Indian Premier League - 30th match

Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals

Chennai Super Kings won by 5 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Here we go then. Watto to take strike, Rahane is at the other end. Mohit Sharma will open the bowling.


This is what Albie Morkel posted a few days back. The guy on the right is Jason Holder. Looks like Holder has already become very popular in fantasy teams...


Dravid has won the toss, Royals are going to bat first. The pitch looks "a lot better than some of the wickets I have seen in Chennai" says Dravid. Dhoni would have batter first too. Big debut for a big guy - Jason Holder gets his first game - he comes in place of the injured Albie Morkel. Rajasthan bring in Rahul Shukla and Kevon Cooper. No Shaun Tait after his horror outing in the previous match.

"When you struggle away from home, this is not the place to come to," says Dravid..

James: "Just looking at Jason Holder's profile. Any relation to Vanburn (former WI fast bowler), or John (current umpire), Holder?" ----- This is a question which popped up so many times when Holder played in the ODI series in Australia earlier this year. The answer is no..

Venkat: "To keep on harping Jason Holder is not related to Roland and Vanburn is like often repeated Mohammad is not related to Katrina Kaif.."

Jay: "Any word on when faf will be ready to play for CSK?" --- Jay, he is around and available. But you know how keen Dhoni tends to be in changing his XI. Well, Shyam has an answer -- "@Dev as per faf's blog, he has been advised to play only after 1st week of may."

Vivek Bhandari: "@Dev babu: That means he isn't related to Roland Holder - the first man to be given out bowled by a third umpire (Shekhar Chaudhary off Anil Kumble). How not fair!!" ----- Ah, you take me back 20 years.. 6-12 in Eden Gardens...

Mickey: "@Dev: "Four wins out of six sounds an ok start for Chennai Super Kings"..An ok start for CSK?? To me its the best start they ever had after the first IPL.. CSK peaks late and scrap to the play-offs and take off after that!!!" --- Mickey, that's why I said it's just an 'OK' start, not a great start. But I agree with you mostly..

Sagar: "A good start to the IPL will make Dhoni worried. Remember the 'peaking at the right time' campaign in the WC? However, the fact is, most of the CSK batsmen are yet to play their part, which means CSK are yet to peak!!!"

Kesava: "Have anyone noticed this?? Out of 16 matches for Chennai, 7 are on weekends. Out of the rest 9, seven matches are single matches for that particular day. Only chennai is been given this preference. Ad revenue??. The next best is Mumbai with 7 weekend, 2 single matches. I know you would like to verify this before posting it. But I have cross checked it 4 times." ---- Thanks Kesava for this one. I am going to trust you on this one.

Ibn: "@Kesava - All weekends have double headers which means there will be eight teams playing on the weekends. Why people always try to prove that CSK has been given special treatment in IPL ?"


Hello hello. It's Dhoni v Dravid, it's Sreesanth v Jadeja, it's Watson v Hussey. There is more than one way to look at today's match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. Both teams are tied on 8 points each. While four wins out of six sounds an ok start for Chennai Super Kings, for Royals it's a damn good first stretch. However, they crashed to a big defeat in the last match against Bangalore and would want to get back to winning ways soon. They can take encouragement from the fact that Pune Warriors beat Super Kings in Chennai too.

Hariprasad Nagulapalli: "RR requires team effort like they put against Mumbai Indians to defeat Chennai. Its certainly possible considering the great and selfless captancy of Rahul Dravid and fairly good batting line up they have."

Sagar: "To sum it up, it's captain cool (Dhoni) vs captain super cool (Dravid)."

Vansh D: "Can I do the promo for Fantasy today? If so, here it is - Who's your captain? Pollard or Ponting? Dravid or Dhoni? Ravindra or Ravichandran? Make sure to lock in the captain of your IPL Fantasy Team by 20:00 IST." -- Thank Vansh, this is the best, most original, promo ever

Jayachandra: "Rajasthan should make most of the current situation and try to win as many matches as possible early in the tournamant. It will be very difficult for them to win matches later in the tournament once other teams settle down as they are way too stronger. Winning maximum matches now is the only way for RR to sneek to play- offs"

Ibrahim: "Can understand Dhoni v Dravid and Watson v Hussey. But Sreesanth v Jadeja, No Logic!!" --- Ibrahim, in an ideal world, I would look for some logic. But there isn't much to think about in an IPL world.


It's Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals. I'm sure plenty of people will be surprised that both teams have the same number of points nearly three weeks since the tournament started. Here's the match preview.

