CSK vs RR, IPL 2019, Highlights: As It Happened
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As it happened: Bravo needed to defend 12 runs in the final over, he has won CSK the match by 8 runs. It was a stunning over, he got rid of Ben Stokes on the first ball of the final over which effectively sealed the deal for RR. It was a good chase by RR, Rahul Tripathi and Ben Stokes and then Jofra Archer got their side very close, but the experience of Dwayne Bravo got the job done for CSK (Full scorecard)
CSK vs RR: As it happened
He needed to defend 12 runs in the final over, he has won CSK the match by 8 runs. It was a stunning over, he got rid of Ben Stokes on the first ball of the final over which effectively sealed the deal for RR. It was a good chase by RR, Rahul Tripathi and Ben Stokes and then Jofra Archer got their side very close, but the experience of Dwayne Bravo got the job done for CSK
RR need 12
DJ Bravo with the final over, Stokes will be the man on strike. RR should win this, but it could well be a matter of 1 wicket.
And wicket they get, Stokes has shovelled a full ball straight to Raina at cover
Cross seam, lands the ball on a length, Gowtham tries to go over covers, the bat turns in his hands the ball balloons to Suresh Raina who runs around and completes a smart catch at cover
Final 5 overs
RR needs 65 off the next 5 overs with 5 wickets in hand. Ben Stokes has to be the man for Rajasthan, K Gowtham is no slouch with the bat either, this promises to be fun
Down the wicket comes Smith, Tahir fires one full, Smith looks to biff it over the top, does not time it as well as it caught at long off. This could be the game-changing wicket for Rajasthan
Top over by Imran Tahir, control and spin. He tops it with the perfect ball, Tripathi lunges forward and looks to turn it away towards mid-wicket, but the outside half of the bat forces the ball to straight back to Tahir
Tripathi gliding along
He is carrying an injury but Rahul Tripathi is playing an absolute blinder here. These conditions are not easy for the spinners, the ball is wet and hence, Tripathi has gone after the spinners, and Rajasthan have found some momentum here
Not a good start for Santner
Two full bungers, two boundaries, and a six. 17 runs in that over, not a good IPL debut. RR find momentum at the end of the powerplay overs
Buttler has to walk back
Length ball from Thakur, Buttler wants to tonk it over mid-off, the bat turns in his hands and the ball lobs up easily for Dwayne Bravo at mid off
Another length ball shaping away, Samson drives, loosely away from the body and spoons a catch to Raina who dives forward and completes a smart catch. Chepauk finds its voice again
Stat Attack: Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane departs for a duck
His 11th duck in the IPL.
He is now the 3rd highest to have ducks in the IPL.
What a start for Chennai Super Kings! Ravindra Jadeja pulled off a brilliant catch as Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Deepak Chahar on the second ball of the innings! RR 0/1
4 sixes in that final over have lifted CSK to 175 on a pitch which was very slow. CSK were dead and buried, Raina and Dhoni took their time to get going and then slowly built a good partnership. Raina attacked the spinners, Dhoni kept at it and then erupted towards the end as he ended with an unbeaten 75. CSK will be happier with this score, but the conditions are very challenging, the dew is having a huge effect. Is this score par?
