'A very important victory' - Fans react as CSK beat RR to move to the 3rd spot in IPL 2024 points table

Rajasthan Royals will have to wait for their official confirmation of their playoff qualification following this defeat against CSK by a margin of 5 wickets.

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CSK beat DC by 5 wickets (File Photo: Internet)

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CSK defeated the ‘number 2’ Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets in the 61st match of the ongoing IPL 2024 to keep their hopes alive for the playoff stage in the tournament. The low-scoring affair was played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, May 12, 2024.

The match was an all-important and must-win for the Chennai Super Kings to stay relevant in the playoff race among the 7 teams in the current season. The visiting skipper Sanju Samson won the toss and decided to bat first.

Batting first, Rajasthan Royals could manage to post an ‘average’ total of only 141 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 20 overs courtesy of star middle-order batter, Riyan Parag’s 47 runs off 35 balls, with one four and 3 sixes. Besides him, Dhruv Jurel and Yashasvi Jaiswal also scored 28 and 24 runs, respectively, alongside Jos Buttler’s 21 runs off 25 balls, with 2 fours.

Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad leads the run-chase for CSK

Simarjeet Singh bowled brilliantly for CSK and scalped 3 wickets just at the cost of 26 runs in his 4 overs, alongside 2 wickets bagged by the star pacer Tushar Deshpande in the first innings.

While chasing the target, the hosts CSK comfortably chased down the target in 18.2 overs, scoring 145 runs for a loss of 5 wickets and winning the match by 5 wickets. Skipper Ruturaj Gaikwad played an unbeaten and crucial knock of 42 runs off 41 balls, with one four and 2 sixes.

Other than Gaikwad, opener Rachin Ravindra and ‘number 3’ batter Daryl Mitchell also scored 27 and 22 runs, respectively to help CSK chase down the target with 10 balls to spare. Star CSK pacer Simarjeet Singh won the ‘Player of the Match award for his amazing bowling performance.

Following this defeat against CSK, Rajasthan Royals’ wait for the playoff qualification has extended for the next few matches.

Here’s how fans reacted to CSK’s win over RR:

 

 

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