IPL 2018, KXIP vs CSK, Match 12: MS Dhoni Couldn't Finish It In Style!

IPL 2018, KXIP vs CSK: MS Dhoni showed his true class after two ordinary innings in IPL 11

MS Dhoni almost stole Chris Gayle’s thunder with his career-best innings in IPL. The win was in arm’s distance of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) but it was a power-packed performance from Dhoni. A stiff back, a couple of massages in strategic time-outs. Gaylestorm followed by Mahi-show, it was a perfect match for the audience to witness, engaging, right down to the wire!

Here are the social updates of CSK vs KXIP clash —

23:36 IST Too close, that was too close. KXIP win by 4 runs. Mohit Sharma held his nerve against Dhoni. The CSK skipper scored his IPL career best 79 runs from 44 deliveries including 6 fours and 5 sixes. But that was absolute carnage from Dhoni. Too bad, he could not convert it into three out of three!

23:38 IST What an over we just witnessed! Vintage Dhoni on display, 19 runs from the over. 17 more runs needed in the last over. Take that Dhoni haters, 69 runs from 39 balls.

23:31 IST Dhoni hits a six muscling the good length ball from Mohit Sharma and suddenly the Mohali crowd is chanting Dhoni-Dhoni. 18th IPL fifty for Dhoni.

23:26 IST 55 runs needed from 18 balls. CSK fans want Jaddu to get out

23:16 IST Sending Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Dwayne Bravo does not seem to be working for CSK. As usual the reactions criticising the think-tank were bound to come.

23:10 IST MS Dhoni needs to accelerate now otherwise more of these will follow. CSK 122/4 in 15 overs

23:07 IST Unlucky Rayudu, gets run out on 49. That was some throw from Ashwin. He is ecstatic with that wicket and so is Preity Zinta. CSK 113/4 in 14 overs

22:52 IST The game is nicely poised between the two teams. CSK have managed to win from situations like these. Dhoni is taking his own sweet time to settle in. Besides this is his highest strike rate in IPL 2018 so far. This one is interesting

22:40 IST Ashwin is bowling leg spin. Is he taking classes from Anil Kumble? Here is another meme that is ruling the internet

22:31 IST Ravichandran Ashwin opts for DRS despite support from teammates. The umpire C.K. Nandan gave it four byes but he had to change the decision after DRS. Billings gone and Yuvraj-Ashwin’s high five each other with intensity. Oh Nandan, another bad decision!

22:25 IST CSK are very much in the game going just under 10 runs per over. Rayudu-Billings hold fort. By the way, is this true?

22:13 IST CSK off to a positive start despite losing Shane Watson’s wicket. Vijay-Rayudu are making full use of the fielding restrictions. Dhoni has not even walked in to bat and hate tweets have already started.

21:54 IST Before we start with the runchase, Gayle’s savage interview after his half-century.

It is good to be back. I found out I was playing this morning through a text. Grabbed the opportunity and got the runs. Got a chance today and made the best use of it. The batting will always be there until I call it quits. Anything can happen as a batter. I was looking forward to have a hit and it worked. Hopefully we can win this game and that will be even better for me. I was a last moment pick. These things do happen. Nothing can ever bother me. I am easy going. But the important thing is I am here and the fans get to see the universe boss. The confidence will never leave. I will take that to my grave. The runs are on the board. But Chennai chased down 200 plus on their home turf. It is a good wicket and a fast outfield. It is a big ground and hopefully the bowlers can get it right.

21:52 IST The first innings is about to start but Twitterati cannot get enough of the Gaylestorm. Meanwhile Murali Vijay and Shane Watson to open the innings.

Innings break

21:39 IST Great comeback from CSK. After Gaylestorm passed, they managed to restrict KXIP for 197 in 20 overs. This one suits them though

21:26 IST KXIP batting lineup trying to pull off a Mumbai Indians. Imploding in the death overs.

21:18 IST Yuvraj Singh shows sportsman spirit, starts walking even before umpire’s decision on the caught behind. But memes will follow anyway.

21:12 IST Imran Tahir’s marathon starts. First Mayank Agarwal and then Aaron Finch. The Australian gets out for a golden duck again. Finch becomes first batsman in IPL to opt for DRS in two matches and get out for two golden ducks.

21:08 IST Gayle’s comeback has given birth to thousands of memes on Twitter and we can’t get enough of it. KXIP 149/2 in 10 overs

21:03 IST Looks like Gayle’s innings was the inspiration Yuvraj Singh needed. Yuvraj hits a six off Imran Tahir. KXIP 136/2 in 13 overs

20:57 IST Finally, CSK bowlers can breathe a sigh of relief. Watson departs, Shane Watson must be feeling like a ‘Champion now! KXIP 128/2 in 11.4 overs.

20:54 IST What is happening here? First Rahul, then Gayle and now Mayank Agarwal is hitting sixes with brute force. Amazing hitting! Here’s another Gayle meme

20:48 IST Close enough? Meanwhile, KXIP going strong with 115 runs from 10 overs. Gayle is still dominating with 61 runs from 30 balls. Meanwhile Preity Zinta be like

20:35 IST CSK finally get a wicket, KL Rahul it is. Meanwhile, Gayle completes his half-century. Take that for a comeback!

20:27 IST The Gaylestorm is here and Kings XI Punjab fans could not be happier. He is making the young Deepak Chahar look bad now. This is Gayle’s reply to all the franchises. He could not have done it any better, those expressions from Preity Zinta said it all.

20:18 IST Chris Gayle is getting into the groove. 17 runs from 12 balls including 2 fours and 1 six. Be afraid CSK bowlers! KXIP 39/0 in 4 overs.

20:15 IST That was a wide from Deepak Chahar. Gayle is not happy with the umpire C.K. Nandan.

20:05 IST Quick fact: For the first time in IPL, batsmen with fastest hundred and fastest fifty of the tournament have opened the innings together.

20:00 IST It would be an understatement to say that this is the ‘photo of the day’. Too much respect in one photo.

19:55 IST MS Dhoni trolled CSK haters with another one liner. Burn!!!

19:50 IST He was not picked by anyone in first round, second round of IPL 2018 auctions. It was KXIP who showed trust in him, Gayle went for his base price Rs 2 crore. Will he channel the rage and give a fitting reply to all the franchises?

19:45 IST And the Universe Boss is back! Will he be a hit or miss?

19:40 IST Playing XIs 

CSK – Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, MS Dhoni(w/c), Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur

KXIP –  Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

19:35 IST MS Dhoni wins the toss and elects to bowl first.

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The big question is whether Ravichandran Ashwin will give a chance to ‘Universe Boss’ Chris Gayle in the playing XI or stick with the Karnataka-heavy batting lineup including Mayank Agarwal, Rahul and Karun Nair.

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Aaron Finch did not have the best start as he got out for a golden duck while playing his first game post marriage. Will he fire this time around? We will find out for sure.