Fans were witness to some spectacular scenes at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Thursday as the Chennai Super Kings scored a sensational victory over the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL. Perhaps the most unprecedented of the lot was MS Dhoni - Captain Cool - storming on to the field over a no-ball that wasn't given.
It had been a barnstormer of a match, especially the final few overs, as CSK attempted to chase down the Royals' 151-run target. Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni had held firm for the away team, each scoring a half-century and putting up a key partnership to keep their side in the match.
Rayudu was caught out eventually, however, leaving Dhoni and Jadeja as the pinch-hitters. Dhoni took the lead but was hit on the head by a 143 kmph bouncer by Jofra Archer. While he didn't react to the impact immediately, he did appear to feel it later on, visibly tiring between balls and once even requiring a significant breather. After an extraordinary Ravindra Jadeja six to set things up nicely for the Chennai Super Kings, Dhoni was clean-bowled by Ben Stokes - but that wasn't the last time that match that he'd take the field.
Just a few balls later, Stokes bowled what can only be described as a beamer - his wild full-toss being met by Santner at full height. While umpire Ulhas Gandhe was about to signal the delivery as a non-bell, Bruce Oxenford, standing at square leg, said it was a legitimate delivery. Seeing this, Santner and Ravindra Jadeja got into an argument with the umpires. With the match tilting towards the Rajasthan Royals, an incandescent MS Dhoni marched onto the field.
Dhoni went to the umpires gesticulating, clearly asking for the ball to be declared invalid. Stokes went to challenge him, with Dhoni firing back. However, the CSK captain's efforts didn't work.
That was hardly the end of the drama, however, as Stokes' final ball turned out to be a wide, and as he tried again, Santner slogged him for six, sealing a dramatic win - CSK's sixth in seven matches.
Following the match, Dhoni was fined 50% of his match fees for breaching the IPL code of conduct.
"Dhoni admitted to the Level 2 offence 2.20 of the IPL's Code of Conduct and accepted the sanction," a statement said.