MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni with Ambati Rayudu (Photo: IPLT20.com)

Half centuries from MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu ensured a four wicket win for Chennai Super Kings over the Rajasthan Royals.

The Rajasthan Royals were restricted to 151 by Chennai Super Kings spin trio who ensured wickets at regular intervals of the match.

Jos Buttler and Ajinkya Rahane gave a good start to the Rajasthan side as they made 47 runs in the first four overs.

The skipper Rahane was caught leg before wicket by Deepak Chahar after scoring 14 runs off 11 balls.

Buttler scored 23 runs off just 10 balls scoring 4 boundaries and 1 maximum before returning to the pavilion.

Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes and Riyan Parag made small contributions but failed to get a big knock as Rajasthan slumbered to 125 in 18 overs.

A brilliant cameo from Shreyas Gopal helped the Rajasthan Royals cross 150 after scoring just 78 runs in 14 overs between the 5th and 18th over.

Gopal scored 19 runs off 7 balls scoring 2 boundaries and a six as he remained unbeaten till the end along with Jofra Archer.

Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur picked two wickets each while Mitchell Santner picked a solitary wicket.

Chennai Super Kings had a dreadful start to the innings as Shane Watson returned to the pavilion in the first over at a duck.

Suresh Raina scored a boundary and looked in good knick before getting run out.

The in-form Faf du Plessis could only muster 7 runs off 10 balls before giving away his wicket to Jaydev Unadkat.

Kedar Jadhav was dismissed by a blinder of a catch pulled off by Ben Stokes at short point.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer celebrating Kedar Jadhav’s wicket

Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni strung together a 95 run partnership in less than 12 overs allowing Chennai to come back into the match.

Rayudu was sent back to the pavilion by Stokes after the 33-year old scored 57 runs off 47 deliveries.

With 8 runs required from 4 balls, Stokes clean bowled MS Dhoni as the Chennai skipper failed to finish the game after playing a brilliant innings of 58 runs off 43 balls.

With 3 runs required off the last ball, Santner scored a brilliant wicket to ensure a Chennai Super Kings win.

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