143dThe Bulletin by Jamie Alter

Raina gem inspires Chennai to victory

In a demonstration of power-hitting with which he carried Chennai Super Kings in the first IPL, Suresh Raina again showed his ability to dominate and, when the need arose, get out of a jam

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SK Raina
98(55) 10x4 - 5x6
Control %73%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 41 runs
  • 2x4 - 4x6
11 0 11 4 16 6 11 39
RA Jadeja
37(33) 2x4 - 1x6
Control %64%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot on back foot
  • 10 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
0 2 12 1 8 8 0 6

Best performances - Bowlers

L Balaji
O3.3
M0
R21
W4
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
YK Pathan
O3
M0
R17
W2
Eco5.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Rajasthan Royals , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.30 start, First Session 16.30-17.50, Interval 17.50-18.10, Second Session 18.10-19.30

Match days

30 April 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Chennai Super Kings 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

The game's over because Kamran cannot bat. He injured his ankle while bowling.

So Chennai hit back after three successive defeats to Rajasthan last year. It was a match Raina made his own. He made no mistakes in the field either. Very professional performance by the bowlers to contain the Rajasthan batsman. Chennai are on fifth place with five points and Rajasthan are at No.6.

Rajasthan will have to address their batting problems. They need to have a Plan B in case Yusuf departs early. This shows how they're missing Watson at the top.

Chennai will have to ensure the momentum continues because they still have catching up to do. This is just the start. Stay with us for the presentation. Sivamani gets his drum kit on the field.

Shane Warne: "I thought at 104 in 16 overs they should have made just 130 but our bowling was ordinary at that stage. We left a little too much to do at rhe end. We just didn't match those guys for intensity."

Dhoni: "Our bowling was on the mark. Everybody contributed. Raina played a brilliant knock. Feels good to win after losing three games."

Raina is the Man of the Match. Who else? "I made sure I hung around till the end and Badri played well too. With the Champions Trophy back in SA later this year it's important we pick up everything from here now."

Thanks for your company today and the mails of course. Yet another double header tomorrow. Till then, it's goodnight from all of us here. Cheers!

19.3
W
Balaji to Trivedi, OUT, Raina rounds off a dream evening! Trivedi goes for the slog and the ball swirls in the air for an eternity before falling into Raina's hands at long-on

SK Trivedi c Raina b Balaji 2 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 66.66

19.2
1
Balaji to Rawat, 1 run, full outside off and crashes it straight to cover

Hayden is back at wide first slip

19.1
4
Balaji to Rawat, FOUR runs, He has a free swing of the bat and the thick outside edge flies past the keeper

Will poor Jakati get an over? Nope

END OF OVER:
19 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | RR: 121/8 (44 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.36, RRR: 44.00)

  • Mahesh Rawat3 (4b)
  • Siddharth Trivedi2 (2b)
  • Jacob Oram4-0-27-2
  • Lakshmipathy Balaji3-0-16-3
18.6
1
Oram to Rawat, 1 run, slower delivery and placed to midwicket, only one result is possible here
18.5
1
Oram to Trivedi, 1 run, drops it short on seeing the batsman back away and he dabs it down to third man
18.4
1
Oram to Rawat, 1 run, full on middle and leg and he swings to midwicket

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st9GC SmithRJ Quiney
2nd20SA AsnodkarRJ Quiney
3rd26RJ QuineyRA Jadeja
4th31YK PathanRA Jadeja
5th12AD MascarenhasRA Jadeja
6th16SK WarneRA Jadeja
7th3SK WarneM Rawat
8th0MM PatelM Rawat
9th9SK TrivediM Rawat