It was the first loss of the season for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. The heroic knocks from Suryakumar Yadav and the all-round show from Hardik Pandya delivered goods for Mumbai despite the stunning knock from Kedar Jadhav. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni makes his voice on the match.
Initially, the number 3 batsman Surya Kumar Yadav started his innings with delightful strokes. He knocked balls to all corners of the park to get a decent tally in the power play overs. However, the quick wickets and the slow batting by Krunal Pandya always kept Chennai Super Kings in the driver seat.
Suryakumar went for his strokes and bagged 59 runs in his kitty for Mumbai Indians. After a beautiful knock, he was dismissed to Dwayne Bravo thus letting Kieron Pollard to the crease. In between, Hardik Pandya once again knocked it for the team.
In reply to Mumbai’s 170. Chennai Super Kings got a false start with Ambati Rayudu being a duck out. Shane Watson was also sent back quickly by Lasith Malinga while a stunning catch saw Suresh Raina walk back to the hut after a good start to his name.
However, Kedar Jadhav took the onus on him by knocking runs on a consistent basis. He was the only batsman in the middle, who looked brilliant for Chennai Super Kings. He took on the best bowlers in the game Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga to deliver goods in the middle overs.
In the end, it was Lasith Malinga, who brought curtains on Kedar’s innings. All in all, it was a comfortable victory for Mumbai Indians and Co. Hardik Pandya was the chief contributor in both sections of the game.
Death overs didn’t go well – MS Dhoni
Speaking of the game, MS Dhoni quoted that the death bowling and the misfields have been the main reasons behind the loss. Further, he added that it would have been a bit better in death by the bowlers. However, he feels that it is tough to the bowlers when fielders drop catches.
”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 over bowling wasn’t great. We don’t have bowlers who hit the deck, it was slightly tough on them. We do have one-on-one plans, we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries,” MS Dhoni said.
On team meetings and momentum:
Speaking of that, MS Dhoni added that they will do one-on-one meetings, as it would work for the team. He explained how it works and the importance of bowling less run-rate overs.
”A boundary less or two could have made a difference to a 10-12 run over or a 7-run over. 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,” he added.
Bravo has got hamstring injury:
”We will have to see the wicket for the next game, we have to see the combination. Bravo has an hamstring injury, we don’t have a few players, we already have some injuries, David Willey isn’t there, he has his own problems, Lungi Ngidi isn’t with us as well, we will have to look at the pitch and then decide on the right combination,” MS Dhoni inferred.
All in all, it was a tough loss for the MS Dhoni-led side. Now, they will enjoy the home conditions in their next game against Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, the opposition got Ravichandran Ashwin, who is also a local lad.