Team Chennai, led by MS Dhoni, registered their third win on the trot in the 12th edition of the IPL at home, following victory by a margin of 8 runs against Rajasthan, led by Ajinkya Rahane.
Here are the highlights:
# Chennai win by 8 runs and continue to maintain their winning run in IPL 2019!
# Jaydev Unandkat is the next batsman in!
# Wicket! Gopal attempts to go for a big hit off a length delivery but fails to direct the shot effectively, handing a catch to Imran Tahir at third man!
# Need 10 runs off two deliveries with Shreyas Gopal on strike!
# Need 11 runs off three deliveries!
# Need 12 runs off five deliveries!
# Shreyas Gopal is the new man in!
# Wicket! Bravo strikes off the first delivery of the over with a full delivery which Stokes looks to muscle but fails to generate any proper contact, handing a catch to Suresh Raina.
# Need 12 runs off 6 deliveries with Bravo set to bowl the final over!
# Stokes smashes nine runs off the over to make it 13 runs off the over!
# Stokes on strike.
# 3 runs off the next two deliveries as Archer fails to generate proper contact off the length balls!
# Archer on strike!
# Just a single off the first delivery of the innings as Stokes fails to connect off the back of length delivery!
# Shardul Thakur to bowl his final over and 19th over of the innings!
# Need 25 runs from 12 deliveries!
# 19 runs off the over, as Stokes smashes a six and a boundary off the first two deliveries to bring the equation under control! Archer further smashes a six off the fifth delivery of the over off the slow delivery, to make it 25 runs off 12 balls!
# Need 44 runs from 18 deliveries with Bravo set to bowl his third over!
# Archer goes big off the last delivery of the over which was nothing short of a half-volley, smashing a six as Thakur grimaces. Rajasthan 132/6 (17 overs)
# Just two runs off the next three deliveries as Thakur pulls it back in favour of Chennai with a bouncer and back of length deliveries.
# Archer smashes a boundary off the second delivery of the over beating backward point.
# Jofra Archer is the next batsman in!
# Wicket! Gowtham dismissed for 9 off the first delivery of the over as the batsman goes for a big hit off a full delivery without proper timing, with Raina completing a fine catch. Rajasthan 120/6 (16.1 overs)
# Shardul Thakur to bowl his third over!
# Tahir pulls back the game in favour of Chennai with just three runs off the next deliveries with Stokes nearly dismissed off the final delivery!
# Six off the first delivery of the over as Gowtham smashes a big hit off a googly to swing the ball into the stands!
# Tahir is currently at the top of the wicket-takers list in the edition of the IPL!
# Imran Tahir to bowl his final over of the innings!
# Need 65 runs in 30 deliveries with the final strategic timeout set to take place!
# Four runs off the next three deliveries with Stokes and Gowtham content to go for risk-free shots while picking quick runs!
# Stokes smashes a six off the third delivery of the over despite lack of proper timing with the ball delivered flat over the wicket!
# Four runs off the first two deliveries to bring the equation down to 75 runs off 34 balls!
# Rajasthan 97/5 (14 overs) with Jadeja back into the attack!
# Just four runs from the over, as Tahir continues to maintain the pressure with flat, swift deliveries!
# Krishnappa Gowtham is the new man in!
# Wicket! Steve Smith attempts to go for a big hit off the second delivery of the over without proper timing considering the increasing run-rate off a leg-break, as Rajasthan lose five wickets following a fine catch by Shorey.
# Imran Tahir into the attack, having conceded 11 runs off two overs!
# 6 runs off the over, Rajasthan 94/5 (13.2 overs)
# Bravo makes a quality comeback following he wides off the first two deliveries, bowling short of length deliveries which the batsmen scoring singles off the remaining deliveries.
# Wides off the first two deliveries with Dhoni appealing for a dismissal off the first delivery, without much success!
# Bravo to bowl his second over!
# Rajasthan 87/4 (12 overs) as Bravo is brought back into the attack, delivering an economical opening over conceding just five runs. Tahir continues to bowl with just 7 runs off his second over to bring the equation down to 89 runs off 48 deliveries!
# Ben Stokes is the new man in!
# Wicket! Tahir has broken the partnership between Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi, with the latter handing back a return catch off a cross-seamed leg break much to the delight of the veteran.
