Jaipur Royals reign over Chennai Kings, courtesy Tanvir

Published: Sunday, May 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Jaipur: Left-arm swing bowler Sohail Tanvir plucked 6 for 14 - the best ever in T20 format - as Jaipur Rajasthan Royals recorded a comfortable 8-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in the IPL league counter at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here on Sunday night.

Super Kings batters failed to read the slippery Tanvir as the Chennai side stumbled to 109 in 19 overs. Munaf claimed 2 for 16 in his four overs while Warne and Watson took one wicket apiece. No Chennai batsmen other than Albie Morkel (42 off 33) and Suresh Raina (27 off 27) had the stomach to put up fight.

In reply local outfit hunted down the measly target in 14.2 overs with eight wickets in hand. Graeme Smith remained unconquered on 35 while Swapnil Asnodkar struck 30-ball 32. The duo edged Jaipur unit closer with a 78-run stand for the opening wicket. Asnodkar looked more compact playing a wide array of shots before being holed out to Nitini at deep mid-wicket off Vidyut.


The next man in Yusuf Pathan (8) struck a massive six over long-on off Vidyut before trying one too many conceded his wicket to the wily Murali.

Smith and Watson ensured no further damage as Royals romped home with well over five overs to spare.

Rajasthan Royals lead the chart with 10 points from five wins and a loss while Delhi Daredevils, who suffered a loss against Indians earlier in the day, were placed second with eight points.

Earlier a sensational bowling performance by a tricky customer Sohail Tanvir trumpled Chennai Super Kings.

Tanvir was in devastating form as he first dismissed the openers - Parthiv Patel and Stephen Fleming in his very first over and then took four wickets in his second spell reading his figures to 4-0-14-6-the ever best in the ultra-abridged version of cricket.

The Pakistani trapped Patel and Fleming in the very first over. He induced Vidyut to edge one to Warne at second slip. In the second spell he accounted for Morkel, Murali and Ntini all bowled thro' the gates with the yorker length balls.

Suresh Raina and A Morkel besides Badrinath were the only batsmen to reach the double figures. Raina after getting a life on 23 dropped by Yousuf Pathan off Shane Warne, contributed 27 on as many balls with two fours. Badrinath who started well, mistimed a pull off bouncer off Watson to give him a return catch.

Skipper MS Dhoni (1) disappointed the packed audience when an intended flick off a leg-break from Shane Warne flew staright to Smith at slip. At this stage Chennai total read 44 for 5.

Albie Morkel was the only batsman who used the long handle against Rajashtan Royals' bowlers as he hit very hard taking 17 runs off Warne's second over, he was ultimately bowled by Sohail Tanvir for 42 which contained four fours and a six.

It was thereafter a story wherein no batsmen could do anything besides dancing to Tanvir's tunes.


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