Indian Premier League 2020, Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni regrets no-balls, starts slowly in a chase
When MS Dhoni went on to chase Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ‘s 217 runs against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 4 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, the equation was 103 runs off 38 balls. Kedar Jadhav was just out and Dhoni had Faf du Plessis for the company, who were batting on 17 runs off 18 balls. Was it long ago for a pair of cricketers in the late-30s and out of practice for more than five months? Not enough, as did Dhoni at the openers, who were unable to give CSK a very good start without falling apart despite scoring 53 runs in the first six overs.
Dhoni said in the post-match presentation, “With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not.”
On the fall of the fifth wicket, Dhoni promoted Sam Curran, debutant Ruturaj Gaikwad and Kedar Jadhav was also dismissed in front of him.
Well, Dhoni was also out of practice. “I have not batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine does not help, ”Dhoni explained the reason for his dedication to number 7.
Sixes towards the end of the innings – Dhoni smashed three for three in the over of Tom Curren but lost the game as well – something to the fans but little did CSK en route to securing a second win.
Dhoni credited the RR spinners, who did not make the same mistakes as their CSK counterparts and hit a “length to bowl” at the Sharjah pitch tailor for batting.
CSK spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla smashed 95 runs in their eight overs as Sanju Samson – the man of the match with 32 runs off their 74 runs – with the spin duo’s sixes that were too full and Samson Allowed to be under
He needs to give credit to his bowlers. Once you see the first innings, you know what the length is for bowling, ”said Dhoni.
He said, ‘Their spinners bowled separately from the batsman. Our spinners also made an error in bowling all over.
“Without getting anyone out, one of the controllables we could control is a no-ball. If we hadn’t thrown a no-ball, we would have been chasing 200, and it would have been a very good game. It Would have been a good game., “He added.
Lungi Ngidi bowled two no-balls in the final over of RR’s innings and both balls went for sixes.
In 2018, Deepak Chahar asked the CSK captain why he did not use the old ball at the time of death.
“I groom young” was Dhoni’s response, and the 39-year-old clung to that mantra by promoting Karran for a second straight game.
It almost paid off as Curran took six wickets for 17 runs before being dismissed deep. “Also (I) wanted to try different things to give Sam the opportunity. (We) have the opportunity to try different things. If it doesn’t work, you can always go back to your strengths , ”Said Dhoni.
Smith, who himself played the anchor by crossing 69 of 47 until he was overall, credited Joffra Archer for the final over blitz.
Archer hammered Ngidi for four back-to-back sixes in the final over and remained unbeaten on 27 runs off just eight balls. After the game, Smith said, “I think the last bounce from Joffra was an incredible injury.”
Sanju Samson said, everything he saw went for six. MS (Dhoni) made some splashes in the end, and Faf (du Plessis) was going as well, but W had a good run in front of RR. Sanju was incredible, and all I had to do was strike him, ”he said.
Crediting the spinners for hitting the right length on the pitch, Smith said: “The leg-spinners were very good with their length – good on them. Shreyas Gopal does what he does very well. “