Moeen, Jadeja spin a web around Rajasthan
Chennai Super Kings have crushed Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in Mumbai on Monday (April 19) thanks to some great bowling performances from the spinners. This is their second win in third matches, which puts them in the second position of the points table, just below Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Batting first, Chennai put up a huge total of 188 for nine on the board, thanks to a collective effort by the top, middle and lower-order batsmen.
While opener Faf du Plessis was the highest run-scorer for his side, making 33 off 17 balls with 4 fours and a couple of sixes, Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali also contributed with 27 and 26 runs respectively. Dwayne Bravo was unbeaten till the end, making 20 off just 8 balls, with 2 fours and a six.
Among the Rajasthan bowlers, Chetan Sakariya continued his great form with the ball in hand; he took three for 36 in his four overs.
Chris Morris also took two for 33, while Rahul Tewatia and Mustafizur Rahman grabbing one wicket apiece. The figures of 4-0-37-1 may not reflect the entire story, but Mustafizur looked in great touch in spite of going a bit expensive.
In reply, Rajasthan’s innings ended on 143 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, as Jos Buttler was the only specialist batsman to shine. Buttler scored 49 off 35 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Among the lower-order batsmen, Rahul Tewatia and Jaydev Unadkat made 20 and 24 respectively, but those knocks were not enough to take their team over the line.
For Chennai, spinners were on top of their game. Moeen Ali was the pick of the bowlers, attaining three for just 7 runs in his three overs. Ravindra Jadeja bagged two for 28. Sam Curran also took two for 24, while Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo got one wicket each.
Brief scores: Chennai Super Kings 188 for nine in 20 overs (du Plessis 33, Rayudu 27; Sakariya 3/36) beat Rajasthan Royals 143 for nine in 20 overs (Buttler 49, Unadkat 24; Moeen 3/7) by 45 runs.