Dhoni plays saviour where the rest finished with failure

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: April 26, 2013, 9:08 AM IST
Dhoni plays saviour where the rest finished with failure

This is not the first time that he has done it and surely not the last time as well. MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to yet another close victory on Thursday. Although Cameron White, the Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper, might have helped him with his bizarre decision to give the last over to Ashish Reddy, who had not bowled previously in the innings, when 15 runs were needed. And Dhoni hardly needed to break a sweat as Reddy was so wayward himself. He was calm and composed as ever and his 67* off 37 balls proved to be the difference between the two sides.

But neither the gaffe of the opposition skipper nor the drop chance by Amit Mishra earlier in the inning could take away the fact that Dhoni once again showed his superiority in this form of the game. He took a few balls (six) to get off the mark, but didn't take long to get going. And as we have seen often, once he is set, he demolishes the best in the business. Dale Steyn, the world's best bowler at present, tasted that when he was taken apart by Dhoni. Unperturbed by the reputation of Steyn, Dhoni smacked him - when he was bowling close to 150 kph mark - for three sixes.

Dhoni's innings ensured that CSK continue their winning march in IPL 6, but he too admitted after the match that the team needs to do work a lot, especially in their bowling at the death.

"I think we started off well with the ball but gave away too many runs in the death. Chasing 160 becomes difficult, the bowlers did not do well," he said after the match.

He also admitted that though the side has been playing well, they still have to raise their game. "The performance of the side has been good but as we get to the latter stage, we need to raise our game. Bowlers need to start bowling yorkers, becomes critical towards the end of the tournament, they need to realise that it's the one recipe that does not go wrong."

For Sunrisers, the loss was heartbreaking as they were so close to to beating one of the strongest sides in the IPL. And therefore there was no surprise when White expressed his disappointment with the result. "[It] was a good total in the end. [We were] a bit poor in the first six overs but did well in the last five. The loss was disappointing," White said after the match.

"To get ourselves in this position and lose was bad too. There were a few areas we were off, which we need to improve for the game day after tomorrow [against Rajasthan Royals]. You need to learn from your mistakes and make better players."

CSK will face Kolkata Knight Riders at home on Sunday and while another loss will only jeopardise Kolkata's position in the league, another win will only strengthen CSK's position in the points tally. And Dhoni will ensure that his team end up on the winning side yet again.

First Published: April 26, 2013, 9:08 AM IST

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