Kevin Pietersen
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MS Dhoni failed to repeat his Mumbai Indians heroics at the Wankhede stadium against Punjab Kings. He scored 12 off 8 deliveries and could not finish the game for his side as they lost by 11 runs chasing 188 to win.

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Ambati Rayudu‘s 39-ball 78 set the game up perfectly for MS Dhoni to walk in at number seven and ace another chase. Rayudu was dismissed with CSK on 153 needing another 35 runs from the last two overs. As the Wankhede crowd stood up to salute the innings from Rayudu it roared loud to welcome the lion named MS Dhoni. Kevin Pietersen who was sitting at the commentary box was amazed to see the rousing reception MS Dhoni showered on him by the Wankhede crowd.

It Was Noisy Even In The Commentary Box: Kevin Pietersen On MS Dhoni’s Rousing Reception At The Wankhede

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“It was unbelievable. It was incredible. That’s exactly why the IPL deserves to be played in the country. The energy and excitement of that man coming to the wicket is none other than like anywhere else,” Pietersen told Star Sports.

‘It was difficult calling the game, it was so noisy inside the commentary box. The support for him, the CSK and the IPL is incredible. It’s still noisy. The game’s finished, they lost and it’s still noisy. Incredible” he further added.

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Dhoni was eventually dismissed by Rishi Dhawan on the third delivery of the final over as he was caught by Jonny Bairstow to end the hopes of a CSK win. Dhawan who was playing a game in the IPL after fie years, held his nerve against the greatest finisher ever to give his team two crucial points. The win keeps them alive in the tournament and takes them to sixth position on the points table with 8 points from 8 games.

“Rishi coming back and bowling that final over, he put his hand up. It’s still a bit nerve-wracking when you’re bowling at MS Dhoni and there’s not one redshirt in the crowd, only yellow shirts chanting his name. I think it can be a bit nerve-wracking but he held his nerve and came out on top so huge credit to him,” Rabada said as he lauded the veteran Indian all-rounder.

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