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IPL 2021: Very good effort to make a game out of it, says MS Dhoni after CSK’s loss to DC | Cricket News – Times of India

October 5, 2021

DUBAI: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni praised his teammates for taking the game against Delhi Capitals (DC) to the last over while defending a small total, before eventually losing the Indian Premier League (IPL) group fixture on Monday.
Batting first, CSK could only score 136/5 after a top-order failure, but the match went down to the wire, with the Chennai bowlers making DC earn every run.

Delhi, though, held their nerve to edge CSK by three wickets and Rishabh Pant’s boys now have 20 points and are back to the top of the table.
But Dhoni was satisfied the effort put in by his team to make it an even contest.
“It was a very good effort to make a game out of it. Was important not to give too many in the first six (overs of Powerplay). There was one expensive over in the first six, but when quality players are batting, it can happen,” said Dhoni during the post-match presentation.
Shimron Hetmyer smashed 28 runs off 18 balls and remained unbeaten to help Delhi Capitals register a thrilling win.

“It was a two-paced wicket. It’s not like it slowed down drastically (but you) couldn’t just play your shots. That’s what the Delhi batters also faced. I felt the taller bowlers were getting movement,” analysed Dhoni.
For CSK, Ambati Rayudu (55*) scored a fighting half-century to give his team’s total a respectable look.
Dhoni said CSK were looking to get close to 150, and that would have been a good score to defend.
“We were looking to get closer to 150. After we lost a few wickets, around the 15-16th over mark, the platform was nice. We failed to accelerate. I thought it was a tough pitch. Anything close to 150 would’ve been a good score,” said Dhoni.

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