oh, he's finished it off with a six! A six! If only this had come a ball earlier. Things could have been so different. Ah, the hurt of it all if you're Dhoni. An extremely full delivery on middle, Dhoni sends it soaring into the sky and straight over for a monstrous six
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"
is that four, is that four? No. Deep point cuts it off. Dhoni steps down the track and squeezes this out through the covers. Deep point gets around to his right. Dhoni does not take the single
excellent! Wide yorker, bang on the line. An inch here or there and it was a wide. But it's right inside. Top stuff from Mohit. Dhoni brings the bat down and just hits the ground
Eleven off three
beautiful shot! They needed four fours in four balls, and that's the first of 'em. Superb placement as he squeezes out a wide fuller one between point and backward point
tries an encore and it's drifted away too much. Tension building. Mohit needs to hold his own here. Dhoni has loads of experience in these situations. Injured back or not, you don't want to be bowling to him in these situations
great delivery. A wide yorker, making Dhoni reach. With that sore back, it's asking him to do the impossible. Beaten
Dhoni back on strike. Tense faces in the crowd with faint chants of "Dhoni Dhoni" as the IS Bindra Stadium bites its nails
good yorker, angled into Bravo's pads as he clips to deep midwicket
Seventeen needed off the last over. Dhoni functioning on pure adrenaline. Mohit to bowl the last over.
six more! MS Dhoni is doing the unthinkable here! And he's down on one knee after that shot. A full toss that angles into him and that angle makes up for the lack of power because of the injury. Swung away over square leg
in the air, and a moment of excitement as the ball lobs in the air. Not very well-timed and it lands short of long-off
overcompensates with a short ball and with the line too which is well outside off, and Dhoni ramps it over short third man! Oh the drama!
that's a bad ball. You don't bowl a wide length ball like that to a batsman on fifty-odd in the penultimate over. A free swing of the arms as he smokes it way over long-on
and there ends Jadeja's underwhelming stay. Full and angled across, and that drift does him in as he skews it in the air off the outside of the bat with Ashwin is waiting under it at extra cover
full around off, drilled very hard down to long-on
Thrity-six off two overs. Andrew Tye comes in with CSK getting a slight move on
six! Another huge hit. Jadeja gets into the act. And it was about time he did so! A length ball that Jadeja gets on top of from the crease and hammers over long-on
Vishal Pal: "Whats the use of holding back Bravo if you don't get out and let him hit"
short, wide, makes Dhoni reach out and he can't because of the injury, chops it into the surface. And that's fifty for Dhoni
humongous hit from Dhoni! A juicy half-volley, right in the slot for Dhoni to get underneath it and bludgeon it miles in the air and over cow corner
Jadeja drills a fuller one very hard back at the bowler and Mohit bumps into Dhoni as he moves to his right to try and stop it
steps down the track to meet a low full toss and hammers it to long-off. Just one. Back giving lots of trouble
in the air and missed chance. Mayank Dagar dives forward but the ball dips horribly on him and ends up sneaking from underneath to the boundary. A full toss that Dhoni shovelled to the deep midwicket region
Jadeja still can't get hold of his shots but he'll get four for this. A slow short of a length delivery that he backs away to and manages to chip over the in-field at the cover and point region