Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith after a match during the Indian Premier League 2020, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, in Abu Dhabi.

Rajasthan Royals improved their probabilities of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs by defeating Chennai Super Kings by seven wickets on Monday. It was a medical efficiency by the RR gamers as they dominated CSK with each bat and the ball. However, the day didn’t end and not using a little controversy.

There was an incident through the match that grew to become the discuss of the cricketing world. Usually, when an umpire raises the finger throughout an LBW, the participant is aware of if he has nicked the ball. Batsmen confidently ask for DRS as quickly as the choice is completed. But that didn’t occur on Monday.

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RR captain Steve Smith had shuffled throughout the crease to flick Josh Hazlewood however the ball struck his pads. The umpire, nonetheless, was not satisfied and denied the interesting CSK crew. They requested for DRS and it confirmed that Smith was caught plumb in entrance of the stumps. Knowing his destiny, Smith began his lengthy stroll again to the pavilion. But there was a twist within the story.

The third umpire noticed the faintest of nicks, one thing which even Smith didn’t really feel, on Ultra Edge. So ultimately umpires’ choice was upheld and he was given not out. Smith commented on the incident after the match.

“I didn’t know I’d nicked the ball (LBW call), but I was relieved to see that I had,’ Smith told host broadcaster Star Sports at the post-match presentation.

With this win, Steve Smith-led Royals has moved to the fifth position in the IPL points table with 8 points from 10 matches while CSK is now languishing at the bottom with just six points.

Rajasthan Royals chased down a total of 125 with seven wickets in hand and 15 balls to spare. Jos Buttler played a match-winning knock of 70 runs while skipper Smith played an unbeaten innings of 26 runs.

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“Sharjah is a little different from here. The wicket was not the best for batting, and good to be on the winning side. I thought we bowled well in the powerplay. The spinners bowled good lengths, with the googlies and leggies, building a lot of pressure. Tewatia and Shreyas have been sensational for us. Buttler took the pressure off me. I just knocked it around, and he just batted the way he usually does. He always maintains a good strike-rate,” Smith continued to say.

Rajasthan Royals will subsequent tackle SunRisers Hyderabad on Thursday, October 22 on the Dubai International Stadium.

(with ANI inputs)

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