)
    • KK Cooper 2-0-16-0
    • PV Tambe 4-0-10-3

Dravid continues to ring in the changes. Faulkner's back


Faulkner to Ashwin, 1 run, full and denying the batsman any room, but in that effort he strays a little down the leg side and is clipped to square leg


Faulkner to Morris, no run, this time he is on middle with the full length ball and his angle makes sure the batsman has to block it bat to the bowler


Faulkner to Morris, FOUR, worked off his pads as Faulkner pulls his length back. Useful boundary for Super Kings as he beats fine leg


Faulkner to Morris, 1 run, full and straight again and Morris pulls out a strong drive to long-on

Faulkner has the most number of dot balls in CLT20 with 52, followed by Narine with 50


Faulkner to Ashwin, 1 run, this one, also homing in on the toes of the batsman, is picked away off his pads to deep midwicket


Faulkner to Morris, 2 runs, doesn't get the yorker right as the batsman whips it off toward square leg. Shukla comes around and after a tumble to save the ball from reaching the boundary, throws it back to the keeper

End of over 15 (9 runs) Chennai Super Kings 86/7 (74 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.73, RRR: 14.80)

    • CH Morris 11 (7b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 3 (8b)
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-17-0
    • KK Cooper 2-0-16-0

Pravin Tambe is limping a little here as he hurries off to man a boundary


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, full and a little wide of off stump allows the batsman to carve this through cover, where the man in the deep tidies up


Cooper to Morris, 1 run, that one as well short and slower as well, at 110kph. And the change of pace is the key as Morris was already on his shot and had to wait to connect it and it goes only as fat as cover


Cooper to Ashwin, SIX, and that's the 1000th six in CLT20. He opens up his front leg and carts this length delivery on middle stump over midwicket


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, and that forces Cooper to go back to the fuller length and it is effective as Ashwin pushes the ball down the ground


Cooper to Morris, 1 run, clipped through midwicket as the Cooper strives for that yorker length on leg stump again


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, 67mph slower ball on a length outside off but Ashwin swipes it across to deep square leg off the front foot

End of over 16 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 97/7 (63 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.06, RRR: 15.75)

    • R Ashwin 12 (12b 1x6)
    • CH Morris 13 (9b 1x4)
    • KK Cooper 3-0-27-0
    • JP Faulkner 2-0-17-0

Faulkner to Ashwin, no run, the search for the yorker leads to a low full toss, but it isn't to the detriment of the bowler as the batsman pushes it down the ground


Faulkner to Ashwin, FOUR, oh, thats a little bit of magic from Ashwin. It was homing in on middle, but it was a full toss as he goes down on one knee and pulls out a reverse sweep which beats the man at short third


Faulkner to Ashwin, FOUR, he takes one step outside his crease and carves this full length ball outside off fine of point and square of third man for another useful boundary


Faulkner to Ashwin, 1 run, length ball on middle allows Ashwin to open up his stance and whack it off to deep midwicket for a single


Faulkner to Morris, 1 run, full length again, but Morris cant free his arms as he punches it off to long-on


Faulkner to Ashwin, 1 run, nudged toward midwicket as Faulkner ends the over with another almost-yorker

Ashish: "Ashwin is better batsman then Jadeja any given day - Only time will make people believe"

End of over 17 (11 runs) Chennai Super Kings 108/7 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.35, RRR: 17.33)

    • R Ashwin 22 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • CH Morris 14 (10b 1x4)
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-28-0
    • KK Cooper 3-0-27-0

52 from 18 now as Watson comes into the attack


Watson to Ashwin, no run, he was making some room, but the bowler follows him with his good length ball. Ashwin attempts to adjust with a cut shot, but cannot connect


Watson to Ashwin, SIX, massive! There's that front leg which goes outside leg stump and the ball is right in the slot as Ashwin swings his bat fully and gets it high over the square leg boundary


Watson to Ashwin, 2 runs, he brings his length back and Ashwin pulls it out to midwicket off the back foot


Watson to Ashwin, FOUR, Ashwin is getting a move on here, but is it too late? Overpitched from Watson again and he gets forward and whacks it straight down the ground, straight enough to beat the man at long-on

Ashwin Ravichandran: "Hey, who is playing there in my body???"