An inside look on the economics of the IPL: here's part two of an enlightening series by Amrit Mathur, about how the Indian players call the shots when it comes to salaries.

0.1

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, bowl length on the pads, Watto flicks it straight to the fielder at midwicket, who allows it to pass under him! It was Bravo there.. through his legs.

0.2

Sharma to Watson, no run, back of length delivery outside off, the batsman waits on the back foot and pushes it to point

Manu Jha: "I feel Dravid should bat as an opener with Rahane. Stabilizes the Batting order. coming in 8-10th over and then giving his wicket so that others can go to hit out is not a smart strategy esp when u dont have a Solid Batting Line up. Batting collapse is quite probable. And coming early he gives batsman such as Hodge ample time to settle down and slog in last overs."

0.3

Sharma to Watson, no run, keeps it just short of length round about on off stump, Watson goes back and defends towards cover

0.4

Sharma to Watson, no run, length delivery on off stump, it is just the invitation Watson needs to plant his front foot forward and drive it on the up, but he hits it straight to mid on

Absolut_spirit: "Hope Jason leaves a "giant" footprint on the match today. That picture is just crazy"

0.5

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, just after the slip has been taken off, Watson plays a delicate little late cut to a short of a length delivery, towards third-man

0.6

Sharma to Rahane, no run, plays it almost back to the bowler! It was a short of length delivery on off, Rahane goes on the back foot, but the ball comes a touch slow off the surface, he ends up almost playing it back to the bowler

M Mohan: "Rahane is programmable device. You can program as Dravid when Watson in ground ,program as watson when dravid is in ground..."

End of over 1 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 5/0 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    0* (1b)      MM Sharma    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    5* (5b 1x4)     

Where is he? I am looking for Holder. He is here.

1.1

Holder to Watson, no run, bowls a 129 kph length delivery on off stump, Watson comes forward and drives to mid-off

1.2

Holder to Watson, 1 run, back of length delivery from wide of crease, Watson goes back and taps it to fine leg

Akhil: "@ Manu Jha: I feels that Dravid position is right.. depends upon opener, he can change his position.. there is really no one down who can control the innings if RR looses wicket early"

1.3

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, gets good bounce from short of length, Rahane has to hop on his toes and he plays it down to fine leg

vikki: "the pitch looks like slow... does RR has advantage as they have more slow bowlers.. saying that there might be dew factor in 2nd innings..."

1.4

Holder to Watson, 1 run, length delivery on off stump, angling in, the batsman pushes it to the left of midwicket for a single

1.5

Holder to Rahane, no run, angled delivery from wide of the crease, Rahane comes forward and defends

Nas: "There is nothing wrong with the top 3-4 batsman for RR. The problem is with their lower order batsman. Cooper being the all-rounder is not comfortable with the slow turning pitches. Its the lower order that letting them down. Leave Rahul where he is"

1.6

Holder to Rahane, 2 runs, goes for a full delivery and Rahane just clips it off his toes to deep backward square leg

End of over 2 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
AM Rahane    3* (4b)      JO Holder    1-0-5-0
SR Watson    7* (8b 1x4)      MM Sharma    1-0-5-0

cricket simpleton: "i may be talking verry soon. But i am seeing a calm and Composite watson which is ominous. Usually he goes bam bam in the first few overs where we can confidently say he is not gonna last more than 5-6 overs. today he is looking a little gayleish! beware Chennai !"

2.1

Sharma to Watson, SIX, he comes forward and lifts the length ball over the bowler's head.. Easily done. It just goes over the rope

2.2

Sharma to Watson, 1 run, short delivery around off stump, Watson pulls, but doesn't get much behind it. It's a single to deep midwicket

2.3

Sharma to Rahane, no run, he bowls a short of length delivery wide outside off, Rahane goes on the back foot to play a punch, but the ball comes slow off the surface and he ends up hitting it back to the bowler

2.4

Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, bowls a clever slow delivery, very short it was. Rahane shapes to play the pull, but has to wait as the ball comes in really slow, steers it to fine leg

2.5

Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, the slowness in the pitch is messing with their timing! Rahane comes forward to play an on the up drive through off, but gets an inside edge to backward square leg

2.6

Sharma to Watson, FOUR, short of length delivery outside off, Watson is on the front foot and tries to whack it over cover, but it has bounced extra and it takes a thick edge to the third-man boundary

End of over 3 (14 runs) Rajasthan Royals 24/0 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    18* (11b 2x4 1x6)      MM Sharma    2-0-19-0
AM Rahane    6* (7b)      JO Holder    1-0-5-0

Nikhil: "@cricket simpleton Spoke to soon.. lol.. But yes, his demeanor says he is gonna prove the Aussie selectors wrong. Got a point to prove there, Mr. Watson!"

