Chennai Super Kings wicketkeeper-batter MS Dhoni’s vintage knock helped the team finish a thrilling win against arch-rivals Mumbai Indians at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Thursday.
While chasing 156 runs in the second innings, CSK needed 17 runs in the final over. MI pacer Jaydev Unadkat trapped Dwaine Pretorious before the wickets on the first ball to give his team hope of opening their account in the IPL 2022 points table.
But after Dwayne Bravo brought CSK talisman Dhoni on the strike, the 40-year-old nullified the Mumbai Indians’ plans with his insurmountable experience on the field.
MS Dhoni’s vintage knock dents MI’s hopes to win their first match in IPL 2022
Dhoni capitalised on the erred length of Unadkat, trying to go full and wide but the ball came in the slot of the former CSK skipper and was punished for a straight six. Dhoni pulled the next ball, a short one, towards the square leg boundary for a four and plundered a couple of runs on the penultimate delivery to stay on strike for the final ball where CSK needed four runs to win.
Dhoni shuffled across the stumps and whipped it past the short fine leg to script another finishing chapter of his storied playing career.
IPL 2022: CSK wins most matches on final-ball in run chase
With the three-wicket win against MI, CSK completed their eighth win in a run chase on the final ball of the game. CSK has the most win in this fashion with MI being in the second spot with six wins on the final ball of the run chase.
“We were very tense the way the game was going. But the great finisher of the game (MS Dhoni) was still there, so we knew we had a chance. He’s still here and doing it for us,” CSK skipper Ravindra Jadeja said in the post-match presentation ceremony.
CSK’s thrilling win also keeps them afloat in the IPL 2022 with the hopes of finishing in the top four teams.