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IPL 2019, CSK vs SRH: MS Dhoni’s lightning-quick stumping forces David Warner to walk

As much as Dhoni must be praised for his lightning-quick reflexes, Harbhajan Singh too deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to toss it up to Warner

cricket Updated: Apr 23, 2019 22:28 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
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MS Dhoni stumps David Warner during an IPL match between Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

The age-old combination of MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh brought an end to a dangerous looking David Warner during the Chennai Super Kings(CSK) and Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) IPL encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Tuesday.

Such was the brilliance of Dhoni’s glovework that Warner did not even wait for the third umpire’s decision and started walking as soon as Dhoni whipped the bails off. The incident happened in the fourth ball of the 14th over in SRH’s innings, when Warner and Manish Pandey were going all guns blazing.

As much as Dhoni must be praised for his lightning quick reflexes, Harbhajan Singh too deserves a lot of credit for having the courage to toss it up to Warner, who had only intention – to hit the ball out of the park.

Warner, after scoring a superb 57, was slightly early into his shot as Harbhajan held the ball back in his hand and ended up missing it. It was then Dhoni’s turn to show his magic behind the stumps. Since the ball bounced quite a bit, he had to rise to his toes to collect the ball and then complete the stumping.

The wicket broke the 115-run second wicket stand between Pandey and Warner. This was also the 4th occasion when Harbhajan dismissed Warner in the IPL – the most by any bowler in the history of the tournament.

Earlier, CSK captain Dhoni won the toss and opted to field first. CSK made one change, Harbhajan was brought back into the side in place of Shardul Thakur. SRH, on the other hand, brought Manish Pandey and Shakib Al Hasan into their side. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was back as the SRH leader as regular captain Kane Williamson had flown back home due to personal reasons.

First Published: Apr 23, 2019 22:20 IST