KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir surrounded MS Dhoni when he introduced spinner Piyush Chawala.
When Dhoni walked in to the middle his team was in trouble at 74/4 and Gambhir packed the in-field to pile on the pressure.
The skipper stationed himself at silly point and had two slips and placed a short leg for the demolishing batter.
Even Jacques Kallis, KKR coach, confirmed during the sideline interview that it was indeed a tactic to remove Dhoni early on.
The aggressive field placing perhaps worked for the KKR as Gambhir's bowlers managed to keep MS Dhoni calm. Dhoni scored 8 runs off 22 balls he faced.
This must have been MS Dhoni's slowest batting performance in the T20s.
The aggressive field placing was lauded by some while a few MS Dhoni fans called it arrogance.
KKR jumped to 2nd spot in the team standings after Yusuf Pathan powered them to an 8-wicket win against RPS in a rain-curtailed IPL tie.
Pune needed140-odd to make a match of it. Think Dhoni was trying to ensure such score as well as preserve wickets sensing rain. To no avail— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 14, 2016
No momentum for Dhoni this season nor for Pune and somewhere the two are intertwined— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) May 14, 2016