From the Pavilion
One or two run out here and there, mis-fielding, a few lose deliveries and it was Dwayne Bravo who hit that 6 in the final over to seal things in the home side's favour in the end. Chennai now top table.
Suresh Raina matched Michael Hussey shot-to-shot as the two Chennai left handers shared a crucial 90-run stand for the second wicket to keep their team on track in their chase. Raina reached his 15th fifty, while, Hussey struck his 9th half-century.
Mike Hussey, Chennai's most successful batsman this season looks in complete control of the 186-run chase already, despite losing opening partner Murali Vijay early. Hussey hit 4 fours and a six inside the first five overs to help CSK keep abreast with the asking rate of 9 an over.
Rajasthan Royals batsman Shane Watson and Rahul Dravid safely negotiated Chennai Super Kings' ace spinner Ravi Ashwin, who completed a brilliant spell of bowling, giving away 20 runs in his 4-over spell. Ashwin so far has looked the best of all the Chennai bowlers.
R Ashwin got the better of Rajasthan opener Ajinkya Rahane when his off-break took uncanny bounce and the batsman could only parry it onto the stumps.
Shane Watson struck his 10th half-century in IPL history for the Rajasthan Royals to help his side reach 71 in 7 overs with no loss.
Hosts Chennai Super Kings have made just one change to their XI, giving tall Barbados pacer Jason Holder an IPL debut. Albie Morkel sits out due to injury.
The Rajasthan Royals have made two changes to their playing eleven with Rahul Shukla and Kevon Cooper back in place of S Sreesanth and Shaun Tait.
Did you know?
Chennai Super Kings' Murali Vijay is averaging 22.61 at the IPL 2013 - 294 runs in 14 innings, including two fifties. Vijay's overall IPL record is also below average, aggregating 1582 (ave.26.81) in 63 matches. On May 21, Mumbai Indians' left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha failed to take a wicket but his tally of 18 wickets at an average of 14.00 in 12 matches is the highest by any bowler against Chennai at the IPL.
Bookie Jitender Singh, alias Jeetu (38), who was arrested from Ahmedabad on Friday, also claimed he tried to strike deals with some players of 'Uva', a team in Sri Lankan Premier League, but was not successful, they said.
Pos. P W NR L NRR Pts.
16 11 0 5 +0.530 22
16 11 0 5 +0.441 22
16 10 0 6 +0.322 20
16 10 0 6 +0.003 20
16 9 0 7 +0.457 18
16 8 0 8 +0.226 16
16 6 0 10 -0.095 12
16 4 0 12 -1.006 8
16 3 0 13 -0.848 6