Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni failed to strike yet again and he was dismissed by Ravi Bishnoi while trying to play away from his body in Dubai against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Thursday. After deciding to bowl first, PBKS bowlers were all over CSK, reducing Dhoni’s team to 134/6 in 20 overs.
On the final delivery of the 12th over, Bishnoi delivered a googly and the ball took an inside edge before landing onto the stumps. The 40-year-old, who played an 18-ball 27 knock in his previous outing, could manage only 12 runs off 15 balls this time. So far, the CSK has scored 96 runs from ten innings in IPL 2021 innings at an average of 13.71 and a strike rate of 95.04.
Playing in their last match of the league stage, Chennai lost their in-form opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (12) in the fourth over. Moeen Ali came out to bat but could depart after a 6-ball duck. Pacer Arshdeep Singh was the one to strike on both occasions. Later, Chris Jordan also joined the party and dismissed Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu in seventh and ninth over respectively.
Faf du Plessis somewhat resurrected the innings with his fifth half-century of the season. Here is the video the dismissal:
Is Thala using the ‘Ben stokes’ word?🧐 pic.twitter.com/1BBfVZSm5Y
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Here is how MS Dhoni fans reacted to the failure:
— Keshav Kashyap (@Keshavjaihind) October 7, 2021
— Rutwik N (@Rutwik2304) October 7, 2021
— Swati Singh💞. (@SinghSwati07) October 7, 2021
Once again #Dhoni fails, again to a spinner. Don't understand why he forces himself up the order overlooking better players. Suddenly #csk is struggling, looks like peaked too early. If CSK loses this match badly chances of playing in the eliminator is a possibility. #IPL2021
— 🇮🇳 Natarajan 🇮🇳 STAY HOME 🇮🇳 STAY SAFE 🇮🇳 (@Natraj60) October 7, 2021
— Harry Potter (@Spidyee007) October 7, 2021
— Sudhahar VJ (@Sudhahar_msd) October 7, 2021
We Live in that society
Where those people who don't do anything for country and
— Kunal (@ja05761656) October 7, 2021
Whats going in Dhoni's mind no one can predict. One day he said he would like to play his farewell match for CSK in chennai and now he said he dont know whether he will play for yellow or not uncertain.#csk #WhistlePodu #Dhoni #MSDhoni
— Aman (@AmanDVSJ) October 7, 2021
Thala Fans be like👇👇 pic.twitter.com/EUa3mIdHEg
— Sunaina Bhola (@sunaina_bhola) October 7, 2021
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, CSK skipper, MS Dhoni said: “You have to cope (when it comes to mental or skill aspect) up with that. We had played very good cricket to reach the playoff stages. We had a few bad games 2 out of 3 and one we felt like we could have a comeback and that’s part and parcel d in leagues like these, you have to be at your best.”
He further added, Motivation is not a factor, the guys are highly motivated and maybe we need to tune up slightly as to what needs to be done and also a few tosses if they had gone our way. It would have looked worse winning toss and batting on that wicket and I felt the wicket changed a bit, it was a bit challenging but it was a good wicket.”
CSK only managed to reach the tally of 134 runs, which PBKS chased it comfortably in 13 overs as PBKS skipper, KL Rahul played a brilliant knock.