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Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra admits to betting on IPL matches: Delhi Police

The Delhi Police said on Thursday that Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra had "admitted" during questioning to betting on his own team during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.

 
Rajasthan Royals owner Raj Kundra admits to betting in IPL: Neeraj Kumar
 
The Delhi Police today said Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra had "admitted" during questioning to betting on his own team during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).
 
These bets were placed through a bookie, who is also his business partner, the police said. Police have asked Kundra, a businessman and the husband of well-known Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty, to surrender his passport to them and not to leave the country without their permission.
 
Ms Shetty is also part owner of the Rajasthan Royals, three of whose players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- were arrested by the Delhi Police on May 16 for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing in IPL matches.
 
Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told newspersons that Kundra had been called in for questioning after he was suspected to have indulged in betting.
 
"He has admitted to betting. He used to bet on his own team," Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar told mediapersons.
 
Mr Kumar said Kundra said he had lost money on these bets and that he used to place bets through a bookie identified as Umesh Goenka.
 
Other officials said Kundra was found to have placed bets on other teams in the league and that he had been indulging in betting for the past two-three years.
 
"He did say that he had lost a lot of money in betting..but we have to verify this, we cannot take everything at face value," they said.
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Five days after the Delhi Police arrested the three Rajasthan Royals players, the Mumbai Police, who are also conducting separate investigations into alleged spot-fixing and betting in IPL matches, had arrested Bollywood actor Virender (Vindoo) Randhawa, son of late wrestler-actor Dara Singh, for alleged links with bookies.
 
On May 24, the Mumbai Police arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, the son-in-law of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President N Srinivasan, whose named had cropped up during the interrogation of Vindoo.
 
Mr Srinivasan, who is also the Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of India Cements, the owners of Chennai Super Kings, stepped aside as BCCI chief till the probe ordered by the Board into the roles of Gurunath, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in the alleged scam is completed.
 
Police sources said the records of Vindoo's telephone calls indicated that he was in regular touch with Gurunath and bookies. Also, Vindoo was seen regularly in the CSK's boxes at the venues of the team's matches.
 
On May 26, the BCCI suspended Gurunath from any involvement in cricket, in general, and in Chennai Super Kings, in particular.
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Gurunath had been described in media reports as the principal of the CSK team. But India Cements issued a statement, distancing itself from him, and saying that he was not the owner or CEO or team principal of Chennai Super Kings.
 
"India Cements clarifies that Mr. Gurunath Meiyappan is neither the Owner, nor CEO / Team Principal of Chennai Super Kings.  Mr. Gurunath is only one of the Members (Honorary) of the Management Team of Chennai Super Kings. India Cements follows zero tolerance policy and if anyone is proved guilty, strict action will be taken immediately.  India Cements assures full co-operation with BCCI and the Law Enforcement authorities," the statement had said.
 
But CSK will have a tough time explaining how Gurunath had free access to the team dug-out and such other areas normally accessible only to team owners. He was also seen at the franchise's table at IPL player auctions.
 
Vindoo and Gurunath are currently on bail.
 
The Delhi Police and the Mumbai Police have also arrested several bookies from different parts of India, including some who have played first-class cricket and one who was a part of Rajasthan Royals for four seasons.
 
Reacting to the reports about Kundra, former BCCI President Jagmohan Dalmiya, who is looking after its affairs in the absence of Mr Srinivasan, said its Working Committee would consider the matter at an emergent meeting in Delhi on June 10.
 
"We will go through all the details and if any action is required, we will look into it, " he told a press conference in Kolkata this evening.
 
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Magic Holidays launches three new properties in India, one in Singapore

The United-21 Royal Resort at Todgarh, Rajasthan, one of the four new resorts launched by Magic Holidays
The United-21 Royal Resort at Todgarh, Rajasthan, one of the four new resorts launched by Magic Holidays
 
Magic Holidays, a timeshare product from the Panoramic Group, has announced the launch of three new properties at Todgarh, Udaipur and Mahabaleshwar in India and one in Singapore.
 
The United-21 Royal Resort, Todgarh is a heritage style property, surrounded by the Aravalli mountains, is located near Todgarh in Rajasthan, acessible from Jodhpur airport as well as the Todgarh railway station.
 
A press release from the company said the United-21 Lake City Resort, Udaipur in Rajasthan is spread over three lakh square feet and has 23 rooms with business amenities and other facilities. It is located close to the Udaipur airport on National Highway 46 and is aimed at both business travellers as well as leisure tourists.
 
The United-21, Mahabaleshwar is in the hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra and will cater to both busines and leisure traellers.
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Magic Holidays Resort, Singapore is located in St Thomas Walk and is close to the major shopping malls in Singapore. 
 
“Our expansion is driven by a strategic and focused approach of adding new properties to deliver an improved, unique vacation experience. We are catering to needs of our customers with global expansion too. We strive to provide best-in-class holiday experience with variety of options and giving ‘Unforgettable Times’ to our valued customers," Mr. Hitesh Kshatriya, COO of Panoramic Group of Companies, said.
 
"With a tool like timeshare holidays, we are positive about guaranteeing our customers with memorable holidays for the next 25 years at a cost that doesn’t burn a hole in their pockets," he said.
Magic Holidays has a tie-up with Resort Condominium International (RCI) to facilitate a range of holiday options. In addition to this, to aid their expansion plans the company has also adopted a franchise model that has helped them spread their network throughout the country, the release added.
 
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Kushal Singh has been appointed as Chairperson of NCPCR

 
Former Rajasthan Chief Secretary Kushal Singh has been appointed as the Chairperson of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development. 
 
An official press release said Ms Singh was selected by a committee headed by Ms Krishna Tirath, Minister of Women and Child Development.
 
Ms Singh had also served as the Chairperson, Board of Revenue and Rajasthan Pollution Control Board and the Commissioner for Disabled Persons, Government of Rajasthan. 
 
She also served as the Secretary Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, Principal Secretary for various ministries such as Social Welfare and Tribal Area Development, Environment and Social Security, Government of Rajasthan. 
 
At the Centre, Ms Singh had served as the Senior Directing Staff (Civil Services), National Defence College, Ministry of Defence and as Regional Cement Controller in Mumbai.
 
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Mumbai Indians enter final of IPL with four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals

Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians drives a delivery during the secod qualifier of the Indian Premier League against Rajasthan Royals  at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on May 24, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.
Dwayne Smith of Mumbai Indians drives a delivery during the secod qualifier of the Indian Premier League against Rajasthan Royals at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on May 24, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS.
 
Opener Dwayne Smith hammered a superb 62 to lead Mumbai Indians into the final of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals with just one ball to spare in the second qualifier at the Eden Gardens here tonight.
 
In an encounter that went to the wire, Rajasthan Royals, opting to bat first, posted 165 for 6 from their 20 overs, powered by a well-made 43 by skipper Rahul Dravid.
 
Chasing 166 for a win, Mumbai Indians barely managed to scrape through in the end, making 169 for six in 19.5 overs.
 
They will now meet Chennai Super Kings in the final at the same venue on May 26. Chennai had beaten Mumbai by 48 runs in the first qualifier on May 21 at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi.
 
Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians had clashed in the 2010 final when the former had emerged victorious and lifted their maiden IPL title.
 
Today, after a one-hour delay caused by evening rains, Rajasthan Royals, winners of the inaugural IPL in 2008, rode on a gritty 43 by Rahul Dravid and an unbeaten cameo of a 17-ball 31 by Dishant Yagnik to post a fighting 165 for six.
 
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh wreaked havoc by wiping out the top-order with his three for 26 but it was Yagnik’s cameo that saved Rajasthan the blushes.
 
But Rajasthan Royals' dream run in the season, which was somewhat marred by spot-fixing claims after the arrest of three of their cricketers, came to an end as Smith struck a 44-ball 62, studded with six fours and two sixes, as Mumbai Indians, chasing a target of 166, made 169 for six with a ball to spare.
 
It was a poor show by the Rajasthan Royals bowling that has been left depleted with the arrest of two key spinners Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila, on a batting paradise. The only exception was West Indies pacer Kevon Cooper, who got the important wickets of opener Aditya Tare (35) and Dinesh Karthik (22) while conceding just 18 runs from his three overs.
 
On the Eden track, that favours slow bowlers, Rajasthan for the first time since the arrests, missed Chavan and Chandila as their pacers leaked runs.
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Mumbai Indians got to a great start with Smith and Tare adding 70 runs for the first wicket in 55 balls. They plundered runs at will and at a time when the partnership grew dangerous, Cooper struck to get rid of Tare, who mistimed a slower and hit straight to Sanju Samson at long-on.  Tare hit three fours and two sixes in his 27-ball knock.
 
Karthik also started off well and added 55 runs with Smith for the second wicket. Karthik was in his rhythm, hitting three well-timed fours, but Cooper struck again as Karthik tried to cut and found Ajinkya Rahane at point.
 
