IPL 2019: CSK won by 8 runs from RR
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) make it three from three yesterday night at their home ground. The host had work hard to win from the visitors Rajasthan Royals (RR) at M.A. Chidambaram stadium.
RR winning the toss decided to bowl first which allowed hosts to set a target for the guests.
CSK Playing XI – S Watson, A Rayudu, S Raina, K Jadhav, MS Dhoni(c & wk), D Bravo, R Jadeja, D Chahar, S Thakur, M Santner, I Tahir.
Starting the innings, Ambati Rayudu gifted his wicket while trying to steal a boundary. Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav chose to go fiery which was not required on the pitch. Both mistimed the shots and handed over their wickets in a plate to RR.
Dhoni did let the double setback affect the team. The whole crowd was up on its feet when the CSK skipper walked out. Dhoni once again reminded everyone about his famous finishing abilities when the hopes are down. He took his time before releasing those power-packed shots. The CSK skipper hit an unbeaten stellar 46 balls 75. Dwayne Bravo supported Dhoni in turning the innings to leave RR bowlers as spectators.
The Super Kings notched up a respectable score of 175 for the loss of 5 wickets. It was now going to be difficult for the Royals with Dhoni guiding the bowling and the slow pitch
RR Playing XI – A Rahane(c), J Buttler (wk), S Samson, S Smith, B Stokes, R Tripathi, K Gowtham, J Archer, J Unadkat, S Gopal, D Kulkarni.
RR openers Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler gave away their wickets easily. The ton scorer in the previous match against SRH, Sanju Samson too was sent back to the pavilion by Deepak Chahar reducing RR to 14/3.
Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi stabled the scoreboard by building a 61 run partnership. Leg spinner Imran Tahir took up the job and broked the budding partnership sending both the batsmen back to the dugout. Ben Stokes stiched an innings and a needed 44 runs stand with Jofra Archer. Both the batsmen smashed some quality shots which brought the match to the position where 12 were required of final over.
The champion singer, Dwayne Bravo bowled a spectacular last over and restricted RR to 167.
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