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    As it happened: Chennai vs Rajasthan, IPL 7, Match 37

    A file photo of Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson.

    A file photo of Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Watson. (Getty Images)

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page)

    Pre-match: Chennai Super Kings will have their sights set on the No. 1 position on the IPL-7 points table but getting there won't be easy as in their way will be the dogged Rajasthan Royals.

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    Chennai and Kings XI Punjab are currently level on points (14) after playing nine games each, with the latter acquiring the top position because of a better net run-rate. But Rajasthan are close on the heels of league leaders with 12 points.

    Chennai have registered wins in seven games so far this season while Rajasthan have won six, and it will be Chennai's charisma vs Rajasthan's dogged character.

    Commentary (Chennai Super Kings 1st Innings)

    Ravindra Jadeja is adjudged the Man of the Match for his all-round performance. Admits he likes to perform at his ground, calls the wicket a good one for bowling and adds that it takes time to get used to the conditions to bat well. That's all we have for you for this match. Do join us for the match between Delhi and Bangalore. Adios!

    Rajasthan bowled well and fought till the end but could not stop the in-form Chennai from toppling them. They still though have good chance to qualify while Chennai are almost through to the final four spot.

    Phew, what a finish from Chennai. They got a good start from Smith who continued his good form and just missed out on his fifty. They lost Raina and Smith quickly and sent in Ashwin to hit out but it did not work out for them. They were put in a bit of bother by good bowling from Cooper but MS Dhoni should why he is called Mr. Cool and ensured they did not lose the match and grab the two points.

    19.4 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, Victory! Good length outside off, Dhoni waits for it and plays it through the cover region. They take a couple of runs. There is an overthrow at the non-strikers end and they take the third run. CHENNAI WIN BY 5 WICKETS! 149/5

    19.3 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, Full toss outside off, Dhoni slices it over the cover region. The two scamper across for the second. 3 needed in 3 balls. 146/5

    19.2 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, SIX! FLAT MAXIMUM! Fuller outside off, Dhoni gets under it and slams it flat and hard through the vacant mid-wicket region for a flat maximum. 5 needed in 4 balls. 144/5

    19.1 J Faulkner to R Jadeja, Good length outside off, Jadeja cuts it towards point and takes a quick single. 11 needed in 5 balls. 138/5

    Faulkner to bowl the final over. 12 needed off the last over.

    18.6 K Cooper to MS Dhoni, Yorker on off, Dhoni digs it out towards the mid-wicket region for a couple. 137/5

    18.5 K Cooper to MS Dhoni, NOT OUT! Dhoni seldom gets run out! Bowls it on middle, Dhoni heaves it through the long leg region. HE calls Jadeja back for the second. There is a direct hit at the striker's end and the players appeal. The third umpire is reffered and the replay show that Dhoni was in. What running from him! 135/5

    Third umpire is refereed for a run out appeal.

    18.4 K Cooper to R Jadeja, Good length outside off, Jadeja cuts it with an inside edge back past the stumps for a single as the keeper fumbles with his throw. 133/5

    18.3 K Cooper to R Jadeja, SIX! Superb shot! Fuller outside off, Jadeja comes down the wicket and thumps it over the long on fence for a maximum. 132/5

    18.2 K Cooper to MS Dhoni, Fuller on middle, Dhoni whips it straight to short fine elg and takes off for a quick single. There is a direct hit at the striker's end but Jadeja was well in and the replay confirms the same. 126/5

    18.1 K Cooper to R Jadeja, Good length outside off, Jadeja chips it towards covers for a single. 125/5

    17.6 J Faulkner to R Jadeja, Good length outside off, Jadeja dabs it down to third man for a single. CHENNAI NEED 25 MORE IN 12 BALLS. 124/5

    Jadeja back out as Faulkner runs in to bowl. No further dramas though.

    17.5 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, Bowls it outside off, Dhoni drives it towards cover-point for a single. 123/5

    17.4 J Faulkner to R Jadeja, Fuller on off, Jadeja turns it through the square leg region for a single. 122/5

    Ravindra Jadeja is the new man in. Chennai need him to strike big.

    17.3 J Faulkner to du Plessis, OUT! Well bowled Faulkner! Bowls the yorker on middle, du Plessis looks to make room and play it through but is beaten. The ball goes through to hit the stumps. A limping du Plessis walks off the field. 121/5

    17.3 J Faulkner to du Plessis, WIDE! Bowls it wide outside off, du Plessis lets it go through. The umpire signals it a wide. 121/4

    17.2 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, Good length outside off, Dhoni slams it down the ground for a single. du Plessis wanted the second but is sent back from Dhoni. du Plessis has to dive to get back in his crease. 120/4

    17.2 J Faulkner to MS Dhoni, WIDE! Sprays it wide outside off, Dhoni lets it go. The umpire wides him. 119/4

    17.1 J Faulkner to du Plessis, Fuller outside off, du Plessis lofts it down to long on for a single. 118/4

    Faulkner back on.

    16.6 K Cooper to du Plessis, Short outside off, du Plessis works it through the on side for a single. CHENNAI NEED 32 MORE IN 18 IN BALLS. 117/4

    16.5 K Cooper to MS Dhoni, Full toss on the pads, Dhoni fails to connect properly as he looks to flick it. They take a single. 116/4

    16.4 K Cooper to du Plessis, Fuller on middle, du Plessis fails to work it through the on side. The players appeal but the umpire is unmoved. They take a leg bye. 115/4

    16.3 K Cooper to du Plessis, Slower one a good length outside off, du Plessis is beaten as he tries to pull it. 114/4

    16.2 K Cooper to MS Dhoni, Fuller on off, Dhoni drives it to covers for a single. 114/4

    16.1 K Cooper to du Plessis, Good length outside off, du Plessis dabs it down to third man for a single. 113/4

    Kevon Cooper back for his final spell.

