At 102 for 3 off 15 overs, many felt Monday would bring a halt to the Chennai Super Kings' unbeaten streak in the tournament. However, with a captain worth US$1.5 million, you would expect him to do the unexpected. And the ice-cool Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with the right shots at just the right moment.
Dhoni's task though wasn't over yet. Bangalore Royal Challengers were cruising towards the target, but Dhoni ensured his boys persevered. A foot put wrong from the opposition and Chennai seized advantage, as Dhoni marshalled his troops like a man who's know whats to be done, always one step ahead of the game.
Chennai were struggling for momentum during their innings, before Dhoni, who struck a blistering 65, along with Michael Hussey clouted 76 off the last five overs. They had their captain to thank for setting a competitive total. They were in desperate need of acceleration and found it hard initially, with Dhoni scoring at a run a ball and Hussey striking only one boundary in his first 24 deliveries. With five overs to go the pair turned it on: Hussey struck B Akhil for consecutive sixes to take 14 runs off the 16th over and then he scored two boundaries off Kallis after which Dhoni launched the ball over long-off to take 16 runs off the 17th.
Dale Steyn had bowled three fast and economical overs but his fourth was a disaster. Dhoni clubbed two fours down the ground, edged one to the third-man boundary, and powerfully hit a four and a six towards midwicket. He took 24 off the over and then drove and pulled Zaheer Khan for 14 off the first four balls of the final over before holing out to deep cover. Chennai scored 76 runs off the last five.
Although Hussey began to provide the initial acceleration during the last five overs, he was quickly overshadowed by Dhoni who mesmerised the appreciative Chinnaswamy crowd with tremendous power and improvisation. His 65 off 30 balls grabbed the initiative away from Bangalore and resulted in Chennai posting a match-winning total.