IPL 2020 scenarios: Royals very near last-chance territory

Tanya Simon
October 25, 2020

Sam Curran's first fifty for Chennai Super Kings failed to stave off a humiliating 10-wicket mauling at the hands of table-topping Mumbai Indians in Sharjah.

Super Kings passed their lowest ever score of 79, against Mumbai in 2013, when Imran Tahir back-cut Krunal Pandya for four and Curran's curbed invention found an outlet in a ramped four off Coulter-Nile.

They are coming into this encounter after successfully avenging the defeat handed to them by the CSK from the tournament opener.

Dhoni admitted the rout "hurt". CSK ended the 17th over at 82 for the loss of eight wickets. Both teams are now in the bottom half of the table and will be looking for wins to push for earning a playoffs spot.

Ever since former India captain MS Dhoni has retired from worldwide cricket, his teammates have regretted not giving a farewell game to their senior, who was a mentor to many during his last lap at the highest level.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) allrounder Chris Morris has heaped praise on young batting star - Devdutt Padikkal and has compared him with the great former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.

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Boult, who previous year played for the Delhi Capitals, has featured in all 10 of the Indians' matches this season, and is now third-equal on the competition's wicket-taking charts, with 16, following his latest feats. Despite many efforts, the RR have not quite been able to find solutions to their problems. The Royals' next two games are against the Kings XI and the Knight Riders.

If the Royals beat the Mumbai Indians, they go to 10 points and can reach 14 with two more matches to go after that.

The pair shared a face-saving ninth-wicket stand of 43 before Curran was cleaned out by Boult off the last ball of the innings, the Surrey player having just reached his second IPL fifty off 46 balls thanks to three fours in four balls. Earlier, RCB had got the better of CSK by 37 runs. Though Sanju Samson ended being the highest scorer after his 36 from 26 in the last game, he has had an extremely cold run barring the initial games, and a similar story has unfolded for Steven Smith. He had missed the first four matches because of injury.

Chennai's fate was sealed in a hurry after Gaikwad shelled a chance at midwicket offered by Kishan when he had 65 - de Kock sealing the win with a pulled four off Thakur.

The run chase was fairly straight-forward one for Mumbai as De Kock and opening partner Ishan Kishan comfortably went about their business. While left-arm pacer Trent Boult (4/18) set up the opponent batsmen with his intelligent bowling where he altered his pace, line and length, CSK had no answers to Jasprit Bumrah's (2/25) probing deliveries. A promising and emerging talent for the team has been Rahul Chahar, who has been highly disciplined and motivated during his spells.

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