IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Jos Buttler's fiery 70, all-round efforts from bowlers help Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets
Abu Dhabi (UAE) | Jagran Sports Desk: Jos Buttler's incredible 70 off 48 balls and an all-round effort for the bowlers helped Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings on Monday by seven wickets in game 37 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With this win, Rajasthan Royals have sealed crucial two points, keeping their hopes alive for playoffs. However, the same cannot be said about Chennai Super Kings as they are virtually out of the tournament now.
Asked to field first, Rajasthan Royals did a good job in restricting Chennai Super Kings to just 125 runs in their 20 overs. The Royals were led by Jofra Archer who picked up the crucial wicket of Faf du Plessis (10 off 9 balls) in only the third over of the game to give CSK first jolt.
The CSK were never able to build from there as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Sam Curran (22 off 25 balls), Shane Watson (8 off 3 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (13 off 19 balls) struggled against RR bowlers and never looked comfortable in the game.
Dhoni, who was playing his 200th IPL game on Monday, also looked in discomfort and managed to score just 28 off 28 balls. It was Ravindra Jadeja (35 off 30 balls) who looked in good touch as he helped his side reach 125 in their 20 over.
For Rajasthan Royals, Jofra Archer (1/20), Shreyas Gopal (1/14) and Rahul Tewatia (1/18) were star with the ball. However, Steve Smith's side didn't get a good start with the bat as they three wickets -- Ben Stokes (19 off 11 balls), Robin Uthappa (4 off 9 balls) and Sanju Samson (duck) -- early in their chase.
Nonetheless, skipper Steve Smith (26 off 34 balls) and Jos Buttler (70 off 48 balls) steadied the innings for Rajasthan to ensure that their side win this crucial match. With this win, Rajasthan Royals now have 8 points from 10 matches at a net run rate of -0.591. Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, have slipped to the bottom and have just 6 points in 10 games at a net run rate of -0.463.
"I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure. Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me," said Steve Smith after the match.
Meanwhile, Mahendra Singh Dhoni expressed disappointment over his team's performance and said, "what this result has done is give those youngsters a chance in the rest of the tournament".
"It's about going back to the process, and then see if the process is wrong. We play in front of millions of people so there is nothing to hide. We're trying a few things. You don't want to chop and change. Insecurity is something you don't want to prevail in the dressing room. Fair enough, this season we weren't really there," Dhoni noted.
Chennai Super Kings: 125/5 in 20 overs (Ravindra Jadeja 35 not out, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 28; Shreyas Gopal 1/14. Rahul Tewatia 1/18, Jofra Archer 1/20)
Rajasthan Royals: 126/3 in 17.3 overs (Jos Buttler 70 not out; Deepak Chahar 2/18, Josh Hazlehood 1/19)
Posted By: Aalok Sensharma