IPL 2023
IPL 2023: “It was a very crucial game for a simple reason” – MS Dhoni
By SMCS - May 6, 2023 9:00 pm
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Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets against Mumbai Indians in the 49th match of the ongoing IPL 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 6. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl. Put into bat, Mumbai Indians managed 139 runs in 20 overs, courtesy of Nehal Wadhera’s 64.

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While chasing, Chennai Super Kings got off to a flying start with Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway adding 46 runs in 4.1 overs. Later, Shivam Dube hit a quickfire 26 and helped CSK win in 17.4 overs as well.

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

Matheesha Pathirana, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: My journey with CSK started from last year, I came in as a replacement and played only two games, but this season I am playing more and I am happy. They (team management) give me a lot of confidence. This is my best bowling figures in T20 cricket and I am happy with the performance. I am a die hard fan of Cristiano Ronaldo (referring to his celebrations after picking a wicket).

MS Dhoni, CSK captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: It was a very crucial game for a simple reason, if you see the points table there’s a muddle in the middle. Last few games the results have not gone in our favour and so it is good to be on the winning side. I was doubtful with the decision at the toss, I wanted to bat first but the think tank thought about the rain, I was slightly outnumbered and so we went with the majority. If there is some kind of a confusion then we sit and talk about it. I felt the wicket will slow down and that was the reason behind it, and even if rain comes then the majority of the game would have been done. People who don’t have a very clean action batters find it difficult to pick them. It is not the pace or variations, but the consistency. I would prefer him not to play red-ball cricket and play all the ICC tournaments, he would be a great asset for Sri Lanka. He was slightly lean last season and has added muscle this season.

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Rohit Sharma, MI captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Everywhere I guess (on what went wrong), we didn’t bat well enough, didn’t put enough runs for the bowlers to defend. We had an off-day as a batting unit. We just did what we felt was comfortable (on him going down to 3), needed an Indian batter to bat in the middle overs against spin after unfortunately losing Tilak Varma, but we lost three wickets for just 16 runs. He’s bowling really well (on Piyush Chawla), the other bowlers need to rally around him, that’s what the team needs, everyone has to come forward and chip in contributions. There’s no such home advantage this season, everyone has won and lost at home, we need to do all the three departments of the game, we’ll play at home in the next two games, we’ll see how it goes.

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Ruturaj Gaikwad said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Spending a lot of time with him (Conway) off the field as well. We’re going along well. Would like to continue the same. We try to continue the positive intent in the powerplay because the wicket was on the slower side. Good start from the bowling unit as well. Wicket wasn’t slow in the first half. Fleming would be happy about that (50th catch in T20s for Gaikwad).