The Chennai Super Kings lost to the Mumbai Indians in a last-ball thriller that came to a halt on Saturday, but CSK’s field placement for the game’s last point was called into question following the loss.
With Kieron Pollard (87 * on 34 balls) on strike and 2 needed to win the last ball for MI, Dhoni took off his gloves in anticipation of an exit. However, there was no change on the pitch and bowler Lungi Ngidi ran to throw the last ball of the game almost immediately. Surprisingly, there was no defensive player on the leg side inside the circle. It turned out to be costly as Pollard pushed the ball too long and took a brace to bring MI home.
CSK head coach Stephen Fleming defended Dhoni’s decision to have defensive players near the demarcation line.
“Pollard is such a good timekeeper on the ball that you never know what he’s going to do. We had so much to gain, to be honest we were looking for something like the stumps hit or like the outcome we got when we got it. been beaten in the 2019 final, ”Fleming said in the post-match virtual press conference on Saturday night.
“I think there are a lot of other cases that we’re going to look at and analyze rather than just the last bullet. The quality of hitting in smaller fields with good surfaces is sometimes very difficult to defend, ”added Fleming.
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On the other hand, former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg pointed out the unfair advantage non-striker Dhawal Kulkarni had on the last ball when Ngidi bowled.
Faf du Plessis’ long throw had actually arrived at the bowler’s end, where Kulkarni had comfortably reached by the time the throw entered.