Kings XI Punjab won the match that was held in Mohali on Sunday, beating Chennai Super Kings with 4 runs. However, the win didn’t come easy to them.
In the first innings it was, the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle who took everyone back into the vintage by giving an impeccable performance. He scored 63 runs in 33 balls, with the strike rate of 190. He smashed some stunning shots including, 7 fours and 4 sixes.
Kings XI Punjab gave Chennai Super Kings the target of 197 runs to chase. KXIP did amazingly well in bowling and fielding and didn’t let the players of CSK to score runs until Dhoni entered the ground and took the match with the storm.
Dhoni’s innings made the match more interesting. Dhoni scored 79 runs in 44 balls with the strike rate of 179. He made the ball reach on every corner of the ground with heights with his thrilling fours(6) and sixes(5). People went crazy and felt nostalgic as Dhoni hit the ‘Helicopter Shot’.
However, this time the team wasn’t able to win the match but he won everyone’s heart with his performance. Dhoni’s performance last night which kept everyone on the edge of their seats but he remained calm and cool himself till the last shot.
Everyone from celebrities to cricketers from around the world to millions fans of Dhoni, flooded twitter and other social networking sites and showered him with love and appreciation. Even the former captain, Kapil Dev also took to twitter to appreciate the performance of Dhoni.
Talking about Dhoni and his performance Kapil Dev said:
“He is very fit, and in terms of overall ratings, he is one of the top players in terms of fitness,”
He also said:
“This IPL will give him the strength to do bigger things as a player. He was fabulous the other night. Batting up the order is going to do a world of good to his batting. He will open his arms and shoulder at will. I am sure he is enjoying every moment of it.”
Dilip Vengsarkar, the former skipper also praised Dhoni’s fitness, he said:
“It was awesome the way he played. He came close to winning the game for CSK. He has played really well. I wish him luck,”
“I have always believed that form and fitness are two important aspects of the game. As far as Dhoni is concerned, his fitness level is still excellent — as good as he was before,”
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