Chennai Super Kings survived a few nervous moments on Wednesday night, while they got an 18-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in their IPL match. However, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said his job had actually become “quite easy” towards the end of the game, as the battle took place mainly between fast-paced players and big hitters.
First, CSK recorded a score of 220/3 after being asked to beat and then reduced KKR to 31/5. Andrew Russell (54 years old) and Pat Cummins (66 years old did not come out) took part in a six-shot chance to keep KKR in the hunt before being thrown for 202 in 19.1 points.
“Quite easy in a game like this. Starting on the 16th, the competition took place between the fast bowler and the bat. You can’t do too much. I can’t put another field. It’s about you vs. me. The team that won is a team that performed a little better “, said Dhoni at the post-match presentation.
“You don’t want to take too many early counters. Big hitters coming, 200 runs, there is only one way they will play. You can’t do much. The only option was Jadeja. He was coming back, it was a little dry. ”
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“If it had more gates, it could have been different. I’ve seen enough in the cricket, I always like to be humble. There are no good reasons if you scored, the opposition cannot score.
“My line to the players was that we have good runs on the board, but let’s be humble.”
Completing the young Ruturaj Gaikwad for coming well with willow, Dhoni said: “The beating was very good. Rutu is someone who showed his class in the last IPL. You always have to evaluate where you are mentally. Once, when he was on duty, I asked him how you feel today. ”
“When you ask such a question, wait for the reactions, see what he has in his eyes. His reactions were enough to suggest that he was not noisy. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life (applying psychology), but in a good way. ”
Eoin Morgan, the losing captain, said he did not think his team had a chance after being reduced to 31 for five in 5.2 overs.
“It simply came to our notice then. What the hell of a cricket game. Certainly, from the position we were in after our power game, we probably didn’t think we would get as close as we did, “he said.
“But Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik really put a partnership together, once you’ve done that, taking advantage of the conditions here, it’s very difficult to stop.
(With PTI inputs)