Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2011, Chennai May 4, 2011

All-round Chennai cruise to fourth straight win

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Chennai Super Kings 149 for 2 (Hussey 79*, Raina 61) beat Rajasthan Royals 147 for 6 (Dravid 66, Watson 32, Jakati 2-22) by eight wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Chennai Super Kings continued their dominance at home and eased to a fourth-successive win in conditions where power play took a backseat to opportunistic strokemaking, and stamina and steady consolidation were more crucial than short outbursts of runs. The sweltering Chennai heat and a slow pitch made it a tiring ordeal for batsmen, and it seemed at one stage that Rajasthan Royals, riding on the back of Rahul Dravid's fluent half-century, would have the better of the contest. But an inspired recovery from Chennai's faltering bowlers and a controlled approach to the chase from Suresh Raina and Michael Hussey set up a comfortable win - their fifth in five games at home this season.

The Rajasthan openers, Dravid and Shane Watson, had displayed excellent determination to occupy the crease and set a strong foundation to their team's innings. The pair ran well between wickets, rotated the strike, picked the gaps to scramble back for the twos, before Dravid took charge against the spinners. He pulled R Ashwin twice in an over to the midwicket fence, reverse-swept and punched Suraj Randiv for three fours in an over to different parts of the ground. The highlight of the first ten overs was his inside-out drive over extra cover off Shadab Jakati, as Rajasthan coasted to 86 in the first ten overs.

The trigger for the fightback was a brilliant return catch from Jakati off Watson, as he put his hands up and intercepted a ferocious thwack back towards him in the 11th over. Despite an encouraging run-rate, and with plenty of ammunition left in the batting for a surge at the death, the desire for clearing the ropes overrode any thought of building the innings for a few more overs. Ashok Menaria holed out needlessly against Ashwin, and Johan Botha, who had picked a cheeky boundary, succumbed when he tried to use force against Jakati. Dravid was swimming in sweat in the Chennai heat and fell to a tiring shot, and not long after, the seamers returned to contain the flow further. A couple of fours from Ross Taylor was offset by a double-strike from Albie Morkel in the penultimate over, and Rajasthan only managed 61 in the last ten, losing six wickets.

The wicket of M Vijay was an early boost for Rajasthan but some sloppy fielding, a difficult opportunity that was grassed, and the maturity of the Raina-Hussey combine put paid to Rajasthan's hopes. Stuart Binny conceded eight runs in the field, through a misfield and an overthrow, and was listless with the ball. Raina was let off by Watson diving full stretch in the deep, but otherwise there weren't any opportunities.

Like the Chennai bowlers had done in the first ten overs, Rajasthan's attack erred in line and length, giving the batsmen timely opportunities to pierce the field. Siddharth Trivedi bowled too often down the leg side, and the more accurate Watson and Botha were worked around. With both batsmen settling in well, left-arm spinner Nayan Doshi was carted for two sixes in the 11th over - the same passage in the Rajasthan innings had marked a decisive turn of events. As the shoulders drooped, Binny doled freebies outside off which Hussey cut for successive fours before delivering the same treatment to Menaria on the leg side. Raina's dismissal was against the run of play, but his knock, along with Hussey's, had made a relatively one-sided contest out of a potential cracker.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 5, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Though I am a hard core CSK fan, i really wanted RR to win after Dravid's knock. Such a classy player always overshadowed by something or other. We all talk about VVS epic 280+ and VSS was accompanied by THE WALL...when it comes to Ganguly's highest 183 in ODI, Wall was there with 145...Sachin's 186 score, WALL was there with 153...Dravid may be the only cricketer not to get a Player of the Match after scoring two centuries in a test. Test #1438. I love him for his style and commitment, more importantly, what a team player he is.

  • Aussasinator on May 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    The IPL is only now getting a bit watchable, as serious business starts.

  • HSAF on May 5, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Why always cricinfo is omitting my comments. As of now, i have tried many times and none of them appeared on comments section. I wonder why as I have not even abused anybody.

  • Guru_Bennur on May 5, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    What an Innings man...! Dravid u Rocks man...! It's One of the Best Innings in This IPL 4. Mally Sr and Jr R u watching....Come on jammy Dikhado...Jamana ko Aap chese hay kya....

