Rajasthan v Chennai, IPL 2013, Jaipur May 12, 2013

Royals No. 2 after Watson assault

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Rajasthan Royals 144 for 5 (Watson 70, Binny 41*) beat Chennai Super Kings 141 for 4 (Vijay 55, Cooper 2-32) by 5 wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

At the mid-innings break, Michael Hussey had thought the 141-run total put up by Chennai Super Kings was competitive because the pitch was aiding seam bowling, but he was wary of the "Watson factor". In the end, it was Shane Watson who turned out to be the difference with a 34-ball 70, as Rajasthan Royals registered their eighth win in Jaipur - a cleansheet - and rose to No. 2 in the points table, behind the Super Kings only on net run rate.

Royals had been left scarred by 10 overs of menacing bowling by the Super Kings' seamers and were left looking at a mountain to climb. With 93 required off the last 10, and Rahul Dravid already back in the dugout, a way back looked difficult. Then Dhoni introduced R Ashwin in the 11th, and the match turned on its head. The third ball of the over was slog-swept by Stuart Binny and it just cleared Ravindra Jadeja at deep midwicket, but it was the fifth and the sixth deliveries that signalled the start of the onslaught. Watson swept both comfortably over the midwicket boundary, making it 23 runs of that over, Ashwin's most expensive in all IPL. It was the first over of spin in the game.

It seemed like a switch had been flicked on, and Dhoni's immediate reaction to go back to his seamers in the next over didn't really make a difference to the batsmen. Binny cut and flicked Morris for a couple of boundaries, and then Watson took over. He first drove the impressive Jason Holder for a six over long-off, then bludgeoned two of Dwayne Bravo's next over. The switch in gears left everyone gobsmacked. Morris lost his line in the next over and was duly hit for four boundaries in all directions, the first of which brought Watson's half-century, off just 25 balls. Royals scored 81 between overs 11 and 15. By the time Watson was dismissed, the job had been done. Binny finished the chase with six over long-off to remain unbeaten on 41.

The start of the innings had been nothing like the finish. Royals were peppered with pace and bounce from the Super Kings fast bowlers and they struggled as MS Dhoni maintained pressure with slip fielders. It was only Dravid who seemed adept enough to handle the bowling, similar to how Michael Hussey had steered the first innings for Super Kings, but even he edged a lot.

Royals, who had won five straight matches chasing, had asked Super Kings to bat on a spicy pitch and Hussey and Vijay played the initial period watchfully to thwart the bowlers, then raised the 11th half-century stand between them to set up a strong base for the hitters to follow. But Kevon Cooper struck twice to remove Suresh Raina and Dhoni, derailing the Super Kings' innings and the pitch was too hot to handle for the rest. Had it not been for a brief cameo by Bravo, Super Kings would not have had a competitive total. In the end, however, Royals won with 17 balls to spare.

Devashish Fuloria is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • RajeshNaik on May 13, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I always felt that CSK's weak link is its bowling. Mohith, though a very good bowler is spectacularly one dimensional and one knows the line he would be bowling. If there is no assistance in the pitch Holder and Morris have less impact. It is all about the way Dhoni handles his bowlers that makes CSK's bowling look menacing. Teams need to get over the fact that they are unplayable and plan well. Dhoni had plans to to bowl Ashwin through from 11th over. But Binny and Watson made sure that the plan had to be aborted. After that over from Ashwin, CSK lost all their moorings and went down faster than a torpedoed ship. I enjoyed it.

  • hm007 on May 12, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Well, CSK did two key mistakes. One to select a wrong team, a spinner extra which handicapped them severely. Second, batted recklessly to loose both Dhoni and Raina in one over. However, they are indeed a great team and played really hard until that one over which changed momentum. RR did a splendid job. Read the pitch right, selected the right team, won the crucial toss, choose to chase as needed and when they bowled, did the right things when the wickets fell. Lot said about the batting order, Faulkner is an all rounder who did well in Australia with the bat. So sending him early was a no loss move. If he had come off it would have given much needed match practice for him and another match winner in the bag. The way he batted is another story. Well, Watson lived upto his reputation but what about Mr.Binny? He has now deliver in so many different chases, almost always under pressure. Great asset to India if selectors can see it, that is.

  • Ross_the_Boss on May 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    RR in the play-offs....if they win one of heir two away matches, they might just make it to the top 1-2....and a place in the finals! but they did seriously mess up the batting order..faulkner had no place in the top 3 with the moving ball! sanju samson was a risk worth taking...and watson was shielded for 2-3 overs...but Stuart binny..what a wonderful unselfish under-rated cricketer like his father...a wonderful player...and he is going to rale it in in the next IPL...will be surely a hot property!!

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 13, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    I know that Faulkner's been selected for the Ashes Tour and heard he's a capable No 7. But, I have a question to everybody who might have watched him bat previously. From the very little I've seen of him in the couple of matches where he was promoted to No 3 & on a few where he was batting at his usual position, I wasn't able to judge. And he didn't show a great deal of temperament either when he tried to bash the second ball he faced from Holder & got his stumps knocked back in conditions favouring swing bowling. Seemed a little bizarre. So, is he really that good? Or did Dravid try to pull off a trick too many to save Watson for 6 balls costing 2 wickets?? Those 2 wickets & Dravid to follow, could have put a lot of pressure on RR. And on another day they might have messed up an avg chase & with that their campaign with some ordinary choices. Got great respect for Dravid. But, think he shouldn't try too many more tricks at this time. One wrong choice could cost them big time. Go RR!!

  • TeamRocker on May 13, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Wow...Watto knock. He seems to be in a really good place and Dravid is managing him very well (Take note, Inverarity). Binny has been quite the unsung hero for RR. He's bowled AND batted well on a consistent basis. Dhoni and Raina just through their wickets away, leaving Vijay without much support. Without Bravo's little cameo, they wouldn't have got 140 at all.

    As for all the people criticising Faulkner's promotion, he's actually a more than handy batsmen. He's done pretty well in domestic games.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    It was a clear strategy by Dravid to get a pacer friendly wicket, to send his key batsmen down the order (after the ball became old). But I also feel it was a gamble.

    First of all, CSK got off to a great start (82 for 0 in 11 overs) should have gone on to make 170+ atleast. It was not a case of great bowling but a case of batsmen throwing away their wicket.

    Secondly, The first 10 overs of RR innings were so difficult to play. The batsmen had no clue at all and if only a few of the wickets had fallen earlier, Watson and Binny would have been exposed to that spell of bowling and it would have been curtains for RR.

    In any case, everything fell in place for RR and finally they won in style or so it appears.

  • ladycricfan on May 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    It is clever tactic by Dravid to chose the green top and play 5 fast bowlers against KKR and CSK. Nowhere in india you risk playing without a spinner. Well done Dravid for "surprising" the visiting teams. Narine, I remember, picked up couple of wickets. Ashwin's over was a total disaster. Play-offs and finals will be in neutral venues( asuming KKR don't qualify) and there will be no home advantage. Can't wait to see what unfolds today between SRH and MI.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 13, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    This should be a very disturbing loss for CSK. Three main reasons. (i) Raina and Dhoni threw away their wickets with shocking shots so early in their respective innings. They should have played themselves in for at least one over each. (ii) This wicket was ideal for Badri to come in ahead of Jadeja. That could have meant 10 more runs. All in all CSK was a good 40 runs short. (iii) Ashwin's one over went for plenty, but, Bravo and Chris Morris also bowled poorly. Yorkers were missing and the leg stump line was suicidal. Also Ashwin must learn not to bowl in the arc in unhelpful pitches. Shots are not going to be mistimed in those conditions. Dhoni and Flemming failed to help the team this time. RR too left too much to do in the second 10 overs. I agree protecting Watson when the conditions were tough was smart, but they should have risked Hodge instead of Faulkner. Faulkner doesn't seem to have the technique to come in where he did.

