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CSK175/5(20.0ov)RR167/8(20.0ov)

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
MS Dhoni

19.6Bravo to Archer

1
That is it! CHENNAI WIN BY 8 RUNS and continue their winning streak! Bravo yet again proves why he is one of the best going around. Defending 11 runs in the final over, he has just conceded 3 and taken his team over the line. Coming to the final ball, it was a pacy delivery on middle, skid on after landing. Archer looks to pull but is late. The ball goes towards cover. A single is taken but Raina does not care. The people in the stands all go up in unison.

19.5Bravo to Gopal

W
OUT! Tahir settles under the ball, takes it and starts running! This game is all but over! A length ball on off, slower in pace. Gopal goes for the swing over mid-wicket but fails to hit it well. The ball flies off the leading edge and goes towards third man where Tahir is there and takes a good catch.

19.4Bravo to Archer

1
Misses out! That one was a half-volley outside off, Archer looks to hit it over cover but fails to hit it well. He seems to have broken his bat as well in the process. A single taken to cover.

19.3Bravo to Gopal

1LB
Slower bouncer on middle, Gopal is past his shot even before the ball arrives. He misses it and gets hit on the shoulder. The batsmen steal a leg bye as the ball runs towards short third man.

19.2Bravo to Gopal

0
Short of a length ball, Gopal goes back and looks to cut the ball but fails to put bat on ball. Huge roars from the crowd and huge pressure on the batsman.

19.1Bravo to Stokes

W
OUT! Is that the game? Is that the game? Bravo, the man for all seasons does it yet again! A fuller length ball outside off, almost yorker length. Stokes goes deep in the crease, tries to lift it over cover. He does not get the elevation though and the ball goes straight to Raina who pouches it safely. The Chennai crowd has come alive once again!

18.6Thakur to Stokes

1
Short of a length on middle, pulled away for a single to deep mid-wicket. Stokes will keep strike for the last over.

18.5Thakur to Stokes

2
Full toss low on the off side, Stokes pushes it in the gap through point for a couple of runs.

18.4Thakur to Stokes

6
SIX! One-handed sixer and the Chennai crowd has its hands on its heads. A length ball at the body of Stokes. He goes deep in the crease and lifts it over deep square leg for a maximum. Ben's right hand came off the bat during the shot and that is what makes it even more special. 15 off 8 now.

18.3Thakur to Archer

1
Slower ball on middle, Archer mistimes the pull. The bottom edge goes to the leg side for a single.

18.2Thakur to Archer

2
Good running! On a fuller length outside off, Archer swings across the line but gets the outside edge and the ball flies on a couple of bounces towards third man. Two runs are taken. Excellent running but not such good fielding.

18.1Thakur to Stokes

1LB
A good ball from Thakur to start the over! On the pads from around the wicket, Stokes comes down the ground and looks to lift it over long on but fails to put bat on ball. It goes off the pad towards the off side and a leg bye is stolen.

17.6Bravo to Archer

0
Good yorker to end the over. Off the pads, Dhoni runs to the ball and stops it well, preventing any run. 19 runs off the over though. 25 needed off 12 balls now.

17.5Bravo to Archer

6
SIX! That is into the stands! The Archer show is starting to trouble the Chennai crowd here. A fuller length ball on middle, lifted by Jofra way back into the long on stands. 92 meters!

17.4Bravo to Archer

2
Full toss on the pads, flicked away well by Archer through square leg for a couple of runs. 13 off the first 4 balls, how many off the next 2?

17.3Bravo to Stokes

1
Slower ball from over the wicket, Stokes hits it to cover and runs to the other end. Raina at cover makes a good stop and prevents the second from being taken.

17.2Bravo to Stokes

4
FOUR! That is smart stuff from big, burly Ben. A length ball from around the wicket, Stokes gets inside the line and paddles it over fine leg for a boundary. 10 runs off the first two balls.

17.1Bravo to Stokes

6
SIX! That is the brute power of Stokes. A length ball outside off, Stokes stands tall and gets it over the rope at wide long off. That is the perfect start for Rajasthan to this over.

16.6Thakur to Archer

6
SIX! That is a beautiful strike! A length ball on middle, Jofra Archer lifts it over long on to spoil what was a good over from Thakur until that point. 44 off 18 is the equation now.

16.5Thakur to Archer

0
Peach! A length ball outside off and it holds its line. Archer looks to push it towards the off side but fails to put bat on ball. Ends up getting beaten.

