Mon, 05 May 2014
LIVE IPL! Smith, Raina guide Chennai to thumping win over Delhi

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A brilliant 79 from Dwayne Smith and 47 from Suresh Raina, fashioned a comprehensive 8 wkts win for Chennai Super Kings. 

Chasing 179 runs set by Delhi Daredevils, Chennai once got a rollicking start from their openers as the Brendon McCullum and Smith put on 82 runs for the opening wicket. 

When Laxmi Ratan Shukla dismissed McCullum, CSK were behind the D/L rate, but another 86 runs stand between Smith and Raina, put them on track in the chase. 

MS Dhoni finished the game with a boundary off Jaydev Unadkat as CSK crossed the line with 2 balls to spare.

For DD, Wayne Parnell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 1-25.
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With steady drizzle at Kotla, Suresh Raina took advantage of greasy surface to time a beautiful boundary towards midwicket. 

Parnell the bowler, overcompensated by bowling a full toss and was dispatched into the stands by Raina.

Smith and Raina have added 58 runs so far and are looking far more comfortable in the chase. 

At the end of 16 overs, CSK were 141-1, still needing 38 runs from 24 balls. Raina is on 35, while Smith is on 65.
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Dwayne Smith smokes another 50 in IPL as Chennai opener hits Shukla for a boundary through fine-leg. 

Smith follows it with a maximum. CSK are ahead by 1 run as per D/L method, with the rain pouring.

At the end of 14 overs, Chennai were 116-1. Smith is on 60, while Suresh Raina is on 13.
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Laxmi Ratan Shulka, who have two good overs, strikes in his third as he dislodges the opening partnership on 82.

Brendon McCullum the first one to make the long walk back after he hit one straight down to Murali Vijay at long-on for 32.

Suresh Raina comes in and punches one straight past the bowler for a boundary. 

Raina then pulls one through midwicket for second boundary. A single to round off the over as Chennai were 92-1 after 12 overs.
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Chennai openers haven't been challenged in the chase as Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith have hit the boundary boards at will. 

Delhi bowlers too have been poor with the ball as they gave too many boundary balls up front.

What's worse, they haven't held their catches and given easy runs.

At the end of 10 overs, Chennai were 69-0. McCullum is on 26, while Smith is on 35.
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Spin introduced now in the form of Shahbaz Nadeem and things don't change as McCullum pulls one to boundary. 

Fortunately he corrects his line, conceding just two singles off the next five. 

The duo have already added 49-runs for the opening wicket as Chennai were 49-0 after 6 overs.

McCullum is on 21, while Smith is on 24.
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Brendon McCullum and Dwyane Smith are off to a positive start in the chase of 179.

Delhi new ball bowlers Mohammad Shami and Wayne Parnell have managed to get some swing, but haven't been on the mark. 

Both of have hit the boundary boards already and Delhi will need to get wickets if they were to have any chance in the match

At the end of 3 overs, Chennai were 23-0. McCullum is on 15, while Smith is on 5.
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A crucial half-century from Dinesh Karthik and some late flourish from JP Duminy helped Delhi recover some lost ground to post 178-5 after being put into bat first.

Delhi were struggling at 37-2, when Karthik and Murali Vijay put on a crucial 74 runs stand to revive the innings. 

Karthik departed immediately after completing his half-century. Chennai further dented Delhi with quick strikes. 

However, late flourish from JP Duminy and Kedar Jhadav ensured that Delhi cross the 160-run mark. 

The duo added 58 runs to ensure that Delhi got the much-needed momentum. Last 5 overs produced 56 runs for Delhi. 

Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the bowlers with 1-23 from his four overs.
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After Karthik, it was Laxmi Ratan Shukla's turn to make the long walk back to the pavillion after he played a loose shot. 

Shukla chipped down the track only to top edge one to Ishwar Pandey and long-off.

Murali Vijay too threw his wicket away in search of some quick runs.

Vijay tried to hit Jadeja out of the park, only to be caught at long on by Faf du Plessis for 35. 
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A brilliant 35-ball half-century from Dinesh Karthik has brought Delhi innings back on track. 

But just as we speak, Karthik is on his way back to the pavillion after he hit one to Mohit Sharma. 

Karthik tried to flick one down the legside, but Mohit dived to take a brilliant catch at square leg. 

