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MS Dhoni scored 18 off just six balls to help Chennai Super Kings chase down 173 in the final over of the match to take the side to their ninth IPL final. Also, this was CSK’s first win against Delhi Capitals in their last five matches. CSK thus makes it to the final while DC will play the second qualifier against the winner of the Eliminator between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Set to chase 173, CSJ lost Faf Du Plessis in the very first over. Ruturaj Gaikwad continued his good form and scored 70 off 50 balls. Robin Uthappa after a few failures for CSK finally came good as he scored 63 off 44. CSK lost a few wickets quickly and it came down to 13 off the final over for the side.
Rishabh Pant gave the ball to Tom Curran with Kagiso Rabada waiting in the wings. MS Dhoni was at his very best as he finished off the game with two balls to spare.
MS Dhoni Scored 18 Off Just 6
Meanwhile, this is how Twitter reacted to MS Dhoni taking CSK to the final once again.
Anddddd the king is back
the greatest finisher in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight.@msdhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 10, 2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 10, 2021
I just love that Ziva is old enough to enjoy this.
— Mendra Dorjey Sahni (@MendraDorjey) October 10, 2021
Rabada not bowling the last over. Still can’t understand the logic #dc
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 10, 2021
— Pragyan Ojha (@pragyanojha) October 10, 2021
Captains leading their team to most #IPL finals:
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) October 10, 2021
Om Finishaya Namaha !
Great win from Chennai. Ruturaj Top class, Uthappa classy and Dhoni showing how important temparement is. Great win for @ChennaiIPL and what a fightback to reach the finals after the show last season.
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 10, 2021
MS Dhoni is the greatest @ChennaiIPL never bet against him. See you in the final he says
— Ian Raphael Bishop (@irbishi) October 10, 2021
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) October 10, 2021
Wasn’t this a remastered vintage classic in high definition. First Robin, then Dhoni… Old habits die hard .. old will forever stay gold, especially when it’s in @ChennaiIPL ‘s locker.. 9th final !! What a game ! #CSKvsDC
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) October 10, 2021
Whistlepodu! Sensational finish by #CSK to win match and reach final. When Gaikwad fell, CSK unlikely winners. Dhoni coming ahead of Jadeja seemed folly he disproved all skeptics by finishing match in a flourish. #DC not out of race yet but #CSK now certainly faves for title!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) October 10, 2021
“It was crucial innings. They were using the bigger boundary very well. I have done a lot in the tournament. We are one side that hasn’t done promotions a lot. If a Shardul or a Deepak, they can look to get a boundary from the first ball” said MSD after his match-winning knock against Delhi Capitals.
Obviously it’s very disappointing, don’t have enough words to describe how we are feeling right now. The only thing we can do is rectify our mistakes and move on to the next one. I thought that Tom bowled beautifully throughout the match, last over unfortunately went for runs. So thought the bowler who is having a great day, it’s better to use him for the last over. I thought the score was decent but they got off to a flier in the powerplay and we didn’t get enough wickets and that was the main difference. As a cricketer, we are going to rectify our mistakes, gonna learn from it and move on to the next one. Hopefully, we can win and play the final” said a dejected Rishabh Pant after Capitals lost the game.