IPL 2018: Pakistani Journalist Applauds MS Dhoni, Gets Trolled Back Home

The much-awaited South Indian derby between Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore and MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings is all set to resume as they lock horns in the 24th Indian Premier League on Wednesday

IPL 2018: Pakistani Journalist Applauds MS Dhoni, Gets Trolled Back Home

The venue of the match is at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune.

Earlier, Suresh Raina (75 off 47 balls) and Ambati Rayudu (46 off 35 balls) did the bulk of scoring for Chennai after being asked to take first strike by Mumbai. Mumbai can also look at bringing in New Zealand pacer Adam Milne for his compatriot Mitchell McClenaghan, who is leaking runs, especially in the end.

In this eliminator match, Mumbai Indians, like Bangalore, got off to a blazing start picking up two early wickets with only a solitary run on the board. "There's no reason to think Mumbai Indians can't do the same as well, given the talent they have", CSK bowling coach Eric Simmons said ahead of a practice session on Friday. Simons, who had worked closely with MS Dhoni during his stint with the Indian team from 2010-2012, felt the Pune wicket is familiar to many players in the team, who had played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous two seasons.

In the 14th over, skipper Rohit Sharma joined the party and produced a one-handed six over long-off and then followed it up with sweep six over short fine leg off Watson. His match-winning knock of 70 was studded with seven sixes, the most he has ever hit in a single IPL innings. What an innings from Rohit, he remained unbeaten on 56 off 33 balls. After hitting the winning six, Dhoni celebrated aggressively, punching his helmet in delight. Chennai prevailed on that occasion, beating the Mumbai in their own backyard by just one wicket.

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Raina sent Krunal across the ropes in the next over, before young spin sensation Markande was introduced and he bowled a tight over. "You never know who gets a chance somewhere and I'm happy for him", he said."Dhoni is looking in really good touch, he's hitting the ball really well this IPL but not great to see it against us".

But, having scored 91 from the opening 10 overs, the Super Kings struggled to maintain the momentum built by the pair.

In the 12th over, Krunal dismissed the risky Rayudu when he tried to clear the ropes with a sweep shot but ended up hitting straight to Cutting at deep midwicket. Sam Billings came and went back to the dugout for the addition of just nine runs to the team total, while Ravindra Jadeja was bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal to leave CSK in a spot of bother at 74 for four.

But on Wednesday night, as the required run rate galloped - once again threatening to creep away from CSK's reach - Dhoni took Chennai home with an innings of the highest pedigree. After a poor start to the campaign, Quinton de Kock came good with his sixth IPL half-century.

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