In the 68th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, Rajasthan Royals (RR) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by five wickets at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. With the victory, the Royals reached second place in the points table.
Chasing a paltry target of 151, the contest went down to the wire, where RR eventually managed to seal the win with two balls to spare and five wickets in hand.
Yashasvi Jaiswal and Ravichandran Ashwin were the chief architects behind the successful chase. While Yashasvi scored a brilliant 59 off 44 deliveries, Ashwin remained unbeaten at 40 to take the Royals home.
Earlier, Moeen Ali guided Chennai to a respectable total as the rest of the batters failed to make a mark. The left-handed batter smacked a brilliant knock of 93 runs from 57 deliveries with the help of 16 boundaries, including three sixes.
For the Royals, Obed McCoy and Yuzvendra Chahal were the pick of the bowlers. McCoy bagged a two-wicket haul for 20 runs in his quota of 4 overs. Similarly, Chahal also took two scalps while conceding 26 runs in 4 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Playoffs Qualification ✅
No. 2⃣ in the Points Table ✅
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 20, 2022
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 20, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) May 20, 2022
#HallaBol all the way to no. 2⃣ on the #TATAIPL points table! 💪#RoyalsFamily, time to celebrate this #Epic 5-wicket victory in #RRvCSK with your favourite GIF! 😍#TATAIPL #CSKvsRR #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/PyRETLmZnK
— Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) May 20, 2022
The top two bowling units in the #IPL2022 have finished at 1 & 2. If this doesn’t tell us the importance of focusing on making a robust bowling unit in T20s…nothing will.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 20, 2022
Last time RR finished in the Top 2, they won the IPL.
For the teams who qualify for the playoffs, RR is the only one who are former IPL champions @rajasthanroyals
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) May 20, 2022
Congratulations RR for playing the positive brand of cricket. Quality 5 bowlers always helps.
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) May 20, 2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) May 20, 2022
Congratulations @rajasthanroyals for making into the play-offs after 4 years, did a fantastic job by investing two best spinners from India, Hetmyer in the middle order – two areas they struggled in the last few years and covered some issues with these three players.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) May 20, 2022
🤩🏏 VAATHI TO THE RESCUE! Not only with the ball, but we have seen some of the best of Ashwin with the bat this season!
🙌 He takes them across the line and to the qualifier 1!
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) May 20, 2022
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