Indian Premier League - 56th match

Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings

Chennai Super Kings won by 4 wickets (with 11 balls remaining)

Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane will open the innings for Rajasthan as has been the case all through the tournament, Albie Morkel has the new ball in his hands.

7.50pm Aakash: "@Freddy: Botha can bat as well. And the Rajasthan batting is top order heavy. So having Botha adds value to the lower midde order as well."

Surendranath V: "I think only the MI supporters would pray for rain here!!!" RCB and Kings XI too, no?

7.40pm How important is Shane Watson to Rajasthan Royals? Madhu crunched some numbers. Read.

As always, plenty of complaints over the selections. Freddy: "I think Tait and Hogg would have been a terrific combination together. Not sure Botha was the best man with his form now."

The last time these two sides met, Chennai seemed totally in control of the chase with five overs to go, but it went down to the final delivery, before MS Dhoni clipped a couple off the final ball to seal the win.

Anand V: "@Freddy I guess they are looking at Botha the batsman more than the bowler."

7.30pm Surprise, surprise. MS Dhoni has won the toss, Chennai will bowl. Dhoni says with the rain around he chose to field as he wants to have a better idea of the target.

S Badrinath and Faf du Plessis are not well, so they sit out. It will be Badrinath's first game out in IPL history. Michael Hussey and S Anirudha come in.

Rajasthan have made at least one change. Brad Hodge is fit again, and he takes the place of Owais Shah.

7.20pm Welcome to match No. 56, between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. The league phase in the first three seasons lasted 56 games, but we had have a way to go yet this year.

It's crunch time for defending champions Chennai, says our preview.

It was raining heavily an hour ago in Jaipur, but the covers came off some time back. A couple of minutes to go for the toss.

Here's the latest points table - Chennai are seventh with 11 points, a win will take them fourth. Rajasthan could jump to third.

0.1

Morkel to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump, bit short, and Dravid cuts the long hop straight to the cover fielder

Here we go then, again. We have lost about 55 minutes of play. Dravid will take strike and Morkel will resume his over.

8.40 pm: Covers are coming off now and Dravid is out in the middle, with the two umpires, looking intently at the track. Even Stephen Fleming is out now, speaking with the umpires.

We are going to start at 8.55 pm, with no overs lost. That is if it does not rain again between now and then.

NK: "Naah! This ain't rain. It's just joyful tears from the heavens above that MS has won the toss. Hurray!!" So the last time it rained against Bangalore on April 25, it was the heavens being really sad?

On the Botha issue, he is probably a decent bat but that is if he bats up at three or four, not sure if Dravid has as much confidence in getting him there, ahead of the likes of Watson and Hodge.

8.20 pm: Mishra Dhoni: "Stats don't tell anything, Botha has played really well in the 2011 IPL, playing 1 down for RR. He's out of form he's a better pick than Hogg if you consider playing someone as an all-rounder."

James: "Hogg was a decent batsman. Keyword 'was'. He's still got it with the ball and he's still an excitably puppy in the field but his batting days have long passed him."

Vinay: "so if play doesn't happen the spectators will not get a penny back as one delivery has been bowled...what a pity!"

8.10 pm: "I live exactly 7891 kms from the ground in Edinburgh.. Its drizzling here as well !!" Which one of them are you, Avenger?

"I am 8 odd KMs away from stadium in jaipur..raining a bit heavily in jagatpura(place where i live)..but being a local person..i reckon that rain will clear in next 15odd minutes." Optimism from SKB!

A look at the points table and all but the bottom two teams have played 12 games apiece. Delhi and Kolkata look good to go through, remaining five teams fighting for the other two spots in the playoffs.

Bit of drizzle here now. Covers are being called and they are going off. So much for a start. It was raining earlier too and that the toss happened on time was a bit of a surprise, 30 minutes and a delivery later, it has started drizzling. If the game begins by 9.05 pm India time, no overs will be lost.

Of course, the opinions around selection continue with Nick pointing out an interesting fact, "Hogg is a better batsman than Botha check his stats. And he will be effective bowling to 4 CSK left handers."

Hogg averages 35 in first class cricket and 27 in Tests!

Patrick: "One thing that CSK has done well this IPL season is to bring rains to the cities they have visited!"

0.2

Morkel to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump, exactly like the first one, some 55 minutes ago, and Dravid misses out yet again, cuts it to the covers again

0.3

Morkel to Dravid, FOUR, pitched right up to the bat and cover-driven, no swing there and it has been caressed through the extra-cover region for a four.

0.4

Morkel to Dravid, no run, pulls his length back, outside the off stump, left alone by the batsman.

Apparently a few drops of rain again.

0.5

Morkel to Dravid, no run, on the good length, on the off stump, moving a little away and defended back to the bowler

0.6

Morkel to Dravid, 1 wide, down the leg side and Dravid was looking to get some bat on it, but as it turns out, it is a wide

Ground-staff is getting ready with the covers

0.6

Morkel to Dravid, no run, short of a good length, on to the back foot, punched back to the bowler

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
R Dravid    4* (6b 1x4)      JA Morkel    1-0-5-0
AM Rahane    0* (0b)     

Ben Hilfenhaus is on

1.1

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, no run, on the stumps, short of length, pushed back to the bowler

1.2

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, 1 leg bye, down the leg side, fails to get any bat on it hits his pads, and it rolls away for a leg-bye

No rain for now.

1.3

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, outside the off stump and a bit of movement away from the bat, misses the bat and goes through to the wicket-keeper

1.4

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, no run, too close to cut, pitched up and a bit of movement still, tries to cut again but he has not got that going, misses the bat.

1.5

Hilfenhaus to Dravid, OUT, ugly shot from a usually beautiful stroke-player, tried to play across the line, gets a bit of a top edge and it goes to Hussey at mid-off, Dravid's gone!

R Dravid c Hussey b Hilfenhaus 4 (7m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

1.6

Hilfenhaus to Watson, 4 leg byes, pitched on the off-stump, length ball, deviated away and missed his bat, hits the pads, bounces between the wicket-keeper and slips and trickles away for a four. Should have been stopped by Dhoni

End of over 2 (5 runs, wicket maiden) Rajasthan Royals 10/1 (RR: 5.00)
SR Watson    0* (1b)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-1
AM Rahane    0* (2b)      JA Morkel    1-0-5-0

2.1

Morkel to Rahane, FOUR, flicked away to the square-leg fence for a four! It was going down the leg side and to add to that sin, it was a half-volley, drilled to the deep field for a four.

Bad news. It is raining again. As heavily as it was earlier. And so we will have another stoppage.

Update: If it does not rain further, the game will start at 9.15 pm.

And yep, here we go, we have the batsmen rushing back to the pitch, the fielders are already on! Deep square-leg in place, fine-leg is up.

2.2

Morkel to Rahane, 1 run, good length, bit of bounce, tapped away to square-leg, the fielder at short fine-leg runs around, but not before they are through for a single

2.3

Morkel to Watson, no run, good delivery, probably Morkel's best of the innings so far, outside the off stump, makes the batsman reach out and then gets it to move away

2.4

Morkel to Watson, FOUR, punched through the on-side for four! That was a bad ball but Watson took full toll of it, it was drifting down, half volley and Watson's hit it through mid-wicket

2.5

Morkel to Watson, no run, outside the off stump, good length, defended to the off side

2.6

Morkel to Watson, no run, and a over pitched one down the leg side yet again, but Watson misses this and there is a bit of a stifled appeal, aborted and negated.

End of over 3 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 19/1 (RR: 6.33)
SR Watson    4* (5b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-14-0
AM Rahane    5* (4b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    1-1-0-1

3.1

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, no run, good length ball, defended on the back foot

3.2

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, no run, good length and that is missed yet again by Rahane.

3.3

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, 1 run, good length ball yet again, on the middle stump, punched to the leg side for a single

3.4

Hilfenhaus to Watson, no run, short of length, lot of bounce on this one, and Watson misses it

3.5

Hilfenhaus to Watson, no run, another one, length ball and that has bounced a lot more than Watson expected, beats the outside edge!

3.6

Hilfenhaus to Watson, no run, Three in a row! This was slightly fuller, but enough to send him on the back foot, Watson tried to defend it but it whizzes past the outside edge of the bat.

End of over 4 (1 run) Rajasthan Royals 20/1 (RR: 5.00)
SR Watson    4* (8b 1x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-1-1
AM Rahane    6* (7b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-14-0

4.1

Morkel to Rahane, FOUR, Morkel continues to dole out poor deliveries, and this is short, wide and cut over the in-field for four. After a good Hilfenhaus over, this is not the best you can dish out

4.2

Morkel to Rahane, no run, short of length, goes on to the back foot, defended on the back foot

4.3

Morkel to Rahane, no run, length ball, better line from Morkel, within the stumps, punched back but well fielded by the bowler on his follow-through

4.4

Morkel to Rahane, no run, pitched right up to the bat, driven to the covers but straight to a fielder

4.5

Morkel to Rahane, 1 run, a bit short of good length, outside the off stump, whipped it to the right of mid-on for a single

4.6

Morkel to Watson, no run, almost, almost a wicket! Good length ball and Watson tried to drive it on the up, falls just short of the extra-cover fielder

End of over 5 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 25/1 (RR: 5.00)
SR Watson    4* (9b 1x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-19-0
AM Rahane    11* (12b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    2-1-1-1

Morkel's bowled three. Hilfenhaus will also bowl his third.

