146dThe Report by Varun Shetty

Vintage MS Dhoni turns the tables as Rajasthan Royals fall to third defeat

A vintage MS Dhoni innings - one that ended with a three sixes off the last three balls - and a nerveless last over from Dwayne Bravo helped Chennai Super Kings squeeze a win against Rajasthan Royals

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
75(46) 4x4 - 4x6
Control %85%
  • Productive Shot
  • pull
  • 21 runs
  • 2x4 - 1x6
6 6 9 8 6 14 14 12
BA Stokes
BA Stokes
46(26) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 17 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
5 1 0 8 18 0 9 5

Best performances - Bowlers

JC Archer
O4
M1
R17
W2
Eco4.25
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
DL Chahar
O4
M1
R19
W2
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
2W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: @Thilak_Rama | Commentator: Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx)

END OF OVER:
20 | 3 Runs 2 Wkts | RR: 167/8 (9 runs required, RR: 8.35)

  • Jofra Archer24 (11b)
  • Jaydev Unadkat0 (0b)
  • Dwayne Bravo4-0-32-2
  • Shardul Thakur4-0-42-2

That's all from us. See you tomorrow, good night.

Rummy: "Lot of credit to Dhoni for his super innings and his captaincy by shuffling his bowler's with the heavy dew in play. "

MS Dhoni:We wanted to get a partnership going, it was needed at the time, we knew there'd be dew. Bhaji missed the match because there were quite a few right handers. Just hoping the batsmen can keep performing and bowlers can improve as the tournament progresses, which tends to happen in the IPL. It was very difficult for the finger spinners with the dew, but we were able to rotate, the legspinner bowled really well, as a wrist spinner with the dew, Tahir did really well.

Harsh: "CSK and their habit of making every match a nail biter is going to give me a heart attack one day. Not easy being a CSKian"

Ajinkya Rahane: Disappointed, we started off well, overall what cost us were the last five overs with the ball. Even batting, with the dew the target was chaseable. We need to win smaller moments, we've been playing good cricket, some luck with us can change the tide

12.10am, April 1: This isn't an April Fool's joke. Chennai Super Kings have made it three wins from three matches, despite being 28 for 3 in their first innings. Dhoni's masterclass earlier, followed up by an excellent bowling performance from their pacers and Tahir have ensured that the defending champions move to the top of the points table. Captain Cool delivers again, and it seems like his attitude has rubbed onto his younger boys as well. Excellent 19th from Shardul, Deepak Chahar was excellent in the Powerplay too. We'll have the reactions and presentation very soon. Stick around.

Raunak: "Stokes and Jofra gave CSK quite a scare"

19.6
1
Bravo to Archer, 1 run, length ball, on off, and flat-batted to cover. They scamper across for a single and Chennai Super Kings win by eight runs!

Sharma: "Why did Joffra take a single? Should have kept strike. That was not clever. "

Girish: "Both teams with 'Royal' in their name are yet to open their account in points table!"

19.5
W
Bravo to Gopal, OUT, in the air and taken at third man! Tahir takes the catch, and he gives the crowd a flying kiss. The Chepauk erupts. Length ball, on off, and Gopal's attempted slog takes an outside edge

S Gopal c Imran Tahir b Bravo 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Is that the end of Royals' challenge?

19.4
1
Bravo to Archer, 1 run, full and very wide outside off, and Jofra mistimes a drive to cover. Walks across for a single. His bat is broken too

CSK taking their time.

19.3
1lb
Bravo to Gopal, 1 leg bye, back of a length on middle, and the ball hits Gopal's shoulders. Delivery rolls down to third man

Royals need 12 off four. Crowd shouting Bravo, Bravo

19.2
0
Bravo to Gopal, no run, back of a length, on off, and Gopal backs away to cut this square. Ball goes over Gopal's bat. Nifty from Bravo

Our forecast has Royals' chances at 16% now. That was a big wicket. Shreyas Gopal's here. He can swing the bat too

Chet: "If only someone else would have bowled that last over instead of Jaydev Unadkat. If only"

19.1
W
Bravo to Stokes, OUT, soft dismissal! Chinna Thala to the rescue. Low full toss on off, and Stokes tries to lift it over cover, but he's sliced this to Raina at cover

BA Stokes c Raina b Bravo 46 (26b 1x4 3x6) SR: 176.92

Eleven needed for the Super Over. Twelve for Royals to win. Ten or less, and Chennai win. Royals have clawed back very well here. And looks like DJ Bravo will bowl the 20th over

Parikshith Hari: "What's cricinfo's prediction showing now? Please let us know sreshth" - 31% chance for Royals

Royals 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st0AM RahaneJC Buttler
2nd14JC ButtlerSV Samson
3rd0JC ButtlerRA Tripathi
4th61SPD SmithRA Tripathi
5th19SPD SmithBA Stokes
6th26BA StokesK Gowtham
7th44BA StokesJC Archer
8th2S GopalJC Archer
9th1JD UnadkatJC Archer