Tanveer devastates Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals opening bowler Sohail Tanveer devastated the Chennai Super Kings with the best ever figures in any official form of twenty20 cricket in their Indian Premier League match in Jaipur on Sunday.
Chennai could only muster 109 all out, and they got that far thanks to Albie Morkel, who bashed a defiant 42 off 33 balls.
The Rajasthan attack was spearheaded by Pakistani Tanveer, who got rid of the Chennai top-order in his first two overs and went on to take a phenomenal six for 14.
Parthiv Patel and Stephen Fleming were both struck on the front pad by booming inswingers and dismissed lbw for ducks in the first over and Tanveer then had Sivaramakrishnan Vidyut caught at slip in his second over to leave Chennai on 11 for three.
Suresh Raina and Subramaniam Badrinath were starting to put together a telling stand when Shane Watson, who had used a few short deliveries to good effect, caught Badrinath in no position to pull and accepted a simple return catch. The Tamil Nadu captain scored 15 in 14 balls and put on 27 in three overs with Raina.
The Lion of Bihar, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, then came in but was battling to play the right line to Shane Warne's classic leg-breaks and lasted just five balls before edging a catch to Graeme Smith at slip.
Rajasthan had to wait nearly seven overs for their next wicket though as Morkel showed what an outstanding striker of the ball he is. The highlight of the left-hander's impressive innings was when he hit Warne for two fours and a six in his last over.
Munaf Patel removed Raina, for a run-a-ball 27, and Joginder Sharma (0) in the 15th over, both thanks to good outfield catches by Tanveer.
The man with the awkward action then returned to burst through the tail, taking the telling wicket of Morkel with his first ball back.
Muttiah Muralitharan (0) fell in the same over and the record sixth wicket would come with Tanveer's final delivery, as he bowled Makhaya Ntini.
Ntini had put some late runs in the book with his 11 off 12 balls, ensuring Tanveer's record would stand as six for 14 and not six for a handful.
Munaf (two for 16) and Watson (one for 19) also excelled for Rajasthan in their four-over spells.