The CSK vs RR match was like the calm after the storm. After three Super Overs on Sunday, CSK vs RR was a match where Rajasthan chased Chennai’s target comfortably, in a match that moved at a snail pace. It was the match to send a team to the fifth place and push the other to the bottom of the table, as Rajasthan Royals sealed a dominating win to climb up three spots in the points table.
RR leg-spinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia who were benifited by tips from mentor Shane Warne, haven’t conceded a single boundary while giving away just 32 in eight. There wasn’t a single boundary in overs 6-13 where mostly both of them bowled in tandem. After restricting CSK to just 125, things didn’t look as straightforward as they ended. RR were 28/3 at once, but Jos Buttler’s 70* had pushed down CSK to the bottom spot and made it a complex equation for them, requiring at least ten results to go their favour. Here’s a look at the numbers from the match.
200 – MS Dhoni becomes the first player to feature in 200 IPL matches in the CSK vs RR game. Four other players are currently at 190s – Rohit Sharma at 197, Suresh Raina at 193 and Dinesh Karthik at 191. Incredibly Dhoni captained 184 out of his 200 matches, being the only one to captain in every edition of the league.
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9 – The 200th match didn’t go well as he was run-out at a run-a-ball 28. This was his 9th run-out in IPL, with his team winning only 2 of the matches.
6 – This is the sixth time Dhoni scored 25+ runs at a strike-rate of 100 or less. Only Kallis and Tendulkar have higher numbers in this regard, none of the current players. Dhoni made 28 off 28 balls in the CSK vs RR game.
Most 25+ scores in IPL at a strike-rate of 100 or less
10 – Jacques Kallis
7 – Sachin Tendulkar
6 – MS Dhoni
6 – Shikhar Dhawan
5 – Brendon McCullum
5 – Manoj Tiwary
5 – Sourav Ganguly
5 – Virat Kohli
14 – However Dhoni is having a good time with the catching this season. He took 14 catches this season so far, which is already his second highest in all seasons. Dhoni needs only one more catch to equal his season record (15 catches in 2013).
4000 – However he achieved a milestone during the process. MS Dhoni became only the fourth player to score 4000+ IPL runs for a team. The other three are Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for RCB, and Suresh Raina for CSK.
72.0 – Jos Buttler’s batting average against Chennai Super Kings, which is distinctly the highest of all players with at least five innings.
Best batting average against CSK (min: 5 inns):-
72.0 – Jos Buttler
50.8 – Brad Hodge
49.3 – Shaun Marsh
47.7 – Andre Russell
45.5 – Lendl Simmons
76.47 – Steve Smith’s strike-rate in the innings, is the lowest of any captain scoring 25+ runs in IPL (6th lowest overall).
Lowest strike-rate by a captain an IPL innings (min: 25 runs):-
76.47 – Steve Smith 26*(34) v CSK in 2020
78.12 – Rahul Dravid 25(32) v RCB in 2012
79.06 – Yuvraj Singh 34(43) v CSK in 2011
83.78 – MS Dhoni 31*(37) v RR in 2015
84.84 – Ricky Ponting 28(33) v RCB in 2013
3 – Total wins for Chennai Super Kings in their first ten matches of this season, which is their least of any season. They have won 4 out of first ten in 2012, and 5 in 2010.
2 – This is only the second time Rajasthan Royals defeated Chennai Super Kings in both their group matches of an IPL season, with the first such season unsurprisingly being 2008.