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HindustanTimes Thu,24 Jul 2014
Royals make easy work of the Super Kings
Kaushik Chatterji , Hindustan Times
Jaipur, May 12, 2013
First Published: 19:58 IST(12/5/2013)
Last Updated: 01:26 IST(13/5/2013)

Perhaps, it would have been pulled off on the silver screen. But in real life, Rajni can't, and neither can he. Down at the deep midwicket boundary, 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja leapt heavenwards but all he caught was a whiff of air.

It was halfway through the 31st over of the match - and the first where either skipper tossed the ball to a player who tweaks it.

That was bound to happen sooner rather than later — MS Dhoni had, despite the conditions, opted to pick Ravichandran Ashwin in the Chennai Super Kings playing XI, unchanged from the one that thrashed Sunrisers Hyderabad four days ago.

MSD's opposite number, Rahul Dravid, opted to chop and change given that unseasonal rain hit Jaipur on Saturday and before the match.

Rajasthan Royals’ all-seam attack made the most of the movement on offer.

Barring a late flurry by Dwayne Bravo off fellow Trinidadian Kevon Cooper, Super Kings would have fallen well short of the 141 they finally managed.

The Royals’ chase was proving to be quite tricky — with the pitch still not having eased up, four batsmen were back in the hut by the halfway stage, and 93 runs from 60 balls seemed increasingly improbable. But that was when Ashwin came into the attack.

The first two balls went for four runs, including a wide. Off the third ball, Stuart Binny swept flat. The ball went over the diving Jadeja and over the boundary for only the second maximum of the innings — and the match. A single later, Shane Watson took over. Two consecutive slog-sweeps went to the cow corner. A mammoth 23 runs came off the first and only over by a spinner.

Expensive over
By the time another tweaker got to roll his arm over, the two Caribbeans of Chennai, Bravo and Jason Holder, had conceded four sixes in the space of six balls — Jadeja was again reduced to a spectator as one of Watto's three big ones went over his head — and Chris Morris had been taken for four fours in five balls by Watson.

Jadeja’s first over delayed the inevitable.

The second lasted just one ball, Binny's six making it eight out of eight for the Royals this year at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, a venue that had also been turned into a citadel during their conquest in the inaugural edition.


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