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Changed the Game - DhoniBY: Raja Vikram | Category: Sports | Submitted: 2012-05-27 01:07:02
Article Summary: "This article is about the attacking avatar of MS Dhoni aganist MI in Eliminator match of IPL 2012..."
CSK (Chennai Super Kings) seems to hit the IPL on a hatrick. At one stage of IPL it was thought that they were out of playoffs but now they are just two wins away from hatrick IPL. In the Eliminator match against MI they have chosen to bat first and have lost two successive wickets of Murali vijay and Suresh raina on two swinging balls from Kulkarni. It was thought that they were going on a rough path. But Badrinath and Hussey has done a good job of making a beneficial partnership when needed. And then the show started after the wicket of Michael Hussey.
The captain of CSK (Chennai Super Kings) has done a wonder with his superb batting performance. He has taken the fight back on a real higher level and his counterattack has lead MI out of competition. The determination of CSK has proved too much for MI. The captain was on the mood to attack. The attacking avatar of Dhoni has made them to reach to the next level of IPL. After the brilliant partnership from Hussey and Badrinath , Dhoni has taken the match towards win. In the 11th over they were at around 90s with the loss of 4 wickets and the runs were projected at 130-140 by the end of the innings. But the dashing sixes and helicopter shots from the skipper has changed the complexion of the game. They finished at 187.
Dhoni has made his half century only in 20 balls. He scored 51 from 20 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes at the strike rate of 255.00. With the support of Bravo who has scored 33 of 14 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes at the strike rate of 235.71. Bravo's game has helped Dhoni to play his natural innings. On that day his game and way of hitting has given clues that he was there to go on like anything. The first six by him has gone on to the roof by hitting the longest six of the match at 112 meters whereas the previous one was of Gayle for 111 meters. Then, on for Malinga he has taken a ride with his lovely swinging helicopter shot to six. His game has really attracted the audience. He has played his game when it was in real need. There is no doubt that he is a match winner. His hitting and tenacity from CSK has made them very strong in the match.
Dwayne Smiths game has helped MI to show that they are fighting for the win. The first five overs he was on fire. The opening stand was of 47. But the left arm spinner Jakati bowled very well with discipline at the other end. The run out of Sachin Tendulkar has turned the game and smith followed him by a catch out in the same zone. Then the wickets of R sharma, D Karthik , Rayudu fell down quickly . Franklin went out in the 14th over where there was a need of 84 runs in last six overs. The pressure was on Pollard and Bhajji. But the pressure to win the matches of big chases are difficult as these are must win matches.
To conclude the pattern of Game from CSK and attacking avatar with leadership skills of Dhoni have changed the game to a win for them and meet DD in semi-final.
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