After two good partnerships of 70 and 55 runs, Mumbai Indians suddenly lost way and lost wickets in a heap and were left struggling at 132 for four before Kieron Pollard (11) and Ambati Rayudu (17) put them on course for a win.
 
Earlier, Dravid top-scored with a 37-ball 43 before a middle-order collapse reduced them to 108 for six in the 16th over. It was then left to Yagnik, who hit five fours, and Brad Hodge (19 not out) , who rescued the innings adding 57 runs in 27 balls to take Rajasthan Royals to a competitive 165 for six in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan also had a steady start as the opening duo of Ajinkya Rahane (21) and Dravid hit some crisp boundaries. The Royals skipper was aggressive as he enthralled the crowd with some of his trademark drives.
 
Dravid exchanged some words with Mumbai pacer Mitchell Johnson after the Australian was hit for two consecutive fours. The opening stand of 44 was broken in the seventh over when Harbhajan castled Rahane (21; 18b 3x4) round his legs.
 
Shane Watson (6) was the next to go attempting a clumsy sweep managing a top-edge off Harbhajan to Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma.
 
Lasith Malinga then removed the talented Sanju Samson for a duck and Harbhajan finally dismissed his former India team mate Dravid caught by Rohit at mid-wicket that let Rajasthan at 87 for four.
 
Kieron Pollard took two in one over, Stuart Binny 27 off 17, and Kevon Cooper (4) to leave Rajasthan Royals at 108 for six. But Hodge and Yagnik joined forces with their 57-run stand for the unfinished seventh wicket that gave Rajasthan what looked like a good total. They were also helped by Malinga, who bowled a horrible last over giving away 18 runs.
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Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Sharma b Harbhajan 43
Ajinkya Rahane b Harbhajan 21
Shane Watson c Sharma b Harbhajan 6
Sanju Samson c Harbhajan b Malinga 0
Stuart Binny c Harbhajan b Pollard 27
Brad Hodge not out 19
Kevon Cooper c Smith b Pollard 4
Dishant Yagnik not out 31
Extras (lb 4, w 8, nb 2) 14
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Rahane, 6.3 overs), 2-60 (Watson, 8.4), 3-64 (Samson, 9.4), 4-87 (Dravid, 12.1), 5-104 (Binny, 15.1), 6-108 (Cooper, 15.3)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 3-0-23-0
Rishi Dhawan 4-0-30-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-36-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-23-3
Lasith Malinga 4-0-43-1
Kieron Pollard 1-0-6-2
 
Mumbai Indians 
Dwayne Smith c Samson b Binny 62
Aditya Tare c Samson b Cooper 35
Dinesh Karthik c Rahane b Cooper 22
Rohit Sharma b Trivedi 2
Kieron Pollard c Cooper b Faulkner 11
Ambati Rayudu  b Watson 17
Harbhajan Singh not out 6
Rishi Dhawan not out 4
Extras (lb 6, w 4) 10
Total (for six wickets in 19.5 overs) 169
Fall of wickets: 1-70 (Tare, 9.1 overs), 2-125 (Karthik, 14.1), 3-128 (Sharma, 15.5), 4-132 (Smith, 16.3), 5-141 (Pollard, 17.3), 6-160 (Rayudu, 19.2)
Bowling
Vikramjeet Singh Malik 4-0-26-0
James Faulkner 4-0-36-1
Shane Watson 2.5-0-34-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-23-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-33-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-1
 
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Rajasthan Royals post 165/6 against Mumbai Indians in second IPL qualifier

Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hits over the top for a boundary during the 2nd Qualifer in the  Indian Premier League against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid hits over the top for a boundary during the 2nd Qualifer in the Indian Premier League against Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Skipper Rahul Dravid topscored with 43 as Rajasthan Royals posted 165 for six in their 20 overs against Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which will decide the second finalist of the tournament, at the Eden Gardens here tonight.
 
Opting to bat first, Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane (21) provided their side with a good start, putting on 44 for the first wicket.
 
Dishant Yagnik remained unbeaten on 31 and Brad Hodge on 19 as the Rajasthan Royals added 61 in the last five overs, losing two wickets in the process.
 
They were struggling at 108/6 in 15.3 overs at one stage, but Hodge and Yagnik, along with Stuart Binny, who made 27, took them to a respectable score. 
 
The start of the match was delayed by about an hour by rains this evening.
 
After Rahane fell in the seventh over, Rajasthan lost Shane Watson (6) and Sanju Samson (0) for the addition of just 20 runs.
 
Dravid and Binny added 21 runs for the fourth wicket before the former fell with the total at 87 in the 13th over.  His 43 came off 37 balls and included seven fours. 
 
Binny's 27 came off 17 balls and included one six and three fours, while Hodge hit two fours in his 19. Yagnik faced 17 balls and struck five fours in his 31. Yagnik and Hodge added 57 runs in their unfinished partnership for the seventh wicket.
 
For Mumbai Indians, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh bagged three for 23, while Kieron Pollard took two for six off his one over and Lasith Malnga one for 43 from his four overs.
 
The winner of today's qualifier will meet Chennai Super Kings in the final on May 26 at the same venue.
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CSK qualified for the final by beating Mumbai Indians by 48 runs in the first qualifier at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi on May 21.
 
CSK had finished the league stage, in which each of the nine teams in the fray played 16 matches, at the top of the table, followed by Mumbai Indians in the second, Rajasthan Royals in third and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the fourth spot.
 
Rajasthan Royals, which has been hit hard by an alleged spot-fixing scandal after three of its players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- were arrested by the Delhi Police on May 16, have managed to pull themselves together and beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by four wickets in the eliminator on May 22 in Delhi to qualify for a meeting against Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier.
 
Rajasthan Royals, which went into the match against Sunrisers with an all-pace attack because of the absence of spinners Chandila and Chavan, did not make any changes in their eleven.
 
Mumbai Indians continued to be without opener Sachin Tendulkar, who has not fully recovered from a palm injury. Rishi Dhawan was brought in for Munaf Patel.
 
Scoreboard:
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Sharma b Harbhajan 43
Ajinkya Rahane b Harbhajan 21
Shane Watson c Sharma b Harbhajan 6
Sanju Samson c Harbhajan b Malinga 0
Stuart Binny c Harbhajan b Pollard 27
Brad Hodge not out 19
Kevon Cooper c Smith b Pollard 4
Dishant Yagnik not out 31
Extras (lb 4, w 8, nb 2) 14
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 165
Fall of wickets: 1-44 (Rahane, 6.3 overs), 2-60 (Watson, 8.4), 3-64 (Samson, 9.4), 4-87 (Dravid, 12.1), 5-104 (Binny, 15.1), 6-108 (Cooper, 15.3)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 3-0-23-0
Rishi Dhawan 4-0-30-0
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-36-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-23-3
Lasith Malinga 4-0-43-1
Kieron Pollard 1-0-6-2
 
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Rajasthan Royals pull off four-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad

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Brad Hodge hit two consecutive sixes in the last over to help Rajasthan Royals pull off a dramatic four-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here tonight.

Rajasthan Royals will now meet Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on May 24 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata to decide the second finalist.
 
Chennai Super Kings have already made it to the final by beating Mumbai Indians in the first qualifiers here last night.
 
Hodge remained unbeaten with a superb 54 at the end, which came off just 29 balls with the help of five sixes and two fours. Keeping him company at the end at the end was James Faulkner with 11 not out.
 
Earlier, Sunrisers Hyderabad recovered from a rather slow start to post 132 for seven from their 20. 
 
Opting to bat first, Sunrisers were hemmed in by some tight and accurate bowling by Rajasthan Royals and had managed to reach only 67 for three in 14 overs. But they then managed to nearly double it in the last six to get to a decidedly a better total than what they could have hoped for at that stage.
 
Chasing what appeared to be an easy target of 133 for a win, Rajasthan Royals started on an unsteady note, losing skipper Rahul Dravid, one of their batting mainstays, in the second after after he had made 12 in a total of 13 in the second over.
 
Ajinkya Rahane (18) and Shane Watson (24) added 37 for the second wicket, before the latter left, caught brilliantly by Darren Sammy off Karan Sharma.
 
Rajasthan Royals lost three more wicket for the addition of just seven runs and were struggling at 57 for five after 10 overs when Hodge arrived on the scene.
 
He and Sanju Samson steadied the innings and took the side past the hundred-mark before Samson left in the 16th over, after having made 10, trapped leg before wicket by Dale Steyn. Rajasthan neded 31 runs from the remaining 24 balls at that stage.
 
Thisara Perera conceded only six in the 17th over, including a four by Faulkner through extra cover.
 
The next over, sent down by Steyn, yielded 10 runs, including a four by Faulkner and some singles and two wides.
 
With 15 runs needed from two overs, Perera sent down another tight over, giving away just five.
 
Ten runs were still needed from the last over and Hodge lifted the first delivery from DarrenSammy over backward square leg for a huge six. He then sent the next ball over long-on for another mighty six and the match was over.
 
