A Royal Win for Jaipur on Their Home Soil

By: Dharmendrasinh Rathod

A royal win for Jaipur on their home soil : The second match of the day, which promised a lot ended as an onesided affair. The Chennai Super Kings seem to have lost its path, midway in the tournament. They lost miserably, by a margin of 8 wickets at the hands of Rajasthan Royals and were outplayed in every department of the game.

M S Dhoni won the toss for the Super Kings and elected to bat first. Parthiv Patel and Stephen Fleming opened the innings for the Super Kings. For the Royals, it was Sohail Tanvir who commenced the proceedings. He begun his dream run from the very first delivery he bowled, inflicting the first blow and getting Parthiv Patel lbw.

Next on his card was Fleming, who too was plumb lbw. The warriors of the Super Kings failed to put up any resistance against the Royals as they kept fleeing the field one after another.

But for a partnership between Suresh Raina and Albie Morkel, the Super Kings would have lost its fort even before crossing the 3 figure mark. Raina made 27 off 27 balls, while Morkel played a face saving knock to score 42 from 33 deliveries he faced. They eventually, managed to post a total of 109/10 with one over to spare.

Sohail Tanvir recorded the best figures ever of the T20 format finishing with 6 wickets at the expence of just 14 runs from a spell of four overs. He alone made a difference between the two sides as the Super Kings kept fetching for ways to negotiate his attack.

The Royals gave a crushing reply to the target of 110, to be achieved in 20 overs. They wrapped up their victory by 8 wickets in just 14.2 overs with Graeme Smith remaining unbeaten on 35. Swapnil Asnodkar made 32 off 30 balls to provide with an able company to his senior partner.

Sohail Tanvir picked up the Man of the Match award.
The DLF highest sixes award went to Albie Morkel for hitting 4 sixes.

The Super Kings will be required to put in a great deal of thought for its upcoming matches. The game of cricket has once again proved to be a big leveller of sorts.

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