Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper MS Dhoni blamed the team’s lack of intent after the team’s 37-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in Dubai on Saturday.
CSK has now lost its fifth defeat of the season after seven matches and looks set to miss out on a playoff place for the first time in 11 seasons.
Chasing 170 to win, CSK struggled right from the start posting just 47 in the first 10 overs before falling away. CSK has lost five matches chasing this season.
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Dhoni said after the game, “Batting has been a bit of a worry and today also it was evident. We need to do something about it. I think we are better off playing the other way round, playing the bigger shots even if you get out. That is something we can do in the coming games.
“I think it also depends on how you’ve performed so far in the tournament and our batting has lacked a bit of power from the sixth over onwards. Individuals can get tentative no matter how much confidence you give them. I feel that’s where we’ve not adapted or come up with plans against the bowlers who bowl from the 6th to the 14th over. I always told the players to focus more on the process – when you start thinking about results of the previous game, you put a burden.”
RCB was struggling at 103 for four after 16 overs before its skipper Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 90 helped it post 169 on the board.
“With the bowling we’ve shown we can restrict the opposition. We’re either leaking at the start or in the last four. There are too many holes in the ship. I think overall you have to look at the combination, how many spinners, the fast bowlers. There’s always one spot you can play around. We started with five bowlers, now we have six. But our main worry remains the batting department. In the coming games we’ll try to be more expressive. You rather get out in the 16th or 17th over,” said the former India captain.