MS Dhoni is definitely running at the last phase of his IPL career. The man who carried the momentum and fan following of Chennai Super Kings single-handedly is now enjoying each and every game of this IPL 2023.
In the 37th match of Indian Premier League 2023, Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings by 32 runs at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. With this win, CSK has slipped down to the third spot while Rajasthan Royals has gained the top position.
The venue of CSK vs RR match, Sawai Mansingh Stadium is known to every Indian as it was the first time the world had seen the mayhem of MS Dhoni against Sri Lanka. In 2005, against Sri Lanka, Dhoni got an unbeaten 183 and the captain cool remembered the same while talking to the presenter after the IPL encounter between Rajasthan and Chennai.
First, Dhoni talked about the match and appreciated the way Rajasthan batter Yashasvi Jaiswal played in the match. He said, “It (target) was quite a bit above par. The reason was the first six overs, gave too many runs, but at the same time, the pitch was best to bat on at that time. Even when they were finishing the edges kept going for boundaries. They got a par+ score and we were not able to stop the runs. I felt his (Pathirana) bowling was very good, not that he bowled badly. The scorecard doesn’t reflect how well he bowled. Yashasvi batted really well, was important to go after the bowlers, and took calculated risks. It was slightly easier against our bowlers because we had to assess the right lengths. Even then Yashasvi batted well at the top end and at the end Jurel batted really well.”
Talking ahead about the initial stage of his cricket career, the former Indian captain said,”I think my first ODI hundred in Vizag gave me some 10 games, but the 183 over here gave me the chance for one year, so this venue is close to my heart.”
In this match while batting first, Rajasthan Royals scored 202 runs at the loss of five wickets in allotted 20 overs. For Rajasthan, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored the maximum 77 runs in just 43 balls.
While chasing the target of 203 runs, CSK got a slow start and Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad failed to accelerate in starting overs. CSK kept losing wickets in pressure and at the end they only got 170 runs at the loss of 6 wickets.