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Rajasthan's big win keeps them afloat, Chennai face ouster

Rajasthan's big win keeps them afloat, Chennai face ouster”

Dhoni's age-defying efforts led to Samson getting dismissed without scoring any run in the Dream11 IPL 2020 clash.

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CSK have looked under the weather this season and the defeat at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has pushed them to the bottom of the points table, with a NRR of -0.463.

Jos Buttler with his unbeaten knock of 70 runs off 48 balls was the star for Steve Smith's team, despite coming to bat at fifth.

Hopes of qualification for the play-offs are looking slim for Chennai Super Kings as they need to be flawless from here on but it looks highly unlikely given their struggles on the field.

For RR, Shreyas Gopal returned with the best bowling figures as he finished with figures of 1-14 in his four overs.

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Despite these challenges, there was no excuse for their shoddy batting performance.

Dhoni's decision to bat first backfired as RR picked up wickets at regular intervals to make life hard for CSK. The real issue was the utter lack of intent from their batsmen. An over later, Shane Watson was sent back by Kartik.

CSK are out of play-offs as they only have six points out of 10 games so far. It was Deepak Chahar who came with two of the three early breakthroughs, accounting for the wicket of Stokes and Samson. From 43/2 after six overs, Chennai stuttered to 85/4 in the 14th over.

Ravindra Jadeja top scored with 35 not out (off 30 balls) while Dhoni made 28 off 28 before being run out due to his own fault.

A visibly distraught Srikkanth, however, rubbished all of Dhoni's claims, taking particular umbrage over the continued selections of Piyush Chawla and Kedar Jadhav, who he had suggested needed a scooter to move around quickly on the field. Both sides need to win their remaining five matches to have any hope of qualifying. But he absorbed the pressure and took control of proceedings to ace the chase. CSK were beaten by Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets on Monday, after which the road to the playoffs has been very hard for the team. The unbeaten 98-run stand with Smith took Royals past the finish line with the captain playing second fiddle.

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