Kings get Royal shock
Shane Watson butchered Chennai Super Kings bowlers in a sensational batting display as Rajasthan Royals scored a comprehensive five wicket victory in...
Chasing 142 for a win, Rajasthan lost three wickets -- Ajinkya Rahane (9), James Faulkner (1) and Sanju Samson (0) -- inside five overs before Watson played a blistering knock of 70 from just 34 balls with the help of six fours and as many sixes to end the match in dramatic fashion with 17 balls to spare. Stuart Binny, who chipped in with a 23-ball unbeaten 41, ended the match in style with a six off Ravindra Jadeja as Rajasthan reached 144 for five in 17.1 overs.
The breathtaking batting display by Watson and Binny, who shared 93 runs in 7.3 overs for the fifth wicket left the home fans at the Sawai Mansingh stadium spellbound. The home side scored an amazing 95 runs in 7.1 overs.A With the win, their 10th in 14 matches, Rajasthan jumped to second spot on 20 points. Chennai remained on top of table on 20 points from 14 matches. They are above Rajasthan on net run rate.
Rajasthan also kept intact their unbeaten record at home this season. They ended their home matches today with an all-win record, the first team to do so this season.A At the halfway stage, Channai were 49 for four, needing 93 from the next 10 overs, but Watson and Binny turned the match on its head with a breathtaking partnership.
Watson and Binny added 81 runs in the five overs after 10th with the former contributing 51, hitting four fours and five sixes during this period.A For Chennai, Jason Holder took two wickets for 20 runs while Chris Morris and Dwayne Bravo got a wicket each.Holder scalped Rahane and Faulkner, who was promoted up the order, in the space of three balls in the fourth over with both the batsmen playing unnecessary shots early on.
With three wickets already gone and the pitch offering a bit of seam movement and swing, runs were hard to come by and Rajasthan batsmen had to wait for opportune time for big hits.A Rajasthan were 45 for four when Dravid was out in the 10th over but the next over bowled by Ashwin changed the complexion of the game.
Binny first got a six though it just missed the hands of a jumping Jadeja at the boundary ropes before Watson hoisted Ashwin over fence in consecutive deliveries as the over yielded 23 runs to take the asking rate down to less than eight an over.
Brief Scores: CSK 41 for 4 (Murali Vijay 55, Micheal Hussey 41, Kevon Cooper 2/32) lost to RR 144 for 5 (Shane Watson 70, Stuart Binny 41no, Jason Holder 2/20).