Sachin Tendulkar made a ‘desert storm’ against Australia in Sharjah. The Chennai-Rajasthan match was also like a storm on Tuesday. The batsmen of both the teams hit 33 sixes.
After winning the toss, Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni sent Rajasthan Royals to bat first. Rajasthan scored 216 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 20 overs. This is the highest run in the IPL this time. In reply, Chennai stopped at 200 for six.
Sanju Samson was dismissed for 74 off 32 balls. His innings was arranged in nine sixes. After Sanju’s return, Smith pulled Rajasthan’s innings. The Aussie batsman scored 69 runs from 47 balls. At one point after his return, it seemed that Rajasthan would not be able to cross the two hundred mark.
But a new twist was awaiting in the last over. Lungi Ngidi bowled disgustingly. He made 9 balls by mixing no-wide. Thirty runs came in his over. Joffra Archer hit four sixes. Archer’s 26 runs off 6 balls took Rajasthan to a great place. “If we could have controlled the no-ball, we would have had to chase 200 runs,” Dhoni said at the end of the match.
Chennai would have had to make a good start if they had come down to chase Rajasthan’s mountainous run. Chennai batsmen could not increase the speed of the run in the beginning. The pressure was increasing on losing wickets. Du Plessis scored 72 off 37 balls. As long as he was at the crease, Chennai had hope. As soon as Du Plessis returned, it became clear that Chennai would not be able to win the match.
In the previous game, Dhoni gave a masterstroke by bringing Sam Curran to the top of the team. On this day too, Dhoni brought many changes in the batting order. But he did not lift himself up. Instead, he went down to bat at number six. He was giving strike to Du Plessis. After Du Plessis got out, Dhoni hit three sixes in the last over. Dhoni made 29 runs from 18 balls. However, the match was out of hand then.
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