  • muthu4664 on May 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Binny has been unsung hero in Many successful chases for RR.This team seems to have right mix of players to Win Matches. Rahane & Dravid holding the innings together. Watson,Samson & Binny taking risks & accelerating scores whenever required.Although Bowling unit is not spectacular they have decent bowlers who can win matches as a unit if not as Individual. Keeping my Finger crossed, Will they repeat 2008 feet.My heart says YES.

  • Farce-Follower on May 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Binny was the best player for Karnataka last year. He is extremely talented. He needs to break into the Indian team. Enough of blokes like Yuvaraj. And what about the fearless Sanju Samson too. Under Dravid's captaincy these two have blossomed. Last year it was Bisla. Wonder who will trip CSK in this year's title fight.

  • RajeshNaik on May 13, 2013, 1:16 GMT

    I always felt that CSK's weak link is its bowling. Mohith, though a very good bowler is spectacularly one dimensional and one knows the line he would be bowling. If there is no assistance in the pitch Holder and Morris have less impact. It is all about the way Dhoni handles his bowlers that makes CSK's bowling look menacing. Teams need to get over the fact that they are unplayable and plan well. Dhoni had plans to to bowl Ashwin through from 11th over. But Binny and Watson made sure that the plan had to be aborted. After that over from Ashwin, CSK lost all their moorings and went down faster than a torpedoed ship. I enjoyed it.

  • hm007 on May 12, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Well, CSK did two key mistakes. One to select a wrong team, a spinner extra which handicapped them severely. Second, batted recklessly to loose both Dhoni and Raina in one over. However, they are indeed a great team and played really hard until that one over which changed momentum. RR did a splendid job. Read the pitch right, selected the right team, won the crucial toss, choose to chase as needed and when they bowled, did the right things when the wickets fell. Lot said about the batting order, Faulkner is an all rounder who did well in Australia with the bat. So sending him early was a no loss move. If he had come off it would have given much needed match practice for him and another match winner in the bag. The way he batted is another story. Well, Watson lived upto his reputation but what about Mr.Binny? He has now deliver in so many different chases, almost always under pressure. Great asset to India if selectors can see it, that is.

  • Ross_the_Boss on May 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    RR in the play-offs....if they win one of heir two away matches, they might just make it to the top 1-2....and a place in the finals! but they did seriously mess up the batting order..faulkner had no place in the top 3 with the moving ball! sanju samson was a risk worth taking...and watson was shielded for 2-3 overs...but Stuart binny..what a wonderful unselfish under-rated cricketer like his father...a wonderful player...and he is going to rale it in in the next IPL...will be surely a hot property!!

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 13, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    I know that Faulkner's been selected for the Ashes Tour and heard he's a capable No 7. But, I have a question to everybody who might have watched him bat previously. From the very little I've seen of him in the couple of matches where he was promoted to No 3 & on a few where he was batting at his usual position, I wasn't able to judge. And he didn't show a great deal of temperament either when he tried to bash the second ball he faced from Holder & got his stumps knocked back in conditions favouring swing bowling. Seemed a little bizarre. So, is he really that good? Or did Dravid try to pull off a trick too many to save Watson for 6 balls costing 2 wickets?? Those 2 wickets & Dravid to follow, could have put a lot of pressure on RR. And on another day they might have messed up an avg chase & with that their campaign with some ordinary choices. Got great respect for Dravid. But, think he shouldn't try too many more tricks at this time. One wrong choice could cost them big time. Go RR!!

  • TeamRocker on May 13, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    Wow...Watto knock. He seems to be in a really good place and Dravid is managing him very well (Take note, Inverarity). Binny has been quite the unsung hero for RR. He's bowled AND batted well on a consistent basis. Dhoni and Raina just through their wickets away, leaving Vijay without much support. Without Bravo's little cameo, they wouldn't have got 140 at all.

    As for all the people criticising Faulkner's promotion, he's actually a more than handy batsmen. He's done pretty well in domestic games.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 13, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    It was a clear strategy by Dravid to get a pacer friendly wicket, to send his key batsmen down the order (after the ball became old). But I also feel it was a gamble.

    First of all, CSK got off to a great start (82 for 0 in 11 overs) should have gone on to make 170+ atleast. It was not a case of great bowling but a case of batsmen throwing away their wicket.

    Secondly, The first 10 overs of RR innings were so difficult to play. The batsmen had no clue at all and if only a few of the wickets had fallen earlier, Watson and Binny would have been exposed to that spell of bowling and it would have been curtains for RR.

    In any case, everything fell in place for RR and finally they won in style or so it appears.

  • ladycricfan on May 13, 2013, 11:26 GMT

    It is clever tactic by Dravid to chose the green top and play 5 fast bowlers against KKR and CSK. Nowhere in india you risk playing without a spinner. Well done Dravid for "surprising" the visiting teams. Narine, I remember, picked up couple of wickets. Ashwin's over was a total disaster. Play-offs and finals will be in neutral venues( asuming KKR don't qualify) and there will be no home advantage. Can't wait to see what unfolds today between SRH and MI.

  • TheUltimateTruth on May 13, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    This should be a very disturbing loss for CSK. Three main reasons. (i) Raina and Dhoni threw away their wickets with shocking shots so early in their respective innings. They should have played themselves in for at least one over each. (ii) This wicket was ideal for Badri to come in ahead of Jadeja. That could have meant 10 more runs. All in all CSK was a good 40 runs short. (iii) Ashwin's one over went for plenty, but, Bravo and Chris Morris also bowled poorly. Yorkers were missing and the leg stump line was suicidal. Also Ashwin must learn not to bowl in the arc in unhelpful pitches. Shots are not going to be mistimed in those conditions. Dhoni and Flemming failed to help the team this time. RR too left too much to do in the second 10 overs. I agree protecting Watson when the conditions were tough was smart, but they should have risked Hodge instead of Faulkner. Faulkner doesn't seem to have the technique to come in where he did.

  • muthu4664 on May 13, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Binny has been unsung hero in Many successful chases for RR.This team seems to have right mix of players to Win Matches. Rahane & Dravid holding the innings together. Watson,Samson & Binny taking risks & accelerating scores whenever required.Although Bowling unit is not spectacular they have decent bowlers who can win matches as a unit if not as Individual. Keeping my Finger crossed, Will they repeat 2008 feet.My heart says YES.

  • Farce-Follower on May 13, 2013, 8:18 GMT

    Binny was the best player for Karnataka last year. He is extremely talented. He needs to break into the Indian team. Enough of blokes like Yuvaraj. And what about the fearless Sanju Samson too. Under Dravid's captaincy these two have blossomed. Last year it was Bisla. Wonder who will trip CSK in this year's title fight.

