The Chennai Super Kings are slowly starting to tick all the boxes as they registered a convincing win over Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. It’s never easy defending a total of under 200 at the Wankhede stadium but CSK bowlers made it look like a walk in the park. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Moeen Ali turned a web around the RR batsmen as they completely lost the plot in the middle overs.
The captaincy of MS Dhoni also needs to be appreciated as he was brilliant with his bowling changes and field placements in the run chase. The match became one-sided for Chennai Super Kings when Jadeja provided Rajasthan Royals with a double blow in the same over by removing Jos Buttler and Shivam Dubey.
Chennai Super Kings Defeats Rajasthan Royals
After that, it was the turn of Moeen Ali as the batsmen kept finding fielders against him while looking to accelerate. He ended up with bowling figures of 7 for 3 and was also the player of the match. Eventually, RR while chasing 189 runs fell short of 45 runs and will now have a lot of thinking to do before their next IPL 2021 match.
Who Said What?
Meanwhile here’s what the Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni and Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson said in the post-match presentation.
“I thought it was a good score to chase down but we lost too many wickets in the middle overs. Our bowlers bowled really well, they batted too deep. 10-15 runs extra we gave down the line. We never expected that (turn), the dew didn’t come and the ball was still turning, so it was a bit shocking to see. It’s very important to maintain a good composure, this format demands us to score at a higher risk rate; hence, it’s very normal to get out often. I keep working on the basics and giving myself some time at the centre. He’s (Chetan Sakariya) been doing really well, we lost the match but there are a lot of positives”, said Samson.
” I always look at what’s the best at that point of time. It was spinning a bit, I don’t really mind Jos playing the reverse where it’s turning a bit. It’s important to have that sixth bowler, it always helps and it was stopping a bit for spinners. There was slightly less dew than the usual. I felt we should have scored more and try to get as many as possible”.
“A lot has changed over the years and right from the start we kept a very good atmosphere and a lot of the bowlers have been under the pump last year but this time they are enjoying bowling on these wickets. When you are playing, you don’t really want anyone to say he’s unfit. Performances are something that’s guaranteed. I wasn’t guaranteeing performances when I was 24, I can’t guarantee when I am 40, but at least if people can’t point finger at me that he’s unfit then that will be a big positive for me. I have to keep up with the younger guys, they are very fast, it’s good to challenge them”, said Dhoni.
“My job here is to try and score as many runs for the team and get a good start. When I went up the order, it wasn’t any easy wicket and I’m pleased with both the departments. I thought as a team we played really well and everyone contributed. Once the left-handers came in I knew I had a good chance of bowling whenever the captain needs me. I feel it’s a good wicket for the spinners and if you land the ball in the right areas you’ve always got a chance”, said the MOM Moeen Ali.