MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings have possibly started to make a comeback in the ongoing 13th edition of the tournament after winning the match last night against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 20 runs.
As the match kickstarted, the skipper MS Dhoni played a master-stroke by pulling a rabbit out of the hat as he sent Sam Curran to open the innings instead of Shane Watson. Though the plan was to slam SRH bowlers from the word go, however, the team suffered a major blow as Faf du Plessis was dismissed for a golden duck. But Sam Curran did his job perfectly as he held the match for a couple of overs.
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Later, chasing a target of 168 runs, SRH didn’t get off to the best of starts losing David Warner and Manish Pandey early. Though Kane Williamson did take the match till the end, but he couldn’t take his team to the winning side. CSK bowlers and fielders did some impeccable work there on the field as they bundled up the wickets of SRH in quick successions and eventually, the David Warner led side lost the game by 20 runs.
Later, after the match, MS Dhoni talked about the performance of his team. He expressed his happiness after winning the game and stated that everyone did a very good job. He said:
“Ultimately what really matters is you getting two points. What T20s have shown is that there are a few games that don’t go your way and then there are some that go your way even when you haven’t earned it. Today I felt we did a very good job even in the batting. There was some purpose with the bat and the batsmen assessed the situation very well. With a total like 160, it all depends on the start you get in the first six overs. The fast bowlers did the job, the spinners came into play and it was one game that was as close to being perfect. It was a par score and I usually assess scores after the first six overs. If there are misfields in the first six overs then a par score becomes an under par score.”
MS Dhoni also heaped praises on Sam Curran’s brilliant performance in the game. He also revealed why he sent Sam to open the innings for CSK instead of Shane Watson. Calling him a ‘complete cricketer for CSK’, Dhoni revealed:
“A lot depended on the fast bowlers. I just told them to be expressive on the field and hit their areas. There are some two paced balls, some swing and some don’t swing, some get extra bounce. What was needed was good execution of the plans and that was done by the fast bowlers. To an extent yes (these pitches). But we used an extra spinner because an Indian batter hasn’t done well for us. That’s why Sam Curran went up and it wasn’t fair on Jagadeesan as well to bat at seven or eight. Sam Curran is a complete cricketer for us. You need a seamin all-rounder, he plays the spinners well and he can give us those 15-45 runs.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings will be next seen playing against Delhi Capitals on 17th October at the Sharjah Cricket Ground.