Against the team that represents his beloved home city, R Ashwin has carried his professional team to a top-two finish in the table. That gives them at least two matches in the playoffs. It was clinical. In the 19th he targeted the short leg-side boundary to get the six required, and in the 20th he used Pathirana's pace to get the boundary. We leave you with a teaser from our report.
"R Ashwin the allrounder carried Rajasthan Royals to a top-two finish with a tense win over Chennai Super Kings, the team that represents his home, in their final league match. On a slow pitch, both sides made superb use of the powerplay before struggling once the fields went out. Knowing their target played a part in RR’s being able to plan their innings better than CSK.
CSK’s slowdown was drastic: they could only double their powerplay score of 75 despite the set batter Moeen Ali batting through the innings only to go from 59 off 21 to 93 off 57. RR scored 47 off their first five but the next eight overs brought them just 37 runs and two wickets. In the end, Ashwin, promoted at No. 5, hit three sixes in his 23-ball 40 to go with his bowling analysis of 4-0-28-1 to ease RR home from 43 required off the last four."