Moeen Ali wreaked havoc on the Rajasthan bowlers in the match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday. After the early dismissal of Rituraj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, who came to bat at number three, fiercely classed the bowlers of Rajasthan one by one.
Trent Boult, who took Gaikwad’s wicket for just 14 runs in his first two overs, was slammed by Moeen in the last over of the powerplay in such a way that everyone was watching. Moeen hit a boundary off every ball of Boult’s over.
First ball: Six! Boult threw the ball coming inwards on the feet. Moeen Ali picks it up brilliantly and uses his wrists to play it towards deep backward square leg. The ball flew straight across the boundary line.
Ball 2: Four! Boult once again bowled an over pitched ball. Moeen again took a pickup shot from his box and with excellent timing, got a boundary towards midwicket. This shot was so spectacular that Ian Bishop called it a master class shot.
Third ball: Four! This time Boult bowled at a slower pace. However, the ball came to the bat without stopping and Moin played a half-half flick shot. Moeen thought that there would be only two runs on this shot, but the timing was so good that it got a four towards midwicket.
Fourth ball: Four! Looking for a way to escape, Boult bowled a short ball to Moeen Ali. Ali reads the length beforehand and looks back and slices the ball towards short third man. With this four, Moin also completed his half-century.
Fifth ball: Four! Bolt’s ball was short and wide. Dangerous looking Moin took another boundary by playing that ball towards backward point with full force.
Sixth Ball: Four! This ball was full length but Moeen hit it for a boundary towards mid-off with a fine drive. Boult’s over ended but Moin added 26 runs to it.
Moin hit the second fastest fifty of this IPL
Moeen completed his half-century in 19 balls, showing a fine game against Rajasthan. Earlier, Pat Cummins had made a fifty in 14 balls against Mumbai. Moeen Ali’s lethal batting can be gauged from the fact that after 20 overs, Chennai’s score was 150 runs in which 93 runs were from Moeen Ali alone.
In the 20th over of the innings, Moeen scored 93 runs in 57 balls and was dismissed by Obed McCoy. He hit 13 fours and 3 sixes in his innings.