The 200th IPL match for MS Dhoni ended up being a major embarrassment for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that failed in all departments resulting in an easier win for the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The team that was on the sixth spot in the points table has now reached the bottom in the eight-team league.
Moreover, now CSK has only a mathematical chance to make it to this year’s Playoffs.
CSK scored just 125 runs
Batting first, CSK could put up only 125 runs on the scoreboard for a loss of five wickets. The top-order once again disappointed the CSK fans. Ravindra Jadeja was the top scorer for CSK with an unbeaten 35 in 30 balls. Jadeja is followed by skipper MS Dhoni, who scored 28 runs in 28 balls.
Rajasthan Royals’ top order also crumbled with the fall of three wickets within 5 overs. However, a terrific inning by skipper Jos Buttler and Steve Smith ensured an easy win for Rajasthan in 17.3 overs.
CSK will now try youngsters
In the post-match presentation, CSK coach Stephen Fleming and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that the bottom-placed team will ring in the changes in its upcoming IPL matches by trying out youngsters. Dhoni said he will try out the youngsters even though he is yet to notice the requisite “spark” in them.
With just three wins from 10 matches so far, CSK now have only mathematical chances of making the play-offs. They next take on defending champions on October 23.
“I think it’s fair that we will be turning that over,” Fleming said after the seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals when asked if there will be a shift from the team’s policy of sticking to a squad.
The three-time winners’ poor run this season has put a question mark on the approach and Dhoni, trying to justify it, said that the younger lot has not done enough to force a change, until now.
“You don’t want to chop and change. Insecurity is something you don’t want to prevail in the dressing room. Also the youngsters, we didn’t see the spark to push the guys,” Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.
“But what this result has done is give those youngsters a chance in the rest of the tournament. Maybe going forward we bring them in and they play without pressure,” he added.
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