Coming off wins in their previous fixture, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) took on the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Wankhede.
Sanju Samson called the right side of the coin and sent in CSK to bat first. Both the teams opted not to make any alterations to their winning combination for this fixture.
Ruturaj Gaikwad’s (10) poor start to the tournament continued with a painful 13-ball stay at the crease. The opener was dropped off the very first delivery of the innings by Rahul Tewatia(1-21) at first slip.
Faf du Plessis (33) played the aggressor and countered the good length deliveries by Jaydev Unadkat (0-40) to good effect with the scoop shots to fine leg. He fell in the last over of the powerplay to Chris Morris (2-33).
The left-handed duo of Moeen Ali (26) and Suresh Raina (18) played handy cameos in the middle overs. The spinners did not have a solid say in the bowling proceedings as Ambati Rayudu (27) targetted them for boundaries.
Riyan Parag (0-16) completed a hattrick of catches in the deep which included the take of Rayudu.
MS Dhoni (18) struggled to get going and could only manage to hit two fours in his three over stay. The skipper was undone by a wily cutter by young Chetan Sakariya (3-36).
Valuable cameos in the death overs by Dwayne Bravo (20) and Sam Curran (13) took CSK to 188-9.
Swing was absent for the CSK new ball bowlers with no breeze and the dew coming into play as well.
Manan Vohra (14) once again fell away to a rash shot as Sam Curran (2-24) struck in his first over. Jos Buttler (49) was at his menacing best in the powerplay, keeping the run rate in check.
Curran came to haunt the Royals in his very next over. Skipper Sanju Samson (1) found mid-on with a mistimed shot in the final over of the powerplay.
Shivam Dube (17) rotated the strike while Buttler kept going hard at the other end. The innings took a wild turn once spin was introduced into the attack.
While spin bowlers have not had a good time bowling at this venue this time around, Ravindra Jadeja (2-28) and Moeen Ali (3-7) had a spell of their lives.
The left-arm spinner pushed the first domino by rattling the stumps of Buttler with an exceptional delivery that turned square.
From 87-2, RR slumped to 95-7 in the space of three overs. Shivam Dube’s sluggish knock was put to an end by Jadeja as well. David Miller (2), Riyan Parag (3), and Chris Morris (0) failed to reach double figures and were all dismissed by Moeen Ali.
Rahul Tewatia (20) and Jaydev Unadkat (24) hanged around till the end to reduce the deficit to 45 runs to hand MS Dhoni a win in his 200th match as CSK’s captain.
CSK 188-9 (20 overs) (F.du Plessis 33; C.Sakariya 3-36)
RR 143-9 (20 overs) (J.Buttler 49; M.Ali 3-7)
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