3.1

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, short of length delivery on off, 138 kph, Rahane stays on the back foot and runs it down to third man

3.2

Holder to Watson, 1 run, shortish delivery on the stumps, comes very slow off the surface. Watson dabs it towards square leg off the back foot for a single

3.3

Holder to Rahane, FOUR, it's in Rahane's half and he obliges by coming forward and playing a delectable on drive through midwicket

Padmanabhan: "Having seen Watson struggle against spin in the test series it makes me wonder why Dhoni is not opting to use spin against him. What's even more confusing is the protagonists in the play were Jadeja and Ashwin and they both play for CSK. Should we always think out of the box when it comes to T20 cricket?"

3.4

Holder to Rahane, 1 run, back of length delivery angled in to the batsman, Rahane goes back and dabs it to midwicket for a quick single

3.5

Holder to Watson, no run, more short of length stuff by Holder. Watson has to rise with the ball, but the slowness makes him wait. He defends to off

3.6

Holder to Watson, 1 run, another back of length delivery on the stumps, pushed to midwicket for a single

Mitchell: "As an Aussie - Go Shane, our Selection Committe should be ashamed how they have treated him. Go Royals too!"

End of over 4 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 32/0 (RR: 8.00)
SR Watson    20* (14b 2x4 1x6)      JO Holder    2-0-13-0
AM Rahane    12* (10b 1x4)      MM Sharma    2-0-19-0

Chris Morris, my $6.5 million allrounder is here.

4.1

Morris to Watson, FOUR, oh no, he bowls short of length on the pads and Watson just guides it fine to the boundary on the leg side

4.2

Morris to Watson, no run, length delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and drives it straight with a very high elbow, to mid-on

4.3

Morris to Watson, 2 runs, almost a great catch by Mohit Sharma! He had to run a long way back from mid-off, but he was always chasing that delivery. Watson had lifted a length delivery towards the sight screen, but he didn't time it well

4.4

Morris to Watson, SIX, this time he gets all of it! It is short delivery on the leg stump line and the batsman just swivels and powers it over deep backward square leg

4.5

Morris to Watson, 1 run, now he takes a suicidal single after pushing it to the right of Raina! He was gone had Raina hit

4.6

Morris to Rahane, 1 wide, another one on the leg side, this one is too far down

4.6

Morris to Rahane, 2 runs, he keeps bowling on the pads and that's too easy for these batsmen, Rahane clips it to fine leg for a single

Cricket Geek: "@Mitchell, if you are pointing about the homeworkgate then the tour management is to be blamed not the selection committee."

End of over 5 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 48/0 (RR: 9.60)
AM Rahane    14* (11b 1x4)      CH Morris    1-0-16-0
SR Watson    33* (19b 3x4 2x6)      JO Holder    2-0-13-0

Chennai's man of mystery is here - Ashwin to bowl

5.1

Ashwin to Watson, no run, bowls some short filth that Watson pulls hard, but he hits it straight to Raina at square leg

5.2

Ashwin to Watson, no run, he comes forward and turns a flat delivery toward square leg again

5.3

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, third time to Raina at square leg as the batsman flicks it off the front foot. It was just a little to the left of him and that was good enough for them to take a single

5.4

Ashwin to Rahane, 1 run, he pushes it in the gap between midwicket and square leg and calls for a quick single

5.5

Ashwin to Watson, FOUR, wow! Aswhin thought that it was a good time to flight it up, and Watson loves it. He just hammers it along the ground past the umpire at non-striker's hand. No stopping that

5.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, he comes forward to push it back to the bowler, but ends up chipping it just over the umpire as the ball stops on him a touch

Fred: "Signs are ominous for a big score, provided RR don't loose their head and collapse. Will Dhoni pull a rabbit out of hat to open today too? like Holder, because Ashwin didn't work well last time."

End of over 6 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 55/0 (RR: 9.16)
SR Watson    39* (24b 4x4 2x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-7-0
AM Rahane    15* (12b 1x4)      CH Morris    1-0-16-0

He is here.. I can't take his name. Sorry

6.1

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, he bowls it flat on the pads, the batsman goes back and glances it fine on the leg side for a couple

6.2

Jadeja to Watson, FOUR, pushes it through from round the wicket, but Watson goes down on his knee this time and paddles it fine for a boundary

6.3

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, length delivery on the pads, the batsman comes forward and pushes it to deep midwicket with ease

6.4

Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, tosses it up a touch, but it is on a leg stump line. Rahane taps it towards midwicket for another single

6.5

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, the length was only just short! But Watson went deep in the crease to pull it in the gap at deep midwicket! But Hussey comes running in and keeps the ball in..

