The Brilliant Call By MS Dhoni- The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021’s second leg has started off with a bang. The first game of the UAE leg featured arch-rivals Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, who were neck and neck in the first half. When the Men in Yellow experienced a top-order collapse while batting first, CSK scored a solid 156/6 thanks to Ruturaj Gaikwad’s brilliant half-century.
In response, MI got off to a flying start, with openers Quinton de Kock and Anmolpreet Singh going at the bowlers right away. However, owing to a superb review from CSK captain MS Dhoni in the third over, the former walked back. Deepak Chahar bowled a good-length delivery to De Kock, who was batting at 17 from 11 balls. While the bowler believed the ball had hit the stumps, the umpire disagreed, ruling in favour of the batsman.
Quinton de Kock’s knock was brought to an end by an MS Dhoni review
While the wicketkeeper-batsman would have been relieved by the umpire’s decision, CSK sought help from technology. MS Dhoni, who appeared to be undecided at first, was persuaded to walk upstairs by Chahar. The choice was correct, as the ball smashed through the stumps on the big screen. While the CSK side was ecstatic, De Kock was forced to return the lengthy distance.
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Meanwhile, after De Kock’s ouster, players like Ishan Kishan, Anmolpreet Singh, and Suryakumar Yadav departed cheaply. It’s worth noting that regular MI captain Rohit Sharma was absent from the match. As the new ball boomed, Chahar was the wreaker-in-chief for CSK.
Before handing the bat on to Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo, he removed both openers. The team from Mumbai was reduced to 62/4 at the 10-over stage as a consequence.
The story of the game that the team from Chennai ended up winning under the leadership of the former Indian skipper
CSK won the toss and chose to bat first at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium earlier in the encounter. Despite a surprising top-order collapse, rookie opener Rutruraj Gaikwad produced a solid inning to help the three-time winners reach 156/6. MI lost wickets at frequent intervals while chasing the difficult target, and their pursuit was never seamless.
In the meanwhile, both teams are in a good spot in the points table. MI are fourth in the rankings, having won four of their seven games, while CSK is second with five victories in seven games.
The team from Chennai looks comfortable with regards to a top-four finish now. They are on top of the IPL points table and MS Dhoni will want them to stay there. The performances have been really consistent so far this season. They are looking back on top of their game, after a rather average time.
MS Dhoni will be mentoring the Indian team going into the T20 World Cup. With that being said, he will want to end the IPL campaign on a high. It could help him give the youngsters a boost, with regards to their chances to win the competition. Let’s wait and watch!!