New Zealand’s Mitchell Santner smashed Ben Stokes into the stands off the final delivery to guide Chennai Super Kings to a thrilling four wicket victory in a high-voltage Indian Premier League match that saw a very public outburst from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
CSK recorded their sixth win in seven games as they made a rough weather of a modest 152 run target before Santner’s six sealed in a dramatic final over, where CSK needed 18 runs.
Dhoni scored 58 off 43 and added 95 with Ambati Rayudu (57 off 47 balls) for the fifth wicket. However, Stokes got him with a yorker and a clear waist high no-ball to Santner was ruled out by umpire Ulhas Gandhe with three balls left in the match.
A no-ball decision that was revoked by square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford drew an angry reaction from Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni, who walked into the playing arena to seek clarification from the two standing umpires during the tense finish to the game against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
The incident occurred on the fourth delivery of the final over bowled by Ben Stokes with CSK needing 8 from 3. Stokes’s attempted slower ball turned into a full toss and called a no-ball by umpire Ulhas Gandhe but the decision was changed after consulting square-leg umpire Bruce Oxenford.
With CSK batsmen Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja running two, the equation should have reduced to 5 off 3 with a free-hit to follow, but Oxenford, the umpire at square leg, overruled the original decision, drawing a furious response from the CSK dugout.
At this point Dhoni – who was in the dugout – stormed into the field and confronted both the umpires, asking them for the reason to reverse the decision. Quite a few Rajasthan players also got involved in what was a heated discussion.
Ultimately, the delivery was deemed legal but replays suggested it was a waist high no-ball. In the end, Santner smashed a six off the last ball to help his side to victory.
In the pandemonium that followed, a possibly unprecedented act (at this level, at least, notwithstanding questions over whether the IPL is or isn’t club cricket by definition) took place. MS Dhoni, who had been dismissed off the previous ball, stormed onto the field to remonstrate with the umpires.
Here’s the video:
I have never seen #dhoni like this…!!
— Avnish upadhyay (@its_av_nish) April 11, 2019
MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 percent of his match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct.
MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings captain, was fined 50 percent 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,” said a media release from IPL.