In the El Classico of the Indian Premier League, taking place between the four-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings versus the 5-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, CSK beat MI by 3 wickets, where legendary MS Dhoni-led his team to victory. MI batted first and put up 155 for the loss of 7 wickets in 20 overs, which the CSK chased down after an epic thriller and secured the win in the last ball. Here are 3 factors to consider which led CSK past the victory margin.
Failing top order of MI
This pitch in the Wankhede stadium hasn’t been known for runs. And in addition to that, the failure to order Mumbai, limited the Indians to score more runs. Though thanks to Suryakumar Yadav, for his 32 of 21, and Tilak Verma for his 51 of 43, for which MI was able to reach at least a defendable total. Unadkat’s 19 of 9 helped MI to reach 155. CSK’s Mukesh Choudhary picked all the top-order batsmen including Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan, and Dewald Brevis, and was also awarded the man of the match.
CSK batters building their innings
Though the men in yellow didn’t play long and impactful innings, players including Robin Uthappa, and Ambati Rayudu played good knocks, built their innings, and take their team to the target gradually. Also, Dwaine Pretorius coming at the end played an impactful inning of 22 of 14 with 2 fours and a six, with MS Dhoni taking CSK towards victory.
MS Dhoni finishing off in style
One of the greatest finishers of all time, MS Dhoni again proved that form is temporary and class is indeed permanent. He has also been in quite a good form this season, which is reflected in his innings against MI too. The asking rate wasn’t easy, and from that situation, Dhoni scored 28 of 13 balls with 3 fours and a six.
In the last over, CSK needed 17 runs. Pretorius got out by LBW in the hands of Jaydev Unadkat in the first ball. In the second ball, Bravo came, rotated the strike, and gave it to Dhoni. MSG hit the third ball to a flat-six, making the equation 10 needed off 3 balls. He again hit the next ball to a four, and the yellow army needed 6 of 2 balls. MSG took 2 runs in the 5th ball, and they needed 4 of the last ball. And lastly, Dhoni finished off in style with a four, chasing down the target.