20 | 24 Runs 1 Wkt | CSK: 160/8 (2 runs required, RR: 8.00)

  • Shardul Thakur0 (0b)
  • Umesh Yadav4-0-47-2
  • Navdeep Saini4-0-24-1

That's all from our side. See you soon.

P.S.Ashok: "Ashwin effect - Final ball, had Thakur taken off a bit early, CSK Vs RCB tonight would have gone to the super over."

Parthiv Patel, the Man of the Match: I think it was great the way we started. The ball was sticking on to the wicket but we soon realised it wasn't a 200-run wicket. I have been batting well, was talking to coaches. I chose my bowlers and took singles off the others. Last ball, I knew there was only chance if they get beaten. We were trying to let Umesh bowl outside off, and I had my gloves off and luckily it came off well.

Virat Kohli, the RCB captain: A whole lot of emotions. We thought we were outstanding with the ball till the 19th over mark. To be very honest, that was the last thing I would have expected. But anything can happen in the game of cricket. MS did what he does well and gave us a scare. The ball wasn't coming on to the bat but the way PP and AB started, and then we lost AB and then a couple of wickets more, and we thought we were 15 short. Well looking at this game in hindsight, you can say Moeen should have batted higher. Having one game left for him in the season, he might come up and enjoy himself. Saini understands his strengths and limitations and was outstanding. [On the last ball] If you don't have confidence, nothing works. It was outstanding from Parthiv to think it could come down to a run-out as well.

Time for presentation.

MS Dhoni: "We did really well to restrict RCB below par. I think it was more of a calculation mistake that we lost wickets early on. T20 is all about taking risks, but you can still calculate. I think it was still difficult at death if you bowl that back of the length. It was slightly spongy, it wasn't coming on to the bat. A lot of boundaries were needed, right now you can calculate, one run there, and two runs there and we just lost by one run. But you can also say we missed some boundaries."

Santosh battula: "This match was like anti climax of Nidahas trophy final.. Lucky that I was on the correct end both the times. "

Yuzvendra Chahal: The idea was to bowl stump to stump. The last ball how Umesh backed himself, and Parthiv ran out, he kept his calm and that's why we won the match. I am really enjoying my bowling, mixing my pace.

11:50 pm What a game we have had here. Dhoni almost pulled off a Houdini-like escape but missed out on the last ball when all the pressure was on the bowling side. Should have he taken those singles with Bravo? But that's not how MSD bats.

Yadav to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni looks to steer it behind point and misses but they go for the bye. Shardul sprints towards the other end, Parthiv Patel hits the stumps direct, Shardul dives but cannot make it. Coming to the ball, it was a length ball outside off, looked like an offcutter, and bounced once more before reaching Parthiv, who was waiting for it with his right glove off

SN Thakur run out (†Patel) 0 (8m 0b 0x4 0x6)

2 needed off the last ball. One for the Super Over

Yadav to Dhoni, SIX runs, another six. A full toss on the stumps and Dhoni has pulled it between deep square leg and deep midwicket. Dhoni is pulling it off here. Nothing is beyond this man

8 off 2 now

Yadav to Dhoni, 2 runs, a low full toss on the stumps, Dhoni hits it towards deep square leg and sprints back for the second
Yadav to Dhoni, SIX runs, fuller around off and Dhoni has gone over long-off there. But wait, AB jumps in the air, you cannot time your jump better, gets his right hand to it but cannot latch on and it goes over the boundary line

16 off 4.

Yadav to Dhoni, SIX runs, that has gone out of the stadium. Another short of length outside off and Dhoni just smashes it into the outer space

22 off 5. Stoinis goes back to deep square leg

Yadav to Dhoni, FOUR runs, short of length outside off, Dhoni manages to pull it towards deep square leg, Negi from deep midwicket cannot reach there in time

26 needed off 6. Umesh to bowl

Devesh: "Unless Umesh balls a no-ball, RCB have this one in the pocket"

19 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | CSK: 136/7 (26 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.15, RRR: 26.00)

  • MS Dhoni60 (42b)
  • Navdeep Saini4-0-24-1
  • Dale Steyn4-0-29-2

Shaber: "Gotta question Dhoni, refusing the single THREE times... facepalm"

Khan : "I am one of the biggest fan of Dhoni, but not while he is batting. He proved me right again by insulting Bravo"

Saini to Bravo, OUT, length outside off, Bravo looks to pull it away but gets an outside edge that flies towards Parthiv who leaps off and takes it with both hands

DJ Bravo c †Patel b Saini 5 (16m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Fahim M: "Bravo is also a finisher why deny him a chance to finish ??"

