Live Match Blog – Super Kings vs Royals 47th Game 2021 – Cricket Insights
Chennai Super Kings sealed their playoff spot and will be aiming for a top-two spot. For the Rajasthan Royals, a win will keep them in the race – 14 points could lead to a qualification without NRR coming into play. A loss could complicate things for them as their NRR is the poorest among the contending teams. .
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RR wins with 15 balls to spare
Only 63 in the first 10 overs. Over the next 27.3 overs, 316 points scored on this ground at 11.5 years over. Did CSK misinterpret the pitch at the start, were the RR bowlers so good at the start or have the conditions drastically changed? We will find out soon. For now, RR has registered his name in the confusion of the midfield, one of four teams tied at 10 points. They are # 6 on the table thanks to their ordinary net run rate. Thanks for join us.
Dubé continues the assault
After RR lost his first matches, Shivam Dube is promoted to No.4. The plan seems clear: Captain Sanju Samson slips through as Dube, Phillips and Miller strike on the other end. And that seems like a good pitch for powerful hitters like Dube and Miller. RR hit 119 in 10 overs, needing 71 in the back 10. Will they think about the net run rate now? Their net run rate is pretty low at the moment, but if they can win with three or four overs to spare, they could give themselves a boost.
RR scored 81 to 1 in the Powerplay. He is
1. The highest score of RR in the Powerplay in the IPL.
2. The highest Powerplay score for any team this IPL.
3. Highest Powerplay score against CSK in any IPL match.
4. Highest Powerplay Score in any UAE IPL match.
Jaiswal 50 of 19
In a sensational start to the hunt, Yash Jaiswal took on all the bowlers and the field proved to be a batting beauty. Three sixes, six fours in just 19 balls. On the other end, Evin Lewis manages two sixes and two fours in 12 balls to give RR an opening stand of 77 points, which ended in sixth.
Gaikwad 100 brings the CSK to 189
High drama as Gaikwad nearly runs out of available bullets to hit his hundred. He only gets three balls in the last two rounds as Ravindra Jadeja goes wild on the other end, but Gaikwad hits the last ball of the innings for a six to end up with an unbeaten 101 on 60 balls. Jadeja gets 32 out of 15. The last six overs are 89.
Gaikwad: 50 first out of 43 balls, then 51 out of 17. Was it a winning round or was the first half too slow for these conditions? We will find out soon.
Orange cap for Gaikwad
RR takes wickets, but CSK will continue hard
Rahul Tewatia finished with three wickets but his four overs went to 39. This is how CSK is beating these days. If anything, they surprisingly had two soft overs today. One of them was Samson who picked up the pace as soon as Moeen came out at bat and then Glenn Phillips snuck into a cheap offbreaks market. CSK has 117 for 3 in 15 overs, and now in the middle are a Gaikwad set and the man with the highest strike rate in this IPL, Ambati Rayudu.
Another fifty for Gaikwad
It’s all gone
CSK made their way 46-0 at the end of Powerplay, but what is remarkable is that they only faced rapids from the left arm. This is the first time in 10 years that the six Powerplay overs in an IPL round have been played by left arm rapids. Prior to 2011, the Delhi Daredevils did this frequently with their attack centered on Ashish Nehra and Dirk Nannes. Pradeep Sangwan would continue to participate. They did it seven times in the 2009 IPL. Delhi may not have won an IPL (yet), but they have often been ahead of their time. This is just another example.
A quick overview of the scenarios
Of course, both teams want to win, but what are the permutations and combinations here?
A win will keep them in the race as 14 points could lead to a qualification without NRR coming into play. Even with 12 points, the Royals could move up to fourth team if KKR, PBKS and MI lose all of their remaining games and stay out. 10 points each. Yet it is an unlikely scenario. If it is NRR, the Royals will struggle as their rate is the worst among the contending teams.
A win will almost secure a place in the top two. Currently, it’s possible for three teams to finish with 20 or more points, but CSK’s NRR of 1.002 is so far ahead of RCB -0.200 that it’s almost impossible for CSK to fall behind. Even if RCB wins each of their last three games by 40 points (after scoring 160), their NRR will only improve to 0.29. So a win here will pretty much assure CSK of finishing in the top two.
Lots of changes for RR
Sanju Samson is hilarious on the throws. Whenever he wins one, his instinctive reaction is to go get the part before he even tells everyone what he wants to do. And you can’t keep the IPL coin either.
Either way, Samson won the draw and his Rajasthan Royals team will line up. They had good news from the previous game with the loss of the Mumbai Indians meaning that if the Royals win tonight they are one of four teams tied for fourth with two games to go. They made five changes: Mahipal Lomror, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Kartik Tyagi and Chris Morris make way for Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, Akash Singh, David Miller and Mayank Markande.
CSK have qualified but they will like their winning form to ensure they finish in two on two. No, they are tied with DC at 18 points, but they have this game in hand. They are still favorites to be in the top two, but they have to watch out for a late comeback from RCB to third, two wins behind them but one game less. They made money changers, bringing in KM Asif and Sam Curran for Deepak Chahar and Dwayne Bravo.
Chennai Super Kings 1 RD Gaikwad, 2 F du Plessis, 3 MM Ali, 4 SK Raina, 5 AT Rayudu, 6 MS Dhoni (capt. & Wk), 7 RA Jadeja, 8 SM Curran, 9 SN Thakur, 10 JR Hazlewood, 11 KM Asif
Royals of Rajasthan 1 E Lewis, 2 YBK Jaiswal, 3 SV Samson (captain and week), 4 S Dube, 5 GD Phillips, 6 DA Miller, 7 R Tewatia, 8 Akash Singh, 9 M Markande, 10 C Sakariya, 11 Mustafizur Rahman
Sidharth Monga is Associate Editor at ESPNcricinfo