Ravichandran Ashwin is not known for his openly lively celebrations on the field. In fact, he has a reputation for returning it to the opposition through words rather than physical movement. But the IPL 2022 match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium was different. Ashwin performed a full-fledged animated celebration on Friday, not twice.
The Rajasthan Royals all-rounder struck his chest several times after he was bowled by Mathisha Pathirana for a low full toss when he needed 6 off 5 balls. There was nothing more wrong with Pathirana’s delivery, it was Ashwin’s brilliant batting, who retreated and perfectly positioned the point fielder to get that important boundary.
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Ashwin’s second big celebration came when Pathirana’s Wide Yorker RR won the race. Ashwin pulled out the roar and fist pumps to ensure a top-two spot by defeating CSK by RR 5 wickets.
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After the match, Ashwin said he brought out David Warner inside him. “I want to play my A-Game for all the franchises I play. It is a sign of respect. We are happy to be in the playoffs. (In practice) I brought David Warner into me.
Ashwin remained unbeaten on 40 off 23 balls.
Young Jaiswal (59 off 44 balls) Mukesh Chaudhary got off to a brisk start in the first over of the innings. In fact, by the end of the first over of their innings, RR qualified for the play-off with a net run rate, leaving Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals fourth.
Simmerjeet Singh quickly hit CSK, sending dangerous Jos Buttler (2) back, who edged the ball away from Moin’s waiting hands in the slip.
In the next over, Jaiswal hit two consecutive boundaries and added 51 runs for the second wicket with 20-year-old opener Sanju Samson (15) to give the RR innings stability.
However, Samson failed to translate his start into a substantial contribution as left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner batted and batted. Devadath Padikkal (3) did not last long and RR scored 76 for three in the 12th over as Moin bowled, and some work remains. After scoring a half-century in 39 balls and a six. After a long time, Prashant came out to Solanki while trying to clear the well-set Jaiswal fence.
Returning from Guyana after celebrating the birth of her baby, Shimran Hettmeyer (6) arrived at the crease with the high hopes of completing it for the RR, but could not do much as she had fallen.