IPL4: Super Kings flatten Royals by 63 runs

Published: Tuesday, May 10, 2011, 7:44 [IST]
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Super Kings flatten Royals by 63 runs

Being put into bat, Chennai Super Kings began their innings in a confident manner with Michael Hussey knocking a four each of Ashok Menaria and Amit Singh in the first two overs. In the third over, Hussey took another boundary off Menaria before smacking Shane Watson to the fence as well as Chennai scaled to 34/0 in four overs. Along the way, other opener Murali Vijay was dropped by Ajinkya Rahane off Watson at point. In the 5th over, Hussey teamed up with Vijay to smash three fours off Singh as the score read 47/0. 8 runs came off the following over including a four from Hussey off Johan Botha as Chennai moved past 50.

Then Vijay struck Shane Warne for the first six off the innings in the 7th over, before Hussey dispatched the same bowler to the fence in the ninth. But in the following over, Botha finally got the breakthrough when he bowled Hussey for 46 off 30 balls. The Super Kings were a healthy 77/1 in 9.2 overs. But Vijay kept the momentum going, clobbering Botha for a six in the same over. After a quiet 11th over, Vijay and Raina each took a four off Watson in the 12th as the Super Kings moved past 100, before the two knocked a six and a four off Siddharth Trivedi in the following over.

Raina picked a four off Singh and two boundaries off Warne before getting Vijay run out for 53 off 40 balls as the Super Kings score read 135/2 in 14.4 overs. Then it was M S Dhoni's turn to cut loose smashing Trivedi for a six and two fours as the Super Kings moved past 150, before joining forces with Raina to knock two boundaries and a maximum off Watson.. Then after Raina ran out of steam to get bowled by Singh for 43 off 27, Dhoni counter-atacked with a six off the same bowler. Dhoni and Morkel took 8 runs off the last over as Chennai finished their innings on a formidable 196/3.

In their reply, Rajasthan got off to a slightly shaky start for even though Rahul Dravid took a couple off fours off Albie Morkel, he was out out caught behind off Doug Bollinger in the fourth over for 20 off 16 balls as Chennai were 27/1 in 3.4 overs. Then Ajinkya Rahane launched a counter-offensive, knocking two fours off Dwayne Bravo before teaming up with Shane Watson to take a boundary each off R Ashwin. But later in the 6th over, the bowler did Watson in with a carrom ball for 11 off 10 balls as RR were 48/2 in 5.5 overs.

Then after a couple of quiet overs as Rajasthan moved past 50, Morkel got rid of the dangerous Ross Taylor for just 6 off 8 balls and in the following over, before Ashwin had the equally dangerous Ashok Menaria caught behind for 2 off 5 balls. The Rajasthan Royals innings was in disarray at 70/4 in 9.5 overs. Rahane tried to keep the flame alive for his side with a four each off Ashwin and Bravo and two off Jakati, but was out to Bravo in the 15th over for 52 off 36. The Royals were 105/4 still needing 92 runs off 36 balls at that juncture.

Then Abhishel Raut smashed Bravo for a six later in the over before knocking a four off Bollinger in the 17th. But that was all he could managen before getting run out for 19 off 14 balls. At the end of that over, the Royals were a dismal 130/6 requiring 67 off 12 balls. Then Bollinger picked up two wickets before Raina polished off the tail with another two. Rajasthan were all out for 133, losing the match by 63 runs.

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