6.6

Jadeja to Watson, SIX, this is what he was trying off the last ball. More shortish filth but this one has been murdered. Absolutely murdered. It ends up in the third tier at deep square leg. Fifty for Watson..

What! seriously! 71 already! Didn't even realise that the score had moved on so quickly...

Ian: "If Dhoni plans on another surprise opener, I would expect Dwayne Bravo. If he lasts for a decent stretch of time, it would certainly provide some entertainment." ---- I would vote for Holder

Vinay: "This pitch is looks like a batting paradise. Even 200 also is not a par score. RR has to score more than that. All depends on one man called Watson." --- Correction: Vinay, I think it looks a hard pitch to bat on from what I have seen. It would take some super batting to take them to 200. It's possible.. but ...

Azhar Ali: "I saw someone posted 'Calm and Composed'. If this is the result now. I'm scared to picture on how Watson would play in later overs. Go Aswin go!!!!!"

End of over 7 (16 runs) Rajasthan Royals 71/0 (RR: 10.14)
SR Watson    54* (29b 5x4 3x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-16-0
AM Rahane    16* (13b 1x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-7-0

7.1

Ashwin to Rahane, no run, tossed up delivery on off stump, the batsman comes forward and defends to off

7.2

Ashwin to Rahane, OUT, oh where did that come from! It's a proper offspinner's delivery - Tossed up outside off, slow as well, it turns big and bounces as well. Rahane tries to open the face to play it towards point, but it comes in a lot more than what he thought. It hits the top of the bat and crashes on to the stumps

AM Rahane b Ashwin 16 (32m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 106.66

Yagnik is the batsman. Ashwin goes round the wicket

7.3

Ashwin to Yagnik, 1 run, pushed through delivery on the stumps, the batsman drives it to long on

Srikanth: "'Dravid - The tormentor gives a little pep talk on playing spin during the nonstrategic time out. Had it been few weeks before. it would have helped Watto!""

7.4

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, fuller delivery on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and flicks it firmly to deep square leg

7.5

Ashwin to Yagnik, 1 run, bowls it slightly round-arm from round the stumps, the batsman clips it to deep midwicket off the front foot

Satters: "That off-spin of Ashwin is almost the mirror image of Shane Warne's leg spin!"

7.6

Ashwin to Watson, no run, lots of air in this one, and it's full too, driven to mid-on

Phil: "Not sure they will be celebrating Rahane going too much. The next 4 batters will all do the same role as Rahane until they get to Binny. They NEED Watson. And i NEED a watson 100 for fantasy! Cracking in to the top 50 with a good game here"

End of over 8 (3 runs) Rajasthan Royals 74/1 (RR: 9.25)
SR Watson    55* (31b 5x4 3x6)      R Ashwin    2-0-10-1
DH Yagnik    2* (2b)      RA Jadeja    1-0-16-0

Mr. 'older comes back..

Amit: "Teams like Mohali need the 'surprise opener' gambit - as, to be honest, they need a bit of hitter's luck to compete with some of the other squads. Not CSK - quality throughout - Vijay and Huss are quality - let the batsmen bat."

8.1

Holder to Yagnik, no run, bowls short of length on the pads, the batsman tries to flick it but gets hit on the thigh pad

Fred: "Watto is standing between CSK and their victory here. His wicket before 10th over is enough to trigger a collapse. If not, RR should we well on their way for a big score."

8.2

Holder to Yagnik, no run, another one round about the leg stump line, the batsman tries to push it to the leg side, but ends pushing it back to the bowler

8.3

Holder to Yagnik, FOUR, oh this one was nice! It was shortish delivery angling across the left-hander, but he arches back and upper cuts it over backward point, one bounce and four

He comes round the wicket now

8.4

Holder to Yagnik, 1 run, bowls length delivery wide outside off to which Yagnik throws his bat, gets a thick outside edge down to third man

Back over the wicket

8.5

Holder to Watson, 1 wide, loses his line, bowls it down the leg side

Krithikou: "RR should be a little careful here. Need to capitalize big time. Watto should try to bat through. Also, they should have sent someone else other than Yagnik. It was a surprise against MI, but today I was expecting it after Dravid described their strategy."