Delhi were 108-3 after 13 overs. 
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Dinesh Karthik and Murali Vijay have steadied the ship somewhat after twin strikes rocked Delhi. 

Karthik has looked busier of the two with six and boundaries. Vijay meanwhile, is struggling, but is playing some exquisite shots in between. 

Last 5 overs have produced 42 runs as the duo have added 51 runs so far. 

At the end of 11 overs, Delhi were 88-2. Karthik is on 37, while Vijay is on 22.
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Ravindra Jadeja now introduced with Delhi on the backfoot. 

Vijay helps himself to a boundary through long-on. Jadeja is on target, not allowing Delhi batsmen to take singles. 

A brace to end the over as Delhi were 49-2 after 7 overs. Vijay is on 11, while Karthik is on 9.
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Chennai Super Kings got a lucky breakthrough courtesy off the run out. 

Murali Vijay creams one through off side and shoots off for a brace. De Kock is keen on third, but Vijay refuses. 

Mohit takes time and hits the stumps at the bowlers end. 

Mohit then strikes for Chennai as he castles Kevin Pietersen off the first ball he faced. 

Delhi were 37-2
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Delhi Daredevils openers Quinton de Kock and Murali Vijay are off to a sedate start after being put into bat first. 

De Kock has been the aggressive off the two as he clips one off his pads for a boundary. 

He then lofts it over covers for second boundary off the over. 

Murali Vijay lofts Ishwar Pandey for a boundary to get off the mark. 

De Kock sends Pandey into the stands, much to the delight of Delhi fans.

The South African then walks across and smokes the second six of the over as Delhi were 34-0 after 4 overs.
Welcome to the live update of the second game of the day between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils. 

Going on form, Chennai are favourites. In the earlier game of the day, Rajasthan Royals pulled off an amazing win over Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs. 

Pravin Tambe and Shane Watson the hero of the game with the former picking up a hat-trick. 

The news from the middle is that Chennai have won the toss and have elected to bowl first. 

The visitors are going in with an unchanged side, while Delhi have made one change to their side. 
Rajasthan win by 10 runs!!!

KKR 160-6 (20 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Tambe's hat-trick and Watson's three wickets in a single over turned the match on it's head completely as Rajasthan clinched a stunning victory.

The whole Kolkata dugout is in disbelief. They were comfortably placed at 120 for no loss in the 15th over courtesy of half-centuries from openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa, but they self-destructed losing six wickets in the space of eight deliveries.

"It's a hard pill to swallow," says a visibly dejected Gautam Gambhir after the match.

Rajasthan win by 10 runs!!!

KKR 160-6 (20 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Watson to bowl the final over with KKR needing 17 for victory. And he starts with a no-ball but Yadav is unable to get the free hit away and gets just a single to the covers.

Shakib also misses the heave on the leg side off a full delivery and picks just one.

Yadav is then foxed by the slower bouncer from Watson as he goes down on one knee but is confused by the change of pace.

A full toss is hit to long-off for one to leave it 12 needed from 2 balls for victory.

Another yorker from Watson and Shakib drives it to long-on for a single and Yadav also gets one from the last ball.

KKR lost six wickets for 39 runs in the last six overs to lose the match from a stage where they looked to be cruising towards victory.
KKR 154-6 (19 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Faulkner to bowl the 19th over. Shakib takes a single from the first ball to long-on before Yadav defends a yorker back to the bowler and then takes one to long-on.

Shakib pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side but Tambe makes good ground and releases the ball quickly to keep it down to one.

The next ball is full as Yadav slaps it down to long-on where Smith is again is quick on the field to give just one.

Faulkner then oversteps to give a no-ball and also a free hit. How costly would this prove for RR?

Yadav tries to sweep it fine but is struck on the pads for just a single. KKR need 17 runs from the final over for victory.
KKR 147-6 (18 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Southee to bowl the 18th over. Shakib takes a single from the first ball on the leg side before the pacers bowls a leg side wide.

Yadav is then beaten as he attempts a wild shot on the leg side and then tries the sweep but fails to make contact as the appeal for LBW is turned down but they take a leg bye.