  • on May 5, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    RR lost because of poor tactics by warney today..he should have sent rosco when watson was out..and the field placing was very defensive and has proved to be a walk in the park for the CSK...strike was rotated freely and Maneria ahead of taylor???the match was lost there....Dravid played brilliantly but was not supported in the end after watson got out...RR has a lot of problems..if the same team plays in future,the result would be the same..get Tait in the team..the bowling looks ordinary when warne fails to pick wickets!!! Wake Up warne..

  • on May 5, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    With Raina,Hussey,Badri among runs, I'd like to see Dhoni,M.vijay to bat long and get their form back... Dhoni is batting well but he needs a long innings to get his shots rit... It's important 2 have a strong batting line up.. 1 thing i'd like to see is the debut of francois du plessis in place of randiv.. Coz we'd miss randiv in few days, it's important to give chance to francois du plessis. As he is from SA he can be good in the field and he is an all rounder... Which is good news for CSK... All the best CSK...

  • Karunk on May 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Swwetspot - Pls look at the scorecard before commenting on Dravid. He scored 66 runs in 51 balls (129 strike rate), Watson scored 32 in 26 balls (123 strike rate) and only Taylor had better strike rate - 20 runs i n 14 balls (142 strike rate). Rajasthan Royals could reach 148 because of Dravid's innings. He improvised and played a very good T20 innings. What he lacks is big shots clearing the ground but he makes up with deft placements. After so much of cricket, pitches are slowing down and slam bang kind of approach will not help. Teams need Dravid kind of players to play out 20 overs. He might slow down some times but others like Taylor, Watson... are expected to increase the run rate in such situations. Infact, on these kind of slow pitches Dravid will outscore players like Watson and Taylor with his subtle technique.

  • on May 5, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Rahul dravid is unstoppable man,,,under 42 degrees a 38 year old man playing such beautiful cricket,,,can pay more than a billion to watch that.

  • on May 5, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    WALL u always stand TALL !!! Dravid never stops entertaining his fans. He s a class act.. HAPPY for him :) Proud to be ur fan jammy !!!

  • ajayrcs on May 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Mr.Hussey was one of my favorite cricketer, But after this match he is not. Its amazing to see how the attitude of a player changed towards his country and club. He really told the world that MONEY RULES.National teams drop such kind of players. And very happy with Indian players who chose domestic side than foreign club.

  • on May 5, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Though I am a hard core CSK fan, i really wanted RR to win after Dravid's knock. Such a classy player always overshadowed by something or other. We all talk about VVS epic 280+ and VSS was accompanied by THE WALL...when it comes to Ganguly's highest 183 in ODI, Wall was there with 145...Sachin's 186 score, WALL was there with 153...Dravid may be the only cricketer not to get a Player of the Match after scoring two centuries in a test. Test #1438. I love him for his style and commitment, more importantly, what a team player he is.

  • Aussasinator on May 5, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    The IPL is only now getting a bit watchable, as serious business starts.

  • HSAF on May 5, 2011, 10:15 GMT

    Why always cricinfo is omitting my comments. As of now, i have tried many times and none of them appeared on comments section. I wonder why as I have not even abused anybody.

  • Guru_Bennur on May 5, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    What an Innings man...! Dravid u Rocks man...! It's One of the Best Innings in This IPL 4. Mally Sr and Jr R u watching....Come on jammy Dikhado...Jamana ko Aap chese hay kya....

  • on May 5, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    RR lost because of poor tactics by warney today..he should have sent rosco when watson was out..and the field placing was very defensive and has proved to be a walk in the park for the CSK...strike was rotated freely and Maneria ahead of taylor???the match was lost there....Dravid played brilliantly but was not supported in the end after watson got out...RR has a lot of problems..if the same team plays in future,the result would be the same..get Tait in the team..the bowling looks ordinary when warne fails to pick wickets!!! Wake Up warne..

