M.S.Dhoni’s onslaught helps Defending Champions to a hat-trick of wins

IPL 2019

Chennai Super Kings may be their official name, but replacing Chennai with comeback may not be the strange idea as they are the masters of bounceback from any difficult situations and prove the critics wrong by turning the odds against their favour. The same superb-comeback was seen in the game where Chennai Super Kings defeated Rajasthan Royals in the tight game by eight runs on Sunday night.

* As it Happened:

Rajasthan Royal’s skipper Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and elected to bowl first on the slow and low track. However, Both the teams go with unchanged playing XI.

As asked to bat first, Chennai Super Kings had an unruffled going at the beginning of the innings as they lost three crucial wickets of Ambati Rayudu(0), Shane Watson (13) and Shane Watson (13) inside the powerplay and lead CSK to 27/3. It is when MS Dhoni walked out to bat and with Suresh Raina on the crease, started to reconstruct the CSK innings. Both managed to add 61 runs crucial partnership before Suresh Raina got clean bowled by Jaydev Unadkat in the fourteenth over.

However, Dhoni kept his role of a solitary hunter going in the tough conditions and with Dwayne Bravo, He raised a 56 runs stand before Dwayne Bravo ended his cameo of 27 from 16 balls and got dismissed by Archer in the nineteenth over. Dhoni’s late finish with massive hittings of three out of four sixes in the last over of Jaydev Unadkat,  and propelled Chennai Super Kings to a good total of 175/5.

In the Second Innings, Rajasthan Royal’s too started their innings much alike CSK. They also lost their top three batsmen Ajinkya Rahane(0), Jos Buttler(6), Sanju Samson(8) inside the first overs of the game and lead RR to 14/3. However, same as Raina and Dhoni’s crucial partnership of 61 runs, In the middle-overs Rajasthan too put up 61 run partnership with the help of Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi and brought Rajasthan back into the game.

But the set pair of Rahul Tripathi and Steven Smith, due to the courtesy of 40-year-old leg spinner- Imran Tahir got dismissed in the Quick successions. And indeed once that pair was dismissed, RR lost two more wickets before Ben Stokes 46 off 26 balls and Jofra Archer revived the innings with a 44 run partnership of 18 balls and turn the game completely in the favour of Rajasthan as they only required 12 runs off the last over.

But, Dwayne Bravo bowls an impressive over and dismissed Stokes on the very first ball of the over and evaporated the Rajasthan Royal’s chances of winning completely out as they only managed to end their innings at 167/8. Chennai Super Kings took the win just by 8 runs in the tight battle.

* Best batting Performance:

When being reduced to 27/3 in the fifth over, the CSK Skipper MS Dhoni comes out to bat and led the team with the fantastic comeback and out of troubled waters. MS Dhoni scored an unbeaten 75 off 46 deliveries-Second highest score in IPL.

However, Suresh Raina too supports his captain by scoring 36 runs.

* Best Bowling Performance:

For RR: Jofra Archer was the best and pick of the bowler. He completed his spell of four overs with impressive figures of 2-17.

For CSk: Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo were the best bowling performers. Deepak Chahar in the beginning, Imran  Tahir in the middle overs and Dwayne Bravo at the end took two wickets each and lead CSK to a great victory.

* The Game Changer:

MS Dhoni well-calculated innings while batting and Dwayne Bravo taking crucial Ben stokes wicket on the very first ball of the final over becoming the turning point of the match.

* Brief Scores:

Chennai Super Kings: 175/5.

(MS Dhoni 75*, Suresh Raina 36, Jofra Archer 2-17)

Rajasthan Royals: 167/8.

(Ben Stokes 46, Rahul Tripathi 39, Deepak Chahar 2-19, Imran Tahir 2-23)

* Man of the Match:

MS Dhoni.