Indian Premier League - 22nd match

Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals

Chennai Super Kings won by 38 runs

Sudeep Tyagi to open up. He bowls for UP

0.1

Tyagi to Quiney, 1 wide, lands it wide outside off and wide called, more of a loosener

0.1

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, well bowled, cramped for room and he gets beside the line and chops it to cover, Raina slides and cuts it off

0.2

Tyagi to Quiney, 1 run, short and wide and sliced uppishly past backward point, Albie does brilliantly at third man to cut it off

0.3

Tyagi to Smith, 1 run, gets on him a lot quicker and he shuffles and tucks it to square leg

0.4

Tyagi to Quiney, FOUR, fullish outside off and he times the drive brilliantly past mid-off and cover, more of a forward push

0.5

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, works up a good pace and the ball thuds into Dhoni's gloves

0.6

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, that's an excellent lifter, really catches him by surprise and he does well to fend it off

End of over 1 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 7/0 (158 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 8.31)
RJ Quiney    5* (5b 1x4)      S Tyagi    1-0-7-0
GC Smith    1* (1b)     

And it will be Morkel to bowl to his captain, Smith

1.1

Morkel to Smith, no run, tucks him up with a good line outside the off stump. Smith gets behind the line and pushes it to point

1.2

Morkel to Smith, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump. Smith is looking for the drive but is early into the shot and mistimes it to cover. He is frustrated with his own efforts

1.3

Morkel to Smith, 1 run, good length outside the off stump. Smith plays it with soft hands to the off-side for a single

1.4

Morkel to Quiney, no run, fuller delivery outside the off stump. Quiney opens the face of the bat at the last moment but can't clear Badrinath at point

1.5

Morkel to Quiney, 1 run, short outside the off stump, Quiney gets onto the backfoot and delays the shot just for a second as he runs it down to third man for a single

1.6

Morkel to Smith, OUT, one down! Albie tempts Smith into a false stroke this time as he bowls one wide outside the off stump. Smith goes for the drive and gets a thick outside edge to Badrinath manning the point region. Not the start Royals wanted

GC Smith c Badrinath b Morkel 2 (5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 40.00

End of over 2 (2 runs) Rajasthan Royals 9/1 (156 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 8.66)
     JA Morkel    1-0-2-1
RJ Quiney    6* (7b 1x4)      S Tyagi    1-0-7-0

2.1

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, outside the off stump, Quiney pushes it to the off side

2.2

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, on the middle stump, Quiney comes forward and pushes it to the leg side

2.3

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, just a touch slower this time around. Quiney as is expected is early into the shot and manages to push it to the off side

2.4

Tyagi to Quiney, 4 leg byes, short on the leg stump. Quiney pulls but does not get any bat on it as it grazes the abdominal region on the way to fine-leg boundary

2.5

Tyagi to Quiney, no run, outside the off stump, Quiney pushes it to the off side again

2.6

Tyagi to Quiney, 1 run, on the middle and leg line, Quiney drives but gets an inside edge to fine leg for a single

End of over 3 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 14/1 (151 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 8.88)
RJ Quiney    7* (13b 1x4)      S Tyagi    2-0-8-0
SA Asnodkar    0* (0b)      JA Morkel    1-0-2-1

3.1

Morkel to Quiney, no run, Fires in a Yorker and Quiney keeps it out

3.2

Morkel to Quiney, 1 run, gets beside the line and he squeezes it down to third man

Apparently there's not much dew on the outfield

3.3

Morkel to Asnodkar, 1 run, keeps it outside off and he steers it to Badri at backward point who fumbles

3.4

Morkel to Quiney, 1 run, drops it fractionally short and he stands tall and slices it to third man who's square

3.5

Morkel to Asnodkar, 1 run, the shorter one kicks up on Asnodkar who hops and fends it off to the on side

3.6

Morkel to Quiney, no run, in the slot to drive through the off side but he ends up jamming it down to Balaji at mid-off

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End of over 4 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 18/1 (147 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.50, RRR: 9.18)
RJ Quiney    9* (17b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-6-1
SA Asnodkar    2* (2b)      S Tyagi    2-0-8-0

slow start for Rajasthan. Yusuf will want to get out there soon

4.1

Oram to Asnodkar, no run, hits a length just outside off and gets it to come back in, he defends down the track

