Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has said he was able to spot the determination in MS Dhoni's eyes during the Chennai Super Kings captain's match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday, April 25. Mitchell McClenaghan, who took the first over from Mumbai, scored eight runs from Ambati Rayudu with a six.
The RCB innings faltered somewhat thereafter, with seven wickets falling for 67 runs in the final seven overs. Ambati Rayudu has supported Dhoni in the uphill chase with a 53-ball 82.
Incoming batter Suresh Raina then shared a 42-run partnership with Rayudu, helping CSK touch the 50-run mark.
Even in their solitary defeat to Kings XI Punjab, Chennai very almost scored a staggering 67 from the final four - Dhoni smoking 79 off 44 balls in that one - only to fall four agonising runs short. On his Instagram video post he writes, "Game over, had a nice sleep now back to Daddy's duties".
Black Caps all-rounder Corey Anderson has had a night to forget for the Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League. 71 runs were required from the last five overs and the equation was brought down to 55 from 24 after that eventful 16th over by Anderson.
He was hammered by M.S Dhoni in the final over, as the Super Kings chased down a massive total of 205 with two balls to spare. Bottom-dwellers MI, on the other hand, lost their last match against SRH having failed to chase down a lowly 119, and will desperately look to return to winning ways and keep their season alive. CSK managed 16 ff the penultimate over, thanks to some awful bowling by Mohammed Shiraj, who conceded two wides and a no ball.
Half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock helped the hosts to another 200-plus score but it wasn't enough to prevent a fourth defeat for RCB in the current edition. Simons, who had worked closely with MS Dhoni during his stint with the Indian team from 2010-2012, felt the Pune wicket is familiar to many players in the team, who had played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous two seasons.
Middle-order batsman Mandeep Singh (32) showed his batting might once again as he slammed a flurry of boundaries, even as wickets tumbled towards the end of the innings. With a fine knuckle ball and improved accuracy with yorkers, Shardul Thakur has also been a drawcard in the death overs. But the visitors wouldn't have imagined what was coming their way, as de Villiers started off by clobbering Harbhajan Singh for two consecutive sixes before launching left-arm spinner Jadeja to the skies.
A few overs later, the South African brought the crowd to its feet when he smashed leggie Imran Tahir onto the roof of the stadium.