Jos Buttler and Royals spinners helped the team in the winning cause as they wrapped up their fourth win to peg CSK right at the bottom of the table. The spinners first bowled miserly to keep Chennai to the lowest first innings score this IPL, then Buttler and captain Steve Smith made sure to get to the run chase themselves after losing three early wickets.
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The 37th match of the IPL 2020 had teams Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings up in front in Abu Dhabi. Coming into the match, both the teams were at six points with three wins and six losses. In the battle of the bottom two teams, Rajasthan Royals were too strong and dominant for the week and feeble Chennai Super Kings as they wrapped up their fourth victory chasing the score with seven wickets in hand in the 18th over.
Chennai Super Kings innings – Archer, spinners keep things tight for CSK
Trying and testing different opening combinations this season, CSK once again stick with the outing of Sam Curran and Faf du Plessis as openers. This time, it didn’t go well.
A good and fast display of bowling from Jofra Archer kept things tight for Chennai. Constantly bowling at a serious pace and constantly missing the outside edges. He made the early inroads for Royals by pegging the wicket of de Plessis, the third-highest run-scorer of the tournament. Shane Watson, who is having a mixed IPL season came out to bat. And his outing lasted for only three balls.
Hitting the first two balls to boundaries off Kartik Tyagi, he flicked the third ball straight into the hands of the midwicket fielder. CSK 26-2 in four overs.
Ambati Rayudu joined Curran in what was the slow display of innings. Curran innings ended on 22 off 25 balls. A googly from Shreyas Gopal had Curran caught at long-off. The next over Rahul Tewatia also got hold of Rayudu for another slow-paced innings of 13 off 19 balls.
MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja once again combined to rescue the innings. Gopal and Tewatia came to ball in the 7th over and they bowled till the 13th over conceding only 28 runs together without getting hit for a single boundary.
The Dhoni-Jadeja partnership yielded only 51 runs in 46 balls that included only four boundaries.
The innings ended at the lowest first innings score of this IPL at 125-5. The innings had a total of 51 dot balls and just 13 boundaries in it.
Jofra Archer – 20/1, Shreyas Gopal – 14/1, Rahul Tewatia – 18/1. That’s how the bowling card showed for RR. Gopal and Tewatia bowled miserly eight overs without conceding a single boundary.
Rajasthan Royals innings – Jos Buttler sailed the team to win
Another trial and testing of opening combination series for Rajasthan Royals. They stick with Ben Stokes and Robin Uthappa at the top sliding Jos Buttler to the middle order.
Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood swung the start in the CSK way. Their display of swing bowling had three quick wickets of Stokes, Uthappa, and Sanju Samson.
Stokes was the first to go chopping on to his stumps. The next over Uthappa lobbed the ball to MS Dhoni. The next over Chahar also got Samson who was taken down the leg side by Dhoni. RR three down in the powerplay and CSK very much in the game.
Over 4.4, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler combined together to rescue the innings.
Over 17.3, Steve Smith and Jos Buttler chased the score and won the match for RR.
The Australian-English pair scored an unbeaten partnership of 98 runs in 79 balls. Smith scored at a slow rate 26 runs off 34 balls with just two boundaries and a strike-rate of just 76. While Buttler was the main aggressor. He scored 70 runs off 48 balls, his second fifty of the season, with seven fours and two sixes.
Deepak Chahar and Josh Hazlewood were the only successful bowlers for CSK getting figures of 18/2 and 19/1 respectively. Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla could not make the impact like Gopal and Tewatia.
CSK lost their seventh match of the season and are at the bottom of the table. The season is very much ended for them.
Jos Buttler, for his second fifty of the tournament, was declared the man of the match.
Man of the Match: Jos Buttler
Result: Rajasthan Royals win by 7 wickets
Points: Rajasthan Royals 2, Chennai Super Kings 0