Karthik: "What a jinx - 'Cyclone' Cooper, 'SandStorm' Samson, 'Hurricane' Hodge, 'Whirlpool' Watson, 'Devastating' Dhoni - all had failed in unison."


Watson to Ashwin, 2 runs, this time he adds a little width to the full length ball and Ashwin carves it through to sweeper cover. The call was for two and Ashwin pulls out the dive to make it


Watson to Ashwin, 1 run, he walked right across to reveal all three of his stumps and Watson followed him, while keeping the length full. Ashwin swats it down the ground to long-on

End of over 18 (15 runs) Chennai Super Kings 123/7 (37 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.83, RRR: 18.50)

    • R Ashwin 37 (23b 3x4 2x6)
    • CH Morris 14 (10b 1x4)
    • SR Watson 4-0-34-1
    • JP Faulkner 3-0-28-0

37 from 12 as Cooper returns


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, overpitched again and Ashwin was looking to clear the boundary again, but he hasn't timed this anywhere close to well enough. Stuart Binny charges in, but seeing the ball will fall short, stays back and collects it on the bounce


Cooper to Morris, 1 wide, oh, that's a little malfunction in the radar. It was a length ball, but it was well, well wide of off stump


Cooper to Morris, FOUR, slams this through extra cover and long-off cannot cut it off. Just shy of a yorker, but there was just enough room for Morris to power the ball to the boundary


Cooper to Morris, 2 runs, slower ball, but it is in the slot for Morris to carve it over the top of point. But there isn't enough timing to beat the man at sweeper cover


Cooper to Morris, FOUR, oh God, he's bowled a full toss and been whacked! It also had ample room and all Morris had to do was get it wide of the man at sweeper cover and he does so

deep point in


Cooper to Morris, 1 run, full and angling in as Morris drills it to deep midwicket as the partnership reaches 64 off 38 balls.


Cooper to Ashwin, 1 run, full on middle but Ashwin having made room has enough leverage to strike the ball just a little wide of the man at mid-off, who moves around quickly and drives to stop a boundary

End of over 19 (14 runs) Chennai Super Kings 137/7 (23 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.21, RRR: 23.00)

    • R Ashwin 39 (25b 3x4 2x6)
    • CH Morris 25 (14b 3x4)
    • KK Cooper 4-0-41-0
    • SR Watson 4-0-34-1

23 off 6 balls and Faulkner is the man to tackle that equation.

Kapil Devani: "The way he is playing today, I believe Ashwin will get out with with his favorite mode, the run out :)" Well, he is on strike


Faulkner to Ashwin, SIX, and he carts it over wide long-on for a vital six. Faulkner's yorker materialises as a low full toss and Ashwin goes deep in the crease, opens up his front leg and slams it over the boundary


Faulkner to Ashwin, 1 run, another low full toss and this one is slapped down the ground. Faulkner extends his hand to try and take the catch, but the ball flies wide of him and long-on tidies up


Faulkner to Morris, 1 run, that was the perfect yorker, but Morris manages to dig it out toward point. Shane Watson and Brad Hodge hurry over to field the ball. Watson fields the ball but his momentum drove his head straight into the outside of Hodge's knee. Both players go down. Watson is up quickly. But Hodge is wincing in pain as he clutches his knee. This looks bad. He's going off the field here.


