Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and asked RR to bowl first. It didn’t turn out good for the Super Kings as the Rajasthan based team bowled pretty well throughout the inning. Obed McCoy and Yuzvendra Chahal were at their best today and along with them, Ravichandran Ashwin was also economical.
In the chase, Yashasvi Jaiswal (59) got to a wonderful start in the powerplay and scored a beautiful calculated fifty. No other batter scored enough runs to turn the game in RR’s favour in the early stages of the second innings. It was Ashwin (40*) who came in the 12th over and calmly finished the game in the end. Striking at 173.91, Ashwin scored two fours and three sixes to finish the game before the innings could end. The Sanju Samson-led team won the game with two balls to spare and secured the second spot on the table.
Moeen Ali (93) was the lone batsman to score some runs for CSK. With him, skipper Dhoni (26) also tried his best but couldn’t capitalise in the death overs. On a good batting surface of Brabourne Stadium, CSK only managed to reach 150/6 in the first innings.
Obed McCoy was the star of the evening as he picked up two wickets and just gave 20 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal also got two wickets in his quota of four overs. Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult also managed to take one wicket each.
For CSK, Prashant Solanki scalped two wickets and with him, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner and Simarjeet Singh also got one wicket each.
Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged Man of the Match for his all-round effort. Following this win, RR have confirmed their second position and will lock horns against Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 1.
Chennai Super Kings: 150/6, Overs 20, Moeen Ali 93, Obed McCoy 2/20
Rajasthan Royals: 151/5, Overs 19.4, Yashasvi Jaiswal 59, Prashant Solanki 2/20