  • Sandeep_Maddu on May 13, 2013, 8:10 GMT

    CSK are playing one batsman short as long as Murali Vijay plays. We have to pity Dhoni. The earlier selection committee used to select Sehwag even when he is not in good form. Then everyone used to ask why is Dhoni picking Sehwag when he is not performing. It is ridiculous to expect Sehwag to be in the 15 member squad but to be dropped from the playing 11. It is a tough decision for Dhoni. So Sehwag carried on until the new (and more efficient) selection committee dropped him.

    The same is now happening with Murali Vijay. He has performed miserably in this IPL. But Dhoni cannot drop him because Vijay is in the squad for Champions Trophy. Dropping Vijay will make everyone ask "If the CSK captain himself finds Vijay not god enough to be in the playing 11 of CSK, how did the selection committee think Dhoni will pick Vijay in the Indian playing 11 for the Champions Trophy. Is it to avoid such a situation, Dhoni is forced to play Vijay? Why to play a non-performer in the playoffs and final?

  • SherjilIslam on May 13, 2013, 7:52 GMT

    Faulkner is even worst a tail-ender than Zaheer Khan.At-least ZAK can hit spinners out of the park.I wonder why Dravid is trying to promote him ahead of Hodge/Sanju or Binny. Two times he's being promoted, on both occasions, the guy failed miserably. Doesn't have any clue about fast or spin bowling for that matter.Should always bat at no. 11.

  • on May 13, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    RR really look like a unit hungry for success. and they have a very able and respected leader.. kudos to THE WALL for handling so many rookies so deftly. RR is clearly the ALL STAR team without any of the so called "stars" apart from watson. wishing for a MI v/s RR final :).

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    Comments by @Ross_the_Boss raises an interesting question about IPL. Let us not forget apart from players making loads of money, board becoming richer, sponsors laughing their way to the bank and spectators being entertained, what has India Cricket gained? The marketing of IPL included unearthing hidden talents to serve India in tests and other formats of the game. I do see Stuart Binny and perhaps an occasional player get noticed (Samson may be one). But to large extent rest of them (I mean Indian players) have been playing for a long time - be it I Pathan , Yuvraj or Karthik. There are also bunch of mediocre players like Tiwaris, Trivedis, Mithuns, Bhatias etc. This is not the platform for them to be judged. Every year there need to be a post IPL analysis to see how many Samson kind of players this tournament has unearthed. Perhaps just like foreign players quota, each team should be forced to select N number of local players and N number of uncapped players in their 11

  • KK_Cricket on May 13, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    So there we go people, if Raina and Dhoni both fail, CSK are just about any other team and if you plan against them, you can knock both of them out.. If you recollect, Dhoni and Raina both were dropped in games against SRH and if Dhoni's catch had been held, the table would have been very different.. But now RR need to make just 1 change keeping in mind the play-offs are being played in Delhi.. bring in a genuine spinner, Harmeet instead of over rated Trivedi.. Binny can be the 6th bowler and do Trivedi's job.. And if Harmeet can deliver, RR would have a very good bowling attack with all bases covered.. Hope Dravid doesn't go back to A Chandila as the batmen can easily target him but its difficult against a left armer..

  • Tapash on May 13, 2013, 7:35 GMT

    More frustration waiting for CSK if Morali Vijay does not exclude. They need to think about Hussey if he should open.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 13, 2013, 7:26 GMT

    "Dravid is playing its dice correctly. He is the captain which seems to have plan for every game. To me he looks like a better captain than Dhoni in this year's IPL. "

    Dravid has always been a very good captain. I rate him far better than Ganguly and his predecessors. However, Dhoni has an absolutely amazing "cricket sense(instinct) " and this is priceless. RR won yesterday only because BOTH Watson and Binny could fire. Watson couldn't have fired without Binny also firing at the other end! I loved the fact Binny played the ball on merit and didn't play pre-meditated shots. Had Binny decided to just take singles and rotate the strike, RR would have crumbled. This is the effect of a 2 pronged attack and that's what Vijay needs to learn to do at the start of the CSK innings with Hussey.

  • Aswath03021990 on May 13, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    RR won because of one and only "WATSON FACTOR".He changed the game with his unselfish and brutal batting.His average against CSK in last 2 matches goes 80+.Yes RR did a great job in bowling dept as well initially to restrict CSK under 145.But i still doubt why raina and dhoni played some foolish shots back to back to waste the start given by the openers.Positive for CSK is Jason holder, his height finally come into picture in the match when he tries to bowl in good areas.He will be surely playing the remaining two league matches as well.I strongly believe that ashwin and morris will surely comeback well in upcoming matches as well because they have the quality and exp.Dhoni has to bat responsibily @4 till end of the inn and also give ashwin or jadeja a few overs in the first 10.Using these two in late 10 will be a bit of gambling.All the best CSK.Come back Strong!!

  • Narbavi on May 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    @Kavindeven: You talked about Steyn picking wickets on pitches with grass and Dhoni scoring more on flat decks, yes everyone makes the best use of their strengths but to call Dhoni mediocre is a bit too much, he has scored a few 50's in england in tests, and won the man of the series award in england in 2011 despite us losing the one day series 4-0

  • Edassery on May 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Stuart Binny's role as an Indian All rounder on the RR side is priceless! I think he's doing it a lot better than overrated all rounders like Yusuf Pathan in other teams. Overall, RR looks like a greatly balanced side with a lot of energy and an awesome captain who himself performs!

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    One thing is very clear after yesterday's matches. RCB can never be in the top 2 of the draw for the play offs. I see MI and CSK getting the 1st and 2nd slot. My very elderly mum who follows all the matches and the points table says she is sure that MI will be the winners of IPL-6 this year. If CSK don't drop Badri and carry out the changes I have suggested in the previous post, I will have to agree with her. In case any of you are wondering, RCB is a dead duck playing outside Bangalore.

  • on May 13, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Sporting wickets do the trick for Dhoni and his men; and that is what done them in yesterday. the surprising fact is the way Binny created life from it, with shades of his pop of 25 years ago. Time and time again Binny finished it off for the RRs. Are we looking at a new finisher for India soon?! Move over UY, Jaddu... This man is here to take your place if only the selectors wake up and identify real talent, or should he learn how to please Dhoni; this would be the elevator into the Indian Team. Just a pity that talent falls wayside.

  • true_point on May 13, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    Yesterday's match Ashwin should have been made the Man of the match and Dhoni should have got the "Naya Souch" award. Ashwin for bowling again and again in the hitting arc of both Wato and Binny. Dhoni for figuring out innovative ways of getting out and very very unimaginative team selection.It beats me why a hitter like Anirudh is not given any more chances as an opener. He deserves more chances. Or bring in Morkell and promote him as an opener to pinch hit in the first power play overs. why is CSK management adamant about persisting with Vijay. Duplusis has not been used at all this season. During play-offs, if somebody gets injured say Vijay or Hussey, then we are going to have rusty players who will be expected to perform without any match practice. That is cruel.

  • Lovetesh on May 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    Dhoni openly admitted in post match presentation that after Ashwin's over he has no trick left and is only trying to delay the win for RR to keep up its net run rate. A move which kept CSK at the top of the table but also shows how easily CSK plans can be derailed. This year RR exposed KKR and CSK (last year finalists) thoroughly in Jaipur. KKR cannot play pace and CSK overdependent on spin couple of Ashwin/Jadeja.

    Dravid is playing its dice correctly. He is the captain which seems to have plan for every game. To me he looks like a better captain than Dhoni in this year's IPL.

