A no-ball decision that was revoked by square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford drew an angry reaction from Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni, who walked into the playing arena to seek clarification from the two standing umpires during the tense finish to the game against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Thursday (April 12). He was subsequently fined 50% of his match fee. "MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 percent of his
match fees for breaching the Indian Premier League's Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur. Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction," said a media release from IPL. Article 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct refers to actions that are contrary to the spirit of the game. The 50% fine levied on Dhoni is the minimum sanction for a Level 2 offence for the first time. The statement from IPL refrained from detailing the specifics for which Dhoni had been fined.
Just to recap that controversial non no-ball. Initially, the straight umpire Ulhas Gandhe got his arm up which was probably not his call to make (being a no-ball for height), only to be overruled by square leg umpire
Bruce Oxenford. But Dhoni, who had seen the umpire's hand go up, came charging out in protest with the match hanging in the balance. Quite a few of the Rajasthan players got involved in the heated argument as well. As if there weren't enough umpiring controversies this season already.
Ambati Rayudu: It was a tough going. The wickets have been slow. We both are really experienced. You dream for such situations where you can take your team out of trouble. There is no pressure. I have been batting well. When it is your day, you should help your team . The first ball for a six from Jaddu
was unbelievable. Definitely, he is coming into his groove. Obviously, he is very talented. He has been bowling well. Everyone knows about his fielding and today his batting as well. I have been scoring 20s on those difficult wicket. It is important on your day to pull your team through.
MS Dhoni: It was a very good game. Need to give credit to Rajasthan. They were slightly few runs short on what would've been a good score. But they put pressure on our batsmen and they were able to build pressure right to the end. Once you win games like this, you learn a lot out of it. It's important to enjoy the win but also learn from the mistakes. It's about a few hits. Have to see the ground here.
It's a very big ground and the outfield is fast. At the end of the day, individuals do commit mistakes. But the team has to take the blame if you've lost. Doesn't matter if it was Shardul's over or someone else's over. Important to see if the batsmen batted well or whether the execution failed. We've got very good support here, thanks to them. Not to forget, one of my biggest innings came here. All games are big games.
CSK recorded their sixth win in seven games as they made a rough weather of a modest 152 run target before Santner’s six sealed in a dramatic final over in which CSK needed 18 runs. However, despite all the drama towards the end, a strange six from Ravindra Jadeja during the final over left many cricket fans amused. Needing 18 runs to win
from the final over, Jadeja was up against Ben Stokes. The southpaw charged down the track on the first ball and despite loosing his footing, he was able to smack a full and wide delivery by Stokes that sailed over the bowler’s head. At the other end, Stokes slipped and fell on the follow through and could do nothing but watch the ball clear the boundary ropes.
That was just an unbelievable finish to the game. Not much in this tournament will come close to the drama of that final over. The physics-defying six from Jadeja, Dhoni losing his cool, Stokes his nerve, and Santner smashing it miles to seal a last-ball thriller. But at the end of it, CSK - as they do - have pulled off another game from the
jaws of defeat. They were tottering at 24/4 but were revived by the pair of Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni himself, both scoring fifties. However, Rayudu's departure and Dhoni's struggles with cramps saw them falling behind. It all came down to 18 needed off the final over from Stokes. A final over for the ages, where Stokes ended up on the wrong side - not for the first time.
5.5 overs Jofra Archer to Kedar Jadhav, out Caught by Stokes!! Wow! What a moment in the match. Stokes you beauty! David de Gea would have been proud of that effort. It was a short of length delivery wide of off, Kedar Jadhav cuts and cuts hard. It was in the air, Stokes flies in the air, times the jump to perfection and pulls off a
stunning catch. Catch for the ages! He charges towards third man and punches the air in delight. Such moments can change the match, such moments can turn around the tournament for your team. CSK are in huge huge trouble now. Kedar Jadhav c Stokes b Jofra Archer 1(6)
2.5 overs Chahar to Rahane, out Lbw!! MS has a chat with the bowler and decides to review .. in the nick of time. Rahane shuffled across and missed the flick. A fair delivery. Clearly no bat. The impact is on middle and ball-tracking shows it to be hitting leg! Bruce Oxenford has overturned his original decision.
