Andre Russell, Kireon Pollard and now Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings. The Indian Premier League is still young. Till we meet on Friday evening, it is good night from Sportstar .
The last over drama will be remembered for long and will be spoken all night tonight.
We have seen something that we thought we would never see — M.S. Dhoni losing his cool and walking out on to the ground and arguing with the umpires. But as they say, all's well that ends well and Chennai Super Kings wins by four wickets.
An insane game of cricket. What a match. Rajasthan Royals went hammer and tongs early on and then wickets pegged them back before they scored in the death. CSK were wobbling when RR took early wickets but Ambati Rayudu and M.S. Dhoni put on a partnership. Dhoni was out in the last over and then a no-ball drama ensued but Mitchell Santner sent Ben Stokes into the crowd to seal it for Chennai Super Kings.
This is Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 100th win as captain in the Indian Premier League.
Mitchell Santner seals it for CSK. A six to finish off the innings, straight down the ground. CSK wins a thriller by four wickets.
Stokes bowls a wide. It is now 3 off 1 ball.
CSK needs 4 off 1 ball.
More drama here. Stokes bowls a waist-high delivery to Mitchell Santner and the umpire seemed to have called a no-ball. The CSK players ask and the umpire says no and protest. Oh wait! MSD is walking out. So unlikely of him. He has a word with the umpires. But the decision as a legitimate ball stands. CSK needs 6 off 2 balls.
(Target 152) CSK 144/6 in 19.3 overs: What an anti-climax. Ben Stokes castles MSD and Sawai Mansingh Stadium has erupted. The best finisher stumbles. Dhoni is out for 58 (43 balls, 2x4, 3x6). A yorker at the right time. MSD misses and Stokes hits the middle stump.
A six by Ravindra Jadeja and then Ben Stokes bowls a no-ball as Jadeja scampers for a single. MSD plays the free hit ball for two and CSK needs 8 off 4.
CSK needs 18 in the last over.
(Target 152) CSK 134/5 in 19 overs: An inside edge and it runs away to the boundary, to the fine leg region. A much needed boundary.
(Target 152) CSK 130/5 in 18.5 overs: MSD is on his haunches. The heat and his back must have taken a toll on him. The physio is attending to him, stretching his legs. The CSK skipper is cramping.
It is now 30 runs off 12 balls. MSD and Ravindra Jadeja will be at it.
(Target 152) CSK 119/5 in 17.4 overs: What a catch by Shreyas Gopal. He breaks the 95 run partnership between MSD and Rayudu by dismissing the latter, a superb catch in the deep. He came forward, more than he needed to, and then realised he was ahead of the ball but gets back and almost takes a catch behind his body. Rayudu dismissed for 57 (47 balls).
(Target 152) CSK 113/4 in 17 overs: Chennai Super Kings require 39 runs with 6 wickets and 18 balls. Archer bowls yet another decent over conceding just seven runs.
(Target 152) CSK 88/4 in 14 overs: 10 runs from the Stokes over. An exceptional effort from the Englishman saves some runs. Dhoni hits it straight and hard and it would have easily fetched extra runs, but when Stokesy is the one, you don't get things done that easy!
CSK needs 74 in 42 balls now.
(Target 152) CSK 78/4 in 13 overs: Dhoni has taken on Shreyas Gopal. He takes a legbreak from outside off and sends it soaring over the long-on fielder. Dhoni is in the zone and the target suddenly seems within reach.
(Target 152) CSK 64/4 in 11 overs: Now Riyan Parag gets the MSD treatement. He picks one on the full and pulls it with power that it has gone for a flat six and two balls later he hits it straight down the ground for four. MSD on song and what a beauty to watch, this is.
It is now 102 off 60 balls. With MSD in the middle, it is gettable.
(Target 152) CSK 50/4 in 10 overs: Shreyas Gopal gets the MSD treatment. The CSK skipper comes down the track and the ball disappears into the crowd. There is nothing much you can do when MSD wants to hits it out of the park. Apart from that six, Gopal gives 5 singles as CSK gets to the 5 RPO per over.
(Target 152) CSK 32/4 in 8 overs: Dhoni and Rayudu have made sure there are no further slip ups as CSK has a mountain to climb. Riyan Parag and Shreyas Gopal are bowling well in tandem. The field is spread out and singles are coming easily while the boundaries are at a premium.
(Target 152) CSK 24/4 in 5.5 overs: Ben Stokes. What a catch. A beauty. Jofra Archer bowls a shortish one, Kedar Jadhav cuts hard and Stokes at point almost jumps vertically and plucks it out of thin air.
takes a diving catch to his left, is now an understatement. This will go down as one of the best catches of the tournament.
