A brilliant chase from Rajasthan Royals against Chennai Super Kings last night as Ruturaj's maiden century goes in vain. Rajasthan Royals successfully defeated the table-toppers by 7 wickets. Rajasthan moves back to the 6th position in the IPL 2021 points table. Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dube score half-centuries to chase down the total in just inside 18 overs. Ruturaj scores an unbeaten 101 runs in just 60 balls. However, in the first match, Delhi Capitals defeated last year's champion Mumbai Indians by 4 wickets as Shreyas Iyer plays the anchor's role.
Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant won the toss and elected to bowl first against Mumbai Indians. However, Delhi made only one change in their side as Prithwi Shaw comes in the place of Lalit Yadav. On the other side, Mumbai Indians also made a change to their side. Rahul Chahar misses out and Jayant Yadav comes in his place.
The start was not gone well for the Mumbai Indians as they lost their captain in the 2nd over of their innings. Also, inform wicket-keeper batsman Quinton De Kock falls for just 19 runs as he got caught by Nortje. However, Surya Kumar Yadav and Saurabh Tiwary tried to make a partnership but again Axar came and took the wicket of Surya in the 11th over.
After that, again Axar Patel came and took Tiwary's wicket in his next over as MI was struggling on 80-4 in 13 overs. Although Pollard tried to accelerate but fails for just 6 runs in the next over. Hardik and his brother Krunal came to survive Mumbai. But, both of them fail to accelerate as MI( slips done to 111-7.
However, Mumbai Indians finish on just 129-8 in 20 overs. Surya scored the highest for MI as he scored 33 runs with2 fours and as many sixes. For Delhi, Axar and Avesh both took 3 wickets each. Ashwin and Nortje took 1 wicket and Rabada went wicketless for the first time in the second leg.
Coming to chase the average total at Sharjah, Shaw and in-form Shikhar Dhawan got out early. Also, the same for Steve Smith as he falls for just 9 runs as DC slips from 14-0 to 30-3. However, skipper Rishab h Pant and the most reliable batsman of DC Shreyas Iyer took the charge.
Rishabh Pant played a good inning of 26 runs in 22 deliveries before he got out by Jayant Yadav. Delhi again slips as Axar gone for 9 runs with DC at 77-5 in 11.4 overs. Shimron Hetmayer also fails to deliver as he got out on 15 runs in the 14th over of DC's innings.
However, Shreyas Iyer was holding the wicket and -laying the anchor role for DC. As Ashwin came and join Shreyas in the run chase. 11 runs were needed in the last 2 overs with Iyer at the crease. However, it was Ashwin to ends the game by hitting a big six in the very first ball of Krunal Pandya.
Ashwin played a brilliant inning of 20 runs to help DC to reach the target in the 20th over. On the other hand, Shreyas played a run-a-ball 33 runs inning as Delhi successfully beats MI to push a break to their playoffs hope. Each and every bowler of Mumbai took one wicket each except Pollard who had bawled only a single over.
Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and he chooses to bowl first against the table toppers. Rajasthan made five changes to their side. Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris misses out as Glenn Philips makes his IPL debut. Also, David Miller comes back in place of Morris. Mahipal Lomror was replaced by Shivam Dube and Akash Singh and Mayank Markhande comes into the squad. MS Dhoni also made two changes in their side, as Bravo and Deepak Chahar misses out and Sam Curran, KM Asif replaces them.
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Chennai Super Kings destructive duo Faf and Ruturaj comes to bat in a batting friendly freash and flat wicket. As their initial game,the duo started hitting each of the RR bowlers over the boundaries.. Although, the first wicket came in the 7th over. Faf was stumped by skipper Sanju Samson as Rahul Tewatia took his first.
However, soon Sursesh raina came and gone as tewatia got his second wicket in the 9th over. After that, Moeen Ali came and plays a good cameo inning of 21 runs in n17 deliveries. tewatia got his third wicket with the wicket of Moeen Ali.
After Moeen Rayudu was gone for just 2 runs and then came Sir Ravindra Jadeja. On the other side Ruturaj already completed his half century. Ravindra Jadeja plays with a Strike rate of 214 as he finishes on 32 in just 15 deliveries including 4 fours nad a six. Ruturaj smashses a huge 104 metre six in the last ball of their innings and get to his maiden IPL hundred i just 60 balls. Both of them drive CSK to a good total of 189-4 in 20 overs.
Coming to chase a huge total of 190 it's looking impossible for rajasthan as they are competing with the table-toppers. But, Yashaswi jaisdwal and Lewis has other plans. They started firing from the first delivery they faces as Rajasthan Royals scored a huge 75 runs in the powerplay(1-6) overs. Well just after the powerplay Shardul Thakur cames and get rid CSk from Evin Lewis, who scored 27 runs in just 12 balls.
Skipper Samsom came and joins Yashaswi jaiswal to the run chase. Although, soon Jaiswal completed his half-century in just 19 balls including 6 boundaries and 3 over boundaries. He becomes the 2nd fastest to score a 50 as an uncapped player after Ishan to complete his half-century.
The debutant KM Asif came and took the wicket of jaiswal in the very next over of Lewis dismissal. Shivam Dube came when over 100 runs were left to chase. As he plays brilliantly to help Rajasthan to do the impossible after Jaiswal's got out. Dube scored a valuable 64* runs in 42 deliveries with 4 boundaries and over boundaries. Also he finishes he game for his team.
Rajasthan Royals chased down the impossible look like target against CSK in just 17.3 overs. As debutant Glenn Philips also plays a cameo innings of 14 runs in 8 balls including a four and a six. Rajsthan won the match by 7 wickets and moves up to 6th in the IPL 2021 points table.
After the double header on Saturday, the IP:L 2021 points table is currently looks interesting as KKR, MI, PBKS and RR have same amount of points. However, KKR is ahead of the other teams when it comes to the net run rate factor. Although, CSK and DC have already qualified and RCB is just a win away, the fourth place battle for the playoffs is still on. Let;s take a look at the IPL 2021 points table after yesterday's matches.