Pravin Tambe is named the Man of the Match for another exhibition of exceptional leg-spin bowling in the shortest format of the game. It shows that the young batsmen can do all sorts of monstrous stuff with their willows yet the 42-year old veteran continues to impress here. Join us tomorrow for the 2nd semifinal between Mumbai Indians and Trinidad and Tobago. Till then, farewell!
A very fine performance from the Men in Blue to trounce a big team like Chennai. Murali Vijay had a lot of run-out chances against him before falling to it initially. Tambe picked up three crucial wickets of Raina, Badrinath and Bravo. Once Bravo's wicket was picked, it all looked like Rajasthan had the game in their bags easily but with some poor bowling and outstanding batting, Ravichandran Ashwin pulled back and the equation came to 23 needed off 6 balls. Eventually, Faulkner kept his calm and Rajasthan got through!
Today is Friday and this is Rajasthan Royals' 13th win on the trot here at their home ground. A truly remarkable performance from them and they are through to the finals in their 1st appearance of the Champions League T20. Got to feel hard for Ashwin though!
James Faulkner to Chris Morris
That's it! Rajasthan Royals win by 14 runs and reach the finals of CLT20 in their first attempt! Fullish outside off, Morris only manages to drive it to long off. They don't take the run and Royals celebrate.
Play and a miss! Yorker length delivery outside off, Morris slashes and misses.
Jason Holder is the new batsman.
James Faulkner to Ravichandran Ashwin
OUT! Ashwin holes out! Full outside off, Ashwin mistimes his loft straight into the hands of Binny at long on. Ashwin departs for a fighting 46 and with him, it seems to be all over for Chennai.
Well, Hodge seems to be badly hurt and is being carried off the field.
Ouch! Very full outside off, Ashwin squeezes it to point, two fielders, Watson and Hodge, converge onto it and clash as Watson stops the ball. Both are down on the ground as the batsmen take a single. They looks for a second but then don't take it, don't know why. It was Watson who grabbed the ball and rammed on to Hodge.
Low full toss again, outside off, Ashwin drills it to long on for one.
SIX! Is there still something in for Chennai? Low full toss on off, Ashwin heaves it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
Faulkner will bowl the final over with 23 to defend.
Kevon Cooper to Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin backs away and drills it full delivery to mid off for just a single. 23 needed off the last over.
Kevon Cooper to Chris Morris
Full on middle, Morris whips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
FOUR! Poor delivery and hammered! Full toss outside off, Morris slams it over extra cover for a boundary. 25 needed off 8 balls.
Full outside off, Morris slices it over point for a couple. Good stop in the deep from Watson. 29 needed from 9 balls.
FOUR! Powerful shot! Fullish outside off, Morris crashes it through extra cover for a boundary.
WIDE! Delivers it wide outside off, Morris leaves it alone.
Just short! Full outside off, Ashwin mistimes his loft on the bounce to the long off fielder for a single.
Shane Watson to Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin shuffles way, way across, even before Watson is half way into his run up, Watson follows him with a full delivery, Ashwin only manages to drill it to long on for a single. 37 needed off 12 balls now.