Saini to Dhoni, 1 run, length outside off, once again Dhoni can hit it only towards Steyn at long-off, takes the single this time
Saini to Dhoni, no run, length ball outside off, smashes it towards long-off, but doesn't take the single
Saini to Dhoni, 2 runs, length ball on the stumps, Dhoni looks to go over the bowler's head but doesn't middle it, Kohli from long-on cuts it off and throws it towards the keeper's end. Dhoni makes it by the time the ball reaches Parthiv, Bravo on the other hand was struggling though


Saini to Dhoni, (no ball) SIX runs, short of length outside off, and Dhoni uppercuts it over short third man and it sails all the way. And also, Saini has overstepped here. A free-hit coming up but moreover, an extra ball
Saini to Dhoni, no run, short of length outside off, looks to pull it over wide long-on, doesn't time it and the ball rolls towards long-on. Refuses the single again
Saini to Dhoni, no run, short of length outside off, cuts it hard towards sweeper cover, only a single available there and Dhoni denies it

36 off 12. Umesh has one left and so has Saini. And it's Saini to bowl

18 | 13 Runs | CSK: 126/6 (36 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 18.00)

  • Dwayne Bravo5 (3b)
  • MS Dhoni51 (36b)
  • Dale Steyn4-0-29-2
  • Navdeep Saini3-0-14-0
Steyn to Bravo, 2 runs, length again, on the hips, Bravo flicks it uppishly towards the right of deep midwicket, this time they get the second run
Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, another slower one, length ball on the stumps, turns it towards midwicket with his wrists, Steyn sprints to stop the second run, Dhoni also sort of slips while turning around and sends his partner back
Steyn to Dhoni, SIX runs, length outside off, Dhoni stands in his crease and smashes it over long-on with all the nonchalance in this world. Was an offcutter from Steyn. Gets to his fifty as well
Steyn to Bravo, 1 run, length again, on the pads this time, Bravo misses out and can flick it only towards short fine leg
Steyn to Bravo, 2 runs, length around off, Bravo stays back and punches it towards deep extra cover for a couple

Ramanan: "What's the point of sending Bravo in at number 8? Jaddu's run-a-ball knock might have cost CSK this match."

Steyn to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball around off, Dhoni pushes it towards deep extra cover for one

49 needed off 18. Steyn to bowl

17 | 8 Runs 1 Wkt | CSK: 113/6 (49 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.64, RRR: 16.33)

  • MS Dhoni43 (33b)
  • Dwayne Bravo0 (0b)
  • Navdeep Saini3-0-14-0
  • Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-24-1
Saini to Dhoni, 1 run, short of length outside off, Dhoni comes down the track and hits it towards long-off, doesn't time it well
Saini to Dhoni, FOUR runs, short of length outside off, Dhoni throws his hands at it, gets a thick outside edge that runs between the keeper and short third man

Bravo is the new man

Saini to Dhoni, OUT, short of length outside off, Dhoni goes for the pull but mistimes it towards short midwicket, Dhoni sets off, Jadeja commits before Dhoni decides against it, Saini is quick to the ball and does the wise thing by running up to the stumps and dislodging the bails to find Jadeja stranded mid-pitch

RA Jadeja run out (Saini) 11 (19m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 91.66

Sujit: "A most predictable last ball six by Dhoni of Chahal given the run rate pressure. If ever Chahal needed to bowl wide of offstump it was this ball!"

Saini to Jadeja, 1 run, fuller this time, just outside off, Jadeja clears his front leg and looks to smash, cannot beat mid-off

Super Kings 2nd innings Partnerships

1st6SR WatsonF du Plessis
2nd0SK RainaF du Plessis
3rd11AT RayuduF du Plessis
4th11AT RayuduKM Jadhav
5th55MS DhoniAT Rayudu
6th25MS DhoniRA Jadeja
7th28MS DhoniDJ Bravo
8th24MS DhoniSN Thakur