It's been a brilliant day for the Yellow Army fans as Chennai Super Kings have made their way through to play-offs, becoming the first team to to do so in IPL 2021. It's been a remarkable turnaround for them since their shocking exit last year and it was their captain MS Dhoni who completed the job in style, something that the whole cricketing world has been waiting for such a long time.
When the CSK captain walked out to bat, the score read 108/4 with only 26 runs needed in last 25 balls. However, things started to get a bit tricky with the Sharjah wicket slowing down with every passing delivery. The ball was not coming onto the bat and both Rayudu and MSD seemed to be struggling in the middle.
This is when Rayudu unleashed himself and scored couple of crucial boundaries to almost seal the victory. CSK eventually needed only 2 runs off 4 balls and the stage was perfectly set for a trademark Dhoni finish.
Dhoni finishes it off in style
After failing to execute a pull shot, the pressure was back on MSD with only three deliveries left. Siddarth Kaul came from round the wicket and it looked like a slower one where he tried to deceive the batter. Unfortunately for the bowler, the ball was perfectly in the slot but Thala - who turned back the clock and produced a monstrous 96m hit to send the ball into the stands, taking his side through to play-offs.
It was a memorable and nostalgic moment for all the fans to see Dhoni hitting a match-winning six as Sharjah erupted with joy. Apart from all the spectators, MSD's wife Sakshi and daughter Ziva were also absolutely thrilled as they applauded MSD's huge six.