Match no.4 Chennai Super Kings(CSK) faces Rajasthan Royals(RR) in Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. Dhoni lead CSK is set to play their second match of the tournament after beating Mumbai Indians in the opening match.
Match: Rajasthan Royals(RR) vs Chennai Super Kings(CSK)
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Toss Details: Chennai Super Kings opt to bowl
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Steve Smith | RR Captain: Probably would have bowled as well. The dew factor as MS just pointed out will come into the game. Bat first and hopefully we do it well. Took a little bit longer than I would have liked. I had my first hit yesterday and it went well. Myself, Tom Curran, Archer, and Miller.
I have been involved with the Royals since 2014, it has been a while with a few years off there. We have got a good group, good bunches of guys, a lot of talent and we are excited about this year. I have heard a lot (about the youngsters) in the last few weeks.
The boys have been trying exceptionally well here and been doing a great job. So it is time to bring out to the middle and hopefully, we can see some really good talent taking off.
MS Dhoni | CSK Captain: We will bowl first. Dew is one of the factors. What we have seen is a consistent amount of dew all over, whenever there is a question mark when it comes to dew you want to chase. I feel this is one venue where the wicket will be entirely different compared to the other two venues.
People will prepare differently for the matches over here. As of now looks good but it will slow down as the match progresses. I don’t know how hard the surface is underneath. We have one change – Rayudu is not 100 percent, so Rituraj comes in his place.
Adaptability is the key in the shortest format. You need to quickly judge what length to bowl on that particular surface and to that particular batsmen. Those are things we need to do, other than that we won’t be the best fielding side, we will be a safe fielding side.
Playing XI for RR vs CSK
Chennai Super Kings(CSK)
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
IPL 2020 RR vs CSK
Rajasthan Royals Batting
Jaiswal and Smith are at the crease to lead RR from the front. The young Indian cricketer joins hands with experienced and No.1 test bowler. RR is in target to set a big score in their first match of the tournament.
Chahar gets in attack as usual. Jaiswal is in strike an unexpected move from the experienced non striker. With the new ball, Chahar gave 4 runs of the over without any big shots of the first over. RR scored 4 for no wicket loss.
Sam Curran gets in the attack. The game-changer of the first match for CSK gets in attack and CSK expects a wicket earlier in order to dismiss the dangerous batsman Steve Smith. A good start for CSK as RR scored just 7 runs for no wicket loss.
Chahar backs in the attack. Jaiswal without any pressure pushed the first ball towards a boundary but Jaiswal dismissed for 6 runs in a short ball from Chahar. Sanju Samson gets in attack and joins hands with Steve Smith.
An outstanding catch from Chahar as captain cool makes a good communication with Chahar and allow him to pick his wicket.
With a couple of boundaries and a wicket of the 3rd over RR scored 17 runs for a wicket loss.
Samson vs CSK in IPL
Lungi Ngidi gets in the attack. Smith without any pressure pushed the first ball of the over to the maiden six of the innings. RR scored 27 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Sam Curran backs in the attack. Samson makes a back to boundary and six of the over which costs CSK the most. With 14 runs of the over RR scored 40 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Chahar backs in the attack. Samson makes an impressive six of the third ball as Smith makes a boundary of the 5th ball. RR scored
Jadeja gets in the attack. MS Dhoni makes Chawla bowl the first spin over in the previous over. Samson hits a back to back six which puts Jadeja under pressure to control the over. Dhoni seems to bit unhappy after the massive blows.
An expensive over from Jadeja as he loose 14 of the over. RR scored 68 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Chawla gets in the attack. Samson seems unstoppable as he strikes a back to back to sixes of the first two ball of the over. CSK in pressure to break the well-settled partnership.
Samson makes his half-century in just 19 balls, the fastest of his IPL carrier. Samson still seems hungry to makes big shots he hit a triple boundary which makes the over bit costlier.
With a six in the free hit of the no-ball, Chawla gave 28 runs off his first over as RR reached 96 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Jadeja gets in the attack. CSK is in pressure to break the partnership. A big shout from Jadej ain the 2nd ball of the over which denied after the discussion which later changed as a chance for CSK to dismiss the aggressive batsman.
RR scored 100 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Chawla gets in the attack. Boundaries everywhere as Smith and Samson start to hit aggressively as RR team score rise to 119 for 1 wicket loss.
