Smith-Samson partnership laid the foundation for the opening match win against Chennai Super Kings. The first match to be played in Sharjah has plenty of moments. The brothers’ affair, Smith-Samson match-defining partnership, Jofra Archer’s four sixes off two balls, Sanju Samson’s 19-ball 50, Piyush Chawla’s 28-run over.
We are set for a Curran vs Curran clash between two brothers. Sam vs Tom. Both have played with each other on numerous occasions but never against each other. Tom Curran made his debut for Rajasthan Royals having previously played for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2018. Sam Curran had played a match-winning role in CSK’s opening match.
Before the start of the match, Tom told Sky Sports, “It’s going to be really odd. We’re usually helping each other out and getting advice from each other but this will be a little throwback to the backyard days – although he can’t cheat this time and say he’s not out or not bowl!”
Rajasthan Royals innings – Smith-Samson partnership
The first 200 score of the tournament in only the 4th match. CSK are playing their 2nd match while its RR’s first match and it is without Jos Buttler.
The Smith-Samson partnership had the engine role in the innings. The pair scored 121 runs in 9.2 overs for the 2nd wicket. Smith 69 hit 4 boundaries and 4 sixes in his 47-ball 69 while Samson launched 9 sixes in 32-ball 74 with a strike rate of 231.
A dream opportunity for Yashasvi Jaiswal to open the innings with Steve Smith, who has opened the innings for the first time in his professional career, but got out early to Deepak Chahar for 6 runs. The Smith-Samson affair took the score to 132-2 in 11.4 overs before Samson was out by Ngidi.
Ambati Rayudu, who was the man of the match in CSK’s first match in the opener had missed the playing XI after not 100%. Ruturaj Gaekwad, who was tested positive for Covid-19 after landing in UAE made his IPL debut.
Samson smashed 6 sixes in just ten balls for his personal quickest score of 50. A 19-ball half-century, which is the second-quickest fifty for RR just behind Jos Buttler’s 18-ball fifty in 2018, is followed by the 8th over by Piyush Chawla that saw four sixes that accumulated 28 runs. Chawla went for 47 runs in 2 overs being hit for 6 six times.
David Miller is on his RR’s debut but wait he was run out without facing a ball. Miller lost his bat while diving and is short from crease.
Samson’s wicket triggered a mini collapse as Royals lost 6 wickets for just 46 runs. The scoring rate went slow and team reached to 186-7 in the 19th over. A final over flurry from Jofra Archer who hit Lungi Ngidi for 4 sixes including two sixes off two no-balls. Eventually, 30 runs in the final over took score to the highest of the tournament 216-7 so far, which is the 4th highest total for RR.
Sam Curran was the most successful bowler picking up three wickets for 33 runs. Ngidi and Chawla went for 56 and 55 for their one wicket each in their quota of four overs.
Chennai Super Kings innings – Surge too late from du Plessis
Won the toss and bat second had been the trend so far in four matches. Murali Vijay and Shane Watson started off well for CSK. Watson smashed four sixes in his little cameo of 33 runs. He was out in the 7th. The score, 56-1 in 6.4 overs. Vijay also got out in the next over.
Another surprise move from MS Dhoni sending Sam Curran. This time the gamble didn’t pay off as his brief stay at the crease ended after six balls; hitting one boundary and two sixes. Debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad was out first-ball. Score 77-4 in 9 overs. The required score 140 runs from 11 overs.
Two new batsmen Faf du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav further slowed the innings. Single-digit scores were never enough to chase the monumental score. Jadhav was out at 114-5 leaving 103 runs in the final six overs.
Du Plessis and MS Dhoni at crease, the chase is not over yet. With huge experience between them, du Plessis score 50 off 29 balls hit three sixes in the 17th over. 58 runs required off the last three overs.
20 runs scored off the next two over, du Plessis smashed sixes in each over but Archer, with his quick bouncer got him out. CSK needed 38 runs in the final over.
Match ended but Dhoni ended it with hitting three sixes in a row to Tom Curran. Royals win by 16 runs and opened their IPL 2020 account with 2 points.
Rahul Tewatia was the pick of the bowlers picking three wickets at the start of the innings.
Sanju Samson, for his brilliant innings and good work behind the stumps, was awarded man of the match award.
Man of the Match: Sanju Samson
Result: Rajasthan Royals win by 16 runs
Points: Rajasthan Royals 2, Chennai Super Kings 0