Chennai Super Kings’ Heroics from MS Dhoni Weren’t Enough as Rajasthan Royals Won by 3 Runs

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Despite heroics from MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings were defeated by Rajasthan Royals by three runs.

Rajasthan Royals Inning

Even though Jos Buttler’s approach wasn’t particularly devastating, he still managed to reach the half-century mark for the 18th time in his Indian Premier League tenure as Rajasthan Royals scored a respectable 175/8 after being asked to bat first.

Although the Royals had 135/4 at 15 overs, the remaining five overs did not provide as much as they had hoped for, with just 40 runs adding up and 4 wickets being lost in the course of it. After 15 overs, the Royals were in this position.

On a pitch that helped the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja giving 21 runs and taking 2 wickets in his 4 overs was as frightening as always. This was the case despite the fact that Buttler blasted three big sixes during his 36-ball-52 runs.

After having some difficulty against Punjab Kings, Devdutt Padikkal scored 38 runs off of just 26 deliveries and was able to get back into his groove and help him have a successful 2nd wicket stand of 77 runs.

Shimron Hetmyer was ever spectacular as a finisher at the conclusion of the game, scoring 30 runs off of just 18 balls, whereas Tushar Deshpande gave 37 runs and took 2 wickets allowing just 8 runs in the 20th over.

When getting off to a quick start, the bowlers for CSK, especially Jadeja, were able to pull the Royals hitters back when they reached the 50-run mark in the sixth over.

The Royals did have some difficulty between overs 8 and 13, as Jadeja was responsible for the loss of 2 wickets in the span of three balls, with Padikkal and the team’s skipper, Sanju Samson on duck, being dismissed.

Samson was bowled out with a ball that had a high arm pace and had sufficient turn coupled with enough bounce to compel the batsman to play a bad line. This delivery was what ultimately led to Samson’s downfall.

Ashwin hit two successive maximums off of Akash Singh, who was making his first appearance as a left-arm bowler after the Royals batsmen went a little over six overs without scoring any boundaries. Ashwin hit 30 runs off of 22 balls, including one four and two sixes.

Even though he was trying to pick up the pace, he ended up falling, skying one off of Akash out in the deep.

Deshpande delivered an early blow against the home team when the visiting team’s captain, MS Dhoni, won the toss and decided to bowl first. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had scored 10 runs off 8 balls with two fours, was dismissed by Deshpande, who had him collected by Shivam Dube.

Padikkal and Buttler added 77 scores in just 41 balls until Padikkal was outfielder by Devon Conway after being bowled by Ravindra Jadeja. Padikkal had scored 38 runs off of 26 balls with five fours. After Jaiswal was removed from the team so quickly, the collaboration established a strong foundation for the Royals.

Chennai Super Kings Inning

Dhoni with 32 runs off just 17 deliveries and Ravindra Jadeja with 25 runs off just 15 deliveries were doing well while chasing a target of 176. In order to win, they needed 21 runs off the final over.

Dhoni didn’t finish his 200th match for CSK in the way that he might have liked, thus the team’s final result was 172/6. The game took place in his spiritual home, where there were more than 30,000 fans cheering for him.

The seamer for Punjab, Sandeep, appeared to lose his composure as he delivered a couple of wides, which was followed by Dhoni hitting him for a couple of maximums over mid-wicket and square leg.

In the final two balls, the medium-pace bowler bowled to Jadeja, a wide yorker followed by a beautiful block-hole delivery to Dhoni, which resulted in two singles being scored off of it. The team needed six runs off of those two deliveries.

Ravichandran Ashwin who gave 25 runs and took 2 wickets in his 4 overs and Yuzvendra Chahal who gave 27 runs in his 4 overs and took 2 wickets bowled incredibly well, despite the fact that Devon Conway had a picky approach on a sticky pitch, which resulted in his 50 runs off just 38 balls not providing the momentum that was needed.


On the occasion of his 200th match as captain of the Chennai Super Kings, Mahendra Singh Dhoni came close to pulling off a stunning triumph, but it was not possible as his team lost a hard-fought battle against the Rajasthan Royals in Chennai on Wednesday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

MS Dhoni’s 200th Match as a Captain

Prior to the game, Dhoni was honored for captaining Chennai Super Kings for the 200th time in the Indian Premier League by N Srinivasan, the previous head of the BCCI, in the presence of his spouse Chitra Srinivasan and Rupa Gurunath, a previous president of the TNCA.

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