Pressure mounted on the middle-order after a series of low-scoring overs, which cost MI another wicket. Imran Tahir struck in his very first over as he dismissed Suryakumar Yadav.
In the very next over, Shardul Thakur produced the best moment of the night so far as he took an absolute stunner off his own bowling to send Krunal Pandya back to the pavilion. This was MI's fourth wicket of the game, which has further pushed them on the backfoot in the game.
He covered a significant amount of distance and hung onto the ball. The short ball did the trick for the bowler and Krunal was way too late on the pull shot. He got a top edge which lobbed on the leg side. Thakur sprinted towards the ball, got two hands to it but the ball popped out. He kept his eyes on it and then hung on, tumbled onto the ground after doing so.
Here's how Twitter reacted:
#staraikelungal— Sarvan™ (@sarvanehs) May 12, 2019
When everybody in the world told csk should play with someone else in place of Shardul Thakur. But Thala MSD 🔥 has other ideas
Shardul Thakur ! Thats a catch only a fielder with rock solid derermination would attempt and succeed ! Bow to u !— Bosskey (@bosskeybytes) May 12, 2019
That was a splendid running catch from Shardul Thakur. You need to time the sprint on catches like this and He did that exceptionally well.— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) May 12, 2019
Brings Imran Tahir on in the 12th over, gets a wicket.— Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) May 12, 2019
Brings back Shardul Thakur on in the 13th over, gets another wicket.
Dhoni is having one of those matches so far and his players are responding.#IPL2019Final