IPL 2021, CSK vs RR: Spinners to the fore as Chennai Super Kings coast past Rajasthan Royals | Cricket News

If pacers were instrumental in Chennai Super Kings logging their first points against Punjab Kings last week, it was their spinners – Ravindra Jadeja (2-28) and Moeen Ali (3-7) – who did the star turn to help the three-time champions score a 45-run win over Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
After scoring 188-9, CSK restricted RR to 143-9. The huge margin of victory will be a big boost for CSK’s NRR (Net Run-Rate). RR remained in hunt thanks to a fine effort by opener Jos Buttler (49, 5×4, 2×6) who kept the CSK bowlers at bay. Buttler’s six in the 10th over off Jadeja saw the ball being changed. Subsequently, CSK skipper MS Dhoni was heard on the stump microphone telling his spinners that the dry ball will take spin. That’s exactly what happened.
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Buttler’s 35-ball innings ended when he was cleaned up by Jadeja in the first ball of the 12th over. Jadeja then trapped Shivam Dube (17) leg-before as RR slipped to 90 for 4. David Miller (2), RR’s saviour in their previous game against Delhi Capitals, didn’t stay long as he was trapped in front by Moeen Ali in the 13th over to leave RR in trouble at 92 for 5. Moeen Ali wasn’t done yet. He then dismissed Riyan Parag (3) and Chris Morris (0) in the 15th over as RR were in dire straits at 95-7. Rahul Tewatia (20) and Jaydev Unadkat’s (24) efforts didn’t matter much as CSK coasted to a comfortable victory. Apart from the two spinners, left-arm pacer Sam Curran was on the money with figures of 2-24 from his quota of 4 overs.

The first phase of play saw CSK finish with a strong total after being inserted in. The total could have been a lot more if not for Chetan Sakariya’s (3-36) performance with the ball. The 22-year-old left-arm pacer was the standout performer as he accounted for Suresh Raina (18), Ambati Rayudu (27) and MS Dhoni (18). Sakariya went for 16 runs in his first spell of two overs but he came back stronger in his second. At 120 for 3 after 13 overs, CSK were looking good for a 200-plus total on board with Raina and Rayudu at the crease. Sakariya dismissed both in the 14th over to pull things back for RR. Sakariya then sent back Dhoni in the 18th over just when the CSK skipper was beginning to find his form. Dwayne Bravo’s 8-ball 20 and Sam Curran’s 13 runs from 6 balls at the death ensured that CSK scored 30 runs in the last 2 overs and finished on a high.

The first half of CSK’s innings saw cameos from opener Faf du Plessis (33, 4×4, 2×6) and Moeen Ali (26, 1×4, 2×6). CSK’s batsmen came in with an aggressive intent and didn’t shy away from taking on the RR bowlers. Faf and Moeen perished within 10 overs and CSK were 82 for 3 at the halfway mark. The next period of play saw Rayudu and Raina add 45 from 26 balls for the fourth wicket that kept CSK’s scoreboard moving. Apart from Sakariya, Chris Morris (2-33) too shone for RR.

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