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Dhoni took years back to take CSK to final as Gaikwad-Uthappa took Capitals to the cleaners

(Arabian) A script of dreams unfolded as MS Dhoni sealed the match with 18 runs off six balls, with Delhi Capitals chasing down a target of 173 as Chennai Super Kings with two balls to spare and their team. Took another to the Indian Premier League. The last. There was a period of half-centuries- Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 70, Robin Uthappa’s 63, Prithvi Shaw60, and Rishabh Pant51 not out – but all that will be remembered from the match will be Dhoni’s 18, as is often the case when he lasts till the end.

Grandmaster of the end-game

Rumors of Dhoni’s dwindling finishing skills were exaggerated on Sunday’s evidence. Manyata came in a brief but fiery innings of 18 off six balls. Don’t forget to suffix the not-out asterisk. For the billionth time in his career, Dhoni finished a match, a competition Chennai Super Kings probably should have won before his intervention. But no problem, Dhoni’s theater is liked by everyone.

Surprisingly in-form ahead when he came in Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s score of 70 had some eyebrows and annoyance with him at the crease. Necessity was on 24 off 12 balls. Has reached the peak of Dhoni’s level, but not that straight these days. We had to prove how wrong we were in judging him.

Avesh Khan Hits him first with a full slower ball. The second ball is pulled back slightly, and Dhoni shuffles a trice back to his back-foot, tossing it over deep mid-wicket. A sparsely populated stadium falls into disrepair.

A dot ball, then a wicket Moeen Ali, and CSK were tasked with scoring 13 runs off five balls. There is no problem. The first ball he faced from Tom Curran at extra cover, Dhoni was waiting for the ball and slamming it. A casual bottom edge that rolls over the fine-leg fence hacks the target to five off three balls. One wide reduces it to four. And inevitably, Dhoni ended the match with a drawn boundary.

The match however was set up by Gaikwad and Robin Uthappa. The latter took years back to reveal that he was not a spent force. Although his big-stroke skills had declined, far from his prime Kolkata Knight Riders days, he clarified that he still had the stroke and drive to win games, that there was still some air to blow the bowlers away. remains.

Most batsmen avoid less risk as they get older, cutting down on some of their strokes, adding more sophistication and world-knowledge to their game. But not Uthappa. At the age of 35, at the end of his career, he seems to be as enthusiastic a batsman as he was when he broke through with a stormy half-century England In an ODI in 2006. Age and experience did not dampen his enthusiasm. None of his shots on Sunday set an example more than Avesh Khan’s six. He swung it with a clean swing of the bat and a whip at long-on.

Gaikwad, on the other hand, is a rising star, or a star that has already risen. Their 110-run alliance laid the foundation before Dhoni could put the finishing touches.

middle over choke

Middle-over chokes have been an age-old CSK theme, being one of those strategic blocks that hold to their strong high-risers. This could be a professional move – suffocating batsmen bowling in the defensive areas with fast spinners and slow fast bowlers. No one can name such a teardrop or a big turning spinner who grabbed headlines in the auction.

But what they have in common is a bunch of bowlers who are arguably the best in the middle overs. A furious like Moeen Ali and Ravindra Jadeja managed against Delhi Capitals. Later Prithvi got into a belligerent mood with Shaw. Jadeja gave nine runs- Akshar Patel Sweeped him after being sent off as a pinch-hitter – but foresaw the runs would dry up. And he did dry – in the next five overs, he conceded only 30 runs and took two wickets, which also included Shaw.

There is no rocket science about how he bowls. There is no mystery or mystery about them. They thrive on the old-fashioned virtues of precision, discipline and diligence, maximizing their variations. Not only the stitched-to-fit spinners, but their medium pacers are also cut from the same cloth. None of the Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur are excited to test the durability of the speed gun. He gets the kick from experimenting with the seam of the ball and changing the pace. They don’t bother to bang the batsman’s toes or rattle their helmet; All they want to do is take out a dot ball, intercept a boundary, take a wicket or two in the process. His control of the middle overs gave CSK a hold on the match.

Even their new-ball operator Josh Hazlewood is not a hardcore T20 bowler with pace and moves. CSK is a classic case of not falling for clichés, but charting their own path.

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