Chennai Super Kings has lost almost every chance of qualifying the playoffs in the ongoing tournament by losing the match by seven wickets against Rajasthan Royals.
Chennai Super Kings won the toss and elected to bat first. Batting first, they posted an easy score of 125 for 5 in the allotted 20 overs.
In reply, Rajasthan Royals easily chased the score in just 17.3 overs and marked an easy win.
With this win, Rajasthan Royals jumped to Number five in the points table with 8 points and Chennai Super Kings, with another loss, fall to the bottom.
Winner Skipper Steve Smith’s Reaction:
“Sharjah is a little different from here. The wicket was stopping, not the best for batting, and good to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure. Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me. I just knocked it around, and he just batted the way he usually does. He always maintains a good strike-rate. I didn’t know I’d nicked the ball (LBW call), but I was relieved to see that I had.”
Losing skipper, MS Dhoni’s Reaction:
“There was a bit for the fast bowlers. The reason I brought on Jadeja was to see how much it’s stopping. But it didn’t stop much. In the second innings, I think it got better because our spinners didn’t get the same bite. It’s about going back to the process, and then see if the process is wrong. We play in front of millions of people so there is nothing to hide. We’re trying a few things. You don’t want to chop and change. Insecurity is something you don’t want to prevail in the dressing room. Fair enough, this season we weren’t really there. Also the youngsters, we didn’t see the spark to push the guys. But what this result has done is give those youngsters a chance in the rest of the tournament.“
Man Of The Match, Jos Buttler’s Reaction:
“Nice to get a win on the board tonight. I tried to come out with some intensity in my batting. I didn’t think I had enough last game, and I decided to take a few more options tonight, and it came off. You have to keep trusting yourself and particularly when there’s no scoreboard pressure, you can play yourself in and let cut loose in the end. I’m happy (batting at number 5) to do whatever the team needs to me do. This is my role for now.”