After MS Dhoni’s pyrotechnics helped Chennai Super Kings reach a total of 175 runs after an inauspicious beginning, Dwayne Bravo kept his cool to defend 12 runs in the final over to guide CSK to the top of the table. Among others, Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar had a big role to play in the win.
Shane Watson (3/10): Shane Watson was all over the place during his 13-ball stay in the middle and after repeated attempts of edging the ball against Jofra Archer, he finally poked one to the keeper when Ben Stokes took the ball away from him. Couldn’t have been dismissed any other way.
Ambati Rayudu (1/10): It will be a shame if he goes to England for the World Cup and Shreyas Iyer doesn’t. How can you explain this to a kid watching cricket for the first time and want to make a career in it? Rayudu’s dismissal was as bad as his eight-ball innings today.
Suresh Raina (6.5/10): While his short innings might’ve saved the defending champions from blushes, but going back way too far and exposing all three stumps was never the way forward against a pacer. That aside, it was a careful
Kedar Jadhav (3.5/10): Two fours on the first two balls he faced and was back in the hut on the very next ball. This is exactly the length of Kedar Jadhav’s innings today, and he didn’t do enough to help the team out after Watson and Rayudu’s dismissal, especially because the team was in no hurry to score quick runs.
MS Dhoni (8/10): Came at a time when CSK had lost all hope but the skipper led them from the front and in the company of Suresh Raina, and then with Dwayne Bravo. The resurrection act was complete with the yellow army went “Dhoni-Dhoni” at the top of their voice after the CSK skipper completed his half-century.
Dwayne Bravo (8/10): Played a very good part in Chennai Super Kings’ revival from a precarious position and was responsible for the competitive total that the Men in Yellow eventually reached. His last over was pure class as not only did he dismiss Ben Stokes but also buried the demons of his penultimate over, in which he conceded 19 runs, to
Ravindra Jadeja (6/10): A good day with the bat whatever the amount of ball he got to play, an average day with the ball, but Jadeja’s moment of the day must have been that brilliant catch to send Ajinkya Rahane packing. It would be unfair to put the economy rate against him too due to the presence of heavy dew in Chennai, which forced the umpires to change the ball as many as two times in the game.
Mitchell Santner (5/10): It was the worst occasion to make his debut for the franchise as the finger-spinners were having next to no purchase off the surface and then Santner was battered by the Royals’ batsmen. However, he was pretty good on the field at backward point and extra cover and, with Jadeja, he created a very good axis on the off-side.
Deepak Chahar (8.5/10): Dhoni has made it very predictable that he is going to use Deepak Chahar entirely in one go, but it is surprising that no team is being able to crack the code. Chahar deserves massive credit as well for the way he backed his strength and instead of luring the batsmen to play expansive drive, he invited them to be totally uncomfortable with the line. Another economical and impactful spell of pace bowling.
Shardul Thakur (7/10): The Mumbaikar started nicely, dropped his tempo for a bit, picked himself up before losing it yet again. That may seem like a Bollywood narrative, but Thakur would take home the couple of wickets he picked up tonight. Those were important, rather very important in the context of the game, and helped Chennai win the thriller.
Imran Tahir (8.5/10): In a game where dew negated the spinners entirely, Imran Tahir should be credited for the way he brought CSK back in the game. In a match like this, an economy rate of 5.75 is a classic performance on any given day and no matter the result, he should be treating himself with a nice dinner after the game.
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