MS Dhoni did what he does best on Thursday night, which is lead his team to victory in the final over. He hit a key boundary on the final ball of the innings to help Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians at the DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai.
The Mumbai Indians' 3-wicket loss was their seventh of the season, giving them the record for the worst start to an IPL season by any franchise. Yes, the five-time IPL winners, who are the league's most successful franchise, are the first team in the league's 15-year history to lose seven games at the start of a season.
Rohit Sharma's side got off to a bad start in this match as well, as youthful CSK bowler Mukesh Choudhary took three wickets in the powerplay, putting the Men in Blue under pressure. Tilak Varma's comfortable half-century helped MI put up a respectable 155 on the board.
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The bowlers put forth a valiant effort and came close to bringing Mumbai home, but MS Dhoni's brilliance prevented Mumbai from triumphing, as Jaydev Unadkat failed to defend 16 runs in the final over.
"They will be down in he dumps. They are a champion team, having won the title 5 times. So, they will all be very upset. Every team expects to lose matches but to lose 7 in a row means they are (effectively) out of the tournament," former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said on host broadcaster Star Sports.