Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won the match by 45 runs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) on 19th April 2021. This was the 12th match of the season.
CSK team has a batting order all the way to number 11 and this managed to mask the flaws of the team. Rajasthan Royals (RR) collapsed in the middle order in the chase of 189. This meant they were beaten even before the match ended.
Rising to the Challenge
Faf du Plessis knows very well that he has to score for 2 people when he goes to bat. He has made peace with this.
Jaydev Unadkat was not prepared to do so. He was totally confused when he leaked 2 fours behind the wicket and 2 sixes in front of the wicket.
Du Plessis is one of the few batsmen of the CSK team who is not hesitant to rey shots that are unorthodox. This was 46 for 2 in the powerplay.
Ruturaj Gaikwad has no power game and in the 3 innings he seemed to be out of place.
The Fading Captain
MS Dhoni, in the past, would lead to destruction if he came to bat when the score was 125 with 6 overs left in the game. In this inning, he faced 17 balls of the 37, and managed only 18 runs and that too, in an uncomfortable manner. This is definitely not ideal.
The credit goes to the RR team. Dhoni was forced to play spin, which he so hates. Chetan Sakariya was excellent with the change in pace.
This means the opponents knew how to make the power of Dhoni fade.
The End Overs
The CSK team batted deep and there was no stopping them swinging. Sam Curran made 13 off 6 balls, launching the 2nd delivery six over point that was ‘jaw-dropping’.
Dwayne Bravo made 20 off 8, was also on it. He put in a lot of effort on clearing the boundary and there was this one time when the bat flew off his hand. It was due to his efforts that the CSK team made 45 runs off the last 3 overs and finished with 188.
Mr. Super King
Ravindra Jadeja walked out for batting in the 14th over. He was unable to reprise his heroics at batting; he managed to find his bowling groove.
A beautiful delivery of Jadeja that managed to get Jos Buttler was enough proof.
This pitched on the middle and leg, at a pace and spot that did not allow the batter to push back or forward. This turned to strike the middle and off.
Buttler was seen keeling over, with the wicket and also his balance, both ripped off.
This was the start of the ‘finish’ for the RR team- Five wickets, 2 to Jadeja and 3 to Moeen, for a mere 8 runs. This was followed by Shivam Dube and David Miller was out lbw, and Chris Morris and Riyan Parag were caught.
The RR team slipped from 87 for 2 to 95 for 7 and this was the ‘end’.