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IPL 2019 | Death Bowling & Misfields Contributed to Loss: Dhoni

After Chennai Super Kings succumbed to a 37-run loss to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium, MS Dhoni wasn't impressed by his team's bowling at the death. The visiting Chennai side leaked 45 runs in the last two overs that took Mumbai's score to 170.

Cricketnext Staff |April 4, 2019, 2:35 PM IST
IPL 2019 | Death Bowling & Misfields Contributed to Loss: Dhoni

M S Dhoni blamed his team’s death bowling and slip ups in the field for the 37-run loss to Mumbai Indians on Wednesday at the Wankhede Stadium. Chennai Super Kings side leaked 45 runs in the last two overs that took Mumbai's score to 170, a target that eventually proved too high for them to overhaul.

"I think quite a few things went wrong for us,” Dhoni said at the post match presentation. “I think we started off well and in the 12th-13th over also we were on the mark, but after that there were some drops and misfields. The death bowling also didn't come off. We don't have bowlers who hit the deck hard, it was slightly tough on them. We do have one-on-one plans, but we needed to know where we could cut-off the boundaries, which batsmen to target."

At 112/4 in the 17th over, CSK seemed on course to restrict Mumbai to a manageable score, but Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard plundered 51 in the last three overs to change the momentum in Mumbai’s favour going into the break.

Dhoni though disagreed that the final overs blitz determined the course of the match and also pointed to the injury concerns and pull outs that his team are having to deal with.

"Momentum totally depends on what position you are in. I don't think the in-between innings break really plays a part,” he said. “Even if you have finished well, you need to start (the second innings) well. I don't think momentum really matters. What counts more is setting the tone while batting (or bowling).

"Bravo has a bit of a hamstring problem, so we'll have to see the combination. We're missing a few players already.

"David Willey isn't there, he has his own problems. Lungi Ngidi isn't with us as well. There are areas to work on but what is important is that individuals step up and take responsibility."

On the other hand winning skipper Rohit Sharma, who lost two matches on the trot before this game was expectedly pleased with the outcome.

"I think every game we play in the IPL is important,” he said. “Having lost two games at the start, suddenly every match becomes important. We don't want to keep that task of having to win many games at the end, it's really difficult. We just wanted to play the brand of cricket Mumbai Indians are known for. We just kept ourselves in the game all the way through and those are good signs.

"I thought 170 was a fighting total here because it was a tricky wicket. We knew that there was something in the pitch and if we could knock wickets early, things could work. That's exactly what happened. We didn't start off well with the bat but we finished really well. With the ball, we were extremely clinical. To defend a 170 score at Wankhede, you need to be really good with the ball and we were. With the fielding also being extremely efficient."

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