MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings once again ended up on the losing side after they were defeated by Delhi Capitals by 8 wickets in the match last night. Shikhar Dhawan’s match-winning knock led Delhi Capitals home and also took his team to the top of the points table of IPL 2020.
Before the match kickstarted, CSK won the toss and chose to bat first. However, the team started with the worst possible start as they lost their opener, Sam Curran, in the first over itself. Riding on the stunning performances of Faf du Plessis (58), Ambati Rayudu (45), Shane Watson (36), and a fierce cameo by Ravindra Jadeja (33), CSK posted a target of 179/4 for Delhi Capitals.
Later, while hunting down the target, Delhi Capitals started on an average ton until the heroics of Shikhar ‘Gabbar‘ Dhawan began. He took the match by storm as he played an unbeaten knock of 101 off 58 runs. Axar Patel (21* off 5) came out as a cherry on top of the cake for Delhi Capitals as he smashed three straight sixes in the last over.
As per cricket experts, giving Ravindra Jadeja to bowl in the last over changed the fate of the game. MS Dhoni is getting badly criticized for sending Ravindra Jadeja to bowl to the left-handed batsman. After the match, during the post-match presentation, MS Dhoni explained the reason behind his decision of sending Ravindra Jadeja to bowl the last over. He revealed:
“Bravo was not fit, he went out and was really not able to come back. That was the reason we had to bowl (Jadeja). The option was between Karn and Jaddu so I went ahead with Jaddu. Maybe not enough. Shikhar’s wicket was important, we did drop him quite a few times. He’s somebody if he is batting, he’ll keep ticking the scoreboard. He’ll keep taking his chances. If he’s there on the crease, he’ll always maintain a good strike rate. I felt his wicket was crucial. Also there was difference between the first and second innings.”
“The wicket behaved slightly better in the second innings, it came on slightly better which made it slightly easy for the batsmen. But overall, we can’t really take the credit away from Shikhar, he batted really well and was supported really well by the other batters. There was just enough dew, there wasn’t a lot of dew, just enough to make it slightly better and that creates a difference between the first and the second innings.”
When asked about the positives from the game, MS Dhoni praised the last over of Sam Curran. He said:
“Sam’s last over, the way he bowled. He needs to be convinced that he can execute outside off yorkers that is something most of the coaching staff want the bowlers to bowl. If you are not comfortable doing it, you can’t really push in the games. I feel this game will give him a lot of confidence when it comes to executing outside off yorkers, I feel that will be one delivery that is slightly difficult to hit.”