(Target 152) CSK 15/3 in 4 overs: Faf du Plessis departs and CSK in trouble. Jaydev Unadkat bowls a short-ish delivery and the South African was into the pull shot only to find a waiting Rahul Tripathi accept the catch with glee.
(Target 152) CSK 10/2 in 3 overs: Ambati Rayudu and Faf du Plessis have made sure there is no drama in the third over. In contrast to Rajasthan's rollicking start, CSK is crawling.
(Target 152) CSK 5/2 in 1.5 overs: CSK is rocked, wobbling. Suresh Raina takes it a tad easy and is caught short of the crease as Jofra Archer sends a direct hit. Raina was ball watching and didn't make it. Probably, he didn't expect Archer to target the non-striker's end. Stephen Fleming in the dug out shakes his head and is understandably annoyed.
(Target 152) CSK 0/1 in 1 over: What a start from Dhawal Kulkarni. Maiden over to start with.
(Target 152) CSK 0/1 in 0.4 overs: What a ball. Dhawal Kulkarni castles Shane Watson and CSK is rocked early. A peach of a delivery, pitched on good length and Watson tried to play across the line, missed it and the bail on the leg stump gets dislodged.
Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson are out in the middle, in pursuit of 152. Dhawal Kulkarni to start proceedings for Rajasthan Royals.
That small cameo from Shreyas Gopal has lifted Rajasthan Royals to a par score. Can CSK chase it easily?
RR 151/7 in 20 overs: A handy cameo from Shreyas Gopal. He smackes Shardul Thakur for a four over mid-off, the fielder was in the circle, then follows it up with a six over the same region. Off the fifth ball, he sends Thakur to the fine-leg fence. 18 runs off the last over.
RR 133/7 in 19 overs: Shreyas Gopal times one beautifully to the fence off Deepak Chahar, through the mid-on region.
RR 126/6 in 18.2 overs: Deepak Chahar castles Ben Stokes. The England all-rounder creates room for himself and tried to clear the ground but the knuckle ball from Chahar was too good for him. Stokes (28 off 26 balls) misses the heave and Chahar rattles the timber!
RR 125/6 in 18 overs: Jofra Archer survives! The bowler Shardul Thakur doesn't collect a throw clean. Archer was called for the second run by Stokes and was way short by the time Rayudu's throw reached Thakur but the bowler buttered it.
RR 117/6 in 17 overs: 18 balls left and this is the time for Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer to accelerate. Ravindra Jadeja has just sent down a superb over, giving away only 4 runs.
RR 103/6 in 15 overs: The IPL debutant shows class. He edges Shardul Thakur, off a short and wide delivery, and starts walking back as the bowler and the Dhoni give out an appeal. The edge was audible though but umpire wasn't interested and Parag was walking back. Royals six down!
RR 98/5 in 14 overs: Riyan Parag looks in good touch. He first sends a full toss from Imran Tahir to the midwicket fence and then sends one straight down the ground for four. The second one was half a chance for Tahir but the bowler was too late to react.
RR 89/5 in 13 overs: Riyan Parag and Ben Stokes have a huge task ahead of them. Imran Tahir and Mitchell Santner have sent two quiet overs, in quick time.
Debutant Riyan Parag is in the middle. What a time to walk out!
RR 78/5 in 10.5 overs: Ravindra Jadeja strikes. Just as I said the scales titled slightly, now it is in CSK's favour. It is Steve Smith who is distraught and walks back head hanging down. Smith goes for the slog and Ambati Rayudu, at deep midwicket, doesn't miss anything easy as this.
RR 74/4 in 10 overs: The good start is almost nullified with four wickets. I would say the scales slightly tilt in CSK's favour at this point.
Ben Stokes and Steve Smith in the middle. One of them needs to stay till the end to help Rajasthan Royals post a competitive total.
RR 69/4 in 8.5 overs: What a catch! An acrobatic Kedar Jadhav at backward point takes a good leaping catch to send Rahul Tripathi back. RR wobbling. Another promising start by Rajasthan looks to go in vain. Tripathi tries to go inside out to Ravindra Jadeja but only manages an outside edge as the ball spins away. Kedar Jadhav times his jump and takes a good catch.
RR 54/3 in 6 overs: That's the end of the powerplay. Rajasthan has lost three top order wickets but has also scored 54 in the process, mainly due to Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane's first two overs' assault. Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi are in the middle.
RR 53/3 in 5.2 overs: The wickets continue to tumble. Sanju Samson gets on one knee and tries to hit Mitchell Santner out of the park but only manages to find Dhruv Shorey (substitute fielder) run in from deep square leg and take a neat catch, on the third attempt while juggling the ball.
