IPL 7, RR vs CSK, Highlights: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in thriller
Led by a brilliant bowling effort from Ravindra Jadeja (4/33), Chennai Super Kings (140/6) beat Rajasthan Royals (133, 19.5 overs) by 7 runs in a thriller after being put in to bat first. Catch highlights here.
23:48 (IST): Chennai Super Kings might have won but it turned out to be a stellar game in the end today as Rajasthan Royals' Dhawal Kulkarni reduced the equation to 9 runs off 2 balls in the end before Tambe was run out. Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the wicket became slow as the game progressed but the team would have to find someone to fill in for the injured Bravo even though they did well today. Ravindra Jadeja was deservedly given the Man of the Match award and said he enjoyed both bowling and batting today. He also said 140 would always be a good score on the track.
23:30 (IST): Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in thrilling finish at Dubai.
23:24 (IST): OUT! Bhatia c Ashwin b Hilfenhaus 23. RR 113/9 (18.3 overs) chasing 141 vs CSK.
23:18 (IST): Rajat Bhatia brings up Rajasthan's 100 with a 6 off Jadeja! He gets another boundary on the last delivery of the 17th over. Can he script a miracle for the Royals? RR 107/8 (17 overs).
23:10 (IST): OUT! 4th wicket for Jadeja! Southee b Jadeja 4. RR 85/8 (14.2 overs). It's all going in Chennai's favour! Jadeja gets his sixth wicket in the tournament and can take away the purple cap from Balaji if he gets another one today!
23:03 (IST): OUT! Faulkner c Dhoni b Pandey 4. RR 80/7 (13.3 overs) chasing 141 vs CSK. It's a strategic timeout!
23:00 (IST): OUT! Steven Smith c Du Plessis b Jadeja 19. RR 75/6 (13 overs). Oh dear! Rajasthan in shambles now!
22:51 (IST): OUT! Stuart Binny c Du Plessis b Mohit Sharma 8. RR 63/5 (10.5 overs) chasing 141 vs CSK. Have a look at how the Chennai bowlers have stuck to their tasks today. The balls in the graph indicate wickets.
22:48 (IST): Rajasthan Royals have an additional player in Steven Smith to do the job for them. Can he make the difference today? RR 59/4 (10.2 overs).
22:33 (IST): OUT! Shane Watson c Hilfenhaus b Jadeja 7. And now it's Samson! Another one bites the dust! Sanju Samson c & b Jadeja 16. RR 44/4 (6.5 overs).
22:26 (IST): OUT! Ajinkya Rahane c Manhas b Ashwin 15. RR 37/2 (5.2 overs). Watson comes in to bat now. Is this going to be his big day?
22:22 (IST): Sanju Samson announces himself with a huge six off Ben Hilfenhaus. Wait, he just got another one! Huge maximums! RR 37/1 (5 overs) with Samson and Rahane at the crease.
22:09 (IST): Ishwar Pandey tests Abhishek Nayar with some short stuff who chooses to play some unorthodox shots. And he is run out now courtesy Brendon McCullum as Pandey appealed for an LBW dismissal. RR 10/1 (1.3 overs).
21:47 (IST): Rajasthan Royals restrict Chennai Super Kings to 140/6 after electing to bowl first at Dubai.
21:42 (IST): One over to go. Can Chennai Super Kings get to 150? CSK 131/6 (19 overs) vs Rajasthan Royals. Ashwin and Jadeja at the crease.
21:32 (IST): Ravindra Jadeja (23 off 23 balls) needs to get better than a run-a-ball from here. Ashwin is on the other end. CSK 117/6 (17 overs). Meanwhile, Dhawal Kulkarni just bowled four wides in his over. Embarrassing!
21:20 (IST): OUT! Mithun Manhas c Nayar b Bhatia 10. CSK 101/6 (14.5 overs). Rajat Bhatia seems to be getting all the attention.
21:13 (IST): Mithun Manhas steps out and hits an inside-out four on the off-side! CSK 90/5 (13.2 overs). 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja is on the other end.
21:00 (IST): OUT! MS Dhoni c Faulkner b Tambe 5. CSK 74/5 (11.1 overs). Chennai Super Kings are in all sorts of trouble now.
20:55 (IST): OUT! Faf du Plessis run out Bhatia 7. CSK 71/4 (10.1 overs). MS Dhoni looks in disbelief at the other end, that was just unlucky for Du Plessis as he found himself out of the crease when the ball took Bhatia's hand on the way to the wicket. Dhoni had struck it straight down.