  • on May 5, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    With Raina,Hussey,Badri among runs, I'd like to see Dhoni,M.vijay to bat long and get their form back... Dhoni is batting well but he needs a long innings to get his shots rit... It's important 2 have a strong batting line up.. 1 thing i'd like to see is the debut of francois du plessis in place of randiv.. Coz we'd miss randiv in few days, it's important to give chance to francois du plessis. As he is from SA he can be good in the field and he is an all rounder... Which is good news for CSK... All the best CSK...

  • Karunk on May 5, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    Swwetspot - Pls look at the scorecard before commenting on Dravid. He scored 66 runs in 51 balls (129 strike rate), Watson scored 32 in 26 balls (123 strike rate) and only Taylor had better strike rate - 20 runs i n 14 balls (142 strike rate). Rajasthan Royals could reach 148 because of Dravid's innings. He improvised and played a very good T20 innings. What he lacks is big shots clearing the ground but he makes up with deft placements. After so much of cricket, pitches are slowing down and slam bang kind of approach will not help. Teams need Dravid kind of players to play out 20 overs. He might slow down some times but others like Taylor, Watson... are expected to increase the run rate in such situations. Infact, on these kind of slow pitches Dravid will outscore players like Watson and Taylor with his subtle technique.

  • on May 5, 2011, 6:18 GMT

    Rahul dravid is unstoppable man,,,under 42 degrees a 38 year old man playing such beautiful cricket,,,can pay more than a billion to watch that.

  • on May 5, 2011, 5:43 GMT

    WALL u always stand TALL !!! Dravid never stops entertaining his fans. He s a class act.. HAPPY for him :) Proud to be ur fan jammy !!!

  • ajayrcs on May 5, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    Mr.Hussey was one of my favorite cricketer, But after this match he is not. Its amazing to see how the attitude of a player changed towards his country and club. He really told the world that MONEY RULES.National teams drop such kind of players. And very happy with Indian players who chose domestic side than foreign club.

  • cmahadevan on May 5, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    What is happy about this season is Domestic players like Badri, Vijay, Jagathi, Rayudu, Tiwary, Abdulla,Rahul sharma, Valthaty are catching headlines regularly. whenever they got the oppurtunity they show the world what they can do. Its very good to INDIAN Cricket. May be after this fans surely follow domestic cricket.I hope BCCI should give chances to everyone for the upcoming matches one by one. If ravindra jadeja and rohit sharma getting enough oppurtunities than these guys also deserve. My wish is Badri should include the TEST TEAM OF India. Can they do it.? If they dont get any chances simply but they are unlucky.

  • Gupta.Ankur on May 5, 2011, 4:42 GMT

    This exactly what happens when you are dependent on "custom-made" pitches at home. RR would do well to prepare t20 friendly wicket in future....

  • on May 5, 2011, 3:41 GMT

    Raina and hussey played a sensattoinal knock and jakati provided the crucial breakthrough which proves one thing that chennai has a formiddable line up

  • shiva96648 on May 5, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    if murali vijay and dhoni clicks then csk will be unstoppable.no team can ever match chennai's form.ashwin should also improve.

  • rohanblue on May 5, 2011, 2:16 GMT

    Rahul dravid is always no.1......

  • Finn92 on May 4, 2011, 23:21 GMT

    Rahane is making his enormous first class avreage look like a mistype, he looks so out of sorts and has hardly made any telling contributions all tournament. I'd expect both of these sides to finish in the top four quite comfortably but Chennai have nearly all their batsman in form so they are going to be dangerous.

  • ms.arjun on May 4, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    Great to see Raina among the top 10 run getters of the tournament. Raina is vital to CSK's success. The only point of worry at the moment is Vijay and Randiv. Vijay is struggling clearly but i believe he will get back soon and Randiv is leaking too many runs without wickets. Its hard for him to step into Murali's shoes. May be CSK could experiment by swapping Randiv with Faf, he is a good all rounder and most important he is a South African. The SAs have one unique quality, they are always 100% committed on the field, in all 3 depts. His inclusion might make the combination even more lethal.

  • on May 4, 2011, 20:45 GMT

    Csk gonna become the first team to retain IPL.

