IPL 7: Jadeja spins CSK to close win vs Royals
Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant all-round display after Dwayne Smith's fine batting show as Chennai Super Kings defended a modest total to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in their IPL match on Wednesday.
Put in to bat, Chennai Super Kings lost Brendon McCullum early as he skied James Faulkner to Steven Smith, who took a superb running-back catch at mid-wicket. (All BCCI images)
As other Chennai Super Kings batsmen struggled to time the ball, Dwayne Smith continued with his good run to score a fiery fifty. He scored 50 off 28 balls, laced with 6 fours and three sixes.
Rajat Bhatia was the pick of Rajasthan Royals bowlers as he finished with 2/13. Bhatia removed in-form Suresh Raina and Mithun Manhas.
Chennai lost wickets at regular intervals and were reduced to 101 for six before Ravichnadran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja ensured the two-time champions get to a respectable total.
Ravindra Jadeja stayed calm during his 36-run knock and was involved in a crucial 39-run stand that proved vital in CSK's win.
Rajasthan Royals had a poor start to their chase. Their top order collapsed like a pack of cards. Ajinkya Rahane (5), Abhishek Nayar (15), Sanju Samson (16) and Shane Watson (7) failed miserably.
None of the Rajasthan batsmen could put up any resistance with number 10 Dhawal Kulkarni being the top scorer. Kulkarni scored 28 with the help of two fours.
Ravindra Jadeja was the main tormentor of Rajasthan batsmen with his left-arm spin bowling with figures of four for 33 in his four overs. Chasing 140 for a win, Royals were all out 133.