Shane Watson needed six stitches in his gashed knee after hauling the Chennai Super Kings agonisingly close to Indian Premier League glory.

The Mumbai Indians prevailed in last-ball drama, with Lasith Malinga holding his nerve to trap Shardul Thakur lbw and secure a one-run win.

Watson was run out for 80 in the final over and veteran team-mate Harbhajan Singh revealed he went above and beyond in Hyderabad.

A dark red patch became visible on Watson's right leg during his innings – the only factor that prevented the Australian all-rounder from keeping his struggles entirely under wraps.

"Can you guys see the blood on his knee [?] He got six stitches after the game ... got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone," Harbhajan posted on his Instagram story.

"That's our @srwatson33. Almost pulled it [off] for us."

In a separate post, the off-spinner added: "Respect brother, what a LEGEND. @srwatson33 given (sic) sweat, blood and everything for the team. INSPIRING."

Watson finished the 2019 IPL campaign with 398 runs from his 17 matches at a strike rate of 127.56.

Jasprit Bumrah said Mumbai Indians never doubted their ability to claim a record fourth Indian Premier League title after they dethroned Chennai Super Kings in the most dramatic fashion.

CSK looked set to retain a trophy they have won three times when they needed nine off the last over to reach their victory target of 150 with Shane Watson at the crease.

MS Dhoni's side required four off two deliveries after Watson - man of the match in last year's final having smashed an unbeaten century - was run out for 80 off 59 balls when coming back for a second after he had been dropped twice by Rahul Chahar.

Lasith Malinga held his nerve by trapping Shardul Thakur leg before with a slower-ball yorker off the last delivery to seal victory two years after Mumbai were also crowned champions with a last-ball win.

Man of the match Bumrah, who removed Dwayne Bravo from a penultimate over that cost only nine runs and claimed 2-14, says self-belief was key to Mumbai coming out on top.

"I'm really happy, we always believed in our team," said the India paceman.

"Whenever we are in tough situations we back each other, stay close and have confidence in each and every individual. On a given day anybody can win us the game. It's a great feeling and we are really happy."

Kieron Pollard top scored with 41 not out off only 25 balls to get the Indians up to 149-8 and the all-rounder knew his knock could be decisive.

"These are the games you want to perform in, they are the games that people remember," said the West Indies international.

"Playing in so many finals, you know the most runs you get on the board, pressure is going to be on them. My aim was to try and stay in until the end. Then Bumrah and Malinga bowled brilliantly, taking the game away from CSK."

Lasith Malinga produced an outstanding exhibition of death bowling to secure a dramatic one-run win over Chennai Super Kings and seal a record fourth Indian Premier League title for Mumbai Indians.

Chennai needed only nine runs off the last over to retain their crown and become the first team to win the IPL four times, but Malinga held his nerve to deny MS Dhoni's side.

CSK required four to win off two balls after Shane Watson was run out for 80 having hesitated going for a second as the tension built in the final over in Hyderabad on Sunday.

Shardul Thakur struck the penultimate delivery for two, but was trapped leg before by the ice-cool Malinga off the final ball to spark huge celebrations from the Indians and their supporters.

There was nobody more relieved than Indians teenager Rahul Chahar, who dropped Watson on 42 and 55.

Deepak Chahar, Rahul's cousin, earlier took 3-26 and Imran Tahir claimed 2-23 to restrict Mumbai to 149-8, Kieron Pollard top scoring with 41 not out off 25 balls.

Watson was named man of the match after smashing an unbeaten century in last year's final against Sunrisers Hyderabad and looked set to see CSK home again, but fellow veteran Malinga was the hero on this occasion.

Chennai have now lost three out of four deciders they have played against Mumbai, who were worthy champions after being top at the end of the regular season.

After 56 games in the round-robin stage, plus an eliminator play-off and two qualifiers, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings are the last two left standing in the Indian Premier League.

Both franchises have a fine pedigree when it comes to lifting the trophy; they have combined for six titles between them, including triumphing in three of the previous four seasons.

Mumbai were victorious in 2015 and 2017 but it is Chennai who are the defending champions, MS Dhoni's side overcoming Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2018 final at the Indians' Wankhede Stadium.

