Rajasthan Royals thumped Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and get to 10 points and keep their playoff chances alive. The maximum points that a team can get from this point as the fourth team is 14 and four teams including the Royals are in the race for the playoffs. Meanwhile, this was CSK’s third defeat of this IPL campaign and their first of the UAE leg.
Rajasthan Royals chased down 190 with 15 balls to spare on the back of some fabulous batting. Their openers Yashasvi Jaiswal (50) and Evin Lewis (27) added 77 for the first wicket. Skipper Sanju Samson (28) along with Shivam Dube (64*) who was drafted in the side for this game then took the side to a win.
Earlier in the day. Mumbai Indians lost to Delhi Capitals giving the Royals and KKR a chance to stay alive in the contest. The Royals batting show overpowered Ruturaj Gaikwad’s maiden IPL ton as the Men In Pink bagged a crucial win.
This is how Twitter reacted to Rajasthan Royals Win
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— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 2, 2021
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 2, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 2, 2021
— Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) October 2, 2021
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) October 2, 2021
— S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) October 2, 2021
Day belongs to youngsters of the ipl. #yashasvijaiswal solid intent.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 2, 2021
Stupefying run chase by Rajasthan Royals against table toppers #CSK. Jaiswal and Dube toyed with the bowling. Shows the talent they possess but also highlights their inconsistency. But this upset result makes competition for 2 places in the play offs stiffer
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 2, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 2, 2021
Skipper Sanju Samson hailed his team’s effort to get over Chennai Super Kings tonight.
“We are aware of the abilities of the people we have in our batting line-up. That’s why it’s disappointing when we lose. The wicket was behaving really well in the last 3-4 overs, so we knew it’d be much better in the second innings. I am happy I guessed it (pitch getting better in the second dig) right. They have been giving good starts, they almost finished off the game in the powerplay. Very happy for Jaiswal, we are very sure he’ll make it big. He keeps on eating (laughs). We have been discussing about Dube in the last 2-3 games. We thought today might be his day. He has been working hard in the nets. Unbelievable batting by Gaikwad. There’s no risk the way he plays. Very happy he scored a hundred, respect him. We are not thinking too far ahead, one game at a time” said Samson after the win.
The Royals have games against Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders left. Beating both these teams will very much ensure the Royals a fourth spot in the playoffs.