CSK captain MS Dhoni said that the batsmen let their team down after a spirited comeback made by the bowlers last night in their match against KKR. Chasing a target of 168 runs, Opener batsman Shane Watson scored his second half century to give CSK a perfect start but the team fell down at the back end of the innings & was restricted to mere 157 runs for five wickets to register its fourth loss from five matches played.
“In the middle overs, there was a phase when they bowled two-three good overs. Then we lost two-three wickets in a row. If our batting was different during that period, the result would have been different,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Earlier Birthday Boy ‘Dwayne Brvao’ bowled a perfect final over to finish with figures of 3/37 while Sam Curran, Shradul Thakur and Karn Sharma claimed two each as CSK bowled KKR out for 167.
“Initially we gave away a few too many with the new ball. Karn (Sharma) did really well. The bowlers did well to bring them down to 160-odd. As a team we should have achieved the target but the batsmen let the bowlers down.”
Dhoni promoted himself at No. 4 but was cleaned up by spinner Varun Chakravarthy, while Sam Curran became Andre Russell’s victim after a brisk 11-ball 17.
“Rotation of strike is always important. At times we have to judge the deliveries. There were hardly any boundaries in the last three overs.
“You have to be slightly innovative in these scenarios. If someone is bowling just back of a length, you have to find a way to hit boundaries. We did not adapt well,” Dhoni said.
After suffering a couple of defeats KKR returned to winning ways, KKR captain Dinesh Karthik was all praise for his team especially for the duo of Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for their tidy bowling at the death overs.
“There are some key players for every team. Narine is one for us. Least we can do is back him. Two-three poor games doesn’t matter,” Karthik said.
Asked about their changed batting order, Karthik said, “Our batting is very fluid. I started at three, today I batted at seven. The way those guys batted at the start, they batted very well.”