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It was a battle of finalists of the inaugural IPL (2008). However, the thrills of that final were nowhere in evidence as Chennai Super Kings completely outplayed the Royals on this day and thus consolidating their position further in the top four.
Batting first CSK put up an imposing 188/9. The innings was totally filled with quick cameos rather than anyone or two batters getting a big score. Gaekwad failed again by Faf Duplessis ( 33 off 17 balls) looked in great touch, striking the ball beautifully especially with his paddle shots . After Faf’s dismissal , Moeen Ali got into the act and played some effortless pull shots in his breezy 26 off 20 balls followed by some dazzling shots over the top by Ambati Rayudu (27 off 17 balls). Raina and Dhoni scored 18 runs apiece at a run a ball rate. Towards the end, rapid cameos from Sam Curran(13 off 6) and Dwayne Bravo (20 off 8) took the CSK score to a formidable 188/9.
For Rajasthan, Chetan Sakariya ( 3/36) and Morris (2/33) were the best two bowlers.
In reply Rajasthan Royals lost needless wickets at the start with Manan Vohra(14) flattered to deceive again getting out caught at midwicket after playing few sumptuous shots. The Royals suffered a huge blow with Samson (1) going cheaply pulling straight to Dwayne Bravo . Jos Buttler was in ominous form after disappointing shows in the first few games. Buttler looked in fine touch starting off with a superb straight drive followed by powerful pulls and drives as Rajasthan for a while looked to be in sync with the asking rate . Shivam Dube (17) was giving Buttler good company . However Jadeja had other ideas and with the ball spinning for the first time this season at the Wankhede , Jadeja got Buttler(49 off 35 balls) with a beauty, spinning away and hitting the off stump.
Post the Buttler dismissal it was the downhill slide by the Rajasthan batting lineup . Dube, Miller (2) and Parag (3) disappointed as Jadeja and Moeen took 5 wickets between them. Later Tewatia (20) and Unadkat (24) played breezy knocks but only to delay the inevitable as Rajasthan lost by a big margin of 45 runs.
For Chennai, Moeen (3/7), Jadeja (2/26) and Sam Curran (2/24) proved the main destroyers with skilful bowling.
Moeen Ali for his rapid 26 and 3/7 was the unanimous choice for Man of the mach .
Chennai won by 45 runs
CSK 188/9 (20 Ovs)
du Plessis 33(17)
Chetan Sakariya 3/36
Chris Morris 2/33
RR 143/9 (20 Ovs)
Moeen Ali 3/7
Sam Curran 2/24