Badrinath, Hayden take Chennai to IPL summit
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Badrinath, Hayden take Chennai to IPL summit

Subramaniam Badrinath and Matthew Hayden took Chennai Super Kings to the top of the Indian Premier League table with a seven-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in this diamond mining city, reports Atreyo Mukhopadhyay.Special coverage | Listen to podcastaudio

cricket Updated: May 10, 2009 11:00 IST
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay
Atreyo Mukhopadhyay
Hindustan Times

Marius, who works in a private firm in Kimberley brought his son to the De Beers Diamond Oval to give him a taste of what the cricket carnival was like. Father and son were there for two matches although the second didn't give them the thrill that T20 or IPL promises.

Proceedings were grim from the start, in contrast with the mood in the stands where people were waiting to cut loose with drummer Sivamani. And there were others in the stands sporting the blue turbans of the Rajasthan Royals.

Kimberley had hosted matches of the 2003 World Cup but never did they come across such a cricket spectacle.

For those interested in stuff other than drums and fancy shirts, there was enough on offer in the form of Matthew Hayden versus Shane Warne. This might have happened in Victoria-Queensland games but for the less privileged, the two were enacting it once more.

The target for Hayden’s team was not steep and the Royals’ attack did not warrant especial care either. By some stroke of luck, it boiled down to a duel between two retired giants. Hayden waited for a while, played back down the pitch and in a flash of pure brilliance stepped out to hit Warne straight out of the ground. Hayden didn't last the distance but did enough to best Warne on the day even as S Badrinath applied the finishing touches to the win. Marius could go home reminding his son that he had seen something very few have.


Rajasthan Royals

G Smith st Dhoni b Muralitharan 30 (33b, 2x4), N Ojha b Morkel 0 (2b), S Asnodkar lbw b Muralitharan 26 (25b, 3x4, 1x6), R Jadeja c Raina b Balaji 27 (19b, 3x4, 1x6), Y Pathan c Oram b Jakati 7 (11b, 1x6), L Carseldine run out 9 (8b, 1x4), A Raut st Dhoni b Jakati 7 (5b, 1x6), S Warne not out 21 (11b, 2x4, 1x6), S Harwood not out 6 (7b)

Extras (lb 5, w 1, nb 1) 7.

Total (7 wickets; 20 overs) 140.

Fall of wkts: 1-1, 2-54, 3-75, 4-92, 5-100, 6-104, 7-111

Bowling: A Morkel 3-0-24-1 (1nb), S Tyagi 2-0-12-0, L Balaji 3-0-13-1, J Oram 1-0-8-0, M Muralitharan 4-0-22-2, S Jakati 4-0-35-2 (1w), S Raina 3-0-21-0.

Chennai Super Kings

M Vijay lbw Trivedi 10 (12b, 1x6), M Hayden st Ojha b Warne 48 (44b, 4x4, 1x6), S Raina c Carseldine b Singh 13 (11b, 1x4, 1x6), S Badrinath not out 59 (41b, 9x4, 1x6), J Oram not out 1 (2b)

Extras: lb-2, w-8) 10.

Total: (for 3 wkts in 18.2 ovs) 141

Fall of wkts: 1-19, 2-37, 3-126

Bowling: Y Pathan 4-0-28-0, A Singh 3-0-25-1, S Trivedi 3-0-23-1, S Harwood 2-0-22-0, S Warne 4-0-27-1, R Jadeja 2.2-0-14-0.

Result: CSK beat Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets.

First Published: May 09, 2009 19:48 IST