  • on May 13, 2013, 7:06 GMT

    This man Binny is like his dad and perhaps an even better batsman He chips in with a wicket just when things are looking down He picks up some amazing catches and is razor sharp on the field but something even his dad will envy is his ability to finish His confidence with the bat is amazing and he can thwack the ball some.He has been a major contributor in almost all their wins He is a tremendous asset in this format Great going Stuart Lets hope the selectors are taking notice

  • vaidyar on May 13, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    I really want to see Binny in the national setup. His gentle swingers will be more than a handful in places like England and he's got a cool head on his shoulders and can strike the ball at will! He's a better bet with the bat than Jadeja. Is also a proper fielder and doesn't need to be hidden anywhere in the field. More than the IPL, if you follow the Ranji you can see he's always chipped in for K'taka with the most important contribution when things could be changing. Has a batting ave of 35 for someone who bats with tailenders and a bowling ave of 31. What exactly are we waiting for?! Must be weird for Dravid to have started playing FC with the father and finishing with the son. :)

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    @elgenioroshan - That's what i said. All those innings came in India. Thing is about overseas performances and playing on fast and seaming conditions where is bats any other Indian mediocre batsman. He's is just a flat track bully that's it. Let's wait for Champions Trophy, you'll know what i mean.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 13, 2013, 6:55 GMT

    I'm glad Dhoni and the Think Tank of CSK is seeing sense and not giving Badri a bat. So why keep him as a fixture? Why not bring in Jakate instead who can bowl in case some bowler has an off day? Clearly, at least one CSK bowler seems to have an off day at any given point in time! My batting order for CSK is as follows: Hussey and DuPlessis, Raina, Dhoni, Vijay, Jadeja, Bravo, Morris, Ashwin, Jajate, Mohit. Hussey and Raina should be the only people allowed to stabilise the innings. All others should be pinch hitters! The line up will have 3 fast bowlers and 3 spinners. The spinners should be bowled out from the 5th to the 16 overs! Their only purpose would be to keep an economy of less than 6 an over. No ball to ball EXPERIMENTATION from them! With this combo, any opposition can be contained for 150 and the CSK batting PAR score would be 180! This is a no-brainer way to win!

  • veerakannadiga on May 13, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Congrats RR. Well played. As said earlier by many, if there is a difference between other teams & RR, it is the way RR is being handled by the Great RD. I just love the way Dravid handles the rookies........Sanju,Yagnik, Malik,Tambre etc. Correct me folks, if I am wrong, but of late RCB as a team looks jaded. The same can be said of PWI, DD, Punjab......absolutely bad body language. The 3 teams which look & play like a happy unit are RR, CSK & MI. no wonder they are table toppers.Good luck to RD & RR.....from a loyal Dravid fan

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Great job by RR but the job is not done yet. With their current form, Dravid, Rahane and Samson in the top order giving solid starts, Watson, Binny and hodge prepared for late assault, and great death bowling, they look invincible. But they should not let their guards down. There might be a scenario where 5 teams have 20 points and it might come down to NRR. So, nobody has a guaranteed place in the play-off yet. All teams except PWI and DD still have mathematical chance of a play-off spot. So RR should keep going. Not just to ensure a play-off spot but to ensure a spot in top 2.

  • jasonpete on May 13, 2013, 6:48 GMT

    @ kavindevan, I guess you being a RR fan, doesn't guarantee you to bash other team players except RR team.And moreover you call dhoni is a mediocre player is laughable when he recued india many times by coming at no.5 along with Yuvraj and raina.In this match raina and dhoni wickets were a result of careless shots and nothing to do with green wicket,Will you say the same for Rahane too? He fails in green wickets if your theory applies here.Remove your" blind hate dhoni " tinted glass and see through with wide open eyes ,you will come to know that he is a very good ODI batsmen and good keeper for india when a time india used to lose many ODIs in tight finishes as no wicket keeper can bat or save india from defeat.It will be interesting for RR that they got 16 points out of 20 in home condition and just won 2 matches out of 6 in away games.Hope they do good in playoffs which will be in neutral venue.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    Lot of talk about Binny and Watson. Yes, obviously they displayed amazing counter-assualt, but let's not forget Dravid's amazing tactics and skills. Sharma/Holder bowled a menacing 7 over spell. Rahane could not cope, Samson could not cope. They both had a rare failure this season, but Dravid showed who is the "king of survival". He displayed some of his classy survival tactics with his test match batting, blocking one end. While wickets were falling from one end, Dravid weathered the storm initially and put an anchor at the other end. I doubt Watson would have survived that initial spell had he come out at the fall of Rahane. A few dot balls and he would have holed out. Dravid saved his big hitters and took it upon himself to play out the difficult period so that Watson, Binny and Hodge can toy with their bolwers in the second half. Great Job by Dravid and his boys.

  • Kashi0127 on May 13, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    More I see RR, I feel they deserve to win most. The leadership of Dravid is so relaxed with no glamour at the same time no nonsense , going about their business in a very professional manner. Dravid always seem to have a ace up hi sleeve. Like Sunil Gavaskar says, Dravid is the least talked about person be it captaincy or his own mentor skills or his batting. Actually in test cricket he has won the toughest matches for India abroad. What India has missed is now being demonstrated... but he is so modest and humble about it all.

  • on May 13, 2013, 6:18 GMT

    Even if it was clear that the pitch will be spicy and will assist the fast bowlers , CSK could not have had one more pace bowler , simply because their local boys are not good enough . Any way , Dhoni could have got through the spinners quota within the first 10 overs with a pacer at the other end . Both Watson and Binny were only slogging and they got away because it was their day . The main reason for the sub par total was the fall of Dhoni and Raina in the same over . RR will soon realise that it it is not enough to win on home grounds alone to win a tournament . CSK definitely is ahead in the overall team composition .

  • elgenioroshan on May 13, 2013, 6:15 GMT

    @kavindeven - u talk about once in a blumoon innings? u know how many times dhoni has saved india from the verge of defeat? the innings against pak, before that the crucial 99 in the test against England in Nagpur which pieterson referred to as the most toughest wicket to bat on. How many times have he and yuvraj chased down 270+scores and for a brief period were termed the best finishers after lehmann and bevan. Do ur homework b4 u talk.

  • Thyagu5432 on May 13, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    Dhoni is a flat track bully, so are 100 others. If Dhoni can't bat on a bouncing pitch, the Watson's of the world can't bat on spinning tracks. Everybody, in their own way, are flat track bullies. Home is where everybody is comfortable with, the moment they go to unknown territory, the bulliness shows up. IPL is being played in flat tracks. A Gillie, David Hussey, Cameroon White, Eon Morgan, Warner have all bitten the dust. I have already forgotten Ponting. So if Dhoni can score tons (I dont mean century here) here, it appears the haters stomach turns an oven.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    @srinideva - We'll see that in upcoming SA tour.

  • hotcric01 on May 13, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Well done watto.You are the golden boy in shorter formats of the game.He has been a vital part of so many ODI/t20 tournament winning teames since 2007. Congratulations Watto and RR to lift the IPL trophy again just like in 2008 and Watto should be the Man of the tournament.

  • ladycricfan on May 13, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    CSK best XI: Hussey, Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Albie, Ashwin, Mohit, Nannes.