However, Rohit Sharma's side have already beaten their opponents in the play-offs this year, as a six-wicket win in the qualifier secured them a place in the final.

Ahead of Sunday's showdown in Hyderabad, we pick out some of the key IPL facts with the help of Opta.

 

7 – Chennai have reached the final in seven of the previous eight seasons they have featured in. They are also looking to register back-to-back titles for a second time, having previously achieved the feat in 2010 and 2011.

3 – Mumbai have been crowned champions in three of the past six seasons. They have never won in successive years, however, and were last triumphant in 2017.

8 – In the last eight meetings between the teams, Chennai have been victorious just once. That run includes three defeats to the Indians in 2019.

1 – There has been one final previously at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Mumbai won on that occasion, beating Rising Pune Supergiant by one run in 2017.

173 – Chennai's Deepak Chahar (173) has registered more dot balls in this year's tournament than any other bowler. Of his 363 deliveries, only nine have been hit for six by opposing batsmen.

24 – Imran Tahir has claimed 24 wickets in 2019, putting him one behind fellow South Africa international Kagiso Rabada at the top of the charts.

84 - Suryakumar Yadav is a man in form with the bat for the Indians. His tally of 84 runs from flicked shots played on the leg side this term is 20 more than any other batsman.

Chennai Super Kings are a win away from successfully defending their Indian Premier League title after easing past Delhi Capitals and into the final courtesy of a six-wicket victory.

The Super Kings strangled the Capitals' batting line-up as Delhi disappointed in the second qualifier, in which they could only post 147-9.

And it was a total that proved easily within the grasp of Chennai, whose cause was aided significantly by excellent batting performances from Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson.

The duo each made half-centuries before Ambati Rayudu (20 not out) guided Chennai over the line with six balls to spare to set up a blockbuster final with Mumbai Indians on Sunday.

Shikhar Dhawan (18 off 14) and Colin Munro (27 off 24) each failed to build on strong starts, the impressive duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo combining to dismiss the latter, who swept to the West Indian at deep square leg.

Delhi captain Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel went within nine balls of each other to leave them 80-5 and, though Rishabh Pant (38 off 25), recovered the situation somewhat, a sub-150 total proved well under par.

Du Plessis and Watson's 81-run opening-wicket stand put the Super Kings in a commanding position they never looked like relinquishing, four leg byes sealing the success.

BRAVO BUILDS THE FOUNDATION

The Super Kings' attack has been superb, throughout the tournament, with spinner Imran Tahir so often the star.

Yet he took something of a backseat as Bravo, Jadeja, Deepak Chahar and Harbhajan Singh each took two wickets apiece.

It was Bravo, though, who was the standout. Eleven of his deliveries were dot balls and he conceded just one boundary in his four overs.


DU PLESSIS & WATSON DO THE DAMAGE

Any hope of the Capitals replicating the Super Kings' bowling display was swiftly taken away by Chennai's top two.

They put on 81 in just 59 balls and there was no reprieve for Delhi even after Du Plessis (50) was caught at deep square leg after hitting seven fours and a six. 

Watson (50) piled further misery on the Capitals, bringing up his 31-ball fifty with a slice for six over long on and, when he holed out from the next delivery he faced, Chennai needed just 39 runs for victory.


CHENNAI EYE REVENGE

Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi all finished on 18 points in progressing to the play-offs, but the Super Kings' progression means the top two will contest the final.

They will need no extra motivation having lost to Mumbai in the first qualifier three days ago, and should be confident of gaining revenge after this emphatic triumph.

Suryakumar Yadav's unbeaten half-century guided Mumbai Indians into a fifth Indian Premier League final as Chennai Super Kings were consigned to a six-wicket defeat.

Defending champions Chennai could only post 131-4 on a surface that had the spinners rubbing their hands together at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday.

Rahul Chahar (2-14) generated sharp turn as the Super Kings were reduced to 32-3, before Ambati Rayudu (42 not out) and MS Dhoni (37no) did their best to get the holders up to a respectable total.

Three-time champions Mumbai – who finished top of the table at the end of the regular season - lost both openers cheaply in reply but made it through to the decider in Hyderabad on May 12.