20:44 (IST): OUT! Suresh Raina c Dhawal Kulkarni b Rajat Bhatia 4. CSK 64/3 (8.2 overs). See how Chennai have got their runs so far in our spider graph.
20:38 (IST): Dwayne Smith reaches 50 (27b) with a mammoth six but falls on the next ball to Stuart Binny. CSK 59/2 (7.2 overs) vs RR.
20:30 (IST): Four boundaries in a row from Dwayne Smith brings up 50 runs for Chennai. CSK 51/1 (6 overs).
20:28 (IST): OUT! Superb catch! Brendon McCullum c Steven Smith b James Faulkner 6. CSK 35/1 (5.2 overs).
20:25 (IST): Four! It's Dwayne Smith again! Chennai Super Kings are 32/0 (5 overs) vs Rajasthan Royals after being put in to bat first.
20:14 (IST): Dwayne Smith goes straight down the ground off Faulkner and gets six! CSK 17/0 (2.5 overs) vs RR.
20:10 (IST): Tim Southee tests Dwayne Smith early, who swings the bat but fails to get hold of the ball. CSK 8/0 (1.5 overs). Southee is getting some genuine swing.
Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson (captain), Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Tim Southee, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe
Chennai Super Kings
Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (captain), Mithun Manhas, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ben Hilfenhaus, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma
18:33 (IST): Rajasthan Royals win toss and elect to bowl first vs Chennai Super Kings at Dubai. MS Dhoni is going in with an unchanged side and says his Chennai team is completely balanced, irrespective of which track they are playing on. For Rajasthan, Tim Southee is in for Kane Richardson who is sick.
18:27 (IST): Just over an hour to go for the toss at Dubai. Fasten your seat belts because this is going to be one exciting game.
CSK vs RR: Tough contest on the cards
Back in familiar territory after recording their biggest-ever win in terms of runs, Chennai Super Kings will fancy their chances when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals, a team seeking to get back to winning ways, in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.
Two-time winners Chennai will be high on confidence after inflicting on Delhi Daredevils an embarrassing 93-defeat on Monday. The Super Kings needed a morale-booster like that after starting the campaign with a defeat.
On the other hand, inaugural edition champions Rajasthan Royals tasted success to start with, but failed to stop Kings XI Punjab from chasing down a 190-plus total in their last match.
Both teams have notched up a win each, to go with a defeat each from two outings.
'Complete win' delights MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings crushed Delhi Daredevils by 93 runs to record their first win in this year's Indian Premier League and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni termed his side's outing today as a "complete performance".
Chennai first rode on Suresh Raina's fine half-century and a late burst from the skipper to post a competitive 177 and then came up with disciplined bowling and fielding efforts to bundle the Daredevils out for a paltry 84 in 15.4 overs.
"It was a complete performance. Catches win matches and it was proved today. This was a perfect game for us," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium here.
"There was a bit of help for the fast bowlers. Seven batsmen should be good enough in a T20 match. We had a day off (against Kings XI Punjab in their opening game) and fielding is something we always emphasise on and it can be a benchmark for forthcoming games," he added after his fielders took outstanding catches to support a terrific bowling effort. (Read more)
Ishwar Pandey credits fielders
He played an important role in Chennai Super Kings' crushing win over Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League match, but pacer Ishwar Pandey says he did not do anything special and it was the fielders who made his effort look better.
Pandey delivered figures of 4-0-23-2 in his first match for CSK, which the team won by 93 runs, but chose to play it down. "We are a great fielding side who had a bad outing in the last match. We were motivated to correct that and it showed in the catches our fielders pulled off today," Pandey told IPL's official website. (Read more)
Chennai Super Kings's unique achievement
Chennai Super Kings, the two-time Indian Premier League champions, pocketed their first points in the seventh edition of the tournament in Abu Dhabi on Monday night. Having lost their first game against Kings XI Punjab, CSK made a stunning comeback whipping the Daredevils by 93 runs in a one-sided contest.
Suresh Raina hit a Man-of-the-Match winning 56 as CSK scored 177 for 7 after making a cautious start. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravidra Jadeja and Ishwar Pandey took two wickets each as Delhi folded for a paltry 84, the lowest in IPL 2014 so far, to hand Chennai their biggest win in terms of runs.
Chennai's 93-run triumph was their biggest in terms of runs at the IPL, bettering the 92-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore at Port Elizabeth on April 20, 2009. Their previous biggest win over Delhi was by 86 runs (twice) - at Chennai on May 25, 2012 and at Delhi on April 18, 2013. (Read more)