4.2

Oram to Asnodkar, 1 run, just opens the face of the bat and steers it wide of point

4.3

Oram to Quiney, 1 run, bowls the slower ball and Quiney's heart must have been in his mouth as he chipped it just wide of mid-on's reach

4.4

Oram to Asnodkar, 1 run, shuffles and tucks it with the angle wide of square leg

4.5

Oram to Quiney, 1 run, gives him width outside off and he opens the face and steers it down to third man

4.6

Oram to Asnodkar, SIX, that's the Asnodkar we all know! He seizes on a fractionally short delivery and clubs him over deep midwicket, he gets a lot of elevation, that should give him a lot of confidence

End of over 5 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 28/1 (137 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 9.13)
SA Asnodkar    10* (6b 1x6)      JDP Oram    1-0-10-0
RJ Quiney    11* (19b 1x4)      JA Morkel    2-0-6-1

5.1

Morkel to Quiney, 1 run, shuffles and clips it with the line wide of midwicket

5.2

Morkel to Asnodkar, no run, full outside off and he takes his bottom hand off the handle as he drives to cover

5.3

Morkel to Asnodkar, OUT, it's a hitwicket and a catch! Very unusual dismissal indeed, he pulls a short delivery and knocks the stumps with his bat on the follow through, Tyagi takes the catch at square leg probably not realising that Asnodkar had whacked his stumps

SA Asnodkar hit wicket b Morkel 10 (8b 0x4 1x6) SR: 125.00

5.4

Morkel to Jadeja, 1 run, full outside off and pushed to the off side

5.5

Morkel to Quiney, FOUR, he whips an offcutter from outside off and places it just wide of Oram at mid-on who misfields, sloppy fielding from an international player

5.6

Morkel to Quiney, FOUR, overpitches just outside off and Quiney times this one crisply and places it in the arc between mid-off and cover, Quiney's been very impressive

End of over 6 (10 runs) Rajasthan Royals 38/2 (127 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 9.07)
RJ Quiney    20* (22b 3x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-16-2
RA Jadeja    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    1-0-10-0

6.1

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run, lands it outside leg and he clips it off his pads

6.2

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 2 runs, tucks it to the on side and they push hard for the second run, the fielders should have been more alert

6.3

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, the doosra, he nudges it off his pads

6.4

Muralitharan to Quiney, 1 run, full on middle and off and he clips it to the on side with a flick of the wrists

6.5

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run, the doosra really skids through and they appeal for an lbw thinking it was pad first and then bat, close but a good decision

6.6

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run, another appeal for an lbw but he was well forward

End of over 7 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 42/2 (123 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 9.46)
RA Jadeja    3* (6b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0
RJ Quiney    21* (23b 3x4)      JA Morkel    3-0-16-2

7.1

Raina to Quiney, 1 run, comes round the wicket and fires it flat and quick, he taps it to mid-on

7.2

Raina to Jadeja, no run, shapes to sweep but misses

7.3

Raina to Jadeja, 1 run, chips down the track and thumps it hard down the ground to long-on

7.4

Raina to Quiney, 1 run, angles it down the leg side and he sweeps to deep square leg

7.5

Raina to Jadeja, 1 run, chips down the track and he works it to long-on

7.6

Raina to Quiney, no run, Missed stumping He chips down the track and the flight fixes him, Dhoni fails to gather the ball properly

End of over 8 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 46/2 (119 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 9.91)
RJ Quiney    23* (26b 3x4)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0
RA Jadeja    5* (9b)      M Muralitharan    1-0-3-0

8.1

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 wide, down the leg side and wide called

8.1

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run

8.2

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 run, yet another doosra and he's a bit cramped for room as he cuts to point

8.3

Muralitharan to Quiney, no run, he chips it uppishly down to short midwicket

8.4

Muralitharan to Quiney, 1 run, makes room and cuts it down to point

8.5

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 run

8.6

Muralitharan to Quiney, FOUR, lovely shot, he makes a fraction of room and cuts with the turn, there's a big gap in the region of third man and the sweeper can't mop it off

End of over 9 (8 runs) Rajasthan Royals 54/2 (111 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.09)
RJ Quiney    28* (29b 4x4)      M Muralitharan    2-0-11-0
RA Jadeja    7* (12b)      SK Raina    1-0-4-0

