Chennai Super Kings Beats Rajasthan by 5 Wickets, Remains Alive in Playoffs Race.

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets. Ruturaj Gaikwad (42) stood tall on the occasion when it was required for his team. Though as a bystander, he stood at one end while the wickets kept falling at the other end. Finally, he got his team home and secured two crucial points to keep the playoffs hope alive for CSK. There were contributions from Rachin Ravindra and Shivam Dube but Gaikwad played the anchor knock in this victory for CSK.

Denting the Rajasthan Royals top-order in the afternoon game on Sunday, fast bowler Simarjeet picked up three wickets and leaked 26 runs in his four overs. Speedster Tushar Deshpande bagged a brace of wickets and conceded 30 runs as the CSK bowlers turned the tie into a low-scoring encounter at Chepauk. Leading the Royals fightback, on-song Riyan Parag remained unbeaten on 47 (35) to help Samson’s RR post 141-5 in 20 overs.

In reply, opener Rachin Ravindra scored 27 off 18 balls while skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad remained unbeaten on 42 off 41 balls as Chennai Super Kings completed the run chase in 18.2 overs. Ravindra Jadeja became the third batter to get dismissed for obstructing the field in the IPL after Yusuf Pathan in 2013 and Amit Mishra in 2019. Roped in as the Impact Player in CSK’s run-chase, Sameer Rizvi scored the winning runs to keep the Super Kings in the playoff race. CSK have climbed to the third spot with the five-wicket win over RR at home. RR have retained the second spot on the IPL 2024 points table.

With table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders becoming the first team to enter the playoff stage of the Indian Premier League season 2024, Samson’s Rajasthan Royals are next in line to punch their qualification tickets in Chennai. Champions in the 2008 edition of the cash-rich league, the Rajasthan Royals side need one win to seal their berth in the playoff. Samson and Co. are still eyeing a top-two finish in the IPL 2024 standings after an impressive showing in the league phase of the tournament. RR have picked up 16 points from 12 games this season. Rajasthan Royals are only two points behind an already qualified Shreyas Iyer’s KKR side on the IPL 2024 points table.