MS Dhoni, the skipper of Chennai Super Kings, led his team to the IPL finale after scoring an unbeaten 18 off just 6 balls. The right-handed batsman hit 3 fours and 1 six to complete the task in Qualifier 1 against Delhi Capitals. Chasing 173 runs to win, half-centuries by Ruturaj Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa kept CSK in the hunt but the late flurry of wickets brought Delhi back into the game.
However, with MS Dhoni at the crease, CSK had a chance. He hit a long six off Avesh Khan in the 19th over to keep the equation in control. Needing 13 runs off 5 balls, Dhoni smashed Tom Curran to win the game for his team by four wickets.
Speaking after the match, Dhoni said: “My innings was a crucial one. Delhi has a very good bowling attack. They exploited the conditions well, so we knew it would be tough. I’ve not done a lot in the tournament, so wanted to look for the ball and see what the bowler can do. I was bowling well in the nets. But wasn’t thinking too much, if you think too much while batting then you mess your plans up. Shardul has done decent batting, as has Deepak. He/they are allowed to go for the shots from the first ball, unlike other top-order batters. Robin enjoys batting at the top but Moeen has been excellent at No. 3. But we have created a situation where either of them could bat at No. 3 depending on the situation and the opposition.”
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