Chennai Super Kings losing streak continues as they went down against Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven runs at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. This is the first time, Chennai have lost three consecutive games since 2014. Speaking at the end of the game, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni blamed poor fielding as the reason behind their defeat.
Chasing 165 runs, Chennai Super Kings batting woes continued. The top-order once again failed to get putting Chennai in a spot of bother struggling at 42 for four. But MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja combined well to take the game deep. They added 72 runs for the fifth wicket to keep Chennai in the game.
Chennai’s losing streak continues
MS Dhoni looked in dismay but Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s untimely injury came as a benefit for three-time champions. Abdul Samad defended 28 runs in the final over as MS Dhoni failed to put the 18-year-old out of the ground. Chennai Super Kings’ losing streak continues with only two points from four matches.
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Batting first, Sunrisers Hyderbad were in a spot of bother losing Jonny Bairstow early. Skipper David Warner struggled to get going toppled by Manish Pandey’s departure after getting well set had Hyderabad thinking. Seeking an opportunity, Chennai Super Kings piled up more agony removing Warner and Kane Williamson.
While many thought it was over for Sunrisers Hyderabad, two youngsters – Priyam Garg and Abhishek Sharma turned the tables. They rotated the strike well and scored the odd boundaries to keep their side in the hunt. While Garg redeemed himself with a 23-ball 50 while Sharma chipped in with 31.
MS Dhoni blames poor fielding
They added 77 runs which changed the complexion of the game and ultimately was the deciding factor. Chennai Super Kings MS Dhoni blamed poor behind their poor show in IPL 2020 so far.
“It’s the professionalism – dropping catches, bowling no-balls. We’re making the same mistakes again. After the 16th over, we had two bad overs. Overall we could have been slightly better. Nobody wants to drop catches, but at this level, you have to draw a line that these catches have to be taken.
Catches like these can really hamper your knockout stage games. What if this was a knockout game? There are plenty of positives in this game. A few areas to improve and we’ll come back stronger,” MS Dhoni said.