7.2 that's instant revenge and Smith throws his head back! He's spliced a slower, back of a length ball down the throat of mid-off. He was trying his best to make some room to lash it quite a bit squarer than where it ended up but the ball struck him a little too high on the bat and he wasn't able to instill any power into the shot 59/2
    5.2 Smithy, you absolute sensation! Three men were hunting down that catch, it was about to land just out of reach but he dives and sticks out both hand and plucks it out of it's trajectory! It was length but Baz hit it a little too high on the bat. It was a very difficult skier somewhere beyond the circle in the midwicket region but he was quick enough and athletic enough to pull it off 35/1
    8.2 and finally the slower ball has him! It's not a short one though. Raina backed away to flay the good length offcutter through the off side and gets a thick outside edge that lobs to short third man. Kulkarni dives forward and plucks a pretty neat take 64/3
    10.1 This would have been a catch, but now it might well be a run-out. It was another legcutter and Dhoni was looking to force it down the ground. But the punch had no power in it. Bhatia dives to his right and gets the very tip of his fingers on it and luckily for Royals it strikes the stumps 71/4
    11.1 he's picked out deep square leg! Faulkner hardly had to move! Dhoni looked quite dangerous skipping down the track and he connected pretty cleanly as well. But he forgot all about the placement. A terribly soft dismissal considering the situation 74/5
    not out
    14.5 who needs pace when he can keep snapping batsmen up like that. Another leg cutter and I bet it was still well under 100ks. Manhas was looking to cut it into the gap behind point but the ball gained just a little more bounce and he steered it straight into the hands of the square fielder 101/6
    not out
    13 (lb 2, w 11)
    140/6 (20 Overs, RR: 7.0)
    Fall of wickets: 1-35 (Brendon McCullum, 5.2 ov), 2-59 (Dwayne Smith, 7.2 ov), 3-64 (Suresh Raina, 8.2 ov), 4-71 (Faf du Plessis, 10.1 ov), 5-74 (MS Dhoni, 11.1 ov), 6-101 (Mithun Manhas, 14.5 ov)
    DS Kulkarni301806.00112040
    TG Southee402706.75101110
    JP Faulkner3038112.6635110
    PV Tambe402716.75122010
    STR Binny1010110.0010100
    R Bhatia401323.25110000
    SR Watson10505.0010000
    1.3 fullish and curling in again as Nayar swings across the line. There's a big leg before appeal and the batsman has absently wandered down the pitch. McCullum swoops down on the ball from short cover and races over to the keeper's end and flicks the bails off. Terrific presence of mind from the NZ captain 10/1
    5.2 goes for the slog sweep and he's picked out the man in the deep! He had to drag a good length ball that went on with the arm, which hampers his timing and Manhas at deep square leg holds on easily 37/2
    6.5 that's two in two! Jadeja gets reward for floating it up in the air. Samson is forward and looks to clip through midwicket, closes the face too early and gets a leading edge that is pouched by the bowler himself. Punches the air and screams in triumph 44/4
    6.4 slowed it up this time and the extra flight dupes him. Watson doesn't hold back as he goes over the top again. This time it's the leading edge that gains more height than distance. Hilfy was at long-off and leaps up to hold down a pretty good catch. Think he was very worried about the rope, but it was well behind him 44/3
    10.5 right down Faf's throat at long-off. Binny chooses a very bad shot there as he looks to smite it down the ground. Gets it off the bottom of the bat, which turns in his hands, and Faf controls a simple catch 63/5
    12.6 Faf has been put at long-off and it goes straight to him! Jaddu pulled his length back a little but Smith still went after it. But he picked out the fielder. Punches his bat in disgust 75/6
    18.3 shortish again and Bhatia goes for a pull. Only succeeds in getting a top edge that soars into the night sky before settling in the hands of Ashwin in the covers 113/9
    13.3 he's nicked off! There wasn't much of an appeal from the keeper but Ishwar knew it straight away. Fullish delivery nibbling away outside off, Faulkner chases after it and gets a pretty thick edge. That's the strategic time out as well 80/7
    14.2 off stump is pegged back and Jaddu is on a roll! It was flat, it skidded off the deck and it sneaked below Southee's intended cut 85/8
    not out
    19.5 low full toss outside off, Kulkarni has thumped it down to long-on.Kulkarni has racing to retain strike, Tambe has to go for the two but he just camped at the strikers and said no. Kulkarni was the only man who could have got those runs, no matter how much Tambe explains after being out by yards 133/10
    2 (w 2)
    133 all out (19.5 Overs, RR: 6.7)
    Fall of wickets: 1-10 (Abhishek Nayar, 1.3 ov), 2-37 (Ajinkya Rahane, 5.2 ov), 3-44 (Shane Watson, 6.4 ov), 4-44 (Sanju Samson, 6.5 ov), 5-63 (Stuart Binny, 10.5 ov), 6-75 (Steven Smith, 12.6 ov), 7-80 (James Faulkner, 13.3 ov), 8-85 (Tim Southee, 14.2 ov), 9-113 (Rajat Bhatia, 18.3 ov), 10-133 (Pravin Tambe, 19.5 ov)
    BW Hilfenhaus403218.00112210
    IC Pandey412215.50143000
    R Ashwin3.502717.0490210
    RA Jadeja403348.2592200
    SK Raina20603.0060000
    MM Sharma201316.5040000

