Pretoria: Suresh Raina's stupendous knock of 98 from 58 balls helped Chennai Super Kings to beat Rajasthan Royals by 38 runs in their Indian Premier League match on Thursday. Raina's knock was studded with ten fours and six sixes.
Suresh Raina's innings helped Chennai to post 164/5 off their 20 overs.
In response, only Ravindra Jadeja (37) threatened for the Royals as Balaji claimed four wickets for just 21 to bowl their opponents out for 126 with three balls to spare. The defending champions, heavily relying on Yusuf Pathan's performance, failed to build partnerships and paid the price. Kamran Khan did not bat after he was injured while fielding. Chennai's second win replaced Rajasthan in fifth place on the table.
Chennai off to a poor start as they lost openers Matthew Hayden for 1 and Parthiv Patel for 3 inside the first four overs. Both fell to off-spinner Yusuf Pathan, who took 2-17 from three overs.
Raina resurrected the innings, putting on 71 off 43 balls for the fifth wicket with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who finished unbeaten on 22. Raina was dismissed in the last over just two runs short of the tournament's second century. He was caught by a running Graeme Smith in the deep off Munaf Patel.
Raina thought he got the hundred because of an error on the scoreboard.
"I knew about that error when I reached the dressing room," he said. "Anyway, it's OK now, we won the match, it doesn't matter." he added.