Yadav made 71 not out from 54 balls to get the 2017 champions home with nine balls to spare, two wickets in as many balls from Imran Tahir (2-33) coming too late in the day for Chennai.

The Super Kings will have another chance to qualify for the final when they take on the winner of the clash between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday.

 

SUPER KINGS LEFT IN A SPIN

Dhoni did not get the start he was looking for after winning the toss and they were in trouble at the end of the mandatory powerplay.

Unsurprisingly, it was spin that did the early damage, Faf du Plessis slapping Chahar's first ball straight to substitute fielder Anmolpreet Singh at point and the in-form Suresh Raina following in the next over.

Krunal Pandya got in on the act by removing Shane Watson and the Super Kings were 65-4 in the 13th over when Murali Vijay (26) was stumped when beaten by a sharply turning delivery from Chahar.

Dhoni struck Lasith Malinga for back-to-back sixes as he and Rayudu attempted to inject some impetus with a stand of 66, but boundaries were hard to come by on such a tricky surface.

 

EARLY STRIKES OFFER HOPE

Deepak Chahar struck with the second ball of the run chase after watching his cousin do the damage in the first innings, trapping Rohit Sharma leg before.

Harbhajan Singh got in on the act by seeing the back of the dangerous Quinton de Kock, reducing their opponents to 21-2 in the fourth over.

Yadav and Ishan Kishan prevented more damage being done with a crucial third-wicket stand that put Mumbai well on course for victory.

 

TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE FROM TAHIR

Mumbai were coasting until Tahir ended the 80-run partnership by bowling Kishan (28) - the leg-spinner then immediately getting Krunal Pandya caught and bowled first ball to round out the 14th over.

Yadav was unperturbed by the losses at the other end, however, bringing up a half-century off 37 balls. He hit his 10th boundary to level the scores before sealing victory in the penultimate over.

Chennai Super Kings missed out on the chance to seal top spot in the Indian Premier League table as Kings XI Punjab cruised to a six-wicket win on Sunday.

Victory in Mohali would have seen the defending champions secure first place, but KL Rahul's superb 71 from just 36 balls helped the hosts overhaul CSK's 170-5 with two overs remaining to finish their season on a high having missed out on a top-four berth.

Faf du Plessis' electric 96 off 55 and Suresh Raina's 53 from 38 formed the foundation of Chennai's total, the pair adding 120 for the second wicket.

But Rahul and Chris Gayle (28) laid on 108 inside 11 overs in their opening stand before Nicholas Pooran made sure there would be no nervy finish.

The Super Kings will still finish top if Kolkata Knight Riders overcome Mumbai Indians later on Sunday and in any event MS Dhoni's men will return home for the qualifier between the leading two sides on Tuesday.

 

FAF TO THE FORE BEFORE KINGS XI FIGHT BACK

Shane Watson's early departure brought Du Plessis and Raina together and it was the South Africa captain who assumed the role of chief aggressor.

Du Plessis launched 10 fours and four sixes in his excellent knock, including taking Andrew Tye for four-four-six to start the 16th.

He fell narrowly short of a century, however – one of four wickets to go down from a final 21 deliveries that delivered just one boundary.

 

RAHUL RUNS RIOT

The India batsman got the Kings XI chase off to a flying start, crashing three of his five sixes inside the first two overs.

And Harbhajan Singh came in for severe punishment in the fourth, which saw Rahul take the spinner for three fours and two more maximums.

Gayle soon got in on the fun, thumping Imran Tahir for four-six-six before he and Rahul perished to Harbhajan (3-57) from successive balls in the 11th to give CSK hope.

That chink of light was soon extinguished, however, as Murali Vijay put down a sitter at point when Pooran was only 13, and the West Indian had made 36 by the time he was dismissed with seven required from a little under four overs.

MS Dhoni returned to action to lead Chennai Super Kings to a dominant 80-run defeat of Delhi Capitals in a clash between the top two in the Indian Premier League.

Captain Dhoni, Faf du Plessis and Ravindra Jadeja all missed the humbling defeat by Mumbai Indians last time out, yet they were back on Wednesday and helped their side return to winning ways.

