IPL 2020: Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Jofra Archer help Rajasthan Royals beat Chennai Super Kings in battle of sixes

Rajasthan Royals 216 for 7 (Samson 74, Smith 69, Archer 27*, Curran 3-33) beat Chennai Super Kings 200 for 6 (du Plessis 72, Watson 33, Dhoni 29*, Tewatia 3-37) by 16 runs

Sanju Samson, Steven Smith and Jofra Archer managed to out-hit Chennai Super Kings with 17 sixes between them as Rajasthan Royals opened their campaign with a win at Sharjah.

The tournament’s first 200-plus score was fueled by Samson’s 32-ball 74, Smith’s balanced 47-ball 69, and Archer’s four sixes in a row in the last over and proved to be too much for Super Kings whose chase meandered into near-surrender in the middle overs before bursting to life at the end. Rahul Tewatia’s three wickets played a big role in that, but Royals’ defence was aided by Super Kings’ experimental batting order and an ostensible lack of purpose in chase; by the time MS Dhoni came in, at No. 7, they needed to score at more than 16 an over. That proved too much on the night despite a late attack from Faf du Plessis.

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Source: ESPN Crickinfo

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