9.1

Raina to Jadeja, 1 run, pushed towards cover for a single

9.2

Raina to Quiney, no run, gets well forward and blocks it away

9.3

Raina to Quiney, OUT, that was fairly straightforward, comes round the wicket and the ball skids through and keeps low, he gets his front foot forward and is struck in line with the stumps, easy one for Gary Baxter

RJ Quiney lbw b Raina 28 (31b 4x4 0x6) SR: 90.32

9.4

Raina to Pathan, FOUR, Yusuf Pathan plays in the manner he knows best, he swings his arms and slogs him over midwicket

9.5

Raina to Pathan, no run, he fires it flatter and Yusuf swings early and gets a thick edge onto his pads

9.6

Raina to Pathan, 2 runs, gives it more air and he swings on the up down to long-on

It's the time out. Rajasthan need 104 off 60 balls, still lot of work to do. Chennai have the edge at the moment. Jadeja is fairly new at the crease so it allows Rajasthan to start afresh. Jakati, the left-arm spinner, is yet to bowl and Yusuf will want to take him on.

Tishani Doshi tells the Kolkata Knight Riders to keep their chins up.

Kunal: "Being from Jamnagar myself I follow Ravindra Jadeja pretty closely. Seeing him bat here at number 4 for Rajasthan I wonder if his captains haven't realised his full potential. For the Royals, Warne plays him mainly as a batsman and when playing for India, Dhoni plays him mainly as a bowler. Some food for thought?"

End of over 10 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 61/3 (104 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.10, RRR: 10.40)
YK Pathan    6* (3b 1x4)      SK Raina    2-0-11-1
RA Jadeja    8* (13b)      M Muralitharan    2-0-11-0

Here's L Balaji

10.1

Balaji to Jadeja, 1 run, short and wide and Jadeja should have ideally slashed that over the infield but he instead mistimes it to the sweeper

10.2

Balaji to Pathan, 1 run, it's a low full toss wide outside off and he reaches out and pushes it to deep cover

10.3

Balaji to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja chases a really poor delivery - short and really wide outside off - and the outside edge flies thick and fast, Parthiv dives and claims the catch and Jadeja stands his ground, the third umpire gives the batsman the benefit of the doubt, it looked clean at first but the replay may have suggested something else

10.4

Balaji to Pathan, no run, fires a yorker and Yusuf just manages to squirt it out

10.5

Balaji to Pathan, no run, another yorker and Yusuf digs it out down the pitch

10.6

Balaji to Pathan, 2 runs, clips a knee high full toss on its way to deep square leg and the ball really scorches towards the boundary and Oram does a splendid job

End of over 11 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 66/3 (99 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.00, RRR: 11.00)
YK Pathan    9* (7b 1x4)      L Balaji    1-0-5-0
RA Jadeja    10* (15b)      SK Raina    2-0-11-1

11.1

Muralitharan to Jadeja, FOUR, brute force and that travelled like lightning! He kneels down and sweeps against the turn and whams it to deep midwicket

11.2

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 run, gets on his knee and pushes it to midwicket

11.3

Muralitharan to Pathan, 1 run, comes round the wicket and he gives the charge and powers it to long-on

11.4

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 run, stays back, waits for the turn and clips it across the line

11.5

Muralitharan to Pathan, 2 runs, stays back, waits for it and dabs it towards short third man and Tyagi makes a mess of the dive

11.6

Muralitharan to Pathan, FOUR, angles it across the right hander and he gets on his knee and slogs it with brute force, bisects the gap between deep square and deep midwicket

End of over 12 (13 runs) Rajasthan Royals 79/3 (86 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.58, RRR: 10.75)
YK Pathan    16* (10b 2x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-24-0
RA Jadeja    16* (18b 1x4)      L Balaji    1-0-5-0

12.1

Balaji to Jadeja, 2 runs, walks down the pitch and pushes it on the full, there's a misfield at cover

12.2

Balaji to Jadeja, no run, this one keeps low and shoots along the pitch to the keeper

12.3

Balaji to Jadeja, 1 run

12.4

Balaji to Pathan, FOUR, forget about chasing it, Balaji bowls it full and Yusuf makes a bit of room and bangs it hard along the turf to long-off, the fielder had no chance

12.5

Balaji to Pathan, no run, bowls it much fuller and he digs it out down the pitch

12.6

Balaji to Pathan, OUT, Balaji holds the length back slightly and Yusuf can't resist the temptation to go over the top, he clubs it hard and the ball travels flat and lands in Raina's safe hands at long-off

