MS Dhoni produces incredible "Helicopter shot" en route to Pune victory

A late surge from all-rounder Moises Henriques helped Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) post a healthy 176/3 against Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 match at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Saturday.

Also, Rising Pune Supergiant rose from last place to fourth after beating 2016 finalist Sunriser Hyderabad with a Mahendra Singh Dhoni boundary on the last ball. Pune had suffered three successive losses but Steve Smith's men snapped the losing streak with a win against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their last outing and they will be eager to carry the momentum tomorrow. With Khan out of the equation - and 47 required off 18 - Dhoni and Tiwary chose to push the tempo. The former India captain was in his elements, smashing a flurry of fours and sixes as Pune overhauled the target of 177 in the final ball of the run chase.

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Heavy rain allowed less than 10 overs of play on the second day of the first Test between West Indies and Pakistan in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday. With the asking rate touching 14, Pune's hopes rested squarely on Dhoni, who had managed just 21 off 19 at that stage. The 18th over is carted for 17 runs - including cleverly taking a single from the final ball.

But Dhoni, ably supported by Manoj Tiwary (17 not out), saw his side home with another masterclass in finishing as he struck five fours and three sixes, two of those boundaries coming in Siddarth Kaul's final over to cap a stunning turnaround. "There is no run-rate that is high. But it was important that since we had strikers in the back of the innings", Dhoni said. We had got a bit blasé about how special they were.

The likes of Steven Smith, MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Faf Du Plessis and Ajinkya Rahane can destroy any bowling line-up in the league at will. RPS has two world class spinners in their ranks who have been very consistent over the course of the year in global cricket. I think we did very well. "We've got a boost, but we can do with some more", he added. In the bowling department, leg-spinner Imran Tahir has been Pune's best bowler with eight wickets, while Shardul Thakur and Stokes have also claimed fours wickets each.

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