High scoring match Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Chennai Super king (CSK) gave target of 217 runs  Sanju Samson is Man of the Match for his remarkable knock of 74 off 32 deliveries.

After early lost of Opening batsman Yashasvi Jaiswal. Steven Smith and Samson build 121 runs partnership  Samson hit 74 off just 32 with 9 sixes and just one four while Smith played the anchor with 69 off 47with 4 fours and as many sixes.

Jofra Archer, finished unbeaten on 27 off just 8 balls with 4 sixes. and the Royals become the first team to cross the 200-run mark in this season’s Indian Premier League. 217 is the target.

 

Jofra Archer – It’s a nice feeling to get over the line. Sharjah is a pretty small ground, can’t give them anything extra on this surface. I had to adapt, bring in the variations, there was plenty of dew on this surface and I think all the games in this ground will be similar. Spin didn’t work here, I’d say, we did well to get off to a strong start. It became difficult with pace back on, but by then, we already had 80 or 90 runs on the board

Murali Vijay and Shane Watson have taken CSK past 50 in the first six overs. Shane Watson 33(21), Sam Curran 17(6) and Ruturaj Gaikwad 0(1) all three wickets taken by Rahul Tewatia and brought Rajasthan Royal back in game. Faf du Plessis 72(37)      and MS Dhoni 29(17 ) was not good enough to reach the target and CSK falls short of 16 runs.

Steven Smith | Rajasthan Royals winning 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.

 

Dhoni, CSK loosing 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.

 

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