Dhoni guides Super Kings to clinical win

May 14, 2014 - 8:06:40 am
Faf du Plessis of Chennai Super Kings plays a pull shot during the Indian Premier League match against Rajasthan Royals in Ranchi, yesterday. Chennai Super Kings won by five wickets.

Ranchi: Chennai Super Kings jumped to the top of the table with a fine five-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the JSCA International Stadium Complex here yesterday.

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni again took the team home safely with an unbeaten 26 off 16 balls along with Ravindra Jadeja (11 not out) as Chennai Super Kings achieved the target of 149 with two balls to spare and five wickets in hand.

Though Super Kings lost two quick wickets of Brendan McCullum (6) and Suresh Raina (2) inside five overs, Dwayne Smith (44) and Faf du Plesis (38) kept the Super Kings on track with their valuable knocks. Both McCullum and Raina were removed by left-arm spinner Ankit Sharma.

Smith was the aggressive one as he struck five fours and two sixes in his 35-ball innings while Du Plesis, was happy giving the strike to his West Indian team mate. The duo added 35 runs for the third wicket before Smith fell tamely. Ravichandran Ashwin took 16 balls for his 14 and was castled by Rajat Bhatia while Du Plesis had his stumps rattled by James Faulkner.

With Du Plesis back in the dug out, Super Kings were 121 for five in 17.3 overs. They needed another 28 runs in 15 balls. Dhoni made it look simple and finished off the job with ease. He struck a four and a six in his 16-ball innings and got good support from Jadeja to take the team through. IANS

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