Rajasthan Royals players, who are still reeling under the alleged spot-fixing scam, in which three of their players -- S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila -- have been arrested, could not hide their joy at the victory.
 
For Hyderabad, Sammy picked up two for 27, while Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Sharma and Amit Mishra took one each.
 
Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan topscored for Hyderabad with 33 while skipper Cameron White made 31 and Darren Sammy contributed 29.
 
Thisara Perera (11) and Biplab Samantray (14) were the only other Hyderabad batsmen to reach double figures.
 
For Rajasthan Royals, medium-pacer Vikramjeet Malik took two for 14, while James Faulkner, Shane Watson and Siddharth Trivedi picked up one apiece.
 
Rajasthan Royals, who had won the inaugural IPL in 2008, had more than pride to play for today, despite their dream run this season.
 
Dince the spot-fixing scandal came to light on May 16, Rajasthan Royals had lost their next two matches. They arrived in Delhi low on confidence but certainly not out.
 
With Chandila and Chavan out, Rajasthan went into the match without any regular spinners, but their six-man pace attack put on a spirited show to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad, winners in 2009 as Deccan Chargers, to a modest total.
 
Local boy Ishant Sharma gave Sunrisers the first breakthrough by getting rid of Dravid (12) in the second over caught by Karan Sharma at point.
 
Watson entertained the packed crowd, with his 15-ball 24 that was studded with five fours, but his whirlwind knock was ended with Darren Sammy plucking out a beauty at the boundary off leggie Karan Sharma.
 
Another leg-spinner Amit Mishra took a good catch off his own bowling to remove Ajinkya Rahane (18). Double strikes by Sammy to remove Dishant Yagnik and Stuart Binny (2) reduced Rajasthan Royals to 57 for five.  Sammy kept it tight on a slow surface and bowled wicket to wicket as both Yagnik and Binny were castled.
 
Hodge and the young Sanju Samson (10) added 45 runs for the sixth wicket that took Rajasthan Royals past the 100-run mark. Dale Steyn trapped Sanju lbw and then Hodge and James Faulkner (11 not out) joined forces to take Rajasthan Royals home with their unbeaten 33-run stand for the seventh wicket.  Hodge finished off the affair in style with two massive sixes off Sammy.
 
Earlier, Sunrisers batsmen struggled on the double-paced track and it was West Indies skipper Darren Sammy (29, 3x6) whose lusty blows at the end of the innings gave them a decent total.
 
Shikhar Dhawan (33, 39 balls, 3x4) was the other significant contributor but it was a measured knock by the local boy as the slowness of the track did not help him to free his arms.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel c Samson b Malik 1
Shikhar Dhawan c Trivedi b Faulkner 33
Hanuma Vihari c Cooper b Malik 1
Cameron White c Cooper b Trivedi 31
Darren Sammy run out 29
Thisara Perera c Yagnik b Watson 11
Biplab Samantray run out (Rahane/Faulkner) 14
Karan Sharma not out 2
Dale Steyn not out 4
Extras (lb 2, w 4) 6
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 132
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Patel, 0.6 overs), 2-3 (Vihari, 2.3), 3-55 (White, 10.6), 4-83 (Dhawan, 15.4), 5-111 (Sammy, 17.2), 6-113 (Perera, 17.6), 7-127 (Samantray, 19.3)
Bowling:
Vikramjeet Malik 3-0-14-2
James Faulkner 4-0-28-1
Shane Watson 4-0-32-1
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-18-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-36-0
Stuart Binny 1-0-2-0
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Karan b Ishant 12
Ajinkya Rahane c & b Mishra 18
Shane Watson c Sammy b Karan 24
Dishant Yagnik b Sammy 0
Stuart Binny b Sammy 2
Sanju Samson lbw Steyn 10
Brad Hodge not out 54
James Faulkner not out 11
Extras (w 4) 4
Total (for six wickets in 19.2 overs) 135
Fall of wickets: 1-13 (Dravid, 1.6 overs), 2-50 (Watson, 6.4), 3-53 (Yagnik, 7.4), 4-55 (Rahane, 8.2), 5-57 (Binny, 9.6), 5-57 (Binny, 9.6), 6-102 (Samson, 15.5)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-23-1
Ishant Sharma 3-0-31-1
Thisara Perera 3-0-14-0
Karan Sharma 2-0-24-1
Darren Sammy 3.2-0-27-2
Amit Mishra 4-1-16-1
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad opt to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in IPL eliminator

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Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper Cameron White won the toss and opted to bat first against Rajasthan Royals in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here tonight.

The loser of the match will be eliminated from the tournament, while the winner will meet Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24 to decide the second finalist.
 
Two-time champions Chennai Super Kings have already made it to the final with a 48-run win over Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier here yesterday. The final will be played at Eden Gardens on May 26.
 
The match is taking place against the backdrop of the alleged spot-fixing scam, in which three Rajasthan Royals players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- were arrested by the Delhi Police on May 16 from Mumbai. Since then, the Rajasthan Royals have lost two matches and will have to make a determined bid to get their act together for today's crucial encounter.
 
Pace bowler Ishant Sharma was back in the Sunrisers squad, replacing Anand Rajan.
 
Rajasthan Royals brought in Dishant Yagnik in place of Sachin Baby. With Chandila and Chavan out and Pravin Tamble suffering ruled out with a niggle, they have taken the field today without a regular spinner. Medium-pacer Vikramjeet Malik has been included in the eleven.
 
The teams:
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Parthiv Patel (wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Hanuma Vihari, Cameron White (captain), Thisara Perera, Biplab Samantray, Darren Sammy, Karan Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Kevon Cooper, James Faulkner, Vikramjeet Malik, Siddharth Trivedi
 
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Sunrisers Hyderabad have psychological edge over Rajasthan Royals

Rattled by spot-fixing claims, Rajasthan Royals have a lot at stake when they take on a resurgent Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Feroze Shah Kotla here tomorrow.

2008 champions Rajasthan Royals' brilliant run this season have been marred by the arrest of three of their cricketers -- Ankeet Chavan, Ajit Chandila and India fast bowler Sreesanth.
 
While there is a lot at stake for Rajasthan Royals, it will also be the last chance for Sunrisers Hyderabad, winners in 2009 as Deccan Chargers, to finish their impressive run on a winning note.
 
The winner will take on the loser of the Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings Qualifier One match tonight.
 
While Sunrisers went for the nets at the Modern School here, Rajasthan Royals arrived from Jaipur well prepared and skipped the practice session.

Rajasthan Royals hold practice session in Jaipur ahead of play-offs

Rajasthan Royals' Shaun Tait bowls to Kevon Cooper during a practice session at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 19, 2013.

Rajasthan Royals' Shaun Tait bowls to Kevon Cooper during a practice session at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 19, 2013.
Rajasthan Royals' Shaun Tait bowls to Kevon Cooper during a practice session at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on May 19, 2013.

Mumbai Police search rooms in five-star hotel occupied by Sreesanth, Jiju

Mumbai Police seize Sreesanth's laptop, ipad

As the Delhi Police continued their probe into the alleged spot-fixing scam in the ongoing sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), their counterparts in Mumbai today searched two rooms in a five-star hotel which were occupied by cricketer S Sreesanth and his friend, Jiju Janardhan, both of whom have been arrested in the case.

Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, bowlers of the Rajasthan Royals team, were arrested by the Delhi Police from Mumbai in the early hours of May 16.
 
The police also arrested 11 bookies from Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad and other places in connection with the alleged spot-fixing.
 
Mumbai's Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy said that, on the basis of information received, they searched two rooms in a five-star hotel in the metropolis, different from the hotel that Rajasthan Royals had booked for themseles, which Sreesanth and his friend had booked independently in their names.
 
He said the search revealed that both rooms had been lived in. From Sreesanth's room, they recovered a laptop, an ipad, a mobile phone, cash, a data card, cricketing kit, clothes and a diary. From Jiju's room, they found an ipad, a mobile phone and some personal belongings, he said.
 
Mr Roy said the Mumbai Police had also raided a premises in Kalbadevi area and arrested a bookie. They seized 92 mobile phones, 18 SIM cards, laptops, cash, television sets, satellite television dish antenna and accounts books from there. According to him, 30 of those mobile phones were used by the bookie to connect bookies in India with their counterparts in Pakistan and Dubai via conference calls.
 
The police also arrested another bookie today, he said.
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Mr Roy said the interrogation of the first bookie had shown that he had contacts and financial transactions with some of the bookies arrested by the Delhi Police in the spot-fixing case.
 
Meanwhile, the Jaipur Police today said they would share with their Delhi counterparts call details of some 250 mobile phones that they had seized during raids in the city during the current IPL season.
 
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police continued their questioning of the three arrested players and the bookies even as lawyers for the cricketers insisted their clients were innocent and had been framed.
 
