CSK will face the Rajasthan Royals in a top of the table tie at the home ground of the Super kings Captain MS Dhoni in Ranchi. This will be a top of the table tie and a win or loss can make a lot of difference in the standings of the two teams at the end of the day. While the Super Kings at the second spot in the table, the Royals stand at third position and a win can propel them towards the top second spot if they manage to win in a convincing fashion. Also Read - MATCH HIGHLIGHTS India vs Australia 2nd T20I, Cricket Updates: Dhawan's Fifty, Pandya's Cameo Power India to Six-Wicket Win vs Australia; Clinch Series 2-0
CSK, who as always are having a wonderful season are in a great position moving forward in the tournament and has not lost a game to any team in the tournament except the Kings XI. Rajasthan have had their fair share of bad luck but mostly they have been a very balanced side with good plans of execution and the win in the last game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore will play the role of Confidence boosters for them. Also Read - MS Dhoni Gets Slammed For Not Coming up The Order And Negative Mindset During RR vs CSK Dream11 IPL Match in Sharjah
CSK will once again depend upon their openers to provide them with the early boost while Mohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja will take care of the bowling. Also Read - Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Match 4 Highlights: Steve Smith, Rahul Tewatia Star as Royals Beat Dhoni's CSK by 16 Runs
RR has not been the team who have had a certain individual performing for them again and again, rather they have had combined team performances to propel them to their current position.
Over 20: CSK 149/5
Faulkner in the attack, just a single off the first delivery. Six off the second delivery by dhoni, as usual its the last over and dhoni. two runs from the third ball, 3 needed of three ball. And Dhoni does it for them again. he plays the ball for a brace and a overthrow allows them to take the third run as well.
Over 19: CSK 137/5
Kevon Cooper to continue. Just a single off the first delivery. Another yorker and just another single. Six all the way from jadeja on the third ball. Just a single. TWO runs off the fifth delivery, a shout for a run out but its not out. Two off the last ball as well. 12 needed of 6 deliveries
Over 18: CSK 124/5
James Faulkner into the attack now. Single off the first ball for du Plessis. He bowls a wide on the second ball to Dhoni. Just a single off the second ball, faf is struggling with his leg here. Another wide delivery by Faulkner. He has dismissed Faf du plessis here, he has bowled him on a yorker, faf’s struggle ends. Faf Du Plessis 38(39). Ravi Jadeja is the new man in the middle. Single on the first ball for him. Another single, 26 needed off 13 balls. Another single on the last ball, Chennai needs 25 of 12 deliveries.
Over 17: CSK 117/4
Kevon cooper to continue. Single off the first two ball. A dot ball on the third delivery. A close call on the fourth ball for a LBW. Single on the fifth delivery. Just 5 runs from the over.
Over 16: CSK 112/4
Tambe to continue. Single on the second ball. Another single off the third delivery. this has been a great over under the circumstances so far. ohh but we are talking about dhoni here, he has swept the last ball for a boundary.
Over 15: CSK 106/4
Bhatia to continue the attack. Single of the first couple of deliveries. Bhatia has done the job for his captain, he has bowled Ashwin for 14. Ravichandran Ashwin 14(16).
Over 14: CSK 100/3
Faulkner comes into the attack now. Dot ball to start his new spell. A single off the second ball. Another single for Ashwin on the third delivery. 5 runs off the over.
Over 13: CSK 95/3
Rajat Bhatia to continue. Dot ball to start the over. Another Dot ball, good start to the over by Bhatia. Ashwin shows first sign of aggression, hits the ball at mid wicket for a boundary. Single off the 4th ball. Double off the 5th ball. 8 runs off the over.
Over 12: CSK 87/3
Tambe to continue. Single off the first delivery. Another single off the second delivery. Two runs off the third ball from the over. Tambe has been Quite ineffective in this match so far, and expensive too. 7 runs off the over.
Over 11: CSK 80/3
Ravichandran Ashwin is the new batsman in the middle for CSK, talk about weird decisions. Bhatia to continue the attack. Single off the first delivery. Single for Ashwin to get off the mark. Just 4 runs off the over.
Over 10: CSK 76/3
Kevon Cooper to continue. Dot ball to start with. A single on the second ball. A single off the fourth ball. Another dot ball on the fourth delivery. Cooper has done the job for RR, he has picked up the danger man here, Smith departs. Dwayne Smith 44(35).
Over 9: CSK 74/2
Tambe into the attack. Single on the first delivery. Another single of the second ball. Du Plessis picks up a brace on the third ball. Another double for Du Plessis. A boundary on the last ball, 10 runs from the over.
