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Batting needs to get better, reckons MS Dhoni after CSK’s defeat against MI

The likes of Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson and Suresh Raina could only manage a combined tally of 21 runs.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. (Photo: IANS)

Yesterday, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lost their Qualifier 1 match against the Mumbai Indians (MI) by six wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. CSK posted 131 on the board after which Suryakumar Yadav scored 71 off 54 to take Mumbai over the line with nine balls to spare. It was the Super Kings’ second defeat this season at the Chepauk and both defeats came against Mumbai.

The Yellow Army will now play the Qualifier 2 on Friday, May 10 in Visakhapatnam. After the loss, MS Dhoni, the CSK captain, mentioned that the team failed to make a proper analysis of the pitch. Moreover, the 37-year-old also talked about their batting as an area of improvement.

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“Somebody has to lose, things really didn’t go our way, especially batting. At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly, we have played six to seven games on this pitch and should have read the pitch better, that’s the home advantage.

We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn’t do well, I think the batting needs to get better,” Dhoni was quoted as saying in the post-match presentation ceremony.

These are the best batsmen we have got

After electing to bat first, CSK lost their first wicket in the form of Faf du Plessis, who got out to leg-spinner Rahul Chahar. Shane Watson also looked scratchy and became Krunal Pandya’s victim. Suresh Raina flattered to deceive and threw his wicket away to Jayant Yadav.

Murali Vijay churned out a run-a-ball 26. Thereafter, it was Ambati Rayudu and Dhoni himself, who put on 76 runs for the fifth wicket and took CSK to a respectable score. During the interaction, Dhoni also mentioned that the batsmen should be more mindful of the strokes they play.

“These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played. These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game,” the veteran added.

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