An edge-of-the-seat thriller in Jaipur saw Chennai Super Kings (CSK) beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) on the final ball of the game courtesy a six from Mitchell Santner off Ben Stokes. Chasing 152 runs to win, CSK were reduced to 24/4 before MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu put up a resurrection play. Dhoni was cleaned up in an eventful final over by Ben Stokes but Santner kept his cool amidst a squabble over an umpiring decision and smoked the last ball for six to win Chennai the game.
A controversy-marred final over saw yet another umpiring blunder. After Dhoni was cleaned up by a toe-crusher from Stokes, the game appeared all but over for Chennai Super Kings. But Mitchell Santner was greeted by a full toss above the waist, which the umpire at the bowler’s end, Ulhas Gandhi, called a no-ball. His colleague, Bruce Oxenford, though over-ruled the call and declared it wasn’t a no-ball, much to Chennai’s dismay. In the fracas that ensued, MS Dhoni walked out to the middle, clearly unimpressed by the umpiring.
A player from outside walking in to express dissent over an umpiring decision should surely qualify for a sanction and Dhoni was later docked 50 per cent of his match fees as the law states that “arguing or entering into a prolonged discussion with the Umpire about his decision” (Article 2.1.5 (h)) is not tolerated.
Amidst all this clamour, CSK still needed four to win off the final ball and Mitchell Santner sealed the game with a towering six over long-on to make the controversial umpiring call redundant. Ben Stokes was at the receiving end of yet another heist in the final over and CSK romped home for their sixth win of the season.