IPL 2024
Harshal Patel Strikes, Cleans Up MS Dhoni for Golden Duck
By CricShots - May 5, 2024 6:22 pm
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MS Dhoni, renowned for his finishing prowess, faced an unusual setback in the ongoing IPL 2024 clash between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Punjab Kings. The veteran cricketer, known for his exceptional batting at the death overs, encountered a rare failure as he fell prey to Harshal Patel’s bowling, departing for a golden duck at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel dismissed MS Dhoni

Prior to this game, Dhoni had showcased impressive form in the death overs, amassing 110 runs in 47 balls with an array of boundaries and sixes. However, his innings against Punjab Kings saw an unexpected conclusion as Harshal Patel deceived him with a well-disguised slower yorker.

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Entering the crease in the 19th over of the CSK innings, Dhoni aimed to provide the finishing touches. However, Harshal’s clever variation proved too much to handle for the seasoned campaigner, as he mistimed his shot, resulting in the ball sneaking under the bat and crashing into the stumps.

 

Despite Dhoni’s dismissal, CSK managed to post a competitive total of 167 for 9 in their allotted 20 overs, with Ravindra Jadeja emerging as the top scorer with 43 runs off 26 balls. Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali also contributed with scores of 32 and 30 respectively.

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In response, Punjab Kings capitalized on their bowling prowess, with Harshal Patel leading the charge with three crucial wickets for 24 runs. The fast bowler’s stellar performance propelled him to the position of joint leading wicket-taker in IPL 2024, with a tally of 17 wickets in 11 games.

Additionally, Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Singh contributed significantly, claiming three and two wickets respectively. With their previous victory against CSK fresh in memory, Punjab Kings aimed for another triumph, setting the stage for an exciting encounter.