In the 47th match of IPL 2021, Chennai Super Kings lost to Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Batting first after losing the toss, Chennai scored 189 runs for four wickets. Rituraj Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 101 for the team. Rajasthan achieved this target in 17.3 overs for the loss of 3 wickets. Shivam Dubey (64 not out) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (50) hammered Gaikwad’s century to help Rajasthan Royals win by seven wickets with 15 balls to spare. After this defeat, Chennai captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni missed two of his star players – Dwayne Bravo and Deepak Chahar. Dhoni accepted it after the match. Bravo and Deepak were not part of the team in the playing XI in this match and Sam Curran and KM Asif were included in their place in the playing XI.
Captain Dhoni said after the match, ‘In T20 cricket, you work hard and then realize that it is not a 160-180 run wicket. I definitely missed Dwayne and Deepak and missed them. It was not right for us to lose the toss in the beginning, but I think the Royals batsmen batted really well. There was dew on the ground and the ball started coming on the bat nicely, still you need to bat well and that’s what he did. Chasing a long target, it was a perfect start in the powerplay. I think initially the ball was stalling a bit. As the innings progressed, the ball started coming on the bat nicely, Rituraj’s innings was very good. He batted really well to take us to 190.
With this win, Rajasthan’s hopes of reaching the playoffs are still intact. The team is at number six with 10 points from 12 matches with five wins. Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders also have 10-10 points from the same number of matches, but Rajasthan are at number six due to poor net run rate. Rajasthan got its first win after three consecutive defeats. At the same time, Chennai Super Kings have already reached the playoffs. The team is on top with 18 points from 12 matches with nine wins and three losses.