March 28th, 2010 by Ravi Matah | Posted in Sports   Comments Off on IPL-3 : RAJASTHAN BEAT CHENNAI
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Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bat first at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad on Sunday. Naman Ojha and Micheal Lumb opened the innings for the RR in the hot summer afternoon when the temperature on the ground was hovering around 42*.  A fully packed stadium watched the proceedings in the heat.  The opening partnership was worth 47 runs, when Lumb was out, caught Thusara for 30 runs.

Thereafter wickets fell quickly at the other end which was basically due to good fielding and catching of the players of Chennai Super Kings and they contained  the Rajasthan Royals score under 180 runs.

Naman Ojha held his fort and was out in the 18th over, c Joginder b Thussara for 80 runs. When the score of Rajasthan Royals was at 174, there was a hat trick of wichets. Three batsmen went back to the pavilion within the space of three balls, two of them being run out.

Shadab Jakoti of Chennai Super Kings  bowled extremely well and took 2  wickets off 30 runs. Morkel took 2 wickets for 46 runs and Thussara took 2 for 28. It was only due to the good fielding and the catches held, that CSK could contain the Rajasthan Royals to 177 for 8. Rajasthan Royals had made no change in their team which had played the previous match.

In reply thereto, Chennai Super Kings opened their batting with Vijai and Hayden who put on just 24 runs for the first wicket when Hayden fell for 19. Apart from Vijai who scored 42 runs, no other batsman showed the grit or determination to overhaul the score of Rajasthan Royals. Wickets kept falling at regular intervals.

Other batsmen who contributed to the score for CSK were Raina 14, Dhoni 21 Badrinath 25 and Morkel 28 runs. Both Raina and Dhoni possessed the capability and the shots to overhaul the score, but were out cheaply. At one stage it appeared that Chennai could save the match when they were 75 for 2, but Rajasthan bowlers coupled with excellent fielding choked Chennai and did not allow them to flourish. They lost Raina soon after;  then Badrinath played some useful shots but collided with Dhoni while taking a second run and Dhoni was short of the crease.  At that time the score read 123 for 4 wickets. All hell broke loose for the Chennai Super Kings.

Runs came in one’s and two’s thereafter and the boundries were hard to come by. Later Badrinath top edged a bouncer from Tait to Pathan who made no mistake.

For Rajasthan Royals Tait took 2 for 22, Pathan 1 for 26 and Warne took 1 for 34. They  won the match by 17 runs. This was their fourth win in IPL-3 on the trot.

The award for the maximum sixes went to Naman Ojha.

The Karbann Kamaal Catch award went to Y.Pathan.

The Man of the Match went to Naman Ojha.

Ravi Matah

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