Highlights, IPL 2019, CSK vs RR Match 12: Another humdinger involving Chennai Super Kings. No surprise there, eh? This went right down to the wire, well almost, but the hosts came out on top. Their experience showed in the death overs which helped them bag another win under their belt. Rajasthan Royals were rocked early after losing their top order in the Powerplay itself, but then Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi took things under their control before they started to motor along. The latter’s wicket saw the former also depart quickly and that dented the visitors’ momentum a lot. When all seemed lost, Stokes kept the fight going and eventually, found an able partner in Archer. Their 44-run stand almost got the job done, but Bravo’s amazing final over, where he had to defend 11, turned the game on its head. Got Stokes off the very first ball and didn’t let anything leak after that. It proved to be too much for Archer alone to conquer. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS, CSK vs RR MATCH 12 in CHENNAI
00.10 IST: Chennai continue their winning streak! Bravo yet again proves why he is one of the best going around. Defending 11 runs in the final over, he has just conceded 3 and taken his team over the line. Coming to the final ball, it was a pacy delivery on middle, skid on after landing. Archer looks to pull but is late. The ball goes towards cover. A single is taken but Raina does not care. The people in the stands all go up in unison. Chennai Super Kings (175/5) beat Rajasthan Royals (167/8) by 8 runs at Chepauk. Stokes 46, Tripathi 39, Chahar 2/19, Tahir 2/23
00.08 IST: OUT! Tahir settles under the ball, takes it and starts running! This game is all but over! A length ball on off, slower in pace. Gopal goes for the swing over mid-wicket but fails to hit it well. The ball flies off the leading edge and goes towards third man where Tahir is there and takes a good catch. RR 166/8 in 19.5 overs, need 10 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
00.01 IST: OUT! Dwayne Bravo removes Ben Stokes for 46. Is that the game? Bravo, the man for all seasons does it yet again! A fuller length ball outside off, almost yorker length. Stokes goes deep in the crease, tries to lift it over cover. He does not get the elevation though and the ball goes straight to Raina who pouches it safely. The Chennai crowd has come alive once again! Rajasthan Royals 164/7 in 19.1 overs, need 12 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
23.57 IST: SIX! One-handed sixer and the Chennai crowd has their hands on their heads. A length ball at the body of Stokes. He goes deep in the crease and lifts it over deep square leg for a maximum. Ben’s right hand came off the bat during the shot and that is what makes it even more special. Rajasthan 161/6 in 18.3 overs, need 16 runs to win vs Chennai (175/5)
23.52 IST: SIX! That is into the stands! The Archer show is starting to trouble the Chennai crowd here. A fuller length ball on middle, lifted by Jofra way back into the long on stands. 92 meters! RR 151/6 in 18 overs, need 25 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
23.48 IST: SIX! That is the brute power of Stokes. A length ball outside off, Stokes stands tall and gets it over the rope at wide long off. That is the perfect start for Rajasthan to this over. Rajasthan Royals 138/6 in 17.1 overs, need 38 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
23.45 IST: FOUR! That is some kind of a start for Archer. A length ball wide outside off, cut away wide of point and to the right of third man for a boundary.