Du Plessis was not quite at his imperious best and contributed to a slow start, but Dhoni made an unbeaten 44 off 22 late on - after Suresh Raina's 59 - and a total of 179-4 left the Capitals with plenty of work to do.

Although an initially impressive response saw Shreyas Iyer make 44, Delhi lost the last eight wickets for 47 runs to be all out for 99 as Jadeja (3-9) and Imran Tahir (4-12) made hay.

 

SLUGGISH START FROM SUPER KINGS

The Super Kings crawled along at the start of the powerplay, registering just three singles in each of their first three overs, before Shane Watson departed for a nine-ball duck in the fourth.

Chennai improved only to 27-1 by the end of the six-over restrictions and they were 53-1 through 10 overs, seemingly on course for a below-par total.

Raina had arrived to the middle by then, though, and the pace finally picked up when Du Plessis (39) sent Axar Patel to Shikhar Dhawan, allowing Dhoni to dazzle in the closing stages.

DHONI DELIVERS AT CRUCIAL TIME

Raina hit three boundaries in succession shortly before departing in the 15th over, having provided all 15 runs in his brief third-wicket stand with Dhoni.

The scoring simply ramped up from there and Dhoni smashed four fours and three sixes, while Jadeja made 25 from 10, helping the Super Kings hit 53 from the final three overs against a Delhi attack without Kagiso Rabada.

It was a much-needed intervention, too, as the Capitals started in fine fashion, ending the powerplay on a competitive 59-2.

REMARKABLE COLLAPSE ENDS CHASE EARLY

The wicket of Dhawan (19) midway through the sixth over appeared to derail Delhi and their response to losing the opener was to fold in a hurry.

Rishabh Pant (5) and Colin Ingram soon departed (1), while Patel and Sherfane Rutherford went to Tahir in the same over, leaving the score at 83-6.

It became more brutal still when Jadeja saw Dhoni stump both Chris Morris for a first-ball duck and Iyer – who faced 33 deliveries, managing four boundaries as well as a solitary six - as the Capitals lost all composure.

A run out did not aid Delhi as they bowled out with 22 balls remaining to slip two points behind Chennai in the standings.

Chennai Super Kings slipped to a rare home IPL defeat as they missed the chance to book a play-off place against Mumbai Indians.

The Super Kings lead the standings this season but struggled badly with the bat on Friday, coming up 46 runs short in a chase that never truly fired.

Rohit Sharma's 67 had helped the Indians to 155-4 and it quickly became apparent that it would be enough to see off the hosts, who lost in front of their own fans for the first time in 2019.

Murali Vijay top-scored for Chennai with 38, while Mitchell Santner built on an impressive bowling show with a late 22, but they reached a measly 109 before being bowled out in 17.4 overs.

 

SPINNERS STAR FOR SUPER KINGS

The Super Kings were well on top for much of the Indians' innings, with their spin bowlers enjoying economical days.

Harbhajan Singh allowed just 23 runs from his four overs, while New Zealand international Santner produced the most eye-catching figures for Chennai, taking the wickets of Rohit and Evin Lewis (32) for just 13 runs.

Santner's intervention was particularly crucial with Rohit and Lewis having threatened to take control, combining for 75 runs as the former hit a trio of sixes and six fours.

INDIANS START TO TURN TIDE

Mumbai were in a tricky spot after 19 overs, on just 138-4, but 17 runs from the final six balls saw Hardik Pandya (23 not out) and Kieron Pollard (13no) end on a crucial unbroken partnership worth 33.

Vijay dug in as the Super Kings began their reply, yet his team-mates were not so stubborn as wickets tumbled early and often.

Lasith Malinga, Hardik and Krunal Pandya took a wicket apiece as Shane Watson, Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu departed, leaving Chennai 34-3 early on.

MISSING KEY MEN AT CRUCIAL TIME

Without captain MS Dhoni and Faf du Plessis, the Super Kings lacked a leader to rescue them from a tricky situation and Mumbai instead continued to make inroads.

