CSK won the sixth match of the season and Dhoni became the first captain to win 100 IPL matches.
Earlier in the evening, MS Dhoni won the toss and asked Rajasthan Royals to bat first. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler took the major initiative of shaping the innings for the Royals. But Rahane was soon gone in the 3rd over. Then it was Buttler to go after a blistering 23 off 10 balls. But post his dismissal the Royals innings never gained any kind of momentum as Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, and Steve Smith was back to the pavilion by the 11th over. At 78 for 5, RR needed a special inning from someone to put a decent target in front of the massive CSK. Ben Stokes hit 28 important runs and Shreyas Gopal added an unbeaten 19 off seven balls. Ravindra Jadeja (2 for 20) was the man for Chennai Super Kings bowling side. He also became the first left-arm spinner and the 6th Indian to pick 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League. He is the slowest to reach the landmark, getting there in his 161st match.
While chasing Chennai Super Kings were once 24 for 4.Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain of Chennai team again rose to the occasion. Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni shared a 95-run partnership for the 5th wicket to bring back the CSK fans faith. Rayadu (57 off 47) got his first fifty of the season and Dhoni was more active. It seemed like he would once again finish another match. Dhoni smashed a 43-ball 58 was out in the last over. Chennai finally needed four off the last ball to win the match. Ben Stokes bowled a wide and the Santner hit a boundary off the last ball and won the match for CSK.
The Added Drama
The last over created some fuss on the field when the captain cool lost his cool. The fourth ball was called No by the square leg umpire whereas the umpire at non-striker’s end called it a legitimate ball. Dhoni returned to the field to argue with the umpire and later the bowler joined the conversation. It was an unusual scene and a vivid document that proves how pressurized IPL can be for the cricketers.