The 32-year-old has been a revelation this season, scoring 329 runs from 7 games at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 154.46. They headed to the the scenic HPCA stadium in Dharamsala in a dire situation.
Hosts RCB suffered a duel blow as skipper Kohli was also handed a ₹ 12 lakh fine as his team failed to finish their quota of 20 overs in the stipulated time.
In the 12th over, Krunal dismissed the unsafe Rayudu when he tried to clear the ropes with a sweep shot but ended up hitting straight to Cutting at deep midwicket. With two team's who have fared completely different fortunes this season, the match is predicted to be a walk in the park for runaway leaders Chennai Super Kings. After hitting the winning six, Dhoni celebrated aggressively, punching his helmet in delight.
A battle between the No. 1 ranked and the No. 8 ranked IPL teams on the points table saw the former punch above their weight a seal a much required win. And with his last boundary, he also brought up his half century. "That was the thinking but when you have got a guy like Dhoni, he knows how to outwit certain bowling at the death". Their only defeat came against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali by four runs in the game which could have easily gone the other way. The top order contribution was the key.
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With both the RCB batsmen going hammer and tongs, CSK skipper Dhoni threw the ball to his West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and he responded in style by packing back de Kock with a smart catch off his own follow through. Of course, this match too ended with Dhoni putting an end to proceedings with a six. Bangalore were once again on the receiving end of a Dhoni masterclass. CSK 10/0. In OVERS 3: Shane Watson hit Mitchell McClenaghan for a four.
This was where Dhoni traded his brutality for carefully treading through the middle overs, stitching a vital stand with Saha. Just go to iplt20.com and look at the six off Anderson on the second ball of the 18th over.
Deepak Chahar (CSK): The fast bowler has been in brilliant rhythm so far this season having taken six wickets in as many games. Hope this will continue and score above 200 runs.
Enter Dhoni and Mumbai's fate was sealed. CSK have returned to their home ground after chasing a target of 205 against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium while MI had a forgettable home outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad wherein they were all-out for 87 while chasing a low target of 119.