MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 14 as CSK beat SRH by 6 wickets to qualify for the IPL play-offs.© BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni hit a six off Siddharth Kaul in the final over to prop up his side in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 play-offs on Thursday. Chasing 135 for victory, CSK needed three runs in the final over and Ambati Rayudu gave the strike to their captain. Dhoni missed a pull shot but sent the fourth ball over the boundary ropes to end the match in style. With that six from Kaul, Dhoni not only secured a win for CSK but also assured the Chennai-based franchise a place in the play-offs.
Watch the six that sent CSK to the play-offs:
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Earlier, Dhoni had won the toss and invited Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to bat at the Sharjah Cricket Ground.
SRH had a poor start as they lost Jason Roy, who scored a half-century in the previous fixture, for just two.
Captain Kane Williamson also failed with the bat as he missed a full delivery from Dwayne Bravo. The West Indies all-rounder hit again to send Priyam Garg back.
Late cameos from Wriddhiman Saha (44) and Abhishek Sharma and Abdul Samad helped SRH post 134/7 in their allotted 20 overs.
Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided the right platform for CSK to chase down the small target.
Both shared a 75-run partnership for the first wicket. Gaikwad was dismissed for 45 while du Plessis (41) also missed a half-century.
In the end, CSK held onto the line with two balls to spare.
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