You rarely see MS Dhoni being unbeaten in a chase and ending up on the losing side. But the CSK’s clash against RCB at Bengaluru in IPL 2019 saw Dhoni play a stunning knock of 84* and still ending up on the losing side. For the records, CSK lost the match by just a run.
This was just the second IPL match overall that a team has lost the match by just a run. The first instance before this was 2017 IPL final when Mumbai Indians had beaten Rising Pune Supergiant by just a run.
On both occasions, Parthiv Patel completed the run-out to secure a 1-run win for his team. And in both the games, Dhoni ended up on the losing side.
Cricwizz takes a look at five instances when MS Dhoni as failed as a finisher in a chase across all forms of cricket.
KXIP vs CSK in IPL 2018
CSK were asked to chase 198 for a win against KXIP. They were reduced to 56/3 in 7 overs when MS Dhoni walked to the crease. Dhoni combined with Ambati Rayudu to stitch a stand of 57 runs in 7 overs.
But the asking rate has climbed to 11 runs per over. Dhoni played a typical knock, taking the game to the last few overs. When Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed in the 19th over, CSK needed 35 runs in 10 balls.
Dhoni then unleashed his big strokes, cracking 6, 4, 2, 6 in the next 4 balls off Andrew Tye’s over. The equation boiled down to 17 runs off 6 balls.
In the third ball of the last over, Dhoni cracked a four to narrow it down to 11 runs off 3 balls. The next ball by Mohit Sharma – a wide yorker – sees Dhoni missing it completely.
Now, it was 11 runs off 2. Mohit bowled a similar delivery next. Dhoni slammed it towards deep point but refused to take a single. Now, it was 11 runs off 1 ball and an impossible target. Dhoni cracked the last ball for a six over long on. CSK lost by 4 runs. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 79.
India vs West Indies at Lauderhill in 2016
India were chasing a mammoth 246 in the first T20I at Lauderhill. KL Rahul was leading the chase with a century. Dhoni joined Rahul in the middle at 137/3 in the 12th over and they hardly looked troubled. India were cruising to a memorable win. But Dhoni’s former CSK teammate Dwayne Bravo tied things up in the last over. With two needed off 1, Dhoni edged a full-length delivery to Marlon Samuels at gully, making a heartbroken Rahul slump to his knees in tears.
India vs South Africa at Kanpur in 2015
India were chasing 304 in the first ODI at Kanpur against South Africa. Rohit Sharma was leading the chase with 150 before he gave a simple catch back to bowler Imran Tahir. Needing another 35 runs off 23 balls should have been a walk in the park for MS Dhoni. But a young K Rabada cramped Dhoni for a room in the last over. Dhoni gave a simple catch back to the bowler and with that India went down by 5 runs.
India vs England in Birmingham in 2014
England had put up; 180/7 runs on the board in the lone T20 against India in Birmingham in 2014. India responded well with Virat Kohli hitting 41-ball 66. When Kohli departed, India needed 50 runs off 34 balls with seven wickets in hand. Dhoni joined Rahane in the middle. The equation boiled down to 28 off 14 balls. Dhoni’s tactics to keep the big shots for the end proved disastrous. Besides, he did not have much faith on his batting partner Ambati Rayudu, as he refused three singles off the last seven balls as he looked for big shots for a win. The ploy backfired as India lost the match by 5 runs.
India vs New Zealand at Chennai in 2012
Chasing 168, India was on the path to a win against New Zealand in a T20 match in 2012. India needed 48 runs off 40 balls for a win. Virat Kohli had struck 70 off 41 balls to provide the perfect platform for Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh to take the attack to the bowlers. However, they failed miserably. Yuvi got out in the last over as MS Dhoni couldn’t get the big hits going, India went on to lose the match by just 1 run. Dhoni made a painful 23-ball 22 with two fours. Dhoni’s tactics to hold the big hits till the end backfired miserably.