8.5

Holder to Watson, no run, bowls a slower delivery on off stump, the batsman dabs it to point. Yagnik took a few steps down, but was sent back in time

8.6

Holder to Watson, 2 runs, short of length delivery angling in to the batsman, Watson whips it to deep backward square leg for an easy couple

Neil Barve: "Watson makes T20 batsmanship look elementary!"

End of over 9 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 82/1 (RR: 9.11)
SR Watson    57* (33b 5x4 3x6)      JO Holder    3-0-21-0
DH Yagnik    7* (6b 1x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-10-1

9.1

Ashwin to Yagnik, 1 leg bye, pushed through on the leg stump, the batsman gets hit on the pads and it rolls to short fine

9.2

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, tossed up delivery on the stumps, the batsman pushes it softly towards mid-on for a single

9.3

Ashwin to Yagnik, OUT, oye no! the man of mystery has two wickets! It was that round-armish tossed up delivery from round the wicket and Yagnik went for a slog sweep. He is nowhere near the pitch of the ball and ends up top-edging it. Easy catch for the bowler

DH Yagnik c & b Ashwin 7 (9m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Dravid is the new man

Ian: "Ugh, this fantasy cricket business has ruined my ability to sit back and enjoy the game from a neutral point of view. Right now, I'm hoping that Ashwin and Morris rip through the Rajasthan batting order without dismissing Watson, and once their spell is finished, Watson and Faulkner strike up a hundred-run partnership in half as many deliveries. Is anyone else feeling that way, or just me?"

9.4

Ashwin to Dravid, 2 runs, he bowls the carrom ball, but the length is short. Dravid goes back and punches it hard to deep extra cover for a couple

9.5

Ashwin to Dravid, 1 run, full delivery on the pads, Dravid comes forward and tucks it to square leg for a single

9.6

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, he flights it around off stump, Watson comes forward and whips it to deep midwicket

Darren: "RR continue to misuse Hodge. He's made a billion runs opening or batting at 3 in domestic T20's in Australia, send him in to make the most of Watson's superb start. No pressure on him to rebuild and/or score quick runs down the order then."

End of over 10 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 88/2 (RR: 8.80)
SR Watson    59* (35b 5x4 3x6)      R Ashwin    3-0-15-2
R Dravid    3* (2b)      JO Holder    3-0-21-0

Girish: "RR can provide a stiff challenge if only Watson can be as reliable as someone like a Kohli. He is more miss than hit like Pollard. Loving his innings so far!! Go RR"

10.1

Holder to Watson, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, the batsman runs it down to third man

Jury: "I think CSK lacks an explosive opener. RCB has Gayle, RR has Watto, DD has Sehwag and Warner, Gambhir is doing an excellent job for KKR. The last explosive opener we had was Hayden, I still remember the match against DD, mongoose mayhem was unleashed."

10.2

Holder to Dravid, 1 wide, tries to test Dravid with a short one! But it sails over the head, called a wide

Prasun: "Danny Morrison at his best- Two fat ladies for 2 after 10 overs. (88-2). Awesome!!!" ---- Did you hear the Huss Master?

10.2

Holder to Dravid, 1 run, short of length delivery on off, the batsman dabs it towards cover point off the back foot and they set off for a quick single..

10.3

Holder to Watson, 1 run, he stays on the back foot and opens the face to steer the back of length delivery to third man

10.4

Holder to Dravid, 1 leg bye, tries to clip this short of length delivery towards the leg side, but it hits the inside edge and on to the thigh pad, they take a single

10.5

Holder to Watson, FOUR, short delivery with lack of pace, the batsman has to wait as he goes for his pull, he ends up dragging it towards short fine where Bravo dives like a manic goalkeeper, but just gets a finger to it. But that goes to the boundary

10.6

Holder to Watson, 1 run, another short delivery, normal pace, Watson hammers it normally too with a screaming pull shot. How well has Hussey done to keep it in again!

End of over 11 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 98/2 (RR: 8.90)
SR Watson    66* (39b 6x4 3x6)      JO Holder    4-0-30-0
R Dravid    4* (4b)      R Ashwin    3-0-15-2

11.1

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, he bowls a carrom-ball on off stump, the batsman goes on the back foot and pushes it to cover for a single

11.2

Ashwin to Dravid, 1 run, tossed up delivery outside off, Dravid comes forward and drives it down to long off

11.3

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, pushed through on the pads, the shortish length allows the batsman to whip it to deep midwicket

11.4

Ashwin to Dravid, 1 run, flatter delivery outside off, the batsman goes back and punches it firmly to deep extra cover

11.5

Ashwin to Watson, 1 run, he come forward to this flighted delivery and turns it to backward square leg for a single

Dave: "It isn't that CSK don't have explosive batsmen, the have decided to keep them at the bottom instead of the top of the innings. I rather like their strategy with the dependable Hussey give extreme stability at the top. (139-0). I think Dhoni, Bravo,Raina and of course Sir. Jadeja can all contribute to give the firepower needed at the end to carry them over any line."

