Indian Premier League, 2020

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings - Match 4

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 22 September 2020

Chennai Super Kings 200/6

RR: 10 | Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs

FULL SCORECARD

Batsman R B 4s 6s
Murali Vijay c Tom Curran & b Shreyas Gopal c Tom Curran & b Shreyas Gopal 212130
Shane Watson bowled Rahul Tewatia bowled Rahul Tewatia 332114
Faf du Plessis c Sanju Samson (W) & b Jofra Archer c Sanju Samson (W) & b Jofra Archer 723717
Sam Curran stumped Rahul Tewatia stumped Rahul Tewatia 17612
Ruturaj Gaikwad stumped Rahul Tewatia stumped Rahul Tewatia 0100
Kedar Jadhav c Sanju Samson (W) & b Tom Curran c Sanju Samson (W) & b Tom Curran 221630
MS Dhoni not out not out 291703
Ravindra Jadeja not out not out 1200
Deepak Chahar
Piyush Chawla
Lungi Ngidi
Extras 5 (b 0, lb 1, w 3, nb 1)
Total 200 (6 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
56-1 (Shane Watson,6.4), 58-2 (Murali Vijay,7.3), 77-3 (Sam Curran,8.5), 77-4 (Ruturaj Gaikwad,9), 114-5 (Kedar Jadhav,13.4), 179-6 (Faf du Plessis,18.5),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Jaydev Unadkat4 0 44 0 11.00
Jofra Archer4 0 26 1 6.50
Shreyas Gopal4 0 38 1 9.50
Tom Curran4 0 54 1 13.50
Rahul Tewatia4 0 37 3 9.25

So that is it from this game! Rajasthan have got a big victory against Chennai to set the ball rolling for their season. Chennai will now look to bounce back from this loss. Action continues on Wednesday, 23rd September as Kolkata get their campaign underway against the defending champions Mumbai. That game begins at 1800 local (1400 GMT). We hope to see you for that one. Till then, goodbye and take care!

Sanju Samson, the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that his gameplan was if it is in the arc, he will go for the big shots. Adds that he looks to show intent from the very first ball. Says that he has been working hard for the past one year on his fitness and diet. Sanju says that his role is to attack and he has been developing his attacking skills. Says that he loves to keep wickets and whatever his captain says, he is happy to do it. Goes onto say that they are very fortunate to play and entertain the people at home who are watching them on television.

Steven Smith, the Rajasthan skipper, says that Jofra played really with the bat! Adds that Samson played a terrific knock at the start and this match saw some huge sixes. States that Samson has been a great player for them for some years now. Goes onto say that he will keep everyone guessing when asked if he will move down the order when Buttler comes back. Says that the bowlers did really well as the ball was very wet and they managed to take wickets in the middle. Smith says that Gopal mixed it up pretty well and he has bowled in the Powerplay in the past.

Jofra Archer says that he planned not to give any pace to the batsmen. Adds that he has got some variations up his sleeve and he did not bring that up in this game. States that there was dew in this ground and the bowlers adapted well, especially the spinners. Says that the team which adapts well usually wins the game.

MS Dhoni, the Chennai skipper, says that they needed to have a good start but they did not. Adds that Smith and Samson played really well and they took the game away from Chennai. States that the bowlers did not bowl short but they came back nicely towards the end. Says that it is difficult to control the opposition's batters. Goes onto say that he has not batted for a very long time and he wanted to try some new things like sending Sam up the order. Dhoni says that Faf batted really well and the key is to adapt and it is important to target the long on and the mid-wicket area which du Plessis did really well.

Earlier in the evening, after being put into bat, Rajasthan got off to a poor start but it was the Sanju Samson show as he was at his demolishing best. His 74 off just 32 balls along with a supporting 47-ball 69 from Steven Smith turned the tide in their favour and laid the foundation for the win. Special mention to Jofra Archer whose unbeaten 27 off just 8 balls proved to be the difference between 195 and 216. It was a tough day for the Chennai bowlers especially Ngidi and Chawla. Sam Curran though did well and finished with 3/33.

