MS Dhoni’s last-ball six seals win, seventh spot for Pune

MS Dhoni remained unbeaten on 64 off just 32 balls. 23 of those came in the final over of the innings.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: May 21, 2016 7:44:23 pm
MS Dhoni's innings featured four boundaries and five big hits over the fence. (Source: BCCI/IPL) MS Dhoni’s innings featured four boundaries and five big hits over the fence. (Source: BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni smashes Axar Patel for 23 runs off the last over to help his side gun down 172, and finish 2016 edition of the IPL at seventh spot. It was a mountain to climb in the final over but Dhoni did what he does best – keep calm and let his bat do all the talking. (IPL POINTS TABLE)

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AS IT HAPPENED!

Dhoni smashes Axar for 23 in last over; Pune beat KXIP by four wickets to finish IPL 2016 at 7th spot

1928 hrs IST: Dhoni hits one way back into the stands for A SIX. Pune need 6 off 1

1926 hrs IST: Dhoni still fighting for Pune. The hosts now need 12 off two

1922 hrs IST: Amla saves a boundary in the deep. Dhoni doesn’t run. Pune need 16 from 3

1920 hrs IST: 22 from 5 and Dhoni hits Axar for a HUGE SIX!. Pune need 16 from 4 balls now

1917 hrs IST: WICKET! Mohit scalps Perera with first ball of the over. Pune now need 29 off 11 balls

1912 hrs IST: SIX! Dhoni hits one way back into the stands to make it 29 off 13

1908 hrs IST: Equation: Pune need 44 from 18 balls. Dhoni and Perera in the middle

1900 hrs IST: 16 from the Abbott over. Pune now need 54 from last four. Dhoni and Perera in the middle

1850 hrs IST: WICKET! Short, Pathan miscues and Saha takes a sharp diving catch. 86/5

1844 hrs IST: WICKET! Pune imploding here. Now Khawaja sweeps one straight to the fielder in the deep. Mann with the second wicket of the over. Pune 80/4

1843 hrs IST: Crowd erupts as MS Dhoni walks out to bat, for one last time in IPL 2016

1841 hrs IST: WICKET! Tiwary goes after Mann again but hits it to Behardien who takes a neat diving catch in the deep. Pune lose their third wicket

1839 hrs IST: SIX! Mann into the attack and Tiwary welcomes with a big hit over the mid-wicket fence

1830 hrs IST: Pune 60/2 in the 10th over of the innings. Tiwary and Khawaja rebuild the innings after early hiccups

1823 hrs IST: Tiwary brings up the FIFTY for Pune with a couple. One more wicket could make this chase very interesting in Pune

1820 hrs IST: WICKET! Bailey is stumped off Axar. Pune struggling at 47/2 in 173-run chase

1816 hrs IST: Bailey ends the last over of the powerplay with a boundary. Pune 44/1 after six overs

1813 hrs IST: George Bailey is the new man in. Joins Khawaja in the middle

1809 hrs IST: WICKET! Sandeep, as it has been the case throughout the tournament, gives KXIP early success as he scalps Rahane. Pune 35/1

1755 hrs IST: It has been a steady start by Pune openers so far. Doing nothing silly in the middle. Just like KXIP started, in watchful fashion

1750 hrs IST: Pune openers Rahane and Khawaja are out in the middle. They need 173 runs to end their campaign on a winning note

1727 hrs IST: KXIP ride on twin fifties to post 172/7 against Pune in Vizag. (Vijay 59, Mann 51; Ashwin 4/34)

1724 hrs IST: Dhawan is the new man in and he’s off the mark with a SIX!

