Chennai Super Kings 145/8 | Overs 20 | Morris 26* OUT! Ashwin 46 (28)
Rahul Dravid’s Rajasthan Royals are through to the CLT20 2013 final!
What a journey this has been for the side that was in the news for all the wrong reasons after the IPL 2013. They hold on to their fortress at home as Chennai bow out in the semi-final by 14 runs. Yet, the big man Ravichandran Ashwin deserves a lot of credit for bringing the game till the end. He departs for 46 off 28 balls.
Rajasthan will now face the winners of the second semi-final between Trinidad and Tobago and Mumbai Indians to be played on Saturday. Will we have a Rahul Dravid vs Sachin Tendulkar in the finale or will it be a chance for the side from West Indies to do better than their 2009 CLT20 performance and win the title. We will have to wait for a couple of days to find that out. That’s it from me for today. Goodnight.
Chennai Super Kings 137/7 | Overs 19 | Ashwin 39*, Morris 25*
What a game this is turning out to be. Morris and Ashwin are giving Dravid a lot of headache and pressure. Morris gets two boundaries off Cooper as Chennai take 14 runs off the over.
Chennai Super Kings 123/7 | Overs 18 | Ashwin 37*, Morris 14*
Ashwin is on a roll here. He is not ready to let Rajasthan into the final so soon. He gets a six and a four from the first four deliveries of the Watson over. The over also brought up the 50-run stand between this duo. 15 runs from the over. 37 needed from 12 balls.
Chennai Super Kings 108/7 | Overs 17 | Ashwin 22*, Morris 14*
Unreal from Ashwin! He reverse sweeps Faulkner (Yes, you read it right) for a boundary. He then gets another one on the off-side. Another 11-run over here. 52 needed from 18 deliveries
Chennai Super Kings 97/7 | Overs 16 | Ashwin 12*, Morris 13*
Ashwin is not done here! He slams a six to keep Chennai alive and Rajasthan on their feet. 11 runs from the over. Chennai need 63 from the last four overs.
Chennai Super Kings 86/7 | Overs 15 | Ashwin 3*, Morris 11*
Morris gets a four off Faulkner’s over and nine runs taken from it.74 required from 30 balls.
Chennai Super Kings 77/7 | Overs 14 | Ashwin 1*, Morris 4*
Four runs from the over. The asking rate is climbing here. Chennai need 83 fom 36 deliveries.
Chennai Super Kings 73/7 | Overs 13 | Ashwin 0*, Morris 0* OUT! Raina 29 (23)
Tambe is on a roll! He gets rid of Raina and pretty much ends Chennai’s chances. Three runs and a wicket.
Chennai Super Kings 70/6 | Overs 12 | Raina 22*, Ashwin 0* OUT! Jadeja 2 (4)
If there is anybody who can help Chennai out of this situation, it is SIR Raina. Another wicket as Watson gets rid of Jadeja. Is this the final nail in the coffin for Dhoni’s side?
Chennai Super Kings 63/5 | Overs 11 | Raina 22*, Jadeja 1* OUT! Bravo 3 (5)
Tambe strikes! This is phenomenal from the home side. Bravo is trapped in front of the stumps. After a bit of contemplation, Billy Bowden raises the finger. Half the Chennai side is back in the pavilion. A lot will depend on the moustache-twirling Jadeja.
Chennai Super Kings 59/4 | Overs 10 | Raina 22*, Bravo 2* OUT! MS Dhoni 3 (7) [101 runs to win from 60 balls]
Rahul Shukla has picked up the biggest wicket! Dhoni is squared up by a quick delivery which hits his back pad and the umpire raises his finger. Chennai fans turn away, this is not looking good at the moment. The late away movement foxed the Chennai skipper. Away from the on-field chaos, Ravindra Jadeja was spotted twirling his moustache as if to sound a warning signal. Will be interesting to see if he can do anything. At the moment, Rajasthan have the upper hand has Chennai have 59 for four at the half-way stage.