The bowler had a lengthy chat with skipper and a jovial-looking MS Dhoni signalled 'T' only at the last second. Turned out to be the correct move. A fuller-than-a-good-length ball and Rahane had walked across a long way to work it square on the leg-side. Three reds on HawkEye! Rahane lbw b Chahar 14(11) [4s-3]
10.5 overs Jadeja to Smith, out Caught by Rayudu!! It's not happening on the night for the Royals. An ugly looking slog for Smith and he becomes RJ's 100th IPL wicket. A nothing shot from one of the premier batsman
across every format - this was tossed up around middle, Smith bent down on the slog sweep, didn't get close to the ball and only managed to shovel it into the safe hands of Rayudu at deep mid-wicket. A disappointing shot and the Royals have lost half their side. Smith c Rayudu b Jadeja 15(22) [4s-1]
Chris Lynn in awe of Russell The entire cricketing fraternity was left shell-shocked after Russell’s assault and his Knight Riders teammate Chris Lynn was not an exception either. The Australian, who scored 43 at
the top of the order, took to Twitter to hail Russell and expressed his utter surprise over the six that Russell hit on Mohammed Siraj’s beamer “Dre Russ is something else. Like how TF do you hit a head high full toss over wide long on,” wrote Chris Lynn.
India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has become the second batsman from the country to complete 8,000 runs in T20 cricket after Chennai Super Kings star Suresh Raina. Only five batsman apart from Kohli and Raina have more than 8000 runs in T20 cricket. T20 great and Kings XI Punjab opener Chris Gayle has 12, 417 runs and is the only batsman to have score more than 10,000 runs in the shortest format of the game. Former New Zealand captain
Brendon McCullum is second on the list with 9922 runs while Mumbai Indians star Kieron Pollard is third with 9063 runs. Pakistan veteran Shoaib Malik and Australian opener David Warner complete the top five. Virat Kohli had become the second man to score 5000 runs in the Indian Premier League when he went past 46 during the IPL 2019 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru. Kohli had also become the fastest batsman to get to the milestone as he brought up his 5000th run in his 166th match and 158th innings. Raina had reached the milestone in 177 matches and 173 innings.
Virat Kohli, losing captain: There is no guessing there (about where they lost), the last 4 four overs that we bowled was just unacceptable. We needed to be more clever, nothing came off and we just cracked under pressure. That's been our story this season so far. If you bowl with not enough bravery in the crucial overs, it's always going to be difficult against power-hitters like Russell. I wasn't really happy getting out at that moment, could've got 20-25 more. AB
didn't get much strike in the end. I thought the runs were enough on the board, we didn't have enough composure. If you can't defend 75 in the last four overs, then I don't know if you can defend 100. We can have a bit of chat about what went wrong, apart from that nothing much you can say. I don't think talking enough helps all the time. You need to give the guys some space and come back stronger in the next game. It's been a disappointing season so far, but we are still optimistic about our chances. We just have to believe in ourselves that we can turn things around.
Dinesh Karthik, winning captain: Those kind of knocks, you don't talk much. We trust him as a player. It's important to give him an atmosphere where he's happy and he just keeps performing. Yeah, it was hard to
play strokes against spinners with the ball gripping but was easier against the fast bowlers. I think as much as well he batted, it's time we all started to bowl better and help the batters. It was nice to see Lynny bat like that and take responsibility.
11.3 overs Negi to Chris Lynn, out Bowled!! Absolute ripper from Negi! Negi had been getting it to turn since ball one and with Lynn not being great against spin, this was on the cards. He was premeditating the charge down
the track and Negi smartly held the length back. Kept it straighter too on middle and leg, spun sharply past the outside edge to make a mess of the stumps. The left arm spinner might well be the difference between the two sides. Lynn was looking threatening but has been removed at the right time as far as RCB are concerned. Chris Lynn b Negi 43(31) [4s-4 6s-2]