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IPL 2020, RR vs CSK highlights: Sanju Samson, Steve Smith star as RR beat CSK by 16 runs

IPL 2020, RR vs CSK highlights: Rajasthan Royals got off to fantastic start in IPL 2020 by registering a comfortable 16-run win over the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday. Follow highlights, score and updates of CSK vs RR IPL 2020 match...

By hindustantimes.com | Sep 22, 2020 23:55 IST

IPL 2020, RR vs CSK highlights: Rajasthan Royals got off to fantastic start in IPL 2020 by registering a comfortable 16-run win over the mighty Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday. Faf du Plessis hit a fifty but CSK’s required rate kept on climbing. Rahul Tewatia struck twice in one over to put RR on top. This happened after Chennai Super Kings lost openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay in quick succession to RR spinners – Rahul Tetwatia and Shreyas Gopal – after getting off to a good start .Earlier, Sanju Samson and Steve Smith’s fifties took RR to 216 for 7, batting first.

Follow CSK vs RR highlights and score here:

 

23:35 hrs IST

MS Dhoni speaks after CSK’s loss

MS Dhoni: “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.”

23:25 hrs IST

RR win by 16 runs

That’s it! Dhoni hit a hat-trick of sixes in the final over but Rajasthan Royals have won the match by 16 runs. This only shows if CSK had shown some intent earlier then this match might just could have been a bit different. But that doesn’t mean RR deserve this victory. Some fantastic batting from Sanju Samson and Steve Smith and then it was backed by very good bowling by Rahul Tewatia, who picked up three wickets.

23:22 hrs IST

Dhoni hits successive sixes

SIX, SIX! Out of the park! Is that the consolation prize for CSK in this match? Sign of things to come maybe. Those were crunched from the middle, a change of bat might have do something about it. Two huge sixes from MS Dhoni and last one landed out of the ground and into street.

23:19 hrs IST

Du Plessis deaprts, RR certain to win now

Short at the body, du Plessis loses his shape, and goes for a half-hearted hook. Gets a top-edge, as it lobs up towards the leg-gully area where Samson comes across to collect the catch. CSK now need 38 runs in the final over

23:15 hrs IST

48 off 12 balls

Tom Curran ends the 17th over well. CSK need 48 runs off 12 balls with Dhoni and du Plessis in the crease.

2312 hrs IST

Another six

Faf du Plessis’ last four scoring shots have been four sixes. Where was this intent a few overs ago? It’s still over for CSK though. We’re setting up for something really special tonight.

23:08 hrs IST

Twin sixes by du Plessis, fifty

Two huge sixes from Faf du Plessis’ bat to reach his fifty. but is it a bit too late now? 21 runs from Jaydev Unadkat’s over. CSK now need 58 runs from 18 balls. Is there a miracle round the corner?

23:04 hrs IST

4 overs remain, CSK need 79

Another very good over by Jofra Archer. Only 7 runs in the over. Things are slipping way out of control even for Dhoni.

22:58 hrs IST

Du Plessis hits two sixes

Two Sixes in the over, just what the doctor ordered for CSK.Faf du Plessis finding his touch. 16 runs coming from thus over but the problem is, CSK need close to 18 runs an over. So even 16 becomes below par.

22:51 hrs IST

Sanju Samson takes a good catch

OUT! A one-handed screamer from Sanju Samson. That’s the end of Kedar Jadhav’s innings. It was a back of a length delivery from Curran, Jadhav went for big shot but got an outside edge and Samson flung his right hand up in the air to hold on to a fantastic catch.

 

22:45 hrs IST

2nd strategic time out, RR in control

Only 7 runs off the Unadkat over when CSK’s required rate is over 15. No real intent from Jadhav and Du Plessis. CSK still need 109 runs off only 42 balls. Someone has to go really

22:40 hrs IST

Bowling change for RR

Steve Smith has thrown the ball to his experienced bowler Jaydev Unadkat. That means, he might not keep for the death overs.

22:39 hrs IST

100 up for CSK in 11.5 overs

A single down to long leg and that brings up the 100 for CSK in 11.5 overs. They still need 117 runs off 49 balls. They really have to go all guns blazing now.

22:36 hrs IST

Kedar Jadhav hits hat-trick of fours

FOUR, FOUR! Kedar Jadhav drills it down the ground and then lofts over in field twice to get a hat-trick of fours. Things have just started to happen for CSK.

