On Saturday, Chennai Super Kings lost by seven wickets to Delhi Capitals at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, kicking off their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign. CSK lost the match with eight balls to spare after scoring 188/7 from their allotted 20 overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw both hit half-centuries to set up the chase, and Marcus Stoinis’ cameo in the 19th over helped Delhi get over the line. MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK, was dismissive of his bowlers’ performance during the game, claiming that they bowled too many boundary balls, allowing the opposition to score easily.
“In terms of bowling, we should have played a little more. If the hitters are hitting you over your field and whatever strategies you’ve devised, it’s time to change your strategy. That seems reasonable, but there were a number of boundary deliveries where you weren’t really looking to bowl. The execution was a shambles “At the post-match presentation, Dhoni said.
Deepak Chahar, Moeen Ali, and Sam Curran all cost a lot of money. In 3.4 overs, Shardul Thakur gave up over 50 runs.
The only bowler who kept it close was Dwayne Bravo, who only gave up 28 runs in his four overs.
Dhoni also expressed faith in his bowlers’ ability to do well in the upcoming games.
“I believe the bowlers have learned and will be much more prepared for the upcoming games,” Dhoni said.
The CSK captain also mentioned how the dew played a significant role in the game. Dhoni said that if the dew continues to be this heavy in the coming matches, the team setting a goal would need to score at least 200 runs to remain in the game.
“Since we arrive at 7.30 a.m., the opposition will have less dew and we will need to score an additional 15-20 runs. Then you’ll need to get some early wickets. Ok, if we keep having dew, 200 is something that both teams are aiming for “Dhoni came to a conclusion.