  • on May 4, 2011, 19:21 GMT

    sweetspot Dravid was excellent in ODIs especially from 2002 too the year off 2006 where he was sort of floater.However speaking off current form i feel it might not be a bad idea for Rajastan Royals too try out someone like Rahane to partner watson.Because Anjankya rahane is pretty aggressive himself

  • rocky on May 4, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Small correction in the match meter.The first paragraph says "Chennai are 69 without loss" should be Rajasthan instead.

  • InnocentGuy on May 4, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    The usage is correct for penultimate. It's the 19th over that Albie bowled and he took two wickets in that. It's the penultimate over of RR's innings.

  • sweetspot on May 4, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    A lot of support for Dravid here and he did play well. But he can ALSO slow things down miserably when he chooses, making batting look like it is very difficult, allow opposition bowlers to get on top, and get the asking rate up by the time he departs. How many times has he done that for India? Too many times has he got to 50 off 70 or 80 balls, and then left the hard work for others behind him, especially in ODIs. Sachin doesn't get into that situation very often, and when he does, it will usually be on a very tough pitch. Dravid has single handedly brought India to defeat from many potentially good situations. Look at India's ODI win record when Dravid has not played, especially in the last two years!

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    Things are going very well for csk. Once u look back the two main areas has to be kept in mind 1. Ashwin is not picking as well as in the past : may be the players are very carefull about him. He is innovative bowler, who can bring new variety to his armoury.Remember mumbai indians and kkr are playing well. You have to give credit to the opponents who are playing well, sorry very well. 2. Mr. murali vijay, has to click big as ever big.... He can do wonders to csk and i am waiting for his big innings. Once these two big match winners click , with Mr. cricket, doni suresh raina, doggy and morke, badri and others .... the ipl 4 is goina to be with csk. we wish csk for best of luck

  • on May 4, 2011, 18:33 GMT

    hussey, raina, badri, morkel all in gr8 form... the only ones of whom great form is expected bt yet to be shown convincingly are vijay and dhoni.... vijay, save the 74, has always given good starts bt usually never makes it past 40... dhoni seems to be struggling a bit... perhaps he is tired.... maybe a rest wud be gud for him... he has been playing nonstop since world cup....

  • vatsa13 on May 4, 2011, 18:29 GMT

    Dravid was class act... but he is unlucky, when he plays everyone else fail, at one stage looked like Rajastan cud have easily score 180, but other batsmen failed...

  • on May 4, 2011, 17:59 GMT

    It was happy to see rahul dravid the "master with perfect technique " with a perfetly executed silken touch. Would like to see him to score a century. In contrast murali vijay has to check his play well. Well its possible for him to find with fleming. He also has to peak well. Because the kkr and mumbai indian are also formidable. I am sure that murali vijay will come up with a century in the following matches. things are going fine with csk

  • Krrishgoud on May 4, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    What an innings by RD...classic shots across all sides of the ground...RD as always a class act...Even though RR has lost...they are playing well with the domestic talent available to them...Nice fight put up by those guyz. Its really tough to beat a team like CSK with stars and midas touch captain fantastic dhoni.

  • on May 4, 2011, 17:37 GMT

    "Albie Morkel in the penultimate over" penultimate means next to last not previous to last

  • on May 4, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    KKR and DC in match meter?!?!?!?!? why????

  • on May 4, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Where Ashwin is most economical bowler, Rahul dravid made him look like a child in his fortress, Its class and this is what matters most..An inning of complete domination with only cricketing and classic shots.

  • on May 4, 2011, 16:36 GMT

    HUSSEY ROCKS!! He rightly deserves the title Mr. Cricket!! Superb innings by Dravid and Raina too.

  • on May 4, 2011, 15:52 GMT

    great t20 innings from classic dravid....chennai peaking at the right time...hussey,raina,badri,anirudha,bolly,markel all in good touch..dhoni will come to party at right time..

  • muqtaliff on May 4, 2011, 15:49 GMT

    In the Match Meter, there is a honours even showing KKR & DC. Should it not be RR and CSK?

  • on May 4, 2011, 15:37 GMT

    Mike hussey!!!! excellet game matie.... Dravid no doubt has played better but its the team which supports u well and makes ur innings count like CSK did today...

