It was a super easy score to chase for the men in pink as Rajasthan Royals defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat first.
It was a rather poor start for the men in yellow as Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway failed yet again.
It was Moeen Ali who resurrected the innings for Chennai Super Kings, making 93 from 57 balls.
Skipper MSD gave a fighting finish as CSK piled up just 150/6 in 20 overs.
Rajasthan Royals needed 151 to win the match and secure the 2nd spot for the playoffs.
And RR did have a great start with the bat as Yashasvi Jaiswal hit 59 from 44 deliveries.
The middle-order crumbled a bit for Rajasthan but some power hitting from Ravichandran Ashwin took the game away from CSK.
Riyan Parag too joined the party and Rajasthan won the game to seal the second spot for the Playoffs.
They will now face Gujarat Titans in Qualifier 1.
Lucknow Super Giants will be up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Eliminator.
Player of the Match
Ravichandran Ashwin for his 1/28 (4) and 40* (23)
Post Match Reactions
MS Dhoni, Chennai Super Kings skipper, said that they were a batter short and after losing four wickets in quick succession, Moeen Ali had to make adjustments to his game. Added that they were 10-15 runs short and if they had gone hard on the opposition, they wouldn’t have got anything on the board. Praised both Mukesh Choudhary and Matheesha Pathirana and said that they have developed into great players. Mentioned that it is important for players to grab the opportunities with both hands and become a good Indian T20 League player for another 10 years.
Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals captain, said that he is happy with the way they have played as a team throughout this season. Mentioned that Moeen Ali is a quality batter but his bowlers did the job for them. Added that it was a good wicket. Also said that Chennai did have quality bowlers in their lineup as well but Ashwin did a pretty good job with the bat. Further added that Ashwin has been practising hard in the nets and that has paid off for the team. Ended by saying that he is happy for Ravichandran Ashwin.