IPL 2021 Match 12–CSK vs RR: Chennai Super Kings climbed to the second position after registering a comprehensive 45-run victory over Rajasthan Royals. MS Dhoni and his men also registered their second win of the season after putting a clinical from both bat and ball.
Leading the side in the 200th match, MS Dhoni lost the toss and CSK was put to bat first. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis opened the batting for the side. The opening pair was off to a decent start before Mustafizur Rahman trapped Gaikwad on 11 runs.
The middle-order comprising of Moeen Ali (26 runs), Suresh Raina (18 runs), Ambati Rayudu (27 runs), and Dwayne Bravo (20* runs) took the team total to 188/9 in 20 overs. Skipper MS Dhoni was again successfully kept at bay by the opposing bowlers as this time Chetan Sakariya dismissed on just 18 runs.
Sakariya not only dismissed CSK skipper but also took Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu by cleaners during his spell. Another successful bowler for RR stood out to be Chris Morris (2/33).
Chasing a total of 189 runs, Rajasthan Royals were off to a decent start but soon lost the wicket of Manan Vohra in the 4th over.
It was Sam Curran who gave CSK a brilliant start with the ball, followed by another big wicket of skipper Sanju Samson in the 6th over. However, Jos Buttler remained firm on the crease and even stitched a 42-run partnership with Shivan Dube. But he fell prey to Ravindra Jadeja’s ball and got bowled in the 12th over.
Moeen- Jadeja duo spin-choke RR batsmen
From there on CSK started to get a firm hold of the match as the asking run rate climbed up for the RR batsmen. For that CSK unleashed the spin attack from both ends by introducing Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja.
Jadeja picked two wickets and also took four catches while Moeen inflicted three damages to RR thereby, assuring a comprehensive victory for his side.
Needing 52 runs in the final over, Rajasthan Royals managed to score just six runs and eventually lost the game by 45 runs. Moeen Ali became the player of the match for his all-round show as CSK jumped to the 2nd spot in the points table.
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