IPL 2024
MS Dhoni’s Stunning Hat-Trick of Sixes Off Hardik Leaves Wankhede Awestruck
By CricShots - Apr 14, 2024 9:55 pm
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In a spellbinding showcase of his trademark finishing prowess, former Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni set the Wankhede Stadium ablaze with a sensational display of six-hitting in the closing overs of a gripping encounter against Mumbai Indians (MI) on Sunday. With the crowd erupting in anticipation, Dhoni, unfazed by the pressure, unleashed a barrage of sixes in the final over bowled by Hardik Pandya, captivating fans with his seasoned expertise and unyielding composure.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni smashes three sixes off Hardik Pandya

Entering the crease with just four deliveries remaining, Dhoni embarked on a breathtaking assault, launching three consecutive deliveries into the stands with consummate ease. The first of his towering sixes soared a staggering 81 meters over long off, followed swiftly by another thunderous blow over mid-wicket.

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Undeterred, Dhoni continued his onslaught, dispatching a full toss to the deep square leg boundary, sending the opposition reeling and the spectators into raptures. Dhoni’s late flurry not only stunned the opposition but also propelled CSK past the formidable 200-run milestone, rescuing the team from a precarious position of 186 with just four balls to spare.

Earlier in the innings, after winning the toss, Mumbai Indians opted to field first, thrusting Chennai into the batting spotlight. While Ajinkya Rahane failed to make a significant impact, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Rachin Ravindra stitched together a crucial partnership, adding 52 runs to the scoreboard.

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Despite Ravindra’s initial struggle, Gaikwad’s sublime form provided stability to the Chennai outfit. However, it was the explosive alliance between Gaikwad and Shivam Dube that turned the tide decisively in Chennai’s favor. Both batsmen notched up impressive half-centuries, laying the foundation for a formidable total, further bolstered by Dhoni’s electrifying late cameo.

Dhoni’s scintillating performance left fans enthralled, validating their investment in witnessing the spectacle firsthand. Commenting on the match, cricket pundit Sunil Gavaskar expressed astonishment at the lackluster death bowling displayed by Mumbai, questioning the strategic decisions made by the captain and highlighting the missed opportunities to contain CSK’s onslaught.