Steve Smith and Sanju Samson are in the middle. The duo have a task on hand.
RR 47/2 in 3.4 overs: Jos Buttler, dealing in boundaries, perishes. He milks Shardul Thakur for three boundaries on the trot and then skies one the next ball only for Ambati Rayudu to take an easy catch. Chennai has seen the back of both the openers.
RR 35/1 in 3 overs: Mahendra Singh Dhoni and DRS! Enough said. Deepak Chahar bowls a fuller one and Rahane tries to walk across and work it on the leg side. He misses and the ball hits the knee and the appeal is turned down. MSD and Deepak Chahar have a long talk and just as the DRS ticker turned from 1 to 0, Dhoni went for it. The Ultra-Edge doesn't pick up anything and the ball tracking throws up three reds.
RR 25/0 in 2 overs: Dhoni tosses the ball to Mitchell Santner and the left-arm spinner leaks 14. Rahane sends him for two consecutive boundaries, one over wide mid-on and the other over extra cover, and then five wides add to CSK's woes. Rajasthan is off to a flyer.
RR 11/0 in 1 over: Jos Buttler goes bang-bang! He sends Deepak Chahar to the midwicket boundary and then follows it with a straight six. Chahar bowled it a tad short and Buttler just tonked it over the bowler's head. Rajasthan is off to a good start.
We are just a few moments away from live action. M.S. Dhoni calls his players into the customary huddle. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler meanwhile walk out. Deepak Chahar will start the proceedings with the new ball.
Riyan Parag makes his debut for Rajasthan Royals.
Here are the playing XIs.
Chennai Super Kings : Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk/cap), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur and Imran Tahir.
Rajasthan Royals : Ajinkya Rahane (cap), Jos Buttler (wk), Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni.
Meanwhile, contrary to what Rajasthan had tweeted earlier in the day, Sanju Samson is fit and is in the Rajasthan playing XI.
Toss update: M.S. Dhoni calls it right at the spin of the coin and has elected to bowl first.
Ajinkya Rahane and Co. will surely miss the services of Sanju Samson. The young batsman can take the attack to the bowlers and has the capability to accelerate the scoring in quick time too.
Chennai Super Kings is at the top of the table while Rajasthan Royals in at seventh, just above Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The 22-yards at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium has thrown some high scoring ones and it has also aided the slower bowlers. The wind will also help the bowlers and batsmen hitting into the wind will have an issue. It would be interesting to see how the batsmen adapt to it.
The last time the two teams met at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, the match went all the way down to the wire and CSK prevailed in a thriller, by just eight runs. Relive those moments, here .
Come Thursday, Rajasthan would be keen to avenge the defeat while Ajinkya Rahane will be keen to prove a point.
It is a good idea to read the preview of the match, isn't it?
Struggling Rajasthan runs into red-hot Chennai
Last weekend, Rajasthan Royals gave an exhibition of how not to play Twenty20 cricket. Grinding its way to a below par score — with seven wickets intact — against a Kolkata Knight Riders side packed with power-hitters, proved costly — an eight-wicket defeat with six overs to spare.
Ajinkya Rahane’s men cannot afford a repeat of that show as they get ready to take on table-topper Chennai Super Kings at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday.
Stopping the great run of M.S. Dhoni’s CSK could just be what the Royals want as they try to bounce back and stay in contention. To do that, the top order has to fire, and score fast.
Surprisingly, even Jos Buttler, the most explosive batsman in the line-up, was subdued in the previous clash against KKR. The team needs him to play his natural game, like he did against the same side last year.
Rajasthan would hope for the return of Sanju Samson, who missed the last two games because of a quadriceps strain. The talented Kerala batsman, who scored the first hundred of this IPL, was seen batting in the nets, raising hopes of a recovery.
The Royals depend a lot on the strokeplay of Samson and Buttler, who complement the more conservative style of Rahane and Steve Smith. The bowlers too had a Sunday night to forget against the KKR. Moreover, Royals would want players like Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal to raise their game.
It would be interesting to see if another all-rounder who on his day is a proven match-winner, Ashton Turner, finally gets a game. If he does, he could not have hoped for a more challenging assignment for his IPL debut.
In Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, their batting has the experience and depth the rivals could only envy. In the bowling department, four of CSK's bowlers are among the ten leading wicket-takers in this edition of IPL, which includes in-form Deepak Chahar and spinners Imran Tahir and Harbhajan Singh.
Having an experienced Dhoni is a big plus, who made an unbeaten 46-ball 75 in CSK’s eight-run win over Rajasthan in Chennai a few days ago.
The live streaming of the match is on HotStar