Bangalore - MS Dhoni smashed the ball into the crowd seven
times - including to seal the winning runs - in a match that racked up a record
number of Indian Premier League sixes as his Chennai Super Kings beat Royal
Challengers Bangalore to go top of the table.
Dhoni hit an unbeaten 34 ball 70 while opener Ambati Rayudu
hit eight sixes in his 82 as Chennai passed Bangalore's 205 for eight with two
balls to spare.
Dhoni hit New Zealander Corey Anderson over long on for six
to claim the brilliant victory.
The two sides hit 33 sixes in all - 17 for Chennai - in the
dramatic game, beating the 31 in one IPL game set by Chennai and Kolkata Knight
Riders earier this month, and Delhi Daredevils and Gujarat Lions in 2017.
"I thought it was a difficult chase when I saw AB de
Villiers batting to see them over 200, I thougt it was 15-20 beyond par,"
Dhoni commented after.
"We also lost some key batsmen early but it's a small
ground, the ball travels a lot here."
The win took Dhoni's side, returning to the IPL after a two
year corruption ban, to the top of the IPL table with five wins from six games.
Indian captain Virat Kohli's Bangalore are in a slump with
just two wins and the IPL season now half gone.
Kohli will need to study his tactics after his batsmen delivered
- South Africans Quinton De Kock (53) and AB de Villiers (68) plundered 103 for
the second wicket in under nine overs - but his bowlers failed.
Chasing a huge total in their 20 overs, Chennai lost
Australian opener Shane Watson with just eight runs scored and then fell to 74-4
before a 101-run partnership between Rayudu and Dhoni turned the game.
Rayudu was dismissed in the 18th over but Dhoni saw his side