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Rajasthan fail to prove a point, Sunrisers play-off hopes alive

Biplap Samantray of Sunrisers Hyderabad pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Hyderbaad on March 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Biplap Samantray of Sunrisers Hyderabad pulls a delivery to the boundary during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Hyderbaad on March 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Battered by spot-fixing allegations, it seemed Rajasthan Royals were out to prove a point but the good work of their bowlers were wasted as the bastmen performed badly to give Sunrisers Hyderabad a 23-run win that also brightened their Indian Premier League (IPL) play-off hopes here tonight.

The win helped Sunrisers jump to the fourth spot in the league table with 18 points from 15 matches. They will be fighting it out for the fourth place with Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have 16 points from 15 matches and are in a must-win situation in their last match against Chennai Super Kings.
 
With the morale of the team down, after the arrest of three fellow players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- over charges of spot-fixing, Rajasthan Royals had more than pride at stake in the match at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium despite the fact that they had already booked a place in the last four for the play-offs.
 
James Faulkner gave skipper Rahul Dravid something to smile with a dream spell, claiming five for 16 as Rajasthan Royals restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 136 for nine in 20 overs. 
 
Sunrisers were in a spot at 49 for four, but it was Biplab Samantray, who rescued them with a valauble 55 of 46 balls with the help of six fours and a six.
 
But the batsmen failed to match the good work of the bowlers and could manage only 113 for nine in their 20 overs. Kevon Cooper top-scored with 26 after the top-order collapsed. Dravid (25), who promised to bounce back at the start of the match, Ajinkya Rahane (12) and Shane Watson (11) and  were the other three batsmen who could get to double figures.
 
Dravid and Rahane added 39 runs for the first wicket and it looked they would sail home smoothly. But Dravid's run out in the eighth over triggered a batting collapse and Rajasthan Royale kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Half the side was back in the pavilion for 65 runs in the 14th over.
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They needed another 71 runs off the remaining six. It was a tough task indeed and barring a cameo of a 12-ball 26 by Cooper, who hit three fours and a six, the Rajasthan Royals tail failed to show the fighting spirit.
 
Sunrisers pacer Dale Steyn picked up two for 17 but the star of the show was leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who have away just eight runs and picked up the wickets of Sanju Samson (5) and Sachin Baby (6). He was chosen the Man of the match award.
 
Another leg-spinner Karan Sharma and pacer Thisara Perera also got two wickets each.
 
Earlier, electing to bat after winning the toss, Sunrisers made a great recovery from five for three to reach 136 for nine in 20 overs, thanks mainly to Samantray's 55 (46 balls, 6x4,1x6) and some useful contributions by Darren Sammy (23) and Hanuma Vihari (19).
 
With a spell reading 4-1-16-5, Faulkner was simply unplayable. With 26 wickets in 14 matches, he has become the leading wicket taker this IPL season. 
 
It was the Australian's second five-wicket haul this season, the first being in their home game against Sunrisers. 
 
Shane Watson and Siddharth Trivedi claimed a wicket each.
 
Sunrisers managed only 14 runs in the last two overs, losing four wickets, including two run outs in the final over.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel b Faulkner 2
Shikhar Dhawan c Rahane b Faulkner 1
Hanuma Vihari c Sachin Baby b Trivedi 19
Cameron White c Trivedi b Watson 0
Biplab Samantray c Cooper b Faulkner 55
Darren Sammy c Hodge b Faulkner 23
Thisara Perera not out 17
Dale Steyn b Faulkner 0
Karan Sharma run out (Binny/Sachin Baby/Cooper) 4
Amit Mishra run out (Cooper) 0
Extras (b 1, lb 9, w 5) 15
Total (nine wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Patel, 1.1 overs), 2-4 (Dhawan, 1.6), 3-5 (White, 2.4), 4-49 (Vihari, 10.3), 5-105 (Sammy, 16.2), 6-125 (Samantray, 18.3), 7-129 (Steyn, 18.6), 8-136 (Karan Sharma, 19.5), 9-136 (Mishra, 19.6)
Bowling:
Brad Hodge 1-0-3-0
James Faulkner 4-1-16-5
Shane Watson 3-0-19-1
Praveen Tambe 3-0-20-0
Stuart Binny 1-0-9-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-20-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-39-0
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid run out (White) 25
Ajinkya Rahane c Dhawan b Karan 12
Shane Watson c Sammy b Perera 11
Sanju Samson c Steyn b Mishra 5
Stuart Binny b Perera 8
Brad Hodge b Steyn 8
Sachin Baby lbw Mishra 3
James Faulkner c Perera b Karan 6
Kevon Cooper c Samantray b Steyn 26
Praveen Tambe not out 3
Siddharth Trivedi not out 0
Extras (lb 4, w 2) 6
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Dravid, 7.3 overs), 2-40 (Rahane, 8.4), 3-51 (Samson, 11.5), 4-61 (Watson, 13.3), 5-65 (Binny, 13.6), 6-75 (Sachin Baby, 15.5), 7-82 (Faulkner, 16.3), 8-85 (Hodge, 17.1)
Bowling:
Dale Steyn 4-0-17-2
Ishant Sharma 4-0-22-0
Karan Sharma 4-0-33-2
Darren Sammy 1-0-4-0
Amit Mishra 4-0-8-2
Thisara Perera 3-0-25-2
 
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Faulkner's 5/16 restricts Sunrisers Hyderabad to 136/9 against Rajasthan Royals

James Faulkner of Rajasthan Royals sends down a delivery during their match  Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on May 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
James Faulkner of Rajasthan Royals sends down a delivery during their match Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League at Hyderabad on May 17, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

James Faulkner grabbed five for 16 as Rajasthan Royals restricted Sunrisers Hyderabad to 136 for 9 in their 20 overs in the 68th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here tonight.

Biplab Samantray topscored for the hosts with 55, which came off 46 balls with the help of a six and six fours.
 
Opting to bat first in their penultimate match in the league, Sunrisers were soon in trouble, losing opener Parthiv Patel (2) and Shikhar Dhawan (1) in the second over. Skipper Cameron White also departed in the thrid over, reducing the hosts to 5 for three at that stage.
 
Hanuma Vihari (19) and Samantray helped to steady the innings a bit before the former also left in the 11th over with the score at 49. 
 
Samantray and Darren Sammy (23) added 56 for the fifth wicket. Thisara Perera made 17 not out.
 
Shane Watson and Siddharth Trivedi picked up a wicket each.
 
Today's match was held against the backdrop of the spot-fixing scam that has hit the IPL. For Rajasthan Royals, it came just one day after three of their players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- were arrested by the Delhi Police yesterday for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing.
 
But Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid told newspersons in a statement yesterday that the team would not allow the adversity to affect its performance and it would try to win its remaining matches.
 
Rajasthan Royals, currently placed third in the points table with 10 wins from their 15 outings so far, have already made it to the play-offs involving the top four teams in the league, but are aiming to finish in the top two which would give them two cracks at a place in the final. Today's encounter is their last league engagement.
 
Sunrisers are placed fifth in the table, behind Royal Challengers Bangalore in fourth place. Both teams have eight wins so far, but Sunrisers have one more match to go after today's enagement.
 
Scoreboard:
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Parthiv Patel b Faulkner 2
Shikhar Dhawan c Rahane b Faulkner 1
Hahuma Vihari c Sachin Baby b Trivedi 19
Cameron White c Trivedi b Watson 0
Biplab Samantray c Cooper b Faulkner 55
Darren Sammy c Hodge b Faulkner 23
Thisara Perera not out 17
Dale Steyn b Faulkner 0
Karan Sharma run out (Binny/Sachin Baby/Cooper) 4
Amit Mishra run out (Cooper) 0
Extras (b 1, lb 9, w 5) 15
Total (nine wickets in 20 overs) 136
Fall of wickets: 1-3 (Patel, 1.1 overs), 2-4 (Dhawan, 1.6), 3-5 (White, 2.4), 4-49 (Vihari, 10.3), 5-105 (Sammy, 16.2), 6-125 (Samantray, 18.3), 7-129 (Steyn, 18.6), 8-136 (Karan Sharma, 19.5), 9-136 (Mishra, 19.6)
Bowling:
Brad Hodge 1-0-3-0
James Faulkner 4-1-16-5
Shane Watson 3-0-19-1
Praveen Tambe 3-0-20-0
Stuart Binny 1-0-9-0
Siddharth Trivedi 4-0-20-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-39-0
 
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BCCI suspends cricketer Amit Singh, will meet Sunday to discuss spot-fixing

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today suspended Gujarat medium-pacer Amit Singh, who was among those arrested by the Delhi Police yesterday in connection with the alleged spot-fixing scam during matches in the ongoing sixth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Singh, who also played for the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL for four seasons,  is said to have acted as a conduit between the players and bookies.
 
The Special Cell of the Delhi Police had yesterday, in a move that has rocked the cricketing world, arrested three Rajasthan Royals players -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- from Mumbai for allegedly indulging in spot fixing.
 
The BCCI Working Comittee is also scheduled to meet on Sunday to discuss the latest developments.
 
