IPL 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni played a brilliant match-winning innings against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the ongoing tenth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2017). Dhoni batted in his trademark style and took the match to the last ball and finished it off with a boundary.
Dhoni was under a lot of pressure to do well after failing in the first couple of matches of IPL 2017. But, Dhoni chose the right occasion and answered his critics in the most emphatic manner. RPS lost early wickets and they needed someone to anchor the innings bat through. And Dhoni did exactly that. He took his time initially but once he got his eye in, he smashed Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers all around the park with ease.
Rising Pune Supergiant required 11 runs win in the last over of the match and that’s where MS Dhoni showed his class and won the match for his team. SRH’s fast bowler Siddarth Kaul was given the responsibility to bowl the last over because of his ability to bowl good yorkers but he couldn’t do much to stop MS Dhoni in that kind of a mood. Dhoni kept his composure till the last ball and manipulated the field brilliantly. Finally, 2 runs were needed off the last ball and Dhoni finished the match with a boundary.
During a conversation with Hindustan Times, Siddarth Kaul revealed what MS Dhoni told him after the match:
“It is very challenging to bowl at Mahi bhai when he is in blazing form. I tried different variations and changed the field placements, but he just went after the bowlers and snatched the match from us.”
“Acha ball kar raha hai tu. Pace bhi bhadd gaya hai tera aur yorkers bhi ache jaa rahe hain. Aise hee sharp ball rakh. (You have been bowling well. The pace has also increased and you are executing the Yorkers to perfection. Keep up the good work).”