IPL: Ben Stokes hit for 21 in controversial final over as Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals
MS Dhoni fined by IPL for confronting umpires during final over
By Sam Drury
Last Updated: 12/04/19 9:17am
Chennai Super Kings claimed a dramatic four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the IPL after a controversial finish, chasing down 152 with a six from the last ball of the match.
Mitchell Santner hit it, smashing Ben Stokes (2-39) over long on, two balls after CSK captain MS Dhoni marched out to the middle after the umpire appeared to signal a no-ball for height before then reversing his decision.
In a stunning final over, Stokes had 18 to defend but Ravindra Jadeja thumped the first ball for six to give Chennai the advantage.
However, the momentum swung back in the Royals' favour when Stokes bowled Dhoni (58) with the third ball of the over, leaving CSK needing eight from three balls.
Then came the no-ball controversy.
Santner scurried back for two after toe-ending a full toss from Stokes into the leg-side, but Dhoni - later fined 50 per cent of his match fee by the IPL for his reaction - was incensed that the no-ball and a free hit were not awarded.
Santner kept his cool, though, and took two from the next ball to leave himself needing four to win from the last. A wide from Stokes followed meaning two would have brought a Super Over. That wasn't required, however, as the Kiwi left-hander launched Stokes' attempted yorker over the rope.
That came after Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu (57) put on 95 for the fifth wicket having been brought together with CSK 24-4 in reply to Rajasthan's 151-4.
Jos Buttler hit 23 from 10 balls at the top of the order and Stokes top-scored with 28 from 26. The England all-rounder's all-action display also saw him take a stunning diving catch off Jofra Archer (1-19) but he was unable to bowl the Royals to just their second win of the tournament.
Following the match, Dhoni was charged by the IPL for breaching their code of conduct by entering the field and confronting the umpires.
Chennai head coach Stephen Fleming defended his captain, saying: "MS was after some clarity and it didn't seem to be coming so he took the opportunity to go out and discuss it with the umpires.
"The rights and wrongs will be discussed by everybody. He was certainly fired up about the way the decision was handled and why it was overturned and he wanted to get it clarified at a key moment."
Rajasthan's Jos Buttler, who was on the losing side, was less sympathetic towards Dhoni, saying: "Obviously tensions are running high in the IPL, every run counts and it was a big moment in the game.
"But whether stepping on to the pitch is right, no, probably not."