Late onslaught by Dhoni ensures semi-finals berth for Chennai Super Kings
In an amazing turnaround, CSK not only entered the semi-finals but also did it in the most dramatic way possible. Skipper Mahender Singh Dhoni launched an incredible onslaught in the last 12 balls that was not only exhilarating but also enhanced his much-feared reputation as a finisher.
Undoubtedly, the video clipping of the boundary and the back-to-back sixes in the last over he hit off Irfan Pathan will receive viewers far in excess of viewers off Yuvraj’s 6 sixes off the lame duck Stuart Broad’s over on YouTube.
Though Dhoni provided the dramatic finishing touch, it was the 62-run partnership between Suresh Raina (46, 27b, 5x4, 3x6) and Badrinath (53, 36b, 7x4, 2x6) that set the stage for Chennai Super Kings elevation to the semi-finals.
Raina’s improvisation and Badrinath’s ability to change the length of the ball with his nimble footwork turned the things around in what appeared a losing cause.
Now that CSK has made it to the semi-finals, they need to reduce their over reliance on their batsmen and ensure a calm entry into the finals with a much more disciplined performance from their bowlers.