Ruturaj Gaikwad hit a sensational ton but it was not enough as Rajasthan Royals chased down Chennai Super Kings' 189/4 in 17.3 overs. Catch highlights of RR vs CSK, IPL 2021 match.
Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals win by 7 wickets
Shivam Dube remained unbeaten on 64 off 42 after Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 off 21) and Evin Lewis (27 off 12) laid the foundation with a rousing opening stand. Skipper Sanju Samson contributed with 24-ball 28. Shardul Thakur (2/30) was the most successful bowler for Chennai Super Kings, but none was spared. Earlier, Ruturaj Gaikwad (101 off 60) hit his maiden IPL ton, and with Ravindra Jadeja (32 off 15) helped Chennai set a 190-run target. Then as it turned out, it was not enough. Rajasthan Royals chased down it with two and a half overs to spare. The win helped Royals moved to sixth position, there they are in a mid-table jam with four teams on 10 points each. CSK still sit perched with 18, above Delhi Capitals despite having the same points, thanks to their better net run rate.
Here's how the eight teams are positioned after tonight's classic in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
Moeen Ali with his third over. And Glenn Phillips hits the winning run as Rajasthan Royals register a seven-wicket win to keep their playoff hopes alive. RR - 190/3 (17.3); CSK - 189/4 (20)
Glenn Phillips (13 off 7) joins Shivam Dube (61 off 40) in the middle. And he's already hit one four and a six. Rajasthan need 4 runs in 18 balls. RR - 186/3 (17).
Second for Shardul Thakur. Sanju Samson (28 off 24), caught by Ruturaj Gaikwad at square leg. Samson added 89 off 58 with Shivam Dube (59 off 38) for the third wicket. Rajasthan need 20 in 26. RR - 170/3 (15.4).
Fifty for Shivam Dube (50 off 31) with a single. A relatively quiet over. Shardul Thakur concedes seven from his third over. RR 160/2 (14)
Sanju Samson and Shivam Dube are toying with bowlers. Their third-wicket stand is now worth 72 runs in 42 balls. Josh Hazlewood concedes 12 in his third over. 58 runs in the last five overs. Rajasthan need 37 runs in 42 balls. RR - 153/2 (13).
Moeen Ali with his first over. Shivam Dube hits the first ball for a six, over long on. Nine from the over. Rajasthan need 86 in 66. RR - 104/2 (9).
KM Asif with his first over, and a wicket first ball. Yashasvi Jaiswal (50 off 21), caught behind. Rajasthan need 109 in 83. RR 81/2 (6.1)
Shardul Thakur breaks 77-run opening stand. Evin Lewis (27 off 12), caught by Josh Hazlewood at the deep. Sanju Samson is the new man. RR 77/1 (5.2).
19-ball fifty for Yashasvi Jaiswal. Three sixes and six fours. Josh Hazlewood leaks 22 from his second over. Evin Lewis is also going strong, 25 off 10. RR 75/0 (5).
Sam Curran continues. Evin Lewis hits the first ball for a six, then a four off second. Yashasvi Jaiswal follows it up with a four off the fourth. 17 runs from the over. In the previous over, Josh Hazlewood leaked 16 as Jaiswal hit three fours. RR - 41/0 (3).
Yashasvi Jaiswal hits the third ball for a four, through cover. Eight runs from the first over.
Sam Curran with the new ball. Evin Lewis takes the strike. His opening partner is Yashasvi Jaiswal. Target of Rajasthan Royals - 190.
Mustafizur Rahman with the final over of the innings. Ravindra Jadeja hits the first one, a full toss, for a four to backward point boundary. Then, a stunning six over. Slog sweeps over square leg. A wide, then a four, just landing inside the square leg boundary. A similar shot. He's not giving Ruturaj Gaikwad the strike. Through the cover and a single. Finally, Gaikwad gets his chance to reach 100. Two balls left. A well-directed bouncer and Gaikwad misses it. But one is enough. A six off the last ball and maiden ton for the young batsman, in 60 balls (five sixes and nine fours). 73 runs in the last five overs. Jadeja's share, 32 off 15. 22 runs from the over. Mustafizur's figures: 0/51. CSK - 189/4 (20).
Chetan Sakariya with the penultimate over. Ravindra Jadeja (17 off 11) hits the third ball for a four. 12 from the over. Ruturaj Gaikwad (95 off 58) is one hit away from a century. Sakariya's figures: 1/31. CSK - 167/4 (19)
Mustafizur Rahman on with his third over. A six off the first ball as Ruturaj Gaikwad (93 off 57) breaches the 500-run mark this season. 14 from the over. CSK - 155/4 (18).
