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'Captain Cool' loses cool as CSK win last-ball thriller

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

Bespectacled smashed into the stands off the final delivery to guide to a thrilling four wicket victory in an IPL game which saw a very public outburst from winning

CSK recorded their sixth win in seven games as they made a rough weather of a modest 152 run target before Santner's six sealed in a dramatic final over in which CSK needed 18 runs.

Dhoni on his part scored 58 off 43 and added 95 with Ambati Rayudu (57 off 47 balls) for the fifth wicket. However Stokes got him with a yorker and a clear waist high no-ball to Santner was ruled out by umpire Ulhas Gandhe after trying to raise his arm.

This prompted an angry Dhoni to enter the ground and literally blast Gandhe before leg umpire calmed him and sent him back before Santner finished it off in style spoiling a brilliant outing from Jofra Archer (1/19 in 4 overs).

Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a perfect away going delivery that squared up (0) while (4) was beaten by a direct throw.

Faf du Plessis (7) soon followed the suit as took a well judged catch at the deep mid-wicket boundary off Jaydev Unadkat's to reduce CSK to 15 for 3.

(1) didn't last long but it took an air-borne to pull off an incredible catch at backward point off Jofra Archer's

At 24 for 4, Dhoni walked in and with two young spinners in and Riyan Parag (0/24 in 3 overs) in tandem, he launched into the duo hitting them for a six each as Rayudu kept on rotating the strike, hitting the odd boundaries in between. Their 50-run stand for the fifth wicket came in 42 balls as Dhoni deposited Gopal into the stands for his third six. Rayudu also did his bit lofting Stokes for a six.

Earlier, produced yet another disciplined bowling effort to restrict Rajasthan Royals to a modest 151 for seven in 20 overs.

Save (23 off 10 balls) at the top of the order, none of other Royals batsmen looked the part as Mahendra Singh Dhoni's immaculate reading of the track once again helped the defending champions.

Left-arm spin duo Ravindra Jadeja (2/20 in 4 overs) and (1/25 in 4 overs) checked the run-flow as Royals batsmen were always playing a catch-up game.

Even (0/28 in 4 overs), who went for a few more runs compared to the other two spinners, ended with decent enough figures.

Royals skipper (14 off 11) failed once again with seamer (2/33 in 4 overs) trapping him leg before.

Buttler belted Shardul Thakur (2/44 in 4 overs) for a few boundaries before he mistiming one which was easily caught by Ambati Rayudu.

Once Buttler was gone, Royals lost the momentum as wickets fell at regular imtervals. (15,22 balls) struggled once again as he slog swept Ravindra Jadeja towards deep mid-wicket only to find Rayudu. Samson also top edged a sweep which was caught by

Rahul Tripathi's struggles in the middle-order continued while Ben Stokes' 28 off 26 balls wasn't good enough.

It was Shreyas Gopal, who struck a few meaty blows en route his 19 off 7 balls to take the target past 150 despite the home team playing as many as 42 dot balls.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 00:00 IST
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