The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have surely made it a habit to take the games into the last over and leave the fans in the midst of a heart-attack situation. However, it wasn’t their night to prevail in yesterday’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The jam packed Chinnaswamy crowd got to witness a brilliant thrilling encounter which went down the wire with RCB prevailing through off just the final ball with an astonishing 1-run victory. CSK bowling trio of Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja delivered sensational spells to restrict the RCB batsmen within a modest first innings total.
In the second innings, Dale Steyn and Umesh Yadav wrecked havoc as CSK lost four quick wickets at the top. MS Dhoni then pulled off a herculean recovery with a thunderous unbeaten innings, but eventually he fell short of guiding his team over the finishing line. With this victory, the Virat Kohli-led team has also kept its playoffs hopes alive and kicking.
While requiring 26 runs off the final over, the CSK skipper took Umesh on remand, blasting him for three gigantic sixes, crisp boundary and a double, to bring down the equation to, two runs needed off the final ball. If everybody thought that the drama was over, Shardul Thakur felt short of his crease while completing a single off the last ball which in turn handed RCB an unbelievable win. RCB wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel showed amazing presence of mind in removing one of his gloves to inflict a run-out if needed, which eventually he had to. Dhoni remained unbeaten after playing a staggering knock of 84 runs off just 48 balls which consisted of 5 fours and 7 sixes.
Dhoni felt he was best equipped
After the loss, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming revealed that in situations like these, Dhoni is the best equipped character who has the ability to hit almost everything out of the park. Fleming mentioned that Dhoni is someone who always does his own calculations based on his power and he is the best person to judge these conditions.
"I think more the reason was that Dhoni felt he was best equipped to hit those sixes. The way he calculates the last few overs based on his power, he would have looked at it saying 'I need four-five sixes to win the game'. As it panned out it was pretty close. He's so calculative, I would never question the last part of an innings with MS,” said Stephen Fleming.
I’d back him every time
While speaking on Dhoni not rotating the strike with someone like Dwayne Bravo at the other end, Fleming said, “Yes Bravo has power but if MS feels he's going to win it this way then I'd back him every time. He's done it so many times and look tonight he got us so close again. So I'd never question that.”