Opener Vijay offered some resistance but finally went, while Malinga claimed a return catch to dismiss Dwayne Bravo for 20 as Chennai struggled to strike a balance between chasing their target and keeping wickets in hand.

The hosts still needed 53 runs from the final three overs but did not even make it to the end of the innings as Santner, hunting boundaries, picked out Pollard to see Malinga finish with 4-37.

Shane Watson ended his barren spell with a brutal knock as Chennai Super Kings returned to the top of the Indian Premier League with a six-wicket defeat of Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Watson's place in the defending champions' side had been called into question due to his lack of runs at the top of the order, but the former Australia all-rounder was CSK's match-winner on Tuesday.

Manish Pandey made 83 not out from only 49 balls and David Warner (57 from 45) made a fifth consecutive half-century as Sunrisers posted 175-3 at MA Chidambaram Stadium.

Watson returned to form with a bang to set up a victory that put the Super Kings above Delhi Capitals at the summit, blasting 96 off just 53 deliveries and passing 8,000 Twenty20 runs in the process.

The powerful Watson struck six sixes and nine fours in his first half-century of the tournament and CSK got home with a ball to spare, two days after suffering a dramatic one-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

 

WARNER AND PANDEY PILE ON RUNS AFTER BAIRSTOW FAILURE

Jonny Bairstow has had an outstanding debut IPL season for Sunrisers, but the England wicketkeeper-batsman was unable to end his participation in the tournament on a high note.

The opener edged Harbhajan Singh through to MS Dhoni for a second-ball duck, but it was business as usual for Warner as he and Pandey put on 115 for the second wicket in 12 overs.

Warner - the leading run-scorer in the 2019 IPL - showed exquisite timing and power, clearing the ropes twice before he was stumped off Harbhajan in the 14th over.

Pandey had overtaken Warner by the time the Australian was dismissed and continued to attack the spinners, hitting three sixes and seven fours in a brilliant innings.

 

WATSON SILENCES THE CRITICS

The Super Kings' run chase got off to a bad start when Faf du Plessis was left shaking his head after being adjudged run out by the third umpire following a direct hit from Deepak Hooda.

CSK had only moved on to 27-1 after five overs, but Suresh Raina (38) added some impetus by taking 22 from the next over off Sandeep Sharma, who almost got Watson for 33 but Bairstow failed to cling on. 

Watson took centre stage after Rashid Khan saw the back of Raina, latching onto anything short as he delivered a barrage of boundaries before being caught behind attempting to hook Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

CSK needed only 13 from the last two overs to win but made hard work of it - Jadhav scampering through for a single after hitting the second ball from the last over from Sandeep into the crowd.

Royal Challengers Bangalore's resurgence continued despite MS Dhoni's heroics as Parthiv Patel's final-ball direct hit earned the Indian Premier League's bottom side a thrilling one-run win over leaders Chennai Super Kings.

Patel (53) had underpinned the Challengers' innings as they made 161-7, with Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo each taking two wickets apiece for Chennai.

Dale Steyn then claimed two dismissals in the opening over of Chennai's innings and, at 28-4 at the end of the powerplay, they had it all to do when Dhoni (84 not out) arrived, yet the 37-year-old dragged his team to the brink of victory with 24 runs off the first five balls of the final over.

That meant Chennai needed two from the final ball to win with Dhoni on strike, yet Umesh Yadav's delivery went through to Patel behind the stumps and he beat Shardul Thakur's dive to run him out, clinching a third win in four for Bangalore.

Du Plessis atones for drop in the field

Dhoni's team started brightly, with Bangalore captain Virat Kohli out in the third over, yet Faf du Plessis looked to have made a costly error when he misjudged AB de Villiers' shot to him at mid off and could only get his fingertips to the ball.

De Villiers appeared in the mood when he reached 25 off 19 balls and he dispatched Jadeja's shorter ball to the long-off boundary, but his compatriot did not put down another chance.

It was one of two catches made by Du Plessis – who has now taken 10 in this year's IPL – though his most impressive act was the role he played in removing Marcus Stoinis (14) as he shovelled the ball up to Dhruv Shorey while falling over the rope to claim a brilliant assist.

