The Rajasthan Royals (RR) conceded its fifth loss of the season at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday. For the second day in a row, IPL 2019 witnessed a blockbuster thrilling encounter which again went down the wire with CSK all-rounder Mitchell Santner smoking an insane strike to steer his team to a prolific victory off just the last ball. In the first innings, the CSK bowlers displayed sensational combined efforts to restrict the home team within a modest total. But in the run-chase, RR got off to a fantastic start by picking four quick wickets at the top.
The CSK experienced duo of MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu then came to the rescue with a brilliant 95-run stand to advance their team in the chase. But the game saw another twist in tail as MS Dhoni got dismissed on the third ball off the final over and left behind a daunting task for Mitchell Santner. However, the spin bowling all-rounder then showed nerves of steel, smashing Ben Stokes for 11 runs off the last three balls and in turn propelling CSK to a remarkable win.
We have had some close games
After the loss, Rajasthan Royals’ wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler mentioned that the 2008 champions have had some very close games thus far in the season and they failed to come good for a few reasons. He reckoned that it is important for them to play better and for longer duration. “We have had some games which we should have won but have not been able to do it for a few reasons. We have to play better and for longer,” quoted Jos Buttler.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, the RR opening duo comprising of skipper Ajinkya Rahane and wicket-keeper Jos Buttler got their team off to blazing start, smashing an explosive tally of 31 runs in only 2.5 overs. However, after a poor start, CSK fast bowling pair of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur then came back strongly to send both the openers back in the pavilion and in turn putting on the brakes on the scoring rate.
“We got to a nice start tonight, I couldn’t go further and capitalise on that and coming in the middle overs in this ground is a particularly tricky period of the game to play, it’s not easy wicket to come and start your innings on in the middle overs,” he added.
Tensions are running high in the IPL
Buttler, who was earlier involved in a controversial ‘Mankading’ call, also talked about the final over drama that happened last night. “I was fielding at the boundary so I am not sure what had actually happened. I am not sure if that was the right thing to do. Obviously, tensions are running high in the IPL and every run counts and it was probably a big moment in the game, but whether stepping onto the pitch is quite right – I’d say, probably not,” Buttler concluded.