The MS Dhoni-less Chennai Super Kings (CSK) succumbed to its first at home and second to Mumbai Indians (MI) this season with the massive 46-run hammering last night against the three-time champions at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. In the first innings, the visitors reached a fighting total of 155 runs due to Rohit’s incredible knock under pressure and due to the Pollard-Pandya hitting combo in the end. While in the second innings, Lasith Malinga and the rest of the MI bowlers displayed fabulous combined efforts to rattle the opposition batsmen for a paltry total of 109 runs and in turn steer their team to a splendid win.
We didn’t bat well
Chasing a stiff target of 156 runs, the home team got off to a horrible start, losing three big wickets in the form of an in-form Shane Watson, stand-in skipper Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu with just 34 runs on the scoreboard. The likes of Kedar Jadhav and Dhruv Shorey also failed to contribute much, getting dismissed within the first half of the run-chase.
The MI spin trio comprising of Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy and Rahul Chahar bowled amazingly well in tandem to rattle the CSK top-order and in turn reduced the home team in a miserable state at 60 for 5 after 10 overs. After the loss, CSK stand-in skipper Suresh Raina admitted the fact that they did not batted well and lost quite a few wickets upfront. He noted that none of the batsmen took the responsibility and reckoned that 155 was surely a chaseable total.
“We didn’t bat well. We kept losing wickets every 2-3 overs, so our batsmen need to take more responsibility. Our bowling has always been good this season. We thought 155 was chaseable. But we lost too many wickets in the Powerplay and middle overs,” said Suresh Raina.
We just need to relax as a batting unit
Except for Murali Vijay, all the other CSK batters failed to tackle the quality bowling performance from the opposition bowlers. Raina mentioned that the CSK batters failed to rotate the strike on consistent basis and that did hurt their chances. However, the experienced CSK batsman revealed that there is no point in stressing things out and they just need to relax as a batting unit.
“We didn’t rotate the strike well either. It is important to go out there and see a few balls out, and then decide which bowler you want to go after. We need to sit as a batting unit and see where we’re doing wrong. We have power hitters, we have experienced batsmen so we just need to relax as a batting unit,” concluded Raina.