IPL 2020 match: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings review - (2021)
IPL 2020 match: Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings review
Rajasthan Royals stun Chennai Super Kings; CSK fall behind by 16 runs in Sharjah run-fest.
Rajasthan Royals 216 for 7 (Samson 74, Smith 69, Archer 27*, Sam Curran 3-33) beat Chennai Super Kings 200 for 6 (du Plessis 72, Watson 33, Dhoni 29*, Tewatia 3-37) by 16 runs – Sharjah Cricket Stadium – 22 September, 2020
Match 4 of the IPL 2020 was a pure run-fest that saw both victor and the vanquished pile up 200 runs each at the Sharjah Cricket stadium on Tuesday night.
Without Ben Stokes and Jos Butler, Rajasthan Royals are considered to be the weakest side in the current edition of the Indian Premier League.
It looked that way when 18-year old Yashasvi Jaiswal threw away his wicket cheaply for 6 with only 11 runs on board.
The talented Sanju Samson came in and partnered captain Steven Smith to put on a 121-run partnership from just 9 overs.
Samson put in an exhibition of effortless six-hitting before he was out for 71. Samson's blitzkrieg astonishingly had just one boundary but was studded with 9 hits over the ropes.
Wickets fell quickly after that with David Miller, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag all falling cheaply.
When Smith went for a well-compiled 69 (4 boundaries and 4 sixes), RR were on 182 for 7 from 18.2 overs and 200 seemed a bit doubtful at that stage with lower-order batsmen at both ends.
But some sensational big-hitting from England all-rounder Joffra Archer took the initiative away from the rivals.
Archer belted 4 consecutive sixes form fast bowler Lungi Ngidi's final over, including one out of the stadium, to take his side's total to what looked like an unassailable 216.
Archer's cameo of 27 lasted only 8 balls. Ngidi's over costed him 30 runs with the South African quickie ending with expensive figures of 1 for 56.
Piyush Chawla who was raked over the coals by Samson earlier finished with 1 for 55 from his quota of 4 overs.
Sam Curran following his good show against the Mumbai Indians ended up with 3 for 33 which was commendable considering the carnage the Chennai bowling suffered.
CSK's chase began on a bright note with Shane Watson trying to do a Sanju Samson.
The 39-year old Aussie breezed to 33 with four sixes before he fell to a delivery from leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia that skidded in and took off his leg stump.
The Chennai side were still well-placed at 1 for 56 from only 6.4 overs when Watson departed. Murali Vijay left two runs later.
Sam Curran came in and dispatched a couple of hits over the ropes and at 77 for 2 from 8.4 a chase looked very much on.
But Curran got out recklessly for 17 and newbie Ruturaj Gaikwad followed in the next ball stumped by Samson for a duck off Tewathia. Kedar Jadhav did try to revive the CSK innings that suddenly looked fragile.
But his innings of 22 from 16 balls did no good to a cause that required sixes. With the score reading 114 for 5 from 13.4 overs after Jadhav's dismissal, the game seemed out of reach for CSK.
Faf du Plessis suddenly gave hope with some six hitting that matched his rivals. The South African who came in at No.3 launched 7 over the ropes in his attacking innings of 72.
He was particularly harsh on paceman Jaydev Unadkat off who he belted 21 runs in a over that had 3 sixes in it.
When he left caught behind by Samson off Joffra Archer, CSK still needed an impossible 37 from 7 balls to win.
MS Dhoni was all the while at the other end with an unflattering 10 of 13 balls but did provide some entertainment to his side's lost cause with three consecutive hits over the boundary off Tom Curran's final over, taking the tally of sixes hit in this run-fest to an astonishing 33.Bet on IPL at Bet365
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