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MS Dhoni debut at No. 9 in T20 turns into nightmare as Harshal continues to dominate CSK icon

Dharamsala (Himachal Pradesh) (India), May 5: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) icon MS Dhoni stepped up to bat at the No. 9 spot for the first time in his illustrious career in T20 cricket in the ongoing Indian Premier League on Sunday (IPL) 2024 vs Punjab Kings.

At the scenic Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala, Dhoni appeared at number 9 or lower in his T20 career.

The decorated wicketkeeper’s performance in eight innings at No. 8 has all seen the IPL 2023 and 2024. Once again, fireworks were expected from the effortless power hitter, which would push CSK’s score to a competitive total.

However, a sublime off-cutter from Harshal Patel on the last ball of the penultimate over left the fans dazed as Dhoni walked back for a golden duck.

A slower ball off-cutter on the stumps dropped enough to sneak past Dhoni’s bat and pin the off-stump. While Dhoni fans were left stunned, the PBKS camp felt a wave of ecstasy. Preity Zinta flashed a big smile as PBKS fans rejoiced to celebrate the veteran batsman’s wicket.

Dhoni has generally struggled to put runs on the board against the smart pacer. In 33 deliveries, Dhoni has managed to amass 25 runs at an average of 8.33 and a strike rate of 75.75. In 33 deliveries, the CSK batsman was dismissed three times by Harshal.

Ravindra Jadeja topped CSK’s score in the final before being dismissed by Arshdeep Singh. He scored 43 runs and hit 3 fours and 2 sixes during his influential knock.

CSK managed to put 167/9 on the board and that turned out to be enough for the visitors. The Ruturaj Gaikwad-led side scored a run of 28 points and moved to third place in the points table with six wins and five losses, giving them 12 points. PBKS is in eighth place with four wins, seven losses and only eight points.

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