CSK v Sunrisers Hyderabad, CLT20, Ranchi

Dhoni hits five sixes in Perera over

The 18th over of Chennai Super Kings' innings, bowled by Thisara Perera, cost 34 runs. Here's how MS Dhoni did it

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 26, 2013

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MS Dhoni slammed five sixes off a Thisara Perera over, Chennai Super Kings v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Group B, Champions League 2013, Ranchi, September 26, 2013
MS Dhoni hit four consecutive sixes © BCCI

17.1, 1 wide, starts with a wide down the leg side
17.1, SIX, pitches it up and where does it go? Straight into the stands over the sight screen. MSD took a step towards off and slammed it 92 metres away from him, the crowd erupts
17.2, 1 wide, well outside off and wide again. Pressure is showing on Perera
17.2, 2 runs, low full toss outside off, Dhoni doesn't connect properly and a misfield at midwicket from Ishant gives them two
17.3, SIX, full toss and where does this one go? Over the fine leg boundary. Dhoni didn't have to use much power their, he used the pace of the bowler to whip it towards a short boundary
17.4, SIX, this one's on a length and Dhoni has played an inside-out slice over deep backward point for another six. He used his wrists to swivel this one and got the distance
17.5, SIX, on length outside off and CRASH BOOM BANG! This has gone over wide long-on for a huge six. It was a repeat of the six he struck to finish the World Cup
17.6, SIX, short outside off, third man in the circle and Dhoni reaches out for an upper cut and it lands on the rope for the fifth six of the over! Took some time to find the ball

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Posted by arunsmail4u on (October 2, 2013, 7:54 GMT)

Its amazing the way he shocked cricket viewers over these years by his weird moves which can hardly fail! Situation awareness, observation, quickness in reaction! Long story short, Man with a plan.. The one and only MS Dhoni.. Hats off!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 18:53 GMT)

So it was poor fielding that caused this. Had Ishant prevented the second run Dhoni would have been at the other end. But I still think that Dhoni should have been the man of the match. It was his batting that made all the difference particularly this over. SRH lost by only 11 runs. Also, too many bowlers may be SRH dilemma as Dhawan does not know who to use when. He should keep Ishant for later use. Dhawan is not good at rotating bowlers. But SRH must be feeling OK because it was an extraordinary batting by Dhoni and they almost chased it that too with a lot of batters contributing.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (September 27, 2013, 10:08 GMT)

@Patdabac.You must mean when Dhoni is playing a T20 because I have seen Dhoni look like a deer in the headlights when playing fast swing bowling on a fast surface,its actually quite easy to stop him in real cricket.

Posted by S.Jagernath on (September 27, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Its amazing how an international cricketer like Thisara Perera can have absolutely no control over his bowling.Where was the yorker?Its shocking how ridiculously poor the bowling was.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 27, 2013, 7:32 GMT)

@Blade-Runner - "Been there, done that"? So what was there to be sweating with nervousness? Even Steyn was dismantled by AB DeVilliers in an IPL game, but he didn't look like a deer caught in a headlight beam.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (September 27, 2013, 6:56 GMT)

Congrats to Thisara for the achievement. Does this guy termed as worlds best bowler and better than Styen few days back by SL fans??

Posted by SyedArbabAhmed on (September 27, 2013, 6:33 GMT)

India has been blessed with very good batsman and leader in the form of MS Dhoni, Respect from Pakistan!

Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 0:29 GMT)

reply to johnathonjosephs : I dont know why its a problem when Dhoni or Inidan player or Indian team is on the front page, if they deserve, they will be. We have seen thousands of times, when anyone in England or Australia sneezes , its on the front page. This was not a sneeze , this was best of the best cricket.Stop being jealous and appreciate the talent irrespective of the country they come from.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 22:56 GMT)

Perera looked highly nervous from the 1st ball. 3 overs and 60 runs - it is hurting a lot !

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 20:01 GMT)

MSD is unique!!! No issues wid Perera, he is a good bowler.

Posted by android_user on (September 26, 2013, 19:55 GMT)

I guess sl gans wud stop comparisons between steyn and perera after his dismal bowlibg under pressure from best finisher in limited over game.dhoni is unstoppable when in form. perera missed world record for most runs conceded in T20 by a small margin.

Posted by Temuzin on (September 26, 2013, 19:45 GMT)

@ Deep Thaukur, You must be new to cricket otherwise you should know what happens when dhoni plays for India. he wins cups, smashes bowlers all over and is main reason for India's ascendency in all form of cricket. Check the records.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 26, 2013, 19:15 GMT)

I like how when Perera himself did this against the South Africans (35 runs off the over) in an INTERNATIONAL 50 OVER MATCH, there was barely anybody who cared, but when Dhoni did this in a T20 DOMESTIC match, its on the front page, etc. That being said, it seems that Dhoni feasts on Sri Lankan bowlers. They are probably his favorite opposition and everyone knows how many times he single handedly has taken the game away from Sri Lanka

Posted by Savvy-Cricket-Analyst on (September 26, 2013, 19:03 GMT)

Karn Sharma is in the Sunrisers team as a specialist bowler. Yet for the second match in a row, he has not been given any bowling at all. He was one of the notable economic bowlers in IPL. Moreover, a bowler of the calibre of Mishra was given just two overs, even though he was the second most economical bowler after Steyn. Over dependence on part-time spin bowlers like Duminy is surprising. Poor Captaincy here from Dhawan.

Posted by Blade-Runner on (September 26, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

I've seen an article like this a couple of weeks ago in an "International" match. It was 6, WIDE, 6, 6,6, 4, 6. It was 2 more runs than this one. Guess who it was, Thisara "Iron Man" Perera. :) So, been there- done that.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:27 GMT)

That over cost Hyd the match even though more than a recent start by the openers.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 18:24 GMT)


Dhoni is not local boy, he is local Hero. There is a difference you see..

By the way where is Bladerunner, who declared Perera would win the match for SRH. Looked like he played for CSK today. :)

Posted by Patdabac on (September 26, 2013, 17:49 GMT)

When Dhoni gets going no bowler can do anything other than see the ball sailing over the ropes. It's amazing that Dhoni is yet to get a 50 in T20 internationals, although his 50 over record is brilliant. Feel bad for Perera, who did so well in his last match.

Posted by TamilIndian on (September 26, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

It would not have taken time to find the ball on the last six - gotcha!

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 17:23 GMT)

what a player he is.ms dhoni very professional player good athlete too

Posted by IndianEagle on (September 26, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

People talking about school book techniques, look at dhoni's innings another example for his power and strokemaking ability. No words to express these kind of brutal innings.

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 17:15 GMT)

Totally thrashed....tough luck perera........

Posted by   on (September 26, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

The best finisher. But what happens when playing for India??

Posted by Venkiviru on (September 26, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

Amazing man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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