MS Dhoni scored the winning runs as Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets.IPL
Ultimately it is about experience and knowing what it takes to win a big competition. Mahendra Singh Dhoni did what he thought he could no longer do, it was to get a few people into the border and take his team home. Chennai Super Kings enter IPL 2021 final, 9th in league history, beating Delhi Capitals by 4 wickets. Dhoni hit 18 off 6 balls with 3 fours and a six to help his team reach the target of 173 with 3 balls to spare. Even when he was 40 years old. Dhoni’s former hero Robin Uthappa and the ever-improved Rudraj Kejriwal are Dhoni’s hidden heroines after setting the stage for a better ending.
Uthappa and Kejriwal came together in the first over of the high-pressure chase, with Anrich Nordje dismissing in-form Faf du Plessis. Both the batsmen warned the wind as they hit the Delhi bowlers. Kejriwal was in all classes, while Uthappa reminded Indian cricket fans of the talent and energy of the past in his batting. While Rudraj was better off this season, Uthappa didn’t get much of a chance to bat long in the middle for his new rights. But in due course he regained the confidence shown in him by the team management.
Uthappa hit the young Avesh Khan hard in the powerplay and completed his half-century off 35 balls to keep CSK consistent with the asking rate. To win by 62 runs in 7 overs, CSK looked like they were at home, but Uthappa’s 63-run knock caused a slight decline as pinch-hitter Shardul Thakur and Ambati Rayudu were subsequently dismissed.
Rudraj continued his quest and developed his half-century in Moin Ali’s company, he got some lustful blows to keep the required ratio under control. Aweshkhan bowled Rudraj for 70 in the first ball of the 19th over as CSK now needed 24 off 11 balls. Many thought Ravindra Jadeja might leave but Captain MS Dhoni decided to take charge despite being in bad shape with the bat this season.
Moin Ali got a four and a single, as Dhoni needed 13 runs to win the last over as Dhoni’s six led CSK in the last over. The ball was handed over to Tom Curran in the last over in place of the experienced Kagiso Rabada and the Englishman removed Ali and put Delhi on the hunt. But the follow-up Dhoni hit boundaries again and again to bring the score to 5 off 3 balls.
A tense Curran then threw a wide ball and Dhoni hit the next ball again for a four.
Earlier, the Delhi Capitals scored 172 runs in 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer came out cheap but the youngest batsman scored 60 off 34 balls. Captain Rishabh Bandh (51 off 35 balls) and Shimran Hedmeyer (37 off 24 balls) made big wins in the dead overs and led the team to an incredible run but in the end it was not enough.
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