While Royals continue to rise, it's up to Mumbai to arrest their fall. Over to the other game now. Ciao ciao.

"It's nice to be back with Royals," Watson says. "Chennai is a great team, so it was a good win against them.The pitch was a little bit slow and little bit dry, but we summed up the conditions pretty quickly and the bowlers bowled well to give ourselves the best chance. Chris Morris bowled very well. Dwayne Bravo played a brilliant innings. But I am very proud of the way we played today. We are getting better every year. The people we have brought in this year complement the team and we continue to learn."

Ajinkya Rahane is the Man of the Match. He is the leading run-getter in this IPL now. He talks about playing his natural game, making the most of the form and enjoying cricket.

Shane Watson gets an award for hitting the most sixes and Pravin Tambe gets another award for picking up the wicket of Brendon McCullum.

"We are playing well through the tournament, but i thought this was a perfect game," says Dravid. "Chennai is a big side and I am very glad with the performance. To restrict them to less than 160 was incredible from the bowlers."

"It was an off day for us," Dhoni says. "When I went to bat, I ate up a lot of deliveries. It was quite a good wicket, under the light, it gets slightly better. It played how we thought it would play. It was a back-to-back game for us after Mumbai, and the heat could have been a factor (behind the flat display) but we have to come back. Bravo released a lot of pressure of me. IF he can play like this, I can play somewhere else in the batting order. With Jadeja and Ashwin to follow, it gives our batting potency."

7.15 pm So Rajasthan Royals keep their slate clean with their fifth win in a row. It ends Chennai Super Kings unbeaten run as well. What a game it has been for Shane Watson.. Coming back from injury, it seemed his inclusion could disturb an already settled combination, but he has made superb impact. Along with Rahane, he added a record144 runs for the opening wicket. At one stage it seemed they would complete a 10-wicket win.. But they were never really hurried in their chase. Chennai Super Kings appeared a bit flat in their bowling attack, or maybe it was the calm batting from Rahane and Watson that made it look that way. A flat game for Super Kings, who, apart from Bravo's fifty in the first innings, didn't have much to smile about.

Bravo to Nair, 1 run, another slower delivery and Karun whips it to square leg to complete a comprehensive win

No Faulkner. Karun Nair comes in to hit the winning run

Bravo to Smith, OUT, No he will not! This is a slower ball and what does Smith do? he chips it straight back at the bowler. Will it be Faulkner then?

SPD Smith c & b Bravo 6 (8m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

So Smith it will be to hit the winning runs..

18 | 9 Runs | RR: 156/1 (1 run required from 12 balls, RR: 8.66, RRR: 0.50)

  • Steven Smith6 (6b)
  • Ajinkya Rahane76 (55b)
  • Mohit Sharma4-0-33-0
  • Ravindra Jadeja4-0-29-1
Sharma to Smith, 1 run, short delivery this time and Smith slaps it straight to short fine leg for a single.
Sharma to Smith, 2 runs, fuller on the off, Smith eases it down to long-off. The throw comes in from the deep, hits the stumps and ricochets away, allowing an extra run
Sharma to Rahane, 1 run, length delivery outside off, Rahane gets hurried as this is the quicker one, dragged down to long on
Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, slower bouncer this time, Rahane has seen that coming and he ramps it from the right of Dhoni was a couple to third man
Sharma to Rahane, 2 runs, fires a good, fast yorker that Rahane digs out to cover.. Raina picks it up and aims at the non-stirker's but misses and gives away an overthrow
Sharma to Smith, 1 run, length delivery outside off and Smith hammers it to the leg side, a diving save at midwicket from the fielding Smith prevents a certain boundary

17 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | RR: 147/1 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.64, RRR: 3.33)

  • Ajinkya Rahane71 (52b)
  • Steven Smith2 (3b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja4-0-29-1
  • Mohit Sharma3-0-24-0
Jadeja to Rahane, no run, pushed through on the stumps, the batsman defends it down the pitch
Jadeja to Smith, 1 run, steps out of the crease and punches the length ball down to long off
Jadeja to Rahane, 1 run, he comes forward to play a defensive shot towards backward point but Smith wants a single and completes it easily

Firing together


Number of times both Royals openers have made 70+ scores. This has only happened twice previously in the IPL.

Thrifty in loss


Extras conceded by Super Kings in this match, the fewest for them in the IPL.

chart topper


Runs scored by Ajinkya Rahane this IPL, by far the most for any player.

Success up front


Number of century opening stands for Rajasthan Royals in the IPL, more than any other team.

Royals chasing Kings


Number of times Royals have scored 150+ in a successful IPL chase. They could equal Super Kings today (17 times).

Sweet 15, Not


Runs scored by Super Kings' at the end of 15 overs, their lowest in 4 games this IPL.

Sweet and Sour


CSK's average Powerplay score this IPL, the highest for any team. However, they only scored 39 today.



Brendon McCullum's IPL strike rate excluding his 2 hundreds, similar to that of Pandey, Badrinath and Dravid.

Royal Snub for McCullum


Brendon McCullum's batting average in 8 innings against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League.

Kings trump Royals


Super Kings' win-loss record against Royals in the Indian Premier League.