IPL 2021: Wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva get emotional in stands as MS Dhoni takes CSK home
MS Dhoni scored 18 off six deliveries to take CSK over the line.
Updated - Oct 11, 2021 3:57 pm
After being woefully out of form throughout the season, MS Dhoni delivered at the big stage. Standing against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1, Dhoni came into bat when Chennai Super Kings required 23 off just 11 deliveries. Notably, the CSK skipper, who hasn’t done much with the bat this season, came ahead of the in-form Ravindra Jadeja.
While many fans and experts weren’t happy with the strategy at that time, Dhoni justified the decision by playing a stunning cameo. The wicketkeeper-batter scored 18 not out off mere six deliveries as CSK crossed the line with two deliveries to spare. Fans at the Dubai International Stadium erupted with ecstasy as Dhoni unleashed his vintage avatar.
MS Dhoni’s blitzes celebrated by family
Among many cheering the ‘ageless’ MS Dhoni were his wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva. The duo celebrated Chennai’s thrilling win from the stands in Dubai. After Dhoni smashed Tom Curran for the winning boundary, Sakshi was spotted giving a hug to his daughter. The video went viral in no time as fans were left overwhelmed.
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Speaking of the how the game unfolded, CSK invited DC to bat after winning the toss in Dubai. While big guns like Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer got out on single digits, opener Prithvi Shaw smashed a quick-fire 60. While skipper Rishabh Pant also smashed a half-century, Shimron Hetmyer contributed with 37 runs. Riding on their brilliance, DC posted a challenging total of 172/5.
Chasing the target, CSK got off to a terrible start with opener Faf du Plessis getting out for a duck. However, in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad joined forces with Robin Uthappa and the duo added 110 runs for the second wicket. However, fall of quick wickets meant DC are back in the hunt. They even looked all set to cross the line.
However, Dhoni did what he has done numerous times as CSK advanced to their ninth IPL final. Notably, DC still have a chance to qualify for the summit clash. They’ll meet the winner of Eliminator 1, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 13. Hence, it would be interesting to see how the remaining games pan out.