11.6

Ashwin to Dravid, no run, tossed up delivery on off, the batsman defends it off the front foot

Abhishek: "Not entirely sure why Holder's in the lineup today. Seeing that the pitch is pretty slow, I think CSK could have done with another slow bowler, like Shadab Jakati." --- They have all been reading the pitches perfectly this IPL is all I can say..

End of over 12 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 103/2 (RR: 8.58)
R Dravid    6* (7b)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-2
SR Watson    69* (42b 6x4 3x6)      JO Holder    4-0-30-0

12.1

Morris to Watson, SIX, fuller delivery on off and Watson greets Morris with a golf drive over the sight screen

Karthic: "Is it just me, whichever team I support plays and behaves like Indian cricket team. We always seem to get the best out of players who are out of form and choke in front of other teams, like Watson today. Now CSK.. I guess its my perception."

12.2

Morris to Watson, no run, bowls that yorker wide outside off, the batsman stretches to reach it but can't make any contact

12.3

Morris to Watson, no run, shortish delivery on the stumps, the batsman goes back and pulls it straight to midwicket

12.4

Morris to Watson, 2 runs, short delivery that is bowled a little slow, the batsman swivels and pulls it to fine leg for a couple

Afzal: "cricinfo you're drunk. how can Holder bowl fifth over ??" ---- Hic hic.. All sorted now

12.5

Morris to Watson, 1 run, length delivery on the stumps, the batsman goes for a heave, but the ball comes in a touch into him. He ends up pushing it to midwicket for a single

12.6

Morris to Dravid, no run, length delivery angling in to the batsman, Dravid pushes it firmly to midwicket

suresh: "Am I dreaming, just looked at teh score and it is already 109/2 in 12 overs." ---- What? They have got more than 100! When? Ok, I need to focus on the game now

Sri: "T20 is all about match winners, on their day any team (boasting of superstars) can beaten by an individual. I don't think it would be an easy chase for CSK especially when 40% of their runs (this season) were scored by Hussey and Dhoni."

End of over 13 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 112/2 (RR: 8.61)
R Dravid    6* (8b)      CH Morris    2-0-25-0
SR Watson    78* (47b 6x4 4x6)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-2

Sleepin' Hunter: "Looks like Watto is set to become this IPL's first centurion."

Bravo is here.. Round the wicket

13.1

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, bowls back of length delivery on the off stump, the batsman tucks it towards backward square leg for a single

Jinx Undoer: "I hope Watto gets out now"

13.2

Bravo to Dravid, OUT, oh no! Dravid has been completely foxed by this slower delivery! He was moving outside leg to make room, but Bravo bowls an excellent slower offcutter. Dravid stretches out and just ends up lobbing a ridiculously easy chance to Dhoni, who gobbles it up

R Dravid c †Dhoni b Bravo 6 (19m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

Stuart Binny comes in..

13.3

Bravo to Binny, no run, the batsman is greeted by a short delivery. He ducks under it in time

sammydude: "@Sri I beg to disagree. In a team of superstars like CSK, when a superstar fails, another puts up his hand to perform. Unlike other teams which collapse when a superstar fails."

13.4

Bravo to Binny, 2 runs, he waits in the crease to a length delivery and chops it to deep backward point for a quick couple

13.5

Bravo to Binny, FOUR, another slower ball, slightly fuller outside off, the batsman comes forward, waits, and drives it over extra cover with a straight bat

13.6

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, another slower delivery, but this one is slightly wider outside off, the batsman drives it past point for a single

backwardpoint: "oh ninny... its all botched up. Man in should have been Hodge. Not Binny. What ever happened to the Ozzie spirit, mate? There is Watto around."

End of over 14 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 120/3 (RR: 8.57)
STR Binny    7* (4b 1x4)      DJ Bravo    1-0-8-1
SR Watson    79* (48b 6x4 4x6)      CH Morris    2-0-25-0

14.1

Jadeja to Binny, 1 run, full delivery on the stumps, the batsman comes forward and drives it down to long-off

14.2

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, bowls a flatter delivery wide outside off, the batsman flogs it in the air to deep point

14.3

Jadeja to Binny, 3 runs, he comes forward to a quicker delivery and ends up getting a thick outside edge past short third man

Tejas C Shetty: "@sammydude : Thats not always the case.CSK have seen some wonderful collapses themselves.Its just that they bat deep and u dont notice the collapse....but they collapse nonetheless..."