The BCCI has already suspended Sreesanth, Chandila and Chavan, who were remanded for five days in police custody by a local court yesterday.
 
"The Working Committee will discuss, among other things, the fallout of the spot-fixing controversy in the ongoing IPL, in which three players have been arrested by the Delhi Police," BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale said in a statement.
 
"Amit Singh, a registered player with the Gujarat Cricket Association, who has also been arrested by the Delhi Police, has been suspended by the BCCI, pending inquiry," he said. 
 
Singh, who has played 20 first class games for Gujarat, played his last IPL match in May 2012. He had been reported at least twice for a suspect bowling action.
 
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Dravid says shocked, distressed by arrest of teammates for spot-fixing

Rajasthan Royals Captain Rahul Dravid
Rajasthan Royals Captain Rahul Dravid

Rajasthan Royals (RR) skipper Rahul Dravid today said he was shocked and distressed by the arrest by the Delhi Police of three of his teammates -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- from Mumbai in the early hours of this morning on charges of spot-fixing in matches during the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Speaking out for the first time on the sensational developments that started unfolding in the early hours of today, Dravid, respected in cricket for his integrity and professionalism, told newspersons in Hyderabad that the team was devastated but would focus on winning its remaining matches.
 
The team, which lost to Mumbai Indians by 14 runs in Mumbai last night, flew in to Hyderabad this morning for their last league encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad tomorrow evening.
 
Rajasthan Royals have already assured themselves of a place in the play-offs, placed third in the league table with 10 wins from their 15 outings so far.
 
"I am shocked, disappointed, and distressed by the events that have resulted in the arrests last night and this morning. Rajasthan Royals is a special team, where we have always operated like a family - so this is particularly devastating," he said.
 
"Spot fixing and corruption have hung over the game of cricket, and I know that the BCCI and RR take the same zero tolerance view of the situation. The RR owners and management have made their zero tolerance views clear on every possible occasion, and I am sure that they will support any action taken," a visibly upset Dravid said.
 
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"For me, as a captain and leader, I have to focus on ensuring that the team fulfill their enormous potential and continue to play in the 'Rajasthan Royals' way. Our players are devastated that our performances may have been affected, as they have a desire to win that has been evident throughout the tournament. I hope that our fans get behind us even more, and that we become stronger as a unit - which often happens in times of adversity," he said.
 
Rajasthan Royals coach Paddy Upton echoed the sentiments, saying that the team had a special environment, "where we focus on teamship, focus on the cricket, identify new players and promote young players to the front line."
 
"We challenge inexperience to compete with the most experienced - and that approach has risks. Today has seen an unfurling of events that have left us all shocked and disappointed, and we will support the franchise, the BCCI and the authorities in taking necessary actions to root out an evil that plagues our game. However, we will not let the team lose its focus on completing what has been a magnificent tournament. We cannot let 'bad eggs' ruin the game that we all love, affect the values that RR holds dear, and destroy an environment that we have worked hard to take to a new level," he added.
 
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Sreesanth, two other Rajasthan Royals cricketers arrested on spot-fixing charges

In a major development, the Delhi Police have arrested three cricketers of the Rajasthan Royals -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- for alleged spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League, among the most popular and lucrative of cricket tournaments in the world.

Sreesanth, 2 other players arrested for spot fixing

In a major development, the Delhi Police have arrested three cricketers of the Rajasthan Royals -- S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan -- for alleged spot fixing in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) among the most popular and lucrative of cricket tournaments in the world.

The arrests were made from the team's hotel at Nariman Point in Mumbai last night after the Rajasthan Royals lost by 14 runs to Mumbai Indians in a crucial match. Some reports said Sreesanth was picked up from Delhi.
 
Along with the players, as many as seven bookies of Mumbai and three from Delhi have been arrested, sources said, adding that all of them were being brought to Delhi today for further interrogation and investigations. Top police officials indicated that some more arrests were likely.
 
The sources said the entire operation was carried out by a team from the Special Cell of the Delhi Police, which had been, on the basis of a tip-off, monitoring scores of telephones for the past few weeks.
 
According to the sources, the police suspect that there was spot fixing in at least three matches during the current season of IPL, which will move to the play-offs stage in a few days.
 
Spot-fixing involves the bowlers bowling a particular ball or over or a set of overs in a pre-determined manner or a batsmen playing a shot or his innings in a certain way, without necessarily affecting the final result of the match.
 
What has surprised most people is the fact that the arrests are of players from the Rajasthan Royals, which has put up an exceptionally good show in the current tournament and has already qualified for the play-offs among the top four teams. Moreover, the team is led by Rahul Dravid, one of the most admired and respected cricketers.
 
Ajit ChandelaS SreesanthAnkeet Chavan
Ajit Chandila, S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan
"We have been informed that three of our players have been called in for investigation on spot fixing in matches. We are completely taken by surprise. We do not have the full facts at this point and are unable to confirm anything. We are in touch with the BCCI on this matter. We will fully cooperate with the authorities to ensure a thorough investigation. The management at Rajasthan Royals has a zero-tolerance approach to anything that is against the spirit of the game," the management of Rajasthan Royals said in a statement.
 
The arrests have also come as a major setback for the IPL, which has been attracting huge crowds for all matches at all venues across the country for the past few weeks.
 
The Rajasthan Royals franchise is owned by well-known actress Shilpa Shetty, her husband businessman Raj Kundra and Lachlan Murdoch.
 
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Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 14 runs, consolidate top spot in IPL

Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

In a battle to remain among the top two, Mumbai Indians emerged winners as they beat 2008 champions Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

With both the teams assured of their places in the IPL play-offs, the battle was for a spot in the top two. Before today's match, Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were tied on 20 points each.
 
But with the win, Mumbai Indians only consolidated their position at top with 22 points followed by Super Kings (also 22) at second place and Rajasthan Royals (20) at third.
 
Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and in his bid to improve the team's net run rate decided to bowl first.
 
But it was not a wise call as Aditya Tare starred with a 37-ball 59 and Glenn Maxwell struck 23 as Mumbai Indians posted a competitive 166 for eight in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan Royals failed to recover from the poor start and despite valiant knocks from Stuart Binny (37) and Brad Hodge (39) lower down the order they managed only 152 for seven in 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan were put on the backfoot right in the first over after Mitchell Johnson (2/23) scalped Dravid (4). The Rajasthan skipper tried to pull Johnson's bouncer that went to keeper's hand and the umpire gave him out. Dravid's reaction was stunning as he stayed there for a few seconds and vented his anger and frustration before walking back.
 
The top order suddenly collapsed and the visitors were soon struggling at 28 for four in the sixth over.
 
Pacer Dhaval Kulkarni (2/21) dismissed Ajinkya Rahane (4) and James Faulkner (14) while Johnson got rid of the talented Sanju Samson (4) in the fifth over.
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Shane Watson (19) tried to take the attack to Mumbai Indians but his 16-ball innings, during which he hit two sixes, but he was dismissed after Kieron Pollard took a good running catch off Pragyan Ojha. Watson and Pollard exchanged some angry words from the sidelines and Dravid had to intervene to take Watson back to the dressing room.
 
With Rajasthan struggling at 88 for six, Binny and Hodge added 56 runs for the seventh wicket in 38 balls but it was not enough. 
 
Earlier, a brilliant half-century by Aditya Tare helped Mumbai Indians set a challenging 167-run target for Rajasthan Royals.
 
With Sachin Tendulkar dropped due to an injury in his left palm, Mumbai Indians included Tare while giving Maxwell another chance. 
 
Maxwell departed early in the fourth over after giving Mumbai a flying start with his 17-ball 23. Tare and Dinesh Karthik (21) consolidated the innings with their 76-run stand for the second wicket. 
 
Rajasthan, however, pulled back things in their favour by bowling tightly in the death overs as only 34 runs came off in last five overs at the cost of five wickets.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Glenn Maxwell lbw Watson 23
Aditya Tare c Watson b Cooper 59
Dinesh Karthik c Samson b Tambe 21
Rohit Sharma c Watson b Faulkner 14
Kieron Pollard run out (Cooper) 17
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Ambati Rayudu c Samson b Watson 7
Harbhajan Singh not out 15
Mitchell Johnson c Hodge b Faulkner 2
Lasith Malinga run out (Watson/Faulkner/Yagnik) 1
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Maxwell, 3.2 overs), 2-101 (Karthik, 11.5), 3-108 (Tare, 12.4), 4-138 (Sharma, 15.5), 5-144 (Pollard, 16.4), 6-151 (Rayudu, 17.5), 7-164 (Johnson, 19.3), 8-166 (Malinga, 19.6)
Bowling:
Ankit Chavan 3-0-25-0
James Faulkner 4-0-32-2
Shane Watson 4-0-30-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-0
Pravin Tambe 4-0-38-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-27-1
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Karthik b Johnson 4
Ajinkya Rahane c Malinga b Kulkarni 4
James Faulkner c Maxwell b Kulkarni 12
Sanju Samson c Ojha b Johnson 4
Shane Watson c Pollard b Ojha 19
Stuart Binny not out 37
Dishant Yagnik b Harbhajan Singh 10
Brad Hodge lbw Malinga 39
Kevon Cooper not out 7
Extras (b 4, lb 4, w 8) 16
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 152
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Dravid, 0.5 overs), 2-22 (Faulkner, 3.4), 3-26 (Samson, 4.4), 4-28 (Rahane, 5.4), 5-58 (Watson, 9.1), 6-88 (Yagnik, 12.5), 7-144 (Hodge, 19.1)
Bowling:
Mitchell Johnson 4-0-23-2
Dhaval Kulkarni 4-0-21-2
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-29-1
Lasith Malinga 4-0-35-1
Pragyan Ojha 4-0-36-1
 
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Mumbai Indians make 166/8 against Rajasthan Royals

Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Aditya Tare of Mumbai Indians plays a shot during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Mumbai on the May 15, 2013. Photo by Vipin Pawar-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Aditya Tare scored a well-made 59 as Mumbai Indians posted 166 for eight in their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in a crucial match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Tare, who came into the side in place of Sachin Tendulkar, made his 59 off 37 balls with the help of eight fours and a six.
 
