IPL 2020: England and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder, Sam Curran had a very good outing in the first two matches of the IPL 2020 season. He impressed in the season opener against Mumbai Indians (MI) and then left a mark in the second game against Rajasthan Royals (RR). Although CSK suffered a 16 runs defeat in the second match, he managed to leave a mark through both his batting and bowling.
Sam Curran finished the match as the most successful bowler in the match. He picked up 3 wickets and conceded 33 runs. While chasing the huge target of 217 runs, Curran tried to up the run rate by hitting a couple of sixes. However, the increasing required rate eventually led to his downfall. He could manage to score 17 runs off 6 balls. (IPL 2020)
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One of the main talking points in the match was Sam Curran bowling to his brother Tom Curran in the first innings. Both of them have been playing together for England and Surrey. For the first time, they faced each other. The face-off took place in the penultimate over of the CSK innings, when MS Dhoni brought back Sam Curran into the attack.
Tom Curran reveals his thinking while facing Sam Curran. (IPL 2020)
Sam picked up the wicket of Kedar Jadhav in the second ball of the over. Jadhav tried to hit over midwicket but failed to clear the boundary. The batsman had crossed, and Tom faced his brother Sam for the first time. Sam bowled a pinpoint yorker and Tom managed to guide it down to third man boundary for a four.
After the match finished, Tom revealed his feelings and thinking when he was facing his brother Sam Curran. He thought of hitting Sam for two sixes but failed to do so. “I would have liked to put him into the stands for a couple, to be honest. I was disappointed I didn’t,” said Tom. (IPL 2020)
Rajasthan set a target of 216 runs for the Chennai Super Kings, riding on their dominant batting display. Chennai managed to score 200 runs and failed to cope up with the rising required run rate. The Royals won the match by 16 runs. Faf Du Plessis was the lone highlight in the CSK batting, scoring 72 runs.
Rajasthan Royals will now face the Kings XI Punjab on September 27 in Sharjah.