Chennai Super Kings 52/3 | Overs 9 | Raina 19*, MS Dhoni 1* OUT! Badrinath 8 (10)
Tambe gets Badrinath and almost almost sends back the Chennai skipper! It’s a quicker one. Tambe is troubling Dhoni here and the crowd is going wild. Just one run and a wicket from the over.
Chennai Super Kings 51/2 | Overs 8 | Raina 19*, Badrinath 8*
Rahul Shukla comes back. He varies his pace but a quicker short delivery to Badrinath is just about dispatched for a boundary over the wicketkeeper.Seven runs from the over.
Chennai Super Kings 44/2 | Overs 7 | Raina 18*, Badrinath 2*
Dravid continues his rotation policy as Pravin Tambe comes on. He starts well to get a couple of good leg before shouts being turned down. Just three runs from the over.
Chennai Super Kings 41/2 | Overs 6 | Raina 17*, Badrinath 0* OUT! Vijay 14 (16)
Kevon Cooper comes on, the fifth bowler used by Dravid in just his sixth over. Vijay is living dangerously here. Yet again he is in a yes-no situation and makes it back just in time as Rahane is quick to hit the stumps. Vijay fails to read a slower delivery and gets a boundary off the outside edge but is eventually run out off the last ball, courtesy a good direct throw by Sanju Samson. Raina continues to bat like a monk between ruins as he plays an elegant straight drive to move on from the wicket. He follows it up with a hoick over the bowler as Chennai score 41 from the first six overs.
Chennai Super Kings 29/1 | Overs 5 | Vijay 10*, Raina 9*
This time Murali Vijay is on a running spree. By the time Raina says Vijay has covered three-fourth of the pitch. He is lucky that Watson decided to take a shy at the stumps instead of giving it to the fielders backing up behind the stumps. Raina then follows it up with a boundary but Vijay is giving the hosts a few chances to run him out. Raina however, is focussed on Watson’s poor leg-side bowling which he flicks to the boundary behind square.
Chennai Super Kings 20/1 | Overs 4 | Vijay 9*, Raina 1*
Rahul Shukla comes into the attack and Vijay gets lucky to get an outside edge that beats the slip cordon to travel to the boundary.
Chennai Super Kings 13/1 | Overs 3 | Vijay 3* OUT! Hussey 9 (11)
Oh dear! What a terrible mix-up! Hussey will have to walk back after being run out. The Australian played the ball to the mid-off and set off for a run while Vijay was busy ball watching. In the end Hussey had come too far out and couldn’t make it back to the crease.
Chennai Super Kings 10/0 | Overs 2 | Vijay 2*, Hussey 7*
Faulkner bowls the second over. He attemps a back-of-the-hand slower ball that is not controlled well and ends up as a no-ball that is guided to fine leg boundary by Hussey.
Chennai Super Kings 2/0 | Overs 1 | Vijay 1*, Hussey 1*
Stuart Binny starts the proceedings. It seems like its tough to keep Rahane out of action today. He displays splendid bit of fielding at point. Murali Vijay and Michael Hussey start off slowly.
Rahane’s 70 paved the way for Rajasthan Royals’ innings and he did well to play on till the final over when he was dismissed by Bravo. The West Indian bowler picks up three wickets off the final over and gives only four runs away as the home side end on 159 for eight.
Chennai picked up wickets at crucial junctures to keep the brakes on the scoring . This is a challenging total, but surely not out of Chennai’s reach. If the pitch continues to behave the same way, MS Dhoni’s journey to another final may not be altered after all. But, its Jaipur and Rajasthan Royals so nothing can be ruled out. We’ll be back shortly for the fascinating chase.
Brad Hodge gets his first boundary off Mohit Sharma. Mohit bowls a slower one to Rahane who moves across and sweeps it past Dhoni to the fine leg boundary. This is a special knock from Rahane. A single to finish the over that has fetched 12 runs.