23.44 IST: OUT! Shardul Thakur removes K Gowtham for 9. Thakur strikes and another nail in the coffin of Rajasthan. A length ball outside off, the idea was right from Gowtham to go over mid off who was in the circle but the execution was not right out there. The bat turns in his hand and the ball flies towards cover. Raina there makes no mistake and completes the catch. Things not looking good for the away side, they need 56 runs off 23 balls now. RR 125/6 in 16.3 overs, need 51 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
23.38 IST: SIX! Gowtham tonks Tahir for a maximum on the first ball after the break. A googly on middle, Krishnappa reads that one and comes down the track before depositing it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
23.35 IST: SIX! That is a true connection and Stokes needs many more of these. A flatter one on middle, Ben gets on his knees and launches it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. The fielder there was interested for a bit but then watched the ball sail over his head. Rajasthan 111/5 in 15 overs, need 65 runs to win vs Chennai (175/5)
23.25 IST: OUT! Imran Tahir removes Steve Smith for 28. Smith is heading back and the Tahir train is off on its way once more. A flighted ball, Smith comes down the track and takes it on the full. The ball hits the bottom part of the bat and hence there is no power. It goes to Dhruv Shorey who is a substitute fielder. He takes an easy catch. This is a huge wicket and the Chennai crowd know the value of it. RR 95/5 in 13.3 overs, need 81 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
23.09 IST: OUT! Imran Tahir removes Rahul Tripathi for 39. Tahir strikes and he gets ride of the dangerous Tripathi. It’s the leg break, full on off, spins away as Tripathi comes forward. Isn’t quite to the pitch of it and ends up handing a catch back to Tahir who takes it sharply. Rahul isn’t happy with himself at all, he feels he should have done better on that. This could allow Chennai to claw their way back into the game. Partnership of 61 comes to a close. Rajasthan Royals 75/4 in 10 overs, need 101 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
23.01 IST: FOUR! Shot. The execution on this shot is spot on. Had no margin for error and he hits it with perfection. Loopy and full on off, Tripathi opens his body up and lofts it over the leaping cover fielder to find the fence. RR 70/3 in 8.4 overs, need 106 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
22.55 IST: FOUR! The placement is immaculate from Rahul Tripathi. Beautiful timing. There’s some pace on this as it’s pitched full, Tripathi drives it through the gap in the covers. Jadhav out in the deep runs to his right and dives, gets a hand to it but he still can’t keep it from the rope. Rajasthan Royals 59/3 in 7.2 overs, need 117 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
22.49 IST: SIX! Makes full use of the opportunity. It’s tossed right up there, in the slot for Rahul Tripathi who absolutely puts this away. He clears his front leg and smokes it straight back over the bowler’s head for a maximum. Rajasthan 45/3 in 6 overs, need 131 runs to win vs Chennai (175/5)
22.45 IST: FOUR! Welcomes Santner with a boundary. A juicy full toss on the stumps, Tripathi accepts that with a smile and dispatches it over mid-wicket. Nobody out there in the deep, so the batsman will get a boundary. RR 32/3 in 5.1 overs, need 144 runs to win vs CSK (175/5)
22.37 IST: FOUR! Two in two! That is a bad ball and it gets the treatment it deserves. A fuller length ball on the pads, it is flicked away nonchalantly and the ball finds the rope at square leg once more.
22.33 IST: OUT! Shardul Thakur removes Jos Buttler for 6. Another one bites the dust! This time it’s Buttler who has to depart. Rajasthan are losing the plot here. They are already three down. Buttler goes to flick this length to the leg side but he is a hint early into the shot and closes his bat face. The ball takes the leading edge and lobs up in the air. Bravo from mid off runs to his left and takes the catch easily. Rajasthan Royals 14/3 in 2.1 overs, need 176 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
22.28 IST: The third umpire is being called for once more. Soft signal is out again. Looked perfectly out to the naked eye but Samson wants it to be rechecked and so do the umpires.
22.21 IST: FOUR! Timing! This guy just oozes class. A length ball outside off, Samson just lazily lunges and times this beautifully through cover-point for a boundary. Rajasthan 12/1 in 2.2 overs, need 164 runs to win vs Chennai
22.24 IST: 2000 runs for Samson in the Indian Premier League! He gets there by pulling a short ball outside off towards the deep mid-wicket region. The fielder at mid-wicket runs behind and stops it just inside the ropes to keep it to two. RR 8/1 in 2 overs vs CSK (175/5)
22.19 IST: FOUR! Buttler and Rajasthan are underway. Starts off with a length ball outside off, Buttler reaches for it and pushes it through the covers for a boundary.
