In today’s match of Indian Premier League 2020 (IPL 2020), Steve Smith’s Rajasthan Royals
(RR) defeated MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings
(CSK) at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
With this win, Rajasthan climbed to 5th spot in IPL 2020
points table while Chennai slipped to the last position.
Opting to bat, CSK never got going and lacked the fire power to put up a decent score after being reduced to 56 for four in 10 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja top-scored for CSK with a 30-ball unbeaten 35 and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, playing in his 200th IPL game, made a run-a-ball 28 while adding 51 runs for the fifth wicket.
produced a fine bowling effort to restrict three-time champions Chennai Super Kings
to a modest 125 for five in an Indian Premier League match here on Monday.
Dhoni’s decision to bat first backfired as RR picked up wickets at regular intervals to make life difficult for CSK.
Dhoni and Jadeja tried their best to resurrect the innings and then up the ante, but it proved to be too little too late.
Rajasthan suffered early jolts as well as the side lost three wickets for just 28 runs, but Jos Buttler and Steve Smith
revived the innings and led the team to a comfortable victory.
Jos Buttler smashed 70 off 48 balls while Smith played a second fiddle with 26 off 34 balls.
Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni
(c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood
Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi