The action returned in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Saturday, with Delhi Capitals (DC) hosting Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. While Delhi Capitals are already out of the running for the four playoff berths in this year’s edition of the IPL, the Super Kings face stiff competition from the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Lucknow Super Giants.
The visitors won the toss, and MS Dhoni elected to bat first. CSK made sure they capitalised on the opportunity with exceptional batting as they posted a massive 223-run total. CSK openers Devon Conway (87 off 52) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (79 off 50) were the stars for the visitors. They were further assisted by cameos from Shivam Dube (22 off 9) and Ravindra Jadeja (20 off 7).
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Interestingly, when Ravindra Jadeja was on strike, batting with MS Dhoni in the final two overs of Chennai’s innings, the Delhi crowd chanted ‘single, single’, urging the allrounder to take a single and have MS Dhoni on strike. MS Dhoni’s fan following is unbelievable. Earlier today, there was a video as well released of fans in Delhi running after the CSK team bus to catch a glance of MS Dhoni.
Here’s the viral video:
The craze of MS Dhoni and CSK in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/MXXj64XiEG
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) May 20, 2023
Next, in the sixteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the second game of the day will see the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in an exceptional match with the lives of both teams on the line. Following this, Sunday would be the last day of the league stages as another doubleheader awaits fans. The first game will see the eliminated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) try and spoil Mumbai Indians’ (MI) party at the Wankhede Stadium. The final match of the league stages will feature Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) trying their best to qualify while playing against the already-qualified Gujarat Titans (GT).
Here’s how fans reacted:
Too bad still didnt get the 6 they wanted ???
— Pooh (@ThodaYehThodaWo) May 20, 2023
MSD will take a Single too
— CMA Monesh (@Cmamonesh) May 20, 2023
Excellent batting by jadeja ????
— shubham upadhyay (@CricShubh8) May 20, 2023
Feel for CSK players, zero value to the team.
— Tweeter (@Kristian0O7) May 20, 2023
Grandpa cant even hit fulltoss n freehits now pic.twitter.com/Vzcm6K7QvT
— ????? (@Sachu101845) May 20, 2023
Aisa nahi karna chahiye yrr ?
— ? (@Alreadysad__) May 20, 2023
They are chanting this , i am at stadium pic.twitter.com/rxUEmAWJ0K
— Spookie (@Spookie07) May 20, 2023
I would say worst fan base then, disrespecting jadeja.
— Mukesh Ambani (Parody) (@AmbaniHu) May 20, 2023