After winning three consecutive matches in a row, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) winning momentum was halted by the Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) following a 37-run defeat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. CSK Skipper MS Dhoni has said that the game did not pan out as planned for his side.
In what was a lowly display, the defending champions lacked a solid batting performance contrary to their other matches played so far. In the chase of MI’s score of 170, the CSK batsmen failed to stay in the hunt.
“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 overs bowling wasn’t great. We don’t have bowlers who hit the deck, it was slightly tough on them,” he admitted.
Hardik Pandya literally ran away with the game in the death for MI as he hit an 8-ball 25. In fact, he was well supported by Kieron Pollard as well as the batsman hit 7-ball 17 with two sixes. Dhoni said that while there are plans for opposition players, the execution didn’t happen on Wednesday.
“We do have one-on-one plans, we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries, which batsmen to target,a boundary-less or two could have made a difference to a 10-12 run over or a 7-run over,” he explained.
To be fair, CSK were never in the chase after losing two wickets early into the innings and Dhoni said that building momentum was important.
“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 said.