Steyn sets the tone again as Dhoni's effort comes up short

Bangalore's dismal start to the IPL campaign owed much to their feeble bowling attack, which has been rejuvenated since Steyn returned in a 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders last time out.

The Challengers had taken only three wickets in the powerplays of their first eight matches, but have now taken seven in their past two, with Steyn (2-29) and Yadav (2-47) laying the foundations again.

Steyn accounted for Shane Watson, who edged to slip, and bowled Suresh Raina in the opening over, while De Villiers took routine catches off Yadav's bowling to dismiss Du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav. That left Chennai 28-4, a position that ultimately proved too much to come back from despite Dhoni's brilliance.

Dhoni reached his half-century off 35 balls with one of his seven sixes. He then dragged his team into a position to triumph with three maximums in the final over – including one that went out of the stadium – but his failure to get bat on ball at the death allowed Patel to be the match-winner instead.

David Warner and Jonny Bairstow led Sunrisers Hyderabad to a six-wicket home win over IPL table-toppers Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

Openers Warner and Bairstow enjoyed a speedy first-wicket stand of 66 in the second innings to do the heavy lifting in a straightforward chase, having been set an underwhelming target of 136.

The Super Kings keenly felt the absence of captain MS Dhoni, out with a back problem, and Faf du Plessis' knock of 45 was the best they could manage in a frustrating batting effort.

Warner then made 50 and Bairstow (61 not out) was left at the crease to clinch a win that long seemed a formality, carrying his bat and sealing victory with a six.

 

OPENERS BUILD MOMENTUM

Stand-in Super Kings skipper Suresh Raina's decision to bat first looked to have backfired four overs into the powerplay as they tallied just 15 runs.

But then Shane Watson (31) and Du Plessis roared into life, building a partnership of 79 that included seven fours and three maximums - the latter all coming at the South African's hand.

The Sunrisers were therefore in dire need of a breakthrough when one finally arrived in the 10th over as Shahbaz Nadeem's delivery fizzed under Watson's bat, before Du Plessis sent Vijay Shankar behind and into the hands of Bairstow soon afterwards.

SUNRISERS IN CONTROL

Those wickets completely changed the momentum of the match as the Super Kings never really recovered, losing both Raina (13) and Kedar Jadhav (1) lbw to Rashid Khan in the same over.

Without Dhoni to inspire the middle order, Chennai finished on a measly 132-5 thanks to some economical bowling.

The visitors' problems became worse still when Warner and Bairstow hit the ground running, making 66 - just shy of half their target - before the former's departure late in the powerplay.

BAIRSTOW SEES OUT VICTORY

His batting partners at the other end of the crease scored slowly and did not always stick around long - Kane Williamson scored three, Shankar seven and Deepak Hooda 13 - but the Super Kings could not shift Bairstow.

The England man faced down 44 deliveries and never looked like departing, making 61 with three fours and three sixes.

It was a maximum that secured the win with 19 balls remaining, sending Karn Sharma over the rope for a surprisingly routine result against one of the league's top sides.

Imran Tahir's four-wicket haul preceded a classy fifty from Suresh Raina as the Chennai Super Kings defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in a top-of-the-table Indian Premier League clash.

Veteran spinner Tahir returned his best IPL figures of 4-27 as the Knight Riders were limited to 161-8 at Eden Gardens.

The recalled Chris Lynn made 82 of those for KKR but the supporting cast failed to supplement his efforts as the home side left an attainable target.

Sunil Narine (2-19) and Piyush Chawla (2-32) did their bit to restrict high-flying Chennai and the loss of MS Dhoni in the 15th over left the visitors 121-5 with 26 balls remaining.

Raina - who was unbeaten on 58 - remained a composed figure, though, and his sixth-wicket partnership with Ravindra Jadeja proved crucial for table-topping CSK, who have lost just once in eight matches.


'Lynnsanity' in full swing 

Lynn played like a man with a point to prove after being dropped for the defeat to the Delhi Capitals last time out.

The big-hitting Australian smacked six sixes and seven fours in an electric 51-ball knock, which looked like it would take KKR towards the 180 mark.

