Though the Chennai Super Kings had won last night’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad comprehensively by five wickets, Chennai Super Kings’ skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not happy with his side’s performance in the match.
The Chennai attack led by R Ashwin has a history of struggling to finish at the end and they ended up doing the same during the match against debutant Sunrisers as they ended up giving away more than 60 runs in the last five overs. The tourists were struggling at 98 for 5 in 15.3 overs but they finished their innings at 159 for 6, courtesy Shikhar Dhawan’s belligerent 63 off 45 balls. Dhawan was ably supported by Ashish Reddy who played a pugnacious knock of 36 runs from just 16 balls, plundering three sixes and two fours.
Dwayne Bravo, who is Chennai’s most consistent wicket taker this year, turned out to become the most expensive bowler last night, conceding 37 runs in his allotted quota of four overs, though, he managed to claim two wickets. MS Dhoni was visibly disappointed as he walked off the field after the innings break, shaking his head in disbelief.
TheRanchiwicketkeeper batsman at the post-match presentation ceremony said that, “We started off well with the ball but in the death overs, we conceded too many runs. The bowlers did not perform well. The performances have been good but we have to improve our death bowling,”
“Not one bowler has bowled yorkers and it will be a critical factor as the tournament progresses. We have been consistent in the fielding department,” He added.
Though, Dhoni led his side from the front with the bat, playing a stupendous innings of 67 not out off just 37 deliveries to help Chennai get the better of the Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets. Michael Hussey was the other notable performer with the bat from the home side, scoring 45 runs off just 26 balls.
Chennai Super Kings Mentor Stephen Fleming lauded Dhoni for playing a match winning knock.
Fleming said after the match that, “We lost wickets at crucial intervals but the key was the Dhoni cameo. We would like to improve in some areas but I am happy that we are in the top half of the table at the start of the tournament.”
With six wins from eight matches, Super Kings currently find themselves at No. 2 on the tournament’s points table, just behind Royal Challengers Bangalore, who also have six wins from eight games but find themselves ahead of CSK on the basis of a better net run rate.