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Super Kings better Royals, hold fort

Rahul Dravid’s classy half-century wasn’t good enough as Rajasthan Royals couldn’t contain Chennai Super Kings opener Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina, both making half-centuries, to give their team a comfortable eight-wicket win with eight balls to spare. The game was dominated by spinners and five of the eight wickets fell to slower bowlers. The eight-wicket win ensured Chennai remained unbeaten at home this season and visiting teams will realise that the MA Chidambaram Stadium is turning into a mini-fortress.

Dravid’s battle against Chennai’s two off-spinners, Ravichandran Ashwin and Suraj Randiv, and left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati was the highlight of the first innings. Of his 10 fours, Dravid found eight against the spinners. He scored just nine runs behind the wicket in his 66 off 51 deliveries.Of these shots, one was a boundary, a reverse sweep off Suraj Randiv’s first ball of the day in the eighth over of the innings. Randiv delivered shot and wide next and Dravid drove through the cover for consecutive boundaries. In the last ball of the same over Dravid found the mid-wicket boundary.

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