Dhoni sees Chennai home

Mahendra Singh Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals with two balls to spare to move top of the Indian Premier League table.

The Super Kings needed 12 off the last over and, after Ravindra Jadeja took a single off the first ball, skipper Dhoni (26no) clouted seamer James Faulkner for six, two and three to see his side home by five wickets.

Earlier, Rajasthan notched 148-8 off their 20 overs, with captain Shane Watson top scoring with 51, while Mohit Sharma took 3-31.

The result in Tuesday's fixture in Ranchi pushed the Chennai franchise two points clear of Kings XI Punjab, who will have the opportunity to go back level in Wednesday's showdown with the Sunrisers Hyderabad in Uppal.

Strong start

Watson's choice to bat first after winning the toss promised more after he helped Rajasthan to 60-0.

However, Ankit Sharma (30) was dismissed in the eighth over and the new man in, Ajinkya Rahane, only scored four when he was run out in the 11th over.

Watson, who hit back-to-back sixes off IPL debutant Vijay Shankar on his way to his half-century, was then bowled by Sharma in the 13th over.

Stuart Binny was the only other Royals batsman to make double figures - 22 - before he holed out to Faf du Plessis off the bowling of left-arm spinner Jadeja as his side wasted their strong start.

The Super Kings' pursuit was hampered by the early departures of Brendon McCullum (6) and Suresh Raina (2).

But opener Dwayne Smith (44), Du Plessis (38) and Ravichandran Ashwin (14) kept the runs coming before Dhoni and Jadeja, who scored 11 off six balls including a six, saw their side home to another victory - their eighth in 10 outings so far this campaign.