Ambati Rayudu (82) & MS Dhoni (70*) both played sensational knocks as CSK chased down 206 against RCB to move top of the table. Watch Harsha Bhogle, Zaheer Khan & Simon Doull review CSK’s heist at the Chinnaswammy.
It was not all about Dhoni though. Rayudu played his part with a massive innings and he fed off MS’s self-belief not to play the rash shot and gift his wicket away when his side were in trouble after losing four wickets. The asking rate was touching 14, 15, 16 at various points, but nothing flustered the duo.
VIDEO: MS Dhoni’s Match Winning 70* Runs (34 Balls)
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Maybe Kohli made a mistake by bowling out Umesh and Chahal but you can turn that around and say what if he was trying to get MS and Rayudu out. That would’ve sealed the game right there. Kohli was outstanding as captain but he met a bigger match in MS and that’s where the game was won and lost.
MS “Cool” Dhoni is the Man of the Match: “I thought when we had the innings break this was difficult to chase because when I was keeping, I felt AB batted well to get them to 200 runs and it was tough to score. I thought it was 15-20 beyond par score. The key for us was the two left-handers but we lost them early. Just had to hang around there. This is a small ground, ball travels and there was just a bit of dew and it worked in our favour. Rayudu batted really well. Got a very good partnership and then Bravo striking at the end, overall it went perfectly according to the script. Not exactly as we had planned, but the script was good.
This was a slightly slowish wicket and that’s why AB’s knock was special. It wasn’t an easy wicket, credit to him. Happy that people are chipping in for us. Shardul will get better. The more he is under pressure, the better he will get. You may win or lose, but if you do the process right, you are on the right track. The finisher can score runs, but if he can help the other batsman with what to play, run quicker between the wickets etc with the experience I have, that is what you want from a finisher. Rayudu’s knock was crucial.”