  • TheOnlyEmperor on May 13, 2013, 5:55 GMT

    The result was no surprise. Vijay showed he couldn't attack on a pitch which supported the batsmen who did. Scoring 55 off 50 was pathetic. He's a let down at the start when the scoring needs to be brisk. How can a team depend on Dhoni and Raina to come good at the last 5 overs at all times, as a process, to ensure victory? Ridiculous! There was nothing in the pitch for batsmen who dared as was shown by Binny too! Coming to Ashwin, will somebody tell him that his job is to contain batsmen and prevent them from scoring? If you contain, then the batsmen WILL take chances and end up losing wickets. One need not "purchase wickets" through absurd variations for every ball which cost at least 1 six and one wide EVERY over! I don't see Saed Ajmal or even Sunil Narine ever purshasing wickets. No self respecting spinner ever needs to do that. ASHWIN is getting targetted for runs! If Ashwin can keep the batsmen down to less than 20 in his 4, he would have served the purpose of the team! Period.

  • sportsfanatic1972 on May 13, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    Selection of Yagnik does not make any sense. Since Sanju can keep the wicket, Yagnik should be replaced by a proper batsman like Sachin Baby. Also Sreesanth should be played regularly. Sreesanth goes for runs one over and he get's dropped. Ashwin got beaten for 23 runs in an over, but he is still a regular in the side. A caption should install confidence in his players.

  • avani on May 13, 2013, 5:47 GMT

    The pitch was bouncy. Pacers were getting good bounce & movement. Most of the National side players were in CSK team. Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Jadeja, Ashwin etc. They failed in this bouncy pitch. (Ofcourse Vijay scored an unspectacular 50). May be this is the indication of what may happen in Champions trophy? Coming to RR side, again congratulations to Dravid. I think now the playoff berth is almost sure. Watson was excellent especially he came out with flying colors under pressure when it mattered the most. Stuart Binny has character of a good finisher. I have seen him doing this in local 1st class matches also. I just wonder why Dravid forgot to mention him in the presentation speech!? Binny is already 29. He needs to come to the National side very soon. Selectors, pl give him few opportunities at the earliest.

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    Like it or not MSD is the face of Indian cricket at the moment... He never played for individual records just like raina...

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    @Kavindeven , i am not a kid..BTW if i need to whistle, i can do it by myself..unlike you.. Why not? you can expect him to open the innings with bat and bowl..and you also want him to keep in midway...you want him in boundary line and commentary box ,everywhere ...there are other 10 members in the team to do what they have to do.better have some cricket knowledge before making such useless comments..I hope you cool now...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on May 13, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Watson living up to his IPL buylly tag . No surprises there .. Asls as he showed in the tests in India recently and for a long while now wearing the Aus cap in all 3 forms he is well below the reguired std. for the highest level .Well , from an Aus team p.o.v at least as his dire performances show . No surprises there as well . Will be 1 though if he is kept gifted test caps esp. on back of some handy IPL efforts.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    @APSK - Once in a blue moon inning doesn't prove anything. If that is the case then Rohit Sharma's IPl innings takes him miles ahead of sir Donald Bradman. The fact is Dhoni is a mediocre player who can only play on flat tracks.

  • mathewjohn2176 on May 13, 2013, 5:21 GMT

    Posted by Kavindeven on (May 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT), its a very unfair comment on dhoni.He is a wicket keeper batsmen who keeps wicket for 50 overs and come out to bat at around no.6 and he is more of an attacking batsmen and best suited after no.4 position.You can't ask Openers do the middle order roles and vice versa.He played very well in England ODIs 2011 not that he came at the end but consolidated well for the Indian innings and thus he got deservedly man of the match award inspire of losing all the ODI matches and was adjudged by English commentators..He is one of the best ODI batsmen and better finisher for india and its a joke you call him that he comes at end to boost his averages.some Indian fans are so deluded that they don't give credit to one of their own when the entire world gives the right acknowledgement.sad but true

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    CSK never lost batting first this season VS. Royals don't lose at home = Halla Boll Sorry CSK fans the fortress was way to big and though to breach.

  • APSK on May 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    does anyone remember what happened in the 3 match series against pakistan, when Indian top order was rattled by pakistani bowlers it was dhoni who stood up and handled the innings with a brilliant century in the first odi. Dhoni has done this a no. of times in the past. Shame on you all those who say dhoni scores against indian bowlers only.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    @srinideva - Go cool off kid and don't forget to buy a new whistle, because we gonna choke your whistle again in the playoffs and the IPL title win score will be 2-2 to RR-CSK!

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @srinideva - What would expect from Steyn when you give him flat track? Leave some grass and then see. Dhoni not out in ODI? Lol of course he will be, because he never comes in to bat and send all the young kids up the order to save himself and so that his average stays the same. He can win and score only in India with doctored pitches. We'll see how miserably he will fail in SA, just wait and watch.

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    @Kavindeven , Dhoni only scoring runs against Indian young bowlers..What a one sided comment this is..He scored against steyn,rampaul etc., since you don`t have many fast bowlers in the opponent team..maximum one or two foreign bowler used by the teams and teams prefer foreign batsman than bowler...he is better than you and me.. and as for as England ODI concern, Dhoni haven`t lose his wicket in the odi series in 2011..you better take some rest before making such one sided comments.. Moreover he is not a full time batsman, he is a keeper more importantly skipper..mind it. It is time for whistlepodu not holl bolooa whatever you call it...

  • Narbavi on May 13, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    @Apocalypse_EX: He will, he had done well in england in the past, he should do it again, with him bowling now he will create a bigger impact for the aussies in the ashes

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    @Kavindeven , Who's the man huh? - you better see it in the playoff..not in the league phase..as for as the defeat concern, beating a team like CSK is massive success for RR. but for CSK beating RR is a matter of news..You along with your RR fans should wait till the show end to know the truth...No offence to RR. But we know what is strength of CSK...Consistency is CSK..6th time into the playoff..this is 2nd time for RR..you can see the truth.. CSK will show Who is the man..wait and see..

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:55 GMT

    @RandyOZ - Watto can and will surely, wait and watch in the Ashes. The thing is, he made his comeback in Aussie side after his amazing performance in first IPL and since then he has won several games for Australia, but in this India tour he needed support from the captain that he didn't get. On top of that your coach was busy with his obsession for "Home Work" but here in RR they give him support by taking pressure off him and give him license to kill and that works wonderfully well for him. But with Aussie setup you pressurize him so much because you expect these great innings from him in almost every game, which is not going to happen.

    Give him support and some free license to kill and play his natural game without any pressure and then see what he can do with the bat and now with the ball too , specially he is back in bowling form now.

  • MaruthuDelft on May 13, 2013, 3:51 GMT

    Watson is going to win IPL2013 for RR. He is going to win the Ashes 2013 for Australia. He is marvellous. He is the best since Ian Botham.

  • GRVJPR on May 13, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Stuart Binny is the real men. Bowled beautifully his 3 overs and then scored crucial runs in the end. Why dravid didn't bowled him the 4th over as well?

  • TheBigBoodha on May 13, 2013, 3:49 GMT

    Interesting to see Watson flogging the same bowlers who looked unplayable on the doctored test pitches recently. He scored 100 last time against them as well. It's amazing what happens when you actually provide a track of first-class standard, and not a crumbling, glassless mass that has been micro-engineered for the home team, and where no delivery bounces over stump high. Johnson - the only Oz test quick in the IPL - has been killing ém too. But then again, eliminating all bounce from the test tracks fixed him, Pattinson, Starc and co real good, didn't it? Can't wait to see the Indians play on un-doctored pitches in their upcoming tours overseas. Should be entertaining.

