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IPL updates! Chahal removes Pietersen to put RCB on top

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May 13, 2014

23:54  - Scorecard

Yuzvendra Chahal strikes a crucial blow for Bangalore as he removes Pietersen for 32. 

After conceding 15 runs, KP tried to get more and was easily stumped by Parthiv Patel. 

Delhi were 97-4 after 12 overs. 
23:43  - Scorecard

Kevin Pietersen and Mayank Agarwal have revived Delhi innings with vital half-century stand. 

The duo mixed caution with aggression to ensure that Delhi stay in the chase. 

KP smashed Yuvraj for a maximum to ensure one boundary per over. 

But just as we speak, Abu Nechim strikes for RCB as he had Agarwal walking back to pavillion for 31

At the end of 9.1 overs, Delhi were 73-3. KP is on 28
23:15   - Scorecard

After Murali, it was Mitchell Starc who provided the breakthrough removing Quinton de Kock for 6.

De Kock looked to force one through the offside ended up slicing back on to his stumps, much to the delight of the bowler. 

Delhi were 10-2 after 2 overs.

23:05  - Scorecard

Muttiah Muralitharan to open the proceedings for RCB with the ball as Murali Vijay takes guard for the strike.

Vijay gets off the mark with a drive towards mid-off -- risky one. 

Quinton de Kock is beaten all ends up, but Delhi end up stealing another risky single.

Murali finally strikes as he removes Vijay for 1. 

Vijay looking to play one across the line was adjudged LBW. 

Delhi 2-1.

22:55   - Scorecard

A brilliant 29-ball 68 from Yuvraj Singh propelled Royal Challengers Bangalore to 186-4

Yuvraj reached the half-century in just 24 balls, smashing Rahul Shukla for a maximum. 

Such was Yuvi's brilliance that he along with Sachin Rana added 79 runs, where the southpaw did the bulk of scoring. 

Yuvraj tore into Rahul Shukla, hitting him for four consecutive sixes in the final over, which produced 27 runs
22:35  - Scorecard

With final overs approaching, Yuvraj Singh takes the attack to the oppostion, smashing three consecutive sixes off Imran Tahir. 

Yuvi first swept Tahir for a six, then he creamed one through off side for another maximum. 

Yuvraj rounded off the over with another maximum, picking up the google from Tahir. 

At the end of 17 overs RCB were 136-4. Yuvraj is on 29, while Sachin Rana is on 8.
22:20   - Scorecard

AB de Villiers is leading RCB's charge despite wickets falling around him. 

De Villiers took on young Siddharth Kaul and smashed him for couple of boundaries and six to make his intentions clear. 

Yuvraj Singh meanwhile gets a streaky boundary for his first boundary.

Kaul however had the last laugh as he castled de Villiers for 33

At the end of 14.2 overs, Bangalore were 107-4.
21:53   - Scorecard

Imran Tahir now comes into the attack and immediately induces an inside edge. 

Kohli takes a single and turns for the second. A good flat throw from Rahul Shukla catches Kohli short. 

RCB were 50-2 after 9 overs.
21:35  - Scorecard

Rahul Shukla now comes into the attack as first one is wide one, Gayle hits one to the fielder.

Round the stumps, Gayle plays one on the leg side, straight to JP Duminy. 

Shukla finally has his man as he castles Gayle for 22. 

Gayle chipped down the track looking to smash the medium pacer out of the park, got an inside edge back on to the stumps.

RCB were 33-1 after 5.3 overs.
21:27  - Scorecard

Chris Gayle has opened up in Chinnaswamy as he dispatches Mohammad Shami into the crowd. 

Gayle repeats the stroke of JP Duminy and follows it with a boundary as RCB were off to a fast start. 

At the end of 4 overs, RCB were 28-0. Gayle is on 21, while Parthiv Patel is on 7.
20:55  The news from the middle is that Delhi Daredevils have won the toss and have elected to bowl first. 

Kevin Pietersen says the choice was made quite obvious due to rain around. 

Three changes to RCB side bringing in Muralitharan, Abu Nachim and Sachin Rana,  in place of Albie Morkel, Varun Aaron. 

Delhi have made one change, bringing in  Murali Vijay back in place of L Shukla.
20:04   Welcome to updates from Tuesday's second match between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore. 

The news from the middle is that there is a slight delay because of rain.

RCB, who are struggling to find the right combination, face a poor and lethargic Delhi team.


Chennai: 149-5 (19.4 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Kevon Cooper to bowl the penultimate over. Jadeja smashes the third ball for a six over long off. Dhoni survives a run out attempt off the fifth as Chennai take 13 runs off the 19th over. 

Chennai need 12 off the final over. Faulkner to bowl. 

Dhoni smashes the second ball for a six over long on. Five needed of four now. The captain gets a couple off the third ball. He takes three off the fourth as Chennai win by five wickets to move to the top of the table. 

Dhoni has finished it off yet again. 

Chennai: 124-5 (18 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Rajat Bhatia strikes in the first over after resumption, cleaning up Ashwin's (14) stumps with a slower ball. 

In comes captain MS Dhoni. Tambe ends his spell with not so impressive figures (4-0-34-0).  

