Indian Premier League, 2020

Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals - Match 37

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 19 October 2020

Rajasthan Royals 126/3

RR: 7.19 | Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Ben Stokes bowled Deepak Chaharbowled Deepak Chahar191130
Robin Uthappa c MS Dhoni (C) (W) & b Josh Hazlewoodc MS Dhoni (C) (W) & b Josh Hazlewood4900
Sanju Samson c MS Dhoni (C) (W) & b Deepak Chaharc MS Dhoni (C) (W) & b Deepak Chahar0300
Steven Smith not out not out 263420
Jos Buttler not out not out 704872
Rahul Tewatia
Jofra Archer
Riyan Parag
Shreyas Gopal
Kartik Tyagi
Ankit Rajpoot
Extras 7 (b 0, lb 6, w 1, nb 0)
Total 126 (3 Wkts, 17.3 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
26-1 (Ben Stokes,3), 28-2 (Robin Uthappa,3.2), 28-3 (Sanju Samson,4.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Deepak Chahar4 1 18 2 4.50
Josh Hazlewood4 0 19 1 4.75
Ravindra Jadeja1.3 0 11 0 8.46
Shardul Thakur4 0 34 0 8.50
Sam Curran1 0 6 0 6.00
Piyush Chawla3 0 32 0 10.67

Right then! We have had a pretty one-sided game between Chennai and Rajasthan. It was never Chennai's game to win after they posted a weak total of 125. They started off the bowling well but then strayed away and Rajasthan won the game in the end with some ease. The action continues on Tuesday, the 20th of October, 2020 as Punjab lock horns with Delhi in Dubai. The game will begin at 1800 local (1400 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Until then, stay safe! 

For his brilliant batting display, Jos Buttler has been named the Man of the Match. Buttler says that they let a couple of games slip and is happy to get this one over the line. Tells that he tries to come out with a bit of intensity and he was determined to come in and he managed to get a couple away which made him comfortable. Says you do not face a lot of balls in T20 cricket but one can take their time and settle in. On batting at no. 5, Buttler says he is happy to bat wherever the team wants him to.

Rajasthan skipper, Steven Smith, says that it was certainly a different game than the last time they met as Sharjah was a different ground. Adds that it was sticking on the pitch today. Credits his spinners for bowling well, adds that they bowled well in the Powerplay. Tells that Gopal has been good for them for the past 2 years and Tewatia has been good as well. Tells Buttler took the pressure of him and played a great innings. Admits he was not aware he edged it but tells Buttler told him and so did some of the boys in the dugout.

Rajasthan's speed merchant, Jofra Archer is caught for a chat. Archer says that it is good to bowl with some grass on it. Archer says it has been difficult in the bubble as there is not much motivation to go to the gym but they have to go for it as many have not played a game for a long time. Tells that he works on his core and works a little bit on weights in the gym. Smiles and says that he sledged Curran asking if he nicked one.

Chennai skipper, MS Dhoni says that there was something for the pace bowlers. Tells he brought Jadeja to see how much it was stopping but it did not. Feels that it was easier to bat in the second innings as the spinners were not getting the turn. Tells that the results are always a byproduct of the process. Adds that they are trying to address the issue. On changing the batting order, Dhoni says they have tried a few things and tells one does not want to do too much of chopping and changing as he feels it can create insecurity. Adds they want to give a fair chance. Tells they did try to give new guys a chance but they did not show that spark but feels that this loss will give those people a chance.

Earlier in the day, Chennai started off with the bat. Their batting never quite took off as they kept losing quick wickets right from the start of the game. Chennai were down by 4 wickets towards the 10th over. It was then their skipper, Dhoni and Jadeja who did well to steady the ship but their pace was really slow and they were not able to capitalize. Jadeja added some important runs in the end but the total was very low and in the end, they were probably 25-30 runs short. The bowling by Rajasthan was very good on the night. Apart from Stokes, all their bowlers were economical and made things difficult for the batters of Chennai. All things considered, this was a very good show by Rajasthan.

