MS Dhoni continued his love for last-ball sixes as India’s limited overs skipper signed off this IPL edition in style by wrapping a last-ball win for his team Rising Pune Supergiants.
Requiring 23 from the last over, RPS were in a spot of bother as they were staring at defeat in the final game.
Axar was given the responsibility to bowl the last over and Dhoni was on strike. No run was scored off the first ball and the second was bowled wide by Axar.
Dhoni went big on the second legal delivery of the over as he smashed one way back into the stands to release some pressure.
The skipper nearly scored a boundary off the third but a brilliant fielding effort in the deep by Hashim Amla denied Pune crucial four runs. Dhoni was confident that it would reach the ropes and didn’t bother running. It resulted in another dot ball.
The equation came down to 16 runs from 3 balls for Pune. The fourth delivery earned RPS a much needed boundary.
Now the equation read 12 runs required from the last two balls of the match.
Dhoni hit the first for a six but the job was half done as they still needed six off the last delivery. The flamboyant right-handed batsman chose the mid-wicket area as he swung the bat with full force to seal the four-wicket win.