The Fact India: In the 37th match of the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 32 runs. Batting first, Rajasthan scored 202 runs for five wickets in 20 overs. In response, Chennai could only manage 170 runs for six wickets in 20 overs. This is Rajasthan’s first win after two consecutive defeats. With this win, the Rajasthan team has reached the top of the points table with five wins and 10 points in eight matches. The Chennai team has slipped to the third position in the points table with five wins and three losses in eight matches. In second place is Gujarat Titans with a better run rate than Chennai and 10 points.
In this match played at Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan Royals won the toss and decided to bat first. Batting first, Rajasthan scored 202 runs losing five wickets in 20 overs. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler added 86 runs in just 50 balls for the first wicket. Ravindra Jadeja broke this partnership. He got Jos Buttler caught by Shivam Dubey. He could score 27 runs in 21 balls. At the other end, Yashasvi hit quick shots and completed the sixth half-century of IPL career in 26 balls.
After this, Tushar Deshpande took two wickets in the 14th over. He first got captain Sanju Samson caught by Rituraj Gaikwad. Samson was able to score 17 runs in 17 balls. After this Yashasvi was caught by Rahane. Yashasvi could score 77 runs in 43 balls with the help of eight fours and four sixes. Shimron Hetmyer was clean bowled by Mahesh Teekshana after scoring eight runs. After this, Dhruv Jurel and Devdutt Padikkal shared a 48-run partnership in 21 balls for the fifth wicket.
Dhruv got out after scoring 34 runs in 15 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Padikkal remained unbeaten on 27 runs in 13 balls with the help of five fours. At the same time, Ashwin remained unbeaten after scoring one run. Tushar Deshpande took the maximum two wickets from Chennai. At the same time, Teekshana and Jadeja got one wicket each. Chasing a huge target of 203 runs, the team of Chennai Super Kings never appeared in the match. The team had a very slow start and scored 42 runs in the powerplay i.e. losing one wicket in the first six overs. Devon Conway got out after scoring eight runs in 16 balls.
After this, Rituraj Gaikwad also lost his wicket in order to increase the run rate. He played an inning of 47 runs in 29 balls with the help of five fours and a six. Adam Zampa sent both of them to the pavilion. After this, the magic of Ashwin’s spin was seen and he took two wickets in the 11th over. He first dismissed Ajinkya Rahane, who played brilliant innings in the last few matches.
Rahane got out after scoring 15 runs in 13 balls. After this, Ambati Rayudu was caught by the holder in the same over. Rayudu could not even open the account. Shivam Dubey and Moeen Ali tried to manage the innings and shared a 51-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Zampa then came to bowl and got Moeen caught by wicketkeeper Samson.
Moin was dismissed for 23 runs in 12 balls with the help of two fours and two sixes. Shivam Dubey played an innings of 52 runs in 33 balls, but it was not enough to win Chennai. Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten after scoring 23 runs in 15 balls. Zampa took three wickets and Ashwin took two wickets from Rajasthan. At the same time, Kuldeep Yadav got a wicket.