Rajasthan Royals entered the match against Chennai Super Kings with a clear intention to snatch second place from Lucknow Super Giants. But CSK made it difficult for them, almost stifling them before the experience and calm nerves of Ravichandran Ashwin secured the Royals a five-wicket victory at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
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Chasing 151, the Royals started chaotically and lost Jos Buttler early, but fly-half Yashasvi Jaiswal (59 from 43 balls) played the perfect anchor before Ashwin hit a smooth, unbeaten 40 ball on 23 balls to bring the team home.
Again, it was collective potential and zeal that proved too strong for CSK. Sanju Samson’s Royals will now face Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1 at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on May 24.
Earlier, CSK’s Moeen Ali went ballistic in the Powerplay en route a 93 from 57 balls with 13 fours and three sixes.
CSK scored 75/1 in the Powerplay, with 55 runs coming from Moeen’s bat, but they slowed down afterwards, continued to lose wickets and eventually finished short.
The Royals’ competent bowling attack caught on after being pushed against the wall. Failing to overcome Moeen’s focus and skill, the bowlers instead reveled in the inability of other batters to adapt and implement.
Unlike the Englishman, who took most of the wicket on offer, CSK’s other strikers only made brief appearances, serving as a reminder of how the season has been one of missed opportunities for the men in yellow.
With numbers of 4-0-20-2, left arm player Obed McCoy was the Royals’ standout bowler. Yuzvendra Chahal was not far behind with numbers of 4-0-26-2 which helped him reclaim the Purple Cap.
Impressively enough, the Royals bowlers managed to put the pressure back on CSK, but Ashwin eventually stole all the attention with a bat in hand!
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