5.1

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, 1 run, length ball, bounce on it as well, plays it to third-man, gets it high on the bat, single for the batsman

5.2

Hilfenhaus to Watson, 1 run, outside edge to third-man for a single, that was also just back of length and moving away from the batsman, he opens the face of the bat for a single

5.3

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, 1 run, that is an ugly slog again, first it was Dravid and now it is Rahane who tries to heave it away, gets an outside edge to third-man, but on the bounce

5.4

Hilfenhaus to Watson, OUT, out, caught at third-man? Outside edge from Watson, it flew to the third-man fielder, Ashwin makes a lot of ground, dives and holds on, but they are checking now. Yes, it is out, an excellent camera angle and there was no doubt about that one.

SR Watson c Ashwin b Hilfenhaus 5 (20m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 45.45

Rajasthan in trouble at this stage, two wickets down for 28, just two balls short of the Powerplay overs. Stuart Binny is in at four, bit of a promotion for him.

5.5

Hilfenhaus to Binny, no run, short ball, on the off stump, moving away and Binny was at sea playing that one, mind you not too many would have played it any better, lets it go in the end.

Three slips for Binny

5.6

Hilfenhaus to Binny, no run, short of length and defended on the back-foot, end of an excellent over from Hilfenhaus. End of the spell too?

End of over 6 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/2 (RR: 4.66)
STR Binny    0* (2b)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-4-2
AM Rahane    13* (14b 2x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-19-0

Lowest score for Rajasthan this IPL in the first six overs. Yo Mahesh is on.

6.1

Mahesh to Rahane, no run, pitched right up to the bat, outside the off stump, driven back to the bowler

6.2

Mahesh to Rahane, no run, short of length, outside the off stump and he goes for a cut, misses and the keeper collects

6.3

Mahesh to Rahane, 1 run, walks down the track and nudges it to the square-leg for a single

6.4

Mahesh to Binny, 1 run, short of length yet again, he goes on to the back foot and pushes it to square-leg for a single

6.5

Mahesh to Rahane, 1 run, dropped! Edged away by Rahane, there was a slip waiting, Raina, he dived a tad too late to his right and it hits his palms and rolls away

6.6

Mahesh to Binny, 1 wide, way down the leg side, the batsman barely moved his bat, called a wide

6.6

Mahesh to Binny, 1 wide, goes down the track, this is now sent across the off side, too far out there as well, and that is the second successive wide

6.6

Mahesh to Binny, 1 run, pitched up this time, outside the off stump, caressed through the off side for a single to deep cover

End of over 7 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 34/2 (RR: 4.85)
STR Binny    2* (4b)      VY Mahesh    1-0-6-0
AM Rahane    15* (18b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    3-1-4-2

Hilfenahaus will continue after all, bowl out here.

7.1

Hilfenhaus to Binny, no run, pitched further up this time, defended on the back-foot, back to the bowler

7.2

Hilfenhaus to Binny, no run, bounce off a length ball, outside the off stump, misses the cut, probably was too quick for him

7.3

Hilfenhaus to Binny, 2 runs, gives himself room yet again, gets an inside edge through to fine-leg, Raina gives chase from slips and stops the boundary. The ball was slowing down on this heavy outfield

7.4

Hilfenhaus to Binny, 1 run, on the off stump, moves away and drives it through point for a single

7.5

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, and Rahane is compact in his back-foot defence.

7.6

Hilfenhaus to Rahane, 1 run, outside the off stump, opens the face of the bat, guides it to the third-man region for a single. That is the end of an excellent Hilfenhaus spell.

End of over 8 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 38/2 (RR: 4.75)
AM Rahane    16* (20b 2x4)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-8-2
STR Binny    5* (8b)      VY Mahesh    1-0-6-0

Four days ago, Hilfenhaus had conceded 14 runs off his last three balls. Tonight he has given away eight from his four overs. Times change.

