IPL 2023, CSK vs PBKS | Twitter thanks umpires as their controversial ruling fuels MSD carnage
Dhoni hit two sixes off the last two balls vs PBKS.|
There are plenty of applications of technology in cricket nowadays which help the game to be played with accuracy. However, fans were more than happy with the third umpire's not-out decision after Liam Livingstone's controversial catch to dismiss Devon Conway which led them to witness vintage MSD.
On Sunday in Match 41 of IPL 2023, Chennai Super Kings finished with 200/4 in Chepauk against Punjab Kings as Devon Conway top-scored with a magnificent 52-ball 92 not out. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Shivam Dube made their mark as well, scoring a 31-ball 37 and a 17-ball 28 respectively, but all the limelight eventually went to the immortal man – MS Dhoni. Coming to bat in the 20th over, the 41-year-old struck two back-to-back sixes off the last balls of Sam Curran to take the team to a solid total. However, fans might not have been able to see their beloved Thala go berserk had the third-umpire Yeshwant Barde not stuck with the on-field decision and let Dhoni stay at the non-strikers’ end.
It all happened on the fourth ball of the 20th over when Devon Conway pulled a slow delivery off Curran but did not get his timing right. Placed at mid-wicket, Liam Livingstone ran to his right and put in a dive to grab the ball. The Englishman somehow managed to take the catch, but the ball was very close to the turf. Livingstone was not sure about the legality of his catch either, and thus, he told the on-field umpires to double-check.
The controversy began from there on. While a replay showed Livingstone’s fingers were underneath the ball when the catch was taken, the next replay, which was not as clear as the first one, indicated that the ball might have been dropped when Livingstone was about to grab it. As there was no conclusive evidence, Barde was happy to stay with the on-field decision, which incidentally brought Dhoni back on strike. The netizens could not have asked anything more from Barde who allowed Dhoni to turn back the clock and revel everyone with waves of nostalgia.
Rest is history
Last over of the innings.@msdhoni on strike 💛, you know the rest 😎💥#TATAIPL | #CSKvPBKS pic.twitter.com/xedD3LggIp— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2023
That lost chance
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The Man, The Myth, The Legend - Thala MS Dhoni#CSKvsPBKS #CSKvPBKS #Dhoni #PBKSvsCSK pic.twitter.com/OL3thryh1z— Vishwajit Patil (@_VishwajitPatil) April 30, 2023
Age just a number
Most Sixes in the 20th Over in IPL History:— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 30, 2023
MS Dhoni - 59*
Kieron Pollard - 33
Age is just a number for Dhoni. pic.twitter.com/MoxUr1qvlP
Last one maximum
Dhoni & the Last ball Six 🤩😍🥳.#CSKvsPBKS pic.twitter.com/tqxeX6aaiG— Rathna kumar (@MrRathna) April 30, 2023
Suresh Raina Watching MS Dhoni hitting sixes From Commentary Box: pic.twitter.com/Iu97T1Ul15— Pulkit🇮🇳 (@pulkit5Dx) April 30, 2023
700+ runs in 20 over in IPL— RK (@MahiGOAT07) April 30, 2023
MS Dhoni- 708 runs
end of the list pic.twitter.com/mZmJssBErN
THE GREATEST EVER 🛐💛@MSDhoni #IPL2023 #CSKvsPBKS pic.twitter.com/YtQJKqc31T— DHONI Era™ 🤩 (@TheDhoniEra) April 30, 2023
Watching Dhoni hit a 6 on the last ball! 😭 https://t.co/a0nwgYion4 pic.twitter.com/I38BHNKv7W— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 30, 2023
Heating up chepauk
The whole crowd waited for 2 hours in the heat of Chepauk to see this man and MS Dhoni didn't disappoint.— Sexy Cricket Shots (@sexycricketshot) April 30, 2023
Faced just 4 balls and smashed 2 sixes on the final two balls - The GOAT! #CSKvsPBKS pic.twitter.com/grlpgiSZzY
Dhoni Finishes off in style 😭🔥 pic.twitter.com/An12u1OiKi— Asmit⁰⁷💛 (@MSDhoniAddicted) April 30, 2023