Watson goes! What a BIG BIG wicket for Chennai. Morris comes back for his final over and dismisses Watson off the first ball. If this dismissal goes on to prove fatal for Rajasthan in the end, Dhoni will be hailed for his master move of bringing in Morris for this game. For the moment, it leaves Rajasthan with five overs to play without Watson. Brad Hodge walks in.
Watson’s in-famous front leg comes across but he isn’t in the middle of a leg before appeal like he was during the Ashes 2013. Here, he manages to get bat to ball. He then slams a shot straight back the bowler for a four. Holder comes back well with a rising delivery that Watson just about puts away on the leg side. He gets a full toss to play and he calmly flicks it beyond the reach of the diving fielder at deep fine leg. 14 runs from the over.
Bravo continues around the wicket to Watson. If he can keep the big Australian down, it won’t be long before Watson does something silly.Credit to Bravo for continuously bowling full to Watson. One slower ball and Watson smashed it to the midwicket boundary.
Ravichandran Ashwin finally gets to bowl. Rahane cannot keep himself from playing his trademark inside out lofted shot over extra cover, can he? He gets the 999th six off the tournament and follows it up with a cut shot that pierces the offside field to reach the boundary. Good over for Rajasthan as Ashwin bowls a barrage of short deliveries. Ashwin bowls two wides to Watson before bowling a full delivery on his legs which fetches the Australian a single. 16 runs from the over.
Samson is gone…or is he? He hits one in the air and is caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at mid-wicket but there are doubts that ball could have hit the wire of the spidey cam on its way down. After a lot of deliberation and consultation with the TV umpire, Billy Bowden shows the croocked finger. Samson’s dismissal brings out Shane Watson to the middle.
The gamble of playing Cooper at No 3 is paying off…for the moment at least! Mohit bowls a short delivery which Cooper slams for a six behind point and then makes room outside the leg-stump and scores a boundary over point. This has come after Mohit had sledged Cooper in the second ball of the innings after beating the latter’s bat. Cooper is still not done, he made room again and pierced the off-side field to get a boundary through covers. Cooper went for another hit but Mohit has the last laugh. It was a slower one that Cooper hit straight to Raina at covers.
Chris Morris comes on…for the first time in the tournament! And he cleans up Rahul Dravid! It was a full delivery angled into the right-hander who tried to play across and missed it. Kevon Cooper walked out at number three. Morris had a rusty start to his over, bowling a wide and a no-ball but recovered with an important wicket.
Dravid, you beauty! Mohit Sharma starts of with a short delivery slightly outside the off-stump and the Rajasthan skipper was up on his toes and slammed the ball through the point. Mohit comes back well to not give away any more runs. Just four runs from the over.
Ravindra Jadeja starts off the proceedings with the ball. He tempts Rahane to come down the wicket and attempt his usual lofted inside out shot. Rahane failed to connect as the ball held its line. However, Rahane made up for it by slamming a gorgeous six straight over the bowler. Seven runs from the over.
.@msdhoni is captaining for the 100th time in a Twenty20 match on Indian soil – 82 times in IPL, 9 times in #CLT20 and 9 times in T20Is.
Dhoni adds another feather to his cap. He would love to finish with another final berth. He has already won the toss. Can his bowlers deliver for him on a wicket that has seen a lot of runs on it so far. We’ll have to wait and find out.
Chennai Super Kings: Michael Hussey, Murali Vijay, Suresh Raina, Subramaniam Badrinath, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Chris Morris, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Mohit Sharma.
Good evening and a warm welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the Champions League Twenty20 first semi-final match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at Jaipur. This game offers MS Dhoni a chance to take his side to yet another final of a tournament. However, he faces a stern test in the form of Rajasthan Royals who have a spotless record at home in this season’s IPL as well as the CLT20 2013.
I am Prakash Govindasreenivasan and I will bring you the over-by-over updates.