Samson stars as Rajasthan beat Chennai by 16 runs
Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 16 runs to start their season with a win. CSK fell 16 runs short of the target in a high scoring enounter where Rajasthan posted 216 runs in their first innings.
Chennai won the toss and elected to field first. Rajasthan skipper Steve Smith opened the innings with youngYashasvi Jaiswal. The youngster couldn't bat long as he could manage a single boundary in his run a ball 6. Steve Smith and Sanju Samson added 121 runs for the second wicket. Samson in particular was very aggressive as he blasted 74 runs off just 32 balls which included 9 sixes and a four. Jofra Archer provided that late flourish with his 4 consecutive sixes off Lungi Ngidi as Rajasthan finised on 216/7 in the first innings.
Sam Curran was the pick of the bowlers for Chennai who finished with the figures of 3-33. Piyush Chawala, Lungi Ngidi and Deepak Chahar shared a wicket each but most of them were pretty expensive in terms of runs conceeded.
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Chennai were assisted by yet another half century from Faf du Plessis but wasn't enough to take the team to victory line. du Plessis continued his good form from the previous match as he scored 72 runs off 37 balls with 7 sixes and a four. Murali Vijay (21) and Shane Watson (33) got the starts but couldn't convert into big one. Skipper MS Dhoni tried to take the game deep into last over but his 3 sixes weren't enough to surpass the target for victory. Eventually, Chennai fell 16 runs short of the target.
Rahul Tewati finished with the figures of 3-37 which included the wickets of Watson, Curran and Gaikwad. Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal and Tom Curran picked up a wicket each.
Sanju Samson was named Player of the Match for his match winning knock.
Match Summary :
Rajasthan Royals 216 for 7 (Samson 74, Smith 69, Archer 27*, Sam Curran 3-33)
Chennai Super Kings 200 for 6 (du Plessis 72, Watson 33, Dhoni 29*, Tewatia 3-37)
by 16 runs