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Rajasthan Royals 216/7 (20 ov)
Chennai Super Kings 200/6 (20 ov)
Rajasthan Royals won by 16 runs.
Player of the match: Sanju Samson
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That's all from us for the day. Hope you enjoyed the exciting match up between CSK and RR. We will be back tomorrow with Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Mumbai Indians in their first game of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium. The match will start at 07:30 p.m. IST. Do join us for some exciting action. Until then, it is Bala and Nikhil signing off! Goodnight!
Chennai Super Kings will now face Delhi Capitals on 25th, Friday, on their third game. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals have some days off before the next game. They will face Kings XI Punjab on 27th, Sunday. 
Chennai Super Kings started the game as favourites, but Rajasthan Royals completed a comprehensive victory. Sanju Samson was excellent with the bat and the glove-work. Steve Smith played an excellent knock, holding the Rajasthan innings together. And how vital the cameo from Jofra Archer turned out to be. He, along with Tom Curran, scored 30 runs off the final over, and Rajasthan ended up winning the game by just 16 runs in the end. It was certainly a game to forget for the Chennai spinners and Lungi Ngidi.

CSK never looked comfortable with the chase. Faf du Plessis ignited a ray of hope for a little while, but the required run rate never got into the grasp of the side. The Rajasthan spinners got the stranglehold on through the middle of the innings, and that seeped out any momentum that CSK might have gained. 
Sanju Samson is adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his knock of 74 runs from 32 balls. He also kept well, getting four scalps behind the stumps. 

Samson says he has been working on his hard-hitting game for the past one year. That is a role he has been assigned, and what the current day game demands. He has adjusted his diets and training plans with an aim to put on muscles. It was certainly on display tonight.
Steve Smith feels Sanju Samson played a spectacular innings today. He hit almost everything from the middle of the bat. Samson has been getting better and better over the years and today's knock will probably set him up for the IPL.

Smith commends the bowlers for bowling the right length on the pitch. He points out the bowling back of a length was the key on this pitch. Anything in the batsman's arc was a gift, especially considering the dimensions of the ground.

When asked about the opening position for the matches to come, with Jos Buttler coming back, the skipper gave a cheeky answer saying it will be difficult to take out the position from Buttler. But we will have to wait and see how the team combination goes.
The scoreline would say it was a closer encounter than it actually was. Chasing a target of 217 runs, Chennai Super Kings needed an explosive start. Watson played some shots at the top of the order, but fell soon after the powerplay for 33 runs off 21 balls. Sam Curran was promoted up the order and played a cameo off 17 runs. 

Faf du Plessis started slowly and really got stuck into the bowlers probably at the 15 over mark. But by that time, the required rate had climbed to a really improbable level. Faf tried his heart out in the end, but fell in the 19th over when 38 runs were required off 7 balls. 

MS Dhoni came at no.7 raising a lot of eyebrows. He struggled to time the for the earlier part of his innings. The skipper hit three maximum in the last over, but the game was done and dusted by then.

While the medium pacers travelled the distance, the pace of Jofra Archer and both the spinners bowled well for Rajasthan Royals. Rahul Tewatia was probably the pick of the bowlers, having picked 3 important wickets in his spell. Jofra Archer was as economical as ever with 1/26 from 4 overs.
MS Dhoni concedes that the key in such a big chase was to get a good start, which was not quite the case. He heapes praises on the way Steve Smith and Sanju Samson batted in the Rajasthan innings. 

Dhoni credits the Rajasthan spinners for learning from the mistakes that CSK spinners made. They bowled a length which was difficult to get away and did not try too many things. 

The CSK skipper is disappointed with the no-balls bowled by his bowlers. Eliminating that would have restricted RR to somewhere around 200, which would have been achievable.

On being asked why he batted lower down the order, Dhoni said that he is still getting into the groove of things after being out of the game for so long a time.
Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs
19.6 Tom Curran to M.S Dhoni, balls it slow and short outside off, Dhoni cuts it to deep point and takes a single. Comfortable victory for RR!
19.5 Tom Curran to M.S Dhoni, SIX! Three in a row! Short ball outside off and Dhoni pulls it hard over the deep square leg boundary. Brutal hitting from the master. Right off the middle of the bat and over the fence.
19.4 Tom Curran to M.S Dhoni, slower full-length ball outside off, M.S waits for it and brutally smashes it to deep mid-wicket boundary. That is out of the stadium, into the car parks. Tom Curran goes the distance once again. But, its all too late for CSK.
19.3 Tom Curran to M.S Dhoni, SIX! That's M.S special for you! Full-length ball on the stumps, Dhoni thumps it over the deep mid-wicket boundary. The new bat works for Dhoni. Should have brought it out much earlier.
19.2 Tom Curran to Ravindra Jadeja, length ball outside off, Jadeja punches it to the off-side and takes a single. It's all over for CSK!
19.1 Tom Curran to M.S Dhoni, short ball outside off, Dhoni pulls it to deep mid-wicket. Not timing at all once again. He tries to come back for the second, but a single is all they get.
And Archer does the job once again. It's almost curtains for CSK, with 38 runs required off the last over. It remains to be seen how close they can get to the target for having a lesser impact on the net run rate.
Over: 19 | Summary: 2 1 1 6 W 0 Bowler: Jofra Archer Score: 179/6
18.6 Jofra Archer to Ravindra Jadeja, fires in a quicker length ball on the middle and off, Jadeja sways away from it and leaves it to the keeper.
18.5 Jofra Archer to Faf du Plessis, another short ball, Faf moves to the legside to pull it but gets a top edge. It was much quicker from Archer this time, onto Faf before he knew it. The ball lobs up to the keeper who takes an easy catch. An excellent innings comes to an end.
18.4 Jofra Archer to Faf du Plessis, short ball outside off, Faf says thank you and smokes it over the deep mid-wicket boundary. He was waiting on the backfoot expecting a slower delivery, and that's just what he gets. Faf continues to keep CSK in the game.
18.3 Jofra Archer to M.S Dhoni, short ball, pulls it away. Doesn't have enough timing on it however. Straight to the man at deep square leg for a single.
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