It was a well-rounded bowling performance from Rajasthan and credit has to be given to Steven Smith for his use of his resources. He rotated the bowlers well and utilised them perfectly. Rahul Tewatia was the star with the ball, finishing with 3/37. Archer was terrific, giving away just 26 and picking up one wicket. Tom Curran was taken to the cleaners in the final over but the game was over by then. Barring Unadkat, every bowler picked up a wicket. All-in-all, a satisfying performance from Rajasthan.

A very poorly constructed chase from Chennai. They started off steadily with Watson firing but lost the plot especially in the middle. Faf du Plessis started off slow but managed to change gears towards the end but it was too little too late. The fact that skipper, MS Dhoni came so low down the order in such a mammoth chase was a bizarre decision. We did get to see some trademark Dhoni hitting towards the end but it came when the game was already done. All-in-all a very un-Chennai like performance from them.

Superb performance from Rajasthan and they have managed to upset a very strong Chennai side. Remember this was not a full strength Rajasthan side as they missed their key stars in Buttler and Stokes but they have managed to thump the 3-time champions and one can say they have won the game comprehensively.

19.6
1
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, That's the end of the game! Good length ball outside off, Dhoni punches it to deep cover for a single. RAJASTHAN WIN BY 16 RUNS.
19.5
6
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, SIX! And again! Only if Dhoni had started to get his timing right a little earlier! This is some hitting! Short ball on middle, Dhoni waits on it and pulls it over deep square leg for a six.
19.4
6
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, SIX! That is massive! Dhoni hits back-to-back sixes with the new bat! Slower ball on off, Dhoni hammers it over the deep mid-wicket region for a massive maximum.
19.3
6
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, SIX! Change of bats does the trick for Dhoni but it is too late! Full ball on middle, Dhoni heaves it over the deep mid-wicket region for maximum.

MS Dhoni has asked for a new bat!

19.2
1
Tom Curran to R Jadeja, Good length ball outside off, Jadeja pushes it to cover and gives Dhoni the strike with a single.
19.1
1
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, Short on middle, Dhoni pulls it wide of deep mid-wicket and picks up a single.
18.6
0
J Archer to R Jadeja, Short ball outside off, Jadeja sways away from it. 38 needed from the last.

Ravindra Jadeja is the next man in.

18.5
0
J Archer to du Plessis, OUT! CAUGHT! That's the end of Faf du Plessis! He started slowly but ended it with a flurry of sixes! It came a bit too late though! Short ball around middle, du Plessis looks to pull but it takes the edge and goes to the left of the keeper. Samson moves to that side and takes a comfortable catch.
18.4
6
J Archer to du Plessis, SIX! Pulled away in disdain! Short ball on off, Faf du Plessis waits for it and then powers it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.
18.3
1
J Archer to MS Dhoni, Short ball on middle, Dhoni pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
18.2
1
J Archer to du Plessis, Good length ball outside off, du Plessis hammers it but straight to deep cover. Only a single.
18.1
2
J Archer to du Plessis, Slower ball outside off, du Plessis lifts it over extra cover and picks up a couple before the fielder cuts it off. Chennai need sixes not couples at the moment.

Jofra Archer will bowl the 19th over.

17.6
1
Tom Curran to du Plessis, Short ball on middle, du Plessis heaves it to the leg side but does not get enough of it. Only a single. 48 needed from the last 2 overs.
17.5
1
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, Slower short ball on middle, Dhoni waits for it and pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single. 49 required from 13.
17.4
1
Tom Curran to du Plessis, Slower ball outside off, du Plessis punches it wide of long off and picks up a single.
17.3
0
Tom Curran to du Plessis, Excellent delivery from Tom Curran! Yorker on the pads, du Plessis digs it out to short fine leg. Faf wants the single but is sent back. Unadkat has a shy at the keeper's end but misses. Du Plessis was a goner.
17.2
6
Tom Curran to du Plessis, SIX! Faf du Plessis is not giving up! He has hit 4 sixes off his last 5 deliveries! Full and outside off, du Plessis clears his front foot and hammers it over long off for a maximum. 50-run stand comes up as well.
17.1
1
Tom Curran to MS Dhoni, Short and outside off, Dhoni punches it to deep cover for a single.
16.6
6
J Unadkat to du Plessis, SIX! What a way to get to your fifty! But is it too late for Chennai! They take 21 runs from the over but they still require 58 from 3. Full on middle, du Plessis hammers it over the bowler's head for a maximum.
16.5
6
J Unadkat to du Plessis, SIX! Thrashed! Slower ball is not working for Unadkat at the moment! Slower short ball outside off, du Pleesis waits for it and smashes it over the deep mid-wicket region for a biggie.
16.4
1
J Unadkat to MS Dhoni, Good length ball on off, Dhoni plays it to cover and takes a single.
16.3
1
J Unadkat to du Plessis, Slower ball on middle, du Plessis pulls it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
16.2
6
J Unadkat to du Plessis, SIX! Gets to the pitch of it and powers it for a six! Full ball on middle, Faf dances down the track and lifts it over long on for a maximum.
16.1
1
J Unadkat to MS Dhoni, Full ball outside off, Dhoni drives it to long off for a single.

