Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Match 12 Live from Chennai: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of Match 12 of the Indian Premier League match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals live from the MA Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. Negotiating largely disciplined bowlers on a tricky pitch, skipper MS Dhoni produced a well-calculated half-century as Chennai Super Kings posted 175 for five against Rajasthan Royals in an IPL game, here Sunday. The pitch used in the previous match was a rank turner but today it turned to be a different challenge for the batsmen since it was not conducive for stroke-play and helped pacers initially. Dhoni paced his innings beautifully scoring unbeaten 75 off 46 balls to seize momentum from Royals bowlers who were off to an inspiring start. (LIVE MATCH SCORECARD)
Highlights, IPL 2019, Match 12: CSK beat RR by 8 runs
00.13 IST: That is it! CHENNAI WIN BY 8 RUNS! Bravo yet again proves why he is one of the best going around. Defending 12 runs in the final over, he has just conceded 3 and taken his team over the line.
00.010 IST: OUT! Tahir settles under the ball, takes it and starts running! This game is all but over! A length ball on off, slower in pace. Gopal goes for the swing over mid-wicket but fails to hit it well. The ball flies off the leading edge and goes towards third man where Tahir is there and takes a good catch.
00.01 IST: 12 runs to defend in the last over. Dwayne Bravo to bowl it. His captain has a small discussion with him on where the fielders must be placed.
23.55 IST: SIX! That is into the stands! The Archer show is starting to trouble the Chennai crowd here. A fuller length ball on middle, lifted by Jofra way back into the long on stands. 92 meters!
23.50 IST: SIX! That is the brute power of Stokes. A length ball outside off, Stokes stands tall and gets it over the rope at wide long off. That is the perfect start for Rajasthan to this over.
23.48 IST: SIX! That is a beautiful strike! A length ball on middle, Jofra Archer lifts it over long on to spoil what was a good over from Thakur until that point. 44 off 18 is the equation now.
23.48 IST: FOUR! That is some kind of a start for Archer. A length ball wide outside off, cut away wide of point and to the right of third man for a boundary.
23.47 IST: OUT! Thakur strikes and another nail in the coffin of Rajasthan. A length ball outside off, the idea was right from Gowtham to go over mid off who was in the circle but the execution was not right out there. The bat turns in his hand and the ball flies towards cover. Raina there makes no mistake and completes the catch. Things not looking good for the away side, they need 56 runs off 23 balls now.
23.33 IST: SIX! That is a true connection and Stokes needs many more of these. A flatter one on middle, Ben gets on his knees and launches it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. The fielder there was interested for a bit but then watched the ball sail over his head.
23.32 IST: In the air... but lands where there is no one. Jadeja bowls this flat on middle, Stokes pulls it away but fails to time it well. The ball goes in the gap over mid-wicket and two runs are taken.
23.30 IST: Flatter one on middle, Gowtham can only push it back to the bowler. End of another exceptional Tahir over. 4 runs and a wicket off it in the end.
* Krishnappa Gowtham walks in at number 7.
23.27 IST: OUT! Smith is heading back and the Tahir train is off on its way once more. A flighted ball, Smith comes down the track and takes it on the full. The ball hits the bottom part of the bat and hence there is no power.
23.24 IST: Missed out there! A length ball wide outside off, Smith looks to cut but fails to put bat on ball. Lets out a scream after missing out.
23.21 IST: Wide! Bravo bowls this down the leg side. Smith looks to flick but misses. Dhoni collects and appeals but the umpire signals it as a wide.
23.18 IST: Too straight in line, allows Stokes to clip this through backward square leg and come back for the second. 96 required off 54 for Rajasthan to win this game.
23.14 IST: Excellent yorker and equally well played by the Australian. Fired on middle, Smith somehow gets his feet out of the way and digs it out square on the leg side. One run added to the total.
* Ben Stokes walks into the middle next. Meanwhile, Dwayne Bravo is brought onto bowl now.
