Indian Premier League, 2022 |Match 33 |4/21/2022 Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Navi Mumbai
Right then, that is all we have from this cracker of a game! Our caravan now moves to Wankhede stadium where Delhi will lock horns against Rajasthan on Friday, 22nd April. That game starts at 7.30 pm IST (2.00 pm GMT). Our coverage though will start well in advance. So do join us for the same, Till then, goodbye and cheers!
Mukesh Choudhary is the PLAYER OF THE MATCH. He says he never thought he would never play cricket and he use to play all the sports in school and as he grew he gained interest in cricket. Mentions he tries to swing the ball and he practices for it and has worked on his wrists. Mentions there is no pressure and the seniors help him a lot.
Ravindra Jadeja, the skipper of Chennai, says that they were very tensed but they believed in Dhoni. Mentions Dhoni is still as good as he was. States that Mukesh Choudhary swings the new ball and that’s why he was given the overs in the Powerplay. Adds they have a lot of experience and they know when to perform and when not to. Admits the fielding was not great and they need to work on it.
Time for the presentation.
Dwaine Pretorius is down for a chat. He says he wanted to play the scoop shot in previous over of Bumrah but he waited and then when he went for it it came off. Adds they knew they needed 5 boundaries and it came. States he is hopeful of winning a few more games and he is happy with his contribution.
Rohit Sharma, the skipper of Mumbai, says that it was a very good fight in the end by them, the bowlers kept them in the game but Dhoni took it away from them. Mentions they are losing early wickets and playing the catch up game but they got to a reasonable score and always had them under pressure but Dhoni got them home. Adds they back themselves to defend anything but the pitch was good and they could have got more and in the end it was not enough.
Time for some interviews!
Unfortunately for Mumbai they have lost seven games in a row now. They did pretty well to get in a position to win this game after the disastrous start with the bat annd credit should be given to Tilak Varma, the way he paced his innings to take Mumbai to a fighting total. Sams then, was the star with the ball and almost took his team over the line but Jaydev Unadkat after bowling quite well through the game just could not hold his nerves against the genius of MS Dhoni. Mumbai now are staring down the barrel and they will need a miracle to qualify for the playoffs from here.
Chennai started the match with a bang as Mukesh Choudhary made the new ball talk and got three wickets early in the Powerplay. Mumbai were always behind the 8-ball after that but Mumbai managed to put a decent total on the board in the end. The death bowling remains a concern for Chennai but they still had the match in the grasp after the first innings, They lost early wickets in the chase but the third wicket partnership between Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu steadied the ship and then Dwaine Pretorius and Dhoni has a great partnership in the end. However, it was Dhoni who turned back the clock as he finished the chase in his cool and calm manner as he smashed 16 runs from the last four balls.
It’s an EL Clasico of the Indian T20 League and one can never expect the game between these two sides to end without some drama. It was the case yet again in this game as the momentum kept swinging from one team to another but in the end it is Chennai that have emerged victorious. Thanks to the partnership between Dwaine Pretorius and MS Dhoni and when it comes down to the last over, MS Dhoni is always the favourite to win the game, no matter what the target is!
VINTAGE DHONI FOLKS!!! Chennai clinch the thriller off the last ball of the game and it is none other than MS Dhoni, arguably the best finisher in modern cricket who turns the game in his side’s favour with a final over heroics yet again!
Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, FOUR! DHONI PUTS IT AWAY! That is why he is the best finisher in the world! Dhoni you absolute beauty! Probably not off the middle but he won't care! He has just turned back the clock. Sprinted for two on the previous ball, took the onus onto him and finishes it off! A low full toss on the pads, Dhoni swings, it goes more off the inner half through backward square leg and into the boundary. CHENNAI WIN IT ON THE LSAT BALL BY 3 WICKETS!
Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, Two which means a boundary needed on the last ball! This is full and on middle, really good delivery, difficult to get those away. This is whipped through mid-wicket and two is taken.
Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Up and over! Just the one hit away now are Chennai from winning this game! Two balls to go! Dhoni just turning back the clock here. 150 up too. A short one with fine leg up. Dhoni looks to pull but it goes off the top edge and over the short fine leg fielder and into the boundary.
Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, SIX! He has hit that some! What a shot. Vintage Dhoni. Brute of a stroke and the noise of the crowd has just gone up that level. This is right in the slot. Full and on middle, this is thumped over the long off fence for a biggie. 10 needed now in three.
Jaydev Unadkat to Dwayne Bravo, On middle, fuller, this is worked through mid-wicket and a single is taken. Dhoni now comes on strike, the crowd here erupts.
Dwayne Bravo is the next man in.
Jaydev Unadkat to Dwaine Pretorius, A huge appeal but turned down! The batters cross for one but it is reviewed. OUT! THREE REDS AND THAT IS A SUPERB START TO THE LAST OVER! Excellent review! A full one on the pads, Dwaine Pretorius looks to flick but misses to get hit on it. It rolls on the off side as the batters go for one. Jaydev Unadkat puts in a loud appeal but turned down. It is reviewed and replays show that Dwaine Pretorius has to take the long walk back. Also, the new man will be on strike now. 17 needed in 5.
END OF OVER 19 | 11 Runs & 1 Wkt | CSK 139/6
Jaydev Unadkat will bowl the last over. Can he defend 16 runs here? He has gone for 31 runs in his three overs so far! We have match on our hands folks! Can Jaydev Unadkat held his nerves? He has the best finisher in the world to deal with, can MS Dhoni turn back the clock?
Jasprit Bumrah to Dwaine Pretorius, No, it is just the one which means 17 will be needed in the last over! A full one on middle, Dwaine Pretorius hits it down to long on and keeps strike.
Jasprit Bumrah to Dwaine Pretorius, FOUR! That is very clever, very, very clever, second boundary in the over and Dwaine Pretorius is playing a superb knock here! He moves across early, this is a full toss on off, he plays the paddle scoop fine down the leg side and bags a boundary. 18 needed, can Dwaine Pretorius end it with a biggie now?
Jasprit Bumrah to MS Dhoni, He had hit that really hard! Fuller and on middle, this is thumped down to long on for one.
Jasprit Bumrah to Dwaine Pretorius, Another full toss but quite quick, Dwaine Pretorius mistimes it down to long off for one.
Jasprit Bumrah to Dwaine Pretorius, FOUR! That is crunched! A boundary early in the over and 24 now needed in 10. This is full and on off, Dwaine Pretorius smashes it down the ground. Sams runs to his right from long off and dives but does so over the ball.