Moeen Ali’s sparkling knock of 93 went in vain as Chennai Super Kings went down to Rajasthan Royals by 5 wickets at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Chennai Super Kings got off to a poor start as Ruturaj Gaikwad (2) was caught behind the wickets by Sanju Samson off Trent Boult in the very first over.
Devon Conway and Moeen featured in a 83 run stand for the second wicket before the former was trapped leg before wicket by Ravi Ashwin for 16.
Narayan Jagadeesan (1) then miscued a low full-toss from Obed McCoy to Riyan Parag towards mid-off.
Yuzvendra Chahal then struck by dismissing Ambati Rayudu (3), caught at slip by Devdutt Padikkal leaving them in trouble at 95/4.
Ali along with skipper MS Dhoni resurrected the innings with a valuable stand of 51 runs for the fifth wicket before the latter was caught at long on by Jos Buttler off Chahal for 26.
England all rounder Moeen Ali fell in the final over, mistiming a McCoy delivery to long off for a superb 57 ball-93, as the Super Kings posted 150/6 in their allotted 20 overs. His innings comprised off 13 fours and 3 sixes.
For Rajasthan, Yuzvendra Chahal and Obed McCoy bagged 2 wickets each.
Chasing 151, Rajasthan Royals lost the in form Jos Buttler early, edging a delivery from Simarjeet Singh to Moeen at slip.
The pair of Yashasvi Jaiswal and Sanju Samson added 51 runs for the second wicket before the latter fell to a brilliant return catch by Mitchell Santner for 15.
Ali then struck by dismissing Devdutt Padikkal bowled, while attempting a sweep.
The pair of Jaiswal and Ravichandran Ashwin put on 28 runs for the fourth wicket before Prashant Solanki struck twice- first by dismissing the well set left hander Jaiswal and then removing Shimron Hetmyer, top edging a slog sweep to Conway at long on.
With 32 needed off the last three overs, Ashwin scored a breezy unbeaten 40 off 23 balls to take the Royals home with 2 balls to spare. The victory took RR to a top-two finish in the points table.
Ashwin was declared the Man of the Match for his all round performance.