Steve Smith shakes off concussion concerns with 69 for Rajasthan in IPL victory

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Rajasthan Royals rode explosive half-centuries from Sanju Samson and captain Steven Smith to beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs in a high-scoring Indian Premier League game on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Samson blazed nine sixes and a four in his powerful knock of 74 off 32 balls and Smith made 69 off 47 deliveries before Jofra Archer (27 not out) smacked four sixes against South African Lungi Ngidi in the last over to give Rajasthan a strong total of 7-216.

Chennai, who won the toss and elected to field, lost the momentum by the ninth over in their run-chase as they lost four wickets in the space of three overs and were restricted to 6-200. Faf du Plessis top-scored with 72 off 37 balls and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni narrowed the margin of defeat with his unbeaten 29.

"With 217 on the board, you have to get a very good start, that was not the case," Dhoni said.

"Without singling out anyone, a controllable we could have controlled is no-balls. Had we not bowled no-balls, we would have been chasing 200, and it would have been a…
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