Chennai Super Kings (CSK) is powered by some of the biggest names of international cricket. For the 80% of the match they played like Kings too – but in the last 9 overs of the match they faltered, resulting in the most unexpected defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2020.Just check how –
– Chasing 168 – KKR were 90-1 after 10 overs. Victory looked mere formality as KKR was completely out of the game. KKR needed just 78 in the last 10 overs
IPL 2020 : MS Dhoni – Kedar Jadhav below par batting costed CSK
Having posted 90 for 1 at the half-way stage, CSK needed only 78 in the last 10. However, for a period of 9.3 overs from thereon, they managed only 53 runs.
The spinners were aided with the pitch getting slower. First Dhoni’s struggle to score and and than rusty Kedar Jadhav struggled against Russell’s short-pitched ploy.
Off 12 deliveries each, Dhoni managed 11 and Jadhav only 7. As a result, the explosive batting of Sam Curran and Ravindra Jadeja at the other end went in vain
Barring the 16th over by Narine, where he was hit for a boundary and a six – conceding 15 runs – in none of the other overs from 11th to 19th did CSK manage to score more than run-a-ball.
Jadeja finished CSK’s innings with 6-4-4 but Dhoni and Jadhav’s struggle to score already had done damage by then. In the end CSK came short against some canny death bowling by Andre Russell, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine.
The moot question CSK’s fans would like to ask is, what is the role of Kedar Jadhav in the CSK line up ?
IPL 2020 : Batsmen let the team down, should have achieved the target says MS Dhoni
Dhoni himself admitted that batsmen let their bowlers down in their match against KKR.
“In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled two or three good overs and after that we lost three wickets. That was the phase we really lost it,” said Dhoni after the match.
“If we batted better from that period on the result would have been different. (Sam) Curran was really good with the ball, and I think we did well in general with the ball. 160-odd runs is something we should have chased but I think we batsmen let down the bowlers today.”
Dhoni felt that CSK were not able to find the boundary frequently enough in the last overs which led to them losing the game.
“Rotation of strike was important. At times later on I felt we weren’t able to finish, there were hardly any boundaries in the final few overs, so we need to be innovative at the end when they are continuously hitting a back of a length. That’s where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don’t think we did that,” he said.