8.1

Mahesh to Rahane, 1 run, outside the off stump, tries to cut it but it goes hard into the ground, Mahesh fails to field it on his follow-through, a single to long-off

8.2

Mahesh to Binny, no run, short ball, wanted to go for the pull, misses the stroke and collected by the keeper.

8.3

Mahesh to Binny, 1 run, outside the off stump, fuller this time, driven on the up to long-off, was in air but misses the short cover fielder

8.4

Mahesh to Rahane, OUT, goes down the track and he is gone, caught! Rahane was getting frustrated at his inability to score runs, he tried to take on Mahesh, gets the toe end of the bat and it ballooned up for Ashwin to take a simple catch at mid-on

AM Rahane c Ashwin b Mahesh 17 (39m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 77.27

Rajasthan are in a bit of a hole, in what are admittedly difficult batting conditions. It is Brad Hodge who has come in now.

8.5

Mahesh to Hodge, 1 wide, way outside the off stump and that is a very wide wide!

8.5

Mahesh to Hodge, 1 run, on his pads, fuller, nudged away to deep square-leg for a single to open his account

9.45 pm: The third rain interruption, yes, we have another drizzle. Covers are coming on again.

9.55 pm: And now, the covers are coming off. The batsmen are coming on. Yo Mahesh has the ball. He should be able to complete his over. Fingers crossed. I think it still is 20 overs a side, but will confirm if there is any reduction.

8.6

Mahesh to Binny, 1 run, on the off stump, taps to the off side for a single. And would you believe it, we have a Strategic Time-Out.

End of over 9 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 43/3 (RR: 4.77)
STR Binny    7* (11b)      VY Mahesh    2-0-11-1
BJ Hodge    1* (1b)      BW Hilfenhaus    4-1-8-2

Yes, Dravid still finds stuff to discuss with Brad Hodge. So it isn't totally unnecessary now, this Time-Out, after three rain delays summing a total of more than an hour, is it?

MS Dhoni has a few jokes to regale his team with in the Time-Out. Interesting contrast.

Change in bowling now, with Hilfenahaus having completed his spell. It is Dwayne Bravo

9.1

Bravo to Binny, FOUR, short ball, cut away for four through the point region! Poor ball, half tracker and Binny had it easy

9.2

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, this time it is on the middle stump, driven to mid-on and they are off for a single, the mid-on fielder throws the stumps down at the non-striker's end but the batsman is in

9.3

Bravo to Hodge, 1 wide, short and that would have been a wide in Test matches too, outside the off stump. What a poor start after the Time Out

9.3

Bravo to Hodge, 1 leg bye, quicker, down the leg side, flicks his pads through to square-leg for a leg-bye

9.4

Bravo to Binny, FOUR, punched through point for a four! This was a decent ball, a bit of width, he went down and opened the face of the bat, beats the third-man

9.5

Bravo to Binny, SIX, down the track and Bravo has been spanked over the long-off fence for a six! Would you believe it, Hilfy bowled four overs at this end for eight runs and Bravo has done nothing of that kind

9.6

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, opens the face of the bat and through to third-man for a single, 18 off that over!

End of over 10 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/3 (RR: 6.10)
STR Binny    23* (16b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-17-0
BJ Hodge    1* (2b)      VY Mahesh    2-0-11-1

That last over was a respite for Rajasthan. They were going nowhere before that. Mahesh will continue.

Morkel apparently has been hit by something at the boundary according to the TV commentators.

10.1

Mahesh to Binny, FOUR, on his pads, half volley and that has been flicked away between fine-leg and deep square-leg for a four, what a stroke!

10.2

Mahesh to Binny, OUT, short ball and pulled away straight to short mid-wicket, Raina was brought there before this ball and it goes straight to him, Binny's cameo has ended.

STR Binny c Raina b Mahesh 27 (27m 18b 3x4 1x6) SR: 150.00

Venkat:"Wow, we completed one full over with out any kind of break, amazing. Lets us call time out, we can celabrate it." You only need to wait for some more minutes before another Time Out gets called.

Botha's in, at number six, and still has a lot of overs at his disposal.

10.3

Mahesh to Botha, 1 run, on the middle, tapped away to mid-on for a single

10.4

Mahesh to Hodge, no run, length ball, on the back foot and defended to the off side for nothing.

10.5

Mahesh to Hodge, no run, on the off stump, does not bounce too much, defended back to the bowler

10.6

Mahesh to Hodge, 1 run, outside the off stump and that's cut away to deep point for a single

End of over 11 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 67/4 (RR: 6.09)
BJ Hodge    2* (5b)      VY Mahesh    3-0-17-2
J Botha    1* (1b)      DJ Bravo    1-0-17-0

More criticism coming Time Out's way.

