Chennai, Apr 25: Captain Cool delivered yet again. MS Dhoni blasted a 37-ball 67 not out to steer Chennai Super Kings to a five-wicket victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in another last-over climax in IPL 2013 here at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Thursday night.
Dhoni made the most of the reprieve he got on 0. Amit Mishra dropped Dhoni off Dale Steyn and the captain made them pay heavily. CSK chased down 160 with two balls to spare. CSK needed 15 off the final over and Dhoni struck a six on the second ball and successive boundaries off the next two to seal victory. Ashish Reddy who was given the last over, succumbed to pressure.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan's fine unbeaten half century and Ashish's breezy 16-ball 36 not out took Sunrisers to 159/6 in 20 overs. Dhawan, playing his first match this IPL after being sidelined due to an injury, showed no signs of rustiness. From the start, he played his shots and made a 45-ball 63.
Dhawan had to retire hurt on 44 after being hit on his groin by a Dwayne Bravo delivery. Ashish's late flourish carried the team past 150. He smashed 3 sixes and 2 fours.
Here are the highlights
# CSK needed 15 off the last over with MS Dhoni on strike. The captain won it for CSK with 2 balls remaining
# This was CSK's sixth win in 8 games. They are second in points table
# This was also CSK's fourth win in a row
# This was Sunrisers third loss out of 8 matches. They are third in the table
# To everyone's surprise, SRH handed the final over to medium pacer Ashish Reddy, who had not bowled till then in the match
# Darren Sammy had 1 over left and he was expected to bowl the final over
# Dhoni remained unbeaten on 67 off 37 with 7 fours and 4 sixes
# Dhoni hit Dale Steyn for three sixes
# Overall, Dhoni hit 29 (1x4, 3x6) off 11 balls from Steyn
# Dhoni was dropped on 0 by Amit Mishra off Steyn
# CSK required 28 off 12 balls. In Steyn's 19th over, Dhoni hit a four and six and Ravindra Jadeja was dismissed for 1 run
# For SRH, legspinner Karan Sharma was outstanding with figures of 4-1-8-0
# Karan bowled a maiden over to Dwayne Bravo in the 16th
# Mishra took 3/26 in 4 overs
# CSK hit 15 fours and 6 sixes
# Shikhar Dhawan returned to SRH side after missing 7 games through injury
# West Indies captain Sammy made his IPL debut, playing for SRH
# Dhawan was the topscorer for SRH with 63 off 45 with 10 fours
# Ashish hit 36 not out off 16 with 2 fours and 3 sixes
# Kumar Sangakkara and Thisara Perera missed out on this game as Sri Lankans are banned from playing in Chennai this IPL
# At one stage, SRH were struggling at 37/3 in 4.5 overs
# Dhawan retired hurt after 13.3 overs
# Dhawan returned to bat in the 18th over
# SRH scored 59 runs in the last 4 overs
# Mohit Sharma and Bravo took two wickets apiece and R Ashwin had one
# SRH handed a debut to Xavier Thalaivan Sargunam, who is from Tamil Nadu. The right-hander made 10