Hardik Pandya got trapped in MS Dhoni’s trick. (PTI Photo)
Chennai: Chennai Super Kings have made it to the finals of IPL-2023. This is the 10th time when Chennai will play the title match. A big and important reason for the success of Chennai is its captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni is called a very cunning captain. He traps the batsmen in his net. Dhoni’s mind is very sharp and that is why he is counted among the great captains of the world. Dhoni’s excellent captaincy was also seen against Gujarat Titans in Qualifier-1.
Batting first in this match, Chennai scored 172 runs losing seven wickets. Gujarat has one of the best batsmen and for this reason it seemed that Gujarat would win this match, but it was Dhoni’s captaincy and his proper use of the bowlers which stopped the current winner for 157 runs.
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One move killed Pandya
Chasing 173 runs, Gujarat lost its first wicket in the form of Wriddhiman Saha on the last ball of the third over. Hardik Pandya came after him. When Pandya is in his form, he can trouble any bowling attack. But Dhoni did not let this happen. Even before Pandya could set foot, Dhoni showed him the way to the pavilion. Here Dhoni played with Pandya’s mind. Pandya was dismissed on the fifth ball of the sixth over. Ravindra Jadeja caught his catch on the ball of Mahish Teekshana.
Jadeja caught his catch at point. Before Pandya’s dismissal, Dhoni had changed the fielding. He removed the fielder from square leg and placed it near the covers. Dhoni did this because Pandya was trying to hit the top of the circle on the off stump. As soon as Dhoni put another fielder on the off side, Pandya got out on the next ball. Pandya was first thinking of hitting over the curve but seeing the fielder there, he thought of playing the ball over the point and got stuck here.
👀 Dhoni moved a fielder to the off-side a ball prior to Hardik getting dismissed! #GTvCSK #TATAIPL #Qualifier1 #IPLonJioCinema pic.twitter.com/oJow2Vp2rj
— JioCinema (@JioCinema) May 23, 2023
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good use of bowlers
This victory of Chennai is special because it has defended 173 runs in front of a team which has the ability to achieve a target of more than 200 runs and all this has happened because the Chennai bowlers have done their job well. Dhoni used him at the right time which gave him success.
Ravindra Jadeja shocked Gujarat by taking the wickets of David Miller and Dasun Shanaka at crucial times. Mathisa Patirana bowled brilliantly in the last over and took the wicket of Vijay Shankar. Apart from Pandya, Teekshana dismissed finishers like Rahul Tewatia. Tushar Deshpande took only one wicket but this wicket of his had confirmed the victory of Chennai because this wicket was of Rashid Khan.
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