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Sports. games. RR vs CSK, 4th Match, Indian Premier League 2020

Sports. games. EOD | 23:48 IST: Once again, as the minute hand ticks its way towards the midnight milestone, like CSK did towards their target, we have been treated to something familiar and enraging in equal measure – a CSK run-chase. Samson was unbelievable, the CSK spinners were abominable, but the pacing of a CSK chase built the anticipation, before unleashing at a time that turned out to be an over too late. For one thing, the Dhoni bat-change came in the final over – with 36 required off 4 balls – to narrow down the potential NRR deficit. “Relative indifference to the result” is all well and good for the “bigger picture”, but this commentator’s task ends here tonight – it’s Rishi Roy, bidding you goodbye, on behalf of Sagar Chawla, Akshay Maanay, Pradeep, Raju Peethala and Siva. See you tomorrow, same time, same place, for Better-than-HD coverage of the IPL. Ciao for now! __________ Sanju Samson | Man of the Match: My game plan is stand and deliver. If it’s in the arc I go for it, and it’s very important to keep the intent to hit the ball if it’s there to be hit. I’ve been working hard on my fitness, diet and training, and on my strength, because my game relies a lot on power hitting. I think range-hitting is what the game demands in this generation. I had time to work out in these 5 months, and I think I’ve increased that ability. Everyone likes to keep wickets (about Buttler and Uthappa as alternate options) and no one likes running around, but it’s up to the coach. We are happy to bring smiles on the fans’ faces and we hope to continue doing so. Steven Smith | Rajasthan Royals captain: I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting. Sanju Samson, looked like everything he hit went for six. MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a W in front of the RRs. Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was give him the strike. This should give him a lot of confidence. Jos is a quality player and we’ll see what happens when he comes back. Hard to take the opening slot away from someone like him. It was important for the bowlers to avoid straight hits, and it was important to make him hit the back of a length. The leg-spinners were very good with their lengths – good on them. Shreyas Gopal does what he does pretty well. Dubai is a lot bigger, and I haven’t trained there, I just got here. So hopefully the boys are ready for it. Looking forward to it. MS Dhoni | Chennai Super Kings captain: With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case. Steve and Samson batted very well. Need to give credit to their bowlers. Once you’ve seen the first innings, you know the length to bowl. Their spinners did well to bowl away from the batsman. Our spinners made the error to bowl too full. If we would’ve maybe restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a good game. I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help (why he isn’t batting higher). Also wanted to try different things, give opportunities to Sam. Have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths. Faf adapted very well. Something the batsmen will do, neglect square leg and go more towards long-on and long-off. 79 off 24 it was, at one stage, when Faf and Dhoni finally cut loose, dispatching nearly 10 sixes into the streets of Sharjah, but it all came a little too late. Nevertheless, it’s always about the big picture with CSK with relative indifference to match results. The bottom-line, for the day, is that they’ve fallen short, and need to improve on several fronts – particularly with the ball… And out came the thirty-somethings, strolling across for singles, picking the boundary balls, with the ultimate confidence. Watson’s cameo gave them a worthwhile start, and a 50+ score after the powerplay – Point CSK. After the powerplay, Watson and Vijay were gone in the blink of an eye, courtesy some excellent spin bowling from Tewatia – Point RR. And then, came an MSD special, albeit from the dugout. Sam Curran, with a cameo of 17 off 6 – point CSK again. And just when he looked like he could do this all day, he was gone, stumped again – point RR. “Ebbs and flows” simply don’t capture the emotion thatcan be squeezed out of tonight’s cardiograph. At 77 for 4, after a couple of headless stumpings, and an exponentially rising RRR (funnily enough, almost my heart-rate and my initials), a familiar buzz had begun: “Where is MS Dhoni?”… It’s the age of crisp 4K video, and even crisper written commentary, but none of that quite captures, or rather distinguishes, the significance of the factors that defined this peculiar game; most them of, indiscernible fluids. The dew, that made life miserable, particularly for the spinners in the first innings, the sweat, stemming from the panic to which even MS Dhoni’s army is susceptible – Exhibit A: the wide that Ravindra Jadeja, known for his immaculate control and accuracy, bowled. Not to mention the tears that blended in, camouflaged by the sweat. Just ask Piyush Chawla and Lungi Ngidi, who looked scandalized at the existence of a cricket pitch that trivialized their craft. 217 was the target, that seemed a little beyond the Dads’ army. Bottoms-up to RR for their first win – and also the order in which the match-story above must be read… __________ __________ Jofra Archer – It’s a nice feeling to get over the line. Sharjah is a pretty small ground, can’t give them anything extra on this surface. I had to adapt, bring in the variations, there was plenty of dew on this surface and I think all the games in this ground will be similar. Spin didn’t work here, I’d say, we did well to get off to a strong start. It became difficult with pace back on, but by then, we already had 80 or 90 runs on the board __________ 23:26 Indian Premier Time: The anticipation was just heightened by reputation, wasn’t it? 70 off 20. 48 off 12. But the TVs and the apps were still on, and the eyes, still open. CSK were criticized for their lack of intent, but it is certainly commendable how close they got – within 15 runs of the target. It’s simply a question of timing their surge and not leaving it too late, not to mention far better control shown by the RR spinners, compared to the CSK counterparts. Nevertheless, runs for Dhoni and Faf, and earlier for Watson were certainly plus points for CSK, who have looked at the bigger picture and avoided too large a deficit in the net run-rate with the Dhoni surge at the end. It’s the messy middle, however, that they’ve failed to clean up. Presentations coming up… Tom Curran to Dhoni, 1 run, short and slow outside off, and that’s slapped away to sweeper cover for a single. That’s the end of that – CSK fall short of their target by 16 runs. Tom Curran to Dhoni, SIX, THWACK! MS Dhoni in the final over is a sight to behold! Slams this short ball, pulling it over deep square leg for third successive six. That’s a joint IPL record – 33 sixes in a game… Tom Curran to Dhoni, SIX, what’s in that cricket bat? A slower one on a length, and that’s a no-no to the world’s best finisher – on his knee and he’s mowed that over wide long-on for six! 92 meters! Tom Curran to Dhoni, SIX, MS Dhoni, far too late in the final over, dispatches this over deep midwicket for six! A Dhoni six, and the world goes crazy! My neighbours have gone crazy! Right in the slot and that’s carted into the Sharjah streets… 36 off 4. Dhoni will change his bat. Probably a heavier one. Just speculation. He wants to take them as close as possible.
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