Chetan Sakariya gets his first wicket. Ambati Rayudu (2 off 4), caught by Glenn Phillips. 58 runs and two wickets in the last five over. CSK - 141/4 (17).
Akash Singh on with his final over and he's in trouble. Pulls up after delivering the first ball. Cramps. After a delay and medical attention, he's fit and raring to go again. But what follows next will give him more pain... back-to-back fours, then a massive six as Ruturaj Gaikwad (80 off 52) changes gears. 17 from the over. Akash's figures: 0/39. Earlier, Rahul Tewatia completed his spell, for figures of 3/39. CSK - 133/3 (16).
Third for Rahul Tewatia. Another stumping. Moeen Ali (21 off 17) charges down only to miss the flight, and easy Sanju Samson behind the wickets. Ambati Rayudu is the new batter. 53 runs and one wicket in the last five overs. CSK - 114/3 (14.3)
Fifty for Ruturaj Gaikwad with a single, in 43 balls. His stand with Moeen Ali (21 off 15) is now worth 43 in 31.
Mayank Markande on with his third over. Moeen Ali hits the first ball for a four, then finishes it with a six over mid-wicket boundary. 14 from the over. 45 runs and a wicket in the last five overs. CSK - 97/2 (13)
Akash Singh returns for his third over. Four singles. Ruturaj Gaikwad (32 off 31) and Moeen Ali (3 off 5) are in the middle of rebuilding work for Chennai. CSK - 63/2 (10)
Rahul Tewatia strikes again. Suresh Raina lasts five balls for three runs. Caught by Shivam Dube at deep mid-wicket. CSK 57/2 (8.3).
Rahul Tewatia strikes first over. Faf du Plessis (25 off 19), stumped. Beaten by the turn, no chance to get back. CSK - 47/1 (6.5)
Mustafizur Rahman on with his second over. Faf du Plessis hits the fifth ball for a six, over long on, then they collide next ball. Nothing serious. 10 from the over. In the previous over, Faf hit Chetan Sakariya for back-to-back fours. CSK - 44/0 (6)
Rookie Akash Singh continues. A streaky four off the fifth ball as Ruturaj Gaikwad finds a thickish edge, to third man. And they exchange some words. 8 from the over. In the previous over, Chetan Sakariya conceded two singles. CSK - 20/0 (3).
A straight drive of the highest quality as Ruturaj Gaikwad punches the first ball for a four. Strong response from Akash Singh, three dots. A double, to third man. And another four, this time through cover to end the 10-run over.
Akash Singh with the new ball for Rajasthan. Ruturaj Gaikwad to face the first ball. Faf du Plessis is his opening partner.
In Sharjah, Delhi Capitals need four in the last over. Krunal Pandya with the last over. Follow it HERE.
Four Five changes for Rajasthan Royals. Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Kartik Tyagi and Chris Morris dropped. Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, David Miller and Mayank Markande in. KM Asif and Sam Curran in for Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo in Chennai Super Kings XI.
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Akash Singh, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood.
Rajasthan Royals win the toss and will bowl first against Chennai Super Kings.
It's a new top. Nick Knight and Pommie Mbangwa with the pitch report for official broadcasters. Their verdict is, probably "the best-looking pitch, a flat wicket with a good covering of grass. Expect a batting-friendly pitch."
Here are the squads -
Rajasthan Royals: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shreyas Gopal, Tabraiz Shamsi, KC Cariappa, Glenn Phillips, Shivam Dube, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Gerald Coetzee, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood, Robin Uthappa, Cheteshwar Pujara, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Sam Curran, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma
Having secured a knockout berth already in IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings will look to seal a top-two spot now and are looking good to do that when they face a beleaguered Rajasthan Royals in Saturday's second match. The RR vs CSK clash in Abu Dhabi will test the Royals, who face the challenging task of winning all their three games from here on. In IPL 2020, both CSK and RR had failed to make the playoffs but this season has been a completely different one for MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings.
While Sanju Samson's RR have failed to find their feet, CSK have looked solid and played like a team. Not surprisingly, they have 18 points from 11 matches and they can well finish as table toppers if they don't suffer a form slump. RR have eight points from 11 matches but what's worrying is the inability of the team to deliver on the big days. The UAE leg has been poor for Royals and with Samson's best man -- all-rounder Chris Morris -- yet to do anything noteworthy, they have suffered. Evin Lewis has shown spunk with the bat and will be tested against a probing CSK bowling attack where Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur have been very impressive. Interestingly, MS Dhoni has won five tosses out of the 11 games CSK have played this season and won all five of them. Follow live cricket scores and live updates of RR vs CSK here.
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