IPL 2013: Clinical Rajasthan Royals stifle Chennai Super Kings

Kevon Cooper finished with figures of two for 32 © PTI (File Photo)

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Jaipur: May 12, 2013

A disciplined performance by the Rajasthan Royals in the field helped them restrict the Chennai Super Kings to 141 for four in the 61st match of the Indian Premier League 2013.

The Chennai batsmen looked completely in control at the start as the opening duo of Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay started strongly. Chennai’s batting followed a familiar pattern from before as the duo started off on a cautious note and began to build slowly but steadily after getting their eye in in the first five overs.

The final over of the powerplay fetched 11 runs as Vijay played two glorious boundaries through covers off Shane Watson – first one was hit over the infield and the second through James Faulkner’s legs. This over began the positive shift in gear with Hussey and Vijay playing a lot more freely from hereon. The next over from Siddharth Trivedi fetched three boundaries as the duo brought up their 50-run partnership — their ninth in the history of IPL.

Hussey fell in the 12th over, not before setting up the perfect platform for the likes of Dhoni and Suresh Raina to come out and blaze away to a big total. However, Rajasthan’s Kevon Cooper had other plans. He dealt two severe blows to the visitors as sent back both Raina and Dhoni in the same over to reduce Chennai to 89 for three in the 13th over.

This innings was about the strong opening partnership up against the resilient bowling unit. Hussey and Vijay were shifting gears with great panache and threatened to post another big total but Faulkner, Cooper, Watson and Stuart Binny hung in there to bowl accurately and push Chennai on the backfoot. After the departure of Dhoni, Vijay and Ravindra Jadeja were strangled for runs and could manage only 22 runs in the next four overs which also saw Vijay reach his half-century with a boundary behind square. It was a well-paced innings, which started with some blazing shots but Vijay did well to get into the mode of the sheet anchor after loss of two quick wickets. But, he was run out in the 18th over, courtesy some swift glovework from wicketkeeper Dishant Yagnik to put Chennai in all sorts of trouble at 113 for four in the 18th over.

In the end, the visitors managed to put on 141 for four, an innings that had no sixes.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 141 for 4 in 20 overs (Murali Vijay 55, Michael Hussey 40; Kevon Cooper 2 for 32) vs Rajasthan Royals.

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