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IPL 2019, RCB vs CSK: Vintage MS Dhoni gives Virat Kohli a massive scare

MS Dhoni's scintillating 48-ball 84 went in vain as CSK failed to cross the line by just one run in yet another edge-of-the-seat contest against RCB.

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Bengaluru Updated on: April 22, 2019 8:58 IST
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MS Dhoni gave us a massive scare, says Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli conceded that his Chennai Super Kings counterpart MS Dhoni gave him a massive scare during the final moments of their IPL 2019 encounter on Sunday.

MS Dhoni for the umpteenth time was in line to pull off another incredible chase but finally ran out of luck as Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to beat Chennai Super Kings by one run in another last-ball IPL thriller in Bengaluru.

Chasing a target of 162, CSK needed a near-impossible 26 off the last over bowled by Umesh Yadav and Dhoni with 84 off 48 balls that had seven sixes showed that nothing is indeed impossible until the Cricketing Gods intervened.

Only that Dhoni was at the crease and having consumed dot balls off the previous over, he had to go for the jugular and boy he did it with three sixes and a four.

With two needed off the last ball and Umesh looking increasingly helpless, he managed to bowl a slower delivery and Dhomi missed it only for Parthiv Patel to effect a run-out as non-striker Shardul Thakur inches out of his crease.

In the end it was Dhoni who lost to RCB, who eked out their third win of the tournament.

"A whole lot of emotions," said Kohli when asked about what he was going through after yet another last-ball thriller. 

"We were outstanding with the ball until the 19th over mark. On the last ball, that (run-out) was the last thing I would have expected to happen. Feels good to win a game by a small margin. MS did what he does best and he gave us all a massive scare," said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony. 

Meanwhile, Dhoni felt that they missed a few boundaries earlier on which cost them dearly.

"A lot of boundaries were needed, right now you can calculate, one run there, and two runs there and we just lost by one run. But you can also say we missed some boundaries," Dhoni said.

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