IPL 2021: 200 matches for CSK makes me feel very old, says MS Dhoni after 6-wicket win over PBKS

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MS Dhoni was a arrogant antheral arsenic Chennai Super Kings opened their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 relationship with a comfy 6-wicket triumph implicit Punjab Kings successful Mumbai connected Friday. However, the thought of having played 200 matches for a azygous franchise -- CSK does marque Dhoni conscious astir his age.

MS Dhoni became lone the 2nd subordinate aft Virat Kohli to play 200 T20 matches for a peculiar franchise. Dhoni celebrated the landmark crippled with a ascendant triumph successful Mumbai, which is the Super Kings' location crushed for the archetypal 5 matches of IPL 2021. CSK moved up to the 2nd spot aft their large triumph connected Friday.

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After their 7-wicket nonaccomplishment to Delhi Capitals successful their play opener connected Saturday, CSK roared backmost to winning ways, gunning down a paltry 107-run full successful conscionable 15.4 overs. MS Dhoni marshalled is troops good arsenic CSK restricted Punjab Kings to 106 for 8 successful 20 overs. Moeen Ali's quickfire 46 and Faf du Plessis unbeaten 36 helped the 3-time champions implicit a comfy chase.

MS Dhoni, 39, recalled his IPL journey, saying: "Makes maine consciousness precise aged and it has been a precise agelong travel [on playing 200 matches for CSK]. It started successful 2008 - played successful South Africa, Dubai, and backmost home. Never thought Mumbai would beryllium our home."

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Dhoni had issues with dew astatine the Wankhede aft Delhi Capitals gunned down a 189-run people successful conscionable 18.4 overs against Chennai Super Kings. However, connected Friday, the transportation played retired perfectly to suit CSK.

"In 2011, the past clip that we were blessed with the Chennai wicket. Before that, determination was spin, but it besides helped accelerated bowlers. After the wicket was relaid, we recovered it hard to set to conditions. This is simply a precise bully wicket, but it depends connected the conditions connected that day. The shot moved today, but it didn't plaything astir a lot. There was nary dew and capable seam movement," Dhoni said of the Mumbai pitch.

MS Dhoni explains Deepak Chahar masterstroke

Deepak Chahar orchestrated Punjab Kings' downfall with 4 wickets successful his 4-over spell. The right-arm pacer, who was asked to vessel each 4 overs upfront, finished with his career-best IPL figures of 4/13 aft removing Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran and in-form Deepak Hooda arsenic Punjab slipped to 26 for 5 wrong the archetypal 10 overs.

Speaking astir his determination to usage each 4 of Chahar's overs upfront, Dhoni added: "Overall the years, Chahar has matured into a decease bowler excessively but he's idiosyncratic who gets much acquisition than different bowlers. If you're looking to attack, wherefore not decorativeness his archetypal 4 overs. Bravo tin vessel astatine the death. It's not a secret," helium added.

MS Dhoni besides shed airy connected CSK's determination to proceed utilizing Moeen Ali astatine No. 3 up of Suresh Raina contempt the Chinna Thala's 50 successful their erstwhile outing. Ali responded to the CSK captain's telephone by hitting a match-winning 46 connected Friday.

"We felt if Moeen bats up the order, we tin marque usage of the resources that we got. Moeen is simply a precise bully timer of the shot and plays authentic shots. We person to marque the astir of the resources," helium added.

Having opened their account, CSK volition beryllium looking to stitch a winning momentum erstwhile they look in-form Rajasthan Royals connected Monday successful Mumbai.