Indian Premier League, Elimination Final: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians at Bengaluru, May 23, 2012
Indian Premier League - Elimination final
Chennai Super Kings won by 38 runs
23 May 2012 - night match (20-over match)

Pollard to Dhoni, FOUR, and a terrific start for the captain, Pollard strays on to the pads and Dhoni flicks it in the air and into the gap on the midwicket boundary


Pollard to Dhoni, 1 run, the fuller, slower ball. Dhoni drives to long on

Chennai Super Kings 101/3   MS Dhoni 5* (2b 1x4)

Franklin to Dhoni, 1 run, punched off the back foot to cover


Franklin to Dhoni, no run, Jadeja's been let off! Dhoni had come out of his crease to flick, he missed and was hit on the pads. The ball fell close on the off side and Jadeja ran a long way down from the non-striker's end. Dhoni sent him back. Franklin ran to the ball, picked up and threw at the bowler's end. RP Singh had come running in from mid-off and he broke the stumps with Jadeja well short. He broke the stumps after failing to collect the ball


Franklin to Dhoni, SIX, that's out of here! A length ball which Dhoni got under and heaved at with might towards long-on. That's gone over the roof of the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Tremendous. The biggest of the tournament? 112 metres, so it was.

Chennai Super Kings 114/4   MS Dhoni 12* (5b 1x4 1x6)

Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, too full and Dhoni simply drills it with a lot of power between Bravo and the stumps at the bowler's end, lots of bottom hand in that shot


Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, again the length is full, and Dhoni drives along the ground through cover, super placement


Kulkarni to Dhoni, FOUR, after the full balls were punished, Kulkarni predictably shortens his length, Dhoni is ready and waiting, swivelling to pull the ball past short fine leg


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 1 run, played off the back foot towards cover

Chennai Super Kings 127/5   MS Dhoni 25* (9b 4x4 1x6)

Malinga to Dhoni, FOUR, a low full toss on middle stump, Dhoni swings it through midwicket, giving Smith a long chase from deep backward square leg. He slid and tried to stop the ball with his feet but failed


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off, Dhoni squeezes it through point


Malinga to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni stays in his crease to a length ball and drives it towards wide long-on, he is batting and running with urgency

Chennai Super Kings 141/5   MS Dhoni 32* (12b 5x4 1x6)

Singh to Dhoni, FOUR, seems so effortless, most of the fielders in the deep are on the leg side, so Dhoni moves towards leg and lofts a full ball from leg and middle stump towards the extra cover boundary


Singh to Dhoni, 2 runs, driven to wide long on and Dhoni and Bravo race the first so they can sprint the second


Singh to Dhoni, 1 run, Pollard makes a stupendous save on the wide long-on boundary. Dhoni hammered the ball, so flat and hard. It was bouncing over the boundary but Pollard dived in the nick of time, using his large reach to bring the ball down

Chennai Super Kings 149/5   MS Dhoni 39* (15b 6x4 1x6)

Malinga to Dhoni, SIX, there's the helicopter shot, and the ball has disappeared flat over the midwicket boundary. Dhoni goes back to change a yorker to a full length ball and flicks it with a lot of bottom hand. Now we've seen all of Dhoni's repertoire tonight


Malinga to Dhoni, 1 run, in the blockhole on off stump, Dhoni gets down low and plays to short third man

Chennai Super Kings 164/5   MS Dhoni 46* (17b 6x4 2x6)

Kulkarni to Dhoni, 2 runs, a low full toss, nearly in the blockhole, Dhoni forces the ball to long on, the batsmen race back for the second and Pollard kicks the ground in disappointment after throwing wide of the stumps at the batsman's end


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni plays the paddle sweep but can't beat short fine leg


Kulkarni to Dhoni, 2 runs, Dhoni tries to blast down the ground but gets a bottom edge towards fine leg, Dhoni sprints back and completes his half-century off the final ball. It's been manic

Chennai Super Kings 187/5   MS Dhoni 51* (20b 6x4 2x6)





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