TNPL 2.0 began in a grand fashion. Former Indian captain and Chennai’s beloved cricketer MS Dhoni, fondly called as Thala, kick-started the occasion sporting his favourite Yellow jersey with Thala written on back of it. The ‘Dhoni’ chants were back at MA Chidambaram stadium which was painted with yellow, like literally. The fans wore CSK jersey and roared in happiness when they saw their CSK cricketers back in their home ground.
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A six-hitting competition was held prior to the the inaugural encounter. MS Dhoni and Mathew Hayden took part in the competition. Dhoni faced a bowling machine and smashed three sixes into the stands giving his fans a nostalgic experience of him playing in yellow jersey at MAC.
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The 37-year-old cricketer who made his Test debut here in the same venue has represented CSK franchise for 8 years. Referring Chennai as his second home, Dhoni gave his fans a moving speech. “I don’t think it can get any better. The crowd has been fantastic. They have given unconditional love and affection… I always say Chennai is my second home. I think the yellow is pretty special and I think we have done well in the yellow. I would definitely like to congratulate CSK for their return and next year you will be watching them play here. The long wait is over,” said Dhoni.
In the first match of TNPL season 2, the defending champions Tuti Patriots faced Dindigul Dragons. Batting first, Tuti Patriots, riding on the brilliant innings from Washington Sundar 69 (48) posted 184/4 in 2o overs. Chasing a good total on board, Dindigul managed to post 177/7 and lost the game by 7 runs. Washington further scalped three wickets in his spell and grabbed the Man of the Match for his overall performance.