MS Dhoni once again finishes off in style and played his part to comfortably push his team to the IPL finals for the first time. It seemed to be reverberating at the Wankhede Stadium on Tuesday as he hit five sixes off the Rising Pune Supergiant innings to help his team post a challenging 162 on a slow turner.
Rising Pune Supergiant had a shaky start to their innings after they lost in-form Rahul Tripathi and skipper Steve Smith within the first two overs. Here’s when Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary anchored RPS’ innings as they added 80 runs for the third wicket.
It was Mumbai Indians spinner Karn Sharma who got Rahane leg-before. Here comes MS Dhoni and as expected, he turned the clock back with his majestic performance at Wankhede. Each and every run which came off Dhoni’s bat was applauded by the crowd.
However, it was MS Dhoni’s destructive batting in the last two overs which helped the Supergiant to add 41 runs to their total and put up a target of 163 for the two-times IPL champions Mumbai Indians.
Dhoni took his time initially but accelerated at the right time and scored 40 runs off just 26 balls. During his innings, Dhoni smashed 5 towering sixes and entertained the big crowd at Wankhede. MSD hasn’t been in the best of form in IPL 2017 but he has still managed to play 3 match-winning innings.
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Dhoni has been under scrutiny over his performance with the bat but with this performance, he will silence most of his critics. However, at the end, RPS has won the match by 20 runs and became the first team to qualify for the IPL 2017 finals.