Chennai Super Kings 175 for 5 (MS Dhoni 75*, Raina 36, Archer 2-17) beat Rajasthan Royals 167 for 8 (Stokes 46, Tripathi 39, Chahar 2-19, Tahir 2-23) by eight runs
Chennai: Captain Cool MS Dhoni slammed a brilliant unbeaten 75 off 46 balls before Imran Tahir and Dwayne Bravo proved their worth in gold as Chennai Super Kings edged Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs to continue their unbeaten run the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 here on Sunday (March 31).
Chasing a par total of 176, the Rajasthan made a royal mess out of themselves in the death overs as Dhoni once again showed his why he's called the master strategist.
Dhoni read the situation brilliantly and executed his plans to perfection to deny the visiting team their maiden win the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings made one change to their Playing XI on Sunday as they took on Rajasthan Royals at home, replacing off-spinner Harbhajan Singh with Mitchell Santner.
Chennai got off to a dreadful start as Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav departed early leaving CSK tottering at 27/3 in 4.5 overs.
However, MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina added 61 runs for the fourth wicket, before the latter was removed by Jaydev Unadkat on 36.
Despite losing four wickets, skipper MS Dhoni kept things moving as he produced a well-calculated half-century to help CSK post 175/5 in 20 overs.
In response to CSK’s 175, Rajasthan Royals got off to a dreadful start as the visitors lost three wickets inside four overs.
However, Rahul Tripathi along with Steve Smith tried to bring the Rajasthan chase back on track as the pair added 61 runs for the fourth wicket.
Tripathi was caught and bowled on 39, while Smith could only manage 28 off 30 balls.
With 44 required in the last three overs, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer added 19 runs in the 18th over bowled by Dwayne Bravo.
Stokes and Archer’s late surge went in vain as CSK win by eight runs.