Dhoni still has it; Virat & Co's 205 not enough to seal win

“Sorry future partner but MS Dhoni will always be my first love. I love you Mahi!” the text on the placard read

“Sorry future partner but MS Dhoni will always be my first love. I love you Mahi!” the text on the placard read

De Kock (53 off 37 balls) struck a boundary and four sixes to play the flawless supporting role in the 103-run second wicket stand with De Villiers, who made 68 off 30 balls, including eight giant sixes and a half-century in just 23 balls.

Dhoni would blast CSK home with the help of Ambati Rayudu whose 82 formed the bedrock of the innings helping the Super Kings bounce back after losing Shane Watson (7) early.

Rayudu led the charge for Chennai, while Dhoni's blazing knock snatched the victory from the jaws of defeat. The south paw started cautiously and raised the tempo only towards the end, collecting six fours and seven sixes along the way. He received a reprieve on 61, when Umesh Yadav dropped a sitter at cover. Rayudu and Dhoni then joined forces and bailed CSK out of trouble. To add insult to injury, Rayudu hit two sixes off the last deliveries off the over to reduce the equation to 55 off 24. There will be a gap of 30 minutes between the two events for teams to prepare.

RCB's was a odd innings as it saw two wicket-maiden overs and a triple-wicket final over, which also fetched the home team 14 runs. While CSK edge past SRH in a thrilling nail bitter in Hyderabad, Bangalore on the other thrashed Delhi Daredevils thanks to AB de Villiers who tormented the Delhi bowlers in his masterclass on matchday 21.

Needing 15 runs from the final over, Dwayne Bravo hit four, struck a six and took a single from the first three balls to give Dhoni the strike. It is learnt that a big number of woman and children who could not get tickets have approached the KSCA officials to make special arrangements and provide them the tickets for this game.

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Invited to bat, RCB were off to a brisk start but lost skipper Virat Kohli (18) to Shardul Thakur in the fifth over.

With both the RCB batsmen going hammer and tongs, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni threw the ball to his West Indian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, and the "Champion" responded in style by packing back de Kock with a smart catch in follow-through.

CSK brought in veteran spinners Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir in place of Karn Sharma and Faf du Plessis. "He has been a fantastic captain for us", de Villiers said.

But some late blows from Mandeep Singh (32 off 17) and Washington (13 not out off 4) ensured the hosts finished in excess of 200.

Imran Tahir was next in line as AB de Villiers hit one of his maximums out of the Stadium which went 111 metres long to become the longest six of the tournament.

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