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 3:48 GMT

    Even though I am a CSK fan, I enjoyed the match..that team deserve to lose...They should select best XI for their remaining matches... A morkel in place of Morris...Nanness for Holder..Even though holder bowled well here in good bowling pitch..

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    I gotta confess, Binny seems to be the only cricketer son of a legendary cricketer who has made a name for himself by playing well to his ability, rest all have been flop shows. I can't name them, but you know who are those im talking about.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:43 GMT

    Gotta give credit to Jaipur pitch curator. He is been creating Perth like pitches in the middle of desert? They say we can't create swinging pitches in India? and This guy has been doing it for over a month now and that is middle of a desert? Great work Topash the curator and i hope other stadiums officials learns from him. Indian team can have a camp here for 2-3 weeks before they leave for SA tour. That would be ideal preparation. But i doubt that would happen, ahh those busy advertisements shoots schedules.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    WhatTheHellWasThatSon! Go Royals! Now on to MI game to beat them at their own backyard.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 13, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    @slackers - get your numbers right: RCB has 16 and if they win 2, they will be at 20. If CSK loses both (I agree that the will lose M70 to RCB in Bangalore), they will be on par with RCB. While RR & CSK are close to playoffs, nothing is written in stone yet. Only after each tam plays Match 15, the position will be clear. Gayle does not fail in Do or Die situations and I am sure he will deliver in Match 70

  • on May 13, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    Sometimes it is hard to understand Dhoni's/CSK think tank's obstinacy of not changing the team, albeit presumably, coz they do not want to upset the winning combination - sometimes you need to get horses for courses. Though it may appear like an after thought, I really wondered what was Ashiwn going to achieve in the playing 11 at Jaipur. The pitch has proven six times this IPL that it is pace friendly and Dhoni should have picked Ankit Rajpoot instead of Ashwin. One may tend to blame Ashwin for the turn of events (in fact it is true to some extent) but actually he could not have done anything to stop Watson. It was like they were waiting for either Ashwin or Jadeja and either of them would have got hit...If CSK beats DD on 14th, it is curtains down for either RCB or SRH provided RR & MI win at least one more match. However, there are many combinations still possible..My play-off prediction with points standing is as below: MI - 24, CSK - 22, RCB - 20, SRH - 20 & RR - 20.

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    This is exactly what going to happen to Indian team in coming Champions Trophy. The moment it starts swing, Dhoni starts moving in and out and eventually end up edging the ball. He can't survive on swinging and fast pitches and same with Raina. All they can do is to prepare a flat track in Chennai and murder mediocre bowling of young Indian kids in other teams, but RR had it all covered.

    Kudos to Dravid the way he saved Watto, Binny and Hodge for second strike counter attack. We are forgetting that Dravid played slowly to see off the new swinging ball and then we unleashed watto with counter attack. Great strategy and a great win for RR. Go Royals, Halla Boll.

  • srinideva on May 13, 2013, 3:34 GMT

    I don`t know why some of u keep mentioning that RR is having a limited resources..Really.. They have best 4 foreign players in the 11. watson - world class allrounder Faulkner - Good bowler Hodge - Reliable Cooper - Good on jaipur pitch. they have some local talent as well binny,samson,trevedi and of course dravid and rahane. It covers 10 out of 11. Now tell me why on earth they are so called limited resources team in IPL...RR success - they played as a unit....well played RR.. CSK have to play their best XI..

  • Romenevans on May 13, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Who's the man huh? Who's the man huh? Wow! What a counter attack. The thing that makes royals a royal team is the capacity for second strike. Where are all those CSK fans? Ahh, you can't hear whistle podu when we do the Halla Boll. What a team RR! Love you guys, thanks a lot for making your fans proud. Common! Halla Bol and win it for RD.

  • on May 13, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    RR are using the Billy Bane method of Baseball. No big stars except for Watto. But producing domestic and international talent which are not worth a million bucks, but good enough to produce the results. Is Dravid the Billy Bane or is there someone behind the scene? Hats off.

  • SpeedCricketThrills on May 13, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    To all those who feel Faulkner at 3 was wrong, here is the logic: When a tiger is hungry and on the prowl for a prey, it is better to use the weaker of the wild boars as a shield. Once satisfied, the tiger will be quiet, a bit morose and even complacent. That is the time for mentally and physically stronger wild boar to step in and assault the tiger.

    There is always a comfort if an assault specialist is sitting with pads on in the dugout provided the batsmen in the middle do not waste time and balls. Hit Out or Get Out is the mission on which they are sent. Luckily for R, it worked perfect.

    Dravid the thinker gets it right 7.5 out of 10 times in strategy. Not sure if other IPL captains get anywhere close.

  • Yasin123Patel on May 13, 2013, 3:17 GMT

    Well played by RR. Watson is realy a perfect T20 player. He is a short form specialist. He batted brilliantly last night along with binny. But people forget his bowling at death. He bowled 2 brilliant overs at death in last couple of games. He is definately a match winner. Binny is also emerges as a brilliant finisher. I like jaipur wicket. It is the best in this IPL. Low scoring match is way more entertaining and better on this track than slow pitches. There is fight b/w bat and ball.beat edges, beautiful strokeplay. It has equal helping to both batsmen and bowlers. India should practice here ahead of SA tour.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 13, 2013, 2:49 GMT

    Jason Holder looked brilliant on this track with a bit of bounce in it, good decision by Dhoni and CSK to play him, 4 over 2 wickets for only 20 very impressive !

  • on May 13, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    Csk is a doubt to win the title. Ashwin should not dodge the batsmen by bowling the delayed delivery.

  • Princein on May 13, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    Well done Dravid.......bringing Falkner and Sanju to top order in that situation seems worst...but now it is seems to be a clever decision. By giving two people to make sure the safety of Watson and Binny

  • pradave17 on May 13, 2013, 2:27 GMT

    I think blames over Ashwin is not justifiable. Royals finished the game in the 17th over and they had enough time to get the match even they batted slowly. This might happen to any of world class bowlers and that is the nature of T20 format. Being No.1 in the pints table, CSK seems bit over confident in selecting of players. Hope they will surely consider it in the next match. Watto is naturally talented and destructive when he sees the ball. Eyes of Indian National selectors should focus on binny, as he proved his wealth for T20 format enough. Unfortunately talented youngsters like Binny are overshadowed by old star players. No enough dialogues on them. Millions of articles and quotes emerges when SRT hits a six or two consecutive boundaries or direct hit. This is what wrong with India.

  • Yasin123Patel on May 13, 2013, 1:32 GMT

    @andrea no man. Its a very diifficult pitch to face new ball. So hussey and vijay play causiously. They built a solid foundation at the top. But middle order didn't capitalize it. Its team game. Partnership is important. Hussey done his job to see of new ball on green top. But middle order let them down.

  • rtom on May 13, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    on the pitches where the ball is seeming, bouncing, most of our "young" Indian team members get screwed ! it was quite obvious yesterday.. but credit should also go to Dravid for marshaling his available resources..hats off to Watson and binny. SIX hitting at his best.. most impressive is the way Watson hits them in the V.. Binny has suddenly become a match winner. Would love to see him in the longer 50over matches playing for india.

  • 123raddick on May 13, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    Though Ashwin is good spinner, he proved that he is bit overrated spinner with this match. He was clueless when Watto was hitting the ball. His bowling action (taking a break before delivering the ball in the crease) looks ugly and looks like a fake spinner. He has to be very careful in Champions trophy.

