- Match 29 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended166/6(20.0) RR 8.3
DEL167/3(20.0) RR 8.3
Delhi beat Punjab Kings by 7 wickets
- Match 28 - 2 May, SunMatch Ended220/3(20.0) RR 11
HYD165/8(20.0) RR 11
Rajasthan beat Hyderabad by 55 runs
- Match 44 - 14 May, FriUp Next
19:30 IST - Kolkata
- Match 45 - 15 May, SatUp Next
19:30 IST - Bengaluru
At the age of 39, making any kind of dive is no small feat, much less one with the kind of agility that MS Dhoni displayed in the match versus Rajasthan Royals on Monday. The spectacular dive came in during the 14th over, when the skipper hit Rahul Tewatia’s incoming ball outwards and darted forth to make a run but was promptly curbed by Ravindra Jadeja–who sent him back to defend the wicket.
Dhoni, unable to make it in time, took a steep dive to protect his side, sending fans back to an eerily similar 2019 where he failed to do the same in the World Cup semi-final and ended up returning home with an 18-run loss for India. While fans took to Twitter to praise his dedication, they also noted that history had almost repeated itself for the 39-year-old skipper in the IPL format of the game.
See the tweets below:
— Anshu (@fantarmatt) April 19, 2021
“I keep telling myself why didn’t i dive” – Dhoni
And today he dived for his team. This is what you say learning from mistakes.
— Dhiraj Tiwary (@dhiraj_tiwary_) April 19, 2021
— Known stranger (@Knownstrangerok) April 19, 2021
— அமானுல்லாஹ் சை உ (@Amanullah_23) April 19, 2021
Did Dhoni just dive? Can’t believe it.
— Amogh Mishra (@MishraAmogh) April 19, 2021
Chennai Super Kings crushed Rajasthan Royals with a smooth-sailing 45-runs, Dhoni’s contribution coming along in the form of 18 off 17 with two boundaries.
That fateful day in 2019, however, was the last match the skipper played for India before retiring in August of 2020.
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