Over 8: CSK 64/2
Rajat Bhatia into the attack. Single off the first delivery. A wide ball to follow. Smith has Beaten the the man in the deep on the leg side for another boundary. Single on the third ball, Smith is looking in ominous form here. he manages to get the edge, but the inside edge races away to the boundary.
Over 7: CSK 52/2
Ankit Sharma to continue. Single off the second delivery. Single off the third delivery, 50 up for CSK. Single off the 4th delivery, a leg bye. 4 runs from the over.
Over 6: CSK 48/2
Kevon cooper into the attack. The first ball nearly produces a wicket, the ball rolls on to the stumps but the bails doesn’t fall. Terrific, what a reply by Du plessis on the very next ball, straight down the ground for a boundary. Single of the 4th ball. 6 runs off the over.
Over 5: CSK 42/2
Ankit Sharma to continue. A single on the first delivery. He has dismissed Raina here, caught at fine leg. Suresh Raina 2(3). Faf Du Plessis is the new batsman in the middle. Early Scare for Du Plessis as he survives an LBW. 2 runs off the over.
Over 4: CSK 40/1
Praveen Tambe into the attack. Boundary by Smith to greet Tambe into the attack. Another Boundary on the second delivery. Single on the 3rd delivery. Good Cricket by CSK here. Wide ball, there was an appeal for a caught behind, but its called a wide. 12 runs off the over.
Over 3: CSK 28/1
Ankit Sharma to bowl the third over. GONE, he has picked up McCullum, the plot has worked for the Royals. Brendon McCullum 6(3). Boundary off the 4th ball for Smith. Another brace on the 5th delivery as smith is looking very good here. Single to end the over. 8 runs off the over.
Over 2: CSK 20/0
James Faulkner is the bowler to bowl from the other end. A wide to start with. A six on the second ball for Dwayne Smith on the first ball itself, great start here. Another six off the 3rd delivery, thats 3 sixes already in the innings. 13 runs off the over.
Over 1: CSK 7/0
Good Start by Ankit Sharma, couple of dot balls to start with. Single off the fourth delivery. Another dot ball on the fifth delivery. Down the ground and over long onn for a six for McCullum. Seven off the over.
Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum to open the innings for CSK. Ankit Sharma to the bowling.
End of First innings and CSK is set to chase 149 in 20 overs.
Over 20: RR 148/8
Mohit Sharma to bowl the last over. A single bye run on the first ball. Bhatia has found the gap between Fine Leg and Square leg and played that ball for a boundary. Faf saves another 2 runs for his team, A boundary reduced to just a brace. Bhatia departs, picks up Dwayne Smith at long off. Rajat Bhatia 7(4). A play and a miss for Yagnik on the second last delivery of the match. Single on the last ball and thats just 8 runs from the over.
Over 19: RR 140/7
Ravindra Jadeja to bowl his last over. He has bowled Faulkner on an arm ball on the very first delivery. James Faulkner 1(4). Dishant yagnik is the new man in. Single first up from him. It’s Binny’s turn to go now. Caught at long onn by Du plessis. Stuart Binny 22(17). A single on the fourth ball for Yagnik. Rajat Bhatia is the enw man in. Single on the first ball for him. Single on the last ball. 4 runs from the over.
Over 18: RR 136/5
Mohit Sharma to continue. Smith comes down the track on the slower delivery and plays it over cover for a boundary. Smith tries to be too clever and has lost his leg stump trying to play the sweep. Steven Smith 9(8). James Faulkner is the new batsman in the middle. Dot ball to start with. Another dot ball, good comeback after the boundary by Sharma. Single off the 5th ball. Couple off the last delivery. 7 runs from the over.
Over 17: RR 129/4
Jadeja into the attack now. Single off the first 2 balls. Another single off the 4th delivery. Binny goes over Extra Cover for a six. Good shot that. 9 runs from the over.
Over 16: RR 120/4
Ashwin in his last over, Steve Smith is the new man in. Single off the second delivery. Smith picks up a brace on the third ball. Another single on the fourth ball. Another single for binny. 6 runs from the over.
Over 15: RR 114/4
Samuel Badree into the attack now. Single off the first delivery. Huge shout for an LBW on the second delivery, but given not out. Binny comes down the track and hits it for a six in the cow corner. Single on the 4th delivery. Karun Nair has Played onn, bowled by Badree. Karun Nair 8(11).
Over 14: RR 106/3
Ishwar Pandey is in the attack now. Single off the first two deliveries. Short ball, cut hard but straight to the fielder. Single off the 4th ball. An overthrow costs the Super Kings 1 run on the 5th delivery. Just 4 runs from the over.
