CSK vs RR Highlights IPL 2020: CSK suffers huge loss, RR registers 7-wicket win

CSK vs RR Highlights IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals came up with a clinical show as it beat Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets in an IPL match.

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MS Dhoni took a stunner to dismiss Sanju Samson.   -  IPL

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of IPL 2020, Match 37 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Rajasthan Royals beats Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets

RR 124/3 after 17 overs: Smith whacks a boundary, Buttler betters with a maximum and it's all over for Chennai.

RR 112/3 after 16 overs: Jos Buttler and Steve Smith are in a hurry and this win is going to boost RR's net run-rate and Chennai will suffer the most.

RR 108/3 after 15 overs: Excellent half-century from Buttler and this game is now Rajasthan's way. Wondering what made Chennai struggle while batting.

RR 92/3 after 14 overs: Buttler and Smith are chipping away and Chennai needs a miracle from here to win this game. Rajasthan on cruise mode. 

RR 83/3 after 13 overs: Piyush Chawla is into the attack and he gives just four. Excellent from the leg-spinner but Rajasthan is comfortably placed. A run a ball for the valuable two points.

RR 79/3 after 12 overs: This game is slipping away fastly from Chennai's grip as Jos Buttler smacks Shardul Thakur for a boundary and then smokes the bowler high over long-off.

RR 66/3 after 11 overs: Dhoni needs to bring his spinners on as Rajasthan requires just 60 runs. The slowness of the wicket means, Chennai's spinners will hold the key.

RR 59/3 after 10 overs: Shardul Thakur concedes a boundary but that was a brave effort from Faf du Plessis to stop the boundary. Chennai needs wickets, else Smith and Buttler would stroll home easily.

RR 51/3 after 9 overs: Josh Hazlewood finishes his spell and he records excellent figures of 4-0-19-1. However, Jos Buttler and Steve Smith are playing smart as the run-rate is not mounting with just 126 to chase. Chennai, needs wickets in cluster.

RR 43/3 after 8 overs: Deepak Chahar finishes his spell with excellent figures 4-1-18-2. To stuff and Chennai needs to keep the pressure.

RR 40/3 after 7 overs: Jos Buttler releases the pressure as he reverse sweeps Jadeja for a boundary. A wicket here and Chennai would start dictating terms.

RR 31/3 after 6 overs: Josh Hazlewood almost trapped Steve Smith and an inside edge saved the Royals skipper. Chennai on the attack and this match is far from over.

RR 28/3 after 5 overs: Dhoni dives to his left and takes a stunner to remove Sanju Samson. Chennai off to a dream start as Josh Hazlewood strikes. Deepak Chahar with a geam. Maiden and a wicket.

RR 28/2 after 4 overs: Hazlewood strikes and he gets Robin Uthappa. Chennai off to a dream start in defending just 125... Uthappa's scoop lands in the gloves of Dhoni.

RR 26/1 after 3 overs: Deepak Chahar strikes and he gets the prized scalp of Ben Stokes... Wonderful start from CSK.

RR 20/0 after 2 overs: Robin Uthappa gets going and so as Ben Stokes as both batsmen find boundaries off Josh Hazlewood and Rajasthan is up and running.

RR 10/0 after 1 over: Robin Uthappa almost survived a LBW appeal and Chennai reviewed it but the onfield call stays as it was given Not Out. Deepak Chahar is not happy

It will be Deepak Chahar with the new ball with Stokes on strike... Here we go

Right then the CSK huddle and Dhoni is animated, out come the Rajasthan openers Ben Stokes and Robin Uthappa.... It will be a test of character for the Chennai bowlers..

End of Innings: Chennai Super Kings posts 125/5 after 20 overs

Last five overs, just 36 runs came and Rajasthan know it has done extremely well on a slow pitch. CSK's batsmen never really got into their innings and even Dhoni struggled for timing. Jadeja continues his fine form and his unbeaten 35 lifts CSK to 125.

CSK 118/5 after 19 overs: Jadeja finds the fence on a couple of occasions and Chennai desperately need more of those.

CSK 107/5 after 18 overs: Dhoni departs after finding a boundary and Chennai is on course to post a below-par total.

CSK 100/4 after 17 overs: The 100 comes up but it has come very late. Will three to go, Dhoni and Jadeja would aim to post at least 150. Can they get there remains to be seen.

CSK 96/4 after 16 overs: Ben Stokes denies any width to Dhoni and Jadeja as the batsmen bank on singles. Seven runs from the over.

CSK 89/4 after 15 overs: Rahul Tewatia finishes his spell and this has been exceptional. 4-0-18-1 Five more overs to go and Chennai needs at least 150 to stay in this game, rather in this tournament.

CSK 85/4 after 14 overs: That's the over Chennai was looking for as 14 comes from Kartik Tyagi's over. Dhoni gets going with a boundary and Jadeja follows suits with a couple more.

