Ashwin remained undefeated on 40 of 23 balls as RR completed a 151 chase with two balls to knock down, and snatched away second place to climb into an impressive showdown with the Gujarat Titans in the first game next Tuesday.
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Moin scored the highest score for CSK with 57 balls 93 before RR made a fantastic comeback to restrict the Yellow Flag to 150 for six in the 20 custom.
Young Yashsvi Jaiswal (59 of 44 balls) got a quick RR start with a straight boundary off Mukesh Chaudhary in the first innings.
In fact, by the time the first round of their innings ended, RR had qualified for the final matches on net running rate, leaving the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals to fight for fourth place.
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Simarjeet Singh struck early for CSK, sending once again the dangerous Jos Buttler (2), who outplayed a delivery away to Moeen’s waiting hands on slip.
Jaiswal hit two straight edges the next and to give consistency in the RR innings, the 20-year-old added 51 points for his second wicket with captain Sanju Samson (15).
However, Samson again failed to translate his start into a major contribution as Mitchell Santner took the beating and caught it. Devdutt Padikkal (3) didn’t last long and was thrown by Moeen to leave the RR at 76 for three in 12, with some work left to do.
Having grown his half century old at 39 balls, and after six on a long run, Jaiswal came out well for Prashant Solanki while trying to clear the fence.
Returning from Guyana after celebrating the birth of his child, Shimron Hetmer (6 years old) hit the crease with high hopes of finishing it up for RR, but couldn’t do much as he fell into the hands of Solanke.
However, Ravichandran Ashwin kept RR in pursuit with his sensible hit at one end.
Earlier, Moeen broke out in the power game but slowed down considerably after that as Chennai Super Kings struggled to run in the back 10.
Hitting first after captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss, Moeen made his way to 19 ball 50, and was 59 of 24 at the end of his first six matches, with CSK racing away to 75 for one wicket loss.
In all, Moen made 93 of 57 balls with 13 fours and sixes.
However, after being on the receiving end of Moen’s brutal attack during which the multi-tiered England player, a player of the caliber of Trent Bolt looking like an undercover player hit him 26 times in more than one time, the RR bowling unit made a good recovery.
There was an innings phase when CSK failed to find a 45-ball limit, before Dhoni (26) turned back again to pull Yuzvendra Chahal (2/26) over the deep square leg.
As far as Moen was concerned, RR shooters have held on to it longer. After Chahal’s delivery hit a volley through a cover for four on the fourth of the seventh ball, Moyen found his next four balls in 17th, the bowler being Obid McCoy (2/20), at Wankedi Stadium.
Dhoni smoked Prasidh Krishna for six over mid-depth at the start of the next segment, but Tailor came back strong in the remaining five balls.
First of all, it was CSK 3 for one after twice, but Devon Conway and Moeen broke up after that, scoring 12 and 18 times in the next two runs and starting the Yellow Brigade.
Mooen was getting the big shots quite easily, even when Conway looked from the other end. Moen has reached his half-century with his starburst over the bounds of the third man off Bolt.
That ended – the last time before the power play was over – saw Moen make a solid run at Bolt, hitting New Zealand’s slick six-and-five-border ball.
Prior to this, Prasidh had conceded 18 runs in the race forcing Sanju Samson to enter Ravichandran Ashwin (1/28) in attack, but he was also hit 16 times by Moen.