Shakib then brings some cheer back to the KKR camp as he lofts a full delivery over long-off for a six. Southee tries a bouncer but gives away a wide as he strays down the leg side before Shakib gets the next ball over mid-off for a four.

Shakib then hits a full toss but fails to get enough elevation as Watson puts down a tough chance at mid-off.
KKR 132-6 (17 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Rajasthan's death overs specialist Faulkner comes back and he still has two overs in hand. He bowls a tidy over giving away six as Yadav is beaten off the last ball, trying to slog it across the line.

KKR need 39 from three overs for victory at an asking rate of 13.
KKR 126-6 (16 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Kolkata seem intent on self-destructing. New batsman Manish Pandey comes down the track to Tambe but the leg-spinner slips it down the leg side to beat the right-hander and wicketkeeper Samson completes an easy stumping.

Kolkata have slipped from 121 for no loss to 123 for four, losing four wickets in the space of six deliveries.

And Kolkata continue to stumble as Yusuf Pathan gets a leading edge and Tambe does well on his follow through to hold on the catch.

Tambe on a hat-trick!

And he completes the magnificent feat as Ryan ten Doeschate is dismissed leg before wicket as he is struck on the front boot.

That is six wickets in the space of eight deliveries as KKR are left reeling on 123 for six. What a superb turnaround by Rajasthan!

Surya Kumar Yadav and Shakib Al Hasan restore some parity as they take three quiet singles.

Tambe finishes with three for 26 in four overs.

Kolkata are reduced to 126 for six in 16 overs, needing 45 runs from four overs for victory.
KKR 122-3 (15 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Watson comes back and he provides the crucial breakthrough for Rajasthan. Gambhir gets a thick outside edge which is taken by Samson as the left-hander walks back after a fine innings of 54 from 34 balls.

KKR promote Andre Russell to No. 3 and he is facing Watson with whom he had a war of words during Rajasthan's batting.

But KKR lose another wicket in the form of Uthappa, who holes out straight into hands of Smith at deep midwicket after scoring 65 from 52 balls, having hit five fours and three sixes.

Watson then makes it worse for KKR as he bowls Russell with a full delivery as KKR are reduced to 122 for three in 15 overs.

Watson has changed the script, taking three wickets for one run in his third over.
KKR 121-0 (14 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Uthappa comes down the track to Bhatia and hits him down to long-on for a single and Gambhir pulls a slow short ball to fine leg for one to bring up KK's 100, in the 13th over.

Gambhir then takes a few steps and heaves Bhatia over midwicket for a six to continue KKR's fine start.

Uthappa hammers the last ball down the ground back over the bowler's head for the second six of the over, which goes for 16 runs.

Gambhir hits Faulkner behind square on the leg side for a four to bring up his fifty, from 32 balls. The left-hander is then hit on the helmet but gets a leg bye to short thirdman.

Uthappa steers a full delivery to short thirdman where Bhatia misfields to give away two runs. He tries to switch hit off the last ball but is beaten.
KKR 98-0 (12 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Uthappa comes down the track to Tewatia and lofts him over long-off for a six to raise his half-century in style, from 39 balls. Gambhir gives him the charge but gets an edge for a single to short thirdman. But the KKR captain gets the last ball off the middle as he crashes it over midwicket for a boundary to get 13 from the over.

Gambhir enjoying some luck as he gives Tambe the charge and is beaten by the googly but the edge again falls short of the fielder on the off-side. Five runs from the over as KKR reach 98 for no loss in 12 overs.
KKR 80-0 (10 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Tambe comes back as two leg-spinners operate in tandem. Three singles from the first three balls before Gautam chips it over point but has not timed it well for two runs. He tries another big shot off the next ball but gets an edge which goes to short thirdman on the bounce. But he pulls the last ball in the gap for a boundary, his 300th in the IPL, to get nine runs from the over.

Tewatia makes way for Bhatia after bowling just one over. Five runs from the over as Rajasthan reach 80 for no loss in 10 overs, needing 91 runs from 60 balls for victory.

Uthappa is batting well on 44 from 38 balls, while Gambhir looks close to his best to hit 35 from 22 balls.
KKR 66-0 (8 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Medium pacer Rajat Bhatia comes into the attack. Uthappa is keen to continue the good rate going as he despatches a slower delivery into the stands over midwicket for a six.

