Ratings of CSK and RR players based on their performance in the fourth match

Mohd Asim Updated: 23 September, 2020, 12:06 AM IST

Rajasthan Royals registered an emphatic 16-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the fourth match of IPL 2020 at Sharjah. Chasing a mammoth 217, CSK were always behind the game before some big hits at the end narrowed the margin of defeat. Cricket Today rates the performances of players from both sides.

Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson (9/10)

Got Rajasthan off to a flyer with a flurry of sixes against some poor bowling. He raced to a half-century off 19 balls, leaving CSK stunned. Hit nine maximums in his 32-ball 74 before perishing to a smart piece of bowling by Lungi Ngidi.

Jofra Archer (9/10)

Was sensational in Royals’ last over with the bat. Blasted Lungi Ngidi for four consecutive sixes in his unbeaten 8-ball 27. Kept things extremely tight with the ball, giving nothing away. Dismissed the well-set Faf du Plessis.

Rahul Tewatia (9/10)

Had an excellent day with the ball. He first got the big wicket of the dangerous looking Shane Watson with a slider and had Sam Curran stumped after being hit for two back-to-back sixes. Very next ball, he had Ruturaj Gaikwad stumped with one that was bowled wide.

Steve Smith (7/10)

Played second fiddle to Samson yet scored at a fair clip. Featured in a brilliant stand with the wicket-keeper bat, and held the innings together as wickets fell after Samson’s dismissal. Failed to provide the final finish to the innings though.

Shreyas Gopal (5/10)

Dismissed a lethargic Murali Vijay in his second over. Went for a few runs to finish with 1 for 38.

Tom Curran (4/10)

Failed to get going with the bat. Couldn’t make an impression with the ball. Got the wicket of Kedar Jadhav, but was carted for a hat-trick of sixes by MS Dhoni in the last over.

Jaydev Unadkat (3/10)

Was poor conceding 44 in his four.

Yashasvi Jaiswal (2/10)

Failed to get going on IPL debut. Made 6 before mistiming a short ball from Deepak Chahar straight up in the air.

Riyan Parag (2/10)

Was dismissed for 6 trying to open the face against Sam Curran. Dropped Faf du Plessis.

Robin Uthappa (1/10)

Played a poor lofted stroke to gift his wicket to Piyush Chawla for 5.

David Miller (0/10)

Was unlucky to be dismissed without facing a ball on his RR debut. Lost his bat while coming back for a second, and was run out by some distance.

Chennai Super Kings

Faf du Plessis (8/10)

Made a valiant half-century at a rapid pace with some massive sixes, but was left with too much to do.

Sam Curran (7/10)

Went for a few runs, but proved his worth with wickets towards the end of the innings. Dropped Smith at a crucial moment in the game, but was CSK’s best bowler of the day with 3 for 33. Struck a couple of mighty blows with the bat before falling going for another.

Shane Watson (6/10)

Got CSK off to a much-needed quick start by bludgeoning a few sixes. But, was bowled off his pads by Rahul Tewatia for 33 from 21.

Deepak Chahar (6/10)

Dismissed Yashasvi Jaiswal with a smart short ball. Kept things tight with 1 for 31.

Kedar Jadhav (5/10)

Got a few boundaries in his 22, but came too late in the chase.

MS Dhoni (4/10)

Showed no intent when needed. Hit three consecutive sixes when the match was dead and buried.

Lungi Ngidi (4/10)

Got the key wicket of Sanju Samson when he was in full flow, but undid the good work with a terrible last over, conceding 30 runs. Was hit for four consecutive sixes by Jofra Archer, including two off consecutive no-balls.

Ravindra Jadeja (3/10)

Had a poor day with the ball. Kept allowing the batsmen to go after him with a number of loose balls. Had figures of 0-40.

Murali Vijay (3/10)

Got off to a slow start. Put CSK under early pressure with a run-a-ball 21.

Piyush Chawla (2/10)

Had a horror day as he was completed taken apart by Sanju Samson and Steve Smith. Went for 28 in this first over and 19 in his second. Managed to get the wicket of Robin Uthappa.

Ruturaj Gaikwad (0/10)

Was stumped the first ball trying to go after Rahul Tewatia.

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Michael Vaughan slams Marlon Samuels for his statement on Ben Stokes

Vedant Yadav Updated: 28 October, 2020, 12:44 AM IST

Sportsmen, nowadays, are pretty open with the idea of exchanging some banters and a few digs with each other. However, things take an ugly turn when statements or comments cross a certain line.

Similarly, in a surprising turn of events, things have gone a bit ugly between England star Ben Stokes and West Indies’ Marlon Samuels. Speaking on his recent voyage to New Zealand, Stokes was sharing his experience on quarantine life and boring schedule, but things turned for the worse from here.

Stokes said that the monotonous life of quarantine was weird, and he wouldn’t wish it for his ‘worst enemy’. Not even for Samuels with whom he had a couple of spats in the past. Stokes was referring to it in a funny manner but Samuels took it personally.

