IPL 2023
IPL 2023: “I wanted the bowlers to bowl their best deliveries but not look for wickets every delivery” – MS Dhoni
By SMCS - May 11, 2023 5:00 am
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Chennai Super Kings won by 27 runs over Delhi Capitals. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bat where they managed 167 runs in 20 overs. Shivam Dube top-scored with 25 whereas Mitchell Marsh picked up 3 for 18.

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While chasing, Delhi Capitals didn’t have a great start. Rilee Rossouw top-scored with 35 but he didn’t get much support from other ends so they eventually managed 140 runs in 20 overs, losing the game at the end.

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Here is what the captains and the player of the match said after the game:

Ravindra Jadeja, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: As a spinner, feels good when the ball is turning and holding. We practise here, we know what’s the ideal length and pace. The visiting team needs time to adapt. We are taking advantage of the home conditions. Everyone’s doing their job. We are doing a good job collectively. (On batting higher) I keep hearing Mahi bhai’s chants. If I bat higher, then the crowd will wait for me to get out. As long as the team wins, I am happy.

MS Dhoni said as quoted by Cricbuzz: It turned a lot in the second half. We know that our spinners use a lot more seam than some of the other bowlers. We thought it’ll slow down. We didn’t know what’s a good score. That’s why I wanted the bowlers to bowl their best deliveries but not look for wickets every delivery. That’s when you start not bowling well. I felt 166-170 was a good score. But as a batting unit, we can do better. The good thing is Moeen and Jaddu got a chance to bat. As we get closer to the last phase of the tournament, it’s important that everybody has a few deliveries under their belt. We need to be happy with our batting. I would have loved Mitch (Santner), he’s a bowler that has done very well on flat wickets with the new ball. He hits the seam and bowls at a good pace. He (Gaikwad) is batting really well, he’s somebody once he starts scoring, he’s very effortless. He’s somebody who’s happy to rotate. He has the game awareness. He is ready to adapt. You rarely get people like that. People who read the game, those are the kind of players you need in your team. This is what my job is, I have told them this is what I am supposed to do, don’t make me run a lot and it has been working. This is what I need to do, happy to contribute.

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Deepak Chahar said as quoted by Cricbuzz: It was swinging nicely and at the same time, the pitch was slow. I had a chat with Mahi bhai, when the wickets are getting slower, you don’t need to bowl fast, bowl slow and swing it, it’s difficult for the batters to get the boundaries in the powerplay, he said. We thought the wicket would slow down in the 2nd innings and it was cloudy, so no dew – that’s why Mahi bhai decided to bat first. 165 was a par score on this track. Powerplay was crucial as the ball comes nicely and we had a great powerplay. It is very difficult with injuries, every time you get injured you start from zero. Still not 100% but trying to do a job to contribute to the team.

David Warner said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Back to losing three wickets. We lost a wicket in the first over. Our opening combination is crucial. We lost a wicket to a run-out. We threw wickets away. Put too much on pressure on ourselves. Was a gettable total. To sum it up, we needed a better first six. We couldn’t rotate strike. We needed to try different things but we couldn’t. When you get a wide half-tracker you can’t hit it to cover. We should have executed better with those wide half-trackers.