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Dhoni Launches Six Outside Sharjah Stadium, 'Lucky Man' on the Street 'Steals' the Ball

By: Buzz Staff

News18.com

Last Updated: September 23, 2020, 09:45 IST

Image by IPL / @ThangamV19 | Twitter.

Image by IPL / @ThangamV19 | Twitter.

Sharjah resident got to keep the ball smacked by Chennai Super Kings skipper Dhoni outside the stadium during the run chase against the Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday.

Is vintage Dhoni back?

Chennai Super Kings captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni were handed an uphill task by Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday after the latter piled up a mammoth 216/7 on the scoreboard. Some ruthless smacking by Sanju Samson 74 (32) and a rock-solid show put up skipper Steve Smith 69 (47) ensured it wasn’t going to be an easy run chase for CSK.

CSK had a decent start with the openers Shane Watson (33) and Murali Vijay (21) bringing up 50 for no loss in the first 6 overs. But Rahul Tewatia (3/37) with his bowling spell slowed down CSK’s run chase. Faf du Plessis tried to bring momentum back, smashing 7 sixes in his entertaining innings of 72 (37) but it was too late as the Men in Yellow still needed 38 in the last over.

But things were far from over.

With nothing to lose, Dhoni loosened up and brought the memories of the good old days by thumping Tom Curran for three consecutive sixes on the last three deliveries of the match, one of which was launched outside the Sharjah stadium by the skipper and landed on the street.

The resident who came across the ball picked it up and took it with him as the IPL cameraman panned outside the stadium. The light-hearted incident was played on the big screen, as the man walked away with the very special IPL memento.

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“He’s one lucky man. Look who has the ball that was hit for a six by MS Dhoni,” the official Twitter account of IPL wrote along with the video of the exact moment when the Sharjah resident got lucky.

Despite CSK ending up on the losing side, Dhoni’s fans welcomed his hat-trick sixes with open arms.

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In the last over of RR innings, Jofra Archer used his long handle to great effect and smashed Lungi Ngidi to all parts of the ground and above it to pick up 30 runs, while Samson smashed nine of the 17 sixes that were hit by the Royals during their innings.