Chennai Super Kings slumped to their 4th straight defeat as the Royals beat them by 16 runs to register their 4th straight win. After having made 177 thanks to a brilliant innings from Ojha who hit 80 from 49, the bowlers from the Royals responded well and survived a late onslaught from Chennai Super Kings to register their 10th win out of 11 matches at home. No wonder they call it a fortress.
Chennai Super Kings Innings
It was a slow start for the kings as they only managed 18 in their first 3. Yusuf ended Hayden’s brief stay when he took a stunning return catch. Vijay smashed 24 runs in the 5th over to get the innings back on track but a direct hit from Yusuf ended his cameo 42(28). Warne then removed Raina with a ball which turned in ever so gently. Badrinath and Dhoni tried to string a partnership but just when it was looking like Dhoni would shift to 5th gear, Badrinath collided with Dhoni for the second time this tournament as the Chennai skipper lost his bat and was comfortably short of his crease while attempting the second run.The equation looked difficult with Dhoni gone but Morkel got back some excitement into the game by smashing Warne for 3 consecutive sixes but in the end Chennai were 18 short of the target. PHOTOS
Rajasthan Royals Innings
Warne won the toss and decided to bat first and the opening batsmen got them off to a flier. 47 were scored in just 23 balls when Morkel fooled the inform Lumb with a slower one. Ojha continued to play his shots and the Royals reached 96 in their 10 overs. Soon after the time out Fazal holed out to long on off Jakati .Royals were struck another blow when Yusuf Pathan got out for just 8 giving Jakati his 2nd wicket. Shakab Jakati and Muttiah Muralitharan pulled back things in the middle overs but Ojha ensured the Royals got to a formidable total which proved to be too much for the super kings in the end. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Naman Ojha