Chennai Super Kings (CSK) started off on a rather poor note in the last night’s game against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, CSK got off to a disappointing start, losing three quick wickets in the first six overs of the powerplay. The fast bowling duo of Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer bowled really well to rattle the CSK top-order. However, after the early opening jitters, CSK skipper MS Dhoni joined hands with Suresh Raina to bail their out of the troublesome situation with an excellent partnership of 61 runs.
After that valuable partnership, Dhoni also stitched a fabulous stand of 56 runs along with Dwayne Bravo to finish the innings with a great momentum. Towards the end of the innings, initially it looked like CSK will fall short of a fighting total, but then, Dhoni took the matter into his control, blasting Unadkat for a total of 28 runs in the 20th over which included four gigantic sixes. The CSK skipper composed a splendid unbeaten knock of 75 runs off just 46 balls which consisted of 4 fours and 4 sixes, to guide his team towards an imposing first innings total of 175 runs, which eventually proved to be a winning total.
“We wanted to get a partnership going – that was needed. We knew there was some dew on the field. We knew it would get easier as the game progresses. We bat quite deep – until 9 (Mitchell Santner). We could accelerate in the last few overs, and we wanted to get a partnership going at that time,” quoted MS Dhoni.
We have a stable XI
Dhoni mentioned that they have a pretty balanced and settled squad. In the last game, Kiwi left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner made his IPL debut for CSK. Dhoni revealed that the main motive to play Santner was that he is a left-hander. He also stated that the other players will be getting opportunities in the rest of the season.
“We have a stable XI and there were a lot less left-handers in the opposition, so we gave Mitch Santner a go. It isn’t that important to make changes if not necessary. As the tournament progresses everyone will get more chances. As the tournament progresses, bowlers start executing their plans much better,” added Dhoni.