The Rajasthan Royals (RR) romped to a seven-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Match 37 of IPL 2020, with Jos Buttler’s unbeaten 48-ball 70 helping RR recover after the CSK bowlers made early inroads into their top order.
Earlier in the day, MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The openers struggled to get going early on on a pitch that was visibly difficult to bat on, and former South African skipper Faf du Plessis was dismissed by Jofra Archer as early as the third over.
Shane Watson smacked Kartik Tyagi for a couple of boundaries before succumbing to the Indian youngster. Shreyas Gopal got rid of a struggling Sam Curran and Rahul Tewatia sent Ambati Rayudu packing, and before you knew it, CSK were reeling at 56/4 at the end of the tenth over.
Although Ravindra Jadeja and skipper MS Dhoni got together and managed to arrest the decline to an extent, the run rate had slowed down incredibly, and RR restricted CSK to a modest 125/5 in their 20 overs.
The Rajasthan Royals seemed to have gotten off to a flyer, with opener Ben Stokes hitting three boundaries early in the innings. He would depart soon, however, after chopping a Deepak Chahar delivery onto his stumps.
Chahar would then send Sanju Samson packing for a duck, soon after Robin Uthappa was caught behind off the bowling of Josh Hazlewood. The Royals went from 26 for no loss to 28/3 in ten balls.
Things seemed to go from bad to worse when CSK reviewed an LBW decision after Steve Smith was initially adjudged not out. Smith himself began to walk back to the pavilion only for Ultra Edge to detect the faintest of inside edges, and give the Australian skipper a life that he clearly was not expecting.
From there on, it was a Jos Buttler show as the two Ashes rivals put together a 98-run partnership to take the Royals home to a comfortable seven-wicket win, elevating to fifth-place on the IPL 2020 points table. Buttler was named Man of the Match for his unbeaten 48-ball 70, and deservedly so.
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