IPL-17: CSK vs RR: Simarjeet, Ruturaj keep CSK in the hunt for playoffs berth

The pacer rattles the Royals batters with a spell of three for 26 while the spinners squeeze the runs dry in the middle overs; in pursuit of a small target, the skipper guides the side home; Samson’s men slip to their third straight defeat on the road

Updated - May 12, 2024 11:35 pm IST

Published - May 12, 2024 03:57 pm IST - Chennai

Chennai Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot during their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk in Chennai on May 12, 2024.

Chennai Super Kings captain Ruturaj Gaikwad plays a shot during their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk in Chennai on May 12, 2024. | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam

On a typical slow Chepauk pitch, pacer Simarjeet Singh’s fine spell (three for 26) and skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad’s measured unbeaten 42 helped Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by five wickets at the MAC stadium here on Sunday.

Electing to bat, the Royals batters grappled with the challenging conditions on a surface where the ball gripped and did not come onto the bat easily to manage only 141 for five.

After a cautious start, Yashasvi Jaiswal stepped up a gear in the fourth, slog-sweeping Maheesh Theekshana for a six and then late-cut him for a boundary. In the next over, Jaiswal went after Shardul Thakur hitting consecutive boundaries as the Royals finished on 42 for no loss in the PowerPlay.

However, during the middle overs, things went pear-shaped for the visitors when Simarjeet struck twice in his first two, to remove the openers Jaiswal and Jos Buttler. The pacer was accurate, targeting the good length area and tucked up the batters without giving width.

Jaiswal was the first to go, trying to swat Simarjeet, but ended up slicing a skier to Ruturaj before Buttler scooped straight to fine-leg fielder Tushar Deshpande.

Ravindra Jadeja further squeezed the runs with his attacking line at the stumps, tying down the in-form Sanju Samson.

At the other end, Riyan Parag (47 n.o.) did his best, striking a few sixes to keep the scoreboard moving, while Dhruv Jurel (28) gave the innings some impetus towards the end.

Chasing a modest target, Ruturaj held fort at one end while Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell chipped in with cameos. The visitors fought back in the middle overs by not conceding a boundary for 39 balls. But Shivam Dube calmed nerves when he hit R. Ashwin for a six and two boundaries in the 14th over to set the home team on the path to victory.

Ahead of the game, there was trepidation about whether it would be M.S. Dhoni’s last outing in Chennai.

The seventh win for CSK has kept the door open for the side to make the playoffs and a chance for Dhoni to play again in the city if the defending champion features in Qualifier 2 or the final.



Yashasvi Jaiswal c Ruturaj b Simarjeet 24 (21b, 3x4, 1x6), Jos Buttler c Deshpande b Simarjeet 21 (25b, 2x4), Sanju Samson c Ruturaj b Simarjeet 15 (19b), Riyan Parag (not out) 47 (35b, 1x4, 3x6), Dhruv Jurel c Shardul b Deshpande 28 (18b, 1x4, 2x6), Shubham Dubey c Dube b Deshpande 0 (1b), R. Ashwin (not out) 1 (1b); Extras (lb-1, w-4): 5; Total (for five wkts. in 20 overs): 141.


1-43 (Jaiswal, 6.2 overs), 2-49 (Buttler, 8.1), 3-91 (Samson, 14.2), 4-131 (Jurel, 19.1), 5-131 (Dubey, 19.2).


Deshpande 4-0-30-2, Theekshana 4-0-28-0, Shardul 4-0-32-0, Simarjeet 4-0-26-3, Jadeja 4-0-24-0.


Rachin Ravindra c & b Ashwin 27 (18b, 1x4, 2x6), Ruturaj Gaikwad (not out) 42 (41b, 1x4, 2x6), Daryl Mitchell lbw b Chahal 22 (13b, 4x4), Moeen Ali c Avesh b Burger 10 (13b), Shivam Dube c Parag b Ashwin 18 (11b, 2x4, 1x6), Ravindra Jadeja (obstructing the field) 5 (6b), Sameer Rizvi (Impact Player in place of Mitchell) (not out) 15 (8b, 3x4); Extras (b-1, w-5): 6; Total (for five wkts. in 18.2 overs): 145.


1-32 (Ravindra, 3.4), 2-67 (Mitchell, 7.5), 3-86 (Moeen, 11.5), 4-107 (Dube, 13.6), 5-121 (Jadeja, 15.5).


Boult 2.2-0-24-0, Sandeep 3-0-30-0, Ashwin 4-0-35-2, Burger (Impact Player in place of Jurel) 3-0-21-1, Chahal 4-0-22-1, Avesh 2-0-12-0.

Toss: RR; PoM: Simarjeet.

CSK won by five wickets with 10 deliveries to spare.

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