Chennai Super Kings won a match against Rajasthan Royals where both teams played a thriller game in last over. MS Dhoni completed his 100th IPL victory on Thursday as the captain at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Following the total of 151/7 in Rajasthan Royals, thanks to some hitting by Shreyas Gopal, scored 18 runs in the last over of the fast bowler Shardul Thakur, Dhoni (58) and Ambati Rayudu (57) Rescued the match from 24/4.
Viewers still needed 18 runs in the last over of Ben Stokes. When the non-striker end (Umpire Ulhas Gandhe) indicated the no-ball for the first time Waist-high full toss and then change the decision and he said – Mitchell-Stenner was out of the crease.
Dhoni stormed in pitch to talk to the umpires. With the need of six runs in the last two ball and then four on the last ball, Santner hit last delivery of Ben Stokes for the match-winner six. CSK finished on 155/6, winning by four wickets.
Dhoni had to come before the powerplay was over
After the initial loss of wickets, Dhoni had to come before ending the powerplay. Some inspired bowling and fielding by Rajasthan Royals put CSK back on the crisis situation. Dhawal Kulkarni also gave bright beginning to a team by quick dismiss Shane Watson in the first over.
Jofra Archer dismissed Suresh Raina with a direct hit and Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Faf du Plessis. Ben Stokes took a superb catch at backward point to dismissed Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni and Rayudu played carefully before Rayudu dismissed on stokes’ ball.
Jos Buttler attacked pacer Deepak Chahar in the first over and Rahane hit three boundaries in succession. But Chahar trapped Rahane, and Buttler dismissed on Thakur’s ball.
Rajasthan’s hopes rested on Sanju Samson and Steve Smith, but both were playing slow. Samson, who hit the first century of the season, missed to play two games due to injury, top-left Mitchell Santner played this match on the place of Dhruv Shorey.
Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Rahul Tripathi and Smith. The strategy of playing two left-handed spinners worked perfectly for CSK.
Smith’s dismissal hurt Rajasthan the most. Company with Ben Stokes, he was focused on working the ball around and keeping the scorecard moving. However, he fell playing a slog sweep. Stokes scored 28 off 26.