Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni said he couldn’t execute too many changes on the pitch against Andre Russell and Pat Cummins in his side’s narrow 18-point victory at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.
Chennai, who hit first, posted 221/3 with forerunners Faf du Plessis (95 no) and Ruturaj Gaikwad leading the charge. In response, the Kolkata top-order was blown away by Deepak Chahar’s 29/4 before the middle order including Andre Russell (54 of 22), Dinesh Karthik (40 of 24) and Pat Cummins (66 * of 34) script a remarkable comeback.
The game took another turn as Pat Cummins crushed 30 points against Sam Curran in the 16th before unleashing a quick shot to almost bring Kolkata home.
“From the 16th, the contest was between the fast bowlers and the batter. You can’t overdo it. The side that won is a side that performed slightly better. But if they had had more wickets, the side that won was a side that performed slightly better. the scenario could have been different, ”said Dhoni after the victory.
Dhoni also added that it is important to respect the opposition’s abilities as they welcome big hitters in the middle order. He said: “I’ve seen enough in cricket, I always like to be humble. There’s no good reason that if you scored the opposition couldn’t score. My lines to the players were that we have some good points on the board, but we’re going to be humble. You don’t want to take too many wickets early on with big hitters like Andre Russell coming in. “
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Dhoni also praised opener Ruturaj Gaikwad who had a lackluster start to the season. “Rutu is someone who showed his class at the last IPL. You always have to assess where he is mentally. Once, when he was off guard, I just asked him how you are feeling today. you ask a question like that, you wait for the reactions, you see what is in his eyes. There was enough in his reactions to suggest that he was not shaken. ‘ve been doing it all my life (applying psychology) but in a good way, ”Dhoni said.
Morgan: The first five overs of the chase cost us
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan said the first five overs in his 221-point pursuit cost the team a victory.
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“One hell of a game. Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik set up a partnership and after Pat Cummins gave us every chance towards the end. Disappointing that the rest of us couldn’t help them. The top five batting overs didn’t. We didn’t play as well as we would have liked, “Morgan said.
Chennai who climbed to the top of the table will face Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday in Mumbai while Kolkata face Royal Rajasthan on Saturday.