The entire nation was excited to watch the face-off between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) at the first playoffs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 10. The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was completely packed as two star-studded teams were going to face each other so as to reach in the season finale. And as expected, Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned out to be the ultimate entertainer of the evening.
Earlier, MI skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first and invited RPS to bat first. Pune had a trembling start as they lost two wickets in the first two overs. But Ajinkya Rahane and Manoj Tiwary hit half centuries and kept the run flow balanced. But MS Dhoni was totally in a different mode. He provided the much-needed momentum at the right time.
After the dismissal of Ajinkya Rahane (56), MS Dhoni came into bat at number five in the absence of Ben Stokes. By the time the score was 89/3 and Pune needed a miracle to be alive in the game. And then it was Dhoni who entered the ground. Though it was a Mumbai crowd but they just started chanting ‘Dhoni-Dhoni’ loud and clear.
Well, the above mentioned humongous six was just the start. But the way Dhoni ended the inning was something terrific. Dhoni hit a total of 5 sixes and surprisingly, no fours. He started charging from the 19th over and his show ended till the final over. With his monstrous batting, a total of 41 runs came off the last 12 balls were 26 runs were scored in the 19th over and 15 in the 20th.
Rising Pune Supergiant ended up putting 162 runs on the board and Mumbai needs 163 runs to win the first qualifier.
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