22.15 IST: OUT! Deepak Chahar removes Rajasthan skipper – Ajinkya Rahane for 0. That is a brilliant catch by Jadeja! Chennai strike on the second ball! A length ball outside off, Rahane looks to push coming a bit ahead but plays away from the body. The ball goes off the lower part of the bat and flies towards Jadeja at point. Rajasthan Royals 0/1 in 0.3 overs, need 176 runs to win vs Chennai Super Kings (175/5)
22.13 IST: We are back for the run chase. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler stride out to the middle. Deepak Chahar will be bowling the first over for Chennai. A slip in place for him. Let’s see how it all unfolds…
22.04 IST: Rajasthan will feel disappointed with how they fared in the death overs. They fared well for the most part of the innings, but just couldn’t contain the run flow towards the fag end. Archer was the standout bowler, picking up 2/17 in his 4 overs. But, Unadkat and Kulkarni got taken for a lot of runs, conceding 28 and 24 in their respective final overs. Big task now lies ahead of the visiting side, but we’ve seen the dew already heavily coming into play. Will be interesting to see if the hosts can adjust to the conditions quickly enough.
21.59 IST: SIX! What a finish this is! 28 off the over! A length ball outside off, Dhoni swings and connects. He gets this way over the long on boundary. The fielder there is a mere spectator. CHENNAI END WITH 175/5 and Dhoni ends with 75 not out! This is a brilliant comeback from Chennai as well as a really formidable score to defend. Chennai Super Kings 175/5 in 20 overs vs Rajasthan Royals at Chepauk. Dhoni 75*, Raina 36, Archer 2/17
21.57 IST: SIX! Thala has gone mad and he has made the Chennai crowd go mad as well. A length ball outside off, nothing ball to be honest. Sitting up to be hit, Dhoni smashes it over long off for a really big six. 21 off the over so far.
21.55 IST: SIX! What a shot! The flattest of all the sixes tonight for sure. Slower ball on middle, Jadeja walks down the track and smashes it right back over the bowler’s head for a six. Straight as an arrow! That brings up the 150 for the hosts!
21.49 IST: OUT! Bravo holes out! A shorter one from Archer, Dwayne looks to pull it away but the ball gets too big on him. The ball goes higher rather than far and Kulkarni at long on settles under the ball and takes an easy catch. Archer has been really good tonight, this is his second wicket. Chennai 144/5 in 18.3 overs vs Rajasthan
21.47 IST: FOUR! 21st fifty for Dhoni in the Indian Premier League! Jofra bowls a full toss outside off, Dhoni opens the bat face and guides it past point for a boundary. CSK 143/3 in 18.1 overs RR
21.45 IST: SIX! What an over this has been! 24 off it in the end! A length ball outside off, Bravo lifts it over covers and deposits it way back into the crowd. Kulkarni after just conceding 13 runs in his first 3 overs, ends with figures of 4-0-37-1. Chennai 139/4 in 18 overs vs Rajasthan
21.43 IST: SIX! The Free Hit goes for a maximum! A full toss outside off, Dhoni gets under it and smashes it over the covers for a biggie. Chennai Super Kings are 128/4 in 17.3 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
21.41 IST: FOUR! That is lucky for Chennai and Bravo. A length ball outside off, Bravo looks to cut it away but the ball takes the outside half and goes past the short third man fielder to his right. Once it beats him, there is no stopping that ball.
21.35 IST: SIX! The Free Hit goes for a maximum! A full toss outside off, Dhoni gets under it and smashes it over the covers for a biggie.
21.31 IST: FOUR! What a deft touch! On a length outside off and slower, Dhoni just chops it away in the gap between backward point and short third man for a boundary. Insane knowledge of where the fielders are exactly.
21.25 IST: FOUR! Caribbean Calypso on show here! On a length outside off, Dwayne Bravo uses those wrists and gets the ball over the head of point for a boundary. 11 off the over, a good one for Chennai.
