CSK– 188/9 (20 over)
Faf du plessis- 33(17)
Moeen Ali- 3-0-7-3
RR- 143/9 (20 over)
Jos Buttler- 49(39)
Chetan Sakariya- 4-0-36-3
RESULT: CSK won by 45 Runs
All top order batsmen got good starts but couldn’t convert it into big ones. If anyone would have played till the end, CSK surely would have crossed 200. Nevertheless they would be happy scoring 61 in the last 5 overs.
At the halfway stage, there were murmurs of dew playing a key role in the second half and that CSK’s 188 wasn’t good enough on what looked like a typical Wankhede pitch. Alas, it was too good to be true. CSK put the squeeze on in the middle overs and buried the game dead during that phase. All of that wouldn’t have happened without the brilliant spell of Sam Curran who bowled three inside the powerplay with figures of 2/12. Though Samson’s early departure meant exrtra pressure on Jos Buttler, the presence of Shivam Dube only added up to the required run rate as the all-rounder struggled to rotate strike against spinners. Ravindra Jadeja owned the field in the second innings as he got involved in six of the nine RR’s dismissals. Jaddu put up a fielding clinic on the field and his athletic abilities were on full display, yet again proving why he’s regarded as the best fielder in the world. With Stokes unavailable for the rest of the season, RR will have to find ways to take pressure off Jos Buttler who seemed to have found some touch after an ordinary start to the season.
Man of the Match:
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 any 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.—Moeen Ali, Man of the Match
Upstox Most Valuable Asset of the Match:
Unacademy Lets Crack It Sixes of the Match award:
CRED Power Player of the Match:
Safari Super Striker of the Match:
Dream11 GameChanger of the Match:
VIVO Perfect Catch of the Match:
Feeling very good obviously (with the two wins), we started off badly against Delhi. The way we have played through, it has been good, it’s a great win. I have actually never played for Chennai at Chennai, but the wickets have suited our side nicely, hopefully we continue in the same way. When you try to defend, the batsmen try to come at you, so you need to be aggressive. You got to be sensible with your length. Our bowlers bowled well today and Jadeja’s fielding was exceptional. We have a good batting order, anyone can bat anywhere, hence you get that freedom.Sam Curran
The ball was a touch slower with respect to previous games. Still good for batting but the slower ones were working. There is some dew, I think we saved around 10-15 runs with our bowling and fielding. I think we can chase this.Chetan Sakariya
Winning Captain, MS Dhoni (CSK):
I always look at what’s the best at that point of time. I felt Sam bowled really well and Deepak I think he tried the knuckle ball 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 the 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’re playing you don’t want anyone to say he’s unfit.
Losing Captain, Sanju Samson (RR):
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.