IPL 2020, SRH vs CSK: MS Dhoni Hails “Close To Perfect” Match After Win Over SunRisers Hyderabad

It was a near-perfect match for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as they put their disappointing begin apart to register solely their third win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season from eight matches. The center order of Ambati Rayudu (41), MS Dhoni (21) and Ravindra Jadeja (25 not out) got here good as CSK put collectively 167 runs on a sluggish Dubai wicket. Thereafter, the spinners choked SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman even Kane Williamson scored a fifty and Rashid Khan threatened to tee off on the demise, and helped CSK safe a snug 20-run victory.

“Today I felt we did a very good job even in the batting,” Dhoni mentioned after the sport. “There was some purpose with the bat and the batsmen assessed the situation very well.”

Chasing 168 for victory, SRH had been two down within the first six overs as Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran stored issues tight with the brand new ball. “With a total like 160, it all depends on the start you get in the first six overs. The fast bowlers did the job, the spinners came into play and it was one game that was as close to being perfect,” Dhoni mentioned.

This recreation was additionally the primary time that CSK had been batting first in IPL 2020 as Dhoni departed from his typical choice of bowling first after successful the toss, contemplating how the pitches have slowed down going into the second half of the match and batting second will not be simple going ahead.

“There are some two paced balls, some swing and some don’t swing, some get extra bounce. What was needed was good execution of the plans and that was done by the fast bowlers,” Dhoni mentioned.

The pacers – Chahar, Curran, Shardul Thakur and Dwayne Bravo – mixed to get 4 of the eight SRH wickets that fell.

Did the slowness of the wicket assist Dhoni and his males on this recreation? “To an extent yes,” quipped Dhoni, earlier than including why CSK performed an additional spinner – Piyush Chawla for N Jagadeesan – and the way it paid off ultimately.

“But we used an extra spinner because an Indian batter hasn’t done well for us. That’s why Sam Curran went up (Curran opened the innings) and it wasn’t fair on Jagadeesan as well to bat at seven or eight.”

The spin trio of Jadeja, Chawla and Karn Sharma returned 66 from eight overs and accounted for 3 wickets. That’s just below the asking fee of eight.35 runs an over firstly of the SRH innings.

Moreover, Curran blasted four, four, 6 off Khaleel Ahmed within the second over of the match and made a quickfire 31 off simply 21 balls. He then returned to get David Warner within the fourth over of the second innings as SRH had been put below strain from the beginning.

“Sam Curran is a complete cricketer for us. You need a seaming all-rounder, he plays the spinners well and he can give us those 15-45 runs,” Dhoni lauded Curran.

“A good left armer is always good to have in the side.”

David Warner, the shedding captain, mentioned that the pitch was “on the slower side” and admitted SRH should “go back to the drawing board and work on a few areas” after his workforce stumbled to a second straight defeat.

“I thought 160 was the right total to go after, but anything above that was always going to be difficult,” mentioned Warner.

CSK went in with as many as seven bowling choices. The number of bowling obtainable with CSK mixed with SRH’s lack of intent to go after the bowlers within the Powerplay or the demise led to their defeat, Warner felt.


“Having 6-7 bowlers in the team helps. It’s difficult to play against bowlers who can swing the ball. There’s always a challenge in the Powerplay, but you have to take on the bowlers,” Warner mentioned.

“We need to monitor the wickets in the upcoming games and select the team accordingly.”

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