21.18 IST: Strategic break – Rajasthan have wrested control back in their favour just when it looked like the partnership between Dhoni and Raina was taking Chennai out of jail. The hosts will now have to rebuild once more with the duo out in the middle. They do have a couple of more batsmen left in the line-up but their aim now will be to not lose any wickets at least for the next 2-3 overs. Meanwhile, the away side will hope for a wicket or two more which will certainly put them in the driver’s seat here!
21.15 IST: OUT! Jaydev Unadkat removes Suresh Raina for 36. What a way to get Raina out. Bowls a scrambled seam bowl. This one was a full ball and Raina tried to move away and play it over covers. He does not connect and misses completely and the ball rattles the stumps. That is a big wicket for Chennai as Raina was well set and the partnership was well built. Now, Rajasthan should capitalize on this opportunity and pick one or two more wickets here to stop the run scoring. Chennai Super Kings are 88/4 in 13.4 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
21.11 IST: FOUR! Dhoni at his very best. Back of a length delivery outside off, Dhoni dances down the track and slaps it straight back past the bowler for a boundary.
21.04 IST: FOUR! DEFT! Raina looks in form here. Unadkat strays on the legs, Raina shuffles across and plays it fine into the fence. 12 runs from the 12th over.
21.01 IST: FOUR! This is in Dhoni’s region. Changes line this time and bowls it on his legs, Dhoni pulls it to the on side and the ball rolls to square leg for a boundary. CSK 71/3 in 11.3 overs vs RR
20.56 IST: SIX! Raina goes downtown and gets the desired result. A boundary of the first ball of the over once more! This seems to be a plan. A flighted leg spinner on middle, Raina goes down on one knee and lifts it over wide long on for a huge one! Chennai Super Kings are 61/3 in 10.1 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.48 IST: Strategic break. Rajasthan clearly on top after picking up three early wickets. Kulkarni, Archer and Stokes all picked up one each, but since then, Chennai have made a decent recovery with Raina and Dhoni patiently building a partnership. Let’s see how the next phase goes. Crucial for both teams.
20.46 IST: FOUR! Cut away and cut away hard! Short and wide outside off, there to be hit. Raina obliges as he rocks back and cracks it through backward point for a boundary. CSK 45/3 in 9 overs vs RR at Chepauk
20.37 IST: Jaffa! Sharp bouncer from Archer, on middle, takes Raina completely by surprise and all he can do is somehow get out of its way. That’s the end of the Powerplay, Chennai Super Kings are 29/3 in 6 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.29 IST: OUT! Kulkarni picks up his first and Chennai have lost their third already, Kedar Jadhav departs for 8. A loose shot from Jadhav. It’s full and wide outside off, seaming away, Kedar goes after it with a booming drive and nicks it behind. Buttler moves to his right and takes a relatively catch. The hosts in a spot of bother here. Chennai Super Kings 27/3 in 4.5 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.27 IST: Top edge and FOUR! Short ball on middle, Raina moves inside the line and looks to pull. It goes off the top edge and flies over the keeper’s head, making its way to the boundary line behind.
