Chennai cruises to IPL win over Rajasthan

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Faf du Plessis top scored for Chennai as they cruised to victory over Rajasthan.
Camera IconFaf du Plessis top scored for Chennai as they cruised to victory over Rajasthan. Credit: AP

Allrounders Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja spun out Rajasthan Royals' middle order as they led Chennai Super Kings to a resounding 45-run victory in the Indian Premier League.

Ali took 3-7 with his offspin and left-arm spinner Jadeja triggered the collapse by claiming two wickets in one over as Rajasthan reached only 9-143 after Chennai posted 9-188 on Monday.

"It was good to have Moeen, it was turning a bit," Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said.

"The wicket became a bit sticky, (but) glad we scored 180."

Rajasthan was on course to challenge Chennai's total on a slow pitch until the team slipped to 4-90 when Jadeja clean-bowled top-scorer Jos Buttler (49) and had Shivam Dube (17) leg before wicket in the 12th over.

Ali then claimed three quick wickets as Rajasthan fell to 7-95 that included the key wickets of David Miller and Chris Morris.

Jadev Unadkat (24) and Rahul Tewatia (20) delayed the inevitable as Chennai cruised to its second victory in three games.

"It was a good score to chase down, but we lost too many wickets in the middle," Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson said.

"The dew didn't come, the ball was turning, and that was a bit shocking to see."

Earlier, after being put in to bat, opening batsman Faf du Plessis made a 17-ball 33 to top-score for Chennai while Ambati Rayudu (27) and Ali (26) made useful contributions. Dwayne Bravo added a cameo of 20 off eight deliveries.

Left-arm fast bowler Chetan Sakariya claimed 3-36 and Morris returned 2-33 but Rajasthan has one win from three games.

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