CSK’s final score was 172 for 6 as Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni took the game to the last ball of the match, but their efforts went in vain.
CSK needed 21 runs to win in the final over of their match against Rajasthan Royals. In his 200th match in IPL as CSK captain, Dhoni smashed a couple of sixes off RR pacer Sandeep Sharma to keep Chepauk’s hopes of an improbable victory.
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However, Sandeep Sharma’s pin-point yorkers off the final two balls of the last over to Ravindra Jadeja handed a three-run win for his side. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 32 off 17 balls with three sixes and 1 four as the four-time IPL champions CSK suffered their first home defeat at the hands of RR at home since 2008.
The Royals registered 175 for 8 after batting first. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up a couple of wickets each to keep RR on track after Devon Conway and Ajinkya Rahane gave a fine start.
Dhoni, about his batting in the final overs, said,
“I don’t fancy too many things. I just wait for the bowlers to commit a few errors. The bowler was slightly under pressure in the last over.”
“You need to back yourself. My strength is to look to hit straight. We saw the amount of dew, and after the first few overs, it became relatively easy. We should have done better with the bat. Overall, the bowlers did well.”
MS Dhoni also became the first skipper to lead an IPL team in 200 matches. Dhoni, during the post-match presentation, said,
“I am not big on milestones. How does it matter if it is 199 or 200? It is a compliment to play 200 games. Thanks to almighty. But as I said nothing special.”
RR skipper Sanju Samson said,
“You can’t feel that way (that game is in the bag) till the time that guy (Dhoni) is in the middle. I do a lot of planning, and research and sit down with the data team. A lot of thoughts are going around. Nothing works on Dhoni, though.”
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