    15.6 P Tambe to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Poor ball! Short on the pads, Dhoni gets it down to the fine leg region for a boundary to the fine leg fence. Poor way to end the over. CHENNAI NEED 37 MORE IN 24 BALLS. 112/4

    15.5 P Tambe to MS Dhoni, Fuller on off, Dhoni drives it back to the bowler. 108/4

    15.4 P Tambe to MS Dhoni, Flatter on off, Dhoni taps it towards the covers. 108/4

    15.3 P Tambe to du Plessis, Bowls it on off, du Plessis drives it coming down the wicket for a single. 108/4

    15.2 P Tambe to MS Dhoni, Dhoni goes back and tucks it through square leg for a single. 107/4

    15.1 P Tambe to MS Dhoni, WOW! Bowls it on off and middle, turns away, Dhoni is beaten all ends up as the ball turns past him. 106/4

    14.6 R Bhatia to MS Dhoni, Dhoni taps it to the on side and takes a single. 106/4

    MS Dhoni is the new man in for Chennai. The crowd welcome him with a loud cheer.

    14.5 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, OUT! Timber! Good length on middle, Ashwin is beaten by the slower one. The ball sneaks through to hit the stumps. Ashwin walks off to cheers. But that is for the man coming in next. 105/4

    14.4 R Bhatia to du Plessis, du Plessis drives this through mid on for a single. 105/3

    14.3 R Bhatia to du Plessis, du Plessis drives this on the up through covers. Ashwin, yet again has to make effort to get back for the second. 104/3

    14.2 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Ashwin takes a single with a punch to covers. 102/3

    14.1 R Bhatia to du Plessis, Driven down the ground for a single. 101/3

    du Plessis seems to be struggling with a cramp. He is getting some medical help from the physio. He is up now and ready to bat. CHENNAI NEED 49 MORE IN 36 BALLS.

    13.6 J Faulkner to du Plessis, Driven down the ground for a single. TIMEOUT TAKEN! 100/3

    13.5 J Faulkner to R Ashwin, Good length on middle, Ashwin backs away and dabs it down to short third man for a single. 99/3

    13.4 J Faulkner to du Plessis, du Plessis walks across and turns it through the mid-wicket for a single. 98/3

    13.3 J Faulkner to R Ashwin, Full outside off, Ashwin drags it in the air over mid on for a single. 97/3

    13.2 J Faulkner to du Plessis, du Plessis works it through the on side for a single. 96/3

    13.1 J Faulkner to du Plessis, du Plessis punches this good length delivery outside off towards covers. 95/3

    Faulkner comes back on to bowl.

    12.6 R Bhatia to du Plessis, Full on middle, du Plessis comes down, takes it on the full and drives it to deep cover for a single. 95/3

    12.5 R Bhatia to du Plessis, Ashwin takes two! Full on middle, du Plessis comes down the wicket and turns it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. Ashwin dives to get back into his crease as he was late to turn for the second. Everybody in Chennai camp share a laugh watching Ashwin dive for the second run. 94/3

    12.4 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Fuller outside off, Ashwin looks to scoop at first but turns it through mid-wicket for a single. 92/3

    12.3 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, FOUR! Heaved! Fuller on off, Ashwin drags it through mid-wicket for a boundary. That made good sound! 91/3

    12.2 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Yorker on middle, Ashwin digs it out towards mid on. du Plessis gets back just in time as Tambe fails to collectthe ball in time. 87/3

    12.1 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Fuller outside off, Ashwin heaves it towards covers. 87/3

    11.6 P Tambe to R Ashwin, Flatter on middle, Ashwin is struck on his pads as he looks to clip it. They take a leg bye. CHENNAI NEED 62 MORE IN 48 BALLS. 87/3

    11.5 P Tambe to du Plessis, Flatter on middle, du Plessis comes down the wicket and turns it through the on side for a single. 86/3

    11.4 P Tambe to R Ashwin, Bowls it on middle, Ashwin pushes it towards covers for a single. 85/3

    11.3 P Tambe to R Ashwin, Full toss outside off, Ashwin comes down and turns it through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. That was hit in the gap by Ashwin! 84/3

    11.2 P Tambe to du Plessis, du Plessis drives it through mid on for a single. 82/3

    11.1 P Tambe to R Ashwin, Full on off, Ashwin comes down the wicket and drives it through long off for a single. 81/3

    10.6 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Full outside off, Ashwin plays it through mid on for a single. 80/3

    10.5 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Fuller outside off, Ashwin walks across and looks to turn it through the on side but gets a leading edge back to the bowler. 79/3

    10.4 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Fuller on off, Ashwin defends it towards covers. 79/3

    10.3 R Bhatia to du Plessis, Bowls it on off, du Plessis turns it towards wide mid on for a single. 79/3

    10.2 R Bhatia to R Ashwin, Fuller on off, Ashwin turns it through mid on for a single. 78/3

    10.1 R Bhatia to du Plessis, Good length outside off, du Plessis drives it through covers for a single. 77/3

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