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Late Ashwin heroics not enough to deny Dravid's Royals

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The Rajasthan Royals completed a perfect home season, 13-0, to book their spot in the Final of the 2013 Champions League with a tense 14 run win over the Chennai Super Kings at Fortress Jaipur on Friday night. Ajinkya Rahane shone with the bat for the home team as his innings of 70 laid the foundation for Rajasthan to post 159-8 from their 20 overs, but on paper that shouldn't have really been enough.

The reality though was Pravin Tambe produced another man of the match winning effort to reduce Chennai to 72-7 before Ravichandran Ashwin (46) and Chris Morris (26*) took the match down to the last over with Chennai needing 17 to win from 5 balls before James Faulkner bowled Rajasthan to victory.

Chennai won the toss and put Rajasthan in to bat. Rahul Dravid, who was playing his last match in Jaipur independent of the result fell cheaply once again, but his opening partner notched up his third consecutive half century to anchor the Royals' innings. All the other Rajasthan batsmen that followed reached double figures, but failed to make a telling contribution as Rajasthan posted a decent but seemingly under par score that might have been 10-15 runs short given the quality of opposition. Dwayne Bravo continued his good run with the ball, taking 3-26 while Jason Holder and Chris Morris chipped in with 2 wickets each.

Chennai lost both their openers to run outs, and with the exception of Suresh Raina (29) no other top order batsman really took the trouble to get himself in. Tambe ran through the middle order taking 3-10 while Rahul Shukla picked up the all important wicket of MS Dhoni, trapping the Chennai skipper leg before for 3.

At 72-7 the game should have really been over, and for a few overs it looked like the Chennai tail enders were only going through the motions before Ashwin exploded. The offspinner tonked 3 sixes and as many 4s to force the match into the final over, and when he started it by launching Faulkner for 6, it looked like it was truly game on. However, Faulkner held his nerve, and perhaps even benefited from a stoppage in play when Brad Hodge was injured fielding, getting rid of Ashwin on the very next ball to mathematically end Chennai's slender hopes.

The Rajasthan Royals will now head to Delhi to take on the winner of tomorrow's second semi-final between the Mumbai Indians and Trinidad & Tobago.

Mini Scorecard:

Rajasthan Royals 159/8 (20 overs, 7.95rpo)

A Rahane 70 (56) D Bravo 3-26 (4)

S Watson 32 (23) C Morris 2-25 (4)

Chennai Super Kings 145/8 (16.3 overs, 8.35rpo)

R Ashwin 48 (28) P Tambe 3-10 (4)

S Raina 29 (23) R Shukla 1-21 (3)

Royals win by 9 wickets