Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings LIVE: Score, Commentary for the 4th match of IPL 2020 - RR win by 16 runs
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Preview:

After pulling off a victory against Mumbai Indians, MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings will now shift focus towards Steve Smith and his side Rajasthan Royals.

It will be a contest between three-champions (CSK) and the inaugural champions (RR) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

CSK, who beat MI in the tournament opener on Saturday, will have their confidence beaming especially with the presence of Faf du Plessis and Ambati Rayudu who provided excellent explosive batting power to their side.

All-rounders like Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja provide flexibility to the side.

Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar will provide armour to the pace attack while Piyush Chawla or Imran Tahir may get a place in the playing XI as the spinner.

RR, meanwhile, will miss Ben Stokes but skipper Smith's availability has provided some relief to the side. The absence of Stokes would not only severely impact Royals' batting prowess but will also affect its combination as the all-rounder is a reliable fifth bowler.

In Stokes' absence, the RR batting will depend on Indian contingent of Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson with foreign players Jos Buttler and Steve Smith providing weight to the side. Jofra Archer, Andrew Tye, and Varun Aaron will the lead the pace attack with either Shreyas Gopal or Rahul Tewatia providing spin support.

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals:

Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(W), Steven Smith(C), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh

Chennai Super Kings:

Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(WK/C), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Kedar Jadhav, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Monu Kumar, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif

Starting XI Prediction:

Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Steve Smith (C), David Miller, Sanju Samson (WK), Tom Curran, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron

Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (C & WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi

Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings Dream XI:

MS Dhoni (wk), Steve Smith, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Sanju Samson, Sam Curran, Dwayne Bravo, Jofra Archer, Lungi Ngidi, Piyush Chawla, Deepak Chahar

Pitch Report (What to expect?):

Batsmen are about to have a field day in contrast to the other two venues - Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Bowlers to face a tough challenge due to a different surface in terms of size.

Toss: CSK win the toss, opt to field

Chennai Super Kings have won the toss and elected to field.

(Did you know? Ever since CSK returned in 2018, skipper Dhoni has won 22 of the 32 tosses)

Starting XI:

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

Chennai Super Kings: Murali Vijay, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni(C & WK), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi

The action begins!

Yashasvi Jaiswal and Steve Smith are at the crease. Jaiswal is on strike. Deepak Chahar will open the attack for CSK.

Score after 5 overs - RR (40-1)

Rajasthan Royals are off to the a decent start. However, it was not the dream debut for teen Yashasvi Jaiswal who signed with RR on a 2.4 crore deal following his impressive performances. Jaiswal, who opened the batting with skipper Steve Smith, was dismissed early on by Deepak Chahar.

Wickets:

Jaiswal c and b Chahar 6(6)

Score after 10 overs - RR (119-1)

He is BACK! Sanju Samson is back with his explosive batting in the T20s. With 66 runs in just 26 balls, Samson is not planning to give CSK an easy time.

Not only Samson, skipper Smith is also giving Dhoni and Co a nightmare. The partnership between Smith and Samson has witnessed a total of 108 in 47 balls! EXPLOSIVE!

Score after 15 overs - RR (154-4)

CSK finally managed to send Samson back to the pavilion. Debutante David Miller and experienced Robin Uthappa were also dismissed rather quickly on 0 and 5 runs respectively.

Smith, however, remains on crease and continues his steady batting which includes timely boundaries. With that rate, he can lead RR to 190-200 runs which will be the highest this year, so far.

Score after 20 overs - RR (216-7), CSK need 217 to win

Rajasthan Royals end their innings with tremendous batting from start until the end. What started with Samson's quickfire 50, ended with four back-to-back sixes from Jofra Archer in the final over.

Steve Smith's side ended with 216 runs.

CSK, on the other hand, will now face a very tough challenge to score heft boundaries like Samson, Smith and Archer.

CSK need 217 to win

Murali Vijay and Shane Watson are at the crease. Vijay is on strike. Jaydev Unadkat will open the attack for Rajasthan Royals.

Score after 5 overs - CSK (36-0), need 181 to win

A decent start for Chennai Super Kings. The whistle army, however, needs to pull off a Samson as boundaries and quick runs are needed to complete the chase.

Score after 10 overs - CSK (82-4), need 134 to win

Things are not looking good for CSK as four wickets have fallen. Ruturaj Gaikwad, who replaced Ambati Rayudu, went away for duck. Responsibilities are huge on Faf du Plessis' shoulders.

Score after 15 overs - CSK (131-5), need 86 to win

MS Dhoni has arrived on the crease. CSK need a miracle and only Dhoni, with a good partnership with du Plessis can deliver that.

RR win by 16 runs!

It was a highly competitive match as both teams touched the 200-run mark but Rajasthan Royals managed to outshine MS Dhoni-led CSK.

Chasing a huge target of 217 runs, Chennai Super Kings got off to a flying start as Shane Watson and Murali Vijay struck regular boundaries. Watson smashed Tom Curran two sixes and a four in the sixth over, taking CSK past the 50-run mark.

However, in the next over, Rahul Tewatia got hold of Watson, who played a knock of 33 runs off 21 balls. Shreyas Gopal then dismissed Vijay (21) in the eight over.

Faf du Plessis and Sam Curran then took the field but their partnership did not last long. Sam Curran smashed two consecutive sixes to Tewatia but the bowler made a brilliant comeback in the same over as he picked two wickets. Tewatia removed Sam Curran (17) before taking the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad (0).

The fall of wicket did not stop as Kedar Jadhav too was sent back to the pavilion in the 14th over. After the completion of the 14th over, CSK were playing at 155/5.

Skipper MS Dhoni then joined Du Plessis out on the field. Du Plessis played with an attacking mindset and hit Rajasthan Royals' bowlers for sixes and boundaries. He struck three sixes to Jaydev Unadkat in the 17th over, taking CSK over the 150-run mark.

With this, Du Plessis also completed his half-century off 29 balls. Despite Du Plessis' fast-paced innings, Rajasthan Royals continued to be on the dominating side as CSK had a huge target to chase. The match came to a point when CSK needed 48 runs from 12 deliveries, with Du Plessis and Dhoni on the field.

Jofra Archer bowled the second last over and although he was hit for a six, he managed to clinch the much-needed wicket of Du Plessis, who scored 72 runs off 37 balls. CSK needed 38 runs from the last over and Dhoni smashed three consecutive sixes to Tom Curran but they were not enough for the win as Rajasthan Royals secured the victory.

Earlier, put in to bat, Rajasthan Royals had a worst possible start with opener Yashasvi Jaiswal walking back to the pavilion in the third over.

Sanju Samson then joined skipper Steven Smith and bludgeoned the Chennai Super Kings' bowling attack. Samson whacked nine sixes in his blistering innings of 72 runs in just 32 balls.

The duo formed mammoth 121 runs stand for the second wicket before Lungi Ngidi ended Samson's innings in the 12th over. David Miller had a disappointing end as he got run out without even having a stroke.

To continue the momentum, Robin Uthappa tried to go for the big shot towards long-off, but Du Plessis took an amazing catch, reducing Royals to 160/4. Meanwhile, Smith continued his stellar batting and scored boundaries at regular intervals.

Sam Curran scalped two wickets in his third over and then dismissed Smith in his fourth over to put a brake on Royals' momentum in the game. However, a late onslaught by Jofra Archer helped Rajasthan Royals get pass the 200 run mark. Archer smashed four sixes in the final over of CSK as Lungi Ngidi went for 30 runs in the 20th over.

For CSK, Curran took three while Chahar, Ngidi, and Piyush Chawla scalped one wicket each.

End of the day's play!

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