RR vs CSK IPL Score: Steve Smith hit 69 off 47 to help Rajasthan Royals to 216/7.© BCCI/IPL
Fireworks by Jofra Archer in the final over helped Rajasthan Royals pop over 200 after it looked like they would fail to cross that mark even after a blitzkrieg start by Sanju Samson and Steve Smith. Archer finshed unbeaten on 27 off just 8 balls with 4 sixes. Samson hit 74 off just 32 with 9 sixes and just one four while Smith played the anchor with 69 off 47with 4 fours and as many sixes. The CSK spinners had a torrid day as they gave away 95 runs in their 8 overs. Ngidi went for 56 in his four, with 30 of them coming in the final over of the innings. Curran was the pick of the bowlers as he returned 3/33 while Chahar got 1/31. (LIVE SCORECARD)
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Innings break: RR 216/7 in 20 overs
RR finish with a single as they get to 216/7.
A see-sawing innings, this, as RR begun well then CSK staged a comeback and finally Archer led some fireworks in the last over to pop Rajasthan over 200.
Is it enough on this pitch? Stay tuned for CSK’s reply.
DOT BALL! WOULD YOU BELIEVE IT?
Slower short ball and Archer misses this one with his wild swipe.
A dot ball, completely against the run of play!
Bowling WIDES don’t get you off the free hit, Lungi.
Archer’s hit jackpot. This is the third free hit he will take!
FOUR SIXES IN A ROW! YUVRAJ SINGH, IS IT YOU?
6, 6, 6, 6
A free hit disappears into the stand as Archer hits another straight six.
And guess what? IT’S ANOTHER NO-BALL!
FREE HIT AGAIN!
200 UP FOR RR!
Archer takes the free hit!
200 is up for RR!
SIX! SIX! SIX! AND A FREE HIT!
A HAT-TRICK OF SIXES!
Ngidi bowls short again – AND HE HAS OVERSTEPPED! – and Archer tears into it. Another six over mid-wicket.
SIX! OUT OF THE GROUND!
Archer calls his innner Samson and smashes this one OUT OF THE GROUND!
Ngidi drops it short and Archer smashes it for six over mid-wicket.
Archer smashes it!
Ngidi bowls a length ball and Archer makes full use of his bottom hand and smashes it over the bowler’s head for SIX!
Great start in the over.
Sam Curran to Tom Curran.
Brother to brother.
Room outside off, Tom gets an outside edge, and the ball beats Watson at short third and runs away for four.
RR 186/7 in 19 overs.
WICKET! Smith c Jadhav b Curran 69 (47)
What a comeback by CSK this has been!
At one stage RR looked to cruising to a 200-plus total. Now, getting to 200 will be tough.
Curran gets Smith as the batsman fails to clear the mid-wicket fence and finds Jadhav in the deep.
Smith flicks it uppishly, trusting his bottom hand, but doesn’t get the power.
OUT? Not really! Technology saves the day!
Tom Curran has been given out. But there’s some confusion here as there seems to be a mistake on the part of the umpire.
Ngidi makes this one come back into Tom Curran as the batsman aims a swipe across the line.
The ball, the umpire feels, hit the bat and went to Dhoni, who seemed to have taken it.
However, on replys it was clear that the ball had bounced just in front of Dhoni.
Better sense prevailed in the end as umpires referred it to the third umpire who gave the correct decision of NOT OUT!
WICKET! Parag c Dhoni b Curran 6 (4)
Curran gets another!
Parag had it a boundary through a late cut on the previous ball and goes for thie same shot again.
This time he only manages to get an edge to the ‘keeper as Dhoni juggles the catch but pouches it in the end.
WICKET! Tewatia lbw b Curran 10 (8)
Curran returns for his final two overs and gets Tewatia’s wicket!
He bowls a slower ball that hits Tewatia on the front foot, full on the boot.
Tewatia reviews but it’s three REDS and he has to go.
Left-handed Rahul Tewatia gets into the act too.
Ngidi provides width outside off and Tewatia drives it through the covers for four.
RR are looking to up the ante in the final five overs.
RAMP IT UP FOR FOUR!
Smith walks across his stumps and ramps Ngidi over fine leg for boundary.
Smudgy is getting funky here and RR look set for a strong finish.
WICKET! Uthappa (c du Plessis b Chawla) 5 (9)
Chawla, who has been taken for 50 in 3 overs, comes back and gets a wicket.
