CSK keep RR to 147/6

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 17:41 [IST]
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CSK keep RR to 147/6

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, the Rajasthan Royals got off to an ideal start, gaining 9 runs in the first over including 4 leg byes off Albie Morkel. In the second over, Watson was nearly caught at extra cover before cover-driving Doug Bollinger for a four. Then Rahul Dravid struck the same bowler for his first boundary as the score moved onto 22/0 in 4 overs.

Dravid and Watson teamed up to knock three fours off Morkel in the 5th over. Then Watson greeted R Ashwin to the crease with a four before Dravid followed suit to hit a four of his own as RR moved to 47/0 in 6 overs. Then Dravid ran a double off Shabad Jakati to bring up the Royals' 50 and welcomed Suraj Randiv with two consecutive boundaries before rounding off the 8th over with another four.

Dravid was clearly on a roll, smacking Jakati to the boundary in the 9th over and taking two more fours off Ashwin in the 10th over before Watson joined the fun with a boundary off his own. But the latter batsman was soon brilliantly caught and bowled by Jakati for 32 off 26 balls as the score read a healthy 86/1 in 10.1 overs. Later in the over, Dravid reached his 50 off 37 balls.

The new man in Ashok Menaria was out in the 13th over when he was caught in the outfield off Ashwin for 2 off 8 balls. But Dravid wouldn't relent, smacking Randiv for a four and taking a single to bring up his side's 100 in 13.2 overs before Johan Botha struck a four later in the over. But one over later, Jakati claimed his second wicket when he had Botha caught by Raina at cover for 8 off 6 balls. Rajasthan were 109/3 in 14.3 overs.

One over later, Dravid was on his way back when he hit Ranjiv straight into the hands of deep midwicket. The Royals were in a bit of a slump at 118/4 in 16 overs. Then Ross Taylor tried to up the ante, taking a four off Ashwin in the 17th over and another boundary off Bollinger in the 18th before Morkel caught and bowled Ajinkya Rahane for 4 off 8 balls as the score read 139/5 in 18.3 overs. Just one ball later, Morkel got rid of Taylor for 19 off 14 balls. Finally, Bollinger bowled a tight final over as the Royals wrapped up their innings on 147/6 in their 20 overs.

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