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IPL desk in Mumbai 11 May 2012 - 01:06am IST

Report: Match 56 – RR v CSK

Hilfenhaus helps CSK register four-wicket win against RR in Jaipur

The Rajasthan Royals and the Chennai Super Kings were in a close battle on the points table as they went into their match against each other at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. The visitors, who have made a habit of playing out last-over thrillers, produced yet an exciting performance to scratch home with four wickets in hand. With this win, CSK keep their playoff hopes alive with 13 points in as many matches.

The victory was scripted by Albie Morkel and Srikkanth Anirudha, who put up 43 runs in 12 balls to snatch the win with 11 deliveries to spare. Both the men finished with 18 unbeaten runs off six balls. For RR, Pankaj Singh and Shane Watson went for 17 runs each in the 17th and 18th overs respectively.

The hosts, however, showed tremendous fight while attempting to defend 126. Watson drew first blood in the opening over itself to castle Murali Vijay (0) with a peach of a delivery that left the batsman completely clueless; he conceded just a run in that over.

When Suresh Raina walked out to bat, Dravid had two slips in place with Pankaj Singh bowling. In the next over, which was bowled by Shaun Tait, he added a man at forward short leg in a show of aggression. The move almost paid off when an edge off Michael Hussey’s bat fell just short of first slip. Tait missed his fellow Australian’s stumps by a whisker on one occasion and caught him in the crease on the other. Despite bowling three wides, Tait gave away only five runs in that over.

Raina looked in good touch, playing three wonderfully timed cover drives early in his innings. However, a fine catch by Ajinkya Rahane at extra cover ended his knock at 23. Dwayne Bravo’s (10) wicket soon followed and so did Hussey’s (19). Suddenly, CSK were in trouble at 61 for four in the 13th over.

The Royals had got a sniff of blood and they went for the kill. Their bowlers maintained the stranglehold, denying MS Dhoni (10) and Ravindra Jadeja (16) easy boundaries. The pressure kept building and CSK lost both batsmen in successive overs. However, Morkel and Anirudha saw the visitors home in 18.1 overs.

Earlier, the overcast conditions in Jaipur led to Dhoni electing to bowl first. The heavens opened up again, making it difficult for the batsmen to cope with constant intermittent breaks along with the testing conditions. Ben Hilfenhaus made the most of it by getting rid of Rahul Dravid (4) and Shane Watson (5) cheaply. Dravid holed out playing across the line and Watson fell to a brilliant catch by R Ashwin at third-man. After four overs of seam bowling in helpful conditions, Hlifenhaus had figures of two for eight against his name. Yo Mahesh then scalped Ajinkya Rahane (17) to leave RR in tatters at 42 for three, when weather interrupted again in the ninth over.

After resumption, RR lost Stuart Binny, who made 27 off 18 balls. Brad Hodge (38) rallied on, before Ashwin trapped him lbw. At the end of their 20 overs, RR ended with a score of 126 for six. Yo Mahesh played a perfect support role to Hilfenhaus, picking up two wickets for 21 runs in his four overs.

Scorecard:

Man-of-the-Match: Ben Hilfenhaus for returning with match-winning bowling figures of 4-1-8-2

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