IPL 2020, RR vs CSK: Sanju Samson, Steve Smith Fire Rajasthan Royals to Chronicle Win Over Chennai Super Kings
Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 16 runs in their first Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 match of the season at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. CSK captain MS Dhoni won the toss and was selected for the region. The 121-run partnership of Sanju Samson and Steve Smith was the highlight of the match as the Royals packed a 217-run target with plenty of boundaries. The match also had a lot of talking points, in a thrilling bout with some controversies.
RR lost the opening wicket of youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal, but the partnership of Smith and Samson led the Royals to a mammoth score. Deepak Chahal took the crucial wicket of Samson, who scored 74 runs off 32 balls with the help of one four and nine sixes.
After Samson was dismissed, Smith found it difficult to form a partnership, with a good pair of David Miller and Robin Uthappa.
English pacer Jofra Archer touched Rajasthan’s huge total with a dependable batting performance. He scored 27 runs off eight balls with the help of four sixes.
In addition, Tom Curren got caught in an umpiring controversy. Karan was dismissed by the umpire, who got him caught by Chahar. Curran wanted a review, but the allotted review in his favor was over. But TV replays revealed that he should not have been sacked, so the umpires called him back as he did not go off the field.
Meanwhile, CSK also got off to a decent start with Murali Vijay and Shane Watson scoring 21 and 33. Once again, Faf du Plessis scored 72 runs off 37 balls, performing well.
Coming towards the end, Dhoni tried to play the role of finisher, but could not stop the defeat due to the huge goal posted by Smith’s team. The former Indian captain scored 29 runs off 17 balls.
In the bowling department, Sam Curren was the main man for CSK, taking three wickets in four overs.
Meanwhile, Rahul Tewatia was in top form for RR, taking three wickets in his allotted overs.
In their next match, CSK will face Delhi Capitals (DC) on 25 September. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab on 27 September.