Shane Watson, Stuart Binny demolish Chennai Super Kings bowlers to register five-wicket victory

Shane Watson scored 70 off just 34 balls to lead Rajasthan Royals to a memorable victory © AFP (File Photo)

By Prakash Govindasreenivasan

Jaipur: May 12, 2013

Shane Watson and Stuart Binny orchestrated an absolute carnage over MS Dhoni & Co as Rajasthan Royals remained unbeaten at Jaipur with a thumping five-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in the 61st match of the Indian Premier League 2013. This win takes the Royals to the second spot in the points table, with 20 points from 14 matches with only Net Run Rate separating them from the league leaders Chennai Super Kings.

Having posted 141 on the board, the Chennai Super Kings had their task cut out. With immense experience of playing in such pressure cooker situation, they responded brilliantly early on. On a wicket that had something for the quicker bowlers, the towering West Indian bowler Jason Holder, whose bowling action brings back memories of former West Indian strike bowler Mervyn Dillon started well to beat the bat on numerous occasions. He struck in his second over when Ajinkya Rahane came down the track in a bid to clear the infield, only managing to find Murali Vijay at mid-on.

In a surprising move, Rajasthan promoted floater James Faulkner at number three with an intention of improving the run rate. However, that didn’t go the home side’s way as Holder sent the off-stump cart wheeling in the same over.

Mohit Sharma complemented Holder well at the other end and got into the thick of the action in the fifth over with the wicket of the young Sanju Samson when an under edge was well taken by MS Dhoni behind the stumps. Dhoni bowled out Sharma who finished with splendid figures of one for 21 from four overs.

After Samson’s departure, Watson joined Rahul Dravid in the hope to rebuild the innings and guide them to an important victory but Chris Morris was more than happy to scupper their plans. He too, like Holder was able to generate good steep bounce and got the better of Dravid in the 10th over who perished by giving a simple catch to Dhoni behind the stumps.

Watson was joined by Binny with the home side needing 93 runs from the last 10 overs to keep their citadel unbreached. The Watson-Binny show began in the 11th over with 23 runs coming from Ravichandran Ashwin.

That over proved to be the catalyst for Rajasthan’s comeback in the game. Watson and Binny dealt in boundaries as the next three overs fetched 43 runs for the home side. In the process, Watson blazed away to a 25-ball half-century. He wasn’t done with just the quickfire milestone as he hit Morris for four boundaries in the 15th over to take the team total to 130 for four.

Watson’s knock of 70 from 34 deliveries, had six sixes and six fours while Binny remained unbeaten on 41 off 23 balls, with two fours and three sixes in it. Their partnership of 93 off just 45 deliveries was the highest fifth wicket partnership against the Chennai Super Kings.

Watson was bowled by Dwayne Bravo in the 17th over but was it was too little too late for the Chennai Super Kings. Binny finished the game in style with a six over cover.

Read first-innings report here.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 141 for 4 in 20 overs (Murali Vijay 55, Michael Hussey 40; Kevon Cooper 2 for 32) lost to Rajasthan Royals 144 for 5 in 17.1 overs (Shane Watson 70, Stuart Binny 41*; Jason Holder 2 for 20) by 5 wickets.

Man of the Match: Shane Watson

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