Moeen Ali and Ravinder Jadeja helped Chennai Super Kings get their second win in IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals. After being told to bat, Chennai Super Kings started the game in the not the best fashion and lost two quick wickets in the powerplay, but little cameos from Moeen Ali, Surest Raina, and Dwayne Bravo toward the middle and the end helped Chennai to reach a formidable total of 188 runs.
Rajasthan started the chase smoothly, taking on Deepak Chahar before Manan Vohra threw his wicket cheaply for the third time in a row and soon Samson followed him, as he again lost his wicket to a slower short ball.
Jos Buttler and Shivam Dube put up a good partnership but one over of Ravinder Jadeja changed the whole course of the game. Both Buttler and Shivam Dube got out in the same over as Jadeja started turning the ball. Shivam Dube was struggling to get going and was scoring with a strike rate less than 100 and got out while trying to play across the line.
With two new batsmen on the crease, Dhoni introduced Moeen Ali who got rid of the dangerous David Miller, Riyan Parag, and Chris Morris in the span of 3 overs which turned out to be the final nail in the coffin. Jaydev Unadkat and Rahul Tewatia helped Rajasthan reach a respectable total, but the Royals were nowhere close to the finish line.
Chennai Super Kings registered a comfortable 45 run victory over the Royals. CSK is brimming with confidence after two consecutive victories in IPL 2021. On the other hand, Rajasthan needs to make a whole 180 degree if they want to make it to the playoffs. With this victory, Chennai moved on to the second position whereas Rajasthan find themselves just three points from the last-placed Hyderabad.
Chennai Super Kings: 188/9 (Faf Du Plessis 33(17), Ambati Rayadu 27(17), Moeen Ali 26(20), Chetan Sakariya (3/36), Chris Morris (2/33))
Rajasthan Royals: 143/9 (Jos Buttler 49(35), Jaydev Unadkat 24(17), Rahul Tewatia 20(15), Moeen Ali (3/7), Sam Curran (2/24))