11.47pm Dhoni trudges off slowly. He's a broken man, but so much of that pain would have been eased had CSK pulled this off. He almost ended up pulling off an impossible heist that brought what seemed to be a dead contest to life. And what hitting! We haven't seen this kind of brutality from Dhoni in some time now. And it was a real fight. Both in the context of the game and for the pain that he fought through. Every shot that he played took its toll on him, but the power he possess is unparalleled.
But credit to Mohit Sharma, too. Despite being hit for a four and six, he pulled off a couple of perfect yorkers, and kept a cool head in executing a brilliant strategy: the wide yorker that made Dhoni reach out, which was pretty difficult with the injury. And let's not forget what set this all up: a belligerent knock from Chris Gayle, complemented brilliantly by KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and
"I think they bowled pretty well. Mujeeb was a great difference," says MS Dhoni. "In the second half I thought there would be dew but there wasn't much of it. Chris' innings and Mujeeb's bowling did it for them. It was a close one, which is important, because it shows you're competing. What are the boundaries we can omit? What are the easy deliveries that we can avoid? These are the things we need to work on. All the games have been close, which means the individuals in the team get to learn a lot, but yes, overall we need to improve. We have confidence in Jadeja. This is the time we can give him the opportunity to express himself. Raina at the top of the order, one left-hander, and if we can have Jadeja as a floater... so if we can just give him the opportunity, which we haven't so far, and I hope he can come good. The back is pretty bad, but god has given me lot of power and I don't need to use my back a lot. My arms can do the job. It shouldn't be too bad because I know what happened, and when you know the extent of injury, you know how bad it really is."
"We put on a show. Any slight miss of length, he was slamming us out of here," says Andrew Tye. "Outstanding stuff from Chennai. You just got to try and figure out a dot and execute as best as you can. We've only got one game here, the crowd was electrifying."
"I felt there was a lot of dew, which made it pretty hard," says Kings XI captain R Ashwin. "It (the run out) was a pretty enjoyable moment. One of the major things we have discussed is having trust in one another as a bowling group. It was all about double-bluffing as far as we were concerned. We're not a team that is going to go back saying we should have done this or that; we're a team that's going to go back thinking we should have stuck to the basics."
"It's good to be back," says Chris Gayle. "I got a text this morning saying I'm playing. But most importantly, we won, which makes me pretty happy. Once you've got momentum, you can keep the bowler under pressure. It was a close game, but we ended up winning, which feels pretty good. I feel 25."
Alright then, that's a wrap of this game. Pretty sure you enjoyed that, and hope you liked our coverage of it too. It was my pleasure bringing this to you live. Until next time then. Good night, and thanks for joining us.
Prabhat sharma: "Yes they won but why aswin didn't complete quota of their most economic bowler.....mujeeb and gave 1 over to yuvi instead conceding 10 runs an over.........strange"
Eleven off three
Dhoni back on strike. Tense faces in the crowd with faint chants of "Dhoni Dhoni" as the IS Bindra Stadium bites its nails
Seventeen needed off the last over. Dhoni functioning on pure adrenaline. Mohit to bowl the last over.
Thrity-six off two overs. Andrew Tye comes in with CSK getting a slight move on
Vishal Pal: "Whats the use of holding back Bravo if you don't get out and let him hit"