Modest Moeen Spins CSK to Victory Over Royals

Modest Moeen Spins CSK to Victory Over Royals Photo: TT
Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali may have turned the game as the Chennai Super Kings defeated the Rajasthan Royals, but the Englishman was typically modest in victory.

The Chennai Super Kings got past the Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs after scoring 9-188, with the Royals falling short at 9-143 in reply in their IPL clash in Mumbai.

Ali batted at three for Chennai, making 26 from 20 balls on a challenging wicket, but his big impact came with the ball, taking 3-7 from three overs.

The English all-rounder was the sixth bowler used by CSK skipper MS Dhoni, who turned to him at 4-90 after 12 overs.

He dismissed David Miller LBW in his first over, before two wickets in three balls in his next over, getting rid of Riyan Parag and Chris Morris to leave the Royals 7-95.

“The three wickets - it depends on when you come on to bowl,” Ali said.

“It was a fantastic time for me to come on to bowl, there were two left-handers. I have a rough idea, once the left-hander came in, I thought I’d be bowling.

“I’m always ready. The ball changed and that was a bit drier, that helped. I think it was a good wicket to bowl for both teams.”

Dhoni added: “It was good to have Moeen, it was turning a bit. The wicket became a bit more sticky. Glad we scored 180.”

The result improves Chennai’s record to 2-1, while the Royals are down in sixth with a 1-2 record.

Rajasthan captain Sanju Samson said: “I think it was a good score to chase down, but we lost too many wickets in the middle.

“I think our bowlers bowled really well but they batted very deep. Maybe 10-15 runs extra conceded in the end.”

Ben somerford
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