Chennai Super Kings continued their winning momentum in the Indian Premier League 2021 by beating Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs. It was a superb overall performance from the team, one where their bowlers showed their strengths.
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Quick Stats from the game
- Chennai Super Kings: 188-9
- Rajasthan Royals: 143-9
- Toss Winner: Rajasthan Royals, elected to field
- Top Batsman: Jos Buttler
- Top Bowler: Moeen Ali
- Man of the Match: Moeen Ali
Team Effort from Chennai
Individually speaking, the Chennai Super Kings batsmen had a rather mediocre day but on the whole, they helped a great deal in putting up a respectable total on the board.
None of them stayed at the crease for long but what little runs they scored, it definitely did the trick.
Ruturaj Gaikwad got out early again while Faf du Plessis continued his fine form from the last match. The Protean scored 33 off 17 deliveries, thus becoming the leading run-scorer for the day.
Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, and Dwayne Bravo together added 73 runs while the likes of Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni scored 18 runs each.
CSK Top Batsmen
- Faf du Plessis: 33 off 17; 4 4s, 2 6s
- Ambati Rayudu: 27 off 17; 3 6s
RR Top Bowlers
- Chetan Sakariya: 3-36, 4 overs
- Chris Morris: 2-33, 4 overs
In all fairness, Rajasthan Royals could have restricted Chennai to a much lower total but their bowlers were not as disciplined.
Jaydev Unadkat, Sakariya, and Mustafizur Rahman finished their spells at an economy rate of over 9.00.
Ultimately, Rajasthan had to chase a target of 189 runs.
Impeccable Bowling from Chennai
When the competition started, CSK were battling their own issues in the bowling department but after today’s match, it is safe to say that all those fears have been eliminated.
Rajasthan Royals started strong but thanks to some early breakthroughs by Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja, Chennai were back in control of the game.
Manan Vohra and Sanju Samson were among the first to depart, stitching just 15 runs together. Jos Buttler, meanwhile, put up the most resistance but got out just one run shy of a half-century.
After Buttler fell, it was just a matter of time before the rest of the team got out too.
RR Top Batsmen
- Jos Buttler: 49 off 35; 4 4s, 2 6s
- Jaydev Unadkat: 24 off 17; 2 4s, 1 6s
CSK Top Bowlers
- Moeen Ali: 3-7; 3 overs
- Sam Curran: 2-24; 4 overs
Dube added another 17 runs on the board before falling to Jadeja. As for Chris Morris, David Miller, and Riyan Parag, they all fell to Ali. By this point, the run rate was getting well out of control and it was just a matter of formality to bowl the remaining overs.
In the final overs of the match, Rahul Tewatia and Unadkat entertained the audience with a brief cameo, scoring 20 and 24 runs respectively before getting out.
Rajasthan Royals moved on to lose the match by 45 runs.