Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain MS Dhoni uncovered that a wellness worry for Dwayne Bravo implied he was unable to dumbfound the last in Chennai’s last over thrashing to Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Sharjah on Saturday.
Dhoni went to Ravindra Jadeja with Delhi requiring 17 off the last finished. Axar Patel hit three sixes to seal a five-wicket win.
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“Bravo was not fit, he went out and was really not able to come back,” said Dhoni. “That was the explanation we needed to bowl (Jadeja). The alternative was between Karn [Sharma] and Jaddu so I proceeded with Jaddu. Perhaps insufficient.”
Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 101 off 58 balls to proceed with his great structure with the bat.
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“Shikhar’s wicket was important but we dropped him quite a few times. If he keeps batting, he will keep the strike rate high. Also, the wicket played better in the second half, but we can’t take the credit away from Shikhar,” said the CSK skipper.
After a moderate beginning, CSK posted 179 on the board. “There wasn’t a lot of dew, but there was just enough to make the pitch better. That makes a big difference: minus 10 when you are batting, and the extra 10 for the team batting second,” said Dhoni.
All-rounder Sam Curran surrendered four runs and got a wicket off the penultimate over to give CSK a sniff at triumph. Dhoni stated, “A positive was Sam’s last over. He needs convincing he can execute the wide yorkers. He is not usually confident with that, but today he did well with that. That is one ball that can be difficult to hit.”
Shikhar Dhawan struck a rankling hundred against CSK on Saturday. – BCCI/IPL
Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer prasied Axar for his commitments with both bat and ball this season. Iyer stated, “Whenever we give out dressing room Man-of-the-match awards, he is always there. You see his preparations, they are always on point. We know the strengths and weaknesses of our team very well. We enjoy each other’s progress.”
“I was sitting inside and I was pretty nervous,” Iyer said of the strained completion. “I knew if Shikhar stayed till the end, we would win. But the way Axar came out and hit those sixes, it was brilliant.”
On Dhawan’s structure, he stated, “I just told one of my team-mates today that the way Shikhar batted, it was mesmerising to see. As a captain, that gives you breathing space that someone can take your team to the end.”