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The Mumbai Indians beat the Rajasthan Royals by 14 runs in an entertaining contest at the Wankhede Stadium that guarantees them a place in the qualifier, relegating the losing side in all likelihood to the eliminator barring a dramatic final group game for either them or the Chennai Super Kings. The match itself had some major momentum swings, with Rajasthan delighted with their efforts with the ball, but having a poor start before launching a terrific come back only to fall short in the end.

Two well balanced sides with an equal number of points collided against each other at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday evening with one being the formidable Mumbai Indians and the other the sensational Rajasthan Royals. Despite both teams having already confirmed a spot among the top four, it was important for each of them to win to ensure that they went into the Qualifier instead of the Eliminator round in the playoffs.

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The Rajasthan Royals thrashed the Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets in a thrilling contest to finish their home season with a perfect 8 from 8 record at Fortress Jaipur. An excellent bowling effort in the second half of their innings from the Royals helped them restrict the Super Kings to 141-4 in their 20 overs, before a brilliant match winning partnership between Shane Watson (70) and Stuart Binny (41*) saw the side recover from 45-4 in the 10th over to romp to victory in just 17.1 overs.

The Rajasthan Royals stuck with their winning formula of winning the toss and putting the opposition in at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, where they continued to remain unbeaten heading into this game.

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The Rajasthan Royals picked up just their second away win of the IPL this season, but with it catapulted themselves back into second place, giving them every chance of making the play-offs this year. Having put their hosts Kings XI Punjab into bat in Mohali, the Royals restricted them to just 145-6 in their 20 overs, bowling exceptionally well at the death. The Royals chased down the target with relative ease thanks to yet another half-century from Ajinkya Rahane, who made 59, with crucial contributions also coming from Shane Watson and Sanju Samson.

Adam Gilchrist returned for the toss for KXIP, but it was his counterpart Rahul Dravid who won it and decided to bowl first on a pitch that looked a little dry. KXIP brought Bipul Sharma alongwith their captain in place of Luke Pomersbach and Gurkeerat Singh. The Royals made four changes bringing back Dishant Yagnik, S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Kevon Cooper for Pravin Tambe, Sachin Baby, Stuart Binny and Shaun Tait. Amongst the men sitting out, the unfortunate Stuart Binny had picked up a niggle during his bowling spell in the last game.

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Match 50 of the Indian Premier League lived up to the hype as there was some exceptional cricket on display as the Rajasthan Royals defended their proud home record once again, scripting a final over victory over a battling Pune Warriors side.

Batting first on winning the toss, Pune posted an excellent 178-4 on the back of some outstanding batting from their openers and a late flourish from Mitchell Marsh. Pune's effort though was matched all the way by Rajasthan, whose Indian contingent flourished with Rahul Dravid and Ajinkya Rahane scoring half centuries before Stuart Binny's brilliant 32 from 13 balls took his side to victory, and back into 4th place in the IPL Standings.

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The Royal Challengers Bangalore were handed their second consecutive defeat as the Gayle-storm failed to breach Fortress Jaipur with the Rajasthan Royals winning an entertaining encounter with a ball to spare.

Sent in to bat by Rahul Dravid, the Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a competitive 171-6 in their 20 overs. Chris Gayle got his team off to a typical flier, racing to 34 from 16 balls before becoming the first of Shane Watson's three victims.

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The Rajasthan Royals continued to dominate sides visiting the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur, producing a comfortable 8 wicket win against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Batting first, the Sunrisers posted an incredible 144-9, a fantastic performance considering they were 19-5 at one stage. A battling 60 from 41 balls from West Indies skipper Darren Sammy helped rescue the innings, but the day surely belonged to James Faulkner who took a career best 5-20. Rajasthan though cruised home in their run chase with more than 2 overs to spare, courtesy an excellent unbeaten 98 from Shane Watson, who smashed 13 boundaries and 4 sixes to take his side to victory.

The Sunrisers Hyderabad arrived at Fortress Jaipur on Saturday afternoon hoping for a change of fortune after their disappointing last over defeat at the hands of the table topping Chennai Super Kings earlier in the week. Kumar Sangakkara returned to captain the side, and took back the gloves with Quinton de Kock and Cameron White both sitting out of the game. Allrounders Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy also got the nod, while Dale Steyn retained his place. The Royals made just the solitary change to their side with the aptly named Sachin Baby coming into the side for his IPL debut in place of Rahul Shukla.

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A fantastic century, the first in this season's IPL, from Shane Watson went in vain as the Chennai Super Kings edged the Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets with a ball to spare in another last over thriller in what is turning out to be the best season of the Indian Premier League ever.

The Rajasthan Royals made the most of winning the toss in Chepauk to blitz their way to an imposing 185-4 in their 20 overs on the back of Watson's outstanding innings of 101. However, Chennai had their own Australian hero in Michael Hussey, who set up the chase perfectly with an 88 before the Super Kings' depth in batting came to the fore and steered them to an excellent victory which takes them level on points at the top of the IPL standings.

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