IPL 2023: RR complete a double over CSK; move to top of table

RR vs CSK, IPL 2023

Rajasthan Royals (RR) completed a double over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in IPL 2023 as they won by 32 runs in Jaipur on Thursday night (April 27).

After Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 43-ball 77 powered RR to 202/5, CSK were kept to 170/6 thanks to the spin duo of Adam Zampa (3/22) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/35).

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RR had emerged victorious in their away contest against CSK in Chennai on April 12 by three runs. Now, they won against the MS Dhoni-led team at home and moved to the top of the table. RR returned to winning ways after two straight losses.

Three sides – RR, CSK, and Gujarat Titans (GT) are on 10 points each but RR are No. 1 in the table with a superior net run rate. GT are second followed by CSK.

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This was the 200th IPL game for RR, and they made it a memorable one for themselves and the home fans.

Earlier, Jaiswal continued his rich form with his third fifty of the tournament before Devdutt Padikkal (24 not out) and Dhruv Jurel (34 off 15) provided the final flourish to register the highest total – 202/5 – at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Zampa and Ashwin then starred with the ball to deliver a win for RR despite Ruturaj Gaikwad’s (47) and Shivam Dube’s (52) best efforts.

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In contrast to RR, CSK openers found the going tough before Gaikwad, who was dropped on four, broke the shackles and hit Jason Holder (0/49) for a four over mid-on before cracking a six over deep backward square leg in the fourth over.

RR skipper Sanju Samson intensified the pressure by bowling spin from both ends and the move paid dividends. Devon Conway (8) continued to struggle and with the required run rate increasing he was forced to hit a Zampa delivery flat to Sandeep Sharma at mid-off.

Unperturbed by the wicket, Gaikwad kept stealing boundaries every over to keep the scoreboard ticking before Zampa struck once again to get rid of the dangerman.

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CSK were 72 for two at the halfway mark. Ashwin (2/35) then snared the wickets Ajinkya Rahane (15) and “Impact Player” Ambati Rayudu (0) to further dent CSKs chances. But Dube had different plans. He upped the ante, hitting some much-needed sixes to give CSK a glimmer of hope.

The all-rounder brought his third consecutive half-century with the help of four sixes and two fours. However, he couldn’t take his side over the line.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, RR vs CSK, IPL 2023
RR’s Yashasvi Jaiswal celebrates his half-century against CSK. Photo: BCCI/IPL

Opening the innings, Jaiswal started on an aggressive note, hitting boundaries all around the ground.

He targeted Akash Singh (0/32), hitting three fours in the very first over. The youngster hit the first ball of the match wide over cover and then send the next two to deep extra cover and deep midwicket for the same result.

The Rajasthan opener then went on to collect 18 runs off Singh’s second over. Jaiswal sent the ball to the boundary three times and also launched one for a six over long-on. With Tushar Deshpande (2/42) and Singh being punished, CSK skipper MS Dhoni introduced spin in the form of Maheesh Theekshana (1/24), who bowled a good opening spell.

Jaiswal, however, raced to his half-century in 26 balls. Jos Buttler too joined the party, hitting a few boundaries. Together the two stitched an 86-run opening stand before the Englishman’s sedate 27-run knock was brought to an end by Ravindra Jadeja (1/32).

The CSK bowlers were able to restrict the boundaries after the wicket and then fashioned a mini batting collapse. Returning for his second spell, Deshpande dismissed skipper Sanju Samson (17) and also got the prized wicket of Jaiswal, who was batting with aplomb, in the 14th over.

Theekshana then returned to send the big-hitting Shimron Hetmyer (8) packing. Padikkal and Jurel then added 48 runs towards the fag of the innings.

(With agency inputs)