Dhoni let off with 50% fine after angry reaction to umpire’s call
JAIPUR, April 12: Thursday’s match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium here will be better known for Captain Cool losing his cool than his team winning the contest.
An infuriated Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked into the ground to challenge the umpire’s decision to revoke a noball (that was waist high). That was just a ball before the match’s last official delivery, which Mitch Santner dispatched for a six. Ben Stokes, who bowled that eventful over, might get sleepless nights for the wides and no-balls he bowled. With this defeat, the Royals show in this edition is all but over.
The best thing about Chennai Super Kings is that someone steps up to deliver when needed. On Thursday it was Ambati Rayudu and Mahendra Singh Dhoni who came good to help the Super Kings to their sixth victory in the ongoing IPL. Chasing a modest 152, Super Kings romped home with four wickets to spare. With this, they also broke their Jaipur jinx, which had seen a string of defeats. Dhoni scored 58 and Rayudu contributed 57.
The duo came together at a precarious situation with the Super Kings struggling at 24 for 4 in the sixth over. The duo stayed together till the 18th over, adding 95 runs. That literally sealed the match in Super Kings’ favour.
Royals did show some character too, mostly in the field. The fielders threw themselves at everything. They were a motivated lot and that happened after Jofra Archer caught Suresh Raina short of the crease in the second over with a bullseye at the non-striker’s stumps from fineleg. In the previous over, Dhawal Kulkarni had breached Shane Watson’s defences. With Super Kings at five for two, the Royals had regained some lost ground and were smelling blood.
More so when Faf duPlessis and Kedar Jadhav were dismissed through brilliant catches by Rahul Tripathi and Stokes. But then, Rayudu and Dhoni came together to change the script.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals started off with aggression, but without caution and paid the price. A score of 151 for 7 after being put in to bat was a poor representation of a rapid start that had promised a higher score. It could have been much worse for Royals, but for Shreyas Gopal’s last-over heroics.
A four and a six in the very first over, that too off Deepak Chahar, betrayed Jos Buttler’s intentions of going after the bowlers. Three boundaries off Sharadul Thakur’s first three balls increased the run rate, but then why did the Englishman have to go for a skier off the very next ball?
Ajinkya Rahane too was stepping out with good effect, till he had to leave following a Super Kings’ successful review for leg-before. The Royals had collected 47 runs by the middle of the fourth over, but had lost two key wickets. The good news of Sanju Samson’s return too did not last long, a mistimed sweep had CSK substitute Dhruv Shorey juggling to make the catch. (TNN)