Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Highlights IPL

Chennai Batting

Rajasthan Batting

Rajasthan fell way short - 126 all out (Kamran didn’t bat) - Laxmipathy Balaji 3.3-21-4, Albie Morkel 4-21-2

Brilliant 100 98 by Suresh Raina. As it often happens in a T20 game, this sort of a knock takes up most of the team’s total, but Badrinath (in his first real shot at being a batsman this season) was part of a very crucial partnership after big Hayden was dismissed early. Rajasthan Royals once again relied on Yusuf Pathan to bail them out of a scrappy start and for a while it did seem like lightning would strike twice at the same ground.

Guess the Rob Quiney thing might be replaced by Tyron Henderson in the next game. Kamran Khan’s knee took him out of the game - the cynical might say the Raina assault accentuated the pain of the injury (he appeared to be carrying the injury into this game). So does Warne’s wry grin at the time of the incident make him a cynic? Anyway, it’s probably a good thing for Kamran to face this sort of an onslaught early into the IPL rather than later and there’s a good chance he’ll now seriously emerge as Warne’s trump card in future games.

Pregame: The finalists from 2008 aren’t particularly playing like that at the moment, though Rajasthan have been resurgent in recent times.