Sharjah: Rajasthan Royals (RR) started their IPL-13 marketing campaign in fashion beating three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 16 runs right here Tuesday. RR posted a powerful 216 for seven of their allotted 20 overs driving on sensible knocks from Sanju Samson (74, 32b, 1×4, 9×6) and skipper Steve Smith (69, 47b, 4×4, 4×6). They then restricted CSK to 200 for six in 20 overs.
Any chase the place the required asking fee from the beginning is above 10 runs per over, the job turns into very tough. Loads would have depended for CSK on the shoulders of Shane Watson (33, 21b, 1×4, 4×6). However, simply when he appeared like turning ominous, he fell to leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (3/37) who was very spectacular. Quite a few CSK batsmen acquired begins like Murali Vijay (21) and Kedar Jadhav (22). However, each fell making an attempt to speed up.
In got here MS Dhoni (29 n o, 17b, 3×6) after the autumn of the fifth wicket. It was extremely sudden that he would conjure up some magic with the asking fee a shade over 17. And it didn’t occur. MSD has been out of cricket for greater than 12 months however even then there have been flashes of brilliance as he hit Tom Curran for 3 successive sixes within the final over of the sport.
Faf du Plessis (72, 37b, 1×4, 7×6) tried his greatest, however with wickets falling frequently on the different finish, he discovered the going very powerful.
Earlier Samson and skipper Smith added a quickfire 121 runs for the second wicket as they plundered bowlers ate will.
Sent into bat, Rajasthan misplaced younger opener Yashasvi Jaiswal (six) within the third over however then Samson joined arms with Smith because the duo performed sensibly initially earlier than the Kerala wicket-keeper batsman went hammer and tongs at opposition spinners.
Samson appeared in nice nick whereas Smith, returning to aggressive cricket after recovering from concussion suffered earlier than the ODI sequence in opposition to England additionally was comfy in opposition to each pacers and spinner.
However, it was Jofra Archer (27, 8b, 4×4) who took RR previous the 200-run mark. He hit a hapless Lungi Ngidi for 4 sixes within the final over of the innings because the hapless South African was plundered for 30 runs.
In all, Royals hit 17 sixes with Samson accounting for 9 of them and Smith and Archer having 4 every of their kitties.
While Smith performed the second fiddle initially, Samson took the CSK spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla to process. The two bled 95 runs of eight overs collectively.
RR skipper Steve Smith performs a shot sq. off the wicket throughout the recreation in opposition to CSK PTI PhotographIntroduced into the assault within the seventh over, Jadeja was clobbered for consecutive sixes by Samson earlier than Chawla went for 4 sixes in his first over – three by Samson and one by Smith.
Samson, thus, introduced up his quickest IPL fifty in simply 19 balls with the help of 1 boundary and 6 hits over the fence. He now holds the document of second quickest 50 within the IPL collectively with England’s Owais Shah who achieved the identical distinction in 2012 in opposition to RCB. England’s Jos Buttler had hit an 18-ball half century in opposition to Delhi Capitals in 2018 to carry the document of quickest half century within the IPL.
After some nice hitting, Samson fell in search one too many, caught by Deepak Chahar off Ngidi. Soon after, David Miller departed looking for a non-existent double.
CSK made one other comeback into the match within the 17th over when Sam Curran dismissed Rahul Tewatia and Riyan Parag earlier than Smith departed within the 19th over looking for huge hits.
Brief scores: Rajasthan Royals 216 for 7 in 20 overs (Sanju Samson 74, Steve Smith 69, Jofra Archer 27 n o, Sam Curran 3/31) beat Chennai Super Kings 200 for six in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 72, MS Dhoni 29 n o, Rahul Tewatia 3/37) by 16 runs.