MS Dhoni, the Chennai Super Kings skipper, is regarded as arguably the best gloveman in the game, and seldom makes any mistake behind the stumps. But on Wednesday, against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, he dropped a catch which evoked a stern look from the bowler, Deepak Chahar.
It was CSK’s 6th game of the season, with 4 wins already in the bag, a victory over SRH would make them take the numero uno position on the points table – which they eventually did.
David Warner won the toss and elected to bat first at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, which was hosting its first match of IPL 2021. The SRH skipper took a single on the first ball of the over, bowled by Deepak Chahar, and handed the strike to the dangerous Jonny Bairstow.
Keeping in mind, Chahar’s lack of pace, and looking to dominate the bowler from the onset, Bairstow took a couple of steps forward. Looking at the batter moving ahead, the bowler shortened his length but sprayed it down the leg side.
Jonny Bairstow glanced the ball safely but got a thick inside edge which was then dropped by MS Dhoni, who shifted to his left and moved his hands a bit too much as the ball popped out of his mittens.
Deepak Chahar was clearly unhappy with MS Dhoni but kept his lips sealed refraining from venting out his anger and frustration with the catch being dropped. On his way back, Chahar had a sheepish smile on his face realizing there isn’t much he could have said to his skipper on the catch lapse, which he may have if it were any other fielder.
Watch: MS Dhoni’s drops Jonny Bairstow; Deepak Chahar gets angry
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The drop of Bairstow didn’t prove too costly as the English man then departed for 7 runs off 5 balls off Sam Curran; Chahar took the catch and got the consolation of playing a part in Bairstow’s dismissal. Had Bairstow utilized his reprive, the target for CSK could have been much more than the 172 they got.
Openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad chiselled down the target with their classy and powerful stroke-making in an opening stand of 129 runs from 13 overs. With the 7-wicket win, MS Dhoni’s side becomes the table leaders again; they face arch-rivals and defending champions, Mumbai Indians in a mouth-watering clash on Saturday.