Despite hitting some massive sixes in the last over of the match, MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost the game to Rajasthan Royals (RR) while chasing a score of 217. While MS Dhoni’ decision to come deep down the batting order disappointed his fans, the CSK skipper entertained everyone in the last over by hitting three consecutive sixes.
What went in Rajasthan’s favour?
The one thing that surely went against CSK was the last over bowled by Lungi Ngidi, which went on to become the most expensive over of the tournament. Jofra Archer, while batting for Rajasthan Royals, hit four back-to-back sixes in the over. RR scored 30 runs in the last over itself.
Another thing was the superb batting by Sanju Samson who hit 9 sixes in his 74 run inning. Similarly, Steve Smith scored 69.
The third factor that tilted the game towards Rajasthan Royals was the smart bowling by its spinners, who took the majority of the crucial wickets for their team.
What did Dhoni say after the match?
MS Dhoni blamed the openers for the loss for failing to give CSK the desired start, especially when the team was chasing a target of 217 in 20 overs.
“With 217 on the board, we needed a very good start which was not the case,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
When asked why he demoted himself in the batting order, Dhoni said: “I haven’t batted for a long time. 14-day quarantine doesn’t help.”
MS Dhoni praises RR spinners
Dhoni credited the RR spinners, who didn’t make the same mistakes as their CSK counterparts and hit “the length to bowl” on a Sharjah pitch tailor-made for batting.
CSK’s spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla went for 95 runs in their designated eight overs as Sanju Samson – the Man of the Match for his 74 off 32 – pummelled the spin duo for sixes off deliveries that were too full and allowed Samson to get under.
“Without singling out anyone, we could have controlled the no-balls. Had we not bowled no-balls, we would have been chasing 200, and it would have been a very good game,” he added.
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