MS Dhoni showed glimpses of his old form during his 25-ball 28 runs knock but Rising Pune Supergiant squandered a good chance to capitalise on a good start and were restricted to 161 for eight by Royal Challengers Bangalore at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
After being asked to bat first, the visitors went off to a flying start with their openers Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi adding 63 runs off just 46 balls.
But the dismissal of both the batsmen in a space of six runs had put Pune in a spot of bother before MS Dhoni and Steve Smith steadied the ship with 58-runs stand.
Both the batsmen mixed caution with aggression to lay the platform for a good total but just when they were looking to open their arms, Dhoni was clean bowled by Shane Watson for 28.
Before that, the under-fire former skipper had hit a six off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal over the stadium roof to bring back memories of the past but could not convert his start into a good knock. The visitors then lost their skipper Smith on the same score before Adam Milne dismissed Ben Stokes and Shardul Thakur in consecutive deliveries to leave Pune reeling at 130 for seven.
Manoj Tiwary then played a handy knock of 26 off 10 balls to steer his team to a respectable total.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the innings:
I just heard a bang on my window!! Was that the ball @msdhoni just hit from Bangalore wow boooooom.
— David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 16, 2017
A colossal six but not a lot else from Dhoni in an innings that was much anticipated
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 16, 2017
Dhoni smashed both the ball and the people who criticized him out of the stadium…
— Sarcastic Dude (@Sarcasticdudee) April 16, 2017
Meanwhile in Stadium…
Smith batting : RCB…RCB…RCB
Dhoni batting : Dhoni… Dhoni… Dhoni 😎 #RCBvRPS
— Sunil kumar (@TweetsOfSunil) April 16, 2017
And each time he is criticized, he show each one of them how able he is, that six was enough to tell you how much power he holds🔥😅 #msdhoni
— anu. (@AnushaDhoni7) April 16, 2017
Stokes gone too. Pune crumbling like roasted papadum…
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 16, 2017
KKR fans loved Ganguly. This didn't prevent them to drop him and see their transformation after that.
People are saying that Dhoni is out of form so it's okay if he uses up few deliveries.
Selfish Dhoni ?
I didn't make it up #RCBvRPS
Out of the park. DHONI finally. That is an emotional moment for all die hard fans of Dhoni. Man has gone through hell last few days #RCBvRPS
— Vignesh (@VigneshKanda) April 16, 2017
Dhoni and Smith put so much pressure on the
lower order batmen. You can see that want to hit every
ball for a six #RCBvRPS
— ĐŖËÄMËŖ (@dr3am3r007) April 16, 2017
Mr. Goenka sees Dhoni getting out puts a scathing tweet and praises Smith on the side and while he posts #nextoverfirstballhappens
— Harish Sekar (@Harishaiyyar) April 16, 2017