  • thejusjosephjose on May 13, 2013, 0:24 GMT

    You can buy a superstar for the team,but having an ambassador of the game like Dravid is worth a few.Restricting CSK's batting lineup to 141 needs some brain in the captain's head.Watson attack was expected,but Binny has quietly showed what is to be a cricketer first;to play for the team and then for you.A lesson probably Dravid would have showed him through his innings'.Keep moving RR , "Arsenal of IPL".

  • samraatashoka on May 12, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    CSK playing XI Hussey, Du plessis, Suresh raina, Dhoni, Badrinath, Bravo, Albie morkel, jadeja, Ashwin, Mohit sharma, jakati/ rajpot

  • PuranV on May 12, 2013, 22:29 GMT

    Last match RR against CSK, RR almost won, however good batting by Bravo he took away the game, CSK won by one ball to spare. Wattson played two good innings against CSK with (101 and 70 runs). Hard work for RR, no big names and but they won big games, especially at home. I should be cheering for RCB as it is my home team. I am with Dravid because he is highly disciplined cricketer.

  • subhashsah on May 12, 2013, 21:32 GMT

    Posibility 4 a 5-way tie wid 10 wins dats just ridiculous...just when ipl started 9 wins waz da safest optn 4 playoffs and da teams wid 8 points move 4ward wid superior net run rate...very xciting 2 c suz a amazing comptn vying 4 da playoffs....lest i hope mi,csk,rr,rcb make it into da playoffs guys fight it out for da ipl 6 trophy

  • slackers11 on May 12, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @siddharth mohan.... For your info CSK is already in the playoffs. Even if RCB wins the next 2 matches they will be on 18 while CSK has already got 20. So better to get your analysis right before making big statements about CSK not qualifying to the playoffs.

    And u r so confident about RCB win in Blore against CSK. I think as a RCB fan it best not to look too far into the future, they should first win against Kings XI to stay in contention. I am sure they will lose that one after seeing what happened last time they played against each other. If they happen to win that one, they would they would definitely lose to CSK in their last match. Either way chances of them qualifying is very slim.

  • starincricket on May 12, 2013, 21:29 GMT

    Surely Albie is better than Holder and Chris Moris.. and he had good experience of international cricket.. du Plessis also an all rounder..

    If dhoni wants best 11 to be played all the matches.. he should have given enough chances for Albie and du plessis..

    Vijay need to accelerate bit more.. As dhoni said this match has given opportunity for lower order batsman to perform..

    But, Jaddu was really struggling with swing movements.. and bravo most of the time did not click with batting when he comes before 15 over..

    This match tells clearly the importance of solid down the order..

    I think Csk Fans would love to see the squad for playoffs / remaining matches :

    1. Hussey 2. Vijay 3. Raina 4. Dhoni 5. Du plessis 6. Bravo 7. Morkel 8. Jadeja 9. Badrinath 10. Ashwin 11. Mohit

    Batsman - 1,2,3,4,9 - Reserved (Anirudha) Bowler - 11,10,8,7,6 (optional - 5,3) - Reserved if suits bowling (Ben Hilfenhaus/Holder/Kulasekara/Nannes) All Rounder - 3,5,6,7,8 - Reserved (chris Moris)

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on May 12, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    So whistle podu has been choked and silenced today. Awesome! Take a bow RR! Halla Bol Halla Bol..........

  • ladycricfan on May 12, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Vijay and Hussey put up a good opening partnership. Nice to see Vijay middling the ball and in the future matches he has to accelerate. Except for Bravo others didn't click today. Albie should play instead of Holder to add to the batting. Raina should take some time before going for big shots. Dhoni is having few failures, saving the best for the important matches. Go lions. Win or lose keep fighting. CSK always.

  • on May 12, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    Looking over the scorecard from this game I noticed an interesting statistic that raised a question that I'd like some input on: Did Mike Hussey lose the game for the Super Kings, or did Shane Watson win it for the Royals? The reason I ask is that Hussey took 40 deliveries out of the 120 total balls his team faced to make 40 runs, while Watson took 34 balls out of the 103 total balls his team faced to make 70 runs. Where's the statistical comparison? Well, both players personally faced 33% of the deliveries bowled to their prospective teams. So, do you think Watson won the game for the Royals or did Hussey lose it for the Super Kings?

  • PuranV on May 12, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Another royal win for Rahul and Royal's, as I expected RR win over CSK and MI could be a difficult game. RR need one more win against Sunrisers. Bowlers did their tidy spells. Wattson and Binny did wonderful job for RR. I like the experiment of bring up Faulkner this is the second time it did not work out may Rahul may try with Cooper as a pinch hitter. If it does't work other batsman will take control of the game. Good game and congrats Rahul.

  • on May 12, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    For the first time I am questioning Dhoni's captaincy. When Watson came to bat, with the fast bowlers extracting something out of the wicket, he should have had a more attacking field than what he had. Three slip to start with, Watson would have been gone in the first over he faced. Wicket, match and play-offs for CSK, and the other mistake he made is not using Ashwin when Dravid was playing. Couple of mistakes, but they paid dearly for CSK. Will they make the play offs? If they lose the next two (one of the next two is a certain loss vs RCB in Bangalore) they are done and it will be a shame. Do not underestimate Delhi.

  • RandyOZ on May 12, 2013, 20:29 GMT

    Too bad he can't do it for Australia

  • on May 12, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    In this Match I feel CSK made mistake by not utilising their strong playing 11 or I think they keeping them to deliver only on play offs..? why nannes not given place in playing 11 ?

  • LAKINGSFAN on May 12, 2013, 19:50 GMT

    The story continues for CSK. Play with Vijay and he plays for 15 overs. Lose the match. I don't know how he keeps on playing again and again despite failure after failure.

  • RottPhiler on May 12, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    This is why CSK need Albie Morkel in their lineup at the expense of the international bowler they play - Holder/Laughlin/Nannes. Even though Holder bowled beautifully today, usually Morkel's bowling is on par with these bowlers, and his batting is invaluable when the top order fail or go slow. Also I can't believe Chris Morris is a better option than Morkel.

  • ladycricfan on May 12, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    RR knew the pitch and played 6 fast bowlers. CSK had only 4. That was the difference today. Until Ashwin came to bowl CSK had the match under control. Ashwin's over completely changed the momentum and it was all RR afterwards. Who can stop Watson when he is in this mood? Stewart Binny is more consistent than Sir J. Nice to see Holder getting wickets. Well done RR. Still the top 5 teams can get 20 points or more. CSK and RR are not yet in the play offs. Interesting times ahead.

  • Venkat.Chak on May 12, 2013, 19:21 GMT

    @MWaqqar...he's an acclaimed drummer, Sivamani is his name.

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    One of the most exciting matches of the IPL !! Royals strategy was very good ...playing 6 seamers on a juiced-up pitch ...If Watson had got out when the ball was moving around, it would have become difficult for Royals ...Faulkner should have been a pinch-blocker instead of being a pinch-hitter !! I was surprised to see Samson come out at 4 on this pitch ...a better option would have been a left hander (Yagnik) if a chance needed to be taken ....

  • on May 12, 2013, 19:17 GMT

    Good Show RR..keep it up from a Sri lankan Fan !!!

