Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
51(36) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %50%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
1 0 6 0 0 1 6 7
DR Smith
44(35) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %42%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 2 0 1 0 1 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Ankit Sharma
O4.0
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MM Sharma
O4.0
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

7.35 pm Time for the presentation ceremony.

Dhoni: "What we wanted to do was take it to the end but they bowled well and made us stretch a bit, the big shot from Jadeja really helped a lot ... on a wicket like this you shouldn't really go for more than 10 or 12 runs, it was difficult to score ... we had a few overs like that while bowling. We wanted to use him, given Ashwin more responsibility ,he has batting ability ... to go after the spinners. To some extent it paid off, you have to give them chances can't expect them to perform all of a sudden ..."

The Man of the Match is Ravindra Jadeja: "I like to play on this ground, I do something special for my team here. It's a good wicket to bowl on but batting you need to play a few balls early on and then accelerate later."

Right, there's another game beginning in Bangalore shortly. Hop over to that scorecard. Thank you for all your emails this evening. Cheers.

7.25 pm There's been a debate about Dhoni's tactics in the game but he was there at the finish and the win's on the board for CSK. Can't argue too much with that.

Chandar: "He does it with the running, when the big hitting is not possible. This is also a wonderful finish"

Sachinfan: "Somedays you are the bug, somedays you are the windshield...This is the quote James Faulkner's biography should start with :)"

Abhishek Tiwari: "I think opposition teams should forfeit matches without bowling last 2-3 overs if Dhoni is there at the crease chasing a target. It's a waste of time for everyone as result is a foregone conclusion."

Sree: "It was smart of Dhoni to send Ashwin when he did, because there was no way we were getting the 2s and 3s we did with Ashwin at the wicket at this time."

19.4
3
Faulkner to Dhoni, 3 runs, CSK have done it! Royals fall to pieces off that delivery. Dhoni pushed the ball through cover again and Cooper was slow in coming off the boundary, they were going to complete the second to level the scores. Cooper threw to Faulkner who was sloppy in collecting the throw ... they conceded the overthrow ... CSK go to the top of the league with two balls to spare.
19.3
2
Faulkner to Dhoni, 2 runs, a wide full toss outside off stump, Dhoni reaches out and hits it to Cooper at deep cover, there's some serious running going on, two more ... CSK so close now

Just the five needed now ...

19.2
6
Faulkner to Dhoni, SIX runs, Dhoni's smashed it! He's dragged the full ball from outside off stump and whacked it flat over the wide long-on boundary, there you go

Rummy: "Dhoni and Jaddu running like mad, and I'm panting watching it from the comfort of my couch."

19.1
1
Faulkner to Jadeja, 1 run, a length ball outside off, Jadeja cuts but can't beat point, Ankit Sharma fields

12 needed off the final over ... Watson is talking to Faulkner, who has the responsibility bowl bowling the 20th over. He did it with the bat in Bangalore ...

END OF OVER:
19 | 13 Runs | CSK: 137/5

  • MS Dhoni15 (13b)
  • RA Jadeja10 (5b)
  • KK Cooper4-0-25-1
  • JP Faulkner3-0-25-1
18.6
2
Cooper to Dhoni, 2 runs, a sensational yorker from Cooper but Dhoni manages to dig it out towards midwicket, the fielder is in the deep so there's no danger in taking two this time

Manasseh Anand: "Even with a direct hit and no dive from batsman, MSD is in. Shows the speed of the man between the wickets :)"

18.5
2
Cooper to Dhoni, 2 runs, Has Dhoni been run out this time? Dhoni thundered back for the second after inside-edging a slog to deep square leg, the throw hit direct but Dhoni's stretch took him home. It was a close call!

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SR Watson
51(36) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %50%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 12 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
1 0 6 0 0 1 6 7
DR Smith
44(35) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %42%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 5 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
0 4 2 0 1 0 1 7

Best performances - Bowlers

Ankit Sharma
O4.0
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MM Sharma
O4.0
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Saved for the end

6

No. of times this season that MS Dhoni has come in to bat in the 15th over or after in 10 games

Strange Promotion

4

No. of times that Ashwin has batted above No. 8. Once each at 5, 6 and 7 and he has opened once.

Canny Cooper

5

No. of times Kevon Cooper has taken 3+ wickets in an IPL innings - four of those came when RR were defending a total.

Cruising along

34.08

The average runs per wicket for CSK in middle overs (7th to 15th) – the best for any team across IPL seasons.

Bogey score

2

No. of times CSK have failed to chase 140-150 runs in IPL in 12 attempts - both times while chasing 148 (RR's score today).

Big gun gone

4

Number of 50+ stands between Super Kings openers – the most in the season. Mumbai are the only team to have none.

1

Number of opening combinations that CSK have used in this IPL – SRH are the only other team with an unchanged top two so far.

First-over specialist?

4

Number of wickets that Ankit Sharma has taken in the IPL - two of those came in his first over of the innings.

There or thereabouts

11

Number of times that Royals have set their opponents a target between 140 and 150 in the IPL (47 innings).

In the death

31%

Ravindra Jadeja has taken 31% of his wickets in the last 5 overs of an innings.

Threat averted

188.88

James Faulkner's strike rate in the last five overs this season - second only to Glenn Maxwell (min five balls)

Favourite opposition

61.50

Stuart Binny’s average against Chennai Super Kings in the IPL – his best against any team.

Just missed

85

That's Rajasthan Royals' highest score after 10 overs in this IPL. They scored 84 today, but for one wicket less.

Indian Premier League

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