14.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, flatter delivery just outside off, the batsman wanted to cut it, but gets a bottom edge that goes past the keeper, to short fine leg

14.5

Jadeja to Binny, FOUR, he moves a touch outside leg to make room and slaps it over extra cover with an inside out shot! Mohit gets one hand to it at the boundary, that was a good effort, but in vain

14.6

Jadeja to Binny, 1 run, the batsman whips it to deep midwicket for an easy single

End of over 15 (11 runs) Rajasthan Royals 131/3 (RR: 8.73)
STR Binny    16* (8b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-27-0
SR Watson    81* (50b 6x4 4x6)      DJ Bravo    1-0-8-1

Five overs to go. If they get to 180, it's not going to be an easy chase on this wicket

15.1

Bravo to Binny, no run, short of length delivery wide outside off, the batsman cuts it straight to cover point

15.2

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, slower delivery wide outside off, Binny fails to get it away, finds the fielder at cover

Round the wicket

Rahat: "You have to admire RR for the focus on youngsters and home grown indian talent like Binny, Yagnik, Rahane ahead of the older men like Hodge and Dravid, is it the winning way though?"

15.3

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, bowls length which Watson wanted to slam down the ground, but it was a slower one and the batsman gets an inside edge fine on the leg side

Nishant: "@bakwardpoint, think Binny is perfect for a quickfire 20-30 and then leaving it to hodge to slog at the end!"

15.4

Bravo to Watson, 1 run, bowls a low full toss on the pads, punched down to long on

Back over the wicket

15.5

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, another slower delivery on off stump, the batsman drags it to wide long on with a mow of a shot

Peyush: "@backwardpoint - I would disagree with you here. Binny can give the ball a real wack(he has shown in the earlier matches). Spinners are also on and Binny is any day better bet against spin then Hodge"

15.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 no ball, back round the wicket and he bowls this full delivery way down the leg side... But it's a no-ball as he has overstepped too

Free-hit time

15.6

Bravo to Watson, 1 leg bye, oh what a delivery! He bowls a quick yorker which the batsman just about blocks out

End of over 16 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 138/3 (RR: 8.62)
SR Watson    84* (54b 6x4 4x6)      DJ Bravo    2-0-14-1
STR Binny    18* (11b 2x4)      RA Jadeja    2-0-27-0

Dajeja comes in

Vipin Agarwal: "I think watson should see RR past 160 total before opening up his guns again "

16.1

Jadeja to Watson, SIX, he bowls a full toss and Watson hits a home run to wide long on

16.2

Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, Jajeja has lost it! He bowls a filthy filthy wide outside off

16.2

Jadeja to Watson, SIX, follows it up with a low full toss that is smashed back to the sight screen

He is in danger of losing his title here.

16.3

Jadeja to Watson, 1 wide, oh no! Another super filthy wide outside off... What's going on

16.3

Jadeja to Watson, no run, finally gets a yorker! The batsman pushes it back to the bowler

16.4

Jadeja to Watson, 1 run, flatter delivery which the batsman slog sweeps, straight to the man at deep midwicket

16.5

Jadeja to Binny, 1 run, he plays a sensible push to wide long off for a single

16.6

Jadeja to Watson, 2 runs, flatter delivery wide outside off, the batsman flat bats it to deep extra cover

End of over 17 (18 runs) Rajasthan Royals 156/3 (RR: 9.17)
SR Watson    99* (59b 6x4 6x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-45-0
STR Binny    19* (12b 2x4)      DJ Bravo    2-0-14-1

First century of this IPL coming up?

17.1

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, slower delivery on a length wide outside off, the batsman taps it to cover for a single

Gautam: "I don'y like what Jadeja is doing here. He plays well when i don't take him in my fantasy team and now i make him my captain and this is how he responds :)"

17.2

Bravo to Watson, 2 runs, he gets it with a little nudge to deep square leg of the front foot! Here is the first 100 this IPL! How easily has he done it.

Mihir: "Finally things make sense again. Jadeja minus the Sir....dont know if i should be really feeling good seeing him fail. But somehow this performance makes more sense than his match winning one's."

17.3

Bravo to Watson, OUT, he falls immediately after getting to his hundred! Caught at extra cover! He moves outside leg stump and tries to go inside out to this full delivery, but it hits the toe end of the bat and it's a simple catch for Huss Master

SR Watson c Hussey b Bravo 101 (82m 61b 6x4 6x6) SR: 165.57

G: "Watson thus celebrates his resignation from Vice Captiancy of Aus in Style by blasting first century of this years ipl..."

