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Santner last ball six help Chennai Super Kings pip Rajasthan Royals
Chennai Super Kings were in deep trouble at 24 runs for four wickets when MS Dhoni came in to bat against Rajasthan Royals. Ben Stokes had just taken a beauty of a catch, leaping to his left at short mid-wicket to dismiss Kedar Jadhav. Earlier Shane Watson was bowled for no score by Dhawal Kulkarni and Raina was caught ball-watching by a brilliant throw by Jofra Archer from short fine leg which hit the stumps at the non-striker's end. On the last ball of the fourth over, Faf du Plessis holed out to Tripathi at deep midwicket a ball bowled by Unadkat. Chennai Super Kings inning had never taken off and the required run rate for the small target of 152 runs was now 9.14. Mitchell Santner after he hit the last ball for a six to secure a win for Chennai Super Kings Source Rajasthan Royals, batting first, started their inning with Butler hitting Deepak Chahar for a four and a six. Rahane scored three boundaries with delightful drives before being trapped lbw by Chahar. Shardul Thakur had the last laugh when he had Jos Butler caught at extra cover after being hit for threes successive fours by Jos Butler. Nine balls later, Sanju Samson was caught at deep mid-wicket off the bowling of Mitchell Santner. Rajasthan Royals were now on 53 runs for the loss of three wickets after 5.2 overs. Steve Smith and Tripathi were left with the task of putting up a good score on the board. But 11 runs later, Tripathi was caught at backward point by Kedar Jadhav off Ravindra Jadeja which brought Ben Stokes to the crease. Ravindra Jadeja was in action again as he claimed the wicket of Steve Smith, caught by Ambati Rayadu at deep mid-wicket. The run rate was dropping all the time for Rajasthan Royals. Ben Stokes put together a partnership of 28 runs for the sixth wicket with Riyan Parag which was the second highest partnership of the inning after the 31 run partnership for the first wicket. Ben Stokes with 28 runs off 26 balls was the highest run scorer for Rajasthan Royals Source Ben Stokes was bowled by Deepak Chahar in the 19th over after scoring 28 runs, becoming the highest scorer for Rajasthan Royals. Shreyas Gopal, who came in at the fall of Ben Stokes’ wicket, scored 19 runs off just seven balls. He remained not out on with Jofra Archer (13 runs off 12 balls) and Royals finished their inning on 151 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayadu set about repairing the damage done to the Super Kings inning. They concentrated on rotating the strike and struck the occasional boundary, keeping the required run rate between 9 and 11 runs per over. Ambati Rayadu was out when he top-edged a ball from Ben Stokes and Shreyas Gopal took a good catch running back at square leg. With Ravindra Jadeja for the company, Dhoni needed to score 18 runs off the last over to secure victory for Chennai Super Kings. Ambati Rayadudu scored a fifty and put on a 100 run partnership with MS Dhoni Source Jadeja hit the first ball by Ben Stokes for a six and scored a run off the next no-ball. Dhoni could manage only two runs off the free hit and was yorked by Stokes off the next ball. The first ball that Santner faced was called a no-ball by the Umpire for being above waist height and Santner scored two runs off it. But upon conversing with the square leg Umpire the no-ball call was retracted. Surprisingly, the ever calm Dhoni walked on to the field questioning the umpires retraction of the no-ball call. Dhoni was later fined half his match fee and CSK will be docked ‘Fairplay’ points for captain cool’s actions. With six runs needed off the last two balls, Santner scored two runs off the penultimate ball. Unbelievably, Stokes bowled the last ball wide leaving CSK with three runs required off one ball. In a dramatic finish to the match, Mitchell Santner hit Ben Stokes high over long-on for a six to win the match for CSK. The reigning champions with six wins from seven matches are sitting comfortably at the top of the table and look certain for a place in the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, have won just one match out of their six. Source
MI beat CSK by 37 runs.
MI successfully defended target of 170 runs. For MI the standout performer was Hardik Pandya who played a quickfire cameo and took 3 wickets. CSK had won the toss and opted to bowl first. CSK brought Mohit Sharma in place of Mitchell Santner. MI on the other hand brought Rahul Chahar in place of Mayank Markhande and Behendorff in place of McClenaghan MI initially didn't get going as they lost 3 wickets in the form of de Kock, Rohit Sharma and Yuvraj when the score was merely 50 runs. Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav started to rebuild the innings playing some delightful strokes. Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav after playing fine knocks of 42 and 59 respectively got dismissed. From there on it was Hardik Pandya and Pollard show. They scored 45 of the last 2 overs and slightly tilted the momentum in their favour. 171 was a stiff target and CSK fell short by 37 runs. They lost both their openers in a quick succession. Jason Behendorff took two crucial wickets of Rayudu and Suresh Raina.. The wicket of Raina actually belonged to Pollard who took an absolute screamer at the boundary ropes. MS Dhoni too departed scoring just 12 off 20 balls. Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav who scored 58 too departed. Ftom there-on it was a mwre formality to finish the match. Eventually MI beat the visitors and got their second win of the tournament.
India's middle order needs to start winning matches
In limited overs cricket, India has been dominating for a long time now. They are numero uno in the test rankings, and are ranked number two in both ODIs and t20s. As far as limited overs cricket is concerned, the main contributing factors have been India's top order in batting, Bumrah and the wrist spinners in the bowling department. There is a trend we have been seeing in the last 2-3 years, our batting is over dependent on the top 3. Rohit, Shikhar, and Virat have been phenomenal and there is no doubt to the fact that they have carried the team's batting on their shoulders. Virat averaged a freakish 133 in the year 2018, and Rohit and Shikhar were around 73 and 50 respectively. While that is a great sight from India's perspective, it also signified the incompetency of the middle order. One of the problems with middle order is that they have been playing musical chair with the number 4 and number 6 spot, with Dhoni slotted in between them. They started the year with Ajinkya Rahane in South Africa at number 4, and over the year, tried various players like Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Kartik, KL Rahul, Suresh Raina, Rishab Pant, although it seems like they had found an ideal candidate in Ambati Rayudu by the end of Windies series. Even at number 6, with injuries to Kedar Jhadav, India did try some of the players mentioned above. So, in a situation where the top order fails, they are left wanting. Something like that happened in the first ODI against Australia, where Shikhar, Virat and Rayudu were back to the pavilion in no time, and Rohit Sharma nearly carried India through. The batsmen in line for the middle order spots are Rayudu, Kartik, Dhoni, Pant, and Jhadav. Most of them have decent finishing abilities and they need to revolve around Dhoni to not only make meagre contributions, but win matches on their own if the top order gets blown off. Rayudu and Jhadav seem to be the men who might eventually make the two vacant spots their own once India set their feet in England. As far as Dhoni is concerned, he desperately needs to deliver as Rishab Pant is breathing down his neck big time after his exploits in the test series Down Under. He needs to improve his strike rate considerably as the pitches in England are likely to be high scoring. We, as fans want Dhoni to get his finishing abilities back on track as we want him to hit the World Cup winning six, for one final time.