Before the start of the match against Delhi Capitals, MS Dhoni was a big doubt for the clash. On the eve of the game, head coach Stephen Fleming had said that a call would be taken on Dhoni right before the toss. Well, the Chennai Super Kings did make his comeback to the playing eleven after missing the clash against Mumbai Indians and showcased his worth again. The 37-year old walked in to bat when the Super Kings were reeling at 87 for 2 in the 14th over.
Dhoni then slammed an unbeaten knock of 44 off just 22 balls to help Super Kings finish on a daunting 179 for 4. The wicketkeeper-batsman turned on the heat in the last two overs, helping his side collect as many as 39 runs including 21 from the last over bowled by Trent Boult. The score turned out to be more than enough in the end as Delhi Capitals were all out for just 99. Dhoni had impressed with the wicketkeeping gloves too, stumping Chris Morris and Shreyas Iyer inside an over to end Delhi’s hopes. With the win, Super Kings took their tally to 9 wins from 13 games and sealed their place in the top two.
Speaking at the end of the game, Dhoni spoke on how he hits the ball so well in the death overs.
“I watch the ball and hit the ball. I think by 20th over you are almost ready and you swing at everything. It’s easier for somebody who has played 10 or 15 deliveries than somebody who has just come in to bat. It was holding on a bit, it wasn’t coming on nicely. I felt it was slightly difficult for Rayudu to hit,” said MS Dhoni.
He further said that Rishabh Pant helped him in the last over when he failed to collect a wide that allowed Dhoni to cross over.
“Rishabh helped me, he didn’t take his gloves off and that helped me a bit (to sneak in the bye). We knew there won’t be much dew on the field. Once we started our innings of bowling, Bhajju Pa didn’t get much turn initially. But as they kept losing wickets, it slowed down a bit and the spinners got more turn. I felt it was a good wicket, 170-180 was a par-plus score,” he added.