IPL 2020 CSK vs RR Match Highlights: The 4th match of the Indian Premier League was played between Rajasthan and Chennai i.e CSK vs RR. In this match, the Rajasthan Royals defeats Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs and started their journey in IPL 2020 with a win. The team captained by MS Dhoni, who defeated Mumbai Indians to play their second match, lost to Rajasthan Royals playing the opening match of IPL’s 13th season.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals at Sharjah ground. Dhoni’s decision was just proving right when later Sanju Samson rained sixes. After the superb century partnership of Sanju Samson (74) and captain Steve Smith (69) and quick innings played by Jofra Archer in the last over, Rajasthan Royals scored 216 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs.
In response, the Chennai team was able to score 200 runs by losing 6 wickets in 20 overs and lost the match by 16 runs. Dhoni hit 3 consecutive sixes in the match.
Rajasthan Royal’s Innings, Jaiswal Returned Cheaply
In the absence of Jos Buttler for the Rajasthan Royals, captain Steve Smith himself landed in the opening. Young Yashasvi Jaiswal came to support him. Jaiswal was playing his first IPL debut match, but Deepak Chahar walked him on a personal score of 6 runs.
In this way, Rajasthan lost their first wicket in the form of Yashasvi Jaiswal. But after this Sanju Samson came to bat and formed a partnership of more than 60 runs with Smith.
Sanju Samson And Steve Smith’s Partnership
After the early dismissal of debutant Yashasvi Jaiswal, Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson came to bat. Samson rained big shots as soon as he arrived and completed his half-century off just 19 balls. This was the 10th IPL Fifty of his career.
He shared a 121-run partnership for the second wicket with captain Steve Smith. Both completed the 100-run partnership off just 44 balls. This is the first-century partnership of this season.
Samson’s wicket fell at a total score (Team) of 132, as Chahar takes his catch off Lungi Ngidi’s spell. Samson scored 74 runs off 32 balls with the help of 9 sixes and 1 four.
Archer Completes The Task As The Wicket Keeps Falling
After Sanju’s dismissal, Rajasthan lost its rhythm. The wickets of David Miller (0) and Robin Uthappa (5) were lost quickly. David Miller was run out in an attempt to steal the run. Veteran Robin Uthappa was caught by du Plessis off Piyush Chawla for just 5 runs. After Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia and then Ryan Parag also returned to the pavilion.
Rahul Tewatia got LBW by Sam Curran. He could only get to score 10 runs. Just after that, Ryan Parag caught by Mahindra Singh Dhoni, behind the wicket, of Sam Curran’s spell. He was dismissed by scoring 6 runs.
Smith however stood at one end. His innings was ended by Sam Curran in the 19th over. Smith was caught by Kedar Jadhav at the boundary line. Smith faced 47 balls and scored 69 runs in his innings, hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes. After Samson was dismissed, the loss in run-rate was completed by Archer in the last over.
Archer Big Hits In The Last Over
There was a time that Rajasthan’s score doesn’t seem to cross 200 runs. But after Samson was dismissed, the loss in run-rate was completed by Archer in the last over.
Jofra Archer played a key role in the final over, scoring 4 consecutive sixes and taking the score to 216 runs for his team. Archer returned unbeaten after scoring 27 runs off 8 balls.
Vijay And Watson Gave A Good Start To Chennai Super Kings
Murali Vijay and Shane Watson opened the innings for the Chennai Super Kings, chasing a target of 218 runs. Remind you, it was not easy to score on this slow wicket. As such, Chennai had high expectations from their experienced opening pair of Murali Vijay and Shane Watson.
Both of them started slowly and took the score to 50 in the seventh over. Watson took a more aggressive stance and made some good shots. The two together shared a 56-run opening partnership.
Spinners Done The Magic For Rajasthan
The duos were almost settled at the crease until Steve Smith handed over the bowling command to Rahul Tewatia. Tewatia bowled Watson and gave the Royals their first success. The ball was slow and low on which Watson tried to pull but unfortunately, the ball hits the leg stump. He scored 33 runs off 21 balls with the help of 1 four and 4 sixes.
In the very next over, Shreyas Gopal had Murali Vijay caught by Tom Karan on a personal score of 21. At this time Chennai’s score was 58 runs.
Chennai Lost Controls As Tewatia Did Wonders
To increase the run rate, Chennai’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni sent Sam Curran to bat. Curran cleared his intentions by hitting two sixes off Tewatia’s ball. However, his innings did not last much and it was Tewatia who got his second success by stumping him. Curran scored 17 runs off six balls. Soon after, Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was playing his first match, sent back without scoring any run.
This is how Rajasthan spinner Rahul Tewatiya showed the path of the pavilion to Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad in consecutive balls in the 9th over of the innings. Both were stumped by Sanju Samson. At this point in time, the Chennai team’s score was 77 for 4 in 9 overs.
Faf Scored Half-Century, But Couldn’t Get Victory
Faf du Plessis attempted to gain quick runs at the end of the innings but proved insufficient. He knocked 72 runs in 37 balls with the help of 1 four and 7 sixes. This was his 14th half-century in the IPL.
Although the target was extremely difficult, du Plessis held out hope for Chennai fans. Chennai suffered the 6th blow as Faf Du Plessis, who was taken by Jofra Archer at the hands of Sanju Samson on the 5th ball of the 19th over of the innings.
Jadhav And Du Plessis Partnership Gets Flop
Kedar Jadhav and Faf du Plessis added 37 runs for the fifth wicket together. Jadhav scored 22 runs off 16 balls. When he looked set, he was dismissed for playing a big shot off Curran. Samson caught a good catch of him behind the wicket.
On the other side, Faf Du Plessis hits his second consecutive fifty at IPL 2020. Du Plessis was dismissed after playing a stormy inning of 72 runs in just 29 balls. At the same time, MS Dhoni hit three consecutive sixes in the last over. Dhoni returned unbeaten after scoring 29 runs in 17 balls.