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IPL 6 as it happened: Chennai beat Rajasthan in close finish

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Chennai Super Kings have beaten Rajasthan Royals by five wickets.

2325: That's it! It looked like Watson's last over would win it for Rajasthan with CSK needing 11 off the last over. Morris gave the strike to Bravo with a single, and the West Indian responded with a six over the off-side before taking two quick doubles to finish off the match.

2315: Wicket!Dhoni c Binny b Faulkner 21 (16b, 1x4, 0x6): Dhoni's gone for the big one after a brilliant 19th over from Faulkner, and is caught by Binny at long-on.

In the build-up to the wicket, a couple of misfields from Dravid sees him furious with himself. Faulkner however, has bowled a quality 19th over (six runs, one wicket) to take this match to the wire.

2307: Wicket! Jadeja b Faulkner 0 (2b, 0x4, 0x6): Woah! Stumps are dangling after that delivery! Jadeja has no answer to Faulkner's yorker. Big blow, this.

CSK 154/4 after 16. 3 overs.

2305: Wicket! Hussey run out 88 (51b, 13x4, 1x6): Dravid brings an end to Hussey's innings with a brilliant direct-hit. Game on!

CSK are 154/3 after 16.1 overs.

2255: Hussey has been relentless! He hits any bowler, frustrating them to such a level that they feel helpless. In the last two overs, he has cracked Binny for two fours before treating the crowd to a sweet shot past mid-wicket for four more in Trivedi's over.

CSK are 140/2 after 14 overs.

2245: Wicket! Raina lbw b Faulkner 51 (35b, 4x4, 2x6): Raina trying to be too clever, looking to step outside off-stump and steer it past fine-leg. He misses and is trapped in front of the stumps.

CSK are 112-2 after 12.4 overs.  

2240: Another brilliant fifty for Hussey, and it comes in just 31 balls, with seven fours and a six. This man has been simply unstoppable this season. Even Raina has reached his half-century (33 balls, 4x4, 1x6).

CSK 109-1 are after 12 overs.

2230: Hussey and Riana are devouring the bowlers. Raina in particular is playing some quality shots over the top of off-side, and gets another six in the area. Hussey meanwhile, is doing what he does best - cut and slash it through the point region. Excellent batting from these two.

CSK are 92-1 after 10 overs.

2220: Even Kevon Cooper is going for runs tonight. Raina first hits him over covers for a lovely six, before Hussey punishes a wayward delivery with a classic cut-shot.

CSK are 61-1 after 7 overs

2205: Four! Four! Four! Hussey and Raina tear apart Shukla - who has now gone for 24 runs in just two overs. Brilliant hitting.

CSK are 38/1 after 4 overs.

2200 Wicket! Vijay c & b Chandila 3 (5b, 0x4, 0x6): CSK had started the hitting before Vijay hit one straight to the bowler! Hussey had slapped Shukla for two fours on either side of the wicket before putting Chandila away for six over long-on, and Vijay's wicket comes as a welcome relief for Rajasthan.

 

2150: CSK taking it easy in the first over, working four singles around the park. It's 4/0 after one over.

Chennai Super Kings need 186 runs to beat Rajasthan Royals

2135: Binny's done pretty well to add a few boundaries in the death overs - especially the huge six off Bravo in the 18th over. A Vijay misfield allowed Hodge to hit a four in the last over as Rajasthan end their 20 overs with 185/4 on the board. Binny (36) and Hodge (9) not out.

2125: Wicket!Watson c Hussey b Bravo 101 (61b, 6x4, 6x6) Looked a bit tired, Watson, and must have told himself to go for everything. This time however, the ball's ended up in Hussey's hands.

RR are 159-4 after 17.3 overs.

2123: Century! And the first one this season. That one took Watson 60 balls and consists of six fours and six sixes. He hammered Jadeja in the over before this and deserves the ovation.

 

2115: Yes, the odd boundary is coming along, but Watson seems to have calmed down. Binny is getting into the groove slowly as the Aussie holds fort on the other end. Has to be said that Bravo's bowling has been brilliant so far.

RR are 138-3 after 16 overs.

2100: Wicket! Dravid c Dhoni b Bravo 6 (9b, 0x4, 0x6): Slower delivery does the trick! Bravo fools Dravid, who reaches out for the ball and scoops it into the air for Dhoni to take.

RR 113-3 after 13.2 overs.

 

2050: Those two wickets slow down the run-rate for RR, but it's still a healthy 8.90/over. Watson has pulled away another four - the ball taking a bite off Bravo's fingers on it's way to the ropes. Next time, it may just stick...

2042: Wicket! Yagnik c & b Ashwin 7 (8b, 1x4, 0x6): Yagnik goes for the sweep shot and his top edge is taken by the bowler. Important wickets there, but now in comes The Wall.

RR are 84-2 after 9.3 overs. 

2035: Wicket! Rahane b Ashwin 16 (15b, 1x4, 0x6): Looks like the strategic timeout worked for CSK. Rahane looks to steer the ball for a single, but the ball snaps his gloves before diverting onto the stumps.

RR are 71/1 after 7.2 overs.

2030: My word he's going for it isn't he? Watson takes Jadeja to the cleaners with a cute paddle-sweeped four before heaving a massive six to bring up his 10th IPL fifty. That one took just 29 balls.

RR are 71/0 after 7 overs.

2025: Watson cracks another four straight past the bowler. Rajasthan are 55/0 after six overs. Rahane on 15 and Watson on 39.

2020: Almost! Watson mistimes a shot and Mohit Sharma almost reaches the ball - diving towards the ropes while back-running. On the very next delivery, Watson pulls him away for six.

2015: Big over for the Royals, as Watson slams Mohit Sharma for a six down the ground before getting a thick edge for four past third-man. Brisk start, this.

RR are 24/0 after 3 overs. Rahane on 6* and Watson on 18*.

 

2005: Watson starts the innings with an impeccable flick off his pads for four... it's 5/0 after an over.

Rajasthan XI: S Watson, A Rahane, R Dravid, B Hodge, S Binny, K Cooper, D Yagnik, J Faulkner, A Chandila, S Trivedi, R Shukla

Chennai XI: M Vijay, M Hussey, S Raina, S Badrinath, R Jadeja, MS Dhoni, DJ Bravo, J Holder, C Morris, R Ashwin, M Sharma

Rajasthan Royals win the toss and will bat first

Preview: On a high after back-to-back triumphs, former champions Chennai Super Kings would look to maintain their winning streak when they take on Rajasthan Royals in their IPL match today.

The home team has clicked collectively in its wins with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja proving to be a crucial cog in its scheme of things.

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The Royals, who won the title in the inaugural season, have not depended too much on one individual. BCCI

Another all-rounder Dwayne Bravo and new recruits Chris Morris and Mohit Sharma have also done their bit to bolster the team but batting would be a concern for them given the struggle they endured while chasing a small total against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday.

The Royals, who won the title in the inaugural season, have not depended too much on one individual, theirs have been a collective effort to script victories.

Currently fourth in the points table, Royals would have to improve their away record, which is not too impressive. Even though they flopped against RCB last night, Ajinkya Rahane, Dravid along with S Sreesanth and Sidharth Trivedi have been quite consistent in the tournament so far.

Given that they are quite evenly matched on paper, an interesting battle is on the cards between the two former champions.

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