Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni shared a match-winning partnership with Ambati Rayudu as they topple Rajasthan Royals (RR) by four wickets at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Meanwhile, the start was awful for the defending champions. At the end of the powerplays, they were striving at 24 runs for the loss of four wickets – Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, and Kedar Jadhav all back to the hut. The Rajasthan Royals bowlers were shedding fire at the Jaipur wicket with Chennai Super Kings staring at their second defeat of the season. But, MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu had different plans. They started to depend on ones, and two’s to bail their side out of danger.
With 50 runs from ten overs, the stage was set for the set batters to accelerate. They took 14 runs from the 11th over of Riyan Parag to initiate the attack. They rotated the strike while the odd boundaries kept coming. Although MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu departed after scoring their half-centuries, Ravindra Jadeja and Mitchell Santner ensured they sail past the target.
Meanwhile, it was not an easy road for the Chennai Super Kings as the Rajasthan Royals bowlers kept posing questions. Meanwhile, a bouncer from Jofra Archer caught Dhoni off-guard in the 17th over. It was an absolute sizzler from Archer which clonked Dhoni on the side of the helmet. The delivery clocked 142.5kph and takes MS Dhoni by complete surprise, and he’s terribly out of position, which he almost never is. But it doesn’t throw his awareness off, as he still goes through for the single to keep the scoreboard ticking.
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Previously, Chennai Super Kings bowlers produced an outstanding effort to contain the Rajasthan Royals to 151 runs. But a patient knock from Ben Stokes (28) and an 18-run last over helped them finish on a high.