Ben Stokes' 46 helped Rajasthan Royals to come close to Chennai Super Kings' 175, but the individual effort was never enough to help the side secure their first win of the twelfth edition as they lost by mere 8 runs margin at M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Rajasthan needs to find the art to finish the games if they are eyeing for a playoffs spot. Chennai, on the other hand, has registered their third win on the trot to become the table toppers. SCORECARD
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RESULT: Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs (MS Dhoni 75, Jofra Archer 2/17)
WICKET: Dwayne Bravo sends dangerous Stokes back to the pavilion. He is so close to finishing the game for Rajasthan Royals!
Ben Stokes is making Rajasthan Royals believe! Another SIX! 15 needed off 8 balls!
Can we witness something special here? 38 required off 17 balls!
WICKET: Suresh Raina pulls off a blinder there. Another wicket down for Rajasthan Royals! Such has been the story for this team! Gowtham OUT!
Chennai Super Kings is right on top here. Rajasthan Royals' half side is back to the pavilion and it wouldn't be wrong to say that all at sea. After 15 overs, it's 111/5.
WICKET: A low full toss and Steve Smith get the toe of the bat. Rajasthan now 5 down.
Steve Smith and Ben Stokes are trying to take the game as deep as possible. Ticking ones and twos in Imran Tahir's over to target other bowlers. The required run rate touched 11 now. After 12 overs, it's 87/4.
WICKET: Imran Tahir tossed the ball up and Rahul Tripathi tried to flick the ball onto the on the side, gets a top-edge in return and straight to the bowler. Caught and Bowled!
After 9 overs, the match is very well poised with Tripathi and Smith trying to rebuild Rajasthan Royals' innings. However, this remains to be seen if they can continue this run and help the team to register their first victory. It's 72/3.
The powerplay belongs to Chennai Super Kings. For Rajasthan, they need more overs like one of Mitchell Santner. With Steve Smith still at the crease, Rajasthan Royals would be aiming for something dramatic! After 6 overs, it's 45/3.
Rajasthan Royals are off to a depressing start! Chasing 175, they needed a partnership or two up front. But they have lost three wickets in less than 4 overs. This remains to be seen if they can make any sort of comeback here. After 4 overs, it's 24/3.
Four sixes in the last over, three came from MS Dhoni's bat. What a man! What a player! Senses the conditions so well, and targets his bowlers. Went after Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni, eventually finishing at 175/5 in 20 overs.
WICKET: Jofra Archer bowls a short of a length delivery and Bravo just couldn't time it. Another wicket down!
Back to back sixes for DJ Bravo. Momentum shifting Chennai Super Kings way. Dhawal a little expensive here. After 18 overs, it's 139/4.
The runs are just not coming for Chennai Super Kings here. The way the team is going here, they will finish less than 140. After 17.1 it's 116/4.
WICKET: Finally some respite for Jaydev Unadkat! His expressions say it all. Big wicket for Rajasthan Royals! Raina departs! After 14 overs, it's 88/4.
Jaydev Unadkat has been once again expensive! Dhoni and Raina have started to see the ball nicely as they are hammering opposition bowlers all-around the ground.
A superb comeback by Chennai Super Kings here. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina are looking good to finish between 140-150.
Experience is working for Chennai Super Kings here. They lost three quick wickets here, but Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are playing as per the requirement. Runs are coming for CSK. After 10 overs, it's 55/3.
A boundary after a long time for Chennai Super Kings! Came from Raina's bat!
The powerplay belongs to Rajasthan Royals. They have assessed the conditions well and have come into this game with some plans. Chennai has lost two wickets in quick succession. After 7 overs, it's 34/3.
WICKET: Another wicket down! Jadhav tried to play away from his body but gets an edge and went straight to the keeper. Chennai under serious trouble!
WICKET: Watson has to go back! Short of a length delivery from Stokes, Watson tried to play over the third man fielder but went straight into the hands of Archer.
WICKET: Just a slight nip and through to the keeper. First wicket down for Chennai Super Kings. Ambati Rayudu OUT!
Just a small niggle for Ambati Rayudu here. Further, Chennai Super Kings is off to a cautious start. After 1.4 overs, it's 1/0.
Dhawal Kulkarni bowls the first over for Rajasthan Royals! Super seam delivery to start with! Rayudu off the mark on the second delivery!
Okay, so it's time for last hurdle meeting as Watson and Rayudu start to occupy their respective spot. The stadium is coloured yellow with almost everyone wearing yellow jerseys. Can they deliver again?
Rajasthan Royals is playing with the same team as they played against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, has made one change, bringing Santner in place of Harbhajan.
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler(w), Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w/c), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir
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Hello and a warm welcome! We are all set to witness the second game at M.A Chidambaram Stadium as Chennai Super Kings host Rajasthan Royals for a Sunday night blockbuster. Will Chennai go three up or Rajasthan will open their account? - Let's find out!