Dubai: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (MS Dhoni), one of the best finishers of world cricket, showed his power in the first qualifier match of IPL 2021, turning the match against Delhi Capitals in the last over and snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat. Chennai Super Kings needed 13 runs in the last over to make it to the final. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Moeen Ali were at the crease. In the last over, Delhi Capitals bowler Tom Curran came to bowl and dismissed CSK batsman Moeen Ali on the very first ball.
Dhoni showed fierce form
The match went into a more difficult situation and after that 13 runs were needed from 5 balls. For a moment it seemed that 40-year-old Dhoni would not be able to finish this match, but then such a charisma happened that the world was surprised to see. Showing his fierce form, Dhoni hit 3 consecutive fours, in which one ball was wide and thus Mahi snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat.
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victory snatched from the jaws of defeat
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni came in the last overs to give his team a historic victory and with this Chennai entered the IPL for the ninth time. That too when CSK was at number seven in the last IPL. MS Dhoni played only 6 balls in his innings and scored 18 runs. During this he hit 3 fours and a six. Chennai Super Kings was out at number seven in 2020, then Dhoni had said that our team will make a tremendous comeback again. Now once again Chennai Super Kings has reached the final under the leadership of MS Dhoni. This is the ninth time that Chennai Super Kings has reached the final of the IPL.
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Fans happy to see the power of ‘Dhoni the Finisher’
Let us tell you that Chennai Super Kings defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets. CSK captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Delhi scored 172 for 5 in 20 overs. Chasing the target, CAK scored 173 runs for six wickets in 19.4 overs. Tom Curran took 3 wickets for Delhi while Anrich Nortij and Avesh Khan took one wicket each. Rituraj Gaikwad scored 70 runs in 50 balls with the help of five fours and two sixes.
Dhoni takes CSK to the final
Uthappa scored 63 runs in 44 balls with the help of seven fours and two sixes. Uthappa and Gaikwad shared 110 runs in 77 balls for the third wicket. After this, two wickets of CSK fell continuously. Shardul Thakur got out without opening the account while Ambati Rayudu got out by making (1). CSK had to score 13 runs in the last over and captain Dhoni took the team to the threshold of victory. Dhoni scored an unbeaten 18 runs in six balls with the help of three fours and a six, while Ravindra Jadeja remained unbeaten without opening an account.
Dhoni said this after the match
Dhoni said after the match, ‘My innings was important. Delhi Capitals bowling attack is good. He took full advantage of the conditions, so we knew this match was not going to be easy for us. Due to half-centuries from opener Prithvi Shaw (60 runs) and captain Rishabh Pant (51 not out), the Delhi Capitals team scored 172 for five after being invited to bat. Regarding his innings, Dhoni said, ‘I have not played very good innings in the tournament, but I wanted to play by looking at the ball. I was batting well in the nets, but not thinking much, because if you think too much while batting, you spoil your strategy. Dhoni said on the decision to send Shardul Thakur up the batting order, ‘Shardul Thakur has batted well in the recent times, so he was sent up.’
Regarding Uthappa, Dhoni said, ‘Robin always enjoys batting above. Moeen Ali has been fantastic at number three, but we have created conditions for him that one can bat at number three as per the requirement. Dhoni said about Rituraj, ‘When I and Rituraj talk, it is very simple. I want to know what he is thinking. It’s good to see that he has improved a lot. He is someone who wants to bat for the full 20 overs. “Last season we didn’t qualify for the playoffs for the first time, but we made a great comeback this season,” he said.