Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by 1 run at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
Chasing 162 runs, CSK were off to a poor start as they were reduced to 28/4 in 5.5 overs. Dale Steyn was the wrecker-in-chief as he dismissed Shane Watson (5) and Suresh Raina (0) off successive balls.
Faf du Plessis (5) also perished soon. However, a 55-run stand between Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni revived CSK in the run-chase. Rayudu was dismissed for 29. Even Ravindra Jadeja (11) and Dwayne Bravo (5) failed to stand by Dhoni.
26 runs were needed off the last over, and Dhoni came to the party, demolished Umesh, but Parthiv Patel pulled off a run out in the last ball to save RCB.
Dhoni remained unbeaten on 84 off 48. His innings included 5 fours and 7 sixes.
Earlier, RCB scored 161/7 in 20 overs.
Here’s how cricketing world reacted:
That was special from Dhoni. 26 needed of the last over and nearly pulling it off. #RCBvCSK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) April 21, 2019
— Mandeep Singh (@mandeeps12) April 21, 2019
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) April 21, 2019
No surprises @parthiv9 comes up clutch at the end. Consistently practices throwing down the stumps in his preparation. How good! 👏👏
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) April 21, 2019
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) April 21, 2019
Is there anyone better than MS Dhoni in world cricket when it comes to being there & finish off games ? It's not just about striking, it's about backing himself & being calculative. Top innings from him. Unfortunate to have lost by 1 run but Bloody Brilliant @ChennaiIPL #RCBvCSK
— Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) April 21, 2019
We really are being treated to some special cricket in this seasons, @IPL.
— Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) April 21, 2019
It would be nice to be a fly on the wall in the @RCBTweets dressing room. Starting the match from a must win situation to winning on the last ball. Yet again a last over finish for them. Phew!!! All @IPL #RCBvCSK
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) April 21, 2019
Uff! Some game! Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scripts.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 21, 2019
Wow! What a fantastic game of cricket #RCBvCSK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) April 21, 2019
What a knock by @msdhoni , you just feel for him after being so close yet so far! almost pulled of a miracle but now the cracks in CSKs batting is clear, need someone to support him up the order. What a match in the end #CSKvsRCB #Ipl2019
— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) April 21, 2019
What an innings by @msdhoni, what a breathtaking finish, and what a win for RCB!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 21, 2019
Oh my god!!!!! What an end to a game! #RCBvCSK
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) April 21, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 21, 2019
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019
Wattaa game… real thriller #RCBvsCSK
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) April 21, 2019
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) April 21, 2019