MS Dhoni scored the winning run and Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets.© IPL
MS Dhoni turned back the clock on Sunday, ending the game for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final over to send the three-time champions into the final of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. This will be the ninth time that MS Dhoni will lead CSK in an IPL final. CSK needed 13 runs to win in the last over and they lost Moeen Ali in the very first ball. Dhoni then took the initiative in his own hands and ended the game with two balls to spare. After the game, Dhoni described his fast-paced knock of 18 runs as “crucial”.
In the post-match presentation, Dhoni was asked to describe his innings and the former India side said that he hasn’t done much in the tournament so it was important to him.
“It was an important innings. They were using the big boundary very well. I haven’t done much in the tournament,” Dhoni said.
Dhoni praised Ruturaj Gaikwad for his good performance with the bat in the tournament.
Dhoni said, “Whenever Ruturaj and I have a chat, it’s a simple chat. Wanted to know what he was thinking. It’s good to see how well he has improved. He has to bat 20 overs. ready for.”
The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman credited the support staff and every member of the team for the turnaround from last season, in which CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their history.
He concluded, “It was tough when we didn’t qualify last time. The emotions were high. The credit goes to the support staff and everyone in the team.”
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