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Rajasthan Royals got a step closer to the Pepsi IPL 2013 Play-Offs with a comprehensive eight wicket win overKings XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. RR, after restricting KXIP to 145, chased it down on the back of a responsible, undefeated 59 byAjinkya Rahane.
Chasing a moderate 146, RR lost skipper Rahul Dravid (4), castled by Bipul Sharma after being deceived by the flight. Rahane and Shane Watson got on with the task of rebuilding, adding 64 runs for the second wicket. RR made 38 from their power play overs. Watson launched Sharma for a six before Rahane followed suit depositing Piyush Chawla into the crowd.
Rahane, in full flow, stepped out and hit Manpreet Gonyfor a maximum over the long-off fence. Chawla who was hit for a boundary by Watson (31) came back to bowl him with a quicker delivery bowled seam up. At the halfway stage, RR were 73 for two, still requiring 73 runs.
Sanju Vishwanadh and Rahane rotated the strike well and kept the scoreboard ticking. Rahane (59*) brought up his fifty with a brace off Parvinder Awana in the 17th over. He immediately slammed Awana over mid-wicket for a six. Vishwanadh (47*) then got into Gony, smashing him for a six and a boundary to see RR home at the end of the 19th over.
Earlier, RR won the toss and elected to field. Ajit Chandila struck in the very first over as Mandeep Singh (0) was beaten by the flight and chipped one straight back to the bowler. KIXP got a move on after a quiet start with three boundaries off S Sreesanth in the fourth over. Adam Gilchrist, who returned to the team as captain hit consecutive boundaries off James Faulkner in the sixth over. Shaun Marsh then went after Chandila smashing him for a six and a boundary. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 74 for one.
Marsh brought up his fifty with a flick to the boundary off Faulkner in the 13th over. Kevon Cooper brought RR back into the match as he picked up three wickets to derail the KXIP innings. He first deceived Gilchrist (42) to dismiss him caught and bowled. David Hussey (1) followed him bowled by his countryman Shane Watson. Marsh deposited Faulkner into the crowd before smashing him for a boundary in the 16th over. Cooper then struck twice dismissing Marsh (77) and David Miller (8) as RR dragged back the match. KXIP finally finished with 145 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Kevon Cooper
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 145 for 6 (Shaun Marsh 77; Kevon Cooper 3-23) lost to Rajasthan Royals 147 for 2 (Ajinkya Rahane 59*; Bipul Sharma 1-21) by 8 wickets
Chennai Super Kings conquered Hyderabad, brining to endSunrisers Hyderabad's undefeated run at home, with an empathic 77-run win at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Wednesday night. CSK put into bat, destroyed SRH by posting a massive 223 on the back of Suresh Raina's undefeated 99 before their bowlers put up a good show to restrict the hosts to 146.
Chasing 224, SRH lost Shikhar Dhawan (3) in the second over, run out by a brilliant throw from MS Dhoni. Parthiv Patelhowever continued with two boundaries off Mohit Sharma. The left-hand opener then went after Jason Holder dispatching him for two boundaries and a six in the fifth over before Dwayne Bravo put him down. Kumar Sangakkara (3) followed when he top-edged a sweep off Ravichandran Ashwin to be caught by Chris Morris at short fine leg.
Suresh Raina dismissed Hanuma Vihari (3) caught in the deep to leave SRH three down in the eighth over. Darren Sammy (7) pulled Sharma for a six before holing out to Morris the next ball. The collapse continued as Patel (44) was caught by Vijay in the ninth over. SRH at the halfway stage were 75 for five, still requiring 149 runs.
Thisara Perera (23) smashed a boundary and a six off Morris before launching Bravo for a six. He departed the very next delivery caught by Subramaniam Badrinath. Karan Sharma, who was put down by Murali Vijay in the 15th over, cleared Jadeja over the ropes to give SRH fans something to cheer about. Amit Mishra (6) was run out by Ravindra Jadeja in the 16th over. SRH eventually fell short by 77 runs as Karan Sharma finished unbeaten on 39.
Earlier in the evening, Michael Husseyplayed a maiden off Dale Steyn before putting Ishant Sharma for consecutive boundaries. He and Vijay then smashed three boundaries off Perera in the fourth over. Murali Vijay (29) then took Ishant to the cleaners with three successive sixes before being caught behind off Perera. Karan Sharma was slammed for two sixes in the 9th over as Hussey and Raina went hard after the SRH bowling. The duo put on 133 runs for the second wicket.
Raina was given a reprieve on 26 when Karan Sharma dropped him at point off Mishra. Runs continued to flow as Hussey launched Mishra for a maximum in the 16th over. Raina took Ishant apart in the 17th over for 25 runs. Perera then struck twice, bowling Hussey (67) before having Dhoni (4) caught in the deep. Raina however continued his onslaught with a six before Ravindra Jadeja (13*) cut Steyn away for consecutive boundaries. With 20 runs from the final over, CSK finished with 223 for three.
Man-of-the-Match: Suresh Raina
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 223 for 3 (Suresh Raina 99*, Thisara Perera 3-45) defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad 146 for 8 (Parthiv Patel 44, Mohit Sharma 2-28) by 77 runs.