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Best performances - Batsmen

SV Samson
74(32) 1x4 - 9x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
4 0 1 4 5 30 15 15
F du Plessis
F du Plessis
72(37) 1x4 - 7x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • slog shot
  • 22 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
0 1 0 0 11 8 25 27

Best performances - Bowlers

SM Curran
SM Curran
O4
M0
R33
W3
Eco8.25
1
2700894
2
6
0
0
0
0
9
yes
0
0
3
feedback
0
1
1
226082
1
0
-
2500655
0
4345
72103
1
0
4343
0
1
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
R Tewatia
O4
M0
R37
W3
Eco9.25
1
2700908
5
6
0
0
0
0
7
yes
0
0
0
feedback
0
1
1
226083
2
0
-
2500662
0
4343
60628
4
0
4345
0
0
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Match Details

Toss

Chennai Super Kings , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

18.00 start, First Session 18.00-19.30, Interval 19.30-19.50, Second Session 19.50- 21.20

Match days

22 September 2020 - night match (20-over match)

Twenty20 debut

Points

Rajasthan Royals 2, Chennai Super Kings 0

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

END OF OVER:
20 | 21 Runs | CSK: 200/6 (17 runs required, RR: 10.00)

  • MS Dhoni29 (17b)
  • Ravindra Jadeja1 (2b)
  • Tom Curran4-0-54-1
  • Jofra Archer4-0-26-1

And that is that. There will be a lot of debate around CSK's approach. Is their job to provide the separators a spectacle or realistically decide what they can get from the game and try to take that? The spectacle was provided by RR, and it was lovely to watch. Goodnight and good luck

Sanju Samson, the Man of the Match: "That's what my gameplan is. I got lucky to get those few full ball in the starting of the over. The intent is there from the very first ball. I have been working very hard on my fitness, my diet, my training. I have understood that my game is a lot of power so I have to train accordingly. That is what my role is, that is what the game demands. I have developed my power hitting a bit more."

Steven Smith: "Sanju Samson played an unbelievable knock. Felt like everything he was hitting went for six. Jofra Archer's last over. I was just giving Sanju strike, wasn't I? He was middling everything. I hope this sets him up for a big IPL. We will wait and see where I bat once Jos is available. Like to keep them guessing. On this wicket, it was all about trying to avoid straight hits for the spinners. A couple of balls were fuller and got above the eyeline but the idea was to stay back of a length."

MS Dhoni: "217 on the board, you have to had a very good start. That was not the case. They batted really well. Steve and Sanju. You have to give credit to their bowlers too. There was a lot of dew. They knew what lengths to bowl. Their spinners didn't try too many things. That was an error our spinners did in their first couple of overs. Without singling out anyone, a controllable we could have controlled is no-balls. Had we not bowled no-balls, we would have been chasing 200, and it would have been a very good game. Faf batted really well.The key is to adapt. When the spinners are bowling really short, what is important is to still hit over mid-on and not go to square leg because the ball stays low here. I think Faf did that really well."

Call me a cynic, but CSK have played the perfect NRR game. They knew they would be bowled out for 120 if they went for the target too early. Don't get fooled by "oh they were just three hits away", but they could hit so sweetly in the end because there was no pressure on them. This was a net in the middle for them, not a contest to win the match. In the process they cut down the margin of defeat to 16 from 60 if they had gone for it

Let this not sour the lovely hitting we saw from Sanju Samson. The CSK spinners bowled too full to him, but it was some clean hitting. And we should be celebrating a great game by RR ant dissecting CSK's approach. Samson was on another level tonight, Smith played the perfect hand given the thin batting, and Archer provided the great finishing kick

With the ball, despite all the dew, RR were better than CSK. Their spinners didn't give the CSK batsmen those slot balls, and their fast bowlers bashed hard lengths. And to think that nobody gave them a chance coming in. And then they lost the toss. They needed something like 216 to win given the short boundaries and the dew

"Funny! There's a way 200+ scores are chased by teams especially in smaller grounds. There's something called 'calculated risks'. Your own commentary said that - " 19.3 SIX, Dhoni finally showed intent". CSK could've easily got it had they shown little more intent. In the last 2-3 overs, there's nothing to lose even interma on NRR. A difference of 20 runs probably, but if you don't take risks how can you win?" Manish Thaduri, you are absolutely right. CSK just didn't want to take the risk of getting bowled out for 130 when going for the target. I am neither a fan nor a critic of their approach, but I am just saying they achieved what they set out to achieve once they had got off to a slow start. Hope that makes sense

19.6
1
Curran to Dhoni, 1 run, slower short ball, cut away to deep cover for one
19.5
6
Curran to Dhoni, SIX runs, quick bouncer, and Dhoni has a hat-trick of sixes. Pulls this over deep square leg. Equal-highest sixes for an IPL match
19.4
6
Curran to Dhoni, SIX runs, somebody return the ball please. Slower legcutter, Dhoni on a knee, sweet connection, new balls please somebody
19.3
6
Curran to Dhoni, SIX runs, and Dhoni finally shows intent. Plays the pick-up to an on-pace length ball, and sends it sailing over midwicket for another six
19.2
1
Curran to Jadeja, 1 run, quick, on a length, outside off, gets a single
19.1
1
Curran to Dhoni, 1 run, pulled to deep midwicket for another single

And Archer has done his job. All Curran needs to do is not bowl extras

Super Kings 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st56SR WatsonM Vijay
2nd2F du PlessisM Vijay
3rd19F du PlessisSM Curran
4th0F du PlessisRD Gaikwad
5th37F du PlessisKM Jadhav
6th65MS DhoniF du Plessis
7th21MS DhoniRA Jadeja