CSK defeated Delhi Capitals by four wickets in Qualifier 1 as Dhoni returned to form with a much needed 18 off six balls.
The India skipper said Dhoni’s innings against Delhi Capitals made him “jump out of his seat” in excitement.
“Anddddd the king is back the greatest finisher ever in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight. @msdhoni,” Kohli tweeted.
Anddddd the king is back ❤️the greatest finisher ever in the game. Made me jump Outta my seat once again tonight.@msdhoni
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) 1633889911000
In the last two overs, CSK needed 24 runs but Avesh Khan dismissed set batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad on the first ball. Dhoni whacked a six and match came down to 12 needed off the last six balls.
IPL 2021, Qualifier 1: Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Capitals
<p>Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 70 and an unbeaten cameo from skipper MS Dhoni helped Chennai Super Kings reach a ninth Indian Premier League final with a four-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Sunday. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)</p>
In the final over, Tom Curran removed Moeen Ali but Dhoni held the nerves and smashed three fours to seal the CSK’s spot in the summit clash.
#ChennaiSuperKings march on into the Finals of #VIVOIPL 2021. https://t.co/fvlCQaKqLc
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1633891604000
Earlier, Prithvi Shaw’s stylish fifty and skipper Rishabh Pant late half-century helped Delhi Capitals post 172/5 against CSK.
Delhi Capitals were 80/4 in the 11th before Pant and Shimron Hetmyer stitched an 83-run stand for the fifth wicket to revive the innings. In the last three overs, Delhi Capitals scored 31 runs to get over the 170-run mark.