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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 45 runs in Mumbai (Mumbai) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday, due to the spin of Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja. Chasing the Superkings ‘target of 189, the Royals’ team Moin (three wickets for seven) and Jadeja (two wickets for 28 runs), besides the fine bowling of Sam Curren (two wickets for 24 runs), bowled nine. Only 143 runs on the wicket. For the Royals, opener Jose Butler scored the highest 49 runs. Apart from him, only Rahul Tewatia (20) and Jaydev Unadkat (24) could touch the 20-run mark. Chennai Super Kings lost wickets at regular intervals, but despite the sharp bowling of Chetan Sakaria (36 runs for three wickets) and Chris Maurice (two wickets for 33 runs) put up a challenging score of 188 for nine. No batsman of Superkings could turn a good start into a big innings. Faf du Plessis remained the team’s top scorer with 33 runs while Ambati Rayudu (27) and Moeen (26) were also unable to capitalize on a good start. Dwayne Bravo scored 20 not out in the end. Also read- IPL 2021 DC vs PBKS: Big Capitals statement of Delhi Capitals batsman Shikhar Dhawan, said- Now I am not afraid of playing big shots.
Chasing the target, the Royals quickly lost the wicket of Manan Vohra, who caught a catch off Ravindra Jadeja off Sam Curran. Opener Jose Butler, however, looked in rhythm from the beginning. He opened the account with a four off the first ball of Deepak Chahar’s innings but was lucky on the score of seven runs when Shardul gave up his difficult catch on short third man off Kuren.
Butler hit a four and a six off Chahar’s consecutive balls in the fifth over, but Curren caught skipper Sanju Samson (01) in the next over at the hands of Bravo at mid-on. The team scored 45 runs for two wickets in the power play.
Butler welcomed Jadeja with two consecutive fours while Shivam Dubey also hit Shardul Thakur with two fours. Butler hit a six over Jadeja’s Noble but was bowled by missing the straight ball in his next over. He hit five fours and two sixes facing 35 balls. Jadeja lobbed Dubey (17) in the same over and gave the Royals a double whammy. Moeen caught David Miller (02) in his very first over, and in the next over, Ryan Parag (03) and Chris Maurice (00) were caught by Jadeja.
The century of the Royals’ runs was completed in the 16th over. The team needed 84 runs to win in the last four overs. Moeen scored just four runs in the 17th over, almost ending the Royals’ hopes of victory. Earlier, the team of Superkings was in a good position for 120 runs for three wickets in 13 overs at one time, but the team could add 68 runs in the last seven overs.
Samson decided to bowl first after winning the toss and Ruturaj Gaikwad was fortunate on fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat’s first ball of the innings when Rahul Tewatiya was caught in the slip. Duplessis hit the first six of the innings on Sakariya in the second over. Gaikwad, however, could not take advantage of life-giving and was caught by waving Mustafizur Rahman’s ball in the air to Shivam Dubey at mid-off.
Duplessis increased the run pace with three fours and a six over Unadkat in the fifth over, but in the next over, Maurice’s ball was caught in the air and caught Ryan Parag at the boundary. He hit four fours and two sixes in a 17-ball innings. The Superkings’ team could only manage 46 runs for two wickets in the power play. Moin Ali smashed Mustafizur and Maurice for sixes, but caught Teewia off Parag at deep mid-wicket.
Suresh Raina hit a pollen six after opening the account with the fifth ball, while Ambati Rayudu also hit a six on this spinner. Rayudu also hit Tewatia for two consecutive sixes. The Superkings’ 100 runs were completed in the 12th over. Rayudu, after scoring 27 runs off 17 balls, caught Parag at the boundary in an attempt to send Sakariya’s ball for six runs. He hit three sixes in his innings.
Raina also played straight into the hands of Maurice in the same over of Sakariya, which led to the team’s score of 125 for five wickets. He scored 18 runs in 15 balls. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also became the victim of Sakaria after scoring 18 runs off 17 balls while Maurice sent Jadeja (08) to the pavilion. Bravo scored 20 from eight balls, bringing the team score to 190.