The more attentive Steve Smith contributed 69 (47b), while Joffra Archer (27 not out off 8 balls) rubbed salt into CSK’s wounds, hitting Lungi Ngidi for four sixes in the final over.
In response, Faf du Plessis scored his best for CSK, scoring 72 off 37 balls. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni did not help himself by coming in at number 7. He hit an unbeaten 29 off 17 balls, hitting three sixes, but was too late, too late.
Samson’s innings was perfectly timed though. During his tornado attempt, the 25-year-old sent the ball to the night sky on nine occasions. Samson has certainly scored big for the Royals in the past, but does not yet need the kind of prolific weather that would be needed to make himself a permanent determination for India’s starting XI. He must be hoping that this is his season.
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The Royals were really about to start, with 26/1 from 4 overs. In the fifth over, however, Samson decided to tee against Sam Curren and punished the Englishman for a four and a six. With his choice of pitch speed and small boundary dimensions on offer, Samson’s superb attack began even when Smith was happy to play second fiddle.
Even the relaxation of area restrictions did not provide any relief for CSK. Dhoni did not stop the Kerala batsman, despite his experienced spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla joining the attack. Samson congratulated Chawla with three clean sixes as Leggie’s first over went for 28 runs. Samson also scored his half-century in just 19 balls – the fastest in the IPL – in the process.
CSK pulled things back a bit after Samson was dismissed. Archer, however, provided four sixes to Lungi Ngidi in the final over, scoring 30 runs.
Watson (33, 21 balls) began chasing CSK’s run with four sixes in the first six overs, while he collapsed in an attempt to hit another maximum in the seventh over. M Vijay (21, 21B), Sam Curran (17, 6B) and debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad (0, 1B) – replacing Ambati Rayudu who were not fully fit – were then spent in quick succession. Gaikwad did not do himself any favors by the manner of his dismissal as he lbw to Rahul Tewatia and was dismissed on his very first ball.
Kyran’s promotion to counter Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal in the RR set-up was understandable, but Dhoni should have ideally moved on from Ruturaj and Kedar Jadhav. Especially given that he has not had time since the World Cup last year, it would be prudent to get his eye on him before going for his shots.
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