MS Dhoni stars in a last-over victory for Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni scored 67 to take his team to a five-wicket win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad © PTI

Chennai: Apr 25, 2013

An early onslaught from Michael Hussey and a late surge from skipper MS Dhoni helped the Chennai Super Kings overcome a good total of 159 to register a five-wicket victory over the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium
 
Hussey and Murali Vijay orchestrated a quickfire start on a a rare off day for the Hyderabad bowlers. After a quiet first over from Darren Sammy, Vijay started with an uppish drive over the infield for a boundary off Ishant Sharma.

Hyderabad’s ace bowler Dale Steyn had a poor start as his line and length were off and Hussey was in no mood to let him settle down. Steyn conceded 10 runs off his first over as the Chennai batting began to pick up pace. Sammy came back to concede 15 runs off the next over and the visitors began to feel the pressure. Before they knew it, Hussey and Vijay added an unbeaten partnership of 58 runs in the powerplay.

Cameron White was running out of ideas as his bowlers were leaking runs and it took Hyderabad’s most relaible bowler of the season, Amit Mishra to break the partnership. Vijay failed to judge the turn and stepped down the track and missed the ball completely as wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock completed the formalities behind the stumps. Hyderabad got lucky a couple of overs later as Mishra got rid of Hussey who was looking to play a sweep shot, only to have ball take the backside of his bat and land in the hands of de Kock.

At this stage, the Chennai Super Kings were on 76 for two in the 10th over, putting the game back in the balance. But any hopes of a comeback were quashed in the very next over when Mishra failed to hold onto a catch of the dangerous Dhoni at the deep fine leg. That turned out to be the game-changing moment.

Dhoni and Suresh Raina made the fielding side pay for their short comings and went after the bowling. They were looking to build a match-winning partnership before Mishra struck for the third time in the night to get rid of Raina. Dwayne Bravo walked into the middle with the home side still needing 61 off 40 deliveres.

White used unknown spinner Karan Sharma beatifully as the right-arm bowler finished with astonishing figures of no wicket for eight runs in his four overs, which included a maiden over to Bravo to add pressure on Chennai. With Chennai needing 46 off the last four overs, Steyn was brought back into the attack.

But that did not make a difference to Dhoni who welcomed Steyn with a six over deep midwicket. Steyn followed it up with a short delivery, a couple of yards quicker, but it was dealt with the same severe treatment from the Chennai skipper. But Ishant followed that up with a splendid over under pressure to give away just four runs and dismiss Bravo to tilt the game in Hyderabad’s favour again. The home side needed 28 runs from the last two overs.

But, Dhoni unleashed some powerful hitting and took the game by the scruff of its neck to finish it with two balls to spare.

Read the first innings report here

Brief Scores: Sunrisers Hyderabad 159 for 6 in 20 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 63*, Ashish Reddy 36*; Mohit Sharma 2 for 33) lost to Chennai Super Kings 160 for 5 in 19.4 overs (MS Dhoni 67*, Michael Hussey 45*, Amit Mishra 3 for 26) by 5 wickets

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(Prakash Govindasreenivasan is an Editorial consultant at CricketCountry and a sports fanatic, with a soft corner for cricket. After studying journalism for two years, came the first big high in his professional life – the opportunity to interview his hero Adam Gilchrist and talking about his magnificent 149 in the 2007 World Cup final. While not following cricket, he is busy rooting for Chelsea FC)