Hussey Drives Chennai To Fifth IPL Home Win
Chennai Super Kings149-2 (Hussey 79no) beat
Rajasthan Royals 147-6 (Dravid 66) by 8 wickets
Indian Premier League 2011, Chennai
The Chennai Super Kings made it five straight home wins in the Indian Premier League 2011 with an eight-wicket win over the Rajasthan Royals.
They chased down 149 for two with Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina scoring half-centuries after restricting the Royals to 147 for six.
This was, however, a game the Royals could, and perhaps should, have won, given they raced to 86 in just ten overs before collapsing to hand the initiative to the reigning champions.
Rahul Dravid (66 in 51 balls) and Shane Watson (33) led the charge before Chennai's slow bowlers brought them back into the game.
Off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Suraj Randiv took a wicket apiece while Shadab Jakati dismissed both Watson and Johan Botha for eight.
Murali Vijay was then trapped in front by Botha for five but Hussey, unbeaten on 79 in 55 balls, and Raina, who made 61 in 51 balls, then took Chennai to the brink of victory.
Hussey hit eight fours and a six and Raina was dismissed when he was caught by Botha off Siddharth Trivedi but the game by then was long since won and the Super Kings eventually got home with eight balls to spare.
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