Saturday, 21 April 2012

Chennai edges Rajasthan : IPL Celebrations


Chennai Super Kings edge Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets, which took them from the fifth to third position in the IPL 5 points table.

On another sweltering day, there was another demonstration of how quickly Twenty20 games can turn. With four overs to go, Chennai Super Kings had nine wickets remaining and needed 31 runs - a one-sided game then by Twenty20 standards.

The South African du Plessis continued his good form, scoring 73 of just 52 balls – his third half-century of the season – as the hosts chased down a 147-run target with a couple off the last ball of the match. Suresh Raina (26) supported du Plessis as the duo shared 61 for the second wicket before Kevon Cooper, who came into the Rajasthan side in place of Johan Botha, struck twice in his third over to keep the visitors in the game. He first had du Plessis caught behind by Shreevats Goswami and then had Raina grabbed by Ajinkya Rahane at the straight fence

A double-strike from Kevon Cooper in the 17th over made the Chennai dressing room a little anxious, but with MS Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo in the middle, things were still under control. Amit Singh leaked runs in the next over, and when he bowled a legstump freebie with the fine leg up, the game again seemed over.

There were no more boundaries in the game, however, and after Cooper bowled another 
tight over, Karnataka allrounder Stuart bowled yorker after yorker to bring it down to two off the final delivery. Yet again, though, Dhoni showed his ice-cool temperament, whipping the last ball to deep backward square leg and haring through for the second, easily beating a poor throw from Cooper.

MS Dhoni (15) and Dwayne Bravo (16) then kept their cool at the end, with the Chennai skipper hitting the winning two runs off the last delivery of Stuart Binny’s over. This was Rajasthan’s third loss in seven games, but they remain second in the team standings.

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