Match: 32nd T20
Date: April 3, 2010
Toss: Chennai Super Kings elected to bat
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 23 runs
Chennai Super Kings won the toss today and elected to bat first. They got to a flying start with Hayden and Murli Vijay taking the team score to 62 before Hayden got out. But M Vijay was at his playing best today. He hammered every bowler off the park and got on to score 127 runs off just 56 balls. Vijay along with Albie Morkel propelled the Chennai Super Kings innings with a partnership off 152. They took the team past 200 run mark and helped CSK post a huge total of 246/5 in allotted 20 overs.
Rajasthan Royals had to chase a huge total of 247 to win and they got to the start which was needed for such a huge run chase. Lumb and Ojha scored 69 runs in 7.2 overs before Lumb got out. Soon the star for Rajasthan Royals Yusuf Pathan, also got out but Ojha and Watson played superbly and kept the run chase alive. Both completed the half centuries and took the team score past 150. Ojha and Watson were hitting the ball out of park, particularly Watson who had a strike rate in access of 240 and it looked that 247 would be easily chased if they got going. But then CSK got a major relief with the wicket of Watson. After 16 overs they were 183/3 still requiring another 64 off just 24 balls. With the fall of Watson, Rajasthan Royals were eventually out of the race though Ojha tried his level best and scored a brilliant 94 not out but the required run rate was sky high and thus Rajasthan Royals could score 223 runs in 20 overs and thus lost the match by 23 runs.
Overall an excellent game of cricket with both sides playing superbly but CSK just were one step ahead.