Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni had an outstanding day on the field. In fact, he was having an outstanding day even before the game had started at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium on Friday. It all started at the toss when he flipped the coin in the air and his opposite number Shreyas Iyer made a wrong call as the coin landed in Mahi's favour. The Vizag crowd erupted in joy after knowing that CSK had won the toss and Dhoni had no hesitation in bowling first. The 'Thala' was also outstanding when the on-field action began. First, he got the DRS right which was instrumental in the dismissal of Prithvi Shaw, and then he took a stunning catch behind the stumps which helped in getting rid of a well-set Shikhar Dhawan. However, there was also a moment that made Dhoni angry.
It happened in the 17th over of Delhi's innings which was bowled by South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir and Rishabh Pant was on strike. Tahir bowled a simple delivery on the fourth ball as Pant looked to take him to the cleaners. Nonetheless. the shot was not timed well as the ball struck the toe end of his bat and went miles up in the air. For a moment, it seemed like Pant would be holed out. But, Deepak Chahar, who was standing at long-off, made a complete mess of it as he took the catch, but went inside the boundary line. Meanwhile, Tahir, who was about to celebrate, held himself back after what he had just witnessed and Dhoni looked visibly angry. He immediately went on to call Chahar inside the circle.
The video of this dramatic fielding lapse was posted on Twitter. Watch the video right here.
Chennai Super Kings beat Delhi Capitals by six wickets to reach their eighth IPL final. Openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis added 81 runs for the first-wicket partnership. Watson played a superb knock of a 32-ball 50 including three boundaries and four maximums at a strike rate of 156.25.
Earlier, Chennai Super Kings had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rishabh Pant anchored Delhi's innings with a stellar cameo of a 25-ball 38 which included two boundaries and a maximum at a strike rate of 152. In the end, Ishant Sharma's boundary and a six off Ravindra Jadeja's final over took the Capitals to a respectable total of 147/9 in their 20 overs.