IPL 2019: Shreyas Iyer Defends Batsmen After Loss Against Chennai Super Kings
Shreyas Iyer & his men gave defending champions Chennai Super Kings a run for their money but eventually lost the game by six wickets on Tuesday. Perhaps the 147-run target was just too small to defend against the formidable Super Kings team.
Shreyas Iyer did not hesitate in batting first after winning the toss. Prithvi Shaw then hit a string of boundaries early on but was just carried away and threw away his wicket while playing a poor shot. Iyer then steadied the ship with Shikhar Dhawan as the two aded 43 runs but the run-rate needed a push. Rishabh Pant played a few big shots to give the much-needed impetus but he too did not last long. Dhawan also departed after scoring 51 off 47 deliveries. Towards the end, Rahul Tewatia and Axar Patel failed to provide the final flourish.
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In reply, the Super Kings were off to a solid start and crossed 100 in just the 11th over. However, Delhi bowlers then tightened up things to make scoring tough for MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. But with not much remaining, the two took their time and eventually shared 46 runs to all but seal the game. Dwayne Bravo then ended the game in the final over with a four.
Speaking after the game, Shreyas Iyer defended his batsmen although saying that the team was 10-15 runs less.
“For the new batsman pitch was really tough. I personally don’t have trouble against spinners but today it was turning and I was finding it tough. Our best batter Rishabh Pant also found it tough. The wicket was slow and that’s why I decided to bat first. We were 10-15 runs short. I wouldn’t blame batting. We could have restricted them in the powerplay. There are lot of games remaining and this is just the beginning. Lots of positive to take out from this match,” said Iyer.
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