In the 12th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs on the basis of their spin bowlers. Batting first after losing the toss, CSK scored 188 runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. For the team, Faf du Plessis scored the highest number of 33 and Ambati Rayudu scored 27 runs. Chasing a target of 189 runs, only Jos Buttler (49) from Rajasthan could face the Chennai bowlers by staying at the crease. Rajasthan’s batting was shattered like cards when Butler was dismissed. Moeen Ali from Chennai took three wickets and Ravindra Jadeja took 2 wickets. With this win, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s team has now reached the second number in the point table.
Chasing a target of 189 runs, Rajasthan did not have a good start and Manan Vohra returned to the pavilion off Sam Karan after scoring some good shots. After this, Captain Sanju Samson could not do anything special and went on to score just 1 run. After that Jose Butler and Shivam Dubey (17) added 42 runs for the third wicket and tried to bring the team back into the match. But, Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Butler and Shivam Dubey in their third over and destroyed Rajasthan’s hopes. In the next over, Moeen Ali also sent David Miller (2) to the pavilion. Chris Morris, who led the team to victory in the last match by six, could not even open his account in this match. In the last overs, Rahul Tewatia (20) made some strong shots, but it was too late at that time.
Earlier, the team of Superkings was in a good position for 120 runs for three wickets in 13 overs at one time, but the team could add 68 runs in the last seven overs. Samson decided to bowl first after winning the toss and Ruturaj Gaikwad (10) was lucky on fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat’s first ball of the innings when their catch was missed by Rahul Tevatia. Faf Du Plessis (33) hit the first six of the innings over Sakariya in the second over. Gaikwad, however, caught Shivam Dubey at mid-off off Mustafizur Rahman. Faf Du Plessis increased the run pace with three fours and a six over Unadkat in the fifth over but was caught by Maurice off Ryan Parag in the next over. He hit four fours and two sixes in a 17-ball inning.
The Superkings’ team could only manage 46 runs for two wickets in the Powerplay. Moeen Ali smashed Mustafizur and Maurice for six but caught Tewatia off Parag at deep midwicket. Suresh Raina hit a six over Parag after opening the account in the fifth ball, while Ambati Rayudu also hit a six over the spinner. Rayudu also hit Tewatia for two consecutive sixes.
After the 12th over of Chennai’s inning
The Superkings’ 100 runs were completed in the 12th over. Rayudu, however, caught Polara at the boundary in an attempt to send Sakariya’s ball for six runs after scoring 27 off 17 balls. He hit three sixes in his innings. Raina also played straight into the hands of Morris in the same over from Sakariya, making the team score 125 runs for five wickets. He scored 18 runs in 15 balls. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also became the victim of Sakariya after scoring 18 off 17 balls while Morris sent Jadeja (08) to the pavilion. Bravo scored 20 from eight balls to bring the team score to 190.