Mumbai: Chennai Super Kings led by MS Dhoni registered their fourth match this IPL season 2022. After losing the toss and being put in to bat things did not go as per plan for the defending champions but they still managed to score 208/6 in 20 overs and bowl out the opposition for 117 in 17.4 overs.
Notably, the four-time champions are at the eighth spot on the points table with four wins in 11 matches facing seven defeats, and it will be an uphill task for them to make it to the playoffs. Also Read: Giving Batting Advice To Virat Kohli Is Like Showing Torch To Sun: Amit Mishra
“We will look to take one game at a time. I am not good at maths, not even at school. Enjoying the game in hand is the best. See the combinations that work and plan for the next year if qualification is possible is the key,” said MS Dhoni.
He went on saying, “The big-margin win helps, would have been better if it had come earlier. But this was a perfect game. The batters did well,” said MS Dhoni after victory.
“I wanted to win the toss and field first but this was a game where you’d want to lose the toss,” said Dhoni.
The four-time champion scored more than 200 runs for the fourth time in the season, but according to the captain, it was not that easy. Dhoni also praised openers Devon Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad for 110 runs for the first wicket.
Dhoni explained, “The ball stops and comes and behaves only after 13-14 overs. The way the openers batted, the runs on the board helped. And we had to make sure the opposition’s big hitters did not get going,” explained Dhoni.
CSK’s opening pacers Mukesh Chaudhary and Simarjit Singh took two wickets each while bowling brilliantly. Simarjeet gave the Yellow Army success by dismissing Delhi Capitals opener Shrikar Bharat for 8 runs.
Dhoni explained, “Simarjit and Mukesh have taken time to mature, each player takes his time. Understanding the game is important, figuring out what to bowl and what not to bowl. The latter is more important in T20s. ”
Captain Dhoni himself came out to bat in the 18th over of the match. He attacked from the start and scored an unbeaten 21 in 8 balls to take his team to 208/6 in 20 overs. But despite his brilliant innings where he scored runs at a strike rate of 262.50, the CSK captain was not completely satisfied with his performance.
“The first ball is to see what was happening. When you go in the 13th-14th over, you can tap for one. But with 12 balls to go, you have to go big from ball one. We haven’t done well to go, getting 4 off 2 is not good,” said MS Dhoni.
After a thumping win against Delhi Capitals, MS Dhoni-led CSK will take on five-time champions Mumbai Indians on Thursday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.