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155/7 (20)
156/7 (20)
CSK won by 3 wickets
Player of the match: Mukesh Choudhary
 
And that is that! Another chapter in the famed MI-CSK rivalry adds another fine epilogue to it. There's a Round 2 coming up later this season but that's much later - for now, it's a clash between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals coming up tomorrow at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. That ought to be another cracker so do join us for our coverage of the same. Of course, do ensure you keep yourselves up to date with all the other cricketing news and action from across the globe right here on Sportskeeda. Thank you so much for tuning in tonight - on behalf of my good friend and partner-in-crime Pratyush Rohra, this is Sooryanarayanan Sesha once again reminding you to mask up and get vaccinated in case you haven't already. Goodnight and take care!
Bindaas he said and you could see it in the confidence with which he spoke. He's had a tough initiation into the big league and those dropped catches against RCB didn't help either, but Mukesh Choudhary is growing in confidence. In essence, he did what Deepak Chahar has done over the last few seasons for CSK - set up games in the Powerplay. The pendulum swung thereafter and it was a fickle one at that, mind you. But in the end, both MI and CSK have shown that the El Clasico is a title befitting of the bout between the two sides. It doesn't matter how their seasons have transpired, these two teams never cease to amaze. And all you nostalgia merchants must be left in awe with that vintage MSD finish, aren't you?

Mumbai Indians have now lost their first seven games this season - a first for any team in IPL history. You need the rub of the green to go your way when the going gets tough but it wasn't to be tonight. Their season looks all but over at this point as far as the five-time champions are concerned. As for CSK, that's a win they desperately needed. Halfway into their campaign, they remain in ninth position but they have reasons to believe that they can pick up some momentum going forward. They have a lot of rough edges to fine tune themselves though if they are to challenge those in the upper echelons of the points table.
Mukesh Choudhary is the Player of the Match for his outstanding spell of 3/19 off 3 overs in the Powerplay

Choudhary: It's been a different journey - I never thought I'd play cricket in the first place. My parents put me in a boarding school in Pune where we played all sports. Then when I got into junior college I lost interest in studies so I decided to give cricket a try. I try to swing the ball if I have to bowl three overs in the Powerplay. I kept practicing in the nets and I've been working on my wrists. I've been trying from the first game but I'm glad it worked today. I don't feel any pressure - when I see the ones in the team I lose any kind of pressure. When you have such big names in the team you just want to go and play bindaas (carefree).
Ravindra Jadeja (Chennai Super Kings Captain): It was very tense the way the game was going. But we knew that one of the great finishers of the game was there. We knew that if he (Dhoni) was there until the last ball he would finish it. He showed the world that he's still here and can finish the game. (On Mukesh Choudhary) He swings the new ball and we wanted him to swing it in the first six overs. He came in and bowled in good areas. We have plenty of experience in our team so they know what to do and what not to. If we aren't winning the game we still look to stay calm. (On him having dropped catches) It happens (sheepishly grins) - I don't take fielding for granted and I still work hard on it. We need to do some work on our fielding and take our catches. We can't keep dropping catches.
Dwaine Pretorius: Unbelievable (batting with MSD). He is the master of finishing of games and he did it again tonight. I wanted to go for the scoop shot in the first over against Bumrah but he (MSD) told me to wait. I waited and then the next time I told him I'm going and he said okay, go for it. I just knew we needed five boundaries and no dots to get over the line tonight. Working hard. Just glad I can contribute to the team's win today. We really needed that one. Hopefully, we can win a few more.
Mumbai Indians 155/7 in 20 overs (Tilak Varma 51* off 43 balls, Mukesh Choudhary 3/19 off 3 overs) lose to Chennai Super Kings 156/7 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 40 off 35 balls, Daniel Sams 4/30 off 4 overs)

A bizarre game. In many ways this was bizarre. Right from the buildup in fact, given that the El Clasico of the IPL had the two most decorated teams in the competition in the bottom trenches of the points table. But again, it was no different when the league began and it is no different in 2022 - Mahendra Singh Dhoni has the pen to write the climax of a thriller and it's a happy ending again!

Chennai Super Kings had no business taking it that deep but hey, this is CSK. It is their business to do so! Of course, all those dropped catches seemed to come back and bite them with 156 looking tricky to chase on this surface. Given that they lost Ruturaj Gaikwad off the very first delivery, the ordeal only got tougher.

