By Anmol Pundir

Ruturaj Gaikwad who scored his maiden 100 on the last ball of the innings could not ensure a win for his team.

Underdogs Rajasthan Royals went on to chase 190 in 17.3 overs with 7 wickets in hand. This was the first high-scoring match in the UAE leg of the IPL.

It was the 19th over of the first innings, the 24-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad stood on the non-striker’s end on 93, as Jadeja on the other side kept on taking double and hitting boundaries to ensure CSK gets to a good total.

It was the last delivery of 19th Over when Ruturaj came back on strike to take a double on the last ball of the over to take himself to 95 and hit a six on the last ball over
midwicket to get to his maiden hundred, it was an innings that can be described as the poetic masterclass.

It was 190 to chase, and Rajasthan Royals had really struggled with their batting in the last few matches.

The favorites CSK were all set to march onto their 10th win of the season before
Yashasvi Jaiswal began hitting Josh Hazelwood all over the ground. Josh Hazelwood, probably known as the best in the business was hit for 22 runs in the 5th over.

Jaiswal hit 3 sixes and a four to complete his fifty in the fifth over.

It was 81 for 1 after the powerplay, the royals had turned around the cards and CSK was under pressure with Jaiswal still being present on the pitch.

Just after the powerplay, Jaiswal was sent back by KM Asif for 50. Royals still required 109 of 14 overs, Royals were now favorites but the team who made 5 changes in their side because of struggling middle order was still skeptical on their win.

Shivam Dube who was promoted to number 4 kept the momentum going and hit 64 of 42,
including 4 sixes and 4 fours.

Rajasthan chased down 190 with 15 balls to spare and asked other teams to be watchful as they keep their chances to qualify for playoffs.

Rajasthan Royals has now climbed to the sixth spot with 10 points in their bag. PBKS, MI, KKR, and RR all have now 10 points on the table in 12 matches.

Rajasthan Royals will now face Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, whereas a doubleheader on
Sunday will bring RCB, PBKS, KKR, and SRH into the action.

Sanju Samson: “Aware of the abilities of our youngsters, that’s why we get disappointed when we lose matches. Our openers finished off the game in the PP, Jaiswal was superb, hopefully he’ll make it big.We have been discussing Shivam in the last 2-3 games. Mahipal did a good job in the first few games, but we thought today could be Shivam’s game. Unbelievable batting by Gaikwad, we’re afraid of a batsman like him. Really a lot of respect to him. We aren’t thinking too far ahead, one match at a time.”

MS Dhoni: “It was a bad toss to lose to start off, but I feel the Royals batters batted really well. There was dew and the ball started coming on well, still you needed to bat well and that’s what they did. An ideal start in a tall chase where they took the game on in the PP. I think initially it was stopping a bit, which we saw with their wristspinners. As the innings progressed, it started coming on well, Rutu’s was an outstanding knock. When you lose the game, it can get brushed under the carpet but he batted very well to get us up to 190. The batsmen need to assess quickly what a good score is. In T20s, you tend to go hard and then realise it’s not a 160-180 wicket. They’ve done it well, assessed really well. Dwayne and Deepak aren’t here, of course I missed them. Both of them are quite experienced. Once you start going after the bowlers, it paid off. We could’ve used the dimensions of the field better. Have to forget this, you can go through it in a tournament like this, learn what we could have done. The same thing can happen in the knockouts too, we’ve done it well, learning from each and every game. Don’t think we could’ve scored more than 190”

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