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Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja shared five wickets between them to dismantle Rajasthan’s batting order. CSK took control of the game as they dragged Rajasthan who, despite a good start, collapsed from 87/3 to 95/7 and fell short of the 189-run target by 45 runs.
“I thought it was a good score to chase down, but we lost too many wickets in the middle overs. Our bowlers bowled really well. They [CSK] batted too deep, 10-15 runs extra we gave down the line. Dew didn’t come and the ball was still turning. We never expected that [turn], so it was a bit shocking to see,” Samson said at the post-match presentation.
The wicketkeeper-batsman further lauded pacer Chetan Sakariya, who bagged three wickets, including that of MS Dhoni.
“It’s very important to maintain a good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate; hence, it’s very normal to get out often. I keep working on the basics and giving myself some time in the centre. He [Sakariya] has been doing really well. We lost the match but there are a lot of positives,” he added.
Having two points from three games, Rajasthan are currently placed at the sixth spot in the points table and will next take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday.