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Super Kings to strong for Royals to handle

The Chennai Super Kings cruised to a comfortable 63 run victory over the Rajasthan Royals to help strengthen the defending champions chances of a place in the IPL play offs.

Faced with a run chase of 197 the Royals never troubled the Super Kings as they slumped to just their 4th home defeat in the history of the Indian Premier League.

Murali Vijay played the pivotal role for the Super Kings to record a 36 ball half century to help the defending champions record a total of 196-3 on a wicket which favoured the batsman.

Vijay (53) smashed 2 four and 3 sixes to end the innings as the Super Kings top scorer after being dropped by Ajinkya Rahane having only scored 4 runs in the 4th over.

Ajinkya Rahane (52) offered the home fans some brief hope with a 33 ball half century but with no support from the rest of the top order Rahaneís resistantís wasnít enough for the Royals who were bowled out for 133.

With Rahul Dravid (20), Shane Watson (11) and Ross Taylor (6) all failing with the bat the Super Kings cruised to a comprehensive victory which seeís them move up to third in the group standings.

Michael Hussey and Vijay got the Super Kings innings off to a fantastic start thanks to an opening stand of 77 after they had been put into bat by Shane Warne.

The Royals skipper would have hoped to make an early break through, but other than a dropped catch by Rahane which reprieved Vijay the Super Kings openers were never troubled; amassing 55 runs during the opening 6 overs of fielding restrictions.

Hussey led the way with a quick fire 46 which included 8 boundaries before his leg stump was removed by Johan Botha in the 10th over to end an excellent opening stand for the visitors.

Although the home side eventfully made a break through, Warne remained frustrated as Vijay and Suresh Raina kept the Royals at bay with another big partnership of 58 for the Super Kings.

With the bowlers toiling on a batsman friendly wicket, Vijay and Raina could have remained at the crease until the end of the innings, were it not for their casual running between the wickets.

Having survived a number of run out chances their luck finally deserted them in the 15th over when Vijay was run out by Botha who knocked the stumps down from backward point to leave Vijay an inch short having jogged through for a casual single.

Any thoughts Warne had of limiting the Super Kings having dismissed Vijay quickly disappeared with the arrival at the crease of MS Dhoni, who quickly made his mark on the game by dispatching Siddharth Trivedi for a massive six over long on.

Despite losing Raina (43) in the penultimate over Dhoni (41) and Albie Morkel (5) added 17 valuable runs from the last nine deliveries to leave the Royals facing a big run chase.

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