The match between the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium turned out to be nail biter with the home side winning by just 1 run in the end after Chennai needed 26 to win off the last over. MS Dhoni played a captain’s knock of 84 not out off just 48 balls with with five fours and seven sixes but RCB somehow managed to hold their nerves to win the encounter by one run.
RCB had the game well and truely in the bag when CSK needed 26 to win in the last over but MS Dhoni completely tore apart Umesh Yadav to take 24 off the first five balls before Parthiv Patel pulled off a last ball run out to save the day for the home side. The first ball of the last over from Umesh Yadav was a short ball and Dhoni had no difficulty in dispatching it for a boundary through square leg.
Umesh Yadav did not learn from his mistake and bowled the next ball on a similar length and Dhoni was once again upto the task, smashing it into the roof of the stands for a 111m monster. It was a nothing ball from the Indian fast bowler and Dhoni made sure it got the treatment it deserved, sending it all the way into the roof for the biggest six in the tournament so far.
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The following delivery of the over was an attempted yorker from Yadav which landed at least a couple of feet fuller and the power of Dhoni was enough to take it over long off for another maximum. The next ball from Yadav yielded just 2 runs but the next one was another low full toss at the stumps and Dhoni managed to swing his bat through it fiercely enough to get it over the boundary for another six, this time in the deep mid wicket region.
Umesh however managed to get the execution spot on on the slower delivery on the last ball of the over when just two runs were required. Dhoni missed the cut but had the presence of mind to go for the run, which would have resulted in a super over. The ball bounced just in front of Parthiv Patel behind the stumps, who got the throw at the stumps spot on even as Shardul Thakur put in the dive at the striker’s end. The decision was referred to the third umpire but replays showed that Shardul Thakur was just short of his ground and RCB went on to win the game by just 1 run.