Faulkner to Ashwin, OUT, Another full length ball and Ashwin does what he has been doing all innings, plants his front foot outside leg and muscles over the leg side. But this time his power is not enough as Stuart Binnny comes in from long-on and holds on amid tense circumstances

R Ashwin c Binny b Faulkner 46 (35m 28b 3x4 3x6) SR: 164.28


Faulkner to Morris, no run, yorker. dot ball. perfect for Royals. Morries tried to dab it to third man, but comes up with only air


Faulkner to Morris, no run, another yorker, the death bowling in this match has been impressive, and this one seals the game for Rajasthan as Morris can only dig it out

Well, thats all we have for you here folks. Do join us same time for the second semi-final between Mumbai Indians and Trinidad & Tobago. If you still want to soak in the thrills of this semi-final, do keep an eye out for the match report and the plays of the day. Otherwise, this is Alagappan Muthu saying sayonara

Pravi Tambe is the Man of the Match. I'm very happy when the team does well and we are in the final of the Champions League. I want to thank Rahul bhai and my coaches for believing in me. I dont know why they are not picking me. I just stick to my basics and bowl as well as I can

Rahul Dravid says there is one more game to go and expressed pride in the way his side fought back. He adds that they were 15-20 short but their bowling and fielding was just fantastic. What we have here is something special, we've got a great unit together. Its Tambe's experience, he's been bowling in club cricket for decades and he's very willing to learn. He always talks with Hodge and Watson about what pace to bowl, how to counter when a batsman is going after him. There were a few raised eyebrows when we selected him, but he has the mental strength to come true. I love playing here at Jaipur and its probably my last game here and its been such a fun time and I've got so much support from the crowd here. I haven't talked to Hodge yet, but touch on wood he comes through because we only have four foreign players in the squad

Pradeep Rathore: "C'mon Selectors! What else does Rahane need to do to get your nod!!! :|"

Ritish : "Tambe who? A great story of dreams coming true! Sad to see my favorite T20 team playing together possibly for the last time and going out but not without a fight! Anyways, well played Rajasthan Royals…you guys deserve to win this tournament and send off the Wall with a great gift! As for the great man…he is going to be around forever and will get the appropriate farewell if and when he plays his last test! Hope to see a RR and T&T final!"

MS Dhoni complimented his bowlers who he thought did a fantasitic job to restrict them to 160. There were looking for a much bigger score. The batting did not stack up. And there were a couple of run-outs that added to things. But the lower order reacted to the situation well. A couple of guys strayed away from their designated roles. Ashwin did very well and Morris supported him. The first few overs, the batsman batted well, and the other team knew the conditions better and I knew their bowlers were going to keep things tight. Its not just enough to just bowl fast, they kept a good line, We did well at the start but we have to think on our batting order

Ajinkya Rahane says Royals know the wicket and the plan was to just see off the new ball and then kick on from there. its very crucial in at T20 game. I was looking to be positive but when wickets fall I just wanted to stay there till the end. My role is to be positive and stay there for as long as possible

11.20 See, I told you it was going to be a cracker. Rajasthan Royals had Chennai Super Kings on the ropes, helped rather lavishly by M Vijay's unwise running. Rahul Dravid used his bowlers in very short bursts and when he looked to Rahul Shukla and Pravin Tambe, they responded in style. R Ashwin and Chris Morris did their best to write a different script, but in the end, Royals have secured their first Champions League final. Do stick around though for the presentation

Jatin: "So, 13 on the trot at home and still going strong, has any T20 side managed this kind of a feat?" Otago had 14 before Royals broke the streak

"i dont watch tv... it is more fun seeing/reading ur live commentry... thanks cricinfo guys... we will keep in touch...." Always a pleasure, Paul

Vishal Sheokand: "This loss is worse than it will look in the end. Ashwin was always reducing the margin of loss. 5 wickets in 5 consecutive overs, CSK ought to come out better next time."

End of over 20 (8 runs) Chennai Super Kings 145/8 (15 runs required)

    • CH Morris 26 (17b 3x4)
    • JO Holder 0 (0b)
    • JP Faulkner 4-0-36-1
    • KK Cooper 4-0-41-0





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