Did MS Dhoni's six 110ms end up costing CSK a place in the IPL playoffs – explained


Dinesh Karthik admitted that RCB got a bit lucky after MS Dhoni hit the ball outside the stadium.© BCCI




Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) on Saturday scripted one of the greatest comeback stories in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), defeating Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a must-win match to qualify for the series playoffs. THE Faf du PlessisThe OM-led side were destined to finish bottom of the points table after losing seven of their opening eight matches in the group stage. However, a run of six wins on the bounce allows them to steal a playoff spot from defending champions CSK.

RCB had a lot of problems in the first half of the campaign, but after six straight wins, they are heading into the playoffs as the team to beat. SATURDAY, Yash Dayal was the star of the show as he successfully defended 17 runs in the last over.

Despite conceding a six off the first ball, Dayal dismissed the CSK icon MS Dhoni on the next ball to put the momentum back in favor of RCB. He then conceded just one run from the next five balls, triggering massive celebrations inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

RCB star Dinesh Karthik admitted his team got a bit lucky after Dhoni hit Dayal for a six. For the unaware, Dhoni threw the ball outside the stadium and since it was not recoverable, the umpires had to get a replacement ball, which was much drier and easier to grip.

“The best thing that happened today was Dhoni hitting the six outside the ground. We got a new ball which was much better to play with,” Karthik during his dressing room speech.

With their victory over CSK, RCB joined Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the playoffs.

While it was ecstasy for RCB, Dhoni's legion of fans descended into despair as this could potentially be the last time they witness their 'Thala' performance on a cricket field.

RCB head into the playoffs as the most in-form team with five wins on the bounce. No other team has managed to string together so many bounce-back victories this season.

They will face either RR or SRH in the Eliminator on Wednesday.

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