MS Dhoni blasted 44 off 22 balls in the game against Delhi Capitals.Chennai Super Kings are virtually assured of a top-two finish.Chennai Super Kings will now take on Kings XI Punjab in their last league game. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: MS Dhoni’s superman like-exhibition with the bat and behind the stumps during Chennai Super Kings’ 80-run win against the Delhi Capitals at the MA Chidambaram stadium on Wednesday showed his brilliance. Dhoni blasted 44 off 22, including four boundaries and three sixes and shared partnerships of 43 and 34 with Ravindra Jadeja and Ambati Rayudu in the death overs to boost Chennai Super Kings to a big total. In Delhi Capitals’ chase, Dhoni effected two stumpings and took a catch as Delhi Capitals stumbled to their heaviest loss in the IPL 2019 season. Dhoni was named the Man of the Match for his exploits and he revealed his success mantra in the post-match presentation.When it came to his wicketkeeping, Dhoni said, “I think it’s something that’s come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important.” On his batting, Dhoni remarked, “Watch the ball, hit the ball. You’ve spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you’re almost ready and you swing at everything. It’s easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in.” highlights Speaking about Dhoni’s abilities, Ravindra Jadeja, who picked up 3/9 in his three overs emphatically said, “In one word, MS Dhoni is a genius.”This was the last league game at the MA Chidambaram stadium and with the first qualifier being held here, the Chennai Super Kings players decided to do a lap of honour around the stadium to thank their fans for their support. Dhoni said he was overwhelmed by the love he got from the people of Tamil Nadu“I thought they will retain me. I will have to go and talk to the owners, ask if I will get retained or not. But I am not going to tell the trade secret. I have always said it’s very special to get that kind of a nickname. It’s a big nickname that they have given me. It feels really special. I didn’t realize that it was part of the first CSK song. The way I got accepted and the whole of Tamil Nadu — don’t call my name, they call me ‘Thala’. It’s very nice and they have always supported not only me but the whole team,” Dhoni said.With Chennai Super Kings virtually assured of a top-two spot, they take on Kings XI Punjab in their last league game at Mohali while Delhi Capitals will take on Rajasthan Royals in their last league game.
Nicole Renault grabbed the puck just moments after the opening faceoff. She skated past the blue line, expecting her Lindenwood defender to step up and force the puck loose before she would make a pass to Danielle Leslie, who was cutting through the middle of the zone.But that defender stayed back, playing closer to the net than Renault had anticipated. Her pass to Leslie was subsequently cut off, and the Lions began to take the puck in the opposite direction.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan knew his team wouldn’t have the same offensive success as it did on Friday, when the Orange scored six goals against Lindenwood. While Syracuse’s defense provided enough stability for a 2-0 victory, its lackluster offense had trouble overcoming a packed-in defensive unit from Lindenwood (8-22-4, 5-11-4 College Hockey America), a problem the Orange (18-13-3, 14-4-2) has struggled with throughout the season.“It was a little frustrating,” Renault said. “They put a lot of people in front of the net. It was hard to get through. We just had to use (our two goals) to push us forward.”Syracuse stuck to its usual offensive game plan in the first period as the Orange tried to use the net as a tool to open up shot opportunities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it never worked for SU. Megan Quinn’s pass in front of the net to Heather Schwarz was intercepted before she even touched the puck. Two minutes later, Jessica Sibley tried her often-successful strategy of creating space with her body near the crease. But a trio of Lindenwood defenders surrounded the junior, preventing her from touching the puck until play was called dead.The only instance in which SU’s net-based strategy worked was with sophomore Stephanie Grossi, who quickly fired a rebound off her own shot from the right faceoff circle. The puck flew into the net before any Lions could crash and deflect it out of the crease.After that goal, Sibley said it was near-impossible to score on Lindenwood’s defense.“They had a lot of people in front of there,” Sibley said. “It’s hard to get shots through. And if you were right in front of the crease, they were all around you. They really packed it in.”In the second period, Flanagan’s offense adjusted by having his defenders shoot more from longer distance. Syracuse’s defenders took 18 shots in the frame, but none found the net.Quinn’s shot from the blue line was deflected by a mass of Lindenwood defenders. A slap shot from Renault resulted in an easy glove save for Lions goalie Nicole Hensley. And one of Larissa Martyniuk’s shots was blocked by Holly Dietzler.But Sibley was able to take advantage of Lindenwood’s tight-knit game plan in the second period. She skated down the center of the ice with Melissa Piacentini on her left. Sibley faked a pass to Piacentini, drawing the entire defense away from her. She then fired a backhanded shot into the top right corner of the net for SU’s second, and final, goal.Other than the two goals, Syracuse had trouble answering to a defensive strategy that has cost it games earlier in the regular season. And as the team heads into a bye week before the conference tournament, Flanagan plans on figuring out a solution to his team’s weakness on offense.“You need to be resourceful and get your hands on it and find that opening,” Flanagan said. “It’s everybody’s hacking and whacking. You don’t want to get in a situation where you’re just trying to jam it. That just gets frustrating.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm Contact Chris: [email protected]