Glen Maxwell, playing in only his second match of the season, made 23 with the help of three sixes. The opening pair put on 25 before Maxwell was trapped leg before wicket by Shane Watson.
 
Dinesh Karthik (21) and Tare added 76 before the former departed, caught by Sanju Samson off Pravin Tambe. 
 
Tare was the next to go, seven runs later, caught by Watson off Kevon Cooper. Skipper Rohit Sharma hit two fours and made 14 and added 30 for the fourth wicket with Kieron Pollard before he was caught by Watson off James Faulkner to make it 138 for four in the 16th over.
 
The Rajasthan bowlers managed to put the brakes on the Mumbai batsmen towards the end, and the hosts were able to add only 34 off the last five overs.
 
Pollard, who ran riot in the last match, made only 17 today. Harbhajan Singh remained not out on 15.
 
For Rajasthan, Faulkner and Watson picked up two wickets each, while Tambe and Cooper got one each.
 
Mumbai Indians are currently placed second in the table with 10 wins from their 14 outings so far, just ahead of Rajasthan Royals, who also have the same number of points but with a slightly less net run rate.
 
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Both teams have qualified for the play-offs but are going to make every effort to win this game and ensure a place in the top two of the league, which will get them two cracks at a place in the final.
 
Scoreboard:
Mumbai Indians
Glenn Maxwell lbw Watson 23
Aditya Tare c Watson b Cooper 59
Dinesh Karthik c Samson b Tambe 21
Rohit Sharma c Watson b Faulkner 14
Kieron Pollard run out (Cooper) 17
Ambati Rayudu c Samson b Watson 7
Harbhajan Singh not out 15
Mitchell Johnson c Hodge b Faulkner 2
Lasith Malinga run out (Watson/Faulkner/Yagnik) 1
Extras (lb 3, w 4) 7
Total (for eight wickets in 20 overs) 166
Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Maxwell, 3.2 overs), 2-101 (Karthik, 11.5), 3-108 (Tare, 12.4), 4-138 (Sharma, 15.5), 5-144 (Pollard, 16.4), 6-151 (Rayudu, 17.5), 7-164 (Johnson, 19.3), 8-166 (Malinga, 19.6)
Bowling:
Ankit Chavan 3-0-25-0
James Faulkner 4-0-32-2
Shane Watson 4-0-30-2
Stuart Binny 1-0-11-0
Pravin Tambe 4-0-38-1
Kevon Cooper 4-0-27-1
 
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Run-outs take down Knight Riders against Pune Warriors

Manish Pandey of Pune Warriors India hits over the top for a boundary during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi May 15, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Manish Pandey of Pune Warriors India hits over the top for a boundary during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League at Ranchi May 15, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS

A freak run-out of Yusuf Pathan for obstructing the field saw defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) losing their last home match to Pune Warriors by seven runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the JSCA International Stadium here today.

The win finally ended Pune Warriors nine-match losing streak at Kolkata's adopted home of Ranchi.
 
For KKR, the loss meant that any hopes they had of making it to the play-offs were finally dashed today as they remained in the seventh spot with 12 points from their 15 matches. Pune remained at the bottom of the league with just six points from their 15 outings.
 
Chasing a target of 171, KKR appeared to be on course for a win as they were cruising at 148 for five in the 18th over but their hopes came crashing after Pathan, who struck a fine 44-ball 72, was adjudged run out while obstructing the field to Pune's pacer Wayne Parnell.
 
It was a big setback and Knight Riders ended up making 163 for seven in their 20 overs.
 
Having lost Manvinder Bisla (1), Jacques Kallis (1) and skipper Gautam Gambhir (12) inside five overs with just 29 runs on the board, Pathan and Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate (42 off 30 balls) kept Knight Riders in the hunt till the 16th over.
 
They added 98 runs for the fourth wicket off just 67 balls that kept alive their hopes. But two run-outs changed the course of the match. 
 
ten Doeschate, who struck four fours and a six, was run out in the 16th over and Pathan was out in unfortunate circumstances in the 18th over despite having smashed Parnell for two fours and six in the first three balls to reduce the equation to 23 from 15 balls.
 
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent down a clinical penultimate over giving away just four runs and still 18 were needed off the last six. Rajat Bhatia was run out off the fourth ball of the last over and, in the end, it proved to be too much of a task for the Knight Riders.
 
Parnell was the most successful of the Pune bowlers, bagging two for 34, while Bhuvneshwar and Ishwar Pandey bagged a wicket each.
 
Earlier, Manish Pandey (66 off 47 balls) and Aaron Finch (48 off 32) helped Pune Warriors India post a stiff 171-run target for Kolkata Knight Riders. 
 
Yuvraj Singh also came up with a cameo of a 20-ball 30, smacking three sixes. 
 
Put in to bat first, Uthappa and Finch gave their side a good start, putting on 41 for the first wicket.
 
Finch and Pandey then added 56 runs for the second wicket, following which Pandey and Yuvraj added 65 for the third wicket.
 
Pandey's 66 was made off 47 balls with the help of eight fours and a six, while Yuvraj Singh had three sixes in his 20-ball 30.
 
Finch hit three sixes and two fours in his 32, while Uthappa hammered two sixes and a four in his 25.
 
For KKR, Laxmipathy Balaji, Sachithra Senanayake and Jacques Kallis picked up a wicket each.
 
Scoreboard:
Pune Warriors
Robin Uthappa b Senanayake 25
Aaron Finch b Balaji 48
Manish Pandey run out (Bisla/Kallis) 66
Yuvraj Singh c ten Doeschate b Kallis 30
Luke Wright not out 0
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Extras (w 1) 1
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-41 (Uthappa, 5.4 overs), 2-97 (Finch, 12.5), 3-162 (Manish Pandey, 19.3), 4-170 (Yuvraj Singh, 19.6)
Bowling:
Lakshmipathy Balaji 4-0-41-1
Sachithra Senanayake 4-0-22-1
Sunil Narine 4-0-26-0
Jacques Kallis 4-0-48-1
Rajat Bhatia 3-0-26-0
Ryan ten Doeschate 1-0-7-0
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Gautam Gambhir c Yuvraj Singh b Ishwar 12
Manvinder Bisla lbw Parnell 1
Jacques Kallis b Parnell 1
Yusuf Pathan obstructing the field 72
Ryan ten Doeschate run out (Murtaza/Uthappa) 42
Manoj Tiwary c Manish b Kumar 0
Debabrata Das not out 8
Rajat Bhatia run out (Uthappa/Mathews) 10
Sachithra Senanayake not out 2
Extras (lb 4, w 11) 15
Total (for seven wickets in 20 overs) 163
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Bisla, 1.4 overs), 2-25 (Kallis, 3.6), 3-29 (Gambhir, 4.4), 4-127 (ten Doeschate, 15.5), 5-128 (Tiwary, 16.2), 6-148 (Pathan, 17.5), 7-160 (Bhatia, 19.4)
Bowling:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4-0-22-1
Wayne Parnell 4-0-34-2
Ishwar Pandey 2-0-17-1
Angelo Mathews 3-0-25-0
Ali Murtaza 4-0-34-0
Yuvraj Singh 1-0-11-0
Luke Wright 1-0-11-0
Raiphi Gomez 1-0-5-0
 
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Rajasthan Royals opt to field first against Mumbai Indians

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Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid won the toss and chose to field first against Mumbai Indians in a crucial match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.

Mumbai Indians are currently placed second in the table with 10 wins from their 14 outings so far, just ahead of Rajasthan Royals, who also have the same number of points but with a slightly less net run rate.
 
Both teams have qualified for the play-offs but are going to make every effort to win this game and ensure a place in the top two of the league, which will get them two cracks for a place in the final.
 
