IPL 2018, 43rd Match, Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings – Rajasthan Royals won by 4 wickets
Friday, May 11, 2018, Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The Chennai Super Kings are off to a poor start after opting to bat first! They have lost in-form batsman Ambati Rayudu in just the third over who dragged Archer’s first delivery on to the stumps. With some crucial partnerships and a half-century from Suresh Raina has helped them to get to a respectable total of 176 for 4 in their 20 overs.
During the chase, opener Jos Buttler remained unbeaten (95* off 60 balls including 11 fours and 2 sixes) till the end to ensure Rajasthan win their second straight game to keep their hopes alive in the ongoing season. If they can maintain a better run rate while winning the remaining three games, they can stand a chance to end up in the top 4 positions in the points table.
Since opening the innings against Delhi Daredevils, Jos Buttler has been in tremendous form with the bat with scores of 67, 51, 82 & 95* in the four innings. The move has certainly worked in the favor of Rajasthan and this match-winning unbeaten 95* in this game has also earned him the Man of the Match award.
The competition for the fourth spot has become more intense now with this win of Rajasthan Royals. With this result, Chennai Super Kings are still at the second position with 14 points and Rajasthan Royals remain at sixth position with 10 points. Mumbai Indians (fourth), Kolkata Knight Riders (fifth) and Rajasthan Royals (sixth) all have 10 points each, however, only net run rate separates them in the points the points table.
Rajasthan Royals – 177/6 in 19.5 overs (Suresh Raina – 52, Shane Watson – 39, Jofra Archer – 2/42, Ish Sodhi – 1/29) beat Chennai Super Kings – 176/4 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler – 95*, Stuart Binny – 22, Shardul Thakur – 1/22, Ravindra Jadeja – 1/28) by 4 wickets
Player of the Match:
Jos Buttler (RR) – 95 runs, a catch and affected a run-out
Rishabh Pant (DD) – 521 runs
Andrew Tye (KXIP) – 16 wickets
Playing XI: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Prashant Chopra, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Ankit Sharma, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi
Bench: Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen, Mahipal Lomror, Anureet Singh
Chennai Super Kings:
Playing XI: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Sam Billings, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Harbhajan Singh, Shardul Thakur
Bench: Faf du Plessis, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Dhruv Shorey, Lungi Ngidi
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