Marsh ton destroys Rajastan Royals

Published: Thursday, May 29, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mohali: Shaun Marsh hammered a scintillating century to power his side Kings XI Punjab to a 41-run victory over Rajastan Royals in the last league match of Indian Premier League at PCA stadium here Wednesday night.

Chasing a stiff target of 222 set by Kings XI Punjab, the Jaipur side managed only 180 for the loss of seven wickets, with Niraj Patel top scoring (57 off 39). Shane Watson (22), Yusuf Pathan (39), Kamran Akmal (24) and Mahesh Rawat (23 not out) were their other main scorers.


Piyush Chawla spun a web around Rajasthan Royals and claimed three wickets, including the prized wicket of Neeraj Patel. James Hopes bagged two for 29.

Earlier, a swashbuckling century by Shaun Marsh and his 133-run opening wicket stand with James Hopes kept the spectators on their nerve as Kings XI Punjab posted an impressive total of 221 for 3.

Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Watson won the toss but preferred to chase. Shaun Marsh, son of former Australian wicketkeeper Geoff Marsh, and another James Hopes took command of the proceedings from the first ball bowled.

Marsh continued to display his top form. With spectators egging on, Marsh and Hopes played entertaining innings. By scoring 115, Marsh overtook his earlier best of 84 against Deccan.

He achieved another milestone by becoming the highest scorer in the IPL. From 10 encounters, young Marsh has piled up 593 runs with the help of 56 fours and 25 sixes. Twice he remained not out and his batting average is fantastic 72.12.

As Marsh and Hopes were going guns, the Rajasthan Royal bowlers looked ordinary. Rajasthan today rested their best bowler Sohail Tanveer and also their captain Shane Warne.

Runs were flowing from willows of Marsh and Hopes uninterruped.

Yousuf Pathan broke this partnership when he had him caught by Dinesh Salunkhe at 133. Hopes departed after contibuting a valuable 51. His vigil at the wicket lasted 62 minutes and his knock contained seven fours and one six off 35 deliveries.

Captain Yuvraj Singh joined Marsh and they contributed 80 runs for the second wicket before Marsh departed after a majetic innings of 115. He was caught by Dinesh Salunkhe of the bowling of Yousuf Pathan. During his 93-minute stay at the wicket, Marsh raced to the fence 11 times and lofted the Rajasthan bowlers over the rope seven time. He faced just 69 balls. As Marsh returned to the pavilion, he was given a standing ovation by the crowd.

Yuvraj also displayed his form as he scored a hurricne 49 off 16 balls. He hit two fours and six sixes. Needing just one run of the last ball of the 20th over, Yuvraj was run out and denied.

The Kings XI Punjab captain played Watson to mid-off. Watson collected the ball and throw it to Yusuf who remained the bail to deny Yuvraj half century.


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