2018 IPL, CSK vs RR: Five reasons why Rajasthan Royals lost
Today’s match was a rematch of the final of the 2008 edition of IPL as the Ajinkya Rahane led Rajasthan Royals took on the mighty Chennai Superkings.
It was the first match of Chennai at their new home, Pune. Rajasthan won the toss and elected to field first.
Chennai got off to a terrific start courtesy a strong partnership between Shane Watson and Suresh Raina.
The star of the match was Watson whose explosive knock of 106 runs ensured that Chennai posted a huge score of 204 runs.
In reply, Rajasthan got off to a terrible start as they lost three wickets for just 35 runs off their first six overs.
The Royals could not recover from such a poor start and eventually lost the match by 64 runs.
Let us have a look at the five reasons why the Rajasthan Royals lost the contest.
#5 Disastrous Powerplay
Chasing a big target of 205 runs, Rajasthan needed a powerful start at the top. However, all their hopes of catching up with the required run rate at the beginning of their innings were dashed as Rajasthan lost three wickets for just 35 runs in the powerplay overs.
After going for 14 runs of his first over, Deepak Chahar made a stellar comeback, conceding just eight runs off his next two overs and picking up two crucial wickets of Sanju Samson and Rahane.
The dismissal of Rahane was particularly impressive as the young Chennai pacer deceived him with a very well disguised knuckle ball. Such a poor start sealed the fate for Rajasthan.