Jadeja gets in the attack. Samson hits the third ball to a lovely six adding an extra in 5th ball. RR scored 129 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Ngidi gets in the attack. The emotion of the CSK players gets in high as they seek a wicket to break this partnership. Finally, the CSK fan’s prayers have been answered as Samson gets dismissed for 74 runs.
David Miller gets into the attack. And the dream for the debut for the team has been scattered after facing a run-out. 2 wickets in an over makes RR to struggle at the end. RR scored 134 runs for 3 wickets.
Chawla backs in the attack. A controlled over from Chawla as he gives only 3 runs off the over as RR scored 137 runs for 3 wicket loss.
Jadeja gets back in the attack. Jadeja bowls his last over of the match and is in pressure to make a wicket as he still fails to make his maiden wicket of the innings. A catch drop by Sam Curran at the boundary which makes Steve add six runs off the ball. RR scored 149 for 3 wicket loss.
Chawla gets back in the attack. Uthappa strikes the first ball to make a big shot but it reaches the wrong hand. Faf du Plessis is the fielder who never misses the ball, caught Uthappa, and return Pavillion for just 5 runs.
Though Chawla gave runs in the first two over makes a tight last over and makes a wicket in his last over. RR scored 154 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Ngidi gets in the attack. The dangerous batsman Steve Smith still remains in the field which means RR still can add some big shots. RR makes 13 sixes so far of the innings. With a couple of boundaries, RR scored 167 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Sam Curran gets back in the attack. The young cricketer proves himself again by dismissing Rahul Tewatia for 10 runs. Riyan Paraggets in the attack. Still, pressure halts over CSK as Smith remains in the field.
Sam makes a wicket in the last ball of the over. Dhoni with an impressive catch to dismiss Riyan Parag for 6 runs.
Chahar gets in to bowl the last over. Tom Curran gets in the attack to lead RR along with Smith. After a lot of discussions, the umpires confirmed Tom Curran to continues to bat after a wrong umpires call. As RR wasted their review earlier.
Sam Curran backs in the attack. Brothers face each other on the field but sam’s spell worked for Steve Smith. The brilliant performance comes to an end after scoring 69 runs. Jofra Archer gets into joins hand with Tom. RR scored 186 runs for 7 wicket loss.
Ngidi gets back to bowl the last over. Jofra Archer hit hat-trick sixes in the last over and RR moves beyond 200 runs. The first team to score 200+ runs in IPL 2020 tournament. With a raining sixes and no balls, the bowler gets emotionally over the realm and go for a wide.
The unexpected from the world-class player as the over ends up a bit costlier and RR ends up setting a massive target. RR scored 216 runs for 7 wicket loss.
Highest totals for RR in IPL
223/5 vs CSK Chennai 2010
217/4 vs RCB Bengaluru 2018
217/7 vs Deccan Hyderabad 2008
216/7 vs CSK Sharjah 2020
17 sixes is the most hit by Royals in IPL surpassing 14 each against Deccan in Hyderabad in 2008 and RCB in Bengaluru in 2018
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Batting
With a mammoth target to chase down CSK opener, Shane Watson and Murali Vijay get in the crease. This duo is in response to make a massive opening partnership to make their second victory of the tournament.
Unadkat gets in to bowl the first over of the match. With a back to back single from the strikers, CSK makes a steady start with a score of 5 runs of the over. CSK scored 5 runs for no loss.
Jofra Archer gets in to bowl his first over of the match. Full tight deliveries from Archer make CSK to score only 3 runs of the over. CSK scored 8 runs for no loss.
Unadkat backs to bowl his second over. With a back to the back boundary from the first two balls, CSK scored 19 runs for no loss.
Jofra Archer backs to bowl his second over of the match. A massive six from the strong man Watson. And no runs of the remaining balls. Dots should be avoided while chasing a target like this but the opening partnership plays a key role in the match-winning. CSK scored 25 runs for no loss.
Shreyas Gopal gets in to bowl his first over of the innings. Vijay starts with a boundary while Watson ends up with a massive six, which makes it to the roof. CSK scored 36 runs for no wicket loss.
Tom Curran gets in to bowl his first over of the match. Watoo make use of this over as he hits a pair of massive sixes followed by a boundary makes CSK score further, CSK scored 53 runs for no wicket loss at the end of power play.
