Chennai Super Kings (CSK) defeated Mumbai Indians (MI) by 20 runs on IPL 2021 resumption within the UAE because the three-time champions moved to the highest spot within the factors desk.
Ruturaj Gaikwad batted by means of the innings to raise Chennai Super Kings from a precarious 7/3 to 156 for six. The late spark was supplied by Dwayne Bravo (23 off 8 balls) as CSK recovered from a disastrous begin. Skipper MS Dhoni heaped reward on Gaikwad and Bravo, saying that the duo batted “exceptionally” to get Chennai to a difficult complete.
“I think at 30/4, you want to get something respectable on the board and Ruturaj and Bravo got us more than what we expected. We had to bat exceptionally to get to 140, but to get to 160 was tremendous. The wicket was slightly two-paced and slow to start off with,” mentioned Dhoni.
“Most of them got out to the slowness. If you come later and you want to go hard and that’s why we lost wickets. I would have tried to get into the eighth or ninth over and then take it from there. You always think you could have gone harder earlier, but with wickets down, it was a risk,” he added.
Dhoni additionally spoke about Ambati Rayudu‘s damage, hinting that the right-hander is likely to be again earlier than Chennai’s subsequent IPL 2021 match. “It depends on the situation. Rayudu was smiling, so he hasn’t broken his arm. He has four days now and that should help him,” he mentioned.
Experienced Dwayne Bravo, who notched up an all-round show, described MI because the “toughest” workforce to play within the league and mentioned it is like a remaining whereas enjoying towards the Mumbai-based outfit.
Bravo first chipped in with a 23-run cameo to enrich Ruturaj Gaikwad’s blistering 88*. He adopted it up with bowling figures of three/25, making him stand other than the opposite bowlers of CSK camp.
“It’s a good feeling, obviously against MI it’s the toughest team in IPL and it’s like a final playing them, always a good feeling to win. Just tried to protect myself in the last stages of CPL and when I came over here, just had one bowling session which was yesterday and happy to get 4 overs through today,” he mentioned.
Bravo additionally heaped reward on Gaikwad’s blitzkrieg and hailed the opener as a “quality” participant. “Ruturaj has been our star player end of last season and this season and he is a quality player. Played proper cricket shots and played till the end. He has an appetite for runs and it’s good to get over the line this game,” he mentioned.
Stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard highlighted his aspect’s “soft dismissals” that led to their droop throughout the run-chase. “We will need to have obtained a partnership. You can do a number of issues otherwise in hindsight. Losing by 20 runs, I feel that’s the distinction. Gave too many with the ball on the finish.
“Their batters tried to continue the momentum throughout, we didn’t do that. We could have learnt from their mistake of losing too many wickets in the powerplay. We needed one guy to bat deep. We had a couple of soft dismissals. We can’t let that happen at this level, but we still have six games to go,” he mentioned.