Cullum, Jadeja shine as Chennai virtually seal playoff berth

May 11, 2015 | 11:16 AM | 71 Views

Chennai Super Kings climbed to the highest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) factors desk with a 12-run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a league match on the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday. Chasing 158, Royals have been restricted to one hundred forty five for 9 in 20 overs. CSK improved to sixteen factors from 12 matches, protecting Royals within the third spot with 14 factors after 13 games. Royals started their run-making course of sedately with openers Ajinkya Rahane (23) and Shane Watson (28). They combined warning with aggression to construct a robust platform for his or her staff. Just because it appeared they’ve settled into a pleasant rhythm Rahane departed within the sixth over dismissed by Mohit Sharma. No.3 batter Steve Smith (4) additionally did not final lengthy as Royals slumped to forty eight for 2 within the eighth over. But they acquired a much bigger jolt when Watson needed to depart, caught brilliantly by an acrobatic Dwayne Bravo at lengthy on off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja within the tenth over. Rajasthan’s state of affairs worsened eleven balls later. Jadeja struck once more to dismiss Karun Nair (10) to scale back Royals to seventy five for 4. The asking price steadily went up and Royals wanted seventy three runs off the final seven overs. But they only could not muster the large hits wanted to chase down the entire. Earlier, Brendon McCullum’s eighty one off sixty one balls lifted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to a preventing complete of 157/5. McCullum hit 4 sixes and 7 fours and joined arms with Faf du Plessis (29) for a a hundred and one-run stand in seventy six balls for the third wicket that was the driving drive behind Chennai’s aggressive rating. After electing to bat first, Chennai obtained off to a poor begin, dropping aggressive opening batsman Dwayne Smith (6) and ever-dependable Suresh Raina (3) inside 4 overs. While left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma eliminated West Indian Smith, caught by James Faulkner, left-hander Raina too provided a catch to Faulkner off pacer Chris Morris to go away the hosts in spot of hassle at 15/2. Charismatic proper-hander McCullum first tried to quiet down, ready for weak deliveries to pounce upon, like he did towards off-spinner Pravin Tambe, who received hit for 2 sixes within the sixth over. However, du Plessis ran himself out and afterwards McCullum additionally perished, providing a catch to Ankit for Morris’ second wicket. Morr is bagged his third after dismissing Pawan Negi for 2. Afterwards, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (not out 13) and Dwayne Bravo (not out 15) raised 28 runs within the ultimate 15 deliveries of the innings to take Chennai to the respectable complete. For Rajasthan, South African Morris was the most effective bowler, choosing three wickets for simply 19 runs in 4 overs.

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