MS Dhoni celebrated his 200th match as Chennai Super Kings captain in the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a convincing 45-run win against Rajasthan Royals on Monday, courtesy sensational spells from Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja. The spin duo triggered a massive RR collapse to help CSK register back-to-back wins in the IPL 2021 in Mumbai. Put into bat by RR captain Sanju Samson, CSK managed 188/9 with Faf du Plessis top-scoring with 17-ball 33. Moeen (26 off 20), Ambati Rayudu (27 off 17) and Dwayne Bravo (20 off 6) made crucial contributions even as Chetan Sakariya (3/36) and Chris Morris (2/33) threaten to dominate the CSK line-up. RR started their chase on a confident note with Jos Buttler taking charge. But once the Englishman was out, bowled by a Jadeja beauty for 49 off 35, RR innings collapsed. Jadeja (2/28) and Moeen (3/7 in three overs) shared five wickets. Earlier, Sam Curran dismissed Manan Vohra and Samson. Catch highlights and cricket scores of CSK vs RR in Mumbai here:
11:25 PM IST: Result! Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs.
Chennai Super Kings: 188/9 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 33, Moeen Ali 26, Dwayne Bravo 20 not out; Chetan Sakariya 3/36, Chris Morris 2/33).
Rajasthan Royals: 143 for 9 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 49; Moeen Ali 3/7, Sam Curran 2/24, Ravindra Jadeja 2/28).
9:28 PM IST: Innings break! Chennai Super Kings set a 189-run target for Rajasthan Royals.
7: 08 PM IST: In fact, both sides are unchanged. For the record, MS Dhoni is leading CSK for the 200th time. Here are the playing XIs:
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
7:02 PM IST: Sanju Samson wins the toss and unchanged Rajasthan Royals bowl first against Chennai Super Kings.