Rajasthan Royals was eyeing revenge against Chennai Super Kings of losing a close game earlier in the tournament. MS Dhoni won the toss and he took no time in inviting Rajasthan to have a bat. Both teams went through some changes in their lineup. RR batsmen went after CSK bowlers in the powerplay to score 54 runs but at a cost of their top-three batsmen. Neither of Rajasthan batsmen crossed 30-run mark and managed only 151/7 in 20 wickets. This was the hara-kiri of playing big shots.
If Rajasthan’s start with the bat was miserable than Chennai’s start was not less than horrible. They lost four wickets inside the powerplay and was searching for someone to take them out from this trouble. MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu pulled their sleeves up to give some momentum to their innings. Both scored fighting half-centuries to take CSK close to the target but got out at the wrong time. Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner kept their cool to finish the game on the last ball with four wickets remaining.
Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
Indian all-rounder was bowling in a good rhythm against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. He kept the pressure on Rajasthan batsmen after they lost three wickets in the powerplay. Jadeja took two wickets in the middle overs which didn’t allow Rajasthan to go big. He dismissed Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi to suck the life out from Rajasthan’s middle-order. He scored important nine runs with the bat as well, which helped CSK to win the game by four wickets.
Ambati Rayudu (CSK)
Chennai’s number-four kept his cool against Rajasthan Royals to score his first fifty of IPL 2019. He stitched an important partnership of 95 runs with Dhoni to take Chennai out of trouble. He scored 57 runs in 47 balls, where he hit two fours and three sixes.
MS Dhoni (CSK)
Chennai’s captain cool remained calm as a cucumber after a horrible start in their quest to chase 152 runs. Dhoni started his innings slowly and shared a crucial stand with Ambati Rayudu. Meanwhile, Dhoni notched up his fifty and got out in the last over after scoring 58 runs off 43 balls, where he hit two fours and three sixes.
Jofra Archer (RR)
All-rounder Jofra Archer bowled a brilliant spell against Chennai Super Kings. His first over of the innings was a wicket-maiden as he dismissed Kedar Jadhav. Archer was bowling brilliantly and gave only one run in his first two over. He ended the match with figures of 4-1-19-1.