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

Lee WalkerUK Managing EditorMay 13, 2014

South Africa's captain Francois du Plessis attends a training session ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup semi-final match against India in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)
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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)
Ankit Sharmac Dwayne Smith b Ravichandran Ashwin3027111.1141
Shane Watsonb Mohit Sharma5136141.6634
Ajinkya Rahanerun out (Brendon McCullum)4757.1400
Karun Nairb Samuel Badree81172.7210
Stuart Binnyc Francois du Plessis b Ravindra Jadeja2217129.4102
Steve Smithb Mohit Sharma98112.5010
James Faulknerb Ravindra Jadeja1425.0000
Dishant YagnikNOT OUT4666.6600
Rajat Bhatiac Dwayne Smith b Mohit Sharma74175.0010
Kevon CooperNOT OUT000.0000
EXTRAS (w 8, b 1, lb 3)12
Samuel Badree401914.7515
Ishwar Pandey301806.009
Mohit Sharma403137.7513
Ravichandran Ashwin403919.755
Ravindra Jadeja401824.5010
Vijay Shankar1019019.001

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)
Dwayne Smithc Dishant Yagnik b Kevon Cooper4435125.7152
Brendon McCullumc Karun Nair b Ankit Sharma63200.0001
Suresh Rainac Rajat Bhatia b Ankit Sharma2366.6600
Francois du Plessisb James Faulkner383997.4320
Ravichandran Ashwinb Rajat Bhatia141687.5010
MS DhoniNOT OUT2616162.5011
Ravindra JadejaNOT OUT116183.3301
EXTRAS (w 5, lb 3)8
Ankit Sharma402025.0012
James Faulkner3.4037110.096
Pravin Tambe403408.505
Kevon Cooper402516.258
Rajat Bhatia403017.506

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