Rahul Tewatia gets in to bowl his first over. The big man dismissed early. While attempting a pull shot Watson loses his wicket for 33 runs. Faf du Plessis, the man who put a lot of his effort to make victory over the Mumbai Indians gets in the crease. CSK scored 57 runs for 1 wicket loss.
Shreyas Gopal backs to bowl his second over. Another opener M. Vijay makes his way back to Pavillion after dismissing for 21 runs. CSK top order seems to collapse and in pressure to make some big shots to make their victory.
Sam Curran gets in the attack and makes the boundary off his first ball. CSK scored 64 runs for 2 wicket loss.
Rahul Tewatia gets in to bowl his second Over of the innings. CSK is way away from the target and should avoid the dot balls. With a massive back to back sixes of the over Sam walks Pavillion for 17 runs. Tewatia had his second wicket of the match.
Ruturaj Gaikwad gets in and walks towards Pavillion on the first ball. CSK scored 77 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Gopal makes his way back to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. Kedar Jadhav made his way in. With a lot to make CSK strikes still fails to make big shots. CSK scored 82 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Rahul Tewatia makes his way back to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. The required run rate surpasses 14.5 per over. CSK still fails to make some quality big shots and scored 86 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Gopal gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. Kedar Jadhav makes a hat trick boundaries of the over and set in fire the much needed for CSK. Gopla finishes his over by losing 15 runs the much needed run by CSK.
CSK scored 101 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Chennai Super Kings need 116 runs in 48 balls CSK has to make 15 runs per over in an average to bags the victory. Unadkat gets in to bowl his 3rd over. With a back to back to singles, CSK scored 108 runs for 4 wicket loss.
Tom Curran gets in to bowl his 2nd over of the innings. A no-ball free hit of the 3rd ball of th over. Faf misses the big shot in th free hit and ends up scoring a single. Jadhav makes his way back to Pavillion after scoring 22 runs.
The unexpected happens everyone expects Jadeja to make his way in but its time for finsher to show up. Yes! Dhoni comes in strike. CSK expects a miracle to execute by MSD. CSK scored 115 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Rahul Tewatia gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. With a couple of six from Faf du Plessis in the over CSK scored 131 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Jofra Archer backs in to bowl his 3rd over of the innings. With a boundary from faf CSK scored 138 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Unadkat gets back in to bowl his final over of the innings. With a triple sixes of the over Faf made his second half-century of the IPL 2020. CSK scored 159 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Dhoni vs Unadkat (IPL)
Chennai Super Kings need 58 runs in 18 balls. Tom Curran gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. After a six from the second ball, Tom makes his way back to control the over. CSK scored 169 runs for 5 wicket loss.
Jofra Arche gets in to bowl his last over of the innings. With 45 needed from 10 balls, it seems almost impossible and Faf dismissal also added pressure for CSK. Jadeja makes the way in. CSK scored 179 runs for 6 wicket loss.
Tom Curran gets into bowl his last over of the match. With 38 runs needed from 6 balls, the match seems almost impossible to win for CSK. But Dhoni makes of the over to get practice in real as he misses the ground for a long time.
Dhoni hits massive triple sixes in which one of the six makes its way outside the stadium. Finally, Rajasthan Royals won by 16 runs.
Dhoni | CSK captain: With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case. Steve and Samson batted very well. Need to give credit to their bowlers. Once you’ve seen the first innings, you know the length to bowl.
Their spinners did well to bowl away from the batsman. Our spinners made the error to bowl too full. If we would’ve maybe restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a good game. I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help (why he isn’t batting higher).
Also wanted to try different things, give opportunities to Sam. Have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths. Faf adapted very well. Something the batsmen will do, neglect square leg, and go more towards long-on and long-off.
Steven Smith | Rajasthan Royals captain: I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting. Sanju Samson, looked like everything he hit went for six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a W in front of the RRs.
Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was give him the strike. This should give him a lot of confidence. Jos is a quality player and we’ll see what happens when he comes back. Hard to take the opening slot away from someone like him. It was important for the bowlers to avoid straight hits, and it was important to make him hit the back of a length.
The leg-spinners were very good with their lengths – good on them. Shreyas Gopal does what he does pretty well. Dubai is a lot bigger, and I haven’t trained there, I just got here. So hopefully the boys are ready for it. Looking forward to it.
Man of the Match
Sanju Samson | Rajasthan Royals : My game plan is stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting.
I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s upto the coach.
We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so.