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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.

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Two contrasting half-centuries from Brad Hodge and Ajinkya Rahane at opposite ends of their innings, helped the Rajasthan Royals chase down a target of 140 to hand the Otago Volts their first defeat in 16 Twenty20 matches. In doing so, the Royals extended their own unbeaten run at home to 12 matches, and that will ensure that they play their semi-final match of the Champions League T20 also at Fortress Jaipur later this week.

The Otago Volts lost the toss and were invited to make first use of the pitch. They got off to a decent start before Man of the Match Rahul Shukla was brought on to bowl his first over of the tournament, and the rookie seamer stunned the Volts by taking 3 wickets in 5 balls to knock the stuffing out of their top order, removing Hamish Rutherford, Brendon McCullum and Derek de Boorder in a magical first over.

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The Rajasthan Royals crushed the Perth Scorchers by 9 wickets in a virtual no contest to book their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League T20. The Scorchers' batting came under severe examination from the Royals' bowling attack at Jaipur, and the visitors crawled to 120 from their 20 overs with Kevon Cooper the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-18 from his 4 overs, while James Faulkner and Pravin Tambe chipped in with 2 wickets apiece.

The Royals recovered from the early loss of Rahul Dravid for naught to coast to an easy win with 21 balls to spare on the back of half-centuries from Ajinkya Rahane (62*) and Sanju Samson (50*) against a pretty decent bowling attack.

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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 2013 season of the Indian Premier League continues to shock and awe as the Rajasthan Royals continued to protect their proud home record at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur by decimating the visiting Mumbai Indians in a virtual no contest.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Royals posted an excellent 179-3 from their 20 overs with Ajinkya Rahane dropping anchor at one end and batting through the innings for the second straight game. Rahane ended unbeaten on 68 from 54 balls, while the rest of the batsmen threw their bats around from the other end to keep the Royals on the rampage.

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The Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur continued to be a venerable fortress as the Rajasthan Royals picked up another crucial home win, beating the Kings XI Punjab by 6 wickets in a low scoring contest.

Put into bat on losing the toss, the Kings XI Punjab failed to bat out their 20 overs, being bowled out an unacceptable 7 deliveries shy of their quota for just 124. S Sreesanth landed a double blow in his first over, removing both openers - Adam Gilchrist (0) and Mandeep Singh (2), and that set Punjab back tremendously.

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The Pune Warriors picked themselves up from the foot of the IPL table with a morale boosting 7-wicket win against the previously unbeaten Rajasthan Royals at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Royals posted an under par 145-5 in their 20 overs on the back of yet another half century from veteran skipper Rahul Dravid. Some excellent bowling from Pune's spin twins Rahul Sharma and Yuvraj Singh helped the hosts pick up 4 wickets for just 43 runs in the middle overs and keep Rajasthan down to a manageable score.

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