Jaydev Unadkat is back into the attack.

15.6
1
J Archer to MS Dhoni, Good length ball outside off, pushed to point for a single. Chennai need almost 20 an over.
15.5
0
J Archer to MS Dhoni, Excellent from Archer! Bouncer around middle, Dhoni lets it go. 80 needed from25.
15.4
0
J Archer to MS Dhoni, EDGY! Short on off, Dhoni looks to pull but it takes the bottom edge and it goes towards the keeper! Just missed the off stump.
15.3
1
J Archer to du Plessis, Just over! Short ball on middle, du Plessis looks to pull but it takes the top edge. It goes over mid-wicket and only a single is taken.
15.2
4
J Archer to du Plessis, FOUR! Great shot from du Plessis! Slower one outside off, du Plessis makes a little room for himself and then punches it through the extra cover region for a boundary.
15.1
0
J Archer to du Plessis, Straight to the fielder! Good length ball outside off, du Plessis cuts but finds the fielder at point.
15.1
0
J Archer to du Plessis, WIDE! Down the leg side, Faf looks to flick but misses. Wide signalled.

Jofra Archer is back on.

14.6
1
R Tewatia to du Plessis, Low full toss outside off, Faf drives it to deep cover for a single.
14.5
6
R Tewatia to du Plessis, SIX! There is no doubt about this one! Flighted on middle, du Plessis powers it over long on for a maximum. Are Chennai still in with a chance?
14.4
1
R Tewatia to MS Dhoni, Flat on middle, punched to long on and a single is taken.
14.3
1
R Tewatia to du Plessis, Short on middle, Faf pulls it to long on for a single.
14.2
6
R Tewatia to du Plessis, DROPPED AND A SIX! Should have been caught but it has gone for a six! Probably misjudged it! Loopy ball on off, du Plessis dances down and looks to go over long on. He does not time it well but Parag misjudges it, gets two hands on it and the ball goes over the ropes for a maximum.

After a thumping victory in the tournament opener, the MS Dhoni-led side is now ready to take on Rajasthan who are ready to begin their campaign. In the first game of the tournament, Chennai proved why they have been so consistent over the years and why they are a dangerous side. The bowlers rose to the situation after their opponent, Mumbai, got to a decent start and then they delivered the final punch towards the end. Chasing the target, Chennai had a poor start but the experienced duo of Rayudu and du Plessis took the team home safely. They will look to repeat their performance from the last game against a side that is set to miss in-form Jos Buttler who arrived late in the UAE and will be under quarantine. Ben Stokes is another name that Rajasthan will miss. However, the team still has a number of players who can challenge Chennai. The batting of the team will revolve around skipper Steven Smith and Sanju Samson. U19 sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal along with Uthappa, their new recruit, will be raring to go and help the team in the department. The side has got good prospects with the ball as well. Jofra Archer will lead the pace bowling attack and he will look for support from the likes of Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, and Ankit Rajpoot. Shreyas Gopal had a terrific last season and will be eager to repeat his performance from the last edition. He will get support from Rahul Tewatia and Mayank Markande. So, will Chennai take the momentum from the first game against Rajasthan or will the Smith-led side thump them to start their tournament on a winning note?

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

Chennai Super Kings Team Squad -Ambati Rayudu,Faf du Plessis,Murali Vijay,Ruturaj Gaikwad,Shane Watson,Dwayne Bravo,Kedar Jadhav,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