Jofra strikes, Bravo wants to take him downtown, does not get the required timing and is caught by Dhawal Kulkarni running in from long on. It was a good innings by Bravo, injected some momentum into the innings
50 for Dhoni
A typical Dhoni innings, cautious to begin with, taking the innings deep and now finding boundaries as he looks for a final flourish. CSK will aim for a score in excess of 160
Dhoni breaks free
This has been a poor over from Dhawal, the dew is not helping his cause. A wide, a no ball, a free hit and a six, Dhoni has found the momentum. RR need to be careful, they cannot afford this match to slip by
Bravo finds form
On a sluggish pitch, Dwayne Bravo has come out and has already found 2 boundaries. He can give the flourish CSK need, Dhoni will take this innings deep
Unadkat breaks this partnership, Raina came venturing down the track, he made room and Unadkat fired one full and straight, aimed at the base of middle stump and has smashed the stumps. He exults, CSK lose 4th wicket
Dhoni on the move
After nudging and nurdling for the initial part, MS Dhoni has finally decided to get a move on, CSK are on course now for a par score on this surface. There is dew present which will improve the batting conditions and hence, CSK need to aim for a cushion too
Raina looking good
After a slow start, Raina has found his groove and is now rocking along at a fair clip. This partnership with Dhoni will be key for CSK as they look to post a formidable total on the board
Dhoni and Raina will have to reassess the total on this pitch and then proceed accordingly. Rajasthan cannot afford to release this pressure and have to keep attacking them. A score of 130ish could be par on these surface, particularly with the attack CSK have at their disposal
CSK are 29/3 after the end of 6 overs.
This is their lowest score in the 1st 6 overs against RR in the IPL.
This is also their 2nd lowest score in the 1st 6 overs in the IPL at Chennai.
That ball was wide, not too short, Jadhav wanted to cut anyway and manages to nick it behind to Jos Buttler who takes an easy catch. Rajasthan are right on top here and in walks MS Dhoni
After banging the first ball over deep mid-wicket, Stokes has hit back nicely. That ball was short and wide, Watson looked to cut it up and over, gets the outside edge and is caught by Jofra Archer at short third man. RR right on top here
Ambati Rayudu dismissed
Archer has bowled the perfect over, 5 dot balls, and then on the final ball gets rid of Ambati Rayudu, who nicks it to Jos Buttler. RR have started with the perfect couple of overs.
Good first over
On the perfect line and length, good tight stuff by Dhawal Kulkarni and both CSK openers have negotiated this with caution. Jofra Archer will take up the new ball from the other end. This pitch seems to have good carry right now
Rajasthan Royals in their huddle, out march the CSK openers - Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson. This is some atmosphere, CSK in their home ground is some sight
Chennai Super Kings XI: S Watson, A Rayudu, S Raina, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni, D Bravo, R Jadeja, D Chahar, S Thakur, M Santner, I Tahir
Rajasthan Royals XI: A Rahane, J Buttler, S Samson, S Smith, B Stokes, R Tripathi, K Gowtham, J Archer, J Unadkat, S Gopal, D Kulkarni
Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and Rajasthan will field first.
Sayan - Sanju’s form a big worry
Sanju Samson averages only 12.66 against Chennai Super Kings in IPL. This is his worst average against any team in T20s with minimum of 5 innings.
Teams entering the ground
Manish - What about the CSK openers?
Well, for all the success so far this season, the CSK openers have not managed to put together a decisive partnership up front. Ambati Rayudu and Shane Watson collectively have scored just 77 runs in 2 matches at a strike rate of just 92.77. This is where RR bowlers will hope break open the CSK batting order
Sayan - It’s CSK so they will win again
For MS Dhoni and CSK, it is all about turning up and coasting to a win. They have been superb, well-oiled unit and have all the bases covered.
Skipper MS Dhoni has led the team in style and his leadership skills are the reason behind the three-time champions’ flying start. Dhoni believes in continuity and that is why it is likely that CSK won’t tinker around with their line-up much for this clash.
Hello and welcome
Chennai Super Kings will look to continue their fine form in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the Match 12 of the season. CSK have been the team of the tournament so far and have registered two wins in as many games.
The side seems to have all the bases covered and against Rajasthan Royals, they will be the favourites. For RR, they need to sort out their playing combinations and believe they have the arsenal to win the game.
Before the start of the match, we will preview this contest for you where I (Manish Pathak- cricket correspondent) and Sayan Ghosh (cricket correspondent) will put forward our respective cases for two teams playing today. I will present the case for RR while my colleague will put forward his stat based counters as to why he things CSK will keep marching along.