YK Pathan c Raina b Balaji 20 (13b 3x4 0x6) SR: 153.84

End of over 13 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 86/4 (79 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.61, RRR: 11.28)
     L Balaji    2-0-12-1
RA Jadeja    19* (21b 1x4)      M Muralitharan    3-0-24-0

Very crucial breakthrough and Chennai will be relieved

13.1

Morkel to Jadeja, 1 run, full on middle and off and he shuffles and he clips it to deep square-leg

13.2

Morkel to Mascarenhas, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it to sweeper cover

13.3

Morkel to Jadeja, 1 run, slices it with soft hands into the gap at the covers and sprints away

13.4

Morkel to Mascarenhas, no run, Morkel holds the length back outside off and gets it to fizz past the outside edge

Hayden's at wide first slip

13.5

Morkel to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, gets in position a little too early on the pull and hence ends up chopping it to square leg

13.6

Morkel to Mascarenhas, no run, that's very close to a waist high no-ball but Baxter doesn't signal anything, Mascaranhas can afford a smile

End of over 14 (5 runs) Rajasthan Royals 91/4 (74 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 12.33)
AD Mascarenhas    3* (4b)      JA Morkel    4-0-21-2
RA Jadeja    21* (23b 1x4)      L Balaji    2-0-12-1

14.1

Oram to Jadeja, 1 run, makes room and Oram follows him by bowling it full on the stumps, he squeezes it to the off side

14.2

Oram to Mascarenhas, no run, fires a yorker outside off and Mascaranhas fails to dig it out

14.3

Oram to Mascarenhas, 1 run, he misses out on a opportunity to crash a full toss and he ends up playing it straight to cover

14.4

Oram to Jadeja, 1 run, exposes his stumps and Oram drops it really full, he doesn't get under the bounce and hence steers it to the sweeper cover fielder

14.5

Oram to Mascarenhas, FOUR, slice of luck for Rajasthan, it's a yorker on the legstumps and Mascaranhas swings and gets a thick inside edge which beats short fine leg

14.6

Oram to Mascarenhas, OUT, Oram gets away with a full toss, Mascarenhas reaches out and ends up chipping it straight to Murali at short cover, not a wicket taking delivery and the batsman will regret that missed chance

AD Mascarenhas c Muralitharan b Oram 8 (8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 15 (7 runs) Rajasthan Royals 98/5 (67 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 13.40)
     JDP Oram    2-0-17-1
RA Jadeja    23* (25b 1x4)      JA Morkel    4-0-21-2

15.1

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run, skids through and he gets a thick under edge which lobs close to the stumps

15.2

Muralitharan to Jadeja, SIX, he takes the aerial route and deposits the ball several rows over deep midwicket, he slogs and picks it from outside off, super shot

15.3

Muralitharan to Jadeja, no run

15.4

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 2 runs, makes room and cuts wide of backward point, it's a tester for sweeper cover

15.5

Muralitharan to Jadeja, 1 run, skids and turns and he makes room and slashes it wide of point

15.6

Muralitharan to Warne, no run, sweeps to Tyagi at short fine-leg and Jadeja sprints at the other end but manages to get back to his crease

The equation's getting more imposing for Rajasthan. Jadeja will have to pull off something really special here.

End of over 16 (9 runs) Rajasthan Royals 107/5 (58 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.68, RRR: 14.50)
SK Warne    0* (1b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-33-0
RA Jadeja    32* (30b 1x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    2-0-17-1

Now Dhoni has handed the keeping gloves to Parthiv patel. Don't worry he's not bowling!

16.1

Oram to Jadeja, 1 run, lands outside off and he slashes it wide of point

16.2

Oram to Warne, no run, it's a low swinging full toss and Warne ends up thudding it back to the bowler

16.3

Oram to Warne, no run, foxes him with a slower ball and Warne slogs in despair and fails to get any wood on the ball

16.4

Oram to Warne, no run, brilliant bowling, Warne gives the charge and Oram drops it short and bowls another slower ball, the batsman misses again

16.5

Oram to Warne, 1 run, Dropped Warne pounds it right back to Oram and it travels at lightning speed, that stings him

16.6

Oram to Jadeja, FOUR, makes room to a short delivery and upper cuts it just over Tyagi's reach at short third man