The pressure tells as Faulkner shatters the stumps of Fa du Plessis (38).

Chennai in a spot of bother at 124 for five with just two overs left.

Chennai: 100-3 (14 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

R Ashwin has been promoted up the order. 

The pace of the Chennai innings has slowed down considerably. With Bhatia and Tambe failing to take wickets, Watson hands the ball over to Faulkner in the 14th over. 

He gives away five runs even as Chennai reach the 100-run mark in the over. 

Time for another strategic timeout.

Chennai: 76-3 (10 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Rajat Bhatia is handed the ball in the eighth over. Smith helps himself to a couple of boundaries in the over. 

Tambe is back into the attack in the ninth over. It costs Rajasthan 10 runs, with Du Plessis hitting a boundary of the last ball, as Chennai go into the first strategic timeout at 74 for two (after nine overs). 

Kevon Cooper strikes in the first over after resumption, having Smith (44) caught by Dishant Yagnik.

Chennai: 52-2 (7 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Pravin Tambe is introduced early in the attack, in just the fourth over. Smith helps himself to a couple of boundaries in the first two balls of the over. 

Ankit Sharma strikes again in his third over, Raina (2) hitting it straight to Rajat Bhatia at short fine leg.

Kevon Cooper, playing in his first game of the season, is handed the ball in the sixth over. He starts with a beauty. Faf du Plesssis only survives because the bails aren't dislodged, despite the ball hitting the stumps. 

The batsman responds with a boundary straight past the bowler. 

Ankit ends his spell with figures of two for 20.

Chennai: 28-1 (3 overs)
Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Ankit Sharma to open the bowling for Rajasthan. Brendon McCullum smashes the sixth ball over long-on for a six as seven runs come off the over. 

James Faulkner to bowl the second over. Dwayne Smith helps himself to a couple of sixes in the over. 

However, a brilliant catch by Karun Nair at square leg cuts short McCullum's stay. Suresh Raina is the new man in.

Rajasthan: 148-8 (20 overs)

Mohit Sharma returns to account for Smith (9). James Faulkner is the new batsman. No fireworks from him today, as Jadeja cleans him up with the first ball of his final over.

Two balls later, Jadeja has Binny (22) caught by Faf du Plessis at long-on. The Rajasthan innings is collapsing here.

Mohit bowls the final over and has Rajat Bhatia (7) caught by Smith off the fourth ball to take possession of the purple cap.

Chennai restrict Rajasthan to just 148 for eight.

Rajasthan: 129-4 (17 overs)

Stuart Binny has replaced his captain at the crease. Badree to bowl his final over. He gets a reward for his persistence in his final ball, one that Karun Nair (8) drags onto his stumps. 

Badree ends with impressive figures (4-0-19-1). 

Steven Smith is the new man in. Ashwin ends with expensive figures (one for 39).

Just when things looked to be slowing down for Rajasthan, Binny smashes a huge six off Jadeja. 

Rajasthan: 101-3 (13 overs)

Ajinkya Rahane (4) is run out in the 11th over and new man Karun Nair survives a stumping appeal first ball. 

Mohit replaces Jadeja (2-0-6-0) in the attack. Watson smashes the third ball over backward square leg boundary for a huge six to complete a well-deserved half century. 

The bowler though strikes next ball, shattering Watson's (51) stumps. The Rajasthan captain's 36-ball knock was inclusive of three boundaries and four sixes. 

Rajasthan: 84-1 (10 overs)

Ashwin strikes in the first over after resumption, having Ankit (30) caught by Dwayne Smith. 

Ankit's 27-ball knock was inclusive of four boundaries and a six and he helped his captain add 60 runs for the opening wicket. 

Ajinkya Rahane is the new man in. And we have a new bowler as well, Ravindra Jadeja handed the ball in the ninth over. He gives away four runs first up.

Another bowling change for Chennai in the 10th over, debutant Vijay Shankar replacing Ashwin (2-0-27-1). Watson smashes the third ball to the fence while the fifth goes over it. So does the sixth.

Rajasthan: 50-0 (7 overs)

Mohit Sharma to bowl the fourth over. Ankit Sharma welcomes him with successive boundaries. 

R Ashwin bowls an expensive first over, 17 runs coming off it with Ankit hitting successive boundaries followed by a last ball six over midwicket. 

Badree, meanwhile, has given away just 11 runs in his first three overs. He is replaced in the attack by Pandey in the seventh over. Watson gets two boundaries in the over as Rajasthan reach the 50-run mark in the over.

Time for the first timeout.

Rajasthan: 16-0 (3 overs)

Ankit Sharma and Shane Watson to open the batting for Rajasthan and it will be Samuel Badree first up for Chennai. Just two runs from the over. 

Ishwar Pandey to bowl the second over. An otherwise good over is spoiled by a last ball six by Watson. 

Badree gives away just eight runs in his second over.
Rajasthan Royals won the toss and elected to bat first in their Indian Premier League match against Chennai Super Kings at Ranchi.

"I think it is a bit dry and a good batting surface," reasoned captain Shane Watson. MS Dhoni, his opposite number, concurred.

"We wanted to bat first also but the good thing is that it is not too hot," he said. 

Chennai have made one change while Rajasthan go in with as many as three.