# Just three runs off the next four deliveries as Tahir brings all his experience into play tossing up the delivery!
# Nearly a dismissal off the first delivery of the over as Tahir bowls a flat leg-break at a swift pace, with Dhoni pulls off a swift stumping. However, Smith's foot never left the ground resulting in the third umpire ruling in Rajasthan's favour!
# South African spinner Imran Tahir into the attack!
# Santner pulls things back off the next three deliveries with just two runs off the next three deliveries! Rajasthan 72/3 (9 overs)
# Tripathi continues to attack Santner with a lofted shot off a flatter delivery marking the third delivery bowled.
# A single off the first delivery of the over, as Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi complete a 50-run partnership!
# Santner to bowl his second over of the innings!
# Just four runs off the next four deliveries of the over as Jadeja pulls things back following the boundary to make it 9 runs off the over.
# Boundary off the second delivery of the over, as Jadeja tosses the delivery far too full with Tripathi smashing the ball over extra cover for a boundary despite an excellent effort by Kedar Jadhav.
# Ravindra Jadeja into the attack!
# Chahar has completed his spell with figures of 19-2 in his four overs. Rajasthan 54/3 (7 overs)
# However, Chahar fails to maintain the accuracy in the last delivery of the over as Tripathi pulls a short delivery for a boundary to make it 9 runs from the over!
# Just three runs off the first three deliveries of the over, as Chahar bowls length deliveries with the batsmen content to continue taking singles!
# Deepak Chahar set to bowl his final over of the innings!
# Santner makes amends off the next three deliveries conceding 3 more runs, to make it 17 runs off the over!
# 14 runs off the first three deliveries of the over as Santner delivers a no-ball and two full tosses with Tripathi taking full advantage!
# New Zealand spinner Mitchell Santner to bowl his first over of the IPL and the last over of the powerplay!
# 3 runs off the next three deliveries as Chahar delivers an economical over to make 10 runs and 2 wickets off three overs. Rajasthan 28/3 (5 overs)
# Just 1 run off the first four deliveries of the over comprising of a wide as Chahar delivers a tidy over!
# Deepak Chahar to continue with the ball, is set to bowl his third over of the innings!
# Smith smashes consecutive boundaries off his first two deliveries in an over which adds 10 runs to the Rajasthan tally. Rajasthan 24/3 (4 overs)
# Steve Smith is the next batsman in!
# Wicket! The dangerman Jos Buttler departs for 6 runs off 7 deliveries off the first delivery of the over. Buttler attempts to smash the length ball over mid-on without proper contact, with Bravo pulling off a fine catch. Rajasthan 14/3 (3.1 overs)
# Shardul Thakur to bowl his second over of the innings!
# Rahul Tripathi is the next batsman in !
# Samson dismissed for 8 runs off 10 deliveries off the last delivery in a similar manner as the dismissal of the captain, with the batsman failing to control his shot. Rajasthan 14/2 (3 overs)
# Elegant boundary off the first delivery of the over which was delivered short of length with width on offer at the same time!
# Chahar to continue with the ball !
# Samson has scored 65 runs in 5 innings against Chennai at an average of 13 and strike rate of 103!
# 2000 IPL runs for Sanju Samson!
# 7 runs off the over, with Samson off the mark. Rajasthan 8/1 (2 overs)
# Boundary off the first delivery as Jos Buttler gets off the mark with a boundary!
# Fast bowler Shardul Thakur to bowl the second over of the innings!
# Wicket maiden for Deepak Chahar off the first over of the chase as Rajasthan nearly lose a second wicket following an inswinger off the fourth delivery of the over.
# Sanju Samson is the next batsman in!
# Wicket! A wicket off the second delivery of the over as skipper Ajinkya Rahane departs for a duck, following an excellent diving catch by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point off an outswinger. Rajasthan 0/1 (0.2 overs)
# Fast-bowler Deepak Chahar to bowl the opening over for Chennai!
# Rajasthan openers Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler to kick off the chase for 176!
# Back to back sixes for MS Dhoni, as Chennai finish on 175/5 (20 overs)
# Jaydev Unandkat to bowl the final over of the innings!
# 8 runs off the over, Chennai 147/5 (19 overs)
# Ravindra Jadeja is the next batsman in!
# Wicket! Bravo dismissed for 27 runs off 16 deliveries as he attempts to go for a big hit, handing a catch to Kulkarni. Chennai 144/5 (18.3 overs)
# Jofra Archer to bowl his final over!
# 24 runs off the over, Chennai 139/4 (18 overs)
# Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl his final over!
