MS Dhoni’s Brilliant Gesture For Heartbroken Rohit Sharma After MI vs CSK Game


As Mathisha Pathirana and the ever-intriguing MS Dhoni delivered the decisive blows, Chennai Super Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs, spoiling Rohit Sharma's century. The Mumbai Indians legend gave his best performance and played an unbeaten inning of 105 runs, but due to lack of support from the other end, Mumbai Indians faltered in chasing the target of 207 runs on Sunday. When Rohit returned empty-handed despite scoring a century, Dhoni tried his best to boost his morale by hugging him after the end of the game.

Dhoni hit three consecutive sixes in the final over bowled by Hardik Pandya to score an unbeaten 20 off just four balls and take CSK to a mammoth score of 206 for four. Pathirana took 4 for 28, helping MI reach the target of six runs. Stopped at 186 runs on the wicket.

Rohit scored his only second IPL century and first since 2012, hitting 11 fours and five sixes during his 63-ball innings. But despite the Wankhede Stadium pitch being favorable for batting, his brilliant effort did not get enough support from the rest.

This is defending champions CSK's first win this season, and also Mumbai Indians' fourth defeat in six matches, keeping them in eighth place.

CSK, on ​​the other hand, moved up to third position with eight points.

In a game where the loudest cheers were reserved for Dhoni, Mumbai captain Pandya was teased at intervals.

However, there was a section of fans cheering him at least once, as they did in the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Unlike CSK, who scored most of the runs in the last 10 overs (136), Mumbai Indians remained in the hunt in the early part through Rohit's sustained pace and some useful contributions from others.

Once again, Rohit set the platform for Mumbai by putting on a strong partnership of 70 runs in seven overs with Ishan Kishan, who scored 23 runs in 15 balls (3x4s, 1x6s).

With MI on the attack, fast bowler Pathirana took two wickets for Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav (0) after the powerplay, allowing Mustafizur Rahman to be caught at third man as he juggled on the ropes to complete the catch.

Tilak Verma helped Rohit by scoring 31 runs in 20 balls with the help of five fours and added 60 runs in 38 balls for the third wicket, but Pathirana's return broke his stand.

However, it was the Mumbai pair of Shardul Thakur and Tushar Deshpande who tilted the game in CSK's favor by producing two tough overs that broke the back of MI's chase.

Pandya was out after scoring just two runs but he played six balls and Tim David hit a few sixes but failed to take advantage of them. Amidst all this, despite his best efforts, Rohit remained at the other end and was watching the match go out of hand.

First. With Dhoni's ballistic 20 and strong half-centuries from Shivam Dubey and Ruturaj Gaikwad, Chennai Super Kings scored a strong score of 206 runs for four wickets.

Dubey (66 not out, 10×4, 2×6) and Gaikwad (69), who scored 90 runs off just 45 balls for the third wicket, paced Chennai's innings in the early and middle stages of the game, before Dhoni sent the batting to a packed Wankhede Mesmerized. Vintage shot-making.

The former CSK skipper hit three consecutive sixes on MI skipper Pandya (2/43), helping his team score 26 runs in the final over.

Dhoni's brilliant innings – with balls flying past long-off, wide long-on and deep square leg – took Chennai past the 200-run mark, which had looked elusive till that final over.

Although he could not go beyond 69, which came with the help of five sixes and as many fours in 40 balls, Gaikwad looked in great form.

The CSK captain crossed the line effortlessly to clear the ropes and when the MI bowlers challenged him by swinging their balls across his body, Gaikwad improved in finding his runs without taking any unwanted risks.

With PTI inputs

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