In the 37th match of the IPL 2020, Rajasthan Royals (RR) comfortably beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 7 wickets. at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium (Abu Dhabi).
Playing his 200th IPL match, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni decided to bat first after winning the toss. However, CSK didn’t get a good start and managed to score 125/5 (20 overs) at the end of the first innings. In reply, Rajasthan Royals chased down that target in 17.3 overs after losing three wickets.
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IPL 2020, Match 37: Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals (CSK vs RR) – Highlights
Rajasthan Royals (RR) innings
Rajasthan Royals also struggled in the powerplay as they lost the first three batsmen in that powerplay and scored only 31 runs. Deepak Chahar first brought the breakthrough after he bowled the opener Ben Stokes for 19 runs.
Josh Hazlewood dismissed another opener Robin Uthappa (4) while Sanju Samson (0) became Chahar’s second victim in that match.
But captain Steven Smith and wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler then handled the pressure situation and they helped to move the scoreboard without much difficulty. Buttler dominated in that solid partnership where he completed his fifty in 37 balls.
Their unbroken 98 runs partnership for the fourth wicket was enough for Rajasthan Royals to claim their fourth victory in this season. While Smith scored 26 not out 34 balls (2 fours), Buttler remained not out on 70 runs off 48 balls (7 fours and 2 sixes).
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Chennai Super Kings (CSK) innings
CSK opener Faf du Plessis lost his wicket on 10 runs in the third over as Jofra Archer provided a good start. Shane Watson (8) was also dismissed cheaply in the next over. At the end of the powerplay, they scored 43/2.
After the powerplay, opener Sam Curran (22) and Ambati Rayudu (13) lost their wickets as CSK were in deep trouble on 56/4 in 10 overs.
Then skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja tried to handle the pressure and control the situation but they couldn’t score quickly. They built up the 51 runs partnership for the fifth wicket before Dhoni was run out on 28 runs off 28 balls in the 18th over.
Jadeja remained not out on 35 runs off 30 balls, but CSK failed to manage a good first innings total anyway.
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