In pursuit of a big goal of 218 runs, the Lucknow Super Giants got off to a flying start due to a 21-ball half-century from Kyle Mayers in the powerplay. But, three fast wickets have pushed the home team back into contention. Nicholas Pooran revived LSG’s pursuit, but CSK kept chipping away and are now on the verge of victory despite a profusion of wide and no balls their bowlers ended up bowling.

Before, CSK slowed down after the 10th over, but they still scored 217/7 in 20 overs. MS Dhoni stepped out and hit two consecutive sixes, much to the joy of CSK supporters in their first encounter at the Chepauk since 2019. KL Rahul won the toss and elected to bowl first, resulting in the visitors’ poor start with the ball. CSK seized the opportunity with Ruturaj Gaikwad leading the pace.

Dhoni hit 2 Sixes

Chennai defeated Lucknow 12 runs on return to Chepauk 2023 2

The 26-year-old and his opening partner Devon Conway scored 79 runs in the powerplay, the most for CSK at Chepauk in IPL history. He was finally dismissed for 57 off 31 balls, while Conway was on 47 off 29 at the time of the Kiwi’s dismissal. After that, CSK’s scoring rate declined as Shivam Mavi and Moeen Ali struggled to find their scoring rhythm.

Yet, the duo ultimately made their huge shots before being fired. Before Dhoni hit two sixes off two of the three balls he faced to surpass 5000 IPL runs, the remaining players performed similar cameos, with Rayudu hitting an unbeaten 27 off 14 balls.

CSK defeated LSG by 12 runs in the IPL 2023 match between CSK and LSG.

Mark Wood hits a four and a six off the match’s final two balls. This puts LSG above the 200-run threshold, but it is not sufficient. Despite amassing 217 runs, CSK won their first match back at Chepauk by only 12 runs. Consider the fact that MS Dhoni had struck two consecutive sixes before getting removed in the last over. This provides further fuel for contemplation. Two of the three balls he faced were sixes, and his side won by 12 runs. What a triumphant homecoming CSK and Dhoni have made to their beloved Chepauk Stadium and home supporters!