Chennai Super Kings beat the Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in a tight Indian Premier League match in the United Arab Emirates.
Ravindra Jadeja starred with bowling figures of 4-33 for the Super Kings, dismissing the 2008 champions for 133 to record their second victory in the space of three days.
Rajasthan, who won the toss and elected to field, restricted the men in yellow to 140-6 in their 20 overs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Chennai, the 2010 and 2011 champions, were thankful for 50 from their opener Dwayne Smith to post a respectable total.
The West Indian made his half-century off just 28 balls, with six boundaries and a trio of sixes, but wickets fell at the other end with big names Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis and skipper MS Dhoni failing to reach double figures.
That flurry of wickets saw Chennai slump to 74-5 at the start of the 12th over, but Jadeja, with 36 from 33 balls, took them close to a par total on the ground.
|Chennai: 140-6 (20 Overs)|
|Dwayne Smith||c Shane Watson b Stuart Binny||50||28||178.57||6||3|
|Brendon McCullum||c Steve Smith b James Faulkner||6||10||60.00||0||0|
|Suresh Raina||c Dhawal Kulkarni b Rajat Bhatia||4||9||44.44||0||0|
|Francois du Plessis||run out (Rajat Bhatia)||7||9||77.77||0||0|
|MS Dhoni||c James Faulkner b Pravin Tambe||5||8||62.50||0||0|
|Ravindra Jadeja||NOT OUT||36||33||109.09||2||0|
|Mithun Manhas||c Abhishek Nayar b Rajat Bhatia||10||10||100.00||1||0|
|Ravichandran Ashwin||NOT OUT||9||13||69.23||1||0|
|EXTRAS||(w 11, lb 2)||13||13|
In their reply, Rajasthan struggled for momentum but came very close to victory. They lost Abhishek Nayar to an early run out, with fellow opener Ajinkya Rahane falling for 15 in the sixth over.
It was then Jadeja started to wreak havoc. He took the wickets of Sanju Samson and Shane Watson in consecutive balls and left the Royals reeling at 44-4. He would strike twice more.
Rajat Bhatia and Dhawal Kulkarni both provided hope for the Royals, scoring 23 and 28 not out respectively, but the run out of Pravin Tambe ended Rajasthan's quest with one ball left in their innings—and seven runs short of Chennai's total.
|Rajasthan: 133 all out (19.5 overs)|
|Abhishek Nayar||run out (Brendon McCullum)||5||7||71.42||1||0|
|Ajinkya Rahane||c Mithun Manhas b Ravichandran Ashwin||15||12||125.00||2||0|
|Sanju Samson||c & b Ravindra Jadeja||16||16||100.00||0||2|
|Shane Watson||c Ben Hilfenhaus b Ravindra Jadeja||7||6||116.66||0||1|
|Stuart Binny||c Francois du Plessis b Mohit Sharma||8||11||72.72||0||0|
|Steve Smith||c Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja||19||20||95.00||1||0|
|Rajat Bhatia||c Ravichandran Ashwin b Ben Hilfenhaus||23||20||115.00||1||1|
|James Faulkner||c MS Dhoni b Ishwar Pandey||4||2||200.00||1||0|
|Tim Southee||b Ravindra Jadeja||4||4||100.00||1||0|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||NOT OUT||28||19||147.36||0||2|
|Pravin Tambe||run out (Francois du Plessis)||2||2||100.00||0||0|
Rajasthan now have just one victory from three matches and next face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday while Chennai, with two wins to their name, meet Mumbai Indians on Friday.
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