After a brilliant start to their IPL 2020 campaign, Chennai Super Kings have succumbed to two back-to-back defeats. Chasing a massive total of 177 runs, Chennai managed to score 131 runs, thus falling short by 44. Speaking at the end of the game, MS Dhoni rued poor batting effort as the reason behind their back-to-back defeat.
As the phrase goes, morning shows the day – Chennai’s poor start during the run chase set the tone of the game. They never matched with the required run-rate. They found it hard to hit the boundaries as Delhi Capitals bowlers tightened things with regular wickets.
Chennai suffer back-to-back defeats
Their only in-form player Faf du Plessis tried valiantly to take his side close to the target but lacked support. More so with MS Dhoni batting lower in the order again. He has been questioned time and again and he has just not learned from his mistakes from the last game.
Dhoni gave only 12 balls to him as Chennai once again went after their game against Rajasthan Royals. They will require a full revamp ahead of their next game.
Batting first, Delhi Capitals banked on a superb start from Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw to post a challenging total on the board. They added 94 runs for the first wicket before Piyush Chawla drew the first blood. Although it helped to put a brake, but the damage was already done.
MS Dhoni hints at possible replacements
Prithvi Shaw played a quickfire 64 while quickfire contributions from Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant helped them post 176 runs. Chennai were brilliant in the middle overs with Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood but Delhi managed to post enough to secure their second win.
A disheartened Chennai skipper MS Dhoni admitted that the lacked firepower in the batting department. He also hinted tat some possible changes ahead of their next game.
“I don’t think it was a good game for us. The wicket did slow down a bit, there was no dew, but I think we are lacking steam in the batting department. We need to figure that out,” Dhoni said.
Furthermore, MS Dhoni welcomed the seven-day break ahead of their next game as they strive for the perfect combination. He also added that they might inject one more bowler which can change the dynamic of the side.
“The break in the next seven days is the best chance we could get: give them match simulation and look for the right balance. If you look at the bowling department, there are not all consistent. We are one batsman heavy, and we can only think of getting one more bowler, we need some signs that they can take the extra load,” he added.