MumbaiÂ andÂ ChennaiÂ locked horns in the 33rd game of the Indian T20 League 2022 at the D.Y. Patil Stadium in Mumbai. Both teams were languishing at the bottom of the points table. The five-time winners had lost all of their six games while the defending champions had only one win, against Bangalore heading into the match. Meanwhile, the Yellow Brigade won the toss and elected to bowl first. The decision proved right after Mukesh Choudhary dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan in the first over.
Opposition skipper Rohit Sharma (0) was caught by Mitchell Santner on the second ball of the over. On the fifth ball, Ishan Kishan (0) was clean bowled by a yorker. In form Dewald Brevis (4) couldn’t do much as he became the third victim of Choudhary. Suryakumar Yadav (32) was looking in good form but his innings was cut short by Santner. At 47/4, Mumbai were staring down a low total.
Debutant Hrithik Shokeen (25) and Tilak Varma stitched a partnership of 38 runs before the former was caught by Robin Uthappa off Dwayne Bravo. Three over later, Kieron Pollard (14) was caught by Shivam Dube off Maheesh Theekshana. An unbeaten half-century from Varma (51*) and a cameo from Jaydev Unadkat (19*) ensured the team reached a total of 155/7.
In reply, the four-time winners lost the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad (0) on the first ball of the innings to Daniel Sams. Santner (11), who was sent as a pinch hitter, became the second victim of Sams. At 16/2, Robin Uthappa (30) and Ambati Rayudu stitched a partnership of 50 runs before the former was caught by Brevis off Unadkat. Three overs later, Shivam Dube (13) became the third victim of Sams. Rayudu (40) looked steady before thowing his wicket to Sams.
Sams got his fourth after taking the wicket of opposition skipper Ravindra Jadeja (3). The likes of Dwaine Pretorius (22) and MS Dhoni took the team close before the former was trapped lbw by Unadkat with the score reading 139/7 in 19.1 overs. The team needed 17 off five balls before Dhoni turned back the clock and hit a six and two boundaries in final four balls to seal the game by three wickets.
This is how Twitter reacted
Greatest finishers in sport.
The Coolest Man in Navi!@SPFleming7
What dâ€™you reckon?@ChennaiIPL #Dhoni #Finisher #IPL
— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) April 21, 2022
This gesture from Ravindra Jadeja sums up the admiration every player has for MS Dhoni!!
Why wouldn't they? Look at how he finished off a tough chase again when he isn't even at the peak of his abilities anymore!!#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/2A5MxRINbC
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) April 21, 2022
Leader. Icon. Finisher ðŸ”¥
He's played the most matches in IPL history, but MS Dhoni STILL has a lot to give to his side ðŸ #MIvCSK | #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/Otarcqmo78
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 21, 2022
This kind of shot is totally demoralising to any bowler. Had the desired effect. @msdhoni #devastating pic.twitter.com/0aCUxdYpZH
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) April 21, 2022
MSD for World Cup, anyone? @msdhoni #CSKvsMi #Dhoni
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) April 21, 2022
How is he still doing it ? #MSD
— Ridhima Pathak (@PathakRidhima) April 21, 2022
Rohit: "It was a great fight, I think the bowlers kept us in the game but in the end you know how cool MS Dhoni can be & he took them home."#OneFamily #à¤¦à¤¿à¤²à¤–à¥‹à¤²à¤•à¥‡ #MumbaiIndians #MIvCSK #TATAIPL
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 21, 2022
Can we request @msdhoni to come out from retirement for T20 World Cup! #Dhoni #Mahi #MIvsCSK
— R P Singh à¤°à¥à¤¦à¥à¤° à¤ªà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª à¤¸à¤¿à¤‚à¤¹ (@rpsingh) April 21, 2022
Finished the job, shook hands. Gave advice to youngsters. Retired to the dressing room. No celebrations. ICE COOL MS DHONI.
— Moulin (@Moulinparikh) April 21, 2022
What a thrilling finish! Who would have thought? Legend of #MSDhoni grows a notch higher!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 21, 2022
And Mahendra Singh Dhoniâ€™s joins the #Throwback trend â€¦ Old habits – For him and his fans #MIvCSK
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) April 21, 2022
The greatest last over batter. What a win from Dhoni. Calmness and flawless execution. #MIvsCSK
— Venkatesh Prasad (@venkateshprasad) April 21, 2022