Consequently, the veteran Indian wicket-keeper was let off with 50 per cent of his match fees.
"It's (the incident) like having a loss", remarked Chennai batting coach Mike Hussey on the eve of the game. So to be honest, we haven't spoken about it. "He is a good finisher and has been successfully finishing games for us".
But it is Tahir who got the lion's share of the credit for winning the game, and rightly so, seeing as he was given the Man of the Match award for his four-wicket haul. There's no point us dwelling on it. "It's been dealt with and we've moved on".
As Dhoni continued to draw flack from many, Fleming has said that the CSK skipper only wanted some clarity on the issue and that is why he rushed on to the field. And he plays it very well with a calm head. He added such all-round ability plays a significant role in the team's domination. For this, the former Indian skipper drew criticism from multiple cricketers who thought his behaviour was against the spirit of the game. But at the end of the day, I don't think it really matters whether he bats 4, 5, 6.
Santner kept his cool though and took two from the next ball to leave himself needing four to win from the last. "They are both very closely related", Fleming said. With the Eden surface not helping the spinners much, the spin-oriented attack too have struggled to pick wickets while the pace attack in Prasidh Krishna and Lockie Ferguson looked ordinary. "I'm expecting them to adjust pretty quickly", he said. Every team is going to have some clear plans for him.
KKR raced to 49/1 after the Powerplay overs with Lynn doing the bulk of the scoring.
The big one was that of Shorey when he charged in for a swerving low catch to get rid off Russell, who looked in his usual explosive zone with 10 runs from 4 balls (1x4, 1x6).
Then came the no-ball controversy, Santner scurried back for two after toe-ending a full toss from Stokes into the legside, but Dhoni was incensed that the no-ball and a free hit were not awarded.
Be it a nail-biting last over of a match or a time when he has to walk down the 22 yards to guide his team home, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has mastered the art of keeping himself cool in the extreme pressure situations. "That's how I saw it and that's how I discussed with him afterwards". "It was a really freakish look", Tait said. "It was a clinical performance from the team against a strong team like KKR", Iyer said.
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