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Twitter Reactions: Calm-headed MS Dhoni scripts another thrilling win for CSK

Mitchell Santner smacked a six in the last ball to take the visitors over the line.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) went from strength to strength in this edition’s Indian Premier League (IPL). The team, captained by MS Dhoni, was in trouble during the run-chase, nevertheless, won by four wickets in the last delivery. Subsequently, they strengthened their position at the top of the points table. In the meantime, the Royals’ campaign in the tournament went from bad to worse.

Royals huff and puff

The Super Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first and the Royals ended up scoring 151 for seven in 20 overs. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler played their strokes freely, but both perished in quick succession. Even as Buttler fell prey to Shardul Thakur after getting 23 runs off 10 balls, Rahane was trapped in front by Deepak Chahar. Mitchell Santner got rid of Sanju Samson in his very first over.

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Even Steve Smith and Rahul Tripathi got into the double figures only to be nipped out by Ravindra Jadeja. From RR’s perspective, no one could go and score big. However, everyone chipped in with useful scores in the lower order that helped RR to the competitive total. Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal churned out short, yet vital contributions of 28, 16, 13 and 19 respectively.

Chennai prevail in the cliffhanger

The Super Kings got off to a horrendous start as CSK slumped to 24 for four in 5.5 overs. Dhawal Kulkarni knocked over Shane Watson to strike first blood. Thereafter, Suresh Raina got out to a direct throw from Jofra Archer. Faf du Plessis was nipped out by Jaydev Unadkat. Then Archer came to the party and pinned Kedar Jadhav. After the stutter, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni took the onus on themselves.

The duo added 95 runs in 71 balls to inject momentum into the innings and most importantly, got the visitors to a decent position. Ben Stokes removed Rayudu after he scored 57 runs from 47 balls with two fours and three sixes. Dhoni scored a half-century, but a superlative Yorker from Stokes dismissed him. After his wicket, Mitchell Santner got CSK home with an over-boundary over long-on off Stokes.

Here is how Twitter reacted

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