Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs in the 12th match of IPL 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. CSK posted a competitive 188 for 9 after being sent into bat. In response, RR crumbled in the chase and only managed 143 for 9. There were in the hunt at the halfway stage, but once the CSK spinners were introduced, RR just could hold themselves up in the chase. Here are three reasons why we feel Rajasthan went down in the match to Chennai.
- Jos Buttler’s wicket against the run of play
Although RR lost Manan Vohra and skipper Sanju Samson early in the chase, at 87 for 2, RR were definitely in the match. Jos Buttler was batting beautifully. He hit the first ball of the chase from Deepak Chahar beautifully down the ground and never looked in any trouble at all during his stay at the crease. Buttler played some brilliant shots, attacking Chahar and, later, Ravindra Jadeja as well. Shivam Dube also joined in by taking a couple of fours off Shardul Thakur. Everything seemed to be going according to plan at the halfway stage.
Then, out of nowhere, Jadeja got one to rip and turn past Buttler’s bat to send him back one short of a well-deserved fifty. Buttler batted well for his 49 off 35 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes. However, his dismissal meant that, at 87 for 3, CSK were very much back in the game.
- RR middle-order gifting their wickets away
Although there was some assistance on offer for CSK spinners, the way RR capitulated after Buttler’s dismissal was an inexplicable. Shivam Dube had yet another failure. But what was significant was the fact that he was dismissed immediately after Buttler’s wicket. It was a nothing shot, being caught in front of the stumps to Jadeja, playing across the line. The wicket gave CSK further momentum to push ahead.
What followed after that was absolutely ridiculous. Moeen Ali was literally gifted three wickets. David Miller completely missed a sweep while Riyan Parag and Chris Morris picked out the fielders to absolute perfection. 87 for 2 became 95 for 7 in no time and the game had firmly slipped out of RR’s grasp.
- RR bowlers allowing CSK to reach 188
If we look at CSK’s batting line-up, Faf du Plessis’ 33 was actually the top score. Very rarely does it happen that a team ends up reaching a total close to 190 despite not a single player reaching the 50-run mark. It did happen with Chennai. While RR never allowed any big partnership to develop, they also did not pick up enough quick wickets. Almost all the CSK batsmen came in and contributed in some way or the other.
Moeen Ali got 26, Ambati Rayudu 27, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni 18 each while Sam Curran also fired 13 from 6. At the very end, Dwayne Bravo came in and slapped an unbeaten 20 from only eight balls. It all added up as CSK ended up posting a highly impressive total on the board. Had RR managed to be tighter with the ball with regards to their discipline, they could definitely have kept CSK down to a less challenging total. The fact that they could not come back to haunt them in a chase, especially when things got difficult for their batsmen against the spinning ball.