Date: 10th May 2015, 8 pm
Venue: M.A Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Toss: Chennai Super Kings, chose to bat
Result: Chennai Super Kings won by 12 runs
MOM: Ravindra Jadeja
Heart breaking loss of the Royals after a good start at M Chidambaram Stadium vs CSK.
The Chennai Super Kings climbed to the top of the Pepsi IPL 2015 standings after they defeated the Rajasthan Royals by 12 runs at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After working their way to a competitive 157-5, CSK then strangled their opponents through Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm spin, restricting them to 145 for 9.
After opting to bat on a difficult surface at the Chepauk, the Chennai Super Kings needed an unusual innings from Brendon McCullum to guide the hosts to a competitive total. On a surface where stroke-making wasn’t easy, the usually destructive McCullum persevered, fought off some trying conditions but ensured he didn’t throw his wicket away.
RR gave away 74 runs in last 6 overs which came back to haunt them and how!
Chris Morris was outstanding; on a pitch that didn’t support the quicks, Morris bowled with plenty of heart, bent his back, bowled with good pace and finished with returns of 3 for 19 which included the scalps of McCullum, Suresh Raina and Pawan Negi. The left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma, who returned to the RR lineup, picked up the wicket of Dwayne Smith and finished with figures of 1-31.
The RR openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson got the run-chase off to a steady start, accumulating 37 runs before the former top-edged a pull shot and was caught in the sixth over. MS Dhoni didn’t waste time in introducing spin into the attack; Pawan Negi was handed the ball in the seventh over and Jadeja was brought in to bowl in the seventh.
Chennai Super Kings: Brendon McCullum 81, Chris Morris 3-19
Rajasthan Royals : 145-9 in 20.0 Overs (Shane Watson 28, Ravindra Jadeja 4-11)