23.09 IST: OUT! GONE! Tahir strikes and he gets ride of the dangerous Tripathi. This is huge for Chennai. It's the leg break, full on off, spins away as Tripathi comes forward. Isn't quite to the pitch of it and ends up handing a catch back to Tahir who takes it sharply. Tahir removes Tripathi for 39. Chennai Super Kings 75/4 in 10 overs
23.09 IST: Not out! Smith is safe but what a delivery from Tahir to start things off. Lands it on off, there's some nice shape in before it turns away. Beats the outside edge of the bat and Dhoni is lightning quick to take the bails off, as always. He isn't keen, but Smith's leg did come off for a second. So it's referred upstairs. Replays show Smith survives.
23.07 IST: A stumping appeal against Steven Smith is referred upstairs. Dhoni doesn't seem too interested though. Let's see...
23.05 IST: FOUR! Shot. The execution on this shot is spot on. Had no margin for error and he hits it with perfection. Loopy and full on off, Tripathi opens his body up and lofts it over the leaping cover fielder to find the fence.
*Mitchell Santner is back on
22.57 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to Rahul Tripathi, FOUR! The placement is immaculate from Rahul Tripathi. Beautiful timing. There's some pace on this as it's pitched full, Tripathi drives it through the gap in the covers. Jadhav out in the deep runs to his right and dives, gets a hand to it but he still can't keep it from the rope. RR 59/3 in 7.2 overs
22.55 IST: Deepak Chahar to Rahul Tripathi, FOUR! Ends the over in fine style. A short ball which is angling in on leg, Tripathi moves inside the line and helps the pull across the fine leg fence for a boundary. RR 54/3 in 7 overs
22.51 IST: Mitchell Santner to Rahul Tripathi, SIX! Makes full use of the opportunity. It's tossed right up there, in the slot for Rahul Tripathi who absolutely puts this away. He clears his front leg and smokes it straight back over the bowler's head for a maximum. RR 43/3 in 5.3 overs
22.49 IST: Mitchell Santner to Rahul Tripathi, No ball and FOUR! The dew showing its effect again. High full toss outside off, Tripathi cuts it down to third man and finds the fence. Free Hit coming up...
22.48 IST: Mitchell Santner to Rahul Tripathi, FOUR! Welcomes Santner with a boundary. A juicy full toss on the stumps, Tripathi accepts that with a smile and dispatches it over mid-wicket. Nobody out there in the deep, so the batsman will get a boundary. RR 32/3 in 5.1 overs
22.43 IST: Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, FOUR! Two in two! That is a bad ball and it gets the treatment it deserves. A fuller length ball on the pads, it is flicked away nonchalantly and the ball finds the rope at square leg once more. RR 23/3 in 3.5 overs
22.40 IST: Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, FOUR! What a way to start! Smith trying to get on top of the bowler and making his intentions clear straight away. Short one on middle, pulled away for a boundary to deep square leg. RR 19/3 in 3.3 overs
*Steven Smith is the next batsman.
22.35 IST: Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, OUT! CAUGHT! Another one bites the dust! This time it's Buttler who has to depart. Rajasthan are losing the plot here. They are already three down. Buttler goes to flick this length to the leg side but he is a hint early into the shot and closes his bat face. The ball takes the outside edge and lobs up in the air. Bravo from mid off runs to his left and takes the catch easily. RR 14/3 in 3.1 overs
22.30 IST: Deepak Chahar to Sanju Samson, OUT! This is even more cleaner than the first one and is no doubt out. Another scorching catch from the Men in Yellow! Length ball outside off, Samson pushes at it away from the body and fails to keep it down. Suresh Raina at cover-point comes a bit ahead and takes a good tumbling catch. Samson waits for the confirmation of the cleanliness of the catch and the umpires take it upstairs. One replay is enough for the decision to be taken. Out it is. The in-form Sanju walks back to the dressing room. RR 14/2 in 3 overs
22.15 IST: Deepak Chahar to Sanju Samson, FOUR! Timing! This guy just oozes class. A length ball outside off, Samson just lazily lunges and times this beautifully through cover-point for a boundary. Elegance! RR 4/1 in 1.1 overs
22.12 IST: Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Buttler and Rajasthan are underway. Starts off with a length ball outside off, Buttler reaches for it and pushes it through the covers for a boundary.
