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Put in to bat the MS Dhoni-led side were given a good start byMichael Hussey and Murali Vijay with a 83-run opening stand but the visitors couldn’t capitalise on it until a late onslaught by Dwayne Bravo helped them put a respectable total on the board. While defending 141 runs the visitors had the home team precariously placed at four for 45 but, Shane Watson and Stuart Binnytook the game away with some exciting batting. However, the loss did not affect the standings of the team in the points table.
While speaking to IPLT20.com, Vijay who notched up his second fifty of the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013, lauded Watson’s match winning performance. Reflecting on the loss he added that the opening stand is one of the positives that they would be taking from the game as they head into the business end of the tournament.
Excerpts from the interview:
On CSK continuing to be at the top of the points table despite the loss with one more home game to go
Yes, that is what really matters at the moment. We are comfortably placed in the points table but we don’t want to take anything for granted. So, the next game is going to be much more important for us. We are just looking forward to it.
On getting his second half-century of the season and being back amongst runs
This game is like that. On some days it is yours and on some days it is not yours. So obviously you have to be consistent and I am just working on that. The main thing is that I am batting well and that is more important for me than getting runs. I know that if I keep hitting the ball well runs will come automatically.
What it felt like batting at the SMS stadium
There was a zip in the wicket, it was not that easy for shot making and actually you have to give credit to (Shane) Watson for the way he played.
On fancying their chances when RR were four for 45
He (Watson) is a world class player and on his day nobody can stop him. He played well on Sunday. Hopefully the next time we turn up we will put up a better show.
On whether Bravo’s cameo helped make a match of the game
Absolutely, because it was difficult for a batsman to just go in and get three boundaries like that. It was unbelievable. He is a key player in our team. He has done his part.
On the positives that they will take from the game
Obviously our batting! We batted really well at the start. That was a concern early on. Now it is like everybody is getting runs, so that is a good sign for CSK.
On CSK’s superb fielding
We take pride on that aspect of the game. Everybody puts in their hard yards at the training session so it is coming good. Hopefully we can put up a better show in the next game.
100: Percent - Rajasthan Royals’ record of winning at home (eight out of eight) and also winning while chasing (seven out of seven).
93: Runs added by Shane Watson and Stuart Binny – highest fifth wicket partnership against Chennai Super Kings in IPL. Gautam Gambhir and Mithun Manhas had added 75 runs in an unbroken partnership for Delhi Daredevils at Chennai in 2010.
85.71: Percent of Watson’s runs came in boundaries only (six fours and six sixes – 60 runs in boundaries out of 70). Only Sanath Jayasuriya managed a higher boundary percentage (89.47) against Chennai Super Kings in an innings of 50 or more (Deccan Chargers’ Sunny Sohal also had a boundary percentage of 85.71 against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai in 2011).
25: Balls taken by Shane Watson to reach his fifty - fastest for Rajasthan Royals in IPL2013. Incidentally Watson himself held the previous record with a 29-ball fifty also against Chennai Super Kings at Chennai.
24: Rajasthan Royals’ score in the first six overs – their lowest in IPL2013. They had made 30 for 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad at Jaipur.
23: Runs conceded by R Ashwin in his first over – most expensive over by a CSK bowler in IPL2013.
2: Number of times Shane Watson has hit 6 sixes in a match against Chennai Super Kings. He had also hit the same number of sixes in the earlier game against them at Chennai. Watson now joins Chris Gayle in hitting six sixes on two occasions against Chennai Super Kings.
1: Chennai Super Kings lost their first game while defending a target in IPL2013. They won five such previous games.
0: Not a single six was hit in Chennai Super Kings’ innings – first such instance for them in IPL2013.