It was a near-perfect match for Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) as they put their disappointing start apart to register only their third win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season from eight matches. The middle order of Ambati Rayudu (41), MS Dhoni (21), and Ravindra Jadeja (25 not out) got here good as CSK put collectively 167 runs on a sluggish Dubai wicket. Thereafter, the spinners choked SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman even Kane Williamson scored a fifty and Rashid Khan threatened to tee off on the death, and helped CSK safe a comfy 20-run victory.
“Today I felt we did an excellent job even within the batting,” Dhoni said after the game. “There was some purpose with the bat and the batsmen assessed the situation very well.”
Chasing 168 for victory, SRH were two down within the first six overs as Deepak Chahar and Sam Curran saved things tight with the new ball. “With a total like 160, all of it is dependent upon the beginning you get within the first six overs. The fast bowlers did the job, the spinners got here into play and it was one game that was as close to being perfect,” Dhoni said.
This game was additionally the first time that CSK have been batting first in IPL 2020 as Dhoni departed from his usual decision of bowling first after successful the toss, contemplating how the pitches have slowed down going into the second half of the match and batting second is probably not easy going ahead.
“There are some two-paced balls, some swing and a few don’t swing, some get additional bounce. What was wanted was a good execution of the plans and that was completed by the fast bowlers,” Dhoni said.
The pacers – Chahar, Curran, Shardul Thakur, and Dwayne Bravo – combined to get 4 of the eight SRH wickets that fell.
Did the slowness of the wicket help Dhoni and his men on this game? “To an extent sure,” quipped Dhoni, before including why CSK played an extra spinner – Piyush Chawla for N Jagadeesan – and the way it paid off in the end.
“However we used an additional spinner as a result of an Indian batter hasn’t done well for us. That is why Sam Curran went up (Curran opened the innings) and it wasn’t fair on Jagadeesan as well to bat at seven or eight.”
The spin trio of Jadeja, Chawla, and Karn Sharma returned 66 from eight overs and accounted for 3 wickets. That is just below the asking rate of 8.35 runs an over initially of the SRH innings.
Furthermore, Curran blasted 4, 4, 6 off Khaleel Ahmed within the second over of the match and made a quickfire 31 off simply 21 balls. He then returned to get David Warner within the fourth over of the second innings as SRH have been put below pressure from the beginning.
“Sam Curran is a complete cricketer for us. You need a seaming all-rounder, he performs the spinners well and he can give us these 15-45 runs,” Dhoni lauded Curran.
“An excellent left armer is always good to have within the side.”
David Warner, the losing captain, said that the pitch was “on the slower side” and admitted SRH should “return to the drawing board and work on a number of areas” after his staff stumbled to a second straight defeat.
“I believed 160 was the right total to go after, however something above that was all the time going to be difficult,” said Warner.
CSK went in with as many as seven bowling options. The number of bowling available with CSK mixed with SRH’s lack of intent to go after the bowlers within the Powerplay or the demise led to their defeat, Warner felt.
“Having 6-7 bowlers within the staff helps. It is tough to play in opposition to bowlers who can swing the ball. There’s all the time a problem within the Powerplay, however it’s a must to take on the bowlers,” Warner said.
“We have to monitor the wickets within the upcoming games and choose the team accordingly.”