16.4Thakur to Stokes

1
On a length outside off, driven to deep cover for a single by Stokes.

16.3Thakur to Archer

1
Good bouncer! Archer manages to fend it towards the leg side and gets to the other end, bringing Stokes on strike.

16.2Thakur to Archer

4
FOUR! That is some kind of a start for Archer. A length ball wide outside off, cut away wide of point and to the right of third man for a boundary.

16.1Thakur to Gowtham

W
OUT! Thakur strikes and another nail in the coffin of Rajasthan. A length ball outside off, the idea was right from Gowtham to go over mid off who was in the circle but the execution was not right out there. The bat turns in his hand and the ball flies towards cover. Raina there makes no mistake and completes the catch. Things not looking good for the away side, they need 56 runs off 23 balls now.

15.6Tahir to Gowtham

1
Gowtham dances down the track and pushes it down the ground for a single. Stokes was out of his crease there and if Tahir had got the ball in his hand well and onto the stumps, he could have run out the Englishman at the bowler's end. Nevertheless, that is the end of an insane spell from the leggie, 4-0-23-2 are his figures.

15.5Tahir to Stokes

1
Full toss on the off stump line, pushed along the ground to long off for a single by Stokes.

15.4Tahir to Gowtham

1
Overthrow conceded! Unnecessary from the hosts. A really flat one on middle, Gowtham looks to flick but misses once more. The ball goes off the pads and towards the short third man fielder who throws the ball when it was not needed. An overthrow is taken.

15.3Tahir to Gowtham

0
Flatter one on the pads, Gowtham misses his flick and gets hit on the pads. The ball goes towards the leg side where Dhoni goes after it immediately and stops the ball.

15.2Tahir to Gowtham

0
Beaten by the turn this time! A flighted ball outside off and Gowtham goes for the slog once more but fails to put bat on ball as the turn takes it away from the batsman.

15.1Tahir to Gowtham

6
SIX! Gowtham tonks Tahir for a maximum on the first ball after the break. A googly on middle, Krishnappa reads that one and comes down the track before depositing it over deep mid-wicket for a biggie.

14.6Jadeja to Stokes

2
Flatter one on the pads, Stokes manages to find the gap in this huge ground towards mid-wicket once more. Two runs are taken.

14.5Jadeja to Gowtham

1
Clipped away by Gowtham off the middle stump line for a single to deep mid-wicket.

14.4Jadeja to Stokes

1
Quicker one aimed at the pads, pushed by Stokes towards the left of the bowler for a single.

14.3Jadeja to Stokes

6
SIX! That is a true connection and Stokes needs many more of these. A flatter one on middle, Ben gets on his knees and launches it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. The fielder there was interested for a bit but then watched the ball sail over his head.

14.2Jadeja to Stokes

2
Flicked away off the pads through the same region as the first ball, this time all along the ground. Another couple of runs are taken.

14.1Jadeja to Stokes

2
In the air... but lands where there is no one. Jadeja bowls this flat on middle, Stokes pulls it away but fails to time it well. The ball goes in the gap over mid-wicket and two runs are taken.

13.6Tahir to Gowtham

0
Flatter one on middle, Gowtham can only push it back to the bowler. End of another exceptional Tahir over. 4 runs and a wicket off it in the end.

13.5Tahir to Stokes

1
On the pads, run down to fine leg by Ben. A quick run is taken.

13.4Tahir to Stokes

0
Bowled on a quick pace outside off, driven to cover by Stokes.

13.3Tahir to Stokes

2
Flighted ball on middle, pushed to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs by Stokes.

13.2Tahir to Smith

W
OUT! Smith is heading back and the Tahir train is off on its way once more. A flighted ball, Smith comes down the track and takes it on the full. The ball hits the bottom part of the bat and hence there is no power. It goes to Dhruv Shorey who is a substitute fielder. He takes an easy catch. This is a huge wicket and the Chennai crowd know the value of it.

13.1Tahir to Stokes

1
Googly on a shorter length outside off, flat-batted down the ground to long off for a run by Stokes.

12.8Bravo to Smith

0
A length ball outside off and cutting into the right-hander. Stokes fails to put bat on ball once more. A decent over from Bravo, despite the two wides, comes to end. Just 6 off it.

12.7Bravo to Stokes

1
Really full and on middle, worked away by Ben Stokes for a single to deep mid-wicket. No boundary so far in this over, Chennai will be happy.

12.6Bravo to Smith

1
Slower ball on off, well read by Steven who drives it along the ground to long on for a single.