CSK, chasing 176 runs, fell short of 3 runs despite MS Dhoni playing a blinder. Devon Conway (50) played a fine knock with the bat while the Royals trio picked up 5 wickets. Dhoni and Jadeja took them close but Sandeep Sharma kept his cool and won it for the Royals.
Jos Buttler (52 off 36 balls) was yet again the main influencer with the bat for RR. Shimron Hetmyr also did exceedingly well to take the Royals to 175 at the end of their 20 overs. Ravindra Jadeja (2/21) was the best with the ball for CSK while debutant Akash Singh and Tushar Deshpande also picked up two wickets.
CSK vs RR IPL 2023 Match 17 Award Winners
Player Of The Match: Ravichandran Ashwin (CSK) – 30 runs with Bat, 2 wickets
TIAGO.ev Electric Striker Of The Match: MS Dhoni (CSK)
Herbalife Active Catch Of The Match: Sandeep Sharma (RR)
Visit Saudi Beyond The Boundaries Longest 6: Jos Buttler (RR) – 93 metres
RuPay On-The-Go 4s: Devon Conway (CSK) – 6 Fours
UPSTOX Most Valuable Asset Of The Match: Ravindra Jadeja (CSK)
Dream11 Gamechanger Of The Match: Ravichandran Ashwin (RR)
Note: All the prizes carried a cash reward of Rs 1 lakh
CSK vs RR IPL 2023 Match 17: Who Said What
MS Dhoni (CSK Captain): “We lost the game in the middle, I felt we played too many dot balls. I don’t think it was that difficult and I think the we left it slightly too much in the end. You have too many runs on the board to chase and NRR can hamper chances in the IPL at the latter stages.”
“There was a bit of dew and once the ball went to the outfield it became easier for the batters. Overall I was very happy with the bowlers. I really didn’t know it was my 200th (game as CSK skipper) and milestones don’t really matter for me, it is about how you’re performing and the results.”
Sanju Samson (RR Captain): “We have to credit the boys for defending that score. Almost every bowler contributed well and it is good to go back with happy memories as I never won at Chepauk before. Ball was stopping a bit and I was confident with Zampa and other spinners, but I was worried with MS Dhoni at the crease, you have to respect that guy. Nothing works against that person.”
Ravichandran Ashwin (Player of the Match): “I surprise people I guess (On batting higher up the order). I was expected to take on after Sanju got out. I enjoyed my batting at my home ground. I don’t get to bat very often, but I was happy.
(wickets) I think it’s lot more mental. I just got the length right and usually I work very hard before IPL, but I kept it very simple. It’s not an easy thing but it is good. I came off with good Test form. I feel I am able to get good grip and drop the ball at the right lengths. If I was not able to do it in the last two years, I wouldn’t be able to do it here. Even if it is a failure, it willl be on my own terms.”
CSK vs RR IPL 2023: Match Stats and Facts
MS Dhoni played 200th match as CSK captain: CSK skipper MS Dhoni played his 200th match as the captain of Chennai Super Kings. He has won 4 IPL titles with them.
Ashwin in Top of CSK batters: Ashwin picked up Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu for the 5th and 4th time in IPL. Here are the batters he has dismissed the most in IPL-
7 – Robin Uthappa
5 – Chris Gayle, Ajinkya Rahane
4 – Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Parthiv Patel, Quinton de Kock
Jos Buttler completes 3000 IPL Runs: Jos Buttler completed 3000 runs in IPL as the Englishman got to his last 1000 runs within 20 innings.
0 to 1000 runs – 36 inns
1001 to 2000 runs – 29 inns
2001 to 3000 runs – 20 inns
RR first win in 15 years: Rajasthan Royals win their first match in Chepauk since 2008. In between, they had lost all of their six matches at the venue.
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