A promoted Mitchell Santner couldn't do much either and it wasn't until Robin Uthappa and Ambati Rayudu stitched together a 50-run stand that a semblance of assurance was restored. Uthappa chipped one back to Hrithik Shokeen but the decision was overturned with the ball seemingly touching the surface. Uthappa couldn't carry on for too long though and wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals.

Daniel Sams had a dream outing with four wickets, more so after a real tough ordeal earlier in the tournament. Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja couldn't do much either and with conditions getting tougher for the incoming batter, Rayudu's wicket seemed to be the final nail in the coffin.

But of course, you never say never as long as MS Dhoni is out there. He ran the singles and even as Jasprit Bumrah nailed those yorkers, it came down to 42 needed off the last three overs. CSK stayed on course with the eight-ball though with Dwaine Pretorius finding the boundary ropes just when they needed it. That ramp he played off Bumrah in particular was pivotal in ensuring that the target was within reach.

Once he fell though and it came down to 16 off 4 deliveries, it seemed a stretch too many for even the great MSD. But hey, the 20th over is MS Dhoni territory. It's his world and everybody simply lives in it. A straight short-arm six and a top-edged boundary followed and as though it was written in the stars, Dhoni finished it off in style again with a boundary through the backward square leg region. Wow, that was something indeed!
Rohit Sharma: In the end, it was a great fight from us. We were right in the game. After batting not so well, the bowlers kept us in the game all through. In the end, we know how calming MS Dhoni can be and he took them home. It's hard to put a finger on it. It's just that we're not applying ourselves. If you lose a couple of wickets upfront, it's always going to be tough. You're always playing catch-up. We set a reasonable target and thought we could keep them under pressure, which we did till the last over. But in the end, MS and Pretorius were quite calm and got them home. We want to back ourselves with the ball. Whatever we have in front of us, we back ourselves to go and defend that. The pitch was good, we could have got more runs there. But as I said earlier, we lost a few wickets upfront, after which it was always going to be hard for us after that to come out and play freely. We got to a reasonable target but it wasn't enough. 
MAHENDRA SINGH DHONI! That's it. That's the name, that's the game! It's 2022 but some things remain constant in life. MS Dhoni finishing it in style is one. WHAT. A. CRACKER. Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians by 3 wickets off the final delivery!
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156 /7 score
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cricket bat icon MS Dhoni *
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cricket bat icon Dwayne Bravo
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cricket ball icon Jaydev Unadkat
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19.6 Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, DHONI FINISHES IT OFF IN STYLE! You've heard that before. Of course, you have. Low full toss by Unadkat as he couldn't quite nail that yorker. Dhoni looks to whip it away and drags it off the inside edge slightly to find the gap behind square and seal the deal for his side. Captain, leader, legend. The Thala weaves his magic again! Chennai Super Kings win a thriller by 3 wickets. 
You couldn't write this script! You just couldn't. It's going absolutely ballistic in the DY Patil Stadium. One good delivery is all Unadkat needs to bowl, one hit away though is MSD. 4 to win...
19.5 Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, finds the yorker on this occasion but Dhoni's managed to shovel this one out towards deep mid-wicket and manages to scamper back for the second. 4 in 1 now...
The cutter into the surface doesn't work! Called one for the over as well. 150 up for Chennai Super Kings. One hit away now - is he doing it the great man?
19.4 Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, FOUR! Top edge runs away for four. Looked for the surprise slow bouncer but Dhoni's held nothing back as he moves onto the back foot for a top-edged pull that balloons over short fine leg to trickle away into the boundary 
Three men deep on the leg-side apart from a long off and sweeper cover.
'Dhoni! Dhoni!' goes the crowd.
There's one! 10 needed off 3! It's all happening out there! Have you any fingernails left?
19.3 Jaydev Unadkat to MS Dhoni, SIX! VINTAGE MSD! Aided by some poor bowling, it must be said. Looking for the cross-seaming wide yorker but Unadkat's dished out a slot delivery outside the off-stump. Dhoni clears his front leg and clobbers this downtown to send the ball thudding into the sightscreen! 10 off 3 now.. The tension is palpable. 
Huge roar as MSD takes strike. Is it going to happen? 
19.2 Jaydev Unadkat to Dwayne Bravo, executes the toe-crushing yorker on this occasion, Bravo flicks it to deep square leg to get MSD back on strike. If anyone can, he can