Rajasthan Royals entered the IPL 2022 playoffs on Friday (May 20) as they defeated Chennai Super Kings by 5 wickets.
The RR became the third team after Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants to reach the playoffs. Yashasvi Jaiswal and R Ashwin led the chase of 151.
The England left-hander smashed RR pacer Trent Boult for a six and 5 fours in an over as the CSK raced off the block and looked poised to reach total far bigger than what is eventually transpired.
Wickets fell at regular intervals at the other end, but Ali carried the CSK innings on his shoulder. Skipper MS Dhoni tried his best but the timing deserted him on this night as he limped to a 28-ball 26.
It severely curtailed CSK's momentum in the second half of the innings as they could only garner 75 runs in 14 overs. To make it worse for them, Ali got out for 93 and missed a deserving 100.