With the in-form batsmen and bowlers on front foot today, Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals won the match by 7 wickets against Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) against Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday evening. ALSO READ | IPL 2020 CSK vs RR 1st Innings Update: Top Order Struggles; Chennai Post 125/5 Against Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals
When put to the bowling first, the Men in Pink poured out beautiful lengths to the Yellow unit restricting them at 125/5. Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia and Jofra Archer made it tough for the Chennai unit to whack the ball off the boundaries. All the three bowlers maintained a clinical economy rate of less than six.
With the absence of key players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh, and the top order being removed too early in the match, the Rajasthan Royals had a respectively easy target to chase. The strong pillars and openers of the CSK — Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu– all four top batsmen failed to continue long on the field today.
Later on when put to the batting, the batsmen from the Royal team put an impressive show for the cricket fans. Early on in the 2nd innings, much like CSK, the RR lost three important wickets back to back. Chennai’s Deepak Chahar removed Ben Stokes giving CSK its first breakthrough this evening. Later In the every next over, Hazlewoo put Chennai off to a dream start as he dismissed Robin Uthappa. Later, Dhoni’s fantastic dive removed Sanju Samson.
But Jos Buttler and Steve Smith together added 98 runs from 78 deliveries, guiding Rajasthan Royals to register another win in their kitty. Buttler remained unbeaten on 70 from 40 balls while Steve Smith finished with 26 from 34 balls.