Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni said that getting out AB de Villiers early proved to be the turning point in his side’s 27-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
After being put into bat, Suresh Raina led CSK’s charge with a magnificent innings of 62 off just 32 balls before Faf du Plessis played a late blinder to guide the team’s total to 181. Chasing this stiff target, RCB lost wickets at regular intervals and except skipper Virat Kohli, none of their batsman got going and as a result, they lost their third match in a row. Ashish Nehra delivered an awe-inspiring spell and finished with the figures of 4-0-10-4.
Let us get across to what the captains of the respective teams said at the post-match presentation:
I felt we could have done better in a few situations where the application was wrong, in both batting and bowling. We need to dominate. The spinners need to pull up their socks, our spinners haven’t done so well. He (Faf) has been brilliant. Mid-off is a crucial position and we have stationed Faf there. Being one of the experienced players, he can always talk to the bowlers from there. There are a few fielders who are not that quick, but they also try. That run-out was crucial. It was a good throw, if I would have gone with the gloves, he would have made it in. AB is a fantastic player and if you can get him run-out, it’s a great thing. His wicket helped us perform better.
It’s disappointing. I can’t really say much for now. We have been very disappointed with ourselves. We have failed to perform as a group. We need to sit down and find the issues. Hopefully, we can fix them. It’s about putting up partnerships as individual performances don’t matter much. We keep losing wickets after 20-25 runs and it never helps. We need to put in good partnerships and set a platform for the other batsmen later on, but once again we failed in that area. Having Mitchell (Starc) back in the squad is great for us. Harshal (Patel), Chahal and Iqbal (Abdulla) bowled well too.