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Matheesha Pathirana: Dhoni’s mystery bowler who snatched the winning game from RCB

Matheesha Pathirana: Dhoni’s mystery bowler who snatched the winning game from RCB

IPL 2023, RCB vs CSK: The 24th match of the Indian Premier League 2023 was played on 17 April between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings. Chennai defeated RCB by 8 runs in a thrilling match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Batting first, CSK scored 226 runs for 6 wickets. To achieve the target of 227 runs for victory, the Bangalore team could only manage to score 218 runs for 8 wickets. Mathisha Pathirana played an important role in helping CSK win the match. This mystery bowler of Dhoni, known as Junior Malinka, took 2 wickets while bowling brilliantly in the slog overs. It was the wonder of his bowling that CSK was able to win the match by 8 runs.

2 wickets in 2 overs

When Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell’s batting woes continued in the match against Chennai, then it seemed that RCB’s team would easily win this match. Both of them made the way to victory easy for Bangalore by sharing 126 runs. But where was Dhoni going to agree? He has been known to make comebacks. When the game of 16 overs ended, at that time RCB had scored 181 runs at the loss of 4 wickets. Then Faf du Plessis’s team needed 46 runs off 24 balls to win.

In the 17th over, Dinesh Karthik scored 10 runs off Tushar Deshpande’s 4 balls and turned the match towards RCB. But he got out on the fifth ball. After this, MS Dhoni handed the ball to his mystery bowler Mathisha Pathirana in the 18th over. Mathisha walks the dangerous looking batsman Shahbaz Ahmed on the first ball. Shahbaz is known for aggressive batting. He was dismissed after scoring 12 runs off 10 balls. Mathisha bowled economically in the 18th over and took one wicket for just 4 runs. After this wonderful bowling in the 18th over, the match came to life. The 19th over of RCB’s innings was brought by Tushar Deshpande which was costly. Although Tushar, who started the over from wide, definitely took a wicket in this over but he spent 12 runs.

In the last over, Bangalore needed 19 runs off 6 balls to win the match. Dhoni decided to get the last over done by Mathisha Pathirana. Mathisa scored 2 runs on the first 2 balls. On the third ball, Suyash Prabhudesai brought RCB back into the match by hitting a six. No run was scored on the fourth ball. But he managed to take 2 runs on the fifth ball. After this the match came in the hands of CSK. To tie the match on the last ball, 8 runs were to be scored and 9 runs to win. Which was impossible. In such a situation, Prabhudesai tried to hit Pathirana’s last ball for a six but did not succeed. His catch was caught by Ravindra Jadeja. Suyash Prabhudesai was dismissed after scoring 19 runs off 11 balls. Pathirana gave only 10 runs in the last over. In this way, this mystery bowler of Dhoni put the match in the hands of CSK.

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