1722 hrs IST: WICKET! Axar goes big but fails to clear Chahar in the deep. Chahar-Tiwary combine well to complete the catch. 160/7

1720 hrs IST: WICKET! Behardien hits one straight to Rahane in the deep to give Dinda his first wicket. 160/6

1715 hrs IST: IPL WICKET NO 100 for R Ashwin as he traps Miller in front for his fourth of the day. 154/5

1714 hrs IST: WICKET! Mann goes for the big hit again, miscues and Chahar takes the catch. No 3 for Ashwin

1713 hrs IST: Mann cuts one to the ropes, brigs up his FIFTY off 29 balls

1712 hrs IST: SIX! Mann is dealing in sixes. Dances down the track and hits it over Ashwin’s head

1711 hrs IST: Three to play, Kings XI Punjab 140/3

1710 hrs IST: SIX! Mann goes inside-out and hits Pathan for the second big hit of the over

1708 hrs IST: SIX! Mann goes after Pathan and clears the fielder, ropes with ease for a much-needed hit over the fence

1704 hrs IST: Miller, who has had a forgettable IPL 2016 so far, joins Mann in the middle

1702 hrs IST: WICKET! Vijay (59) swings, misses and Ashwin hits. KXIP 123/3

1658 hrs IST: SIX! Short from Zampa and Vijay just smokes it over the fence. Sits back and hits it easily over long-on for another maximum

1654 hrs IST: FIFTY up for Vijay. KXIP move to 111/2 after 14 overs

1650 hrs IST: SIX! Vijay gets down on one knee and hits the Zampa delivery to second tier. Brings up the 100 for KXIP, moves to 48

1644 hrs IST: After 11, KXIP 81/2. They started well, and now it’s important they finish well too. Pune, as Dhoni said at the toss, enjoy chasing

1639 hrs IST: With two back in the hut in quick succession, Vijay holds key for KXIP. Needs to hold the innings together and steady the ship with Gurkeerat Mann

1635 hrs IST: WICKET! Zampa’s good run in Vizag continues as he scalps Saha early in his first over. KXIP 65/2

1632 hrs IST: Adam Zampa is into the attack. He enjoys bowling at this venue

1630 hrs IST: Saha is the new man in. He joins skipper Vijay in the middle

1629 hrs IST: WICKET! Ashwin into the attack and he scalps Amla in the very first over. The slow pace off the wicket works in the offie’s favour as Amla hits one straight to short mid-wicket

1625 hrs IST: Irfan Pathan back into the attack. He opened the bowling and went for eight in his first

1622 hrs IST: SIX! Amla joins the act now. Brings up the FIFTY for KXIP with a maximum. 52/0 after six

1619 hrs IST: Chahar is too straight on this occasion and Vijay clips it fine to end the over with a boundary. KXIP 40/0 after five overs

1618 hrs IST: SIX! Vijay goes big, doesn’t time well, still it sails over the ropes. KXIP 36/0

1615 hrs IST: The ball is slow off the surface. Both Vijay and Amla have struggled to time the ball sweetly so far

1611 hrs IST: Short from Dinda, Vijay picks it early and pulls it fine fashion for a boundary

1609 hrs IST: Pune have done a fine containing job – keeping both KXIP openers quiet. KXIP 17/0 after three

1607 hrs IST: Pathan is off the attack after only one over. Chahar into the attack

1602 hrs IST: Top over by Dinda. The seamer is having a good IPL and concedes only two from the first

1559 hrs IST: Pathan concedes eight from his first and it’s Dinda from the other end

1555 hrs IST: KXIP openers Amla and Vijay are out in the middle. Irfan Pathan with the new ball for Pune

1537 hrs IST: The team sheets are out. Here’s a look at the two XIs

RPS XI: A Rahane, U Khawaja, G Bailey, S Tiwary, MS Dhoni, T Perera, I Pathan, R Ashwin, A Zampa, A Dinda, D Chahar

KXIP XI: M Vijay, H Amla, W Saha, D Miller, GM Singh, A Patel, F Behardien, R Dhawan, K Abbott, M Sharma, Sandeep Sharma

1529 hrs IST: Team News! Pune unchanged; KXIP bring in Rishi Dhawan for KC Cariappa

1527 hrs IST: TOSS! KXIP win toss, elect to bat against Pune in Vizag. Both captains happy with the outcome of the flip of the coin

1526 hrs IST: Plenty of cracks on the pitch. It’s not a high-scoring venue. Exciting contest on the cards in Vizag

THE BUILD UP:

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