The Windies all-rounder dragged it to the matter of racism and came up with many disparaging remarks. His comments, however, have not gone well with anyone in the entire cricket fraternity.

“You get off the plane, get your bag, walk out, and get told what hotel to go to. ‘There’s no choice. It’s pot luck whether you get a good hotel or not. The government has chosen certain hotels to be the quarantine hotels,” said Stokes on the 'Test Match Special' podcast.

“I posted a few Instagram stories, and some of the England boys were texting me asking what it’s like, and I was saying it wasn’t the most enjoyable thing you ever have to do, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. ‘I text my brother saying the same thing, and my brother asked: “You wouldn’t even do that to Marlon Samuels?” I said, “no, it’s that bad” – that’s how challenging it was,” added Stokes.

Reacting to Stokes'comments, Samuels got livid and called him a ‘b***h’ followed by other derogatory remark. In the same light, Michael Vaughan called his comment as appalling and wrote on his Twitter: “This is appalling @marlonsamuels … we are trying to stamp out racism … !! A bit of banter by@benstokes38 should not lead to this…’’

IPL 2020: 10 Hilarious memes from SRH v DC match

Vedant Yadav Updated: 27 October, 2020, 11:59 PM IST

Delhi Capitals (DC) suffered a third defeat on the trot after they lost out to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday in Dubai.

As expected, SRH made a number of alterations to the side which narrowly lost out to KXIP in their last outings. Williamson returned to the team in place of Jonny Bairstow, while Wriddhiman Saha also got a rare start.

Talking about Saha, he was selected in the Test team for upcoming India's tour of Australia. As Bairstow was left out from the squad, Saha opened the innings along with skipper David Warner.

Saha repaid the trust shown by the SRH management as he smacked 87 of just 45 deliveries. Warner also looked in good touch as he chipped in with 34-ball 66. The pair, Saha and Warner, added 107 runs for the first wickets, including 75 runs in the powerplay.

Manish Pandey then got on the act as his 31-ball 44 took SRH to a mammoth total of 219/2. In reply, DC got bundled out for 131, as Rishabh Pant top-scoring with 36.

Here are some of the Tweets from the game:

IPL 2020 Match 47, SRH vs DC - Player Ratings Based On Their Performance

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 27 October, 2020, 11:30 PM IST

Delhi Capitals’ swift downfall in IPL 2020 continued as Sunrisers Hyderabad handed them a massive 88-run drubbing in game 47 at Dubai. Being sent in to bat after losing the toss, SRH posted a mammoth 219 for 2 on the board. In response, 131 was all Delhi could manage in 19 overs. Cricket Today analyses the performances of players from both sides.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Wriddhiman Saha (9.5/10)

Replacing Jonny Bairstow, opened the innings and grabbed his opportunity with both hands. Attacking the Delhi bowlers from the word go, blazed his way to a brutal 87 from 45 balls. Took on everyone from Kagiso Rabada to Ravichandran Ashwin and came out on top. Blasted 12 fours and two sixes in his innings, and looked set for a hundred when he dismissed, mistiming one straight up in the air.

Rashid Khan (9.5/10)

With DC capitulating under the pressure of a huge total, was nearly unplayable. Cleaned up Shimron Hetmyer with a leg break first ball and then trapped Ajinkya Rahane with a googly. Sent back Axar Patel in his last over to end with sensational figures of 3 for 7.

David Warner (8.5/10)

Celebrated his 34th birthday with a brilliant 66 from only 34 balls. It was a typical Warner knock as the SRH captain took on the bowlers and smashed them for eight fours and two sixes. It was exactly the kind of knock Hyderabad had been expecting from Warner all along. Was gifted a couple of easy catches in the field.

Sandeep Sharma (8/10)

Claimed the massive wicket of Shikhar Dhawan with a full ball that the left-hander failed to get under. Had Rishabh Pant caught behind to finish with 2 for 27.

T Natarajan (7.5/10)

Was economical with 2 for 26. Helped himself to a couple of wickets at the death.

Manish Pandey (7/10)

With the platform set, helped himself to a quick 44 not out from 31 balls with the help of four fours and a six.

Kane Williamson (5/10)

Coming in at the death, made an unbeaten 11 from 10 balls. Managed only one four.

Shahbaz Nadeem (5/10)

Got the crucial wicket of big-hitting Marcus Stoinis with a good length ball that the all-rounder slapped straight to mid-off.

Vijay Shankar (5/10)

Dismissed DC skipper Shreyas Iyer with a slower short ball before limping off the field.

Jason Holder (3/10)

Went for 46 in his four even as DC crumbled. Picked up Ravichandran Ashwin towards the end of the innings.

Abdul Samad (No Rating)

Did not bat

Delhi Capitals

Rishabh Pant (5/10)

Took 35 balls for his 36. Did not look eloquent at all during his stay at the crease.

