Brisbane Heat remain winless in the lucrative Karbonn Smart Champions League T20 tournament after being outclassed by the Chennai Super Kings in Ranchi on Saturday night.
The Heat faced recording their lowest score until Ben Cutting smashed 45 not out from 25 balls including five sixes to lift them to 7-137.
In a result that was wildly celebrated by more than 29,000 fans at the JSCA Stadium, hometown hero MS Dhoni clubbed the winning six to keep the Heat winless and move the IPL powerhouse to the top of their group.
The Super Kings cruised to 2-140 from 15.5 overs, courtesy of 42 from opener Murali Vijay and veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey, who produced a measured 57 not out from 48 balls.
Their victory was set up by a three-pronged spin attack from Ravi Ashwin (1-10 from 4 overs), Ravi Jedeja (2-18 from 4 overs) and part-timer Suresh Raina (1-9 from 3 overs) that pierced the Brisbane middle order after Chris Lynn (29 from 24 balls) had got them off to a brisk start.
The Heat lost 4-12 in the middle overs, with their run-rate dropping to just under three an over at one point before Cutting and wicket-keeper Chris Hartley (35 from 32 balls) gave them late impetus.
"It's a definite disadvantage for the side bowling last in the late game of the double-header," Cutting said of the dewy conditions.
"But we just didn't bat well enough again. We got off to a better start but we lost wickets in bunches again and battled to handle the spin."