It is a high intensity match as it is the first Qualifier of the IPL 2017 between Rising Pune Supergiants and Mumbai Indians. The winner would book a ticket to the finals.
Mumbai won the toss and chose to bowl first on what seemed to be a slow pitch as batsmen were struggling to get bat to ball. Pune had some early blows as Tripathi and Smith departed inside the powerplay overs. At one point, they seemed to struggle to get to even 130 but Dhoni’s trademark finish at the end ensured Pune reached a defendable score of 162 as he hit Mclenaghan and Bumrah for 2 sixes each in the 19th and 20th over respectively. He started slowly but soon upped his ante in a crucial match.
Twitter was all praise for Mahendra Siingh Dhoni. Here are some reactions:
Once a FREAK always a FREAK! MS Dhoni on 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) May 16, 2017
Horror over from McCleneghan and a stirring finish from Dhoni. @RPSupergiants have lots to play with now.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 16, 2017
He is not as consistently brilliant as he used to be but Dhoni keeps reminding us that the brilliance is still very much intact.👏👏👏
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 16, 2017
First 17 balls – this bloody Dhoni should retire.
Next 7 balls – this bloody Dhoni will win us Champions Trophy!#MIvRPS
— Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) May 16, 2017
Dhoni thought Goenka was bowling.
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) May 16, 2017
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) May 16, 2017
— thaman S (@MusicThaman) May 16, 2017
— R P Singh (@RpSingh99) May 16, 2017
Someone is on 🔥🔥🔥!
— Archana Vijaya (@archanavijaya) May 16, 2017
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 16, 2017
— MSDhoniFansOfficial (@msdfansofficial) May 16, 2017