IPL 2019: Mitchell Santner’s last-ball sixer helps MS Dhoni to register 100th win as Chennai captain in IPL, beat Rajasthan Royals by 4 wickets: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Thursday registered 100th win in the Indian Premier League by defeating Rajasthan Royals (RR). Chennai won sixth match of the IPL 2019 over Rajasthan by Four wickets. Mitchell Santner hit over the fence off Ben Stokes on the last ball of the match.
While chasing down the 151 target, Shane Watson was sent back to pavilion for none. Dhawal Kulkarni dismissed him in the first over. In the next over Suresh Raina (4) was run out. After both the dismissals, Chennai lost third wicket when Jaydev Unadkat dismissed Faf du Plessis (7) in the fourth over. Chennai lost another wicket when Jofra Archer departed Kedar Jadhav (1). The score was 24 for 4 in 5.5 overs.
At this moment, it looked CSK would not cross 100. But Ambati Rayudu and captain cool Dhoni made 74-ball 95 stand and took their team near to the victory. Rayudu was dismissed for 57 off 47 by Ben Stokes in the 18th over. Dhoni was joined by Ravindra Jadeja when the team needed 33 off 14 balls. In the penultimate over, Chennai skipper scored 12 runs including one-run leg byes.
Rahane handed-over ball to Stokes, believing he may save 18 runs off last six balls. On the very first ball, Jadeja smashed a six, taking the score down to 12 off 5. Stokes bowled next delivery a no-ball and a run. Dhoni got a strike. He made two of the second delivery. Stokes bowled next delivery a perfect yorker and broke stumps off Dhoni.
Chennai needed 8 off 3 balls. After scoring two doubles, they needed four off the final ball. Under pressure Stokes bowled a wide delivery. Noe the score was 3 off a ball. Santher was on the crease. He hit the ball over boundary lines and registered another win in the Vivo IPL.
For Rajasthan, Stokes took two wickets while Kulkarni, Unadkat and Jofra Archer claimed one wicket each.
Batting first, Rajasthan posted a modest 151 for 7. After getting a steady start, the first wicket (Ajinkya Rahane 14) was dismissed for 31 in the third over. It was follower by Joss Buttler’s (23 off 10) wicket For 47. After that Rajasthan lost quick wickets. The score was 126 for 7 in the 18.2 overs. At the end, Shreyas Gopal’s unbeaten 19 off 7 help Rajasthan to post 150 plus target. No player could cross 28-mark. Ben Stokes (28) remained the leading run scorer for the team.
For Chennai, Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Jadeja claimed two each while Santner took also a wicket.