Chennai Super Kings score 175/5 in 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in Chennai. Dhoni 75*, Archer 2/17
21.57 IST! SIX! Three sixes in a row! That's MS Dhoni for you folks! What a finish this is! 28 off the over! A length ball outside off, Dhoni swings and connects. He gets this way over the long on boundary. The fielder there is a mere spectator. CHENNAI END WITH 175/5 and Dhoni ends with 75 not out! This is a brilliant comeback from Chennai as well as a really formidable score to defend. CSK 175/5 in 20 overs
21.55 IST: SIX! Back to Back and Dhoni is blasting shots around the ground! CSK 168/5 in 19.5 overs
21.54 IST: SIX! Dhoni goes big! It's been a long time seeing Dhoni hammering away in yellow colours! Short length ball, Dhoni waits for the ball and deposits it way over the deep square leg fence for a maximum. This is an extremely strong finish by Chennai and might be the difference in the end. CSK 162/5 in 19.4 overs
21.52 IST: SIX! Jadeja has a go and that is a maximum! The flattest of all the sixes tonight for sure. Slower ball on middle, Jadeja walks down the track and smashes it right back over the bowler's head for a six. Straight as an arrow! That brings up the 150 for the hosts! CSK 154/5 in 19.2 overs
21.50 IST: Ravindra Jadeja walks in next.
21.48 IST: OUT! Bravo holes out! A shorter one from Archer, Dwayne looks to pull it away but the ball gets too big on him. The ball goes more high rather than far and Kulkarni at long on settles under the ball and takes an easy catch. Archer has been really good tonight, this is his second wicket. CSK 144/5 in 18.3 overs
21.46 IST: FOUR & FIFTY! MS Dhoni brings up his 21st IPL half-century in style! Jofra bowls a full toss outside off, Dhoni opens the bat face and guides it past point for a boundary. CSK 144/4 in 18.1 overs
21.44 IST: SIX! Bravo goes big and 24 runs come off the over!
21.44 IST: FOUR! That is lucky for Chennai and Bravo. A length ball outside off, Bravo looks to cut it away but the ball takes the outside half and goes past the short third man fielder to his right. Once it beats him, there is no stopping that ball. CSK 133/4 in 17.5 overs
* Looks like the ball has lost shape and there is a change of ball in store...
21.41 IST: SIX! Free Hit and Dhoni does NO mistake! The Free Hit goes for a maximum! A full toss outside off, Dhoni gets under it and smashes it over the covers for a biggie. CSK 128/4 in 17.3 overs
* No ball! Not for the front foot but for the height. The dew playing its part here.
21.38 IST: Smart bowling here from Kulkarni. He sees Bravo moving across so bowls it on his body and cramps him for room. Bravo could only keep it down to the leg side and take a run.
21.33 IST: FOUR! What a deft touch! On a length outside off and slower, Dhoni just chops it away in the gap between backward point and short third man for a boundary. Insane knowledge of where the fielders are exactly. CSK 113/4 in 16.2 over
21.32 IST: Cut away off the back foot by Bravo but a fingertip on it by Rahane at point means that only a single can be taken. Surely saved 3 runs there for his team.
21.30 IST: Excellent running! A length ball outside off, cut away by Dhoni to the right of point. Couple of runs taken as the skipper forces Bravo to run back for the second.
21.28 IST: From around the wicket and on middle, Bravo uses his wrists and places it through mid-wicket. 2 runs taken once more, good running!
