Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja all-round performance give Chennai 45 runs victory in Vivo IPL 2021

Full Scorecard Chennai Super Kings 9-188 ( 20.0 )overs
Rajasthan Royals: 9-143 ( 20.0 )overs
Chennai Super Kings win by 45 runs

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Chennai Super Kings outclassed Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in Match 12 of the Indian Premier League 2021 on Monday. Dwayne Bravo 20* off 8 deliveries), Ambati Raydu (27 off 17) and Ali (26 off 20) helped Chennai Super Kings (CSK) post 188 for nine after being put in to bat. While chasing the target Rajasthan Royals (RR) made a promising start in the run-chase courtesy Jos Buttler (49 off 35) before the batsmen succumbed to the spinners on the Wankhede pitch which gave more turn than earlier games. CSK won the game by 45 runs after RR’s innings ended at 143 for nine. Moeen Ali (3/7 in 3 overs) picked up three wickets in quick succession to effectively seal the game for his team after Ravindra Jadeja (2/28 in 4) provided the important breakthrough by castling Buttler with a classical away turning delivery.

Earlier, CSK lost wickets towards the end with the batsmen going for big hits and also in the face of some good bowling by RR. Dwayne Bravo smashed a huge six off the last ball of the innings from Mustafizur Rahman (1/37) to ensure the CSK got scored 188.

Faf Du Plessis top-scored with 33 as the CSK batsmen got starts but couldn’t capitalise on them after. young Chetan Sakariya (3/36 from 4) was the best bowler for RR while Chris Morris finished with 2/33 despite conceding 15 runs in his final over.

MS Dhoni, in his 200th match as CSK captain, came in to bat at No.7 but could not get going as quickly as he would have liked. He, however, managed two boundaries in his 17-ball 18 before being beaten by an off-cutter by Sakariya only to give a catch to Jos Buttler. He survived a run-out chance and a few anxious moments in his brief knock.

Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina added 45 runs in quick time for the fourth wicket before the former perished going for an attacking shot on the off-side off Sakariya.

Sakariya seemed again a few balls later, getting Raina to hit one straight to Morris at mid-off as CSK slipped to 125 for fice in the 15th over.

Rayudu hit sixes off successive deliveries in Tewatia’s second over, scoring 14 runs as he and Raina attempted to take advantage of the fifth and sixth bowlers (Tewatia and Riyan Parag) employed by Royals skipper Samson.

Tewatia got rid of Moeen Ali (26 off 20). Opener Ruturaj Gaikwad’s struggles continued as his attempt to hit his way out saw him miscue a pull only to see it lob to Shivam Dube off Rahman.

He fell for 10 (13 balls, 1 four) after adding 25 runs for the first wicket with fellow opener du Plessis. The South African showed intent and waded into Jaydev Unadkat in the fifth over, hammering three fours and one six before an ambitious shot brought his downfall off Morris’ bowling.

Moeen Ali, who was named Player of the Match:- Said My job here is to try and score as many runs for the team and get a good start. When I went up the order, it wasn’t an easy wicket and I’m pleased with both the departments. I thought as a team we played really well and everyone contributed. Once the left-handers came in I knew I had a good chance of bowling whenever the captain needs me. I feel it’s a good wicket for the spinners and if you land the ball in the right areas you’ve always got a chance.

MS Dhoni | CSK skipper: I always look at what’s the best at that point in time. I felt Sam bowled really well and Deepak I think he tried the knuckleball too much and felt that a good start (with the ball) was important. It was spinning a bit, I don’t really mind Jos playing the reverse where it’s turning a bit. It’s important to have that sixth bowler, it always helps and it was stopping a bit for spinners. There was slightly less dew than usual. I felt we should have scored more and try to get as many as possible. A lot has changed over the years and right from the start we kept a very good atmosphere and a lot of the bowlers have been under the pump last year but this time they are enjoying bowling on these wickets. When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. Performances are something that’s not guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24, I can’t guarantee when I am 40, but at least if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them.

Sanju Samson | RR captain: I thought it was a good score to chase down but we lost too many wickets in the middle overs. Our bowlers bowled really well, they batted too deep. 10-15 runs extra we gave down the line. We never expected that (turn), the dew didn’t come and the ball was still turning, so it was a bit shocking to see. It’s very important to maintain a good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate; hence, it’s very normal to get out often. I keep working on the basics and giving myself some time at the centre. He’s (Chetan Sakariya) been doing really well, we lost the match but there are a lot of positives.

 

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