IPL 2015: Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets at Ahmedabad, Stars and flops

It was a very hot day in Ahmedabad and when the game began the mercury was soaring at 43 degree centigrade. The weather prompted Chennai Super Kings (CSK) to bat first but that didn’t really work out as Rajasthan Royals (RR) restricted CSK to 156 for four in their 20 overs and later chased off the total comfortably in the 19th over.

Prior to this match, both the sides hadn’t lost a match in this season of IPL. While RR had won four in a row, CSK had won three. The match marked the return of RR skipper Shane Watson, who was out for the first four matches due to a hip injury. Watson came back and immediately made an impact. He shuffled the bowlers well and later played a clinical knock of 73.

Turning point: CSK had lost four wickets before the 10th wicket. The wicket of Brendon McCullum in the third over proved to be the key. He has been instrumental in getting CSK to unbelievable starts and the fact that he failed, didn’t help the team’s cause. Also, what didn’t help was captain MS Dhoni’s unbeaten 31 from 37. Had he got going, CSK would have got to a score close to 180.

For RR, once again Ajinkya Rahane gave them the start they needed and Watson made a memorable comeback at the top. The duo added 144 for the first wicket as they toyed around with the CSK bowlers. Ravichandran Ashwin, once again proved to be ineffective and that did hurt the Chennai outfit. It was another memorable win for the inaugural IPL champions RR, who now have won five matches in a row.

Brief scores:

Chennai Super Kings 156 for 4 in 20 overs [Dwayne Smith 40 (29), Dwayne Bravo 62 (36)*; Chris Morris 4-0-19-1, James Faulkner 4-0-26-1] lost to Rajasthan Royals 157 for 2 in 18.2 overs [Ajinkya Rahane 76 (55)*, Shane Watson 73 (47); Ravindra Jadeja 4-0-29-1] by eight wickets