Chennai Super Kings conceded their second loss in their last two outings as they faced Punjab Kings at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Sunday.
The CSK faithful who had gone to the stadium to get a glimpse of their favorite side came back wishing for more after the loss, but they at least had the consolation of seeing CSK skipper MS Dhoni take the fold.
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In the final of the first innings, Dhoni came on to bat at number 6 after Ravindra Jadeja’s wicket fell.
As the beloved captain walked onto the pitch, the iconic background music from Rajinikanth’s 1995 blockbuster “Baashha” played almost as if on cue, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
The film is considered one of the best films ever made in the history of Tamil cinema and broke several box office records. The film’s title music is a long-time favorite in this part of the country and provides goosebumps every time it is played.
The image of Dhoni walking towards the center in time to the music made the moment more picturesque and Dhoni followed the march by scoring 13 runs on the four balls he faced.
Adorably called ‘Thala’ by the yellow faithful, Dhoni crushed two sixers in the final over, which would have satisfied any CSK supporter who paid big bucks to enter the stadium.
Dhoni’s cameo helped CSK post a 200 tally as the home side capitalized on Devon Conway’s brilliant unbeaten 92-point shot.
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PBKS were given a good start in the chase by skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Prabsimran Singh, who put together a 50 run partnership for the first wicket before Dhawan was fired by Tushar Deshpande.
Prabsimran’s 42 runs from 24 deliveries and Liam Livingstone’s 40 from 24 stabilized the Punjab chase and brought them closer to victory before Sikandar Raza and Shahrukh Khan successfully completed the chase to give PBKS two points on the board .
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