The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League has produced enthralling cricket so far. One after the other, the thrill in the finishes just gets bigger. The 25th match of the season between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in Jaipur proved to be another humdinger. It had just about everything and the last ball finish made it even better.
Batting first, RR scored 151/7 from 20 overs. In the chase, CSK was reduced to 24/4 in 6 overs. MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu came together to rebuild the innings. Their partnership of 95 runs brought the Men in Yellow back on track. Rayudu scored 57 from 47 before getting out in the 18th over.
Dhoni battled hard and took the game to the last over in which CSK needed 18 runs. Ben Stokes was trusted with the duties for the last over by Ajinkya Rahane. Ravindra Jadeja was facing the first ball of the over. The pacer delivered a length delivery outside off.
When Ravindra Jadeja and Ben Stokes were on the ground
Jadeja was always aiming straight but the widish delivery made him lose his balance. However, the left-hander managed to get a good enough connection with his willow. Despite falling down, he struck it well enough for a six. As the ball sailed over the fence, the batsman, as well as the bowler, were on the floor watching the trajectory.
Watch the video of the incident here.
Chaos in Jaipur
Dhoni got out off the 3rd ball of the over for 58 courtesy a yorker. It brought Mitchell Santner to the crease with 8 required from 3 balls. Stokes then bowled a high full toss and the main umpire signaled a no-ball. But later, he reversed his decision and canceled the no-ball as the leg-umpire hadn’t made any such suggestions. MS Dhoni stormed onto the ground and had a heated argument with the umpires.
But the call stood and it was not a no-ball. With 6 needed from 2, Santner collected 2 runs off the penultimate ball. Stokes lost his cool and bowled a wide which brought it down to 3 from the last ball. Santner launched the last ball over long-on for a six that gave CSK its 6th victory of the season.