Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings comfortably by 7 wickets in yesterday’s game in Abu Dhabi. With this defeat, the path for Dhoni’s team to reach the playoffs has become difficult. Now CSK will have to depend on the results of the other team along with winning the remaining 4 matches in order to progress to the playoffs. Chennai gave Rajasthan a target of 126 runs. Rajasthan achieved this target by scoring it in 17.3 overs for the loss of 3 wickets.
Jose Butler with his 70 runs scored the highest for Rajasthan. He hit 7 fours and 2 sixes while captain Steve Smith scored 26 off 34 balls. Both batsmen shared an unbeaten 98 runs partnership. Ben Stokes 19, Robin Uthappa 4 and Sanju Samson were out for zero. For Chennai, Deepak Chahar took 2 and Jose Hazlewood took one wicket. MS Dhoni created history, becoming the first player to play 200 matches in the league.
Earlier, Chennai scored 125 runs for 5 wickets in 20 overs. For CSK, Ravindra Jadeja scored the highest of 35 runs. He hit 4 fours in a 30-ball innings. Kedar Jadhav remained unbeaten after scoring 4 runs off 7 balls. Dhoni was run out as he scored 28 runs off 28 balls. Sam Curran became a victim to Shreyas Gopal scoring 22 runs off 25 balls. Faf Duplessis scored 10, Shane Watson 8 and Ambati Rayudu scored 13 runs off 19 balls.