It rained sixes here on Thursday night at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium. And the local boy's willow was at work and bowlers suffered.
Dhoni blasted 8 sixes and 1 four in his breathtaking 19-ball 63 not out to propel CSK to 202/4 in 20 overs. CSK won by 12 runs.
Thisara Perera was at the receiving end of Dhoni as he was hit for 5 sixes (4 in a row) in an over bowled by the Sri Lankan. 34 runs came in that over (18th of the innings), which is also the most runs conceded in CLT20.
Few months ago, Perera himself had hit 5 sixes in an over of South Africa left-arm spinner Robin Peterson in a Twenty20 International in Sri Lanka.
Dhoni's fifty took just 16 balls, the fastest in CLT20. The previous best was 18-ball 50 by Kieron Pollard for Trinidad and Tobago against New South Wales in Hyderabad, 2009. Dhoni's strike rate in the innings was 331.57.
This is how MS Dhoni's 19-ball innings shaped
1 6 1 1 1 0 1 6 2 6 6 6 6 1 4 2 6 6 1