22:32 hrs IST

Halfway through CSK’s chase, RR on top

Only 5 runs given by Shreyas Gopal. 10 overs bowled in CSK’s chase. They need 135 runs in 10 overs with six wickets in hand. They still have Jadeja and Dhoni waiting in the wings but one fears that this might a taller task for even them.

22:27 hrs IST

Rahul Tewatia strikes again

OUT! What is happening CSK? Ruturaj Gaikwad on debut, goes down the track on his first ball, misses it altogether and gets stumped. Rahul Tewatia has got three wickets.

22:21 hrs IST

Tewatia gets Sam Curran

OUT! Sweet revenge by Rahul Tewatia. He was hit for consecutive sixes by Sam Curran but he comes back with very nice googly to get his man. Curran made the mistake of coming down the track and missing it altogether.

22:20 hrs IST

Sam Curran hits consecutive sixes

SIX, SIX! Told ya, hold on to your seat belts. Sam Curran has walked out to bat with only one intent, that is to hit the ball out of the park. He does that in style against Rahul Tewatia off successive balls. For how long can he carry on?

22:16 hrs IST

Sam Curran walks in and hits a four

FOUR! All so easy. Sam Curran is turning out to be quite an asset for Dhoni. Things not going your way, throw him the ball, asking rate over 11, send him to bat. He starts off with a boundary, can he play one of those blazing innings of his?

22:11 hrs IST

Rahul Tewatia gets Shane Watson

BOWLED! Off the pads. It kept a bit low and Shane Watson went for the big pull shot but missed it. It hit his pads and went back onto the stumps. First breakthrough for RR.

22:06 hrs IST

End of powerplay, CSK off to great start

17 runs from Tom Curran’s over. Shane Watson has made up for the sedate start. CSK have raced to 53 for no loss at the end of the powerplay - the ideal start to the 217-run chase.

22:03 hrs IST

Shane Watson hits successive sixes

SIX, SIX! Not the first time this evening that a good length ball on the pads has been smashed for a six. Shane Watson did it twice. The first was fuller, the next one short but the result the same.

22:02 hrs IST

Tom Curran into the attack

The senior Curran has been introduced into the attack. He can be very effective in those of sort of tracks. He will roll his fingers over the ball, mix it up and make life difficult for a batsman.

22:00 hrs IST

Shane Watson ends the 5th over with a six

SIX! CSK needed that desperately. Shreyas Gopal was going through a brilliant over after conceding a boundary early on. But he drops one short and Watson takes full advantage of it by pulling it for a six.

21:55 hrs IST

Five dot balls by Jofra Archer

Terrific comeback by Jofra Archer. After being hit for a six in the first ball, he goes back to his original tactic of hitting the hard lengths and doesn’t give anything away to Watson. Five dot balls in a row. CSK need a move on.

21:52 hrs IST

Shane Watson hits first six of CSK innings

SIX! Just a flick of the wrists from Shane Watson. It was leg cutter from Jofra Archer. Watson picked it up early and whacks it over sqare-leg for a six. CSK need more of those.

21:50 hrs IST

CSK vs RR - end of 3 overs in CSK chase

Three overs bowled. CSK are 19 without any wicket, a solid base has been given by Vijay and Watson, now they have to make use of the field restrictions in the next three overs.

21:47 hrs IST

Murali Vijay hits back-to-back fours

FOUR, FOUR! Murali Vijay breaks the shackles with consecutive fours off Jaydeb Unadakt’s second over. He knows, CSK have to use the new-ball to get up with required rate, two very good shots from the experienced opener.

21:46 hrs IST

Good start by Jofra Archer

Jofra Archer backs up Unadkat’s first over with an even better one. Hard lengths, nothing really to free the arms to either Watson or Vijay, just what you expect from someone of Archer’s quality.

21:40 hrs IST

Nothing special in the 1st over

5 runs from Jaydev Unadkat’s first over. A solid start from both sides. Remember the RR innings? They were only 7 after the first two overs and then came the Samson storm. CSK would be hoping something similar from either Watson or Vijay.

21:35 hrs IST

CSK’s chase begins

Murali Vijay and Shane Watson out to begin CSK’s chase. Jaydev Unadkat starts the attack for RR. CHASE BEGINS!