Sanj: "Can't the umpires use their commonsense? They had a ST in the DD vs DC match with DD needing a mere 4 runs to win. Now, after a single delivery, another ST. Plain daft."

Ben: "For God's sake... they should eliminate, actually ban time-outs if a match is interrupted by rain."

I don't think umpires have anything to do with it. It is the rule-makers.

11.1

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, tapped away to the leg side for a quick single, a direct hit would have been the end of the batsman.

11.2

Jadeja to Botha, no run, on the middle stump, pitched up, defended back to the bowler

11.3

Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, pats it to the off side and they are off for a quick single here

11.4

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, outside the off stump, played away to the short third-man for a single

11.5

Jadeja to Botha, no run, fuller, defended on the front foot and the bowler fields on his follow through

11.6

Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, bit shorter this time, pushed to the off side for a single

End of over 12 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/4 (RR: 5.91)
J Botha    3* (5b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0
BJ Hodge    4* (7b)      VY Mahesh    3-0-17-2

12.1

Mahesh to Botha, no run, outside the off stump, short of length, it deserved to be cut, but misses

12.2

Mahesh to Botha, no run, short of the length, Botha goes on to the back foot, defends it back to the bowler, almost like a weak forehand shot.

12.3

Mahesh to Botha, 1 run, pitched up this time, driven to wide mid-on for a single

12.4

Mahesh to Hodge, 1 run, outside the off stump, pitched up to the bat and pushed to the deep point fielder for a single

12.5

Mahesh to Botha, no run, on the off stump, pitched slightly up, he was still on his back foot trying to cut it away, goes to point and they don't get any run

12.6

Mahesh to Botha, 2 runs, on his pads, flicked to wide mid-on and this time they are able to come back for their second run

End of over 13 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 75/4 (RR: 5.76)
J Botha    6* (10b)      VY Mahesh    4-0-21-2
BJ Hodge    5* (8b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-4-0

13.1

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, length ball, easily goes on to the back foot and tapped to the leg side for a single

13.2

Jadeja to Botha, no run, short of length, goes on to the back foot and defended back

13.3

Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, shortish outside the off stump, cut away for a single

13.4

Jadeja to Hodge, no run, on his pads, a bit of turn from there, Hodge misses and it hits the pads

13.5

Jadeja to Hodge, no run, defended on his front foot, back to the bowler

13.6

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, on his pads, fuller and that is played away to the short fine-leg for a single

End of over 14 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 78/4 (RR: 5.57)
BJ Hodge    7* (12b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-7-0
J Botha    7* (12b)      VY Mahesh    4-0-21-2

14.1

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, leading edge off the bat of Hodge, flies to third-man for a single

14.2

Bravo to Botha, 1 wide, bouncer but it was far too high, and wide called

14.2

Bravo to Botha, 1 run, nips back, Botha was rooted to his crease and finally manages to get some bat there, goes to square-leg for a single

14.3

Bravo to Hodge, no run, goes down the track to get it away, Bravo slows the pace down and Hodge can only push it back to the bowler

14.4

Bravo to Hodge, FOUR, drilled through covers for a four, half volley outside the off stump and that has been spanked

14.5

Bravo to Hodge, 2 runs, there were two fielders in the point region for this one, pitched up and it has been drilled to deep point for a couple of runs

14.6

Bravo to Hodge, 2 runs, pitched right up to the bat and that has been driven to wide long-off, where they are able to come back for the second

End of over 15 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 89/4 (RR: 5.93)
BJ Hodge    16* (17b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-28-0
J Botha    8* (13b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-7-0

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15.1

Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, reverse sweep attempted, hits his pads, but the impact was outside the off stump

15.2

Jadeja to Hodge, no run, tries to play it to the leg side, hits his pads

15.3

Jadeja to Hodge, no run, driven to short mid-on and they still don't get a run

15.4

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, opens the face of the bat to short third-man for a single

15.5

Jadeja to Botha, 1 run, some room given, pushed to the off side for a single

15.6

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, short ball, pulled away to deep fine-leg for a single

End of over 16 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 93/4 (RR: 5.81)
BJ Hodge    18* (21b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-11-0
J Botha    10* (15b)      DJ Bravo    2-0-28-0

0/11 in his three overs for Jadeja. Excellent bowling under seaming conditions. Ashwin comes on now.