# 7 runs off the over, Chennai 115/4 (17 overs)
# Jofra Archer to bowl his third over!
# 9 runs off the over, Chennai 108/4 (16 overs)
# Unandkat to bowl his third over!
# 11 runs off the over, Chennai 99/4 (15 overs)
# Ben Stokes to bowl his third over!
# Dwayne Bravo is the new man in!
# Wicket! Raina dismissed for 36 runs off 32 deliveries off a slow delivery which goes on to hit the stumps. Chennai 88/4 (13.4 overs)
# Unandkat to continue with the ball!
# Ben Stokes to bowl his second over!
# 12 runs off the over, Chennai 78/3 (12 overs)
# Jaydev Unankat into the attack!
# 11 runs off the over, Chennai 66/3 (11 overs)
# Shreyas Gopal to bowl his third over!
# Chennai 55/3 (10 overs), 10 runs off the over.
# Krishnappa Gowtham to bowl his second over!
# Time for strategic timeout!
# 7 runs off the over, Chennai 45/3 (9 overs)
# Shreyas Gopal to bowl his second over!
# 5 runs from the over, Chennai 38/3 (8 overs)
# Krishnappa Gowtham into the attack!
# 5 runs from the over, Chennai 34/3 (7 overs)
# Shreyas Gopal into the attack!
# 2 runs from the over, Chennai 29/3 (6 overs)
# Jofra Archer is set to bowl his second over of the innings!
# 5 runs and a wicket off the over. Chennai 27/3 (5 overs)
# Skipper MSD is the new man in!
# Wicket! Jadhav departs for 8 runs off 3 deliveries as the batsman edges the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Butler off a swinging delivery. Chennai 27/3 (4.5 overs)
# Kulkarni to bowl his third over!
# Chennai 22/2 (4 overs) as Jadhav smashes boundaries off consecutive deliveries!
# Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in !
# Wicket! Watson departs for 13 runs off 13 deliveries as the batsman who was cramped for room hands a straightforward catch to Jofra Archer at fine short third man Chennai 14/2 (3.3 overs)
# Ben Stokes into the attack!
# 7 runs off the over as Watson smashes the first boundary of the innings to make it 8/1 (3 overs)
# Kulkarni to bowl his second over!
# Wicket Maiden over for Joffra Archer!
# Suresh Raina is the new man in!
# Wicket! Rayadu departs for 1 off 8 deliveries as the batsman attempts to smash a back of the length delivery without proper contact with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler making no mistakes. Chennai 1/1 (2 overs)
# Jofra Archer to bowl the second over!
# Chennai 1/0 (1 over) with Ambati Rayadu off the mark following a tidy opening over!
# Dhawal Kulkarni to bowl the opening over!
# Chennai openers Shane Watson and Ambati Rayadu are set to kick off the innings!
# Mitchell Santner has replaced Harbhajan Singh in the Chennai lineup while Rajasthan field an unchanged lineup!
# Team Rajasthan (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
# Team Chennai (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
# Rajasthan captain Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and opted to field!
# Rajasthan's Sanju Samson scored the first century of IPL 2019 against Hyderabad!
# Team Chennai are unbeaten in their first two matches while Rajasthan are yet to win a single match in this edition of the IPL!
The focus will be on the pitch, which came in for severe criticism after the IPL opener when Team Chennai take on Rajasthan in their second home game on Sunday.
The tournament opener saw Bangalore being dismissed for 70, a target that Chennai achieved in the 18th over to win by seven wickets. But the slowness of the track drew criticism from both the captains -- Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli.
Meanwhile, Chennai has started the season with two straight wins and will look to keep the momentum going.
In contrast, Rajasthan have lost both their matches so far and would need to step up if they aim to breach the reigning champions' fortress.
It will be a contest between Rajasthan's formidable batting line-up comprising of Rahane, Buttler, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes and Samson versus a spin-heavy Chennai bowling.
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, David Willey, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk).
Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Shubham Ranjane, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Krishnappa Gowtham, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
(With PTI Inputs)