Five singles from the rest of the over as Bhatia goes for 11 runs in his first over.

The debutant Rahul Tewatia comes into the attack. He was intially listed as a left-arm spinner but he seems to be bowling leg-spin, he has surely caught everyone by surprise!

He makes a tidy start, giving away five runs, as KKR reach 66 for no loss in eight overs.
KKR 50-0 (6 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

James Faulkner comes into the attack in place of Watson, who bowled two overs for 15 runs with the new ball.

Gambhir tries to play the first ball on the leg side but gets a leading edge which falls safely on the off-side for a couple before he takes one and Uthappa also picks up one.

Gambhir then plays a cracking drive through midwicket for a boundary, his first of the innings, flicking a full delivery in some style.

Southee comes back as Tambe is taken off after just one over. Uthappa looks to pull a bouncer but is beaten. Gambhir is turning it on now as he lofts a full delivery over mid-on for a four before repeating the shot on the other side over mid-off for the same result.

Kolkata looking in control at 50 for no loss in six overs with Gambhir on 12 from 22 balls and Uthappa on 28 from 24 balls.
KKR 32-0 (4 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Watson drifts on the pads as Uthappa flicks it fine for a four and then edges the next ball but it flies wide of the fielder at first slip for another boundary.

He retains strike with a single from the last ball as Watson concedes 10 in his second over.

42-year-old leggie Pravin Tambe comes into the attack. Two singles from the first three balls before Uthappa comes down the track and lofts it down the ground for a four. He then turns it to deep midwicket for two runs followed by one as Tambe goes for nine runs in his first.
KKR 13-0 (2 ovs) vs Rajasthan 170-6 | Scorecard

Captain Shane Watson to open the bowling for Rajasthan. Robin Uthappa flicks the third ball over midwicket for a four before he is beaten off the next as the ball moves away enough to go past the edge of the bat.

Uthappa then picks up a single before Gautam Gambhir tries to pull a quick bouncer but misses.

Tim Southee beats Uthappa all ends up with a perfect outswinger that misses the outside edge by a whisker. Gambhir gets off the mark as he hits a full delivery through the covers for three runs before Uthappa flicks the last ball through midwicket for a boundary.
Rajasthan 170-6 (20 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Narine then strikes with the key wicket of Watson, who is brilliantly caught by Surya Kumar Yadav on the edge of the boundary at long-on. He does well to keep his balance with his feet inches away from touching the ropes to provide a key wicket for KKR.

Watson's promising innings is cut short at 31 from 20 balls.

Stuart Binny survives a stumping chance before he pulls Narine over midwicket for a six as Narine finishes with two for 28 in four overs.

Steven Smith tries the switch hit off the first ball of Vinay's final over for three runs to deep point. He falls two balls later as he miscues a slower ball down the ground and is caught at long-on for three.

Binny perishes off the next delivery as Ryan ten Doeschate takes a superb catch at deep midwicket as he nearly comes in a bit too far before arching his body back to hold on to it.

Rajat Bhatia pulls the last ball for a six to take RR to 170 for six in their 20 overs.
Rajasthan 150-3 (18 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Watson slams a full toss from Russell down the ground for a four before he bowls a high full toss which is called a no-ball.

Russell then foxes Watson as he initially looks to have pulled out in the middle of his bowling run up but continues and bowls it outside the off-stump leaving the right-hander confused, who offers no shot and then protests with the umpire.

Just singles and twos in the over but Rajasthan still get 11 runs in the over to reach 150 for three in 18 overs.
Rajasthan 139-3 (17 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Vinay comes back. He starts with a length delivery which Watson smashes over long-on for a six. The next ball is a low full toss outside the off-stump which the Australian hammers through the covers for a four. Watson then throws his bat at another wide delivery but this time gets it off the toe end of the bat for a single.

Watson then hammers the fifth ball back over the bowler's head for another maximum before he retains the strike with a single from the last ball. Just the push that RR were looking for as Vinay is hit for 19 runs in that over to take the total to 135 for two in 16 overs.

Narine checks Rajasthan's charge with the wicket of Samson, who pulls a short ball but holes out to Pandey at deep midwicket after scoring 37 from 31 balls. He bowls a superb third over giving away just four runs.
Rajasthan 116-2 (15 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Shakib comes back, with just one over in hand. And he makes the breakthrough as Nair comes down but misses a full toss and is stumped after a good innings of 44 from 35 balls. Shakib continues to be a vital cog with the ball for KKR especially in the middle overs as he finishes with one for 25 in four overs.

