IPL 2022, CSK vs MI: From ‘Greatest last over Hitter of all time’ to ‘Ultimate Finisher’, hails MS Dhoni

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Modified Apr 21, 2022 11:53 PM IST

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The former India captain turned back the clock to script another famous win for his side against a beleaguered Mumbai Indians. It was yet another heart-stopping finish between the two rivals in the history of the IPL, that saw Dhoni hit a four off the last ball of the game to take his team home. Dhoni (28 not out off 13) batted like the finisher of his heydays to help CSK get the required 17 runs off the final over to win their second game of the season and extend Mumbai Indians’ winless streak this season to seven games.

Mi Vs Csk Live: मुंबई ने बनाए 155 रन, चेन्नई को तीसरे ओवर में लगा दूसरा  झटका, सैंटनर पवेलियन लौटे - Cricket News In Hindi
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The 40-year-old smashed a six and four off the third and fourth ball off Jaydev Unadkat before maintaining his calm to put one past short-fine leg for the match-winning boundary, leaving the bowler and the rest of his Mumbai teammates shattered. CSK were up against it with 48 runs off the last 24 balls and four wickets in hand but Dhoni with the help of Dwaine Pretorius (22 off 14 balls) ensured his team got over the line in an absolute humdinger.

With this win, CSK continue to fight for yet another day and keep their playoffs hopes alive while MI is all but out of the race now as the Rohit Sharma-led side will have to win all the games and pray the other nine teams perform badly in their remaining league fixtures. While MI’s miseries continued to pile up despite putting up a good all-round show in the game as their bowlers and middle-order batters fought hard to make a contest out of nowhere. MI’s much-vaunted top-order collapsed early in their innings however the heroics of young Tilak Varma and others helped them post a respectable 155 for 6.

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Dhoni finishing for CSK, well used to this combination-experts

For CSK, young left-arm pacer Mukesh Choudhary was the star as he picked up three wickets in the powerplay to rattle MI’s batting order. The Rajasthan pacer was adjudged the player of the match for turning things around so early for his team. But MS Dhoni’s pyrotechnics and his ability to keep his mind cool even during the tensest of situations stole the show. The 40-year-old was once again hailed as the best finishers of all time as Twitterati doffed their hats for his ability to finish the game. Here’s who said what.

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Five-time champions bagged this dubious record after Chennai Super Kings defeated Rohit Sharma-led side by three wickets at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. MI surpassed the earlier joint record of Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) and Royal Challengers Bangalore who started off with six defeats each in 2013 and 2019 respectively. MI’s much-vaunted top-order collapsed early in their innings however the heroics of young Tilak Varma and others helped them post a respectable 155 for 6.

This is also the 11th instance of a side losing seven matches in a row in IPL but the first time a team that had previously won the IPL title endured the ignominy. Talking about the match, CSK won the toss and followed the trend in this year’s tournament of bowling first. Mukesh Choudhary of CSK dismissed the openers for a duck in the very first over. After this, MI fought hard with the help of Tilak Varma’s 51 off 43 and managed to put up a total of 155.

MI also started by taking the CSK opener for a duck after which the steady partnership from Uthappa (30 off 25) and Rayudu (40 off 35) got the team nearer to the target. The quick cameo from Pretorius(22 from 14) was very crucial in the end and the classic finisher MS Dhoni(28* off 13) finished the match with a boundary of the last ball.