21:32 hrs IST

Sanju Samson after his innings

Sanju Samson: “I had a really good time in the middle and hopefully we can win this. It was not a good wicket. It was slow and I had to wait for the ball, it was not easy to hit if they bowled it on a length. It is slow right now and hopefully we can capitalize on that. With our bowling line-up we are confident of defending this total. Absolute pleasure to bat with Smith, he is one of the world’s greatest batsman and when he goes out and bats 20 overs, it becomes easy for the others coming in. I asked Tom how does Sam bowl in the powerplay, he didn’t give any clues. I will have to find out how he bowls in the next match.”

21:21 hrs IST

End of RR innings

30 runs from the last over. Rajasthan Royals end up with 216 for 7. An outstanding end to the innings thanks to Jofra Archer. CSK now need 218 to win this match.

21:14 hrs IST

Hat-trick of sixes by Jofra Archer

SIX,SIX, SIX! Out of here. Jofra Archer takes Rajasthan Royals over 200. Oh boy oh boy. What was he doing sitting in the dressing room all this while? Clean ball striking. And Ngidi has erred on both the shorter and fuller side of the length and what’s worse? The last one is a no ball. It’ll be a free hit and we still have 4 balls left. This over has already cost 19.

21:13 hrs IST

Last over of RR innings

Can RR get 14 runs to reach the 200-run mark? They have Jofra Archer and Tom Curran a the crease, it will be Lungi Ngidi for CSK to bowl the last over.

21:09 hrs IST

Steve Smith departs for 69

OUT! Steve Smith hits it straight down to the deep mid-wicket fielder. Amid all the drama at the other end, Smith has been dismissed by Sam Curran, who now has three. CSK have a made fantastic comeback into the match.

21:03 hrs IST

Drama, Curran called back after being given out

What’s happening there? Tom Curran wanted to take a review but RR don’t have one. The umpires consult but decide to give Tom Curran out. The replays clearly show that the ball hit his thigh pad and probably it didn’t even carry to Dhoni. Now the umpires have asked Curran to wait.

The third umpire has been referred and he has adjudged it not out. So Tum Curran comes back into crease. We saw Dhoni having a long chat with the umpires there. We don’t know whether he actually called Curran back or the opposite.

20:59 hrs IST

Curran gets another, RR lose their 6th

Edged and taken! A soft dismissal there. All of a sudden CSK have come back strongly with three quick wickets. It was a wide delivery from Curran, Riyan Parag wanted to guide it down but ended up getting an outside edge to Dhoni, who takes good low catch.

20:53 hrs IST

Curran gets Tewatia

Sam Curran gets his man. A rash shot from Rahul Tewatia. He has gone for the review after some consultation with Smith and it’s not the most smart one, three reds. It was a full delivery, hit Tewatia on the front leg and the umpire had no hesitation tin raising his finger.

20:48 hrs IST

Steve Smith plays a remarkable shot

FOUR! What a shot that was. Just astonishing how got into position and almost manufactured that shot out of nowhere. It was a wide a delivery by Ngidi but Smith paddles it over fine leg for a boundary.

20:42 hrs IST

Chawla gets his first breakthrough

OUT! Piyush Chawla needed that wicket for his own sake. He had battered to all parts of the ground today but now the experienced leggie gets the wicket of Robin Uthappa. Good captaincy by Dhoni too for backing him to bowl another over.

20:40 hrs IST

2nd Strategic timeout

14 overs have been bowled, the umpires have signalled for the second stragetic time out. CSK are in a far better position from what they were in the first time out. But RR still well on course to post a target in excess of 200.

20:38 hrs IST

Drop and six

Oh dear? Sam Curran palms it over the ropes. It was at a comfortable height to be honest, Curran would be very disappointed. What’s worse? It was Steve Smith and it has gone for a six. Don’t look at Jadeja now. It’s not the CSK spinners’ night.

20:32 hrs IST

Steve Smith gets to his fifty for David Miller is run out

IPL never ceases to amaze you. Steve Smith got to his fifty but when he tried to go for the second run David Miller was found short of his crease. Is this going to be a turning point? Two quick wickets for CSK now.

20:28 hrs IST

Sanju Samson falls for 74

OUT! What a big wicket for CSK. It’s that man Lungi Ngidi, who had picked a couple of wickets in his spell even the other night against MI. Samson for once fails to make good connection and gets hold out in the deep cover. But what an innings from Samson, he departs for 74 off 32 with NINE SIXES in it.