21.24 IST: FOUR! Caribbean Calypso on show here! On a length outside off, Dwayne Bravo uses those wrists and gets the ball over the head of point for a boundary. 11 off the over, a good one for Chennai. CSK 99/4 in 15 overs
21.21 IST: FOUR! Short of a length outside off, Bravo rocks back and using his Caribbean style lifts this one over the head of cover. Gowtham is once again teased as he jumps for the catch but cannot reach the ball. It runs away to the boundary. CSK 93/4 in 14.2 overs
21.16 IST: OUT! What a way to get Raina out. Bowls a scrambled seam bowl. This one was a full ball and Raina tried to move away and play it over covers. He does not connect and misses completely and the ball rattles the stumps. That is a big wicket for Chennai as Raina was well set and the partnership was well built. Now, Rajasthan should capitalize on this opportunity and pick one or two more wickets here to stop the run scoring. Unadkat removes Raina for 36. Chennai Super Kings 88/4 in 13.4 overs
21.11 IST: FOUR! Smashed by Dhoni! The crowd just goes into a different frenzy when the skipper steps up to hammer. CSK 97/3 in 13.1 overs
21.10 IST: Bouncer! Dhoni looks to pull it but the ball does not bounce as much as he expects and goes under the bat. Looks like the surface is also a sticky, sluggish one.
21.06 IST: Jaydev Unadkat to Suresh Raina, FOUR! DEFT! Raina looks in form here. Unadkat strays on the legs, Raina shuffles across and plays it fine into the fence. 12 runs from the 12th over. .
21.00 IST: Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, FOUR! This is in Dhoni's region. Changes line this time and bowls it on his legs, Dhoni pulls it to the on side and the ball rolls to sqare leg for a boundary.
* Jaydev Unadkat to bowl now.
20.55 IST: Shreyas Gopal to Suresh Raina, SIX! A boundary of the first ball of the over once more! This seems to be a plan. A flighted leg spinner on middle, Raina goes down on one knee and lifts it over wide long on for a huge one!
20.53 IST: Krishnappa Gowtham to Suresh Raina, Inside edge but safe! A slower one on the off stump, Raina pushes at it coming ahead but gets it off the inner edge and it goes towards fine leg for a single.
20.52 IST: Krishnappa Gowtham to Suresh Raina, FOUR! Right after the break! A flighted ball outside off, Raina reaches out and lifts it over the covers for a boundary. Good shot! CSK 49/0 in 9.1 Overs
* Strategic break. Rajasthan clearly on top after picking up three early wickets. Kulkarni, Archer and Stokes all picked up one each, but since then, Chennai have made a decent recovery with Raina and Dhoni patiently building a partnership. Let's see how the next phase goes. Crucial for both teams.
20.46 IST: Shreyas Gopal to Suresh Raina, FOUR! Cut away and cut away hard! Short and wide outside off, there to be hit. Raina obliges as he rocks back and cracks it through backward point for a boundary. CSK 44/3 in 8.4 Overs
20.42 IST: Krishnappa Gowtham to Suresh Raina, Looped up on middle and leg, from around the wicket, Raina looks to play at it but it goes off the pads on the leg side. A leg bye is taken.
* Krishnappa Gowtham to roll his arm over.
20.40 IST: Shreyas Gopal to MS Dhoni, Tossed up on middle and leg, it's paddled fine down the leg side for a double.
*Time for some spin. Shreyas Gopal on now.
20.37 IST: Jofra Archer to MS Dhoni, Close. Could have been gone. Chennai would have been in real trouble then. Back of a length on off, Dhoni looks to play at it but it goes off the inside edge, deflects off the pads and touches the stumps. Surprisingly, the bails don't come off. Steven Smith notices this first and has a cheeky laugh at it.
*Amid the loudest cheer of the evening so far, here comes the skipper MS Dhoni. He will bat next.
20.30 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni to Kedar Jadhav, OUT! Kulkarni picks up his first and Chennai have lost their third already, well inside the Powerplay. A loose shot from Jadhav. It's full and wide outside off, seaming away, Kedar goes after it with a booming drive and nicks it behind. Buttler moves to his right and takes a relatively catch. The hosts in a spot of bother here. CSK 27/3 in 4.5 overs
20.27 IST: Kulkarni to Raina, FOUR! Top edge and FOUR! Short ball on middle, Raina moves inside the line and looks to pull. It goes off the top edge and flies over the keeper's head, making its way to the boundary line behind. CSK 26/2 in 4.3 overs
20.25 IST: Ben Stokes to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR! Takes the aerial route again and gets the desired result once more. Bumper banged in, Jadhav pulls it over mid-wicket for another boundary. Not in complete control of this one, but it's enough to fetch him what he wants. 14 runs and a wicket off this over, quite an eventful one for sure. CSK 22/2 in 4 overs
20.25 IST: Ben Stokes to Kedar Jadhav, FOUR! Wastes no time in opening his account. In fine style too. Short ball into the body from Stokes, Jadhav pulls it with good control over backward square and finds the fence. CSK 18/2 in 3.5 overs
*Kedar Jadhav is next in to bat.
