Chennai Super Kings (CSK) came up with a vintage batting performance against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. It was a near-perfect effort by CSK as they paced the innings exceptionally well to finish with 220. The KKR spinners did well to minimize the damage, but the pace bowlers were smashed all over the park by the CSK batters who showed no signs of stopping.
Firstly, it was the under-fire Ruturaj Gaikwad who accelerated for CSK along with Faf du Plessis who played the role of an anchor. The two got their first fifty-partnership of the season and took it past 100. Both batters got their half-centuries and even as the former got out, Moeen Ali walked in and kept the momentum going. After Moeen’s dismissal, it was MS Dhoni who promoted himself up the order and walked in.
Watch – MS Dhoni deposits Prasidh Krishna for a six
Although it seemed like a strange decision for Dhoni to promote himself due to his tendency to take some time before getting settled, the CSK skipper proved that he was there to bat with intent. He took to freeing his arms early and got his first four off Sunil Narine‘s bowling in the history of the IPL. He then faced Prasidh Krishna and although he was beaten for pace initially, he was soon able to read the pacer.
Off the last ball of the over, Dhoni got a perfect connection as he hit a flat six over the leg-side. It was the wicket-keeper batsman’s first six of the tournament and CSK fans would certainly hope there will be more to come.