20.24 IST: FOUR! Takes the aerial route again and gets the desired result once more. Bumper banged in, Jadhav pulls it over mid-wicket for another boundary. Not in complete control of this one, but it’s enough to fetch him what he wants. 14 runs and a wicket off this over, quite an eventful one for sure. Chennai 22/2 in 4 overs vs Rajasthan
20.21 IST: OUT! Ben Stokes removes Shane Watson for 13. Stokes gets his revenge. This is exceptional fielding placement from Rahane. Stokes deliberately bowls it well outside off, offering Watson width. He goes after it, cuts it and it goes off the outer half. Jofra Archer at short third man is placed quite fine and he moves to his left to take the catch. Both the Chennai openers are back in the dugout now. Chennai Super Kings 14/2 in 3.5 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.19 IST: SIX! Watto goes big and gets the maximum for this shot. He’s really got a hold of that one, hasn’t he? Finding the middle of the bat now, is Watson. Short of a length on middle and off, the opener picks the length up early. He goes back and pulls it powerfully over square leg for a maximum. CSK 14/1 in 3.3 overs vs RR
20.15 IST: FOUR! That will release some pressure off from Watson. First boundary of the evening for Chennai. Back of a length on off, Watson sits back for it and swings across the line. Clears mid-wicket and finds the fence. Chennai 5/1 in 2.3 overs vs Rajasthan
20.13 IST: Not out! Relief for Watson and the yellow army in the crowd. Kulkarni angles it on leg and it keeps going further down, Watson attempts to flick it down fine but there seemingly is some noise behind as the ball passes the bat. There’s an appeal and the umpire raises his finger. The Aussie thinks about it and then takes the DRS. Replays show there’s no bat involved whatsoever, so he survives. CSK 1/1 in 2.1 overs vs RR
20.12 IST: And some drama here straightaway. Watson has been caught behind and given out, but the batsman has decided to review it. Let’s see what happens here.
20.11 IST: OUT! Jofra Archer removes Ajinkya Rahane for 1. A wicket-maiden from Archer, sensational. Not much pace on this, at 133 clicks, since no runs have come in this over Rayudu tries to be a little unorthodox by backing away and running it down to third man. But all he can manage is an edge behind which Buttler collects gleefully. Chennai Super Kings 1/1 in 2 overs vs Rajasthan Royals
20.08 IST: So the physio is out. After copping a blow on the last delivery, Rayudu is feeling some pain on his forearm. He’s receiving medical attention. Shouldn’t be anything too serious though, some magic spray to do the trick.
20.07 IST: Skidding off the deck a bit on this occasion, just behind a length on the stumps, Rayudu backs away a touch to play on the off side but is caught on the forearm.
20.04 IST: This length ball on off is punched straight to the man at cover. Tidy first over from Kulkarni. Just one run from it. Chennai 1/0 in 1 over vs Rajasthan
19.57 IST: We are ready to get underway. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu walk out to the middle amid a loud cheer from the yellow wave. The Rajasthan players spread out across the field. Dhawal Kulkarni will take the ball first for them. Here we go…
19.41 IST: MS Dhoni says the dew will come in, if it hasn’t already, so things usually even out. Mentions that there is one change as Mitchell Santner comes in for Harbhajan Singh.
19.37 IST: Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir
19.32 IST: TOSS – Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field vs Chennai Super Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
19.28 IST: Suresh Raina is the leading run-getter against RR in IPL having scored 569 runs in 19 matches against them.
19.25 IST: MS Dhoni hasn’t scored a fifty against Rajasthan Royals in 17 innings.
19.20 IST: CSK spinners have ten wickets in their first two games – the most by any team in the tournament.
19.00 IST: Hello and a very warm welcome to our live cricket blog of match 12 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai .
Brief Preview: In a bid to win their third straight match, defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will take to the field against Rajasthan Royals in their second home match at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. The tournament opener saw Royal Challengers Bangalore being shot out for 70, a target that CSK achieved in the 18th over to win by seven wickets. But the slowness of the track drew criticism from both the captains — Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Meanwhile, CSK has started the season with two straight wins and will look to keep the momentum going. After beating Bangalore, they rode on a team effort to prevail over Delhi Capitals in their second outing. Not known to make too many changes to the playing XI, it remains to be seen if CSK continue to play with just three overseas players, thereby keeping South Africa captain Faf du Plessis in the reserves. (READ FULL PREVIEW – MATCH 12)
Chennai Super Kings (From): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk/C), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Sam Billings, Dhruv Shorey, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, Mitchell Santner, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar
Rajasthan Royals (From): Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Prashant Chopra, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Stuart Binny, Shashank Singh, Liam Livingstone, Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag, Mahipal Lomror, Ish Sodhi, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Sudhesan Midhun