CSK stamped their dominance in the Indian Premier League with yet another convincing win over Rajasthan Royals at their home turf, while the visitors succumbed to their third successive loss in IPL 2019.
Batting first, CSK managed 175 runs on a slow track, aided by skipper MS Dhoni’s heroics, where he finished with 75 off 46 deliveries.
In reply, Rajasthan fell short by only 8 runs, with Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer leading the fightback. Three uncapped players from Rajasthan played the game, while no uncapped player turned out for Chennai.
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Here’s looking at how they fared.
After impressing in the last match where he scalped 3 wickets, Gopal had an ordinary day as he finished wicketless and was out for a duck after facing 3 deliveries. With the ball, he kept giving width to the batters, especially to Raina who smashed him for a four and a six. He did concede only 23 runs in 3 overs but failed to vary his lines and lengths – bowling too straight to Dhoni, who easily navigated him. With the bat, he floundered as well – attempting to go for a wild heave which only ended in the hands of Imran Tahir at third man.
Gowtham bowled only 2 overs for 13 runs. He did well to tie down the duo of Raina and Dhoni – bowling the quicker deliveries and flighted the balls to them. He varied his lengths wonderfully and even smashed a six with the bat in hand, that too against Tahir. A googly on the leg and middle stump was smoked away against the turn towards cow corner, but he was unable to carry on as a scoop over cover off the bowling of Shardul Thakur ended his stay.
The Rajasthan Royals side have been let down by the performance of their middle order, and with Steven Smith looking iffy as well, the franchise required a mature hand that could help bail them out on a tough track. Tripathi rose to the occasion, taking time to settle in and then racing away to 39 off only 24 balls. He started off by thumping a full toss towards mid-on and came down heavily on Mitchell Santner, hitting him for a four and a six off consecutive deliveries. With the Aussie struggling at the other end, the Indian took the incentive and kept going, hitting 5 fours and a six in his innings. A leading edge back to Tahir ended his efforts.