Rajasthan Royals brought in the 41-year-old leg-spinner Pravin Tambe and left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan in place of Siddharth Trivedi and Vikramjeet Malik.
 
Sachin Tendulkar, who has not recovered from a tendon injury on his right hand, stayed out of today's match as did Dwayne Smith, his opening partner. Their places were taken by Aditya Tare and Glenn Maxwell.
 
The teams: 
 
Mumbai Indians: Aditya Tare, Glenn Maxwell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma (captain), 
Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Dhawal Kulkarni, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha
 
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (captain), Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Sanju Samson, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Brad Hodge, Dishant Yagnik (wk), Ankeet Chavan, Kevon Cooper, Pravin Tambe.
 
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CBI names Rajasthan BJP leader Kataria in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case

BJP leader Kataria claims innocence in Sohrabuddin case

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has named senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Rajasthan, Gulab Chand Kataria, two Andhra Pradesh police officers and the executive director of a private marble company in Udaipur in a supplementary chargesheet filed by it in the alleged fake encounter deaths of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar Bi.

Mr Kataria is the leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly and was Home Minister in the previous government in the state headed by Ms Vasundhara Raje.
 
A CBI press release said here yesterday that the supplementary charge sheet was filed before the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, 3rd Court in Mumbai under section 120-B read with sections 364, 365, 368, 341, 342, 302 and 201 of the Indian Penal Code.
 
Apart from Mr Kataria, the others named in the supplementary charge sheet are Andhra Pradesh Inspector General of Police (Intelligence) N Balasubramanyam, who was then Superintendent of Police, Prakasham district, the then Station House Officer of Singraykonda in Prakasham district, G Srinivasa Rao and Mr Vimal Patni of R K Marble.
 
They have been named under sections related to murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement and causing disappearance of evidence, among others.
 
The court has issued summons to the four to appear before it by June 4.
 
Mr Kataria is the second BJP leader to be charged in the case after Mr Amit Shah, former Minister of State for Home in the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat.
 
Ms Raje, the Rajasthan BJP president, alleged that Mr Kataria had been framed and said the party would stand by him and fight for justice.
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The investigation of the Sohrabuddin encounter case was initially conducted by the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS), Gujarat Police. 
 
Subsequently, on the orders of the Supreme Court, an enquiry was conducted by CID Crime, Gujarat, the outcome of which indicated that the concerned police officers, in furtherance of a criminal conspiracy, had, in November 2005, abducted Sohrabuddin Sheikh and his wife Kausar bi from Andhra Pradesh, along with one more person, the CBI release said.
 
They illegally confined the couple at two farm houses in Ahmedabad, it said. Sohrabuddin was killed in an alleged fake encounter on November 26, 2005 and Kausar Bi's whereabouts were not certain.
 
Meawhile, the Supreme Court pased an order on January 12, 2010, on a petition filed by Sohrabuddin's brother, directing the CBI to investigate the case and submit its report.
 
On completition of the investigation, the CBI filed a charge sheet against 15 accused persons during 2010 in the Court of Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ahmedabad. The CBI urged the court to keep the investigation open for probing further into the larger conspiracy in the matter.
 
In furtherance of the investigation, CBI filed a supplementary charge sheet in October, 2010.
 
Subsequently, the Supreme Court transferred trial of the case to the Mumbai court on September 27, 2012 on a petition by the CBI saying that witnesses were being intimidated and a free and fair trial could not be held in Gujarat. The court also directed the CBI to file the supplementary charge sheet at the transferee court, which the agency did yesterday.
 
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I am working on consistency: Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay (Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS)
Murali Vijay (Photo by Jacques Rossouw-IPL-SPORTZPICS)

With criticism levelled at him due to his surprise selection in the India squad for the Champions Trophy, opening batsman Murali Vijay silenced his critics with a fine half-century that went in vain as Chennai Super Kings went down to Rajasthan Royals last night.

"This game is like that. On some days it is yours and on some days it is not yours. So obviously you have to be consistent and I am just working on that. The main thing is that I am batting well and that is more important for me than getting runs. I know that if I keep hitting the ball well runs will come automatically," Vijay told www.iplt20.com.
 
Despite the loss, Chennai Super Kings remained at the top of the table with one more home game to go

Rajasthan eyeing wins in last two away games: Watson

Shane Watson (Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS)
Shane Watson (Photo by Prashant Bhoot-IPL-SPORTZPICS)

With an unbeaten record at home intact, Rajasthan Royals star all-rounder Shane Watson said the team was focused on winning the two away games and finish among the top two in the group stage of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

A top-two finish will give the 2008 champions an extra match to keep their hopes of making their second IPL final.
 
Watson stressed the importance of playing good cricket and he was looking forward to play the next match against Mumbai Indians.
 
"Well, the most important thing is to keep playing good cricket. We played Mumbai Indians here at home and beat them very convincingly in the last game. So we know exactly what we have to do to beat Mumbai Indians. We have had a bit of success in Mumbai the last few years as well in the Wankhede Stadium. It is a beautiful wicket so I am looking forward to playing there," Watson told www.iplt20.com.

Watson makes 70 as Rajasthan Royals beat CSK by five wickets

Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Jaipur on May 12, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals in action during their match against Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Jaipur on May 12, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Shane Watson struck an amazing 70 off 34 balls as Rajasthan Royals trounced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets in the 61st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, CSK, who are leading the league table, posted 141 for four from their 20 overs, powered by a well-made 55 by opener Murali Vijay and a superb cameo towards the end by Dwayne bravo.
 
Chasing 142 for a win, the visitors began on a diastrous note as they were left reeling at 19 for three in the fifth over. In the 10th over, they were still in dire straits at 45 for four.
 
But Watson and Stuart Binny who made an unbeaten 41, clearly had other ideas as they first stabilised the innings before the former unleashed a virtual blitzkrieg. Watson hit six sixes and six fours in his knock and was out when the total was 138 in the 17th over, when the hosts were only four short. He was chosen Man of the Match for his game-changing knock.
 
Rajasthan Royals coasted to victory finally, making 144 for five, with 17 balls to spare.
 
Binny's unbeaten 41 included three sixes and two fours. Earlier skipper Rahul Dravid, who opened the innings with Ajinkya Rahane (9), made 22 with two fours.
 
For CSK, Jason Holder took two for 20, while Mohit Sharma, Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo picked up one each.
 
Today's victory meant that Rajasthan Royals have followed two-time champions CSK into the play-offs.
 
While Super Kings remain at the top of the table with 20 points from 14 matches, they are now followed by Rajasthan Royals who also have the same number of points from 14 matches, but have an inferior run rate.
 
While chasing, Rajasthan Royals suffered a top-order collapse with skipper Rahul Dravid scoring 22 while Ajinkya Rahane (9), James Faulkner (1) and Sanju Samson (0) disappointed.
 
Jason Holder (2/20) struck twice in the fourth over to remove both Rajane and Faulkner that left Rajasthan at 18/2. In the next over, Mohit Sharma got rid of youngster Sanju Samson as they were soon down to 19/3. 
 
Chris Morris removed Dravid caught behind by Mahendra Singh Dhoni that left Rajsthan in further trouble at 45/4.
 
Watson and Binny then took the match away from the grasp of the Chennai Super Kings with a whirldwind stand of 93 runs off just 45 balls for the fifth wicket that took Rajasthan home.
 
With just four runs left for a win, Watson was castled by a perfect yorker by Dwayne Bravo. But two balls later, Binny finished off things in style with a flat six over the extra cover boundary.
 
The Rajasthan Royals team celebrated in style as they took a victory lap around the ground.
 
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Earlier, CSK got off to a great start with Vijay, who returned to form with today's innings, and Mike Hussey putting on 83 for the first wicket.
 
Hussey made 40 off 40 balls with six fours before he left in the 12th over, bowled by Stuart Binny Three runs later, Suresh Raina (1), who has been in good nick this season, also departed, caught by Sanju Samson off Kevon Cooper.
 
Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also did not last very long, caught by Shane Watson off Cooper, in the same over, after he had made only 2. Chennai Super Kings were reduced to 89 for three in the 13th over.
 
Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja (12 not out) took the total to 113 before Vijay was run out. His 55 came off 50 balls and included six shots to the fence.
 
That brought Jadeja and Bravo together in an unfinished 28-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Bravo faced only 11 balls and hit four fours to get his 23.
 
An indication of the control that the Rajasthan bowlers exercised could be gauged by the fact that none of the Chennai batsmen could hit a six today.
 
Cooper took two for 32, while Binny took one for 18.
 
Scoreboard:
Chennai Super Kings
Mike Hussey b Binny 40
Murali Vijay run out (Yagnik) 55
Suresh Raina c Samson b Cooper 1
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Watson b Cooper 2
Ravindra Jadeja not out 12
Dwayne Bravo not out 23
Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-83 (Hussey, 11.3 over), 2-86 (Raina, 12.1), 3-89 (Dhoni, 12.5), 4-113 (Vijay, 17.2)
Bowling:
Vikramjeet Malik 3-0-19-0
James Faulkner 4-0-23-0
Shane Watson 4-0-23-0
Siddharth Trivedi 2-0-22-0
Kevon Cooper 4-0-32-2
Stuart Binny 3-0-18-1
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid c Dhoni b Morris 22
Ajinkya Rahane c Vijay b Holder 9
James Faulkner b Holder 1
Sanju Samson c Dhoni b Sharma 0
Shane Watson b Bravo 70
Stuart Binny not out 41
Brad Hodge not out 0
Extras (w 1) 1
Total (for five wickets in 17.1 overs) 144
Fall of wickets 1-14 (Rahane, 3.1 overs), 2-18 (Faulkner, 3.4), 3-19 (Samson, 4.4), 4-45 (Dravid, 9.2), 5-138 (Watson, 16.5)
Bowling:
Mohit Sharma 4-0-21-1
Jason Holder 4-0-20-2
Chris Morris 4-0-36-1
Dwayne Bravo 3-0-35-1
Ravichandran Ashwin 1-0-23-0
Ravindra Jadeja 1.1-0-9-0
 
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Chennai Super Kings post 141/4 against Rajasthan Royals

Murali Vijay of Chennai Super Kings during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Jaipur on May 12, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Murali Vijay of Chennai Super Kings during their match against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League at Jaipur on May 12, 2013. Photo by Ron Gaunt-IPL-SPORTZPICS

Opener Murali Vijay struck a well-made 55 and Dwayne Bravo came up with a superb cameo towards the end as Chennai Super Kings (CSK) posted 141 for four wickets in their 20 overs against Rajasthan Royals in the 61st match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium here tonight.

Put in to bat first, CSK, who are currently leading the league table, got off to a great start with Vijay and Mike Hussey putting on 83 for the first wicket.
 
Hussey made 40 off 40 balls with six fours before he left in the 12th over, bowled by Stuart Binny Three runs later, Suresh Raina (1), who has been in good nick this season, also departed, caught by Sanju Samson off Kevon Cooper. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also did not last very long, caught by Shane Watson off Cooper, in the same over, after he had made only 2. Chennai Super Kings were reduced to 89 for three in the 13th over.
 
Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja (12 not out) took the total to 113 before Vijay was run out. His 55 came off 50 balls and included six shots to the fence.
 
That brought Jadeja and Bravo together in an unfinished 28-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Bravo faced only 11 balls and hit four fours to get his 23.
 
An indication of the control that the Rajasthan bowlers exercised could be gauged by the fact that none of the Chennai batsmen could hit a six today.
 
Cooper took two for 32, while Binny took one for 18.
 
Scoreboard:
Chennai Super Kings
Mike Hussey b Binny 40
Murali Vijay run out (Yagnik) 55
Suresh Raina c Samson b Cooper 1
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Watson b Cooper 2
Ravindra Jadeja not out 12
Dwayne Bravo not out 23
Extras (lb 4, w 3) 7
Total (for four wickets in 20 overs) 141
Fall of wickets: 1-83 (Hussey, 11.3 over), 2-86 (Raina, 12.1), 3-89 (Dhoni, 12.5), 4-113 (Vijay, 17.2)
Bowling:
Vikramjeet Malik 3-0-19-0
James Faulkner 4-0-23-0
Shane Watson 4-0-23-0
Siddharth Trivedi 2-0-22-0
Kevon Cooper 4-0-32-2
Stuart Binny 3-0-18-1
 
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Rahane, Samson shine as Rajasthan Royals drub Kings XI by 8 wickets

Ajinkya Rahane of Rajasthan Royals pulls a delivery through the leg side during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Mohali May 9, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Ajinkya Rahane of Rajasthan Royals pulls a delivery through the leg side during their match against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League at Mohali May 9, 2013. Photo by Shaun Roy-IPL-SPORTZPICS
Opener Ajinkya Rahane struck his third successive half-century as he led Rajasthan Royals to a comprehensive eight-wicket victory, with six balls to spare, against Kings XI Punjab in the 55th match of the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.
 
Put in to bat first, Kings XI Punjab lost their way in the middle overs after a good start and were restricted to 145 for six wickets in their 20 overs.
 
Rajasthan Royals then rattled up 147 for two in 19 overs, thanks to Rahane's unbeaten 59 and an unbeaten 47 by the brilliant youngster, Sanju Samson. Shane Watson contributed 31.
 
Rahane's 59 came off 49 balls with the help of three sixes and three fours, while the 18-year-old Samson displayed great temperament as he compiled his 47 off 33 balls with a six and five fours.
 
Rahane and Samson added 76 runs in their unfinished partnership for the third wicket.
 
Earlier, Rahane and Watson steadied the Rajasthan innings with a 66-run second wicket stand after skipper Rahul Dravid fell early, in the second over, bowled by Bipul Sharma after making just 4 in a total of 5. Piyush Chawla claimed Watson's wicket.
 
Rahane and Watson played aggressively but were not reckless as they took the game away from Kings XI. They kept the scoreboard moving with their quick singles and did not miss out on opportunities to punish the loose balls for boundaries.
 
Watson struck three fours and a six during his 25-ball innings that came to an end in the 10th over after he was castled by leg-spinner Piyush Chawla.
 
With another 73 runs needed to win from 10 overs, Rahane and Samson went about scoring runs in a business-like fashion. What was more pleasing was they they did not slog. They exhibited some good cricketing shots and the runs were flowing easily.
 
Two good overs from Sharma and Chawla saw Rajasthan struggle to get to 98/2 from 92/2 in 12 balls. They still needed 48 runs from the last six overs, but Rahane and Samson did not panic.
 
Samson eased the pressure as he danced down the track to hit Sharma for a straight four over his head in the 15th over and in the next over the youngster tapped away a full toss from Praveen Kumar through mid-wicket for an easy four.
 
With 29 needed from four overs, Samson guided Awana for a delicately executed four through the third man and Rahane spanked the bowler for a six off the last ball.  
 
Samson displayed great nerves as he finished off the match in style with a six and a four as Rajasthan reached home with an over to spare.
 
Earlier, Shaun Marsh topscored for Kings XI with 77, while skipper Adam Gilchrist returned to the team with a bang, after keeping himself out for three matches, and made 42.
 
Interestingly, none of the other Punjab batsmen managed to cross into double figures today and Mr Extras was the third highest scorer at 9!
 
The home team got off to a bad start , losing Mandeep Singh (0) off the third ball of the innings, caught and bowled by Ajit Chandila.
 
Gilchrist and Marsh then steadied the boat with a 101-run partnership for the second wicket before the former finally left in the 14th over, caught by Kevon Cooper off his own bowling. His 42 came off 32 balls and included six fours.
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David Hussey made only 1 before he was bowled by Watson. Marsh added 31 for the third wicket in the company of David Miller (8) before he departed, bowled by Cooper. His 77 was made off 64 balls and included two sixes and six fours. Kings XI were 136 for four at that stage in 18.4 overs. The side was able to add only nine more runs in the remaining balls.
 
Rajasthan bowlers were superb in the last five overs, during which they gave away just 38 runs. Cooper, who got Gilchrist in the 14th over, did most of the damage by removing Marsh and David Miller (8) in three deliveries in the penultimate over giving just three runs.
 
Cooper, who took three for 23, was chosen Man of the match. James Faulkner and Shane Watson picked up one each.
 
Scoreboard:
Kings XI Punjab
Mandeep Singh c & b Chandila 0
Adam Gilchrist c & b Cooper 42
Shaun Marsh b Cooper 77
David Hussey b Watson 1
David Miller c Rahane b Cooper 8
Manpreet Singh Gony c Samson b Faulkner 3
Rajagopal Sathish not out 4
Piyush Chawla not out 1
Extras (lb 6, w 3) 9
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 145
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Mandeep Singh, 0.3 overs), 2-102 (Gilchrist, 13.3), 3-105 (Hussey, 14.3), 4-136 (Marsh, 18.4), 5-137 (Miller, 18.6), 6-143 (Gony, 19.4)
Bowling:
Ajit Chandila 4-0-24-1
Sreesanth 2-0-18-0
James Faulkner 4-0-37-1
Shane Watson 4-0-19-1
Siddharth Trivedi 2-0-18-0
Kevon Cooper 4-0-23-3
 
Rajasthan Royals
Rahul Dravid b Bipul Sharma 4
Ajinkya Rahane not out 59
Shane Watson b Chawla 31
Sanju Samson not out 47
Extras (lb 1, w 5) 6
Total (for two wickets in 19 overs) 147
Fall of wickets: 1-5 (Dravid, 1.2 overs), 2-71 (Watson, 9.4)
Bowling:
Praveen Kumar 4-0-27-0
Bipul Sharma 4-0-21-1
Parwinder Awana 4-0-39-0
Piyush Chawla 4-0-27-1
Manpreet Gony 2-0-22-0
Rajagopal Sathish 1-0-10-0
 
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