There was also a lot of amazement in the bulk that Dhoni had put. The extra work in the gym during the lockdown has given him strength in his limbs, but he is always known for his brain power.
Using sound tactics and a superb rotation of bowlers and correct field placement on a large field, the CSK captain helped his team fight back as Mumbai Indians, 45 runs away in four overs, after batting No damage done, 162 for 9.
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In response, CSK relied on two players, who are not spectacular, but powerful and understand the grammar of an innings in difficult situations. Ambati Rayudu 71 (48 balls, 6 x 4, 3×6) and Faf du Plessis cannot have big shots. They do not have bulging muscles. They do not play with Bazooka bats. But ask them to hit a gap, they will do so. Tell them to use their feet and turn the ball around and occasionally hit the fours, they will do the same.
The pair showed all the qualities and work that Suresh Raina normally does for CSK and gave them openers Shane Watson and Murali Vijay with MI’s new signings Trent Boult and James Pinson for 115 runs for the third wicket. Help make.
Dhoni then pushed the young Sam Curran ahead of himself and the move worked like a charm as Curran made 18 from six balls and beat them by five wickets with four balls remaining.
MI last won the first match of IPL in 2012. The irony was that CSK defeated him in Chepauk.
Spin, so often on Dhoni and CSK’s trusted friend, Chepak, on slow and low pitches, he also helped the Emirates, as Piyush Chawla caught MI-captain Rohit Sharma off mid-off to Rohit Sharma. And then planted. choke on. This was the 10th time in three editions that Rohit was spinning the leg. Dhoni then replaced the end for Karran, who graduated from the Kings player to become a Super Kings and dismissed the dangerous Quinton de Cock.
Once the openers left, Dhoni was in control as most of the MI players were guilty of thinking that they were playing on a small ground in Wankhede and holding onto the boundary while attempting big hits. Du Plessis took some brilliant catches on long on and long off, Ravindra Jadeja scoring two runs in an over to dismiss Sourav Tiwary and Hardik Pandya.
When Dhoni supports a player, he returns him completely and South African fast bowler Lungi Ngidi is one of them. Despite Ngidi scoring plenty of runs in his first two overs, Dhoni made him a switch end, asked to pull back his length and withdrew the award as the South African player finished with 3/38.
In a situation where MI could score 180-plus, they lost 6-41 in the final six overs. The collapse was as surprising as the dive that CSK captain Krunal Pandya takes to send him back after a short detour to Nagidi.
He and CSK are back.
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