20:25 hrs IST

Bowling change from Dhoni

A bowling change by CSK. Dhoni has brought Lungi Ngidi into the attack. This is now desperate stuff from CSK. They badly need a wicket.

20:22 hrs IST

Half-way through, RR firmly on top

10 overs bowled. RR have already reached 120 for 1 with Samson and Steve Smith in a six-hitting competition. How much will RR get? Well if Samson bats for another 4-5 overs then we won’t be surprised if they cross 230.

20:10 hrs IST

Count the sixes - No. 8 for Samson

SIX again, oh we’ve lost count now, or have we? It’s six no. 8 for Sanju Samson and he has hit four of those against Piyush Chawla. We are in for something special tonight.

20:17 hrs IST

Big appeal but no DRS by Dhoni

That was mighty close. Jadeja was almost pleading for the umpire to raise his finger. It was a sider from Jadeja and Smith for once, played all around it. Should they have gone for the review?

Oh you wouldn’t wanna hear this if you are a CSK fan, the replays show three reds - a rare mistake from Dhoni.

20:13 hrs IST

28 runs from Piyush Chawla’s over

FOUR SIXES - 28 runs from Piyush Chawla’s over. The last one came from Steve Smith’s bat off a free hit. Let that sync in. What hitting by Samson and Smith.

20:11 hrs IST

FIFTY for Samson

A 19-ball fifty for Sanju Samson and he’s just started. Absolute mayhem at Sharjah.

 

20:08 hrs IST

Consecutive sixes again from Sanju Samson’s bat

SIX SIX! There is no stopping Sanju Samson. After hitting a couple of sixes off Jadeja, he now gives the same treatment to Chawla. He has already hit six sixes in the match.

20:07 hrs IST

Spin from both ends

Veteran leg-spinner Piyush Chawla has been introduced into the attack by MS Dhoni. It will be spin from both ends now.

20:05 hrs IST

Back-to-back sixes by Samson

SIX! SIX! Sanju Samson is in an overdrive and we all know what happens when he goes into that mode. Ravindra Jadeja bearing brunt in his first over. This partnership is now really hurting CSK.

20:03 hrs IST

End of powerplay, RR on top

Another 14-run over to end the powerplay. The last three overs have made sure, RR are on top at the end of the powerplay SOme breathtaking shots from Sanju Samson and Steve Smith.

20:00 hrs IST

Sanju Samson hits another six

SIX! That’s a fantastic shot from Sanju Samson. A shortish delivery from Chahar, no venom on it. Samson stands there, just transfer his weight onthe backfoot and uses those lovely wrists of his to flick it for his second six.

19:58 hrs IST

End of 5 overs

A very productive over for RR. 14 runs from it. Sanju Samson and Steve Smith have just started to step the foot on the accelerator.

19:55 hrs IST

Sanju Samson gets going

FOUR! SIX! Sanju Samson gets going. A streaky four through the vacant slip cordon followed by a delightful pull shot which sails over the ropes for the second six of the match.

19:52 hrs IST

End of 4 overs

9 runs from the Lungi Ngidi first over - the best one of the RR innings so far. It has been a tidy start by CSK seamers. But the good thing for RR is that Steve Smith has got his eyes in.

19:48 hrs IST

Steve Smith hits first six of RR vs CSK match

SIX! Lungi Ngidi has been greeted with a fantastic pick-up shot from Steve Smith. Some timing there from RR captain. A loosener from Ngidi, on the pads and it’s no entry zone to Smith. He flicks it using his wrists and the ball flies over the ropes.

19:44 hrs IST

RR lose 1st wicket, Chahar gets Jaiswal

OUT! Yashasvi Jaiswal’s IPL debut is not a dream one. He wanted to play the pull shot again but this time it was a bit wider and gets the top edge and Chahar runs to hold on to a good caught and bowled.

19:42 hrs IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal hits first four of RR innings

FOUR! Yashasvi Jaiswal hits the first boundary of the match. It was a short one from Chahar, Jaiswal got into position quickly and pulled it away to collect his first boundary.

19:41 hrs IST

Very good over Sam Curran

Top stuff from Sam Curran. There wasn’t much swing on offer. He realised that quickly and satrted to use the left-armer’s angle, which didn’t allow Steve Smith to play on the on-side. Only 3 runs from the over. Tidy start for CSK.

