IPL 2021: MS Dhoni scored 17 out of 8 deliveries against Kolkata Knight Riders.© BCCI / IPL
After Chennai Super Kings (CSK) scored 220/3, and followed by dismissing five Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batsmen in the Powerplay, the MS Dhoni team looked set for a comfortable victory. But that was not so, as Andre Russell and Pat Cummins launched a magnificent counterattack to almost secure the victory for KKR. However, with good bowling to the death, CSK won the game by 18 runs with five deliveries to spare. MS Dhoni, speaking after the game, said the team had to stay humble as they could not revel despite the grand total on the scoreboard.
“It’s important to be humble and respect the opponent. Every IPL team has big hitters. I told them (to their teammates) that we have good points on the board, but we have to stay humble,” said Dhoni.
Speaking of his tactics against Andre Russell, who smashed a 22-ball 54, he said “The only option was Jadeja because the ball would stop and spin.”
However, it was Sam Curran who ultimately fired the dangerous all-rounder from the West Indies, with a bullet to the side of the leg that Russell tried to leave, but crashed into his leg stump.
When asked if this was a planned layoff, Dhoni said no.
While Faf du Plessis was CSK’s best player with the bat, scoring an unbeaten 95, Ruturaj Gaikwad’s return to form after a lukewarm start to the season will be a big positive for MS Dhoni.
“Rutu showed his class at the last IPL. We still have to assess where he is mentally. He does not seem to be shaken and he has the basics to do it big. What would have helped him were the last ones. games from last year when he failed, ”Dhoni said.
Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 64 out of 42 deliveries as he recorded his first half-century of the season.
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