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Tanvir bowls Rajasthan to victory
May 04, 2008 23:02 IST
Last Updated: May 05, 2008 00:21 IST
Rajasthan Royals scored a comprehensive eight-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in their Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Sunday and moved into the top of the table.
Needing just 110 to win, the Rajasthan team reached the target for the loss of only two wickets and with 5.4 overs (34 balls) to spare.
The win was the Shane Warne [Images] led team's fifth straight after their opening loss at the hands of Delhi. The Chennai team, meanwhile, suffered their second straight reverse, after the loss against Delhi in their last match, after winning their first four matches.
South African captain Graeme Smith [Images] (35 not out) and Swapnil Asnodkar (32) put on 78 runs for the opening wicket to put the result beyond doubt, if any.
Earlier, a sensational best ever bowling spell of Twenty20 cricket by Pakistani left-arm pacer Sohail Tanvir (6/14) helped Rajasthan Royals skittle Chennai Super Kings for a paltry 109.
Tanvir's unbelievable 4-0-14-6 figure was also the best of the IPL so far.
He was ably supported by Munaf Patel [Images] (2 for 16), Shane Watson (1 for 19) and captain Shane Warne (1 for 29) in completely destroying the Super Kings batsmen after their captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni [Images] won the toss and elected to bat.
Tanvir started on a sensational note removing Parthiv Patel (0) LBW from his first ball with the visiting opener plumbed in front of wicket failing to fend off a delivery which swung in after pitching at the off stump.
The Pakistani pacer then castled New Zealander Stephen Fleming [Images] for a duck for another LBW verdict to send both the Super Kings opener back to the hut in the very first over of their innings with scoreboard reading 1 run for two wickets.
Tanvir, who swung the ball both ways, did not stop there and he had S Vidyut in the third over caught out Shane Watson for five to send the visitors reeling at 11 for three and end his own opening spell of two overs with an unbelievable 2-0-2-3.
He returned for the second spell in the 17th over from the first ball of which he sent Super Kings top scorer Albie Morkel' (42) stumps cart-wheeling to end a 44-run sixth wicket partnership -- highest for the Chennai side -- with Suresh Raina (27).