16.1

Ashwin to Hodge, 1 run, quicker ball, pulled away for a single to deep square-leg.

16.2

Ashwin to Botha, no run, on the back foot, punched back to the bowler, they are going nowhere

16.3

Ashwin to Botha, no run, quicker, some bounce too, and cut attempted, missed, through to the keeper

16.4

Ashwin to Botha, 1 run, pitched right up tot the bat here, driven to the long-on region for a single

16.5

Ashwin to Hodge, 1 run, too short and wide, cut away for a single to deep point

16.6

Ashwin to Botha, 1 run, pitched right up to bat, slightly slower, driven to deep mid-wicket for only a single

End of over 17 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 97/4 (RR: 5.70)
J Botha    12* (19b)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0
BJ Hodge    20* (23b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-11-0

Only four from the Ashwin over. That was his first over.

17.1

Jadeja to Botha, OUT, slog attempted, bowled! The run-rate needed to climb, Botha had played out 19 balls for his 12 and he was under pressure to get some away, tried to go for a big one but missed

J Botha b Jadeja 12 (25m 20b 0x4 0x6) SR: 60.00

17.2

Jadeja to Menaria, no run, driven to the bowler, no run again

17.3

Jadeja to Menaria, 1 run, tries to slog it away, goes to deep mid-wicket for a single

17.4

Jadeja to Hodge, FOUR, swept away and finally a four, that gets them to their 100

17.5

Jadeja to Hodge, 1 run, driven to short cover, it was pitched up, to the fielder, but the unnecessary throw gets them an extra run

17.6

Jadeja to Menaria, FOUR, tries to slog it across the line, hits the pads and scoots up through the slips for a four leg-byes!

End of over 18 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 107/5 (RR: 5.94)
AL Menaria    5* (3b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-1
BJ Hodge    25* (25b 2x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0

18.1

Ashwin to Hodge, 2 runs, goes down the pitch, wanted to hit it over long-off, instead gets some sort of a leading edge and it has gone high in the air, dropped by Srikanth!

18.2

Ashwin to Hodge, SIX, and this time he connects, it is a huge six, over mid-wicket, cruel, cruel life!

18.3

Ashwin to Hodge, OUT, wicket for Ashwin, lbw, carrom ball! This was pitching in line, quicker too, swung it across the line, missed and was caught plumb in front

BJ Hodge lbw b Ashwin 33 (43m 28b 2x4 1x6) SR: 117.85

18.4

Ashwin to Yagnik, no run, quicker one, hits him on his pads, misses, there was an appeal but given not-out

18.5

Ashwin to Yagnik, 1 run, pushed to the off side for a single

18.6

Ashwin to Menaria, no run, tries to cut it away, but gets it straight to point and that ends a rather short spell from Ashwin, where he has bowled two overs for 13 runs

End of over 19 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 116/6 (RR: 6.10)
AL Menaria    5* (4b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-1
DH Yagnik    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-21-1

19.1

Bravo to Yagnik, no run, short of length, goes on to the back foot, defended to the point fielder

19.2

Bravo to Yagnik, FOUR, cut away through point, that should have been fielded by the deep point fielder, goes through the fielder. Too much width there

19.3

Bravo to Yagnik, no run, length ball and tries to cut it yet again, misses, through to the keeper

19.4

Bravo to Yagnik, 1 run, width again, outside the off stump, gets the outside edge to third-man, on the bounce for a single

19.5

Bravo to Menaria, 1 run, opens the face of the bat, guides it to third-man for a single

19.6

Bravo to Yagnik, FOUR, outside edge and four! Bravo's gone for 10, with the last ball giving the batsman some width yet again and that has flown away over the wicket-keeper for four!

In the end, Rajasthan have gotten away to a score of 126/6 in their 20 overs, which is some improvement from where they could have ended at one stage. Still, 127 should not be a difficult chase for the Super Kings.

Ben Hilfenhaus was the pick of the bowlers, bowled his four overs upfront for eight runs and took two wickets along with that. Binny played a cameo of 27, Hodge made 33, but none of their top three, Dravid, Rahane or Watson got going.

Back in 5 minutes with the chase.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 126/6
DH Yagnik    10* (7b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    3-0-38-0
AL Menaria    6* (5b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-13-1
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May 10, 2012

S Anirudha celebrates a tense victory, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Jaipur, May 10, 2012

S Anirudha celebrates a tense victory

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Rahul Dravid was dismissed for 4, Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings, IPL, Jaipur, May 10, 2012

Rahul Dravid was dismissed for 4

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