The bowling by Chennai was not the best on the night but with a tame total of 125 on the board, you can't really point your fingers at the bowling. They started off well though, as Chahar scalped 2 wickets and Hazlewood picked a wicket in the Powerplay. But the bowling fizzed out in the middle overs and then the batting duo of Smith and Buttler took over. They could have tried to be more aggressive in the middle overs and they could have tried to get rid of one of the batters out there. Dhoni also got spin a little late on and maybe things might have been a little different if the spin attack was introduced early. Overall, not the best performance from the boys from Chennai.

Rajasthan started off in the worst way possible as they lost Stokes very early on. He was looking good but he lost his wicket early once again. Uthappa and Samson, both followed him back pretty quickly and Rajasthan were three wickets down in the Powerplay. It was then, the batting duo of Buttler and Smith who stitched a good partnership of 98 runs and made sure that the game was wrapped up by them.

This total had to be chased down by Rajasthan as this was a low score and they have made sure that they do chase it down. It was a bit tough in the start as they lost three quick wickets, but the Aussie-Englishman combo of Steven Smith and Jos Buttler, with a partnership of 98 runs have made sure that the total was chased down in the end with some ease. Steven Smith will be a happy captain tonight. 

Ravindra Jadeja to Steven Smith, That is it! Rajasthan have humbled Chennai! Shorter on off, Smith strokes it to long on and finishes the game with ease. RAJASTHAN WIN  BY 7 WICKETS!
Ravindra Jadeja to Jos Buttler, On the pads, Buttler turns it towards square leg and takes a run to level the score. 
Ravindra Jadeja to Jos Buttler, Shorter on off, Buttler punches it but finds cover.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Flighted on off, Smith keeps it out.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, Flatter around off, Buttler hits it to mid-wicket off the inner half of his bat for one. 
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, SIX! Jadeja tries his best but cannot maintain his balance and takes the catch and goes over the ropes. Floated on middle, Buttler comes down the track and goes over long on. Jadeja there jumps and takes it one-handed catch but cannot release the ball and falls over the ropes.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Tossed up around off, Smith pushes it towards cover and takes a quick run this time. 
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Flighted on off, Smith lunges on his front foot and blocks it. 
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, FOUR! Smith now is in a hurry to finish it! Floated on off, Smith sweeps it over and in the gap at cow corner for a boundary.

DRINKS! This total had to be chased down by Rajasthan as the total was a tame one and it does look like they will chase it down with some ease in the end. They just require 14 runs in the last 4 overs and with Buttler and Smith out in the middle, it looks like this will be chased down without any hitches. Chennai, can apply some pressure by scalping a wicket but it looks like this game is done and dusted. 

Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, Trademark Smith square drive. Good length ball outside off, Smith waits for it and drives it behind point in his typical style and keeps the strike. 14 needed in 24. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, Length ball on middle, Buttler turns it to square leg for another easy run. 
Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, Agricultural from Smith! Back of a length ball around off, Smith pulls it to long on for one. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, Length ball on off, Buttler strokes it to the left of mid on and gets to the other end. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, On off, Buttler keeps it out. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, Good length ball on off, Buttler turns it to mid-wicket. 
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, Outside off, Buttler works this to the cover region for a single. Just 18 runs required now.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Oh, Sam Curran! It should have been stopped but it goes through! Loopy on middle, Buttler lofts this wide of the long on fielder and Curran runs in to stop this one but he misjudges this and it goes by the ropes.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Buttler is continuing his attacking approach! Short ball outside off, Buttler powers this one through point and it will run away to the fence for a boundary.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, FOUR! FIFTY FOR BUTTLER! What an innings this has been and by the looks of things, it could well be the match winning innings. Loopy around off, Buttler hammers this down the ground and it crosses the fence at long off for a four.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Short ball outside off, Smith works this to the off side for a single.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Smith again being cheeky! Floated around middle, Smith looks for the paddle scoop and it goes behind Dhoni towards the short fine leg region and the batters collect a couple.
Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, Outside off, Smith punches this one to the deep cover region for a single. He will retain the strike for the next over. 
Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, FOUR! Cheeky! On this occasion, it is Smith and not Buttler who plays a cheeky shot! On a good length around middle, Smith goes low and paddle scoops this over the short fine leg region into the fence.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, On off, Buttler eases this one to the long off region for a single. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, A couple this time! Back of a length delivery around off, Buttler nudges this to the square leg region and two runs are collected.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, On middle, Buttler fends this back towards the bowler.
Shardul Thakur to Steven Smith, Short of a good length ball on off, it is worked to the third man region for a single.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Short ball on middle, Smith nudges this one to the mid-wicket region for a single. 43 required in 42 balls.
Piyush Chawla to Steven Smith, Loopy around off, Smith looks to get under this but does not and the ball rolls to the leg side off Dhoni's pads. A dot.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, On off, Buttler plays this one to the deep cover region for a single run.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, SWING AND A MISS! Flatter ball around off, Buttler looks to have a swing at this but misses it completely.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, Buttler tucks this one to the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. Running has been good between these two batters.
Piyush Chawla to Jos Buttler, Flatter around off, Buttler punches this to the mid off region. Rayudu does well to stop this one.

