Royals surge to top of IPL after blistering batting against Super Kings
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Adam Zampa led Rajasthan Royals to the top of the Indian Premier League with a sensational knock in a 32-run win over Chennai Super Kings.
Jaiswal plundered 77 from 43 deliveries to propel the Royals to 202-5 from their 20 overs on Thursday.
The Royals opener finally succumbed to Tushar Deshpande in the 14th over, though the damage had been done, with Rajasthan having reached 132 at that stage.
Jos Buttler scored 27 as he helped mount an opening-wicket partnership of 86 with Jaiswal, who also saw Sanju Samson come and go.
Dhruv Jurel added 34 from 15 balls and Devdutt Padikkal tallied up an unbeaten 27 from 13 to nudge the Royals over the 200 mark.
Despite Ruturaj Gaikwad's 47, the Super Kings lacked the pace needed in the chase, and his stand was ended by the brilliant Zampa in the 10th over, who took 3-22.
Shivam Dube's 52 handed Chennai hope, yet with Zampa sending Moeen Ali packing, the Super Kings were battling against the odds.
In the end they just did not have enough, Dube's dismissal in the final over capping off a fine win for the Royals.
IPL first for the Royals
No team had surpassed the 200 milestone in an IPL match played in Jaipur until now, with the Royals holding that unique record.
They are onto 10 points and sit top of the pile.
Jaiswal the star of the show
While Zampa impressed with the ball, it was Jaiswal's knock that really put the Royals in command.
The opener struck 12 boundaries, including four sixes, with his 77 coming at a strike rate of 179.06.