Brad Hodge is the new man

17.4

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, bowls a slower low full toss on the stumps, the batsman goes on the back foot and pushes it to cover for a single

Back over the wicket

17.5

Bravo to Binny, SIX, that is one mighty hit by Binny! It was a slower ball outside off and he was waiting for it, just goes for a full blooded swing of the bat and it goes deep into the stands over cow corner

Round the wicket now

17.6

Bravo to Binny, 1 wide, he bowls a slower delivery down the leg side

17.6

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, cracking drive to a fuller delivery, but it goes straight to deep extra cover

DM: "Gotta admire the way Watson & RR have paced this innings. They've quietly surpassed 160 with ease, 180 should be a walk in the park and - with the help of one crazy big over out of the last two - they can actually reach 200. Masterful."

End of over 18 (12 runs) Rajasthan Royals 168/4 (RR: 9.33)
STR Binny    27* (15b 2x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-26-2
BJ Hodge    1* (1b)      RA Jadeja    3-0-45-0

Morris is here

18.1

Morris to Binny, 1 run, he bowls a full toss on the pads from wide of the crease, the batsman punches it to deep midwicket

Joel Muthuraj: "Glad they got Watto out...but still it looks downhill for CSK given the slow nature of the pitch..I dont recall CSK winning a match after conceding a century...but there is always a first...So I wont write off CSK!! Yet another Chepauk miracle on the cards!!"

18.2

Morris to Hodge, 1 run, short of length delivery on off stump, the batsman chops it straight to point, but they steal a single anyway

18.3

Morris to Binny, no run, bowls a quick short delivery, the batsman wanted to pull it but it whizzes past the bat

18.4

Morris to Binny, FOUR, length delivery wide outside off, the batsman had got his front leg out and he slices it over point

18.5

Morris to Binny, 1 run, fuller length delivery on the stumps from wide of the crease, the batsman whacks it past the non-striker to long on

18.6

Morris to Hodge, no run, bowls an angled delivery on a length, the batsman wanted to slog it to deep square leg, but the ball gets stuck between his thighs

Nik: "It's creepy seeing so many chepauk miracles, About time they lost a close game."

End of over 19 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 175/4 (RR: 9.21)
BJ Hodge    2* (3b)      CH Morris    3-0-32-0
STR Binny    33* (19b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    3-0-26-2

Mayank Jha: "Thanks to Watson's innings and brilliant bit of batting from RR, CSK will have to chase around 10 runs a over from the beginning of their innings. They don't need to push it to 10 for themselves."

19.1

Bravo to Binny, no run, bowls a short of length slower delivery from round the wicket, the batsman tries to guide it fine on the off side but is beaten

19.2

Bravo to Binny, 1 run, full delivery wide outside off, the batsman clears his front foot, but can only push it as far as mid off

19.3

Bravo to Hodge, 2 runs, full delivery on the stumps, no space to get under it, the batsman punches it to long on and comes back for a couple

19.4

Bravo to Hodge, FOUR, another pacy full delivery on the pads, the batsman flicks it to deep square leg where Vijay was at it, but he overruns it and lets it go through to the boundary

19.5

Bravo to Hodge, 1 run, another good yorker on the stumps, the batsman jams it out down the pitch and calls for a run. Bravo gets to the ball before the non-striker and he kicks it towards the stumps, but he hits it hard and beats Dhoni (who wanted to be a goalkeeper in his alt life.)

19.6

Bravo to Binny, 2 runs, fuller length delivery on the stumps, the batsman thumps it hard down the ground but is not able to beat the fielder at long on

185! When did they get that many! This is a very very good total and if you haven't already seen the Royals' super stat, here it is again. Royals have lost a total of ZERO games ever after scoring more than 162 in the first innings..Time to pack up for CSK and go home? I have a feeling they will come back to play. It will be Abhishek Purohit to take you through the second half of the game.

End of over 20 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 185/4
STR Binny    36* (22b 3x4 1x6)      DJ Bravo    4-0-36-2
BJ Hodge    9* (6b 1x4)      CH Morris    3-0-32-0
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Apr 22, 2013

Dwayne Bravo breaks into a dance after scoring the winning runs, Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Chennai, April 22, 2013

Dwayne Bravo breaks into a dance after scoring the winning runs

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Apr 22, 2013

James Faulkner exults after dismissing MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2013, Chennai, April 22, 2013

James Faulkner celebrates after dismissing MS Dhoni

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