Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered their second consecutive victory in the season after beating Rajasthan Royals (RR) by 45 runs in Match 12 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
Both teams were riding on a high, having secured a victory in their previous matches. Also, it was Thala Dhoni’s 200th match as captain of CSK. The stage was set – it was just a matter of who would act better.
RR won the toss and chose to field first. The powerplay was evenly divided, with Ruturaj going cheaply, and, at the same time, Du Plessis and Moeen set things right.
Then, Du Plessis and Moeen both were dismissed quickly, and Raina and Rayudu were at the crease. They went about their business in full-on beast mode, unleashing their wrath by smashing boundaries. Also, unleashing and displaying his fielding prowess in full flow was Parag, who was the fielder behind Rayudu’s wicket.
He had also taken 2 catches prior to this. Raina was also dismissed in quick succession. Jadeja and Dhoni sewed together a partnership, only to be broken by Sakariya. Soon, Jaddu and Curran also got out.
Shardul also got run out, in the last over. The Super Kings finally managed 188, with no significant individual performance from their players.
In reply, Buttler was on fire, giving RR a superb start. Chahar, who was their star bowler last match, didn’t have impressive figures in this one. But then, Vohra and Samson were sent packing by Curran, giving CSK a much needed and crucial breakthrough.
Buttler, though with a good start got out at 49, just short of his 50. Dube was also removed in the same over, by Jadeja, who redeemed the no-ball he bowled. Miller was then dismissed by Moeen Ali, meaning RR were in deep trouble.
This was further intensified when Riyan Parag fell soon after, courtesy of Moeen Ali. After just one ball, he took the wicket of Morris. After that, everything was just a formality. CSK registered a sweet victory, made sweeter because it was Dhoni’s 200th match as captain.
Brief Scores: Chennai Super Kings 188/9 (Faf du Plessis 33, Ambati Rayudu 27; Chetan Sakariya 3/36) beat Rajasthan Royals 143/9 (Jos Buttler 49, Jaydev Unadkat 24; Moeen Ali 3/7) by 45 runs.