Friday, December 2, 2022

We needed to know how the pitch behaves: MS Dhoni

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Yesterday the qualifier one of IPL-12 took place in Chennai. In this match, Mumbai Indians beat Chennai super kings. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat first, and they set the target of 132 runs for Mumbai. MI easily chased down the target with the 9 bowls left.

After the match, MS Dhoni said in the post-match presentation,

“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 6 to 7 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. 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.”

“I think we were a bit unlucky at times (talking about bowling), some balls dropped right in the middle, a few catches weren’t taken. We perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen, which could have slowed down the pace and bowl with more variations. But we didn’t have runs on the board, so every boundary conceded in a 130 defence was bad. It isn’t good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather than going over the wicket (straight to the finals), we now need to go round the wicket (to qualifier 2), that means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top two and that gives us a second chance.”

Now CSK will play Qualifier two on May 10 against the winner of Eliminator match. Eliminator will take place today at 7:30 PM between DC and SRH.

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