IPL 2018: MS Dhoni blames bowlers for defeat, Twitterati lashes out

IPL 2018: MS Dhoni blames bowlers for defeat, Twitterati lashes out

The Rajasthan Royals defeated the Chennai Super Kings to stay alive in the competition

MS Dhoni
Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni in action. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Chennai Super Kings are a batting heavy side. The yellow brigade boasts of some of the top names in World cricket. Their batsmen have chased down massive targets on several occasions. CSK went in with experience rather than youth for the eleventh edition of the IPL and it is reaping benefits. The individuals have taken up the responsibility when the team is in needed and have taken the franchise home by keeping calm and focusing on the situation at hand.

While CSK is a batting powerhouse, its bowling is a weak link in the setup. The bowlers have leaked too many runs at the death which has cost them on numerous occasions. On Friday, CSK put up 176 against Rajasthan Royals on a sluggish wicket. It was more than a par score as the wicket was getting slower and slower. However, Jos Butler played a defining knock of 95 to take his side through in the last over. Butler was given three lifelines in his innings which probably decided the outcome of the match. Dhoni blamed the bowlers for failing to execute the plans but Twitterati thought otherwise.

Dropped chances cost big

MS Dhoni dropped the all-important catch of Butler when he was on 80. A slower one from Dwayne Bravo made the Englishman scoop behind the stumps and created an opportunity but Dhoni failed to capitalise on the opportunity. Twitterverse wasn’t all impressed with the Chennai captain and fans saw this opportunity to remind Mahi that it was his dropped catch that enabled Buttler to score the match-winning 95 runs.

Dhoni does not drop such catches usually but it was not his day. The drop proved fatal as Butler managed to remain unbeaten at that cost CSK the match. “We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl. That back of the length was a difficult one to hit. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length. What really happens is once you are told what to bowl, you need to be bowling to that area. They need to commit and execute. It is not the planning but the execution that goes haywire.” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.

Here’s how Twitter reacted as Dhoni’s fumble cost CSK the match:

The defeat does not change things for CSK as they still sit pretty at the second place on the points table. The Royals will be pleased with their performance and need to come up with a few more victories to qualify for the playoffs.

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