Rajasthan complete home run, thrash CSK to win all 8 games in Jaipur
Rajasthan Royals thrashed Chennai Super Kings by five wickets, with Shane Watson and Stuart Binny helping the side haul down their target of 142 with almost three overs to spare. With the victory, the Royals have now gone through the season undefeated at home, having won all their eight engagements at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
The win was so dominant that at one point it looked like the Royals would leapfrog Chennai to the top of the table, but now they are currently on second, with just net run rate keeping them from going top.
End of a streak
Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field first, which meant one of two streaks in the tournament would come to an end. Until the game, Chennai hadn't lost a game batting first while Rajasthan hadn't lost a game in Jaipur. While Michael Hussey has been in sparkling form this season, topping the run charts, Murali Vijay has struggled, even having to sit out a few games. But on Sunday, for the first time this season, the pair looked comfortable together. There was a bit of pace and movement in the track, but the pair held steady for more than half of the innings.
Hussey was the first to go, out for a run-a-ball 40 in the 12th over of the innings. The Australian missed a leg-side heave off Binny to have his stumps re-arranged. The opening pair had put on 83 runs but whatever good the stand did was undone by the fall of quick wickets. Vijay (55 off 50 balls) was run out while Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni mis-hit Kevon Cooper straight to the hands of fielders. Chennai lost four wickets for 30 runs in 35 balls between the 12th and 17th overs, robbing the side of any momentum. It was not until Dwayne Bravo (11-ball 23) swung his bat around that there were runs to be had as Chennai finished on a par 141/4.
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