After suffering a three-wicket loss to Delhi Capitals on Monday in Dubai, Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni declared that 150 runs would have been a good score to defend in the match. He further added that DC’s starters had set the tone in the first six overs of the race chase.
Delhi Capitals won the draw and opted to pitch first, and managed to outrun starters in the form of CSK Faf du Plessis (10) and Ruturaj Gaikwad (13) early in the innings.
In response, DC lost to Prithvi Shaw (18) in the third over, but Shikhar Dhawan (39) held firm for most of the chase. However, his ejection at 15 tipped the balance too much, before Shimron Hetmyer’s latest 18-ball 28-ball blitz carried Rishabh Pant’s led side over the line.
Dhoni reflected on the overall progress of the game, after his team suffered a second straight loss.
“We wanted to get close to 150. After losing some ground, around the 15-16 mark, the platform was fine. We couldn’t accelerate. I thought it was a tough pitch. Anything close to 150 would have been a good score. It’s a wicket two-step. It’s not like it drastically slowed down. You can’t just play your shots. That’s what the Delhi batsmen also faced. The taller bowlers were getting movement. It was a very good effort to make a game out. It was important not to give too many in the first six. There was a costly over in the first six, but when the quality players are hitting, it can happen, “Dhoni said after the game.
Chennai Super Kings will face Punjab Kings in their final league match on Thursday 7th October.
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