MS Dhoni showed a part of his old form against Kane Williamson’s Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday after hitting the winning six in Sharjah.
CSK’s chase of 135 was threatened after a mini-collapse by their middle-order. Openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) gave a great start to the team as part of their routine but from 103/1, the Yellow Brigade slipped down to 108/4.
MS Dhoni finishes off in style for CSK
As it looked like the Orange Army would come back in the game, MS Dhoni ensured that his team crossed the line in his own presence at the crease.
Dhoni hit a four to Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the penultimate over before wrapping the match with a massive big six against Siddharth Kaul in the final over as CSK won by six wickets.
MS Dhoni has done it for so many years: Kevin Pietersen
Former England player Kevin Pietersen pointed out that Dhoni’s batting against SRH should be a threat for the opposition bowlers in the upcoming games.
“Dhoni has done it for so many years, he keeps doing it and doing it and doing it. What he has done now, should strike fear into the opposition,” Pietersen said on Star Sports.
“He has not been in the form for two seasons, so if he starts doing that now here, then, goodness, they got one hand on the trophy, they really do. They are serious out, on these conditions that are really good.
“They got the Hazlewood effect, and the Jadeja effect, and the openers have been really good. So, if Dhoni starts coming off now, finishes games off, then the other teams have a problem. Scary proposition,” he concluded.
Indian legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar said that Dhoni has played such kind of innings on many occasions throughout his glittering career.
“He (Dhoni) does it so often. He takes it into the last over. When the supporters are biting the nail – they also know he is going to do it. But that anxiety, that you feel. He has done it so many times in his career,” Gavasakar said.
CSK became the first team to seal a playoff spot after their win against SRH, who are calculatingly knocked out of the tournament.