Uthappa comes dancing down the wicket and heaves one over long-off, but doesn’t get the connection right.
Du Plessis pouches it well inside the ropes.
CSK are crawling their way back into the game.
DROPPED AND SIX!
Jadeja goes round arm and pitches it full and wide of off stump.
Smith, the master, reaches it in time and smashes it over long-off.
Curran, placed at the fence, gets his hands to the ball but the cherry bursts through the palms and goes over the ropes.
CSK need to do better in the field. They need to hold on to such chances.
WICKET! Miller run out (Gaikwad) 0 (0)
Back-to-back wickets for CSK! They have pulled things back!
Miller’s bat got stuck in the ground as he tried to run a brace for his partner Smith, and consequently he fell a few inches short of his ground at the non-striker’s end.
Is this the opening CSK need?
WICKET! Samson c Chahar b Ngidi 74 (32)
Ngidi comes back and STRIKES!
CSK HAVE SAMSON!
This ball was wide outside off as Samson had to reach out for it. He cuts it uppishly but fails to clear the fence on the off side as Chahar takes a good catch at deep cover fence.
Jadeja from the other, spinning the wheel of time, as it is, without much change or success.
Samson smashes another one over Jadeja’s head for another six. It’s getting a bit boring now with all the six hitting.
CSK need to mix things up!
RR ARE DOMINATING!Chawla pulls it length back but gives Smith width outside off.
Smith rocks back and cuts it beautifully between third man and point for four.
The last 18 balls have fetched 51 runs for RR!
What on earth in happening?!
Chawla keeps pitching it up and the batsmen keep hitting it out of the ground.
Samson smashes it again, over long-off this time, for another six.
Chawla returns and is welcomed with a six again.
Only this time it’s Smith.
Chawla pitches it up and Smith hits that over the bowler’s head for another six.
100 up for RR!
100 is up for RR… IN JUST 9 OVERS!
NO BALL! FREE HIT! SIX MORE!
Chawla commits the cardinal sin of bowling a no-ball!
Smith gets the free-hit and follows the footsteps of Samson to launch another six into the Sharjah night sky.
This is T20 hitting of the highest order by Smith and Samson.
SIX! SAM IS ON SONG!
Samson celebrates his 50 with another six!
He hits it straight over the bowler’s head and this one’s also OUT OF THE GROUND!
What magnificent hitting!
50 For Sanju Samson!
Sanju Samson brings up his 50 off JUST 19 BALLS!
SIX! OUT OF THE GROUND!
Piyush Chawla comes on to bowl. And Samson hammers him for TWO HUGE SIXES!
The second one has sent the ball OUT OF THE GROUND!
Too full from Jadeja and Smason lays into it!
He hits this one over long-off for another SIX!
Samson looking doubly dangerous now.
Ravindra Jadeja disappears.
What wonderful batting by Samson!
He clears his back leg and launches the ball over long-on for a HUGE SIX!
Powerplay Done! RR 54/1
Chahar has got his rhythm upset. He bowls full but bowls on the pads.
All Smith had to do was flick it past fine leg for four.
50 up for RR!
SIX! Samson Tears Into CSK
Chahar makes the same mistake as Curran in the last over.
He drops the ball short and into the body of Samson and the batsman absolutely bludgeons it over mid-wicket for another SIX!
That’s right into Samson’s strong areas. He scored 40% of his runs in the region between midwicket and fine leg in IPL 2019.
Curran goes short again and but this time he bowls into the body of Samson.
Samson hammers it over mid-wicket for his first six.
He is looking dangerous, CSK would have to see his back soon!
Curran continues. He drops one short and wide of off stump.
Samson opens the face of the bat and guides the ball between the ‘keeper and short third man for four.
Samson and Smith look to accelerate in Powerplay
Nigidi began with a short ball that went for six and ends with a short ball that fortunately fetches only two to RR.
9 runs from Ngidi’s first over. RR are getting a move-on.
Smith welcomes Ngidi with a SIX!
Lungi Ngidi comes one to bowl and fires one into the body of Smith. The Aussie flicks it nonchalantly over square leg for a six.
What a shot!
Chahar drops it short again, bur Smith won’t make the mistake Jaiswal did. He smacks it through mid-wicket for his first boundary.
Sanju Samson is the new batsman
Samson walks in and gets his first ball on the pads. He flicks it easily to fine leg for a single.
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