Unfortunately, no one was really in the mood to stick around with him and Tahir had plenty of reason to celebrate…


Terrific Tahir tears through KKR

Tahir had already made Nitish Rana (21) hole out to Faf du Plessis by the time the same combination sent Robin Uthappa packing for a duck, with the South African pouching a rip-roaring catch on the run from long-off.

But it was Tahir's dismissal of the dangerous Lynn – ending a 42-run stand with Dinesh Karthik – in the 15th over that was pivotal, the opener swinging one to Shardul Thakur in the deep.

Andre Russell smacked Tahir over long-on in the same over. But from the next ball the West Indian dangerman put a shorter one into the hands of substitute fielder Dhruv Shorey, much to the delight of the bowler.


Raina steers CSK home

It was not always a textbook chase for Chennai as a steady flow of wickets kept KKR in the hunt.

Raina and Dhoni put on 40 for the fifth wicket until the latter, fined for entering the field after a no-ball controversy against Rajasthan Royals last time out, was trapped leg before by Narine.

But Raina, whose 42-ball knock included seven fours and a maximum, was kept company by Jadeja (31) as the duo put on 41 to seal victory with two balls to spare.

MS Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fee after breaking the Indian Premier League's Code of Conduct in Chennai Super Kings' thrilling win over Rajasthan Royals.

The India great became the first captain to rack up 100 IPL wins after Mitchell Santner whacked a last-ball six to earn a thrilling four-wicket triumph in Jaipur.

However, in a final over of the highest drama, Dhoni was bowled by a Ben Stokes yorker but soon came back onto the pitch to remonstrate with umpires after a no ball was contentiously revoked following a high one from the England all-rounder against Santner.

The IPL said via a statement: "MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the VIVO Indian Premier League's [IPL] Code of Conduct during his team's match against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur.

"Mr Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction."

The fine takes some of the shine off his performance for the table-topping Super Kings, with Dhoni having contributed 58 off 43 to his team's winning cause.

Mitchell Santner whacked a mammoth six off the last ball in a final over of the highest drama as Chennai Super Kings won a barnstorming Indian Premier League contest against Rajasthan Royals by four wickets.

A 95-run stand from Ambati Rayudu (57) and MS Dhoni (58) had the Super Kings seemingly coasting to their target of 152.

But a brilliant running catch from Shreyas Gopal ended Rayudu's knock off Ben Stokes' bowling to stem the momentum and Chennai were left needing 18 off the final six.

A dramatic final over saw Dhoni bowled by a Stokes yorker, but the captain was soon back on the field to vent his anger that a high one delivered to Santner was not called as a no ball.

However, Dhoni - who becomes the first captain to chalk up 100 IPL wins - saw his frown turn upside down when Santner launched Stokes for six over long on to extend the Super Kings' lead at the top of the table and leave the Royals with a single win to their name.

CENTURION JADEJA AND SANTNER KEEP ROYALS IN CHECK

Bar a swift 23 off 10 balls from Jos Buttler, few from the top-to-middle order impressed for the Royals.

Ravindra Jadeja kept the Royals' run-rate in check and the second of his wickets, which saw Steve Smith slog-sweep to Rayudu at midwicket, saw him rack up a 100th IPL scalp.

Santner's 1-25 also helped play a part and it was left to Gopal's entertaining 19 off seven to take the Royals to 151-7 after Stokes had hit 28 off 26.

 

RAYUDU AND DHONI LEAD RECOVERY

A top-order collapse saw Shane Watson (0), Suresh Raina (4), Faf Du Plessis (7) and Kedar Jadhav (1) depart – the latter via an astonishing Stokes catch plucked to his left at backwards point – to leave the Super Kings reeling on 24-4.

But Rayudu smacked three sixes and two fours off just 47 balls, with Dhoni racking up the same boundaries off 43 to turn the tide.

STUNNING FINALE

Rayudu's wicket completely altered the match and it looked as though the Royals would take the win before a final over for the IPL ages.

It started with Jadeja falling over as he smacked smack a six straight back over Stokes' head, before Dhoni's dismissal looked like the final nail in the visitors' coffin.

An angry confrontation for the revoked no ball further worsened Dhoni's mood until Santner's last-gasp slog sealed a memorable win.

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