Former West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo struck twice in a brilliant final over as Chennai Super Kings held their nerve to beat Jofra Archer’s Rajasthan Royals by eight runs, and notch their third win in as many matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here yesterday.
Playing at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Royals started the final over requiring 12 runs in order to pull off their first win of the new season, in pursuit of 176.
But medium pacer Bravo removed the dangerous Ben Stokes for 46 off 26 deliveries off the first ball of the over, the England all-rounder slicing a low full toss to Suresh Raina at cover.
Bravo then conceded just two runs from the next three deliveries before having Shreyas Gopal taken at third man off the game’s penultimate ball, without scoring, to all but end Royals’ bid.
Archer, who finished on 24 not out from 11 balls, had earlier hauled Royals back into the contest courtesy of a 44-run, seventh-wicket stand with Stokes, after the visitors found themselves in trouble at 120 for six in the 17th over.
Rahul Tripathi stroked 39, and former Australia Captain Steve Smith, 28, as Royals rebounded from 14 for three in the fourth over.
Bravo finished two for 32, one of four bowlers to pick up a brace of wickets.