Rajasthan Royals vs. Chennai Super Kings: Video Highlights, Scorecard, Report

Lee Walker@@Lee_BleacherRUK Managing EditorApril 23, 2014

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 25: Ravindra Jadeja of India looks on during the One Day International match between New Zealand and India at Eden Park on January 25, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)
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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 Smithc Shane Watson b Stuart Binny5028178.5763
Brendon McCullumc Steve Smith b James Faulkner61060.0000
Suresh Rainac Dhawal Kulkarni b Rajat Bhatia4944.4400
Francois du Plessisrun out (Rajat Bhatia)7977.7700
MS Dhonic James Faulkner b Pravin Tambe5862.5000
Ravindra JadejaNOT OUT3633109.0920
Mithun Manhasc Abhishek Nayar b Rajat Bhatia1010100.0010
Ravichandran AshwinNOT OUT91369.2310
EXTRAS (w 11, lb 2)1313
Dhawal Kulkarni301806.0011
Tim Southee402706.7510
James Faulkner3038112.662
Pravin Tambe402716.7512
Stuart Binny1010110.001
Rajat Bhatia401323.2511
Shane Watson10505.001

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 Nayarrun out (Brendon McCullum)5771.4210
Ajinkya Rahanec Mithun Manhas b Ravichandran Ashwin1512125.0020
Sanju Samsonc & b Ravindra Jadeja1616100.0002
Shane Watsonc Ben Hilfenhaus b Ravindra Jadeja76116.6601
Stuart Binnyc Francois du Plessis b Mohit Sharma81172.7200
Steve Smithc Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja192095.0010
Rajat Bhatiac Ravichandran Ashwin b Ben Hilfenhaus2320115.0011
James Faulknerc MS Dhoni b Ishwar Pandey42200.0010
Tim Southeeb Ravindra Jadeja44100.0010
Dhawal KulkarniNOT OUT2819147.3602
Pravin Tamberun out (Francois du Plessis)22100.0000
Ben Hilfenhaus43218.0011
Ishwar Pandey42215.5014
Ravichandran Ashwin3.52717.049
Ravindra Jadeja43348.259
Suresh Raina2603.006
Mohit Sharma21316.504

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.