  • Abitha on May 12, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    Minister to King: Dear King. All these days we have thwarted the attempts of Warriors, Knights, Devils,Kings from Karnataka and Punjab. Happy to inform you that today we have defeated the Mighty Chennai King and our Fortress is safe and not BREACHED, under our New Commander Rahul Dravid and Lietunents Binny, Sanju, Shane and Rahane. King: i am very happy. Hope we can reclaim our territory lost in 2009.Convey my best wishes to the Commander He is standing as a WALL to prevent our enemies from breaching. May GOD bless us with the Victory in WAR though the battle is won Kashinath

  • anton_ego on May 12, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Such an amazing team RR. Its that one team for which I like IPL as much as I do (apart from my team RCB). The best thing is that they will now qualify for Champions league, which is great news. The Jaipur ground is awesome as well, could rival the spicy pitches in South Africa and Australia in assisting pace bowlers. RR - a great ambassador for IPL. The way they play, the team spirit, captaincy, the way they keep the spirit of the game intact and most importantly, the way they keep on unearthing the unknown young talents in India and bringing them to limelight, truly inspiring. No matter which team you are supporting, RR is one team which you cannot hate even when they beat your team. Hats off!

  • Narabavi on May 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Royals are lucky to have whole hearted players like Stuart Binny in their ranks.Clean striker, team man, more than decent bowler..will be a great asset for Indian cricket in future.

  • Narabavi on May 12, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    Playing Ashwin in English conditions will be a disaster for team India.

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:40 GMT

    Great see Stuart doing so well and delivering when it matters ! It was he who showed the way initially and Watson who was subdued till then changed gears !

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    Watto is equal to one man army...I enjoyd d part whn harsha in d final ceremony calld dhony as a losin captain...lol..

  • slackers11 on May 12, 2013, 18:34 GMT

    @vinodgupte and they are still top of the table, so it settles the matter right there. So quit whining.

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:29 GMT

    Like Siddhu said...Dravid should be India Coach....the way he unearths talent from nowhere....Malik is another good find!!!

  • MWaqqar on May 12, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Can anyone tell me about the gentleman in yellow bandana who used to play drums in all CSK matches in all previous IPL's.

  • Abitha on May 12, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    Kings gets a Royal Reception! Sorry slip of the Tongue Gets a Royal Thrashing. How is it that "Stuart Little" Binny is doing it every time whether bowling,fielding or Mauling (the opponent Bowlers) Keep Doing it The Glittering CUP is All yours on the D-Day Well played Watto Bisla and Watto has this habit of thrashing CSK all the time they meet. p.s I am a CSK fan Kashinath

  • PrabaharanD on May 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    Matches in Jaipur or over, so is RR's supremacy and winning. You know the result if and when CSK which wins almost most away matches vs RR which wins most matches in Home, when they are playing away from Home. CSK will come back strong like they did in previous match. Whistle is on its way to win the cup.

  • on May 12, 2013, 18:15 GMT

    RR rocks.why faulkner came at no3.why 6 seamers in RR.but RR my favourite.sanju best.

  • cricket-is-best on May 12, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    Great knock by watson..thats quite usual..but hats off to binny for matching him stroke by stroke and producing a tandem counter-attack.. csk demolished!

  • Trakkan on May 12, 2013, 18:06 GMT

    @VinodGupte, Yes thrashed but wait and see they will be in finals whether you like it or not. Its 4th year that such comments are coming whenever CSK loses but they sneak into finals. RR, MI have not yet proved any such form in away matches so that's going to be deciding factor. More over its better CSK loses now

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 12, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    Dwayne Bravo should be batting ahead of Jadeja I don't know why CSK aren't using his batting this year, had he come ahead of Jadeja today they might of had a chance in the end it was to little to late even at strike rate of over 200 for his 23 from 11 . . .

  • Rohit_Nene on May 12, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    Congrats RR for their home record its good but important thing is that they lost 4 aways games out of 6. Just like RCB who played well at home but lost away games.

    Thing to worry for RR is play offs are not going to held in Jaipur.

  • Apocalypse_EX on May 12, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    @Narbavi I could'nt agree more. Watson is truly the most genuine limited-overs all rounder who can change the game with bat and ball. Better batting stas than Kevin Pieterson and and equal stats with the ball as Morne Morkel. Not comparing him with anyone but it' what I feel. If only he could play this well in tests.

  • FAB_ALI on May 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Fort Jaipur remains unconquered!!!!!

  • Poovhenden on May 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Not sure what Murali Vijay was trying to do...between 11th and 18th overs scoring 29 runs in 6 overs. Another fifty like that, CSK will lose the next match as well. Can't wait till the end every year for him to come to form...time to bring in Faf and Saha/Anirrudh.

  • on May 12, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Super....Watson........binny

  • VinodGupte on May 12, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    CSK thrashed again! their weak batting was exposed yet again. once by PWI, twice by MI and today by RR. if raina does not score, CSK is an average team, dhoni or no dhoni.

  • Patdabac on May 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Ashwin shows why he is overrated. He simply cannot bowl to world class players in conditions that don't suit spinners. Indian players will get another wake up call in the Champions Trophy in England when they find out that all their players can't win in those conditions.

  • AneYako on May 12, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Watson is batting beautifully.

  • kristee on May 12, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    When Miller batted like a miracle, I was doubting if Watson could ever emulate it. He has just proved me wrong. His innings looks as sensational.

  • testcricket_lover on May 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Watto you beauty...........

  • Narbavi on May 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I have said it before i will say it again, Watson creates the same impact as Gayle does in t20's since Watson bowls and Gayle bowls only on rare occasions, what a power packed performance, and to think that some experts wanted him to be dropped from the playing 11 at the beginning of the tournament

  • coldcoffee123 on May 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Difficult pitch...Dravid and Hussey showing how to bat. The rest of the batsmen not up to standard. That is the problem why T20 is 90% entertainment and 10% cricket.

  • coldcoffee123 on May 12, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Difficult pitch...Dravid and Hussey showing how to bat. The rest of the batsmen not up to standard. That is the problem why T20 is 90% entertainment and 10% cricket.

  • Narbavi on May 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    I have said it before i will say it again, Watson creates the same impact as Gayle does in t20's since Watson bowls and Gayle bowls only on rare occasions, what a power packed performance, and to think that some experts wanted him to be dropped from the playing 11 at the beginning of the tournament

  • testcricket_lover on May 12, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Watto you beauty...........

  • kristee on May 12, 2013, 17:30 GMT

    When Miller batted like a miracle, I was doubting if Watson could ever emulate it. He has just proved me wrong. His innings looks as sensational.

  • AneYako on May 12, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Watson is batting beautifully.

  • Patdabac on May 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    Ashwin shows why he is overrated. He simply cannot bowl to world class players in conditions that don't suit spinners. Indian players will get another wake up call in the Champions Trophy in England when they find out that all their players can't win in those conditions.

  • VinodGupte on May 12, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    CSK thrashed again! their weak batting was exposed yet again. once by PWI, twice by MI and today by RR. if raina does not score, CSK is an average team, dhoni or no dhoni.

  • on May 12, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    Super....Watson........binny

  • Poovhenden on May 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Not sure what Murali Vijay was trying to do...between 11th and 18th overs scoring 29 runs in 6 overs. Another fifty like that, CSK will lose the next match as well. Can't wait till the end every year for him to come to form...time to bring in Faf and Saha/Anirrudh.

  • FAB_ALI on May 12, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Fort Jaipur remains unconquered!!!!!