IPL: Rituraj’s century in vain, Yashasvi and Shivam’s storm blew Chennai, Rajasthan’s grand victory

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Abu DhabiIn a thrilling match of the 2021 season of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets. The win boosted their hopes of reaching the playoffs. Batting first, Chennai scored 189 for 4 on the basis of Rituraj Gaikwad’s first century. In reply, Rajasthan Royals won the match in 17.3 overs thanks to the stormy half-centuries of young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and Shivam Dubey. Yashasvi hit 50 runs in just 21 balls, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes, while Shivam played a winning innings of 64 not out in 42 balls, hitting 4 fours and 4 sixes. Scorecard Earlier, the talented Rituraj Gaikwad’s unbeaten century helped Chennai Super Kings to 189 for four in their IPL match against Rajasthan Royals. Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 101 off 60 balls with the help of nine fours and five sixes. He played some such shots in his innings which will be remembered for a long time. Ravindra Jadeja supported him well by scoring 32 not out in 15 balls. Together they scored 55 runs in the last 3.4 overs. Jadeja played four balls in the last over and Gaikwad got only two deliveries, who completed his century by hitting Mustafizur Rahman for a six off the last ball. For the Royals, leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia took three for 39 in his four overs but Gaikwad spoiled the celebration by hitting him for two consecutive sixes. He also hit sixes off left-arm pacer Akash Singh and Mustafizur. The way he hit fast bowler Chetan Sakariya, it seemed as if he was playing a spinner. He hit most of the boundaries between mid-off and cover. Gaikwad has scored 88, 38, 30, 45 and 101 not out since the resumption of the second phase of the IPL. Faf du Plessis (25) and his pair have given Chennai a great start in every match. Due to good starts from du Plessis and Gaekwad, Chennai is not missing any runs from the bat of Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Both shared 71 against RCB, 74 against KKR, 75 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and 47 runs in this match.

[Attribution to NBT]

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