The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) conceded its first ever loss in the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the last night’s encounter against the Mumbai Indians (MI). The Rohit Sharma-led team displayed a sensational performance to undo the CSK juggernaut with a spectacular 37-run victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After the loss, CSK skipper MS Dhoni feels that fielding errors and poor death bowling cost them the game.
A few misfields, the death overs bowling wasn’t great
Dhoni reckoned that many things went wrong for his team in the game last night. He revealed that his bowlers started off really well in the first 10-12 overs. However, a few dropped chances in the field and poor death bowling was the reason for their downfall. Dhoni mentioned that CSK does not have bowlers who can hit the deck and thus, it was slightly tough on them.
“I think quite a few things went wrong for us. We started well, were right on the mark for the first 10-12 overs. Then, a few catches were dropped, a few misfields, the death overs bowling wasn’t great. We don’t have bowlers who hit the deck, it was slightly tough on them,” said MS Dhoni.
Dhoni revealed that he had made some plans for every MI batsman and wanted to cut-off the boundary areas. After losing the toss, Mumbai batters struggled to score at a rapid rate in the first 15 overs. Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya did compose a half-century stand with the former scoring a half-century, but the hosts were moving at a very low rate. But then the pair of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard totally turned the game on its head with some power-packed hitting. They scored at a staggering pace to guide the home team to an explosive finish.
“We do have one-on-one plans, we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries, which batsmen to target, a boundary less or two could have made a difference to a 10-12 run over or a 7-run over,” Dhoni added.
We needed to build some momentum
In the run-chase, the Mumbai Indians debutant, Jason Behrendorff delivered a sensational spell to leave the hosts in a troublesome position that too at the start. Kedar Jadhav tried to stamp his authority over the MI bowling-line up, but he too failed to help his team cross the final barrier.
“We needed to build some momentum, but we need to know when to plan for those. It is a tough thing – this so-called momentum, it doesn’t really matter, a good start from the bowlers will make things tight, once you set the tone, the game goes along in that flow,” concluded the CSK skipper.