” The reason was the first six overs, we gave away too many in the first six”, Dhoni on match against RR

MS Dhoni explained how the batting in Powerplay differently by both teams impacted the game between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. He praised Yashasvi Jaiswal from the Rajasthan Royals while defended his teammate Matheesha Pathirana.

How CSK lost the match

Rajasthan Royals scored 202/5 thanks to a brilliant 77 off 43 by Yashasvi Jaiswal. Chennai Super Kings lost the match by 32 runs. While speaking of the match, MS Dhoni, the CSK captain shared his thoughts on how Powerplay batting made the difference. “It was quite a bit above par score. The reason was the first six overs, we gave away too many in the first six. At the same time the wicket was best to bat on at that period. Then our bowlers bowled well in the middle overs but even when we were finishing, there were a few edges that went for boundaries and that actually kept adding to the score. If I just go through it, maybe there were at least five or six boundaries with edges and that had a very big impact on the score. I think they got a par-plus score and we were not able to get a good start in the first six overs.”

He also praised the youngster Jaiswal who laid the foundation for Rajasthan and also spoke about the cameo added by Dhruv Jurel (34 off 15) at the end. “Yashasvi batted really well, it was important to go after the bowlers and I think he took calculated risks. It felt it was slightly easy with our bowlers because they had to assess as to what is a good length to bowl. As a captain you can tell them initially that you want to be slightly on the shorter side.” He added, “But it’s very difficult to calculate as to what is that shorter side. So I felt initially we gave away a few boundaries that were too up (on the fuller side) and then you are doing the catching up work. Still I felt Yashasvi batted very well at the top and in the last few Jurel batted well. (But) I think it was in the first six that took the game away from us.”

Dhoni defends Pathirana

However, he did not forget to defend Pathirana who gave away 48 runs in his four overs in the match without taking a wicket. In the death, he bowled two overs and conceded 33 runs. “You have to accept it, because you don’ t look at the scorecard. What you are looking at is how the ball was delivered, where it was and where the boundary went. These things help you take better decisions and I felt his bowling was very good, it was not like he bowled badly . Yes, there will be a few deliveries where the batsmen will play the big shot but other than that I think the scorecard doesn’t really reflect how well he bowled.”

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