Chennai: Apr 21, 2012
Chennai Super Kings rode on a disciplined bowling display to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 146 for four despite a half century by Owais Shah in their Indian Premier League match on Saturday.
Electing to bat on what looked like a slow pitch, the Rajasthan Royals batsmen started off in a brilliant fashion, scoring 15 runs off Dwayne Bravo's first over.
They were 34 for no loss by the fourth over before Ravichandran Ashwin put the brakes on the scoring rate.
Ashwin gave his team a vital breakthrough when he dismissed an in-form Ajinkya Rahane (15) off the third ball of his spell.
Rahane looked in good nick, opening his account with a straight bat cover drive off Nuwan Kulasekara. The batsman then dismissed Bravo thorough mid-off and pulled the second delivery of his over through the vacant square-leg region to stamp his authority on the Chennai bowlers.
He, however, got out while trying to go over mid-off only managing to give a simple catch to Kulasekara.
Rahane's dismissal brought Shah in the middle -- the English recruit took seven balls to open his account before hitting Shadab Jakati over the mid-on fence to bring the second six of the innings.
Rahul Dravid, at the other end, was going nicely, hitting three boundaries and a six before his 26-run inning was cut short by Jakati.
With the scorecard reading two for 50 at the end of eighth over, the onus was again on Shah to take his team to a respectable total.
Shah, in the company of Ashok Menaria, stitched a 92-run third-wicket partnership off just 65 balls to help the visitors post a modest total. After a sedate start both the batsmen opened up. Menaria, in particular, was lucky to survive the initial few balls from Ashwin.
Shah carried on his good work with yet another substantial knock, which helped his side to a respectable total, but not quite an imposing one.(PTI)
Brief Score: RR 146 for 4 in 20 overs (Owais Shah 52, Ashok Menaria 36; R Ashwin 1 for 19, Nuwan Kulasekara 1 for 17) vs CSK