Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson smashed a 19-ball fifty against Chennai Super Kings in Sharjah on Tuesday.Samson came in at No. 3 after the dismissal of opener Yashasvi Jaiswal when the scoreboard read 11/1 in 2.2 overs.When he raised his bat for his 11 IPL fifty, the tables had turned. From scoring less than five an over, Royals’ run rate had moved to more than ten an over.
He smashed leg-spinner, Piyush Chawla for three sixes, snatched two more off Ravindra Jadeja followed by one each off Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran to reach the milestone.Samson has been part of the IPL since 2013 and also has two hundred under his belt. He also joined the likes of Owais Shah, and Jos Buttler, who had earlier scored the fastest fifties for the Royals in the tournament.In 2012 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Shah had scored a 19-ball 50, and in 2019, Buttler had scored an 18-ball fifty against Delhi Capitals.
Steve Smith and Samson added 121 runs for the second wicket before the latter fell for 74 off 32 (4×1, 6×9).Shane Watson and Murali Vijay began CSK’s 217-run chase against Rajasthan Royals in the match no.5 of IPL 2020 in Sharjah. Jofra Archer hit four sixes in the last over as RR ended up with 216 for 7. Sam Curran got three quick wickets, including that of Steve Smith holds as CSK came storming back against after Sanju Samson hit nine sixes but finally fell for 74 as Lungi Ngidi provided the breakthrough CSK. Then David Miller and Robin Uthappa were dismissed in quick succession. Samson and Steve Smith played some breathtaking shots as Rajasthan Royals took the early advantage against Chennai Super Kings despite the early loss of Yashashvi Jaiswal. Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni won the toss and opted to bowl first against the Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals.
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