The stage was set for a dramatic finish at Chepauk as MS Dhoni faced 21 off six balls. After two wides, Sandeep Sharma's yorker was followed by two massive leg-side sixes by Dhoni.
Dhoni led CSK for his 200th IPL game and almost scripted a fairytale win, but Sandeep's perfect yorker sealed a 3-run victory for Rajasthan Royals, putting them at the top of the table.
Super Kings faced a daunting task of 54 runs from 18 balls with new batsmen Jadeja and Dhoni. However, Dhoni hit a four and a six before Jadeja smashed 19 runs off Holder's over.
Yashasvi Jaiswal hit two fours in the first over, but Tushar Deshpande got him out. Devdutt Padikkal was promoted to No. 3 as Royals maintained the left-right combination.