19:37 hrs IST

Sam Curran from the other end

It will be England’s left-arm seamer Sam Curran to share the new-ball with Chahar. So two out-and-out swing bowlers to make use of the new ball for CSK.

19:36 hrs IST

End of the 1st over

A rather eventless first over from Deepak Chahar comes to an end. Both the RR openers are off the mark. They are 4/0 after the first over.

19:34 hrs IST

Yashasvi Jasiwal and RR off the mark

A nice tap down the third man for a single and young Yashasvi Jasiwal is off the mark, nothing matches this feeling when you are playing a big tournament like the IPL.

19:29 hrs IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal to face the first ball

18-year-old Yashavi Jaiswal has marked his guard. He will face the first ball of the CSK vs RR match, which will be bowled by CSK right-arm seamer Deepak Chahar.

19:26 hrs IST

Steve Smith to open for RR

Alright, we see Steve Smith all padded up and coming out with Yashasvi Jaiswal. So looks like he will open the batting for RR and not Robin Uthappa.

19:22 hrs IST

CSK vs RR - Stat attack

5 : times R Jadeja has dismissed S Smith in IPL, most by a bowler to dismiss Smith.

11.28: Sanju Samson average vs CSK in IPL, strikes at 100.00 and his best score is 26 vs CSK.

150: T20 game for Sanju Samson, if he takes the field vs CSK

5: MS Dhoni is 5 sixes away from completing 300 sixes in T20 cricket. He can become the 3rd Indian to hit these many sixes in T20s after Rohit Sharma (361) and Suresh Raina (311).



3: Deepak Chahar is 3 wickets away from completing 100 wickets in T20s.

33.33%: RR’s win rate vs CSK and is the worst among all the current teams in IPL.

100: runs David Miller needs to complete 7000 T20 runs.

19:17 hrs IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal makes his IPL debut

What a moment for young Yashasvi Jaiswal. He is set to open the batting for RR on his IPL debut. If he needed any motivation before the start, he perhaps got that from MS Dhoni, who was seen sharing a laugh with the youngster right after the toss.

19:14 hrs IST

Ravindra Jadeja can be the key for CSK

Ravindra Jadeja has picked up 16 wickets vs RR in 14 innings and has a bowling average of 19.00 with a strike rate of 15.8 which is the best for him among all the active teams. 16 wickets by Jadeja is the 3rd most by a bowler vs RR in IPL. Jadeja has taken two four-fer vs RR, one of them has come in UAE in 2014.

19:11 hrs IST

RR playing XI against CSK

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson(w), Steven Smith(c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat

19:09 hrs IST

CSK playing XI against RR

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi

19:07 hrs IST

MS Dhoni and Steve Smith speak

Steve Smith: I have been involved with the Royals since 2014, it has been a while apart from a couple of years. I have heard about him in the last few weeks.

MS Dhoni: Dew is a factor. I feel this is venue where the pitch will be different from the other two venues. I don’t know how hard the surface will be.

19:05 hrs IST

RR’s four overseas player

Captain Steve Smith, England’s Tom Curran and Jofra Archer and South Africa’s David Miller are the four overseas players for Rajasthan Royals.

19:03 hrs IST

No Ambati Rayudu for CSK

BREAKING NEWS - CSK’s top run-scorer in the last game against MI, misses out as he is not a 100% fit. Ruturaj Gaikwad makes his IPL debut.

19:01 hrs IST

CSK vs RR - toss update

Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl first against Rajasthan Royals in the match no.5 of IPL 2020 in Sharjah

18:55 hrs IST

CSK vs RR live score

5 minutes to go for the toss. We see the captains - MS Dhoni of CSK and Steve Smith of RR - making their way out into the centre. Are you ready?

18:52 hrs IST

CSK fans, make some noise

 

18:50 hrs IST

Wath out for Yashasvi Jaiswal, says Sunil Gavaskar

India U-19 star Yashasvi Jaiwasl is set to make his IPL debut for Rajasthan Royals and he has received some encouraging words from Sunil Gavaskar, who said he is looking forward to watch the youngster go.

18:45 hrs IST

CSK vs RR, IPL 2020 - pitch report

A lot less grass on the pitch than the previous three matches, might see the ball turn more, the captain winning the toss should look to bat first, says former England batsman Kevin Pietersen.

18:43 hrs IST

RR vs CSK live updates - players to watch out for

Rajasthan Royals - Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer, Sanju Samson, Jaydev Unadkat

Chennai Super Kings - Shane Watson, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Deepak Chahar.