Over 13: RR 102/3
Mohit Sharma is the new man in the attack now. Two Slower deliveries to start the over and Mohit beats Watson on both the occasions. Well that messes the good work done so far, full toss on the hips and its hit over the Square leg for another six. Fifty comes up for Watson in 35 deliveries. Ahhh, one for Mohit now, he has bowled Watson here, middle stump out of the ground. Shane Watson 51(36). Stuart Binny is the next Batsman for RR. Dot ball first up for him. three runs on the last ball.
Over 12: RR 93/2
Ashwin to continue. Single off the first delivery for Watson. Karun Nair has sweeped it fine for a boundary. Single off the third delivery and there is already signs of turn and spin here. Single off the 4th ball. Just 7 runs off the over.
Over 11: RR 86/2
Jadeja to continue. Single off the first delivery. A single on the third delivery and watson is not happy with himself for not putting that short ball away. OHH MY!!!, thats bot what Rajasthan wanted, Rahane is runout. Ajinkya Rahane 4(7). Karun Nair is the new man in. He is beaten on the very first delivery here, but he is safe. just 2 runs off the over.
Over 10: RR 84/1
Vijay Shankar into the attack now. And he nearly got Ajinkya Rahane on the very first delivery. Single off the second delivery. He pitches the third ball up and Watson drives through extra cover for a boundary. A couple on the fourth delivery for watto. Watson is liking Vijay Shankars pace here, he hits it on the leg side for a huge six. Another six and another huge one but this time over mid wicket. 19 runs off the over.
Over 9: RR 65/1
Ravindra Jadeja into the attack now. Single off the first delivery for Watson. Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. he gets off the mark pon the very first delivery. Single off the third delivery as well. Dot ball on the fourth ball. 4 runs off the over.
Over 8: RR 61/1
Ashwin to continue. Single off the first delivery for Ankit Sharma. Another single off the second delivery for Watson. Ankit is playing Ashwin really well here. A wide off the fourth delivery. Watson hits a ball that pitched outside leg for a boundary on the fourth delivery. Another Wide, and the batsmen also run for a single. Ankit Sharma goes for another one and he is caught at the extreme edge of the long onn boundary by Dwayne smith. Ankit Sharma 30(27). Single off the last delivery. 11 runs from the over.
Over 7: RR 50/0
Ishwar Pandey into the attack now. A dot ball on the first delivery. The second ball is bowled out side off and Watson carves it on the off side for a boundary. Hit hard straight down the ground for a single, Pandey got a hand on that one. Another short delivery and Ankit miss pulls it for a single. Another brace on the last delivery, 50 up for the Royals.
Over 6: RR 42/0
Ravichandran Ashwin in to the attack. A single to short fine leg on the first delivery. A brace on the second delivery for Ankit Sharma. Ankit Slogs on the third delivery and he clears mid onn for a boundary. He plays the fourth ball fine and it clears fine leg for a boundary. A dot ball on the fifth delivery. He goes for the slog again and this time it goes all the way, huge six. 17 runs off the over.
Over 5: RR 25/0
Badree to continue. Dot ball first up against Watson. Again three straight deliveries without any score. A single on the fourth delivery. Another dot on the fifth delivery. Just 1 runs from the over.
Over 4: RR 24/0
Mohit Sharma replaces Pandey in the attack. A dot ball to start for Sharma. Sharma strikes it straight down the ground but to the mid onn fielder, no runs on that delivery as well. A pick up length from Mohit and Ankit Sharma hits it straight down the ground over du Plessis for a boundary. Another Length delivery and Ankit plays an outstanding back foot drive through extra cover for a boundary. A dot ball 0n the fifth delivery. Just 8 runs from the over.
Over 3: RR 16/0
Badree to continue. Couple of dot balls up front but Ankit Sharma manages to take a single on the third delivery. Ohh My!!! that eases the pressure, 5 wides down the leg side. Watson takes a single off the fourth delivery. Single off the last ball, 8 runs from the over.
Over 2: RR 8/0
Ishwar Pandey to bowl from the other end. Good stop there from Ravi Jadeja, that was a certain boundary, no runs though. Thats three dot balls to start the over, CSK bowlers have been disciplined so far. Its five dot balls in a row now. Shane Watson has covered for whatever dots he faced that over, smacks the short ball for a six at the cow corner. 6 runs from the over.
Over 1: RR 2/0
Couple of dot balls to start the innings. Good start by Badree here, he has bowled 4 straight dot balls and the pressure is building already. A single of the 5th delivery and Rajasthan are on their way. Two runs off the first over.
Ankit Sharma and Shane Watson to open the batting for Rajasthan Royals, finally he decides to open the innings in the tournament. A big change in the opening pair itself for the royals. Samuel Badree to open the bowling.
Rajasthan Royals win the toss and elect to bat first, Chennai Super Kings will chase
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