Dubai, April 23 :
Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium here Wednesday.
Put in to bat, Super Kings kept losing wickets at regular intervals right from the start. It was only opener Dwayne Smith who blazed through the Royals bowling attack with the highest score of the match, hitting 50 off only 28 balls which included six superb boundaries and three sixes.
After West Indian Smith got out it was only Jadeja late down in the order, who scored an unbeaten 36 off 33 deliveries including two boundaries to help his team reach a respectable total.
The Royals’ all-rounder Rajat Bhatia was the pick of the bowlers taking 2/13 from his four overs while James Faulkner, Pravin Tambe and Stuart Binny clinched a wicket each.
In reply, the Shane Watson-led Royals never got off to a start as they lost wickets regularly. The Super Kings’ bowlers also kept the run rate in check, not allowing the 2008 edition champions to score at a fast pace.
The Royals’ batting performance was so poor that the highest score of the innings came from No.10 batsman Dhawal Kulkarni, who remained unbeaten at 28.
Man of the match Jadeja was the key for the Chennai-based team during their bowling.
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 140/6 in 20 overs (Dwayne Smith 50, Ravindra Jadeja 36 not out, Mithun Manhas 10; Rajat Bhatia 2/13, Stuart Binny 1/10, Pravin Tambe 1/27) beat Rajasthan Royals 133 in 19.5 overs (Dhawal Kulkani 28 not out, Rajat Bhatia 1/23, Steven Smith 19; Ravindra Jadeja 4/33, Mohit Sharma 1/13, Ishwar Pandey 1/22).