IPL 2018 CSK vs MI: Mumbai manages to stop Chennai at 169/5


Here are three instances when Dhoni defied all odds to take his team over the line in the IPL. Siraj's global career is just three T20Is old and he has played just three Ranji Trophy seasons. The wicketkeeper-batsman remained unbeaten on 61 off 56 deliveries, his five boundaries and three sixes denting Hyderabad's hopes beyond fix. Dhoni anticipated the wide yorker, jumped across his stumps, got underneath the ball, and launched it for six. Bangalore were once again on the receiving end of a Dhoni masterclass.

"Table toppers" Chennai Super Kings will take on the last placed "Mumbai Indians" in the 27th match of IPL 2018. CSK have returned to their home ground after chasing a target of 205 against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Chinnaswamy Stadium while MI had a forgettable home outing against Sunrisers Hyderabad wherein they were all-out for 87 while chasing a low target of 119. He dashed down the track to his second ball and carted Pawan Negi over midwicket for six. Four scores over 35 runs and his last two innings have been in the winning cause. Such has been Rayudu's batting that one has not really missed the services of Kedar Jadhav, who was ruled out of the tournament due to hamstring injury after their first game.

If current form is anything to go by, then tonight's T20 game between Chennai and Mumbai is a no contest. Yesterday, CSK skipper Dhoni was seen bowling at the nets for more than an hour. With 23 sixes in all in this IPL, the RCB player is ahead of even Chris Gayle who has 21 sixes to his name. We asked some questions and the answers were emphatic from de Villiers and de Kock. Every time Anderson pitched it up outside off, Dhoni smoked it over the long-on boundary.

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Incoming batter Suresh Raina then shared a 42-run partnership with Rayudu, helping CSK touch the 50-run mark.

"What's important in a chase is to know which bowler has how many [overs] left and who the captain will bowl when, and you play accordingly", Dhoni said. He has shown great form this season and it's no surprise that he is the current owner of the Orange Cap with 283 runs in six games. And barring the surprise package of leg-spinner Mayank Markande, none of their bowlers have penetrated enough to win games for the team. This has been Dhoni's best IPL so far in eleven seasons in terms of strike rate, 165.87.

It was another addition to a string of dramatic chases the former India skipper has fashioned in the IPL.