CSK beat Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Qualifier 1 as Dhoni returned to form with the much needed 1-run off six balls.
CSK needed 224 runs in the last two overs but Abesh Khan bowled the first ball to set batsman ut Turaj Gaikwad. Dhoni hit a six and the match came down to 12 off the last six balls needed.
In the last over, Tom Kuran removed Maine Ali but Dhoni held his nerves and sealed CSK’s place in the final for the ninth time with three fours.
After CSK’s victory, former Indian men’s cricketer Virender Sehwag wrote on Twitter: “Om Finishay Namaha! Great win from Chennai. Final after last season’s event.”
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– Birendra Sehwag (irevirendersehwag) 1633888175000
Former Indian bowler RP Singh tweeted, “I think @MSDhoni ne v ye tweet pad lea [also read this tweet] #CSKvsDC. Hen ChennaiIPL philosophy, old is always gold! Well done b Robbiuthappa. ”
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Even Punjab Kings co-owner Preity Zinta praised Dhoni for leading from the front. “Wow, what a match. My heart goes out to the young #DC team. Good luck guys and good luck for the next match. Best and always keep her cool #DCvsCSK @IPL #Finisher,” she wrote in her tweet.
Wow what a match. My heart goes out to the young #DC team. Good luck guys and good luck for the next match. Tonight… https://t.co/a5kEMf5A8H
– Preeti ji Zinta (alrealpreityzinta) 1633889057000
Former South African and CSK cricketer Albie Morkel tweeted: “Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni …. hen Chennai IPL.”
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There is nothing greater than “confidence”. The guy reminds everyone again, who is the best finisher and why! #CSKvsDC # Qualifier 1 # IPL2O21 #MSDhoni, “tweeted former Indian spinner Pragyan Ojha.
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– Pragyan Ojha (ra prajnanoja) 1633888413000
Earlier, Prithvi Shaw’s stylish fifties and captain Shaw Pant’s late half-century helped Delhi Capitals to 172/5 against CSK.
The Delhi Capitals were 11th with 80/4 pants and Shimron Hetmeyer averaging 83 for the fifth wicket to revive the innings. In the last three overs, Delhi Capitals scored 311 runs and went above 170 runs.