20.23 IST: Ben Stokes to Shane Watson, OUT! Stokes gets his revenge. This is exceptional fielding placement from Rahane. Stokes deliberately bowls it well outside off, offering Watson width. He goes after it, cuts it and it goes off the outer half. Jofra Archer at short third man is placed quite fine and he moves to his left to take the catch. Both the Chennai openers are back in the dugout now. CSK 14/2 in 3.4 overs
20.18 IST: Stokes to Watson, SIX! He's really got a hold of that one, hasn't he? Finding the middle of the bat now, is Watson. Short of a length on middle and off, the opener picks the length up early. He goes back and pulls it powerfully over square leg for a maximum. CSK 14/1 in 3.2 overs
*Ben Stokes into the attack now.
20.14 IST: Kulkarni to Watson, FOUR! That will make him feel a lot better. First boundary of the evening for Chennai. Back of a length on off, Watson sits back for it and swings across the line. Clears mid-wicket and finds the fence. CSK 5/1 in 2.3 overs
20.13 IST: Dhawal Kulkarni to Shane Watson, Not out! Relief for Watson and the yellow army in the crowd. And some drama here straightaway. Watson has been caught behind and given out, but the batsman has decided to review it.
*Suresh Raina walks in at no.3.
20.12 IST: Jofra Archer to Ambati Rayudu, OUT! Brilliant staff from Jofra Archer. A wicket-maiden from him. Sensational. Not much pace on this, at 133 clicks, since no runs have come in this over Rayudu tries to be a little unorthodox by backing away and running it down to third man. But all he can manage is an edge behind which Buttler collects gleefully. CSK 1/1 in 2 overs
20.07 IST: Play is suspended while Rayudu receives some treatment on his right arm. He was hit by an Archer delivery. Four dot balls to begin with by the Englishman.
*Jofra Archer to share the new ball with Kulkarni
20.05 IST: Kulkarni to Watson, no run. End of an excellent over from the Royals opening bowler. Just a solitary run of it. CSK 1/0 in 1 over
20.01 IST: Kulkarni to Rayudu, 1 run. CSK off the mark with a single. Rayudu guides this good length delivery towards third-man to open his account. Watson on strike for the first time
19.58 IST: We are ready to get underway. Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu walk out to the middle amid a loud cheer from the yellow wave. The Rajasthan players spread out across the field. Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl the first over. Here we go...
19.50 IST: MS Dhoni says the dew will already come in, if it hasn't already, so things usually even out. Mentions that there is one change as Mitchell Santner comes in for Harbhajan Singh.
19.45 IST: Ajinkya Rahane says they will bowl first. Adds that he isn't sure about the wicket, and the dew might come in later on. States that Chennai are a good batting side, so have to be wary of that as well. Ends by informing that there are no changes in their playing XI.
Rajasthan Royals win toss, opt to bowl against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai
18.30 IST: Hello and welcome to our live blog! CSK vs RR! Who will come out on top today?!
Hello and welcome to our live blog of Match 12 of the Indian Premier League clash between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The TOSS will take place at 7.30 PM IST while play commences at 8.00 PM IST.
Brief Report: A confident Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will aim to maintain their dominance in the IPL when they host bottom-placed Rajasthan Royals at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. While the defending champions are sitting at the second spot in the points table with two wins from as many games, Rajasthan have lost both their games and it will be a herculean task for the Ajinkya Rahane-led side to stop Chennai, one of the most successful teams in IPL history. (Read Full Report Here)