Rajasthan Royals (RR) beat Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by three runs in yesterday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Batting first after losing the toss, RR put up a competitive 175/8 on the board. CSK got close, but not close enough, ending on 172/6.
With two overs left in the match, Rajasthan seemed in command as Chennai had to get 40 runs. However, Ravindra Jadeja (25* off 15) slammed Jason Holder for a four and two sixes.
With 21 to get off the last over, MS Dhoni (32* off 17) once again gave the opposition a scare, clobbering Sandeep Sharma for consecutive sixes. However, Sharma held his nerve and did not concede another boundary to ensure victory for Rajasthan.
Chasing 176, CSK lost Ruturaj Gaikwad for 8 as the opener closed the face of the bat too early on a length ball from Sandeep. Devon Conway (50 off 38) and Ajinkya Rahane (31 off 19) then added 68 for the second wicket.
The impressive stand was broken when Rahane was trapped lbw by Ravichandran Ashwin as he missed his slog-sweep. Ashwin also caught Shivam Dube plumb in front of the stumps for 8.
MS Dhoni’s late surge went in vain as Rajasthan Royals (RR) secured a three-run win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2023 clash at Chepauk on Wednesday. With 21 required in the final over, Dhoni smashed Sandeep Sharma for a couple of sixes but the final three deliveries resulted in three singles as CSK managed 172/6 in response to Rajashthan’s 175/8 in 20 overs. The hosts got off to a slow start in the chase after losing in-form batter Ruturaj Gaikwad early for 8. Ajinkya Rahane and Devon Conway then added 68-run for the second wicket before Ashwin trapped Rahane LBW for 31(19) and removed Shivam Dube in his next over. Adam Zampa then scalped one, while Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice in the same over to reduce CSK to 113-6 in 15 overs. Ravindra Jadeja and Dhoni then took charge and added 59 runs in the final five overs. Earlier, Jadeja’s clinical display helped CSK restrict Rajasthan to 175/8 after inviting them to bat. The all-rounder scalped two wickets and conceded 21 runs in his quota, before Shimron Hetmyer joined the proceedings and bailed Rajasthan out of a tricky situation. Hetmyer smoked 30 off 18 balls, which featured two 4s and the same number of 6s. Buttler also continued his rich form and went to hit 52 off 36 balls before getting out to Moeen Ali
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