Josh Hazlewood and Dwayne Bravo weaved magic with the ball, before Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad powered the 135-run chase to seal a six-wicket victory for CSK over SRH in Sharjah on Thursday. The highlight though, was an MS Dhoni classic - a towering hit into the stands to seal the game.
On a slow and sluggish Sharjah surface, Josh Hazlewood (3/24) found just enough assistance, and exploited the low bounce after MS Dhoni opted to field. The Australian had Jason Roy caught-behind for 2 during a tight opening spell. Dwayne Bravo (2/17) then weaved his magic, trapping Kane Williamson leg-before for 11, before bouncing out Priyam Garg.
Wriddhiman Saha (44) was the lone notable contribution in Sunrisers Hyderabad’s first innings effort of 134/7, as no other batsman crossed 18.
As has been the theme of the season for the Chennai Super Kings, Ruturaj Gaikwad (45) and Faf du Plessis (41) got the team off to a sublime start, with the former playing the aggressor in a 61-ball 75 opening-stand. Jason Holder (3/26) threatened to stage an unlikely comeback, but Ambati Rayudu (17* off 13) struck crucial boundaries in closing stages, before MS Dhoni struck a towering six off Siddharth Kaul to secure a six-wicket win.
The three-time champions, with their 9th win from 11 games, became the first team to secure their place in the IPL 2021 play-offs.
DHONI IS BACK!
FINISHES OFF IN STYLE!
Dhoni and a six to finish. The story isn't over yet.....— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 30, 2021
WHAT A TEAM!
After ages @msdhoni finishes off in style— venkat prabhu (@vp_offl) September 30, 2021
WHAT A SIX!
MS Dhoni finishes off in style. A magnificent strike into the crowd! pic.twitter.com/PlEtgFSIay— DIPTI MSDIAN (@Dipti__7) September 30, 2021