Dhoni, who hit a nine-ball 20, placed on a key seventh-wicket stand of 38 with Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 21, to steer Chennai to 167-8
A late cameo by skipper MS Dhoni and disciplined bowling helped Chennai Tremendous Kings edge nearer to an IPL play-off berth with a 27-run win over Delhi Capitals on Wednesday (10).
Dhoni, who hit a nine-ball 20, placed on a key seventh-wicket stand of 38 with Ravindra Jadeja, who hit 21, to steer Chennai to 167-8.
“That is what my job is, I’ve informed them that is what I’m imagined to do, don’t make me run loads and it has been working,” Dhoni mentioned of his position at quantity eight.
“That is what I must do, glad to contribute.”
Sri Lankan fast Matheesha Pathirana took three wickets to assist restrict Delhi to 140-8 as Chennai consolidated their second spot within the 10-team desk with seven wins in 12 matches.
The David Warner-led Delhi, who began the season with 5 losses, stay rooted to the underside of the standings and all however out of the play-off race.
The highest 4 groups qualify for the play-offs.
Delhi started the chase with left-handed Warner out for a duck on the second ball to Deepak Chahar, who additionally despatched again previous-match winner Phil Salt, for 17.
Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh was run out for 5 however impression sub Manish Pandey and Rilee Rossouw tried to revive the chase of their 59-run stand earlier than impression participant Pathirana broke by way of.
“That is the fifth or sixth time we’ve got misplaced a wicket within the first over,” Warner mentioned after his crew’s seventh loss.
“And it was us throwing our wickets away. We misplaced a wicket to a run-out. We threw wickets away.”
Pathirana, an up and coming Sri Lankan speedster nicknamed “Child Malinga” for his slinging motion just like former tempo ace Lasith Malinga, pinned down Pandey lbw along with his trademark yorker and ended with figures of 3-37.
Jadeja took down Rossouw along with his left-arm spin to dent the chase and was named man of the match.
Earlier Chennai misplaced common wickets earlier than Shivam Dube, who smashed 25 off 12 balls, and Ambati Rayudu, who hit 23, stood out in an attacking stand of 36.
However it was Dhoni and the left-handed Jadeja who took the assault to the opposition with their late blitz that acquired Chennai 39 runs from the ultimate three overs.
The 41-year-old Dhoni, who many suspect is taking part in his last IPL as participant, raised the noise at a near-capacity crowd along with his two sixes off left-arm fast Khaleel Ahmed.