End of over 17 (6 runs) Rajasthan Royals 113/5 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 17.33)
RA Jadeja    37* (32b 2x4 1x6)      JDP Oram    3-0-23-1
SK Warne    1* (5b)      M Muralitharan    4-0-33-0

17.1

Balaji to Warne, no run, superb inswinging yorker outside leg, Warne gets on his dancing shoes and fails to dig it out

17.2

Balaji to Warne, 1 run, he somehow manages to squirt out another yorker and the ball beats Balaji

17.3

Balaji to Jadeja, OUT, the man with the orange cap takes the skier, Jadeja attempts a massive slog which doesn't come off well, he picks it from outside off, gets on his knee and Hayden takes a skier at deep square leg, that was in the air for quite a while

RA Jadeja c Hayden b Balaji 37 (33b 2x4 1x6) SR: 112.12

17.4

Balaji to Warne, 1 run, Warne backs away to a slower ball and dabs it to third man

Sejal: "Isn't the new player Jakati a bower. Why was he not given single over?"

17.5

Balaji to Rawat, 1 wide, misdirects a slower ball wide down the leg side

17.5

Balaji to Rawat, 1 run, full outside off and pushes it hard to long-off

17.6

Balaji to Warne, OUT, another one bites the dust and Chennai pretty much have this wrapped up, Warne tries to go over the top but he fails to get the elevation to clear long-off, Badri takes it easily

SK Warne c Badrinath b Balaji 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

End of over 18 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 117/7 (48 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 24.00)
     L Balaji    3-0-16-3
M Rawat    1* (1b)      JDP Oram    3-0-23-1

18.1

Oram to Patel, OUT, Oram drops the ball short on seeing Munaf give room, he doesn't quite know what to do and he ends up handing a tame edge to Parthiv, Munaf walks

MM Patel c †Patel b Oram 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

18.2

Oram to Trivedi, 1 run, full outside off and he pushes it to long-off

18.3

Oram to Rawat, no run, just checks the pull and the ball drops short of midwicket

18.4

Oram to Rawat, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he swings to midwicket

18.5

Oram to Trivedi, 1 run, drops it short on seeing the batsman back away and he dabs it down to third man

18.6

Oram to Rawat, 1 run, slower delivery and placed to midwicket, only one result is possible here

End of over 19 (4 runs) Rajasthan Royals 121/8 (44 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 44.00)
M Rawat    3* (4b)      JDP Oram    4-0-27-2
SK Trivedi    2* (2b)      L Balaji    3-0-16-3

Will poor Jakati get an over? Nope

19.1

Balaji to Rawat, FOUR, He has a free swing of the bat and the thick outside edge flies past the keeper

Hayden is back at wide first slip

19.2

Balaji to Rawat, 1 run, full outside off and crashes it straight to cover

19.3

Balaji to Trivedi, OUT, Raina rounds off a dream evening! Trivedi goes for the slog and the ball swirls in the air for an eternity before falling into Raina's hands at long-on

SK Trivedi c Raina b Balaji 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

The game's over because Kamran cannot bat. He injured his ankle while bowling.

So Chennai hit back after three successive defeats to Rajasthan last year. It was a match Raina made his own. He made no mistakes in the field either. Very professional performance by the bowlers to contain the Rajasthan batsman. Chennai are on fifth place with five points and Rajasthan are at No.6.

Rajasthan will have to address their batting problems. They need to have a Plan B in case Yusuf departs early. This shows how they're missing Watson at the top.

Chennai will have to ensure the momentum continues because they still have catching up to do. This is just the start. Stay with us for the presentation. Sivamani gets his drum kit on the field.

Shane Warne: "I thought at 104 in 16 overs they should have made just 130 but our bowling was ordinary at that stage. We left a little too much to do at rhe end. We just didn't match those guys for intensity."

Dhoni: "Our bowling was on the mark. Everybody contributed. Raina played a brilliant knock. Feels good to win after losing three games."

Raina is the Man of the Match. Who else? "I made sure I hung around till the end and Badri played well too. With the Champions Trophy back in SA later this year it's important we pick up everything from here now."

Thanks for your company today and the mails of course. Yet another double header tomorrow. Till then, it's goodnight from all of us here. Cheers!

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Apr 30, 2009

L Balaji celebrates another wicket, Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL, 22nd match, Centurion, April 30, 2009

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