18:39 hrs IST

Firs sight of MS Dhoni

Live pictures showing MS Dhoni practising leg-spin. This seems to be the CSK captain’s latest fixation. He was seen bowling wrist spin even ahead of the MI match. Does he want to give a tough competition to Piyush Chawla? Not really but Dhoni always keeps everyone guessing.

18:33 hrs IST

RR predicted XI vs CSK

Are you playing fantasy leagues? This might help, here’s our RR predicted XI for the CSK match Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (WK), Steve Smith, David Miller, Tom Curran, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat.

18:28 hrs IST

CSK predicted XI against RR

For all the fantasy buffs, here’s our predicted XI for CSK against RR - Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi

18:20 hrs IST

CSK vs RR head-to-head

CSK have an overwhelming record against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. In the 21 encounters they have won 14 while Rajasthan have emerged on top on 7 occasions.

18:10 hrs IST

Sharjah makes debut in IPL 2020

The very mention of Sharjah transfers Indian fans into the 80s and 90s. The stadium is more or less the same but the pitch has changed to a certain extent over the years. Here are the venue insights of Sharjah when IPL was last played here in 2014.

Highest Team Total:193/3 By Kings XI Punjab Against Rajasthan Royals In 2014.

Lowest Team Total: 121/10 By Sunrisers Hyderabad Against Kings XI Punjab in

Highest Individual Score: 95 By Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) Against Sunrisers Hyderabad



Best Bowling Figures: 4/13 By Lakshmipathy Balaji (Kings XI Punjab) Against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Highest Partnership: 116 By Cheteshwar Pujara And Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab) For 3rd Wicket Against Rajasthan Royals

Win Rate Batting First: 33.33% (2 Won; 4 Lost)

18:05 hrs IST

Ruturaj Gaikwad available for selection

CSK youngster Ruturaj Gaikwad has tested negative and is available for selection in the RR match today. Will he get a game? Looks unlikely but you never know.

18:00 hrs IST

1 hour to go for toss in CSK vs RR IPL 2020 match

Exactly an hour to go before the coin-toss. You can almost sense the excitement building. Theres no crowd, it’s happening far away from India but hasn’t taken the sheen off the tournament.

 

17:53 hrs IST

CSK look menacing as ever

What’s with CSK? Year after year, they turn up as if nothing has changed, except obviously the hairstyle and beard and of MS Dhoni. There was no Suresh Raina, no Harbhajan Singh, they had to take on IPL’s most successful team MI in the first match but who cares? They went there and displayed a near-perfect performance to the tournament on the right-track.

17:43 hrs IST

Why are Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes not playing?

Jos Buttler is with the RR squad but he has to go through a mandatory quarantine of six days unlike the other England and Australia cricketers before being available for selection as he has come with his family. Buttler was obviously coming from a bio-secure environment but his family is not.

As far as Ben Stokes is concerned, the England all-rounder is still with his family back in New Zealand to support his ailing father. There is no official word on his arrival date but Royals are hopeful of getting him in the squad after the first couple of weeks.

17:35 hrs IST

IPL 2020, RR vs CSK - who’s the favourite?

Aritra - I’m a huge fan of backing the underdogs, so my heart will be with Rajasthan Royals. I would’ve said my mind is with the Royals too had Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes been available for selection but considering they are not, the odds are heavily stacked against RR. They would need someone to play a blinder. May be that man could be Steve Smith? What say Karan?

Karan - Chennai Super Kings will win this one. Period. Royals don’t have Jos Buttler. No Ajinkya Rahane. No Ben Stokes. Jofra Archer is not looking his best and seems disinterested. Royals built a good team but things have not worked out for them. Easy task for CSK to go up here and get their second win of the season.

17:25 hrs IST

RR vs CSK - what’s in store?

It’s kinda hard to pick favourites in an IPL match but when CSK are playing, it’s safe to lean towards their side under any given circumstances. Steve Smith’s Royals might have a few things to say about that for sure and why shouldn’t they? It’s a fresh season, they would like to believe they can topple Dhoni’s ‘Dad’s Army’.

17:15 hrs IST

IPL 2020, match no.5: RR vs CSK

Hello and welcome to the fifth match of IPL 2020 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in Sharjah. I’m Aritra Mukherjee and with me is Karan Prashant Saxena. We will bring you all the updates of this cracker of a match. So stay tuned.

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