MS Dhoni in action for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2023© BCCI
MS Dhoni is regarded as one of the best finishers in the world but the veteran wicket-keeper batsman was not able to provide Chennai Super Kings with a late flourish during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 encounter against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. Dhoni could only manage to score 2 runs from 3 deliveries and he was even clean bowled off the bowling of Vaibhav Arora. However, it did not count as the ball was a free hit. With an opportunity to score big, Dhoni went for a massive heave but the straight delivery missed his bat completely and crashed into the stumps.
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Dhoni’s decision to drop down the order backfired as Chennai Super Kings lost wickets at regular intervals to be restricted to a modest 144 for six by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Opting to bat, CSK were 72 for five in in the 11th over before Shivam Dube underlined his utility, hammering a 34-ball 48 (1×4, 3x6s) to help the hosts somewhat recuperate in the company of Ravindra Jadeja (20 off 24).
The duo shared 68-run stand for the sixth wicket to take CSK close to the 150-run mark, which at one point of time looked out of reach on a sluggish pitch.
Spin duo of Sunil Narine (2/15) and Varun Chakravarthy (2/36) were the pick of the bowlers for KKR and they were ably supported by Shardul Thakur (3-0-15-1) did and Vaibhav Arora (1/30).
CSK were 99 for five after 16 overs as KKR bowlers, especially the spinners, kept things tight and struck at regular intervals.
(With PTI inputs)
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