CSK vs RR, IPL 2024: Chennai Super Kings boost playoff hopes with historic win over Rajasthan Royals


Chennai Super Kings ended their home matches in the group stage of the Indian Premier League 2024 season with a 5-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday and moved up to the third position in the table.

Simarjit Singh's brilliant performance helped CSK restrict RR to 141 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs, before skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad achieved the target in 18.2 overs with five wickets remaining. An unbeaten inning of 42 runs gave victory to the host team.

Chennai's final home game of the season reflected the city's craze for its prodigal son MS Dhoni in special tifos, with the former captain's likeness being chanted 'Thala Pola Varuma?' It was captioned with pop-culture lines like: And 'Yelorukum Thanks' was hoisted in the stands. The side had also requested their loyalists to stay after the conclusion of the game through their social media accounts for a special tribute.

RR captain Sanju Samson claimed the toss and decided to field the home side first in the scorching heat of Chennai. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler opened the innings for the visitors, with the right-handed and left-handed pair scoring 42 runs in the powerplay overs.

Fast bowler Simarjit Singh broke the early lead as Jaiswal was caught out by home captain Ruturaj Gaikwad for 24 runs in the seventh over, before the seamer doubled his tally by dismissing Englishman Buttler for 21 runs in the ninth over.

Samson's third wicket fell after scoring 15 runs, as his counterpart Gaikwad took a catch by the Kerala native to give Simarjeet three wickets before RR could reach the triple-digit mark.

Dhruv Jurel brought up the 100-run mark for RR with a stunning maximum down the leg side. It added 28 runs to Rajasthan's scorecard before succumbing to Tushar Deshpande, who also managed to dismiss southpaw Shubam Dubey for a golden duck on the very next ball.

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Riyan Parag, who was dismissed by Mahesh Theekshana on 15, remained unbeaten on 47 at the end of the innings, along with his compatriot Ravichandran Ashwin, who added a run in the final over to help RR post a total of 141. Loss of their half.

Chennai started the chase with Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra and the pair put on a 32-run partnership for the first wicket before the Kiwi had to leave the crease and Ashwin took the wicket of the southpaw through a catch and bowled effort. Ravindra, who added 27 runs for the team before falling, was replaced by compatriot Daryl Mitchell, who scored 22 runs in 13 balls including 4 fours. Yuzvendra Chahal trapped Mitchell in front of the wicket to bring Moeen Ali in the middle.

The Englishman scored 10 runs before South African fast bowler Nandre Berger took the wicket of his left-hander as Shivam Dube came to the crease.

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  • At the other end, a measured innings from Gaikwad guided Chennai's chase as the captain kept his side into the bargain with efficiency while interacting well with the RR bowling attack. Dubey seemed to have found his magic and sent Ashwin's balls past the advertising hoardings three times, a six and two fours to take CSK into triple figures. But the experienced spinner dismissed the southpaw after scoring 18 runs on the last ball of the day.

    Star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was asked to return to the hut after scoring 5 due to obstruction in the field as Impact player Sameer Rizvi replaced his captain. The young batsman pulled the hosts closer to the finish line with a few fours, reducing the equation to single digits in terms of runs required. Rizvi finished the game with a few fours in the final over and forced the home crowd to roar loudly to celebrate his 50th home win.

    first published: May 12, 2024, 19:21 IST


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