Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Highlights, Scorecard, Report

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Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Highlights, Scorecard, Report
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Chennai Super Kings moved to the top of the Indian Premier League table with a dramatic five-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.

The 2010 and 2011 champions recorded their eighth win in 10 starts as they chased down 149 to win match 37 at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

Captain Shane Watson's 51 led the Royals to 148-8 in their 20 overs but they were unable to defend their total as MS Dhoni saw CSK home with two balls to go.

Watson shared a 60-run opening partnership with Ankit Sharma (30) before becoming the first of Mohit Sharma's three victims in the 13th over.

He hit four sixes in his 36-ball innings and, although Stuart Binny hit two maximums in his 22, the lower order were unable to maintain the momentum.

Rajasthan Royals: 148-8 (20 Overs)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Ankit Sharma c Dwayne Smith b Ravichandran Ashwin 30 27 111.11 4 1
Shane Watson b Mohit Sharma 51 36 141.66 3 4
Ajinkya Rahane run out (Brendon McCullum) 4 7 57.14 0 0
Karun Nair b Samuel Badree 8 11 72.72 1 0
Stuart Binny c Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja 22 17 129.41 0 2
Steve Smith b Mohit Sharma 9 8 112.50 1 0
James Faulkner b Ravindra Jadeja 1 4 25.00 0 0
Dishant Yagnik NOT OUT 4 6 66.66 0 0
Rajat Bhatia c Dwayne Smith b Mohit Sharma 7 4 175.00 1 0
Kevon Cooper NOT OUT 0 0 0.00 0 0
EXTRAS (w 8, b 1, lb 3) 12
BOWLER O M R W ECON DOTS
Samuel Badree 4 0 19 1 4.75 15
Ishwar Pandey 3 0 18 0 6.00 9
Mohit Sharma 4 0 31 3 7.75 13
Ravichandran Ashwin 4 0 39 1 9.75 5
Ravindra Jadeja 4 0 18 2 4.50 10
Vijay Shankar 1 0 19 0 19.00 1

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CSK lost Brendon McCullum and Suresh Raina to Sharma during the powerplay but they still managed 48 in the opening six overs.

In-form Dwayne Smith missed out on his sixth half-century of the tournament but his 44 from 35 balls took Chennai to 76-3 at halfway.

The limping Faf du Plessis made 38 before being yorked by James Faulkner, which left the Super Kings needing 28 off the final 15 balls.

Ravindra Jadeja hit a six in the penultimate over to leave 13 needed off Faulkner's final over from which Dhoni hit the second ball for six before an overthrow sealed the win.

Chennai Super Kings: 149-5 (19.4 Overs)
BATSMEN RUNS BALLS SR 4S 6S
Dwayne Smith c Dishant Yagnik b Kevon Cooper 44 35 125.71 5 2
Brendon McCullum c Karun Nair b Ankit Sharma 6 3 200.00 0 1
Suresh Raina c Rajat Bhatia b Ankit Sharma 2 3 66.66 0 0
Francois du Plessis b James Faulkner 38 39 97.43 2 0
Ravichandran Ashwin b Rajat Bhatia 14 16 87.50 1 0
MS Dhoni NOT OUT 26 16 162.50 1 1
Ravindra Jadeja NOT OUT 11 6 183.33 0 1
EXTRAS (w 5, lb 3) 8
BOWLER O M R W ECON DOTS
Ankit Sharma 4 0 20 2 5.00 12
James Faulkner 3.4 0 37 1 10.09 6
Pravin Tambe 4 0 34 0 8.50 5
Kevon Cooper 4 0 25 1 6.25 8
Rajat Bhatia 4 0 30 1 7.50 6

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Both teams are strongly placed to make the play-offs with Chennai facing Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

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