MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the best finishers in the history of the game, and the opposition can never relax until he is at the crease, even if the odds are stacked strongly against Dhoni’s side. On Thursday, the former Chennai Super Kings captain helped CSK upset Mumbai Indians by three wickets at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai. Dhoni scored 28 runs off 13 balls, including 16 runs off the final four balls of the game, to help CSK cross the finish line.
When Ambati Rayudu was bowled by Daniel Sams in the 15th over of the innings, Dhoni came out to bat. Initially, he was playing run-a-ball, but when Dwaine Pretorius was bowled in the penultimate over, Dhoni took it upon himself to get CSK over the line in style. Dhoni hit three fours and one six in his innings.
Dhoni smashed Jaydev Unadkat down the ground for a six with the equation reading 16 off 4 balls. Unadkat threw a slower bouncer on the next ball, but Dhoni was on the backfoot and placed his draw shot over short fine leg.
Dhoni first sprinted for a double on the final two deliveries, and then, with four required off the final delivery, the CSK wicketkeeper-batter finished it off with a boundary.
Unadkat bowled a low full-toss, which Dhoni blasted for a four as he hobbled across the field. There was no fielder in the deep for the Mumbai Indians, and fine leg was up.
Mumbai Indians were reduced to 155/7 earlier in the innings when CSK bowler Mukesh Choudhary returned with three wickets. Tilak Varma top-scored for MI with a 51-ball innings that included three fours and two sixes.
CSK now has four points and is ranked ninth in the points standings after this victory. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, are at the bottom of the table after losing all seven of their games.
The Mumbai Indians became the first IPL team to lose all seven of their games.