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Dwayne Smith scored a quickfire half-century to provide Chennai Super Kings a brisk start © IANS


Ravindra Jadeja produced a brilliant all-round display after Dwayne Smith‘s fine batting show as Chennai Super Kings defended a modest total to beat Rajasthan Royals by seven runs in their IPL match. Put into bat, Chennai scored 140 for six, thanks mainly to opener Smith’s 28-ball 50 and Jadeja’s crucial 36 not out lower down the order and then shot Rajasthan out for 133 in 19.5 overs at Dubai International Cricket Stadium to post their second consecutive win in the tournament.


Number 10 batsman, Dhawal Kulkarni, who top-scored for Rajasthan with an unbeaten 28 from 19 balls, threatened to take Rajasthan to an unlikely win by hitting a huge six in the final over to take his side to within nine runs from the last two balls. But, the number 11 batsman Pravin Tambe (2) was run out in the penultimate delivery to end the match.


Jadeja was the main tormentor of Rajasthan batsmen with his left-arm spin bowling with figures of four for 33 in his four overs, including two crucial wickets — that of captain Shane Watson (7) and Sanju Samson (16) — from consecutive balls in the seventh over.


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