Narine comes back into the attack to set up an interesting against Royals captain and batting mainstay Shane Watson. Two singles from the first two deliveries before Samson comes down the track but gets an outside edge which goes for a boundary past the wicketkeeper.

He then chips the next ball over the point region for a couple before taking another two runs from the last ball to get 10 runs from the over and take RR to 116 for two in 15 overs.
Rajasthan 101-1 (13 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Medium pacer Ryan ten Doeschate comes into the attack. He makes a good start to his bowling spell, giving away just five runs in his first over as Rajasthan look content to play it steady in the middle overs.

Umesh comes back into the attack. He gives away three singles in four deliveries before Nair hits the fourth ball for a six and takes two runs from the last ball to get 11 runs from the over.

Ten Doeschate continues as Nair continues to lift the tempo with a boundary from the last ball, pulling a short ball fine on the leg side to take RR past the 100-run mark.
Rajasthan 76-1 (10 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Shakib comes into the attack and he bowls a tidy second over, giving away just five runs.

Samson looks in good touch yet again as he hits Russell square over the off-side region for a boundary to get eight runs from the over.

Shakib continues to bowl well and again gives away five runs in his third over as Rajasthan reach 76 for one in 10 overs. Nair is on 27 from 25 balls and Samson is on 16 from 13 balls.
Rajasthan 58-1 (7 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Medium pacer Andre Russell comes into the attack. And Rajasthan are unlucky to lose a wicket in that over as Rahane falls to a run out as he went for a quick single after Nair had flicked it to short fine leg.

Rahane walks back after a good innings of 30 from 22 balls, having hit three fours and a six.

New batsman Sanju Samson hits a boundary off the last delivery as Rajasthan reach 58 for one in seven overs.
Rajasthan 50-0 (6 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

KKR introduce spin in the form of left-armer Shakib Al Hasan. Nair sweeps him twice in a row for back to back boundaries as 11 runs come from that over with RR continuing to grow.

A desperate KKR introduce Sunil Narine. Rahane clips Narine on the leg side for a single before Nair sweeps for another one.

Rahane drives the last ball of the over through the covers for a four as Rajasthan reach 50 for no loss after six overs with Rahane on 30 from 22 balls and Nair on 18 from 14 balls.
Rajasthan 33-0 (4 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

Rahane is quite happy to flick Vinay through the leg side as he plays the shot three times in a row and each times pick up two runs for a total of six runs from the first three balls of the over. He retains strike with a single off the last ball.

Rahane lifts the tempo as he flicks Yadav over midwicket for a four. He then chips down the track and lofts the next delivery over square leg for a six as 12 runs come from the fourth over to take the total to 33 for no loss.
Rajasthan 14-0 (2 ovs) vs KKR | Scorecard

R Vinay Kumar to bowl the first over for KKR. Ajinkya Rahane gets Rajasthan off the mark with a boundary as he flicks a full delivery on the pads through midwicket. He takes a single from the third ball before Karun Nair celebrates a leg before wicket shout off the last delivery.

Nair also gets off the mark with a four as he cuts a short wide ball from Umesh Yadav through point before he flicks the next through square leg for three runs as Rajasthan reach 14 for no loss in two overs.
Rajasthan Royals continue their tradition of throwing in unknown players into the big league. This time, 20-year-old Rahul Tewatia gets the chance to showcase his potential as he comes in for pacer Dhawal Kulkarni.

Interestingly, Tewatia has played just one first class match, for Haryana in the Ranji Trophy match against Karnataka in December 2013 where he bowled six overs in the first innings but finished wicketless.
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and elected to bowl against Rajasthan Royals in the 25th match of the Indian Premier League in Ahmedabad, on Monday.

Kolkata have left out veteran Jacques Kallis and brought in all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate in his place, while pacer Umesh Yadav replaced Piyush Chawla.

Rajasthan also made a couple of changes with uncapped left-arm spinner Rahul Tewatia coming in for Dhawal Kulkarni and Tim Southee took the place of Kane Richardson.