Defending champions Chennai Super Kings will be looking to continue their winning momentum as they face a struggling Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday. CSK's premier star Ravindra Jadeja picked up his 100th scalp in IPL after he got rid of Steve Smith. The stylish all-rounder then celebrated his three-figure landmark in his own unique style.
However, before taking Smith's wicket, Jadeja had dismissed Rahul Tripathi as well. However, it was more like a fielder's wicket than a bowler's as Kedar Jadhav had taken an unbelievable catch to dismiss Tripathi. The incident happened in the ninth over which was Jadeja's second over of his bowling spell. On the fourth ball of the ninth over, Jadeja bowled a simple delivery on the line of off stump. Tripathi slashed the ball hard and the timing of the shot was perfectly executed. However, Jadhav, who was fielding at backward point, took a perfect jump and held on to the ball with one hand. He had a slight fumble but eventually went on to grab the ball as Tripathi walked back to the dugout. Even Jadeja was amused by what he had seen.
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Chennai Super Kings won the toss and skipper Dhoni invited Rajasthan Royals to bat. The 2008 champions got off to a steady start riding on the opening partnership between Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane. Rahane was trapped in front of the wicket by Deepak Chahar and he was sent back to the dugout for 14. Post the skipper's dismissal, the Royals innings lost its momentum as the Chennai bowlers picked up wickets at regular intervals. Jos Buttler got out when it looked like he was going to bring the Royals innings back on track. He was dismissed after playing a cameo of a 10-ball 23. Royals then suffered a huge setback when their key batsmen Sanju Samson, Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi were dismissed without making much of an impact.
English all-rounder Ben Stokes tried to accelerate in the death overs but even he was castled by Deepak Chahar for 28 which put the Royals in a spot of bother, but a late resistance from tailenders Shreyas Gopal (19) and Jofra Archer (13) helped RR post a competitive total of 151/7 in their 20 overs.