Chawla time. Piyush Chawla is into the attack now. 

Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, On a good length on off, Buttler works this through the cover region and Jadhav does well there to dive and stop this one. A single in the end. A good over for Rajasthan as they collect 13 runs off this one.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, On a full length on middle, Buttler tucks this away to the mid-wicket region. A dot. 
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, SIX! What a shot by Buttler! Not a lot of sixes in this game but Buttler does not care! Very nicely done! On a good length around off, Buttler lofts this one nonchalantly over the long off region for a biggie.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, FOUR! Buttler is looking good so far! Short length ball outside off, Buttler rocks on his back foot and slashes this through the point region for a boundary.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, Buttler punches this towards the deep cover region to collect a couple of runs.
Shardul Thakur to Jos Buttler, PLAY AND A MISS! On a good length around off, Buttler looks to work this on the off side but he misses and it goes into the mitts of Dhoni. Thakur looked excited and appealed loudly as he thought that the batter had nicked this one. The umpire does not move. No reviews left for Chennai as well. A dot in the end. 

Just 20 more league matches left in the Indian T20 League, 2020. Time flies! Chennai and Rajasthan, fresh from an unlikely loss, take on each other in match 37 in Abu Dhabi. The fitness issues of Bravo hurt Chennai against Delhi while a berserk de Villiers punished Rajasthan. Perhaps chasing is the new trend now. The batting for Chennai is slowly coming together but the bowling still has issues. Rajasthan, on the other hand, have consistently shown inconsistency in their batting order, with as many as 5 different opening combinations. Cannot help but observe that Smith is the cog in their batting wheel. If he bats long, they put up a good score or even chase totals down. They too, have issues with their bowling but unlike Chennai, they don't have big names. Need to find an inspiration from somewhere.

Chennai Super Kings Team Squad -Ambati Rayudu,Faf du Plessis,Kedar Jadhav,Murali Vijay,Ruturaj Gaikwad,Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Mitchell Santner,Ravindra Jadeja,Sam Curran,MS Dhoni,Narayan Jagadeesan,Deepak Chahar,Imran Tahir,Josh Hazlewood,Karn Sharma,KM Asif,Lungi Ngidi,Monu Kumar,Piyush Chawla,Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore,Shardul Thakur

Rajasthan Royals Team Squad -Aniruddha Joshi,David Miller,Manan Vohra,Riyan Parag,Robin Uthappa,Steven Smith,Yashasvi Jaiswal,Ben Stokes,Mahipal Lomror,Rahul Tewatia,Shashank Singh,Anuj Rawat,Jos Buttler,Sanju Samson,Akash Singh,Andrew Tye,Ankit Rajpoot,Jaydev Unadkat,Jofra Archer,Kartik Tyagi,Mayank Markande,Oshane Thomas,Shreyas Gopal,Tom Curran,Varun Aaron