Match Details


Rajasthan Royals , elected to field first

Player Of The Match


Hours of play (local time)

18.30 start, First Session 18.30-19.45, Interval 19.45-20.05, Second Session 20.05-21.30

Match days

23 April 2014 - night match (20-over match)

Match Referee


Chennai Super Kings 2, Rajasthan Royals 0

Match Notes

  • All-round Jadeja stars in Chennai win

    Ravindra Jadeja's 4 for 33 helped Chennai defend a middling target of 141 to beat Rajasthan by seven runs in their Indian T20 league match in Dubai on Wednesday

  • Fans undeterred by fixing cloud

    Super Kings v Royals was always going to evoke bad memories of the spot-fixing scandal last year. But the bad apples didn't put off fans in Dubai, who showed up because of their love for the game

  • Faf caught faffing about

    Plays of the day from the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings, in Dubai

  • All-round Jadeja downs Royals

    On a pitch being used for the first time in the tournament, Shane Watson decided to bowl first against the strong Chennai Super Kings batting line-up



Number of hauls of three or more wickets that Jadeja has taken in his last 10 IPL games

Smith stats


Difference between Steve Smith’s average while batting first (54) and chasing (37) in the IPL



Number of times Chennai have successfully defended a score of 140 or less in the IPL (in 12 completed matches)



The number of sixes that Shane Watson has hit against CSK - the most by any player



Number of times Ashwin has now dismissed Rahane in six innings

Slow going


Rahane’s strike rate against CSK in the IPL



Number of times that Rajasthan have failed to chase a target of 141 or less in the IPL (in 16 attempts)

Sir stat


Jadeja's score in today's game - his highest in his previous 27 T20 matches

Old pals


No of matches (first class, List A and T20) that Rajat Bhatia and Mithun Manhas have played in together since 2005

Hard to hit


Pravin Tambe’s economy-rate in this IPL so far (76 runs of 12 overs)

Lean patch


Number of runs that Jadeja has scored in his last 7 T20 innings (7, 0, 0, 3, 2, 3, 7)

Fond memories


Pravin Tambe’s MoM winning figures in his only previous match against Chennai

Raina's faves


Number of runs that Raina has scored against the Royals (SR 141) – the most by any batsman against the Royals

Fast start


The difference between Dwayne Smith's SR in the Powerplay today (170) and his average SR in the Powerplay (125)