result
12th Match (N), Chennai, Mar 31 2019, Indian Premier League
(20 ov, target 176)167/8
Super Kings won by 8 runs
player of the match
MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings
2:09
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• The 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

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Scorer: @Thilak_Rama
Commentator: Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx)
Scorecard summary
Chennai Super Kings175/5(20 overs)
Rajasthan Royals167/8(20 overs)
end of over 203 runs • 2 wickets
RR: 167/8CRR: 8.35 
Jofra Archer24 (11)
Jaydev Unadkat0 (0)
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

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

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
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

Ben 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

end of over 1913 runs
RR: 164/6CRR: 8.63 RRR: 12.00 • Need 12 from 6b
Ben Stokes46 (25)
Jofra Archer22 (9)
Shardul Thakur4-0-42-2
Dwayne Bravo3-0-30-0
18.6
1
Thakur to Stokes, 1 run

back of a length, outside off, and he drags a pull to deep midwicket. Royals need 12 off the final over

important delivery...

18.5
2
Thakur to Stokes, 2 runs

low full toss on off, and he drills a drive to extra cover. Shorey cleans up

Umair: "At the beginning of the match, I had predicted csk will win by 2 runs. No one publishes my comment."

18.4
6
Thakur to Stokes, SIX runs

one-handed shot for six! Holy moly. Length ball angling into Stokes from around the wicket, but he uses his wrists and swivels to pull behind square. One hand comes off his bat, but enough power behind that to go for a maximum. Unbelievable

Royals need 21 off nine balls

18.3
1
Thakur to Archer, 1 run

back of a length on middle, but slower from Shardul. Jofra pulls behind square to deep fine leg

18.2
2
Thakur to Archer, 2 runs

sliced over point and falls safe. Full outside off, and looked to drive over cover, but edged the ball behind square instead

Cat-and-mouse stuff. Shardul pulls out of his run-up

18.1
1lb
Thakur to Stokes, 1 leg bye

full on off, and angling into Stokes. He skips down the wicket to try and muscle this over to the leg side, but inside-edges the shot into his pads. They scamper across for one

Another ball change

end of over 1819 runs
RR: 151/6CRR: 8.38 RRR: 12.50 • Need 25 from 12b
Jofra Archer19 (7)
Ben Stokes37 (21)
Dwayne Bravo3-0-30-0
Shardul Thakur3-0-30-2
17.6
Bravo to Archer, no run

yorker just outside leg stump, but the ball hits his boot and rolls away to Dhoni. Could've been a wide if Jofra got out of the delivery's way. Royals need 25 off 12 now

17.5
6
Bravo to Archer, SIX runs

that's outta here! Full, not fast enough on middle, and he clears his front leg to hammer a six over Bravo's head. This guy can bat

17.4
2
Bravo to Archer, 2 runs

low full toss on middle, and he flicks to deep midwicket. Calls early for the second, and both these men are pretty quick

17.3
1
Bravo to Stokes, 1 run

slower ball, full on off, and he mistimes a drive to cover. Raina dives to his left to intercept, and stops Stokes from coming back on strike

17.2
4
Bravo to Stokes, FOUR runs

paddled! Back of a length on middle, but Stokes shuffles across the stumps, exposes all three stumps, and then gets enough bat to find the gap between keeper and short fine leg

Long off goes back. Deep point too.

17.1
6
Bravo to Stokes, SIX runs

slapped! Slower ball, really full outside off, and he clears his front leg, before flat-batting a six over wide long off. Royals need 38 off 17

end of over 1712 runs • 1 wicket
RR: 132/6CRR: 7.76 RRR: 14.67 • Need 44 from 18b
Jofra Archer11 (4)
Ben Stokes26 (18)
Shardul Thakur3-0-30-2
Imran Tahir4-0-23-2
16.6
6
Thakur to Archer, SIX runs

muscled over long on! Quick ball, full on leg, but he clears his front leg to lift a shot over the boundary. Royals need 44 off 18

16.5
Thakur to Archer, no run

length ball, skidder outside off, and going straight into Dhoni's gloves. Jofra can't get bat on ball

Best performances - batsmen
MS Dhoni portrait
MS Dhoni
75 runs (46)
4 fours
4 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
pull
21 runs
2 fours
1 six
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Ben Stokes portrait
BA Stokes
46 runs (26)
1 four
3 sixes
Control81%
Productive shot
flick
17 runs
0 four
1 six
510818095
Best performances - bowlers
Jofra Archer portrait
JC Archer
O
4
M
1
R
17
W
2
ECO
4.25
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
Deepak Chahar portrait
DL Chahar
O
4
M
1
R
19
W
2
ECO
4.75
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
2W
Match details
MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chepauk, Chennai
TossRajasthan Royals, elected to field first
SeriesIndian Premier League
Season2019
Player Of The Match
MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20
Match days31 March 2019 - night(20-over match)
Umpires
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Nandan
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Yeshwant Barde
TV Umpire
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Bruce Oxenford
Reserve Umpire
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Belur Ravi
Match Referee
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Manu Nayyar
PointsChennai Super Kings 2, Rajasthan Royals 0