He, however, got out while trying to go over mid-off only managing to give a simple catch to Kulasekara.
Rahane's dismissal brought Shah in the middle -- the English recruit took seven balls to open his account before hitting Shadab Jakati over the mid-on fence to bring the second six of the innings.
Rahul Dravid, at the other end, was going nicely, hitting three boundaries and a six before his 26-run inning was cut short by Jakati.
With the scorecard reading two for 50 at the end of eighth over, the onus was again on Shah to take his team to a respectable total.
Shah, in the company of Menaria, stitched a 92-run third-wicket partnership off just 65 balls to help the visitors post a modest total. After a sedate start both the batsmen opened up. Menaria, in particular, was lucky to survive the initial few balls from Ashwin.
Shah carried on his good work with yet another substantial knock, which helped his side to a respectable total, but not quite an imposing one.
Image: Rajasthan Royals batsman Ajinkya Rahane hits a four during the IPL Twenty20 cricket match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at The M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on April 21, 2012.