Mumbai: In the match that went like Nuvva Nena’s, Chennai finally won. The Kolkata batsmen’s boom was dumbfounded before Dhoni’s planning. Fighting to the end, Kolkata collapsed 18 runs short of victory. Du Plessis (95) and Rituraj Gaikwad (64) gave Chennai a flying start as they won the toss and elected to bat. After that, Moin Ali (25 off 12 balls), Dhoni (17 off 8 balls) and Ravindra Jadeja (6 off 1 balls) scored as Chennai lost three wickets in the allotted 20 overs and scored a massive 220 runs. Kolkata bowlers Varun Chakraborty, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell took wickets.
Kolkata got off to a poor start in a massive target chase. The team lost 5 wickets for 31 runs before the end of the power play. Of these, young pacer Deepak Chahar took four wickets. With this, Chennai’s victory seemed to be over Nalleru. However, senior batsman Dinesh Karthik (40 off 24 balls) and Andre Russell (54 off 22 balls) and Pat Cummins (66 off 34 balls) broke the deadlock several days later. However, the match slipped to Kolkata as there was no one to assist Cummins. The last two Thailanders except Kamlesh Nagarkoti (0) were run out by Varun Chakraborty (0) and Prasidh Krishna (0). Kolkata were all out for 202 in 19.1 overs. Among the Chennai bowlers, Deepak Chahar took 4, Sam Curran 1, Lungi Ngid 3 wickets. Du Plessis won the Man of the Match award for his role in helping Chennai score big.
Dhoni Mind Game ..
20 runs should be made in the last over. Cummins is suffering. He was ready to send the ball into the stands. It was hard to stop him. What to do? Dhoni’s eye immediately fell on those at the non-striker crease. He focused on them and moved the pieces. It was during this sequence that Cummins tried to bring himself into striking and both of them lost wickets. As a result, Chennai won. Seeing all this, they say that Dhoni’s planning has gone awry. With this match, Dhoni is once again proving why he is proving to be the best captain once again. Dhoni, who implemented the plan even in such a tense situation, is being hailed on social media as “great”.