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#IPL Match 47: Jadeja, McCullum take Chennai back to the top

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The Chennai Super Kings' ability to protect small totals continues to impress with the multiple time Indian Premier League champions moving back to the top of the IPL standings, beating rivals Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs in a crucial encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk.

The Chennai Super Kings won an important toss on a used pitch and had absolutely no hesitation in choosing to bat first. Chennai lost Dwayne Smith (6) and Suresh Raina (3) early in the contest, but Kiwi superstar Brendon McCullum batted through the bulk of the overs, making a crucial 81 from just 61 balls to guide Chennai to a respectable total of 157-5.

McCullum got some decent support from Faf du Plessis, who made a steady 29 from 25 balls before MS Dhoni (13* from 7 balls) and Dwayne Bravo (15* from 8 balls) provided a late push to take Chennai past 150.

The Royals in contrast got off to a decent start with Ajinkya Rahane making a quickfire 23 from 17 before falling to his international teammate Mohit Sharma. Rahane's opening partner Shane Watson though struggled to find his timing out in the middle, and made a slow 28 from 30 balls, far from ideal in a 20 over contest.

Ravindra Jadeja, who has barely had a bowl in the IPL this season, suddenly hit peak form, running through the Rajasthan middle order, taking an incredible 4-11 from his 4 overs to put Chennai firmly in the driver's seat.

With Jadeja giving nothing away, the asking rate kept climbing, and the Rajasthan batsmen were forced to throw their bats around from the other end with Mohit Sharma and Dwayne Bravo benefiting, sharing 5 wickets between.

The Rajasthan Royals got some decent contributions from their batsmen with Karun Nair (10), Deepak Hooda (15), Sanju Samson (26), James Faulkner (16) and Chris Morris (16*) also getting into double figures, but crucially no one took responsibility to hold one end up and bat through till the end with wickets often falling in pairs, forcing the rebuilding process to start again.

Chennai had a massive 27 runs to defend from the final over, and breezed over the line despite dropping a few catches during their time in the field.

The win takes Chennai back to the top of the IPL standings with 16 points from 12 games, while Rajasthan's 14 points from 13 games is no longer looking secure. The Royals could well need maximum points when they take on an in-form Kolkata Knight Riders side at the Brabourne Stadium next Saturday.

Teams:

Chennai Super Kings: Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Pawan Negi, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Steven Smith (c), Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, James Faulkner, Rajat Bhatia, Sanju Samson (wk), Chris Morris, Ankit Sharma, Pravin Tambe

Mini Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 157/5 (20 overs, 7.85rpo)

B McCullum 81 (61) C Morris 3-19 (4)

F du Plessis 29 (25) A Sharma 1-31 (4)

Rajasthan Royals 145/9 (20 overs, 7.25rpo)

S Watson 28 (30) R Jadeja 4-11 (4)

S Sampson 26 (17) M Sharma 3-25 (4)

Chennai Super Kings win by 12 runs