CSK 71/4 after 13 overs: Excellent spell from Shreays Gopal 4-0-14-1 and either Dhoni or Jadeja need to tee off from here. Chennai in need of some push.

CSK 68/4 after 12 overs: Dhoni and Jadeja are steadily rebuilding as they bank on running between the wickets but Chennai needs some big overs. The boundaries have dried up.

CSK 61/4 after 11 overs: Dhoni and Jadeja have a lot to do and Rajasthan with wickets at regular intervals have denied any momentum what so ever.

CSK 56/4 after 10 overs: Huge blow for Chennai as Rayudu departs as the batsmen tried to whack Tewatia for a maximum but instead got a top-edge and Sanju Samson took a simple catch. Ravindra Jadeja joins Dhoni.

CSK 55/3 after 9 overs: Shreyas Gopal strikes and he removes Sam Curran and Curran's short stay at the crease comes to an end. Meanwhile, Rayudu took an excellent LBW review after being given out and with Dhoni at the crease, this will be a key partnership for CSK.

CSK 51/2 after 8 overs: Spin from both ends and Rajasthan has pulled back Chennai. Rayudu and Curran need to break away from the shakles.

CSK 45/2 after 7 overs: Shreyas Gopal is introduced into the attack and he bowls an excellent over giving just two runs.

CSK 43/2 after 6 overs: PowerPlay done and dusted and CSK would have ideally wanted at least 10 more runs and one less wicket. Nevertheless, Rayudu and Curran have given Chennai some momentum after the loss of Du Plessis and Watson.

CSK 41/2 after 5 overs: There is no stopping Sam Curran and Ambati Rayudu has teed off from ball one. Curran smokes Ben Stokes over the sightscreen and Rayudu joins the act by whacking the Englishman to the fence twice.

CSK 26/2 after 4 overs: Kartik Tyagi provides Rajasthan with another breakthrough and this time removes Shane Watson. False start from Chennai as it loses both its experienced batsmen. Ambati Rayudu joins Sam Curran.

CSK 13/1 after 3 overs: Jofra Archer strikes and he gets Faf du Plessis, courtesy a stunning catch from Jos Buttler. Chennai loses early wicket. Shane Watson joins Sam Curran.

CSK 10/0 after 2 overs: Faf du Plessis gets going as he finds the fence off Ankit Rajpoot and both openers are being very cautious.

CSK 2/0 after 1 over: Well that's the contest we all were waiting for. Archer vs Curran and the bowler has his say in the first over. Both openers off the mark.

Crunch game for both team and out come the Rajasthan Royals and for CSK it will be Faf du Plessis along with Sam Curran. It will be Jofra Archer with Curran on strike.

Toss: Chennai Super Kings wins toss, opts to bat first

Playing XI

Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood

Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), Jos Buttler, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi

Changes: CSK - Josh Hazlewood in. Dwayne Bravo out. RR - Ankit Rajpoot in. Javdev Unadkat out.

Pitch Report: It is the same pitch that was used yesterday, so the dimensions also don't change. Teams will be looking to that short boundary which is 63 meters and also there's a short straight boundary which is 59 meters. It looks a lot drier than yesterday, there's an uneven covering of grass which and it will play into the hands of the bowlers. The average first innings score here is 167 - By, Daren Ganga and JP Duminy.

Toss in 15 minutes

Position on the Points Table:

CSK currently occupies the seventh position in the 2020 IPL points table with 6 points from nine outings, which include three wins and six losses. Meanwhile, RR is placed eighth in the standings with six points, having won three games and lost six.

Head-to-head: Total matches: 23; CSK 14; DC 9

 

Last IPL meeting:

RR (216/7 in 20 overs) beat CSK (200/6 in 20 overs) by 16 runs.

Earlier this season, the sides had squared off against each other in Sharjah on September 22, Tuesday. The Royals defeated the Super Kings by 16 runs back then. Sanju Samson scored a 32-ball 74, while Rahul Tewatia ended with figures of three wickets for 37 runs.

Head-to-head: (22 matches - CSK 14 | RR 8)

The two teams have faced each other 22 times in the IPL so far, and CSK holds a 14-8 head-to-head win/loss record over RR.

 

The Preview

Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, the finalists of the inaugural edition of the IPL way back in 2008, will face off in Abu Dhabi on Monday with their hopes of staying afloat in the tournament after a disastrous start to the 2020 edition.

The build-up

With just three wins from six games for both teams, Monday’s clash is a do-or-die game for the former champions. Both sides need to win their remaining five matches to have any hope of qualifying.

CSK’s campaign has suffered due to the absence of key players like Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. The team suffered a big blow during its clash against Delhi Capitals when Dwayne Bravo picked up a groin injury, which is going to keep him out of action for the next few days.

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Squads

Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (Captain & Wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, R. Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif

Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (Captain), Jos Buttler (Wicketkeeper), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Mayank Markande, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran and Anuj Rawat.