Chennai Super Kings (CSK) v/s Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Chennai Super Kings

This IPL2020 tournament played between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) saw RR crush the CSK team with 7 wickets. Now, RR is in the 5th position.

Jos Buttler with 70 and Steve Smith with 26 helped the RR team chase down the target of the target of 126 runs. This was done only in 17.3 overs and 7 wickets left in hand.

On the other hand, Rahul Tewatia with 1-18 and Shreyas Gopal with 1-14 helped the RR team to restrict CSK team to 125 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs.

The toss was won by CSK captain, MS Dhoni, and he elected to bat.

Sleepwalk of the CSK team:

Jofra Archer beat the pinch-hitting opener, Sam Curran’s outside edge. At the time Archer hit 150kph and also the outside edge, Curran was able to poke it past the slip.

After managing only 8 off the 13 balls by Archer and Tyagi, Curran looked for an escape route against Gopal.  This spinner dangled a wrong’un and had him holing for 22 off 25 balls.

At that point of time, the CSK team was 53 for 3 wickets in the 9th over. They had already lost Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis.

MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja had to sleepwalk through the middle overs. None of the batsmen from the CSK team tried to unsettle the leg spinners.

The CSK team did not hit any boundaries in the 50 balls after which Jadeja ended this period of drought with 4 fours. This team ended with the lowest score after choosing to bat first in the IPL2020 of the 19th October 2020.

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Boss is Jos:

The CSK team got only 13 fours out of which Buttler hit nine. Smith was striking only at 75 but Buttler doubled the rate of the strike.

In Jadeja’s first over, Buttler got cracking with a reverse-sweep. Piyush Chawla and Jadeja, both of them could not find a grip and turn the way the spinners of the RR team had done. Buttler laid into Chawla and Shardul Thakur and took them to 48 for 27 balls.

Jos Buttler showed what the CSK team was missing. Innovation, intent, and power.

The CSK team is not used to the position they are in at present. They have played ten games, seven losses, and only six points. They are at the rock bottom of the table. According to MS Dhoni, he feels his team is not really there.

He added that the spark was missing in the youngsters. According to him, they tried quite a few things but did not want too many changes or chopping as after 4 to 5 games you are not sure about anything. He said he wanted to give his boys a fair go. HE does not want insecurity to prevail in the dressing room. It seems Dhoni has given up on hoping for a turnaround in the game.