Chennai Super Kings(CSK) took on Rajasthan Royals(RR) in the IPL on May 21st. CSK vs RR was. Memorable for various reasons. The tournament is already over for CSK. Dhoni’s team will look to make amends in 2023. However, the IPL is always a spectacle. Such was the case in the Brabourne Stadium. Big names were on display for the viewers. The biggest of the lot? MS Dhoni. He made the headlines with an announcement.
The Royals, on the other hand, had stars of their own. IPL 2022 top scorer Jos Buttler was the biggest draw. Nevertheless, it was RR’s Ravichandran Ashwin who stole the spotlight. Ashwin excelled with bat and ball. Furthermore, RR needed the win to secure a second-place finish.
The match went on into the final over. Eventually, RR got the win with five wickets in hand. Let us break down the three main aspects of the game for you.
Dhoni will return in the yellow jersey
While at the toss, MSD was asked if he would return next season. The CSK skipper promptly replied with a ‘definite’ yes. He believes it won’t be fair to the CSK fans to retire without playing in Chennai. Also, he refused to further comment on his retirement plans.
Notably, Dhoni had given up CSK captaincy at the start of the season. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja then took over. However, CSK had their worst ever start to the season. This led Dhoni to be re-appointed as captain. Although, they did not manage to grab a playoff spot. But their form saw an upsurge.
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Moeen magic in CSK vs. RR
Moeen Ali produced one of the finest batting displays of the season. The CSK vs. RR match saw opener Gaikwad dismissed in the first over. After that, Moeen Ali walked into the pitch. He started an array of exquisite strokeplay. There on, a dominating 93 off 57 balls followed. CSK will take it as an encouraging sign.
Ravichandran Ashwin makes the difference.
R.Ashwin played a vital role in the CSK vs RR match. He was the man who broke the partnership between Devon Conway and Moeen Ali. This wicket restricted the run flow of CSK, his former team. Furthermore, Ashwin proved the difference with the bat in hand. He came into bat at an unusual no.5. The RR batting was looking lackluster at that time. However, Ashwin showed maturity and class with his match-changing innings of 40*(23).
RR will now meet the Gujarat Titans in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1. The match will take place on May 24th.