  • on May 4, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    DRAVID IS ROCKING DRAVID IS ALWAYS BEST IN INDIAN CRICKET IN ANY FORMAT, HE IS THE BEST IN INDIA

  • on May 4, 2011, 15:00 GMT

    Fantastic play. He played with shane watson and scored runs more speed than him. He shuts stupid mouths who say that he is not suitable for T-20

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    Dravid is rocking he will rock at any format of cricket.

  • Pulikutti on May 4, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    What an win by CSK ; RR good opening, poor fielding , not a good score.

  • dimni on May 4, 2011, 14:46 GMT

    dravid simply superb batting continue it in ur rr fortress

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:44 GMT

    How many times a Dravid performance overshadowed or went unnoticed

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:43 GMT

    I am not surprised with Dravid's innings. He is capable of much more than this and we will see them in remaining matches. I am from chennai but i strongly support Rajasthan coz of only Dravid.

  • jaffy78 on May 4, 2011, 14:30 GMT

    Glad to see CSK winning this important match....Dhony is really a lucky captain

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Chennai rocks!!....................

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Fluent Innings from Dravid. Its a limited overs Dravid like innings.

  • ankurbahua on May 4, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    TO HUSSEY|. You are one of the best and the sexiest batsman in the world.The title "MR CRICKET"does suits you.You certainly add great strength to CSK playing with big guns like DHONI RAINA and MORKEL.You set high standards on the field.If not for aus wish you keep serving csk with your brilliant perfromances for many more years.Proud to be your big fan.Take a BOW sir. DELIGHTED ♥♥♥

  • ankurbahua on May 4, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    King size victory !!! And a "royal" send off !! Mr.cric your awesome ! Somebody pls stop this run machine :D !!!

  • adithya.siva on May 4, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    mike hussey + chennai super kings = one hell of a legendary team in ipl! good luck chennai!!!!!!

  • D.Sharma on May 4, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    If Dravid faced the same balls as Tendulkar, he would only have 38 runs less than Tendulkar (IPL stats). So I wonder why people comment about Dravid's SR!

  • pkm124 on May 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Such a brilliant batting by Sir Dravid..... I loved it so much :):):):)

  • Dravid_Best on May 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Lovely innings by Dravid...!! Its just so nice to see him be able to convert a start for the first time this IPL. That has been his only problem, not converting starts, but luckily he's always been timing the ball pretty well and i'm sure he's feeling good about his batting now! Keep up the good work Dravid! You rock!!

  • on May 4, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    this is not the expected score fromrr

  • on May 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Dravid was outstanding.........

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  • on May 4, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Dravid was outstanding.........

  • on May 4, 2011, 12:26 GMT

    this is not the expected score fromrr

  • Dravid_Best on May 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Lovely innings by Dravid...!! Its just so nice to see him be able to convert a start for the first time this IPL. That has been his only problem, not converting starts, but luckily he's always been timing the ball pretty well and i'm sure he's feeling good about his batting now! Keep up the good work Dravid! You rock!!

  • pkm124 on May 4, 2011, 12:30 GMT

    Such a brilliant batting by Sir Dravid..... I loved it so much :):):):)

  • D.Sharma on May 4, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    If Dravid faced the same balls as Tendulkar, he would only have 38 runs less than Tendulkar (IPL stats). So I wonder why people comment about Dravid's SR!

  • adithya.siva on May 4, 2011, 14:00 GMT

    mike hussey + chennai super kings = one hell of a legendary team in ipl! good luck chennai!!!!!!

  • ankurbahua on May 4, 2011, 14:11 GMT

    King size victory !!! And a "royal" send off !! Mr.cric your awesome ! Somebody pls stop this run machine :D !!!

  • ankurbahua on May 4, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    TO HUSSEY|. You are one of the best and the sexiest batsman in the world.The title "MR CRICKET"does suits you.You certainly add great strength to CSK playing with big guns like DHONI RAINA and MORKEL.You set high standards on the field.If not for aus wish you keep serving csk with your brilliant perfromances for many more years.Proud to be your big fan.Take a BOW sir. DELIGHTED ♥♥♥

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    Fluent Innings from Dravid. Its a limited overs Dravid like innings.

  • on May 4, 2011, 14:16 GMT

    Chennai rocks!!....................