IPL: 3 times when the team ended up losing due to MS Dhoni's slow knock

IPL: 3 times when the team ended up losing due to MS Dhoni’s slow knock

The knocks by the CSK captain built up pressure on the batsmen at the other end.

2. 31* off 37 balls vs Rajasthan Royals – 19 April 2015

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni of Chennai Super Kings in action. (Photo by: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

This was yet another knock from Dhoni that raised a lot of questions. While representing CSK, Dhoni won the toss and opted to bat first at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. CSK lost three quick wickets early on in the game. They were reduced to 39/3 in 6.2 overs and 65/4 later on. Yet the pitch was a good one to bat on. DJ Bravo, who was promoted up the order went hard after the bowlers.

He scored 62 off just 36 balls in the innings. Dhoni was expected to play the perfect foil to him, at least at the end of the innings. But, he never bothered to go big and could only score an unbeaten 31 off 37 balls at the end of the innings. CSK put up only 156 runs on the board which was at least 20 to 25 runs below par. The Royals chased the target down in just 18.2 overs and won the game by 8 wickets.