IPL 2020: Match 4 – CSK vs RR – Who Said What
Chasing the massive target posted by Rajasthan Royals, none of the CSK batsmen could put up a great show apart from Faf du Plessis.
Updated - Sep 22, 2020 11:57 pm
The fourth match of the IPL 2020 saw action between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah, UAE. Winning the toss, MS Dhoni and company decided to show up with the ball first, where it turned out to be a flop show for them. Bowlers from the Yellow squad just lined up to get hammered by the batters in front, and the opposition posted a massive total of 216 on board. The three-time champions got defeated by 16 runs.
The stunning innings from Steve Smith (69 off 47) and Sanju Samson (74 off 32) were already wreaking havoc on the Yellow Army, and Jofra Archer’s thunderous cameo (27* off 8 ) added to their woes. The last over fetched in 30 runs for the Rajasthan team, courtesy Archer’s massive hitting, and Ngidi’s unfair deliveries. For his brilliant performance, young Samson was awarded the player of the match honour.
Faf du Plessis – The lone warrior of CSK
Chasing the massive target posted by Rajasthan Royals, none of the batsmen could put up a great show apart from Faf du Plessis who was the lone warrior from the team to put up a significant 72 from 37 balls. Tewatia’s venomous spell came dominant on the middle order of CSK, and all the batters returned to the pavilion with no success. However, MSD fans might have lived a happy moment when he smashed three straight sixes in the last over.
Losing skipper, MS Dhoni said:
With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case. Steve and Samson batted very well. Need to give credit to their bowlers. Once you’ve seen the first innings, you know the length to bowl. Their spinners did well to bowl away from the batsman. Our spinners made the error to bowl too full.
If we would’ve maybe restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a good game. I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help (why he isn’t batting higher). Also wanted to try different things, give opportunities to Sam. Have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths. Faf adapted very well. Something the batsmen will do, neglect square leg and go more towards long-on and long-off.
Winning skipper, Steve Smith said:
“I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting. Sanju Samson, looked like everything he hit went for six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a W in front of the RRs. Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was give him the strike. This should give him a lot of confidence. Jos is a quality player and we’ll see what happens when he comes back. Hard to take the opening slot away from someone like him.
It was important for the bowlers to avoid straight hits, and it was important to make him hit the back of a length. The leg-spinners were very good with their lengths – good on them. Shreyas Gopal does what he does pretty well. Dubai is a lot bigger, and I haven’t trained there, I just got here. So hopefully the boys are ready for it. Looking forward to it.”
Man of the match, Sanju Samson said:
“My game plan is stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting. I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s upto the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so.”