Today when Chennai Super Kings take on Mumbai Indians in Pune; this will be an epic moment for CSK skipper MS Dhoni and its fans as MS Dhoni will be playing its 150th match as a skipper in IPL with a winning percentage of 59.45%
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 28, 2018
MS Dhoni Stats as a Skipper in IPL
|MS Dhoni (CSK, RPS)||2008-2018||149||88||60||0||1||59.45|
Not only this, MS Dhoni became the first T20 batsman to score 5000 runs as captain. He achieved this feat after his match winning 70 not out against RCB on Wednesday. MS Dhoni once again he showed why he is been called best finisher of the game as CSK chased down a rigid 206-run target to shatter RCB’s hopes of a home win in Match 24 of IPL 2018 at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
Dhoni’s 34-ball 70 not out and Rayudu’s 82 off 53 balls raised CSK out of a hovel at 74/4 to post a famous win that took them to top of the table with 10 points from five wins in six matches.
“I thought when we had the innings break this was difficult to chase because when I was keeping, I felt AB batted well to get them to 200 runs and it was tough to score. I thought it was 15-20 beyond par score. The key for us was the two left-handers but we lost them early. Just had to hang around there. This is a small ground, ball travels and there was just a bit of dew and it worked in our favour. Rayudu batted really well. Got a very good partnership and then Bravo striking at the end, overall it went perfectly according to the script,” Dhoni said.
Now today they will face the Mumbai Indian’s 2nd time in the tournament after opening match which CSK won by 1 wicket. Mumbai Indians are bottom of the points table. CSK, on one side have won close games and even chased down stiff target of 206 runs (against RCB) while on the other side is Mumbai Indians were dismissed on just 87 runs in their last game against SRH while chasing modest target of 119 runs.
Here’s what Mumbai Indian’s Batsmen Aditya Tare said:
“We haven’t had the ideal start but one positive thing is that we have got eight games to go, we can still turn things around.”
CSK coach is not taking Mumbai Indians lightly:
“The teams are at their most dangerous when they have nothing to lose. We have seen that in the past with CSK and how they have come back strong from very difficult positions. There’s no reason to think Mumbai Indians can’t do the same as well, given the talent they have,” CSK bowling coach Eric Simmons said ahead of a practice session on Friday.
Total Matches between the two
|Won by MI||13|
|Won by CSK||12|