MS Dhoni has a big fan base all over India, and the former Indian cricket team captain is greeted with loads of love every time he steps onto the ground. The situation was no different on Monday, when the Chennai Super Kings took on the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, with the veteran being applauded throughout the game.
However, one supporter got the attention of the internet, and his sign quickly went viral on social media. “I sold my bike just to see Thala Dhoni all the way from Goa,” said the fan, who arrived carrying a banner that read, “I sold my bike just to see Thala Dhoni all the way from Goa.”
Here’s the legend
Patrao Vallor tuka 👏🏼 pic.twitter.com/SiXM9loJmh
— Sagar Bandodkar 🇮🇳💹 (@sagarbandodkar2) April 17, 2023
Chennai Super Kings came together just in time to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by eight runs in an Indian Premier League encounter that yielded 444 runs here on Monday.
Devon Conway smashed 83 off 45 balls, and Shivam Dube blasted to a 27-ball 52 as CSK produced an impressive 226 for six after being asked to bat first. In response, RCB finished with 218 for eight.
Faf du Plessis (62 off 33 balls) and Glenn Maxwell (76 off 36 balls) gave CSK a worry until they arrived at the crease, sharing 126 runs for the third wicket to increase expectations of a famous win.
RCB got off to a bad start after losing Virat Kohli to an Akash Singh delivery. Akash could have had greater success if Maheesh Theekshana hadn’t dropped a skier from Mahipal Lomror at mid-off.
Lomror, on the other hand, didn’t endure long after being apprehended by Ruturaj Gaikwad at cover point. In the next over, Maxwell smacked Akash for two sixes while Du Plessis struck Despande for two fours and a six.
Du Plessis exhibited his arsenal of blows in the next over, and Akash suffered the brunt of his anger, giving two boundaries and a six.
Du Plessis and Maxwell were at their ruthless best, hitting fours and sixes at whim and not sparing any CSK bowler.
While du Plessis reached his fifty in just 23 balls, Maxwell reached his half-century in 24 balls. The Australian then hit a six to help RCB reach 121 for two in 10 overs.
Theekshana had the last laugh when he tripped up Maxwell, who had hit a skier in pursuit of a huge shot, and MS Dhoni did the rest to end the dangerous partnership. To make matters worse for the RCB, du Plessis was out in the next over, giving Dhoni another skier off Meen Ali.
Needing 58 off the final five overs, veteran Dinesh Karthik maintained RCB in the hunt with some sneaky boundaries and was also given a life off Deshpande in the 17th – by Ruturaj Gaikwad. Tushar Deshpande (3/45) then dismissed Karthik, effectively ending RCB’s aspirations.