'Please come out of retirement' - Vintage MS Dhoni finishes off in style as MI lose seven on the trot

Dhoni’s last-ball boundary meant CSK clinched the thrilling contest by three wickets.

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Seventh defeat on the trot for Mumbai Indians as vintage MS Dhoni finished off in style for the nth time. You don’t say MI vs CSK the ‘El Clasico of IPL for no reason. It was an absolute nail-biter as momentum was enjoying a rollercoaster ride throughout the contest. MI even seemed set to record their maiden victory of the season. However, Dhoni’s last-ball boundary meant CSK clinched the contest by three wickets.

Earlier in the match, Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Mumbai. Mukesh Choudhary justified the decision with a stellar opening spell. The left-arm pacer spitted venom with the new ball and dismissed both openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan for ducks in the opening over. He also sent back the in-form Dewald Brevis in the third over of the game.

The repair work was then done by Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Varma, who played some fine shots to enhance the scoring rate. The in-form Suryakumar was aggressive as usual and looked set to another fine knock. However, Mitchell Santner dismissed him for a 21-ball 32. Varma, nevertheless, didn’t lose his concentration and recorded his second fifty of the season.

Remarkable comeback from Daniel Sams!

While the youngster remained unbeaten on 51, Jaydev Unadkat contributed with a timely 19-run cameo as MI posted 155/7 in their allotted 20 overs. In reply, CSK also got off to a terrible start with opener Ruturaj Gaikwad getting dismissed in the very first ball of the game. Santner’s promotion to number three wasn’t much fruitful either as he was dismissed for 11.

Making his comeback after a horrendous out against Kolkata Knight Riders, Daniel Sams took CSK’s first two wickets. Meanwhile, CSK’s ship was then steadied by veteran duo of Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu as they added 50 runs for the third wicket. Uthappa and Rayudu scored 30 and 40 respectively as the defending champions seemed on the right track.

A MS Dhoni special on display!

CSK’s party was then spoiled by Sams, who took two more wickets to put his side on command. He finished with figures of 4/30 as MI’s triumph looked formality with few overs left in the game. However, the evergreen MS Dhoni and Dwaine Pretorius had other ideas. The duo played some delightful shots all over the park to turn the game on its head.

While Pretorius scored 22 off 14 balls, Dhoni amassed an unbeaten 28 off 13 deliveries which includes a last-ball boundary. As a result, CSK crossed the line in the very last ball of the game, clinching the contest by three wickets. With MI losing their seventh game of the season, they are all but out of the playoff race.

Meanwhile, let’s look at how Twitter reacted to CSK’s emphatic triumph: