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IPL: Royals upset Chennai

Rajasthan Royals have stunned the league-favourites Chennai Super Kings to win the Saturday night clash by seven wickets.

Sanju Samson’s men chased down the 190-run target with 2.3 overs remaining.

Jaiswal scores fiery fifty

Yashasvi Jaiswal may be 19, but his batting skills in this IPL portray him as a veteran T20 royalty.

The Royals opener struck a 19-ball fifty to give Rajasthan another blistering start.

His 77-run opening stand with Evin Lewis meant that the Royals have finally found an opening pair that looks promising.

Jaiswal freed his arms at any ball that was in his arch to make the CSK bowlers rethink their game plan.

His flamboyance and the ease with which he put away Josh Hazlewood in opening overs explains why the RR management has so much confidence in the teenager’s abilities.

In the end, Shivam Dube took care of the rest.

His 64 not-out anchored the Royals to a thrilling win. Glen Phillips too got the chance to play a cameo of 14* at the end.

Gaikwad stars with a maiden century

Ruturaj Gaikwad brought up his first century in the IPL tonight to don the Orange Cap.

However, the CSK opener’s ton was not enough to take his side to a victory.

His 101* was an example for the batters struggling in the UAE for extending their stay on the pitch if the track plays tricks in initial overs.

He was struggling to score boundaries in the first 10 overs, but soon shifted gears when the track got easier to bat on.

“Rutu’s was an outstanding knock. When you lose the game, it can get brushed under the carpet but he batted very well to get us up to 190,” CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said as he lauded the 24-year-old’s knock.

Gaikwad has now become the tournament’s top scorer with 508 runs so far, jumping from the fifth spot on the list.

He bagged the Player of the Match award as well.

Rajasthan Royals 190/3 (Dube 64, Jaiswal 50, Tahukr 2-30) beat Chennai Super Kings 189 for 4 (Gaikwad 101*, Jadeja 32*, Tewatia 3-39) by seven wickets.

Match report – RCB vs PBKS

Royal Challengers Bangalore will look for an easy win over Punjab Kings to find a berth in the IPL 2021 playoffs.

The highly-anticipated clash will be held at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 3:30 pm (IST) on Sunday.

Probable best performers

KL Rahul

The ex-Bangalore star will be eager to make it big against Virat Kohli and co. KL Rahul has been Punjab’s leading run-scorer so far.

He’s the tournament’s second-highest run-getter, scoring 489 runs already.

His 54-run average shows how consistently the wicket-keeper batsman has performed this season as well.

Rahul brings the x-factor to a low-spirited Punjab side.

His brilliance has led the team to every victory they got over both legs. In the last clash against KKR, his half-century anchored PBKS to a victory.

Match prediction

While both RCB and PBKS are coming off wins, Bangalore have had a far more consistent ride in the IPL 2021 so far.

Kohli’s unit sits pretty at the third spot with 14 points, whereas the Kings are fifth with 10 points.

Bangalore have an unreal batting line-up that hasn’t fully got going.

If AB de Villiers and Bharat get going as well, RCB will be unbeatable in the coming games.

Considering the current forms of both teams, Bangalore should outplay PBKS on Sunday.

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