IPL 2020: Dhoni displays massive six-hitting abilities, a little too late

Chennai Super Kings

Dhoni walked in at No. 7 after CSK had lost Kedar Jadhav in the 15th over of the failed chase.

MS Dhoni keeps CSK fielders on their toes by pointing out their errors but does it in a nice way, said Shane Watson. 14-day quarantine doesn't help.

"If over 30 runs are required, those three sixes wouldn't make a difference".

Opening the batting with Murali Vijay (21) in a 217-run chase, Watson scored 33 (21) with the help of one four and four sixes before getting dismissed by Royals all-rounder Rahul Tewatia.

"With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case".

Watson had high words of praise for Sanju Samson, one of the architects of the Royals' win.

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Speaking after the opening match heroics against MI, Rayudu had said: "We were training in lockdown, we were really eager and as we get older, we need to train so we were training". In the middle, it looked like Dhoni wasn't even trying to chase the target considering the number of dot balls he played. First in terms of making spinners bowl to Samson and second in terms of his batting position.

"I think the last surge from Jofra was an incredible bit of hitting". His three back-to-back towering sixes in the final over of the match were enough to send the warning signals to the bowlers that he's still capable of hitting those monstrous sixes once he's set. "MS smacked a few in the end, and Faf got going too, but nice to get a win", Smith said.

With the innings losing momentum when Smith fell to the second ball of the penultimate over, the Barbados-born England star Archer exploded in the final over to launch massive sixes off the first four deliveries to finish unbeaten on 27 from just eight balls.

Dhoni was uncharacteristically subdued, given the urgency of the situation, often opting to hit the sweepers for one and give Faf du Plessis the strike. He had last played a professional game of cricket at the ODI World Cup in July 2019 and there was plenty of excitement to see him get back in action.

"So, the expectations to see him at his best is gonna take some time".

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