IPL 2019: MS Dhoni gets a reprieve even after the ball hits stumps
Dhoni made the most of his luck smashing 75 runs.
Published - Apr 1, 2019 11:24 am | Updated - Apr 1, 2019 11:24 am
Fortune favours the brave and Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni proved it once again on Sunday during the match against Rajasthan Royals. The 37-year-old starred with the bat but things could have been very different had luck deserted him. Dhoni was yet to open his account when Jofra Archer nearly sent him back. Dhoni walked in to bat in the very fifth over after the Super Kings made a disastrous start.
The defending champions lost Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav with only 27 runs on the board. They could have then lost their skipper too in the very following over but he survived with a huge slice of luck. On the fourth delivery of the sixth over bowled by Jofra Archer, Dhoni tried to defend off the back foot. However, the ball after hitting the bat ricocheted off his pad before going on to hit the stumps.
But to everyone’s utter surprise, the LED incrusted bails remained unmoved and unlit. The shellshocked Royals fielders mobbed the stumps while appealing as they just could not believe the turn of events. Dhoni, on the other hand, calmly walked away practising his shot before playing a match-winning knock for his team.
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WATCH: Thala Dhoni effect? When even bails refused to fall
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Dhoni power Super Kings to thrilling win
MS Dhoni starred with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 75 as Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs to register their third win of the season. The hosts were reeling at 27 for 3 when Dhoni joined Suresh Raina in the middle. The two added 61 runs to steady the ship before Raina departed.
Dhoni, who hit his first boundary in the 17th over, shifted gears towards the end and helped Super Kings post a challenging total of 175 for 5. In the final over of the innings, he hit Jaydev Unadkat for three sixes to help the team collect 28 runs. In reply, the Royals were restricted to 167 for 8.