RR vs CSK IPL Score: Sanju Samson tears into Chennai Super Kings bowlers.© BCCI/IPL
Sanju Samson has smashed a 50 off just 19 balls. He has smashed every CSK bowler for sixes and has taken a special liking for spinners. RR are on a rool. Overs 5 to 8 have fetched 70 runs! Deepak Chahar struck for CSK in his second over as Yashasvi Jaiswal top-edged one and Chahar got under it comfortably. However, since then Sanju Samson and Steve Smith have smashed CSK pacers to all parts and have made full use of the Powerplay. RR have crossed 50 and CSK need a breakthrough now. Earlier, Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and opted to field. Ambati Rayudu is not “100 per cent”, said MS Dhoni at the toss and Ruturaj Gaikwad replaces Rayudu in the XI. Gaikwad makes his IPL debut tonight. (LIVE SCORECARD)
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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.
WICKET! Jaiswal c & b Chahar 6
Jaiswal got a boundary the previous ball but couldn’t time this one as well.
This was short, too, but perhaps got too big on Jaiswal who top edged it high in the air.
Dhoni and Chahar convereged near the stumps, right next to Jaiswal, but Chahar made the call loud and clear and completed the catch.
CSK have their first wicket.
First boundary for RR!
Jaiswal reads the length early, rocks back into his crease and pulls a short ball by Chahar over wide long-on for a boundary.
Sam Curran from the other end
It’s Curran sharing the new ball with Chahar.
He strays in line as he pitches one too wide of Smith. That’s a WIDE!
Smith frees his arms and drives one to deep extra cover but there’s a man in the deep.
Curran mixes things up and bowls a good first over. RR 7/0.
A good first over by Chahar – RR 4/0
Chahal starts with a wide one outside off. Jaiswal lets it go. Jaiswal steps down the pitch the very next ball and drives the ball to mid-off. Find the fielder.
He cuts the next to third man to get off the mark and get his first IPL run.
Smith gets into the act straight away as he clips one on the pads to long leg for a couple.
We’re ready for live action
MS Dhoni has drawn his team into a huddle as they give their preparations the final touch before stepping on to the field.
Steve Smith and Yashasvi Jaiswal will open the batting for RR. Deepak Chahar will bowl the first over.
Here we go!
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RR Playing XI
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.
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CSK Playing XI
Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi
Smith, Archer, Curran and Miller for RR
Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran and David Miller are the four overseas players for Rajasthan for this match.
“The boys have trained exceptionally well,” says Steve Smith.
TOSS: Chennai Super Kings have win the toss and choose to bowl
“There is the dew factor,” says MS Dhoni as he chooses to field first.
“This venue is different from the others,” reckons Dhoni.
Ambati Rayudu is not 100 per cent, says Dhoni. Rututaj Gaikwad comes in for Rayudu as CSK make one change.
Sunil Gavaskar reckons there will more spin on his Sharjah pitch when compared to the other venues. He says there’s no grass on his surface unlike the other two venues, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and batting first on this wicket will be the most productive.
Can we expect the first 200-plus score of IPL 2020 tonight?
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