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A couple of outstanding half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Mandeep Singh helped the Royal Challengers Bangalore hammer the Rajasthan Royals by 71 runs to power into the penultimate game of IPL Season 8 against the Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi on Friday.

RCB made the most of winning a good toss and posted an outstanding total of 180-4 in their 20 overs on a grassy pitch in Pune that was definitely offering something to the seamers early on.

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The Rajasthan Royals booked their place in the knock-out rounds of season 8 of the Indian Premier League with a thrilling 9 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in a must win match for both sides.

Both teams made some surprise selections, with Kolkata leaving out star spinners Sunil Narine and Brad Hogg, and instead recalling veteran Pakistani allrounder Azhar Mahmood, while the Rajasthan Royals handed a debut to lanky seamer Brainder Sran in a clutch game.

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The Chennai Super Kings' ability to protect small totals continues to impress with the multiple time Indian Premier League champions moving back to the top of the IPL standings, beating rivals Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs in a crucial encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

The Chennai Super Kings won an important toss on a used pitch and had absolutely no hesitation in choosing to bat first. Chennai lost Dwayne Smith (6) and Suresh Raina (3) early in the contest, but Kiwi superstar Brendon McCullum batted through the bulk of the overs, making a crucial 81 from just 61 balls to guide Chennai to a respectable total of 157-5.

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The Sunrisers Hyderabad are back in contention for a top four finish after beating the Rajasthan Royals by 7 runs in a highly entertaining contest at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai which witnessed 17 sixes and 39 fours between the two sides.

Having been put in to bat by the Rajasthan Royals, the Sunrisers Hyderabad amassed a massive score of 201-4 from their 20 overs despite their talismanic skipper David Warner contributing just 24 runs today. Warner fell to his former opening partner Shane Watson, but Shikhar Dhawan was in fine form at the other end and made a handy 54 from just 35 balls to give the Sunrisers a solid foundation.

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A fantastic unbeaten innings of 91 from just 54 balls by Rajasthan Royals opener Ajinkya Rahane propelled the team back to the top of the Indian Premier League standings with 14 points from 11 games. Rahane shared an excellent 113 run partnership with Karun Nair for the second wicket with the latter also making a very impressive 61 from 38 balls to power the Royals to an impressive 189-2 from their 20 overs at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.

The total proved to be too much for the Delhi Daredevils to chase down as they fell 14 runs shy, finishing with a competitive 175-7 courtesy a good half-century from JP Duminy and a welcome return to competitive match play for southpaw Saurabh Tiwary, who chipped in with an unbeaten 28 from 14 balls.

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Young Sanju Samson continued to impress in the Indian Premier League, but the young wicketkeeper batsman's fine innings of 76 from 46 balls went in vain as the Mumbai Indians squeezed out an 8 runs victory over the Rajasthan Royals at the Wankede Stadium on Friday night.

The Royals won the toss and made the poor decision to field. The move backfired and then some as each member of Mumbai's top six got into double figures with everyone with the exception of Unmukt Chand scoring at a strike rate in excess of 120. The stellar innings came right at the fag end of the innings as the recalled Ambati Rayudu made a classy unbeaten 53 from 27 balls. Parthiv Patel provided the early push, making 23 from 14 balls, while Kieron Pollard coming in lower down the order went one better, making 24. Lendl Simmons anchored the innings at the top of the order, making 38 as Mumbai piled on an impressive 187-5 in their 20 overs.

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The Rajasthan Royals have reclaimed top spot in the Indian Premier League standings for a few days at the very least as they went ahead of the Chennai Super Kings thanks to a point they have gained following a wash-out in Kolkata against the Knight Riders.

With the ground staff putting in an excellent shift at the Eden Gardens, it looked for a long while that a 5-over a side game might be squeezed out between the reigning Champions the Kolkata Knight Riders and the inaugural winners of the IPL, the Rajasthan Royals, but it was not to be as damp areas around the ground made conditions unsafe for play.

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