Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were undoubtedly a roller-coaster one. CSK scored a fighting total but the men in pink looked had chances to win the game. Cricket matches are decided by brilliance on the field. Today’s match was one of them. The performance of Ravindra Jadeja out mastered the Rajasthan Royals batsman.
MS Dhoni is known for his presence of mind and key decisions in the crucial moment of the match. He gave bowling to Jadeja and Ali at the crucial stage of the match. But spin bowlers took five wickets combinely leading to 45 runs win for CSK.
Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Curran, MS Dhoni (w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Manan Vohra, Sanju Samson (w/c), Shivam Dube, David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman.
MS Dhoni displays his captaincy masterclass on Tuesday
The target of 189 in Mumbai was set by Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals were cruising with Jos Buttler in top form. Buttler looked in good shape as he was hitting good shots. He also hit Jadeja or a six. But then came the brilliance of captain MS Dhoni. The old ball had become wet because of dew on the outfield, the new ball was a lot drier. MS Dhoni was quick to judge and said to Jadeja, “Sukha Ball hai, ghumega.” (Translation in English: “The ball is dry, it will turn”)
CSK skipper was certainly right with his reading of the game. The first ball of Jadeja’s overturned sharply and it castled the stumps, leaving Buttler absolutely clueless.
Watch Buttler’s wicket here:
Besides brilliant suggestions from MS dhoni, Jadeja took the wicket of Dube as well. He also took four catches in the match. Dhoni another decision to give over to Moeen Ali instead of a fast bowler was master plan seeing the ball condition. Moeen Ali took 3 wickets in his three overs and gave only 7 runs in that process.
The 12th Man Reaction: