Dhoni on the attempt of finishing it off;
Things took a dramatic turn after the second time-out, with 64 needed off the last four overs. Dhoni, on 32 off 26 balls then, was in the middle of a severe struggle with his back spasms, and nobody really gave him a chance. Mohit Sharma conceded 19 runs in the eighteenth over to set the tone but it was Andrew Tye’s last over – the penultimate of the innings – that set the buzzers ringing. 19 runs were taken from him, with Dhoni carting Tye for four and two sixes compensating Ravindra Jadeja’s dismissal.
The perfect start for KXIP;
Simply it was very hard to watch CSK bowlers getting smacked all over the ground during the powerplay. It was always going to be difficult to match KXIP’s powerplay – KL Rahul and Gayle were going bonkers then, piling on 75 for naught in six overs – but Chennai, having scored 53, fell further behind when they lost both their openers. Both Murali Vijay and Shane Watson fell to slower deliveries, having been baited into playing their shots on a good pitch.
The advent of Chris Gayle;
It was quite a throwback to the good old days of Gayle onslaughts. It has been long that we haven’t witnessed Gayle hitting the ball all over the ground and IPL simply loses its charm without this. But this time there was a bit exception and that was the MS Dhoni who always had a different offspinner trying to rein in Gayle at the top and that Ravichandran Ashwin was captaining the side with Gayle in it, put Harbhajan Singh into Ashwin’s role of the yore, but it hardly panned out the same. Gayle and Rahul laid into Harbhajan, picking 24 runs off his two overs and getting KXIP off the blocks in a hurry.