MS Dhoni scored the winning run as Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets.IPL
In the end it was experience and knowing what it takes to win a big match. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did what many thought he could no longer do, which would come and belt a few people at the border and take his team home. Chennai Super Kings have reached the final of IPL 2021, their 9th in the history of the league, as they lost to Delhi Capitals by a wicket. Dhoni hit an unbeaten 18 off his boundary with a boundary and a six to help his team reach the target of 13 with balls remaining and he reminded Avesh Khan and Tom Quran that they cannot bowl long balls. Even when he was 40 years old. Dhoni’s late heroism was after his former Indian teammate Robin Uthappa and the ever-improving Ruturaj Gaikwad set the stage for a grandstand finishing.
Uthappa and Gaikwad came together in the first over to chase the high pressure. Gaikwad was in all classes when Uthappa reminded Indian cricket fans that his batting still has the temperament and strength of the past. Although Ruturaj has been great since this season, Uthappa didn’t get a chance to bat long in the middle for his new franchise. But he returned the trust shown to him by the team management with a timely knock.
Uthappa took young Abesh Khan to powerplay and completed half-centuries in just 35 deliveries to keep CSK at bay. With 2 runs scored to win the overs, CSK looked like they were home and dry, but Uthappa’s dismissal in the ha-run started the mini-fall as pinch hitters Shardul Tagore and Ambati Rayudu were quickly dismissed.
Raturaj, however, continued his search and picked up his half-century with Maine Ali, who suffered a few lame injuries to keep the required rate under control. Avesh Khan bowled Ruturaj for 70 off the first ball of the 19th over as CSK now needed 24 off 11 balls. Many thought in-form Rabindra Jadeja could be out but captain MS Dhoni decided to take charge this season despite his poor form at bat.
When Maine Ali got a boundary and a single, Dhoni had a six in the last delivery of the over which changed the course of the match CSK as they needed 13 runs to win the last over. Tom Curran handed over the ball for the last over in place of veteran Kagiso Rabad and the English removed Ali to keep Delhi hunting. But then Vintage Dhoni hit a back-to-back boundary to bring the required equation to 5 for delivery.
A nervous Quran then bowled a wide and Dhoni hit the boundary again in the next delivery to finish the work.
Earlier, Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Sher scored 172 runs in their 20 overs behind a solid start to the innings. Despite the cheap dismissals of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, the batsman flew the team with 60 off 34 balls. Captain Habshav Pant (51 off 5 balls) and Shimron Hetmeyer (37 off 2 balls) made big hits in the death overs to take the team to a great school but in the end it was not enough.
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