Rajasthan Royals had no choice but to win against Chennai Super Kings to survive in the top four of the IPL this year. With 15 balls left in the day, Sanju Samson’s 190-run target was met by Chennai. Rajasthan lost to Chennai by 6 wickets and took sixth place in the points table.
Evin Lewis and Yashvi Jaisawal gave Rajasthan a great start by scoring 190 runs to win. They have been batting aggressively since the first over of the innings. Lewis and Jaisawal made 6 runs in the opening match. In the last over of the power play, Shardul Tagore’s ball was caught by Josh Hazelwood and Lewis returned.
Maren Lewis hit two sixes and four fours in 12 overs. Jaisawal picked up a half-century after the batsman returned to the West Indies’ marquee. Jaisawal, who completed a half-century off 19 balls, returned to the dressing room in the over after the end of the power play. The left-arm batsman, who was dismissed by KM Asif, made 50 off 21 balls. The young opener hit six fours and three sixes to play the innings.
After that, Samson, who landed in three, and Shivam Dubey, who landed in four, formed a great pair. Dubey has been attacking Chennai bowlers from the very beginning. Dubey, who got his first chance in the UAE, scored a half-century off 31 balls. Captain Samson, who accompanied Dubey brilliantly, returned with a personal 26 runs.
Dubey was unbeaten on 64 off 42 balls with a great win over Rajasthan. For the first time since Samson’s dismissal, Glenn Phillips hit 14 off six balls with four fours and sixes. Shardul took two wickets for 30 runs for Chennai.
Earlier, after losing the toss, Ruturaj and Faf du Plessis started Chennai well. They added 48 runs in the opening match. In the over after the end of the power play, Du Plessis missed the ball line by stepping out Rahul Tewatia.
Samson did not take time to break the wicket by capturing the ball gloves. The South African right-handed batsman broke his 48-run stand when he returned to the dressing room with 25 runs. Suresh Raina could not settle down to three. Raina, who scored 3 runs, handed over the catch to Dubey who was standing near the boundary.
Moin Ali got off to a good start. However, Tewatia did not allow him to make the innings bigger. Like Du Plessis, Moin, who scored 21 runs, was stumped when he went out to hit the ball out of Tewatia. In the meantime, he picked up the seventh half century of his IPL career. Ruturaj played 51 balls to get a half century.
Ambati Rayudu could not take advantage of the five. Rayudu, who scored two runs, was caught near the boundary after hitting a six off Chetan Sakaria. Ruturaj was accompanied by Rabindra Jadeja at six. Ruturaj completed his century by hitting Mustafiz with a six off the last ball of the innings. The right-handed batsman hit nine fours and five sixes in his 60-ball century. Meanwhile, Jadeja, who accompanied him, made 32 off 15 balls. Tewatia took three wickets for Rajasthan. Sakaria took the remaining one wicket.