Ajinkya Rahane (4.5/10)

Looked fluent during his stay at the crease for the first time. Eased his way to 26 with the help of three fours and a six. Failed to read a googly from Rashid Khan and was trapped right in front of the stumps.

Ravichandran Ashwin (4/10)

Broke the century opening stand with a well-flighted delivery to David Warner. Was expensive, going for 35 in his three.

Tushar Deshpande (4/10)

Struggled again. Went for 35 in his three. Slammed an unbeaten 20 from 9 with the bat.

Axar Patel (3/10)

Bowled his four overs for 36 without taking a scalp. Was dismissed cheaply by Rashid Khan.

Shimron Hetmyer (3/10)

Made 16 before being cleaned up by Rashid Khan. Exposed his stumps against the leggie’s first ball, and missed the delivery completely to be bowled.

Shreyas Iyer (2/10)

Failed to play a captain’s knock. Dabbed a slower short ball straight to extra cover having scored only seven.

Marcus Stoinis (2/10)

Promoted to number three in the hope of some quick runs, failed to deliver. Placed a good length delivery from Shahbaz Nadeem straight to mid-off having made 5.

Anrich Nortje (2/10)

Had a forgettable day. Was taken for 37 in his four. Claimed Wriddhiman Saha’s wicket for 87 as the SRH opened looked to take him on.

Kagiso Rabada (1/10)

Had his worst day of IPL 2020 so far, being hammered for 54 in his four. Failed to get his line and length right as the SRH batters attacked him from the word go.

Shikhar Dhawan (0/10)

With the pressure of a huge chase, perished for a first-ball duck trying to take on Sandeep Sharma, but only managed to hit a full ball straight up in the air, to be caught at mid-off.

IPL 2020: Shahrukh Khan indulges in a hilarious conversation after fan questions him on KKR’s upside-down season

Vedant Yadav Updated: 27 October, 2020, 10:59 PM IST

Three-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders have experienced mixed results in the ongoing season of Indian Premier League in the UAE.

During the weekend, KKR had triumphed over Delhi Capitals with a dominant performance, racking up a 59-run win over Shreyas Iyer’s side. However, last night, the Eoin Morgan-led side slumped to an 8-wicket defeat to KXIP.

This defeat meant KKR will have to win their remaining games to have any of making it to the playoffs. DC currently occupy the fifth spot in the IPl 2020 tables with 12 points.

KKR’s upside-down season has developed a curiousness amongst the KKR fans, who are biting their nails and wondering if the team would eventually qualify for the playoffs or not.

“Kya lagta hai kolkata jitegi sir.. Iss baar!? KKR wali cricket nahi fans ke jazbaat ke saath khel rahi hai... (What do you think sir, will KKR win this time? KKR are not playing cricket but playing with fans emotions),” a fan asked KKR co-owner and Bollywood actor, Shahrukh Khan.

In his reply, the SRK wrote: “Arre meri socho....mere dil pe kya beet rahi hai!!!! (Think about me... what all is going through my heart!!!).”

Meanwhile, after KKR's heavy defeat to KXIP, skipper Eoin Morgan stated that the franchises’ promotion through to the playoffs is in their own hands.

IPL 2020, CSK vs KKR: Dream11 team prediction, probable XI and predicted winner  

CT Contributor Updated: 27 October, 2020, 10:57 PM IST

Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet each other in match number 49 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. KKR will hope to bounce back after being thrashed by an in-form Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, CSK are already knocked out of the tournament and will want to avoid the last place in the standings.

CSK will go with the same combination which worked so well against RCB. They bowled well and the batsmen took charge to get the job done. One expects MS Dhoni's troops to give everything they have and prevent KKR from going strong.

KKR will need a response from their top order. In the previous two games, they were reduced to 42/3 and 10/3 respectively. Dinesh Karthik's number four position needs to be analyzed. He has been a major failure while coming into bat inside the 10 overs. The bowling needs to improve as well. It's a must-win scenario for the Knights.

KKR vs CSK: Dream11 team prediction

Batsmen: Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Eoin Morgan (vc), Shubman Gill.

Wicket-keeper: MS Dhoni.

All-rounders: Sam Curran (c), Sunil Narine.

Bowlers: Varun Chakravarthy, Deepak Chahar, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson.

Rationale behind the Dream11 team

It's a decent batting unit. Faf gets our backing alongside KKR's in-form star Shubman. Gaikwad, who finally broke the shackles against RCB, gets the nod. Morgan and Dhoni add experience in the middle order.

Narine and Curran are the two utility all-rounders. In the bowling department, KKR trio Cummins, Ferguson and Chakravarthy fill in. CSK's Deepak adds more depth.

Probable starting XI

CSK - Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Sam Curran, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.

KKR - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Varun Chakravarthy.

Match prediction

With no pressure on offer, CSK might spoil KKR's plans.

Head-to-head record

CSK have won 13 matches, whereas KKR have collected eight wins. One match had no result.