CSK vs RR: Rajasthan Royals stumbled upon their second loss of the season and now lurking near the bottom of the points table. Sanju Samson and his men lost to Chennai Super Kings by 45 runs on Monday.
Chasing a total of 189 runs, RR’s batting collapsed yet again despite a decent start against Chennai Super Kings. It was a share of wickets between CSK spinners Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja who not only webbed the Royals’ batsmen in their trap but also pulled off some blinders on the field.
Ravindra Jadeja picked two wickets and also took four magnificent catches in the game, playing a crucial role in CSK’s comprehensive win.
Rajasthan Royals at one point of the game were cruising at 87/3 in 11 overs. However, they lost back to back four wickets within the next 12 runs i.e., 95/7 and eventually lost the grip of the whole game.
Losing skipper Sanju Samson reacted after the loss after a sudden batting collapse as he stated: “I thought it was a good score to chase down but we lost too many wickets in the middle overs. Our bowlers bowled really well, they batted too deep. 10-15 runs extra we gave down the line.”
MS Dhoni brought in Jadeja in the 7th over of RR’s innings and it paid off as he cleaned the well-settled Joss Buttler for 49 runs. After 11 overs, Dhoni also introduced Moeen Ali into bowling and that turned out to be a masterstroke as Ali took the most 3/7 in just three overs.
Rajasthan Royals surrendered in front of the CSK spinners as clearly evident from their sudden batting collapse as no other batsman could tackle the spin-web.
“We never expected that (turn), the dew didn’t come and the ball was still turning, so it was a bit shocking to see. It’s very important to maintain a good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate” Samson said.
Overall, it was Rajasthan’s second loss in three matches while CSK registered its second win in three games. CSK now holds 2nd place in the points table while Rajasthan Royals are at 6th place.
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