In a nail biting match against the Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni, the Rajasthan Royals won by three runs on the penultimate ball. The Royals knew it would be difficult to compete against MS Dhoni and company in their stronghold as they faced off at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
In spite of this, the Sanju Samson-led team won in a thrilling contest by giving it their all. The see-sawing contest saw CSK and RR share moments of control during certain occasions which eventually led to match going down the wire.
Rajasthan scored 175 runs, with the first batter Jos Buttler scoring 52 runs, Devdutt Padikkal scoring 38 runs, and Ravichandran Ashwin scoring 30 runs. Shimron Hetmyer, who batted lower in the order, quickly scored 30* runs off 18 balls, including two maximums and two fours.
In response, Chennai consistently lost wickets, which put pressure on the rest of the team. However, MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja's explosive batting abilities allowed them to control the game right up till the final ball. Despite this, Sandeep Sharma showed his mettle with a fantastic yorker on the last ball, ending CSK's pursuit and giving his team the vital two points.
Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 175-8 in 20 overs (Jos Buttler 52, Devdutt Padikkal 38, Ravindra Jadeja 2-21) beat Chennai Super Kings 172-6 in 20 overs (Devon Conway 50, MS Dhoni 32*, Ravichandran Ashwin 2-25, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-27) by 3 runs