IPL 2023
IPL 2023: “Last phase of my career, important to enjoy it” – MS Dhoni after the win
By SMCS - Apr 22, 2023 8:00 am
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Chennai Super Kings won by 7 wickets over Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 29th match of the IPL 2023 at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. Chennai Super Kings won the toss and opted to bowl. Put into bat, Sunrisers Hyderabad posted a below-par total of 134 in 20 overs. While Abhishek Sharma top-scored with 34, Ravindra Jadeja picked up 3 wickets for 22.

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Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

While chasing, Chennai Super Kings got off to a flying start with the openers adding 87 runs. They reached the target in 18.4 overs as well and earned two more too also.

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

Jadeja, Player of the Match said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Coming to Chennai, looking at the wicket gives me a lot of happiness. You know it’s going to turn. I had in my mind to not bowl too full. Important to keep wicket to wicket. CSK fans always support us, no matter we win or lose.

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MS Dhoni, CSK captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Whatever said and done, last phase of my career, important to enjoy it. It feels good to be here. They have given a lot of love and affection. They always stay late to listen to me. Not getting a lot of chance to bat – I’m not complaining. You need time to pick his action (Pathirana). He has got variation, he has got good pace. We have seen with Malinga – someone who has an awkward action and who is very consistent with line and length – it’s difficult to score off him. Definitely he has been a find. I was hesitant to bat second. Had the feeling there won’t be much dew. It was slightly cloudy. The spinners, once they came in, they bowled a very good length. Overall the middle overs was the setup. Fast bowlers bowled very well in the last few overs. I always tell them that first preference of field setting is with you. Still they didn’t give me best catch award. I was in such a wrong position. Just because we wear gloves, people think it’s easy. I felt it was a fantastic catch. Long time back I still remember one game – Rahul Dravid was keeping and he caught one like that. Once you get old, that’s the only time you get experience. Unless you’re Sachin paaji and start playing at 16-17. Definitely old, can’t shy away from that.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

Devon Conway said as quoted by Cricbuzz: I appreciate it, nice to be there at the end and win it for the team. The plan was simple, we just try to play good cricket shots in the batting PP and put the bowlers under pressure (on the tactics between himself and Gaikwad). We got the best of the conditions honestly, the ball didn’t hold as much as it did in the 1st innings, it wasn’t the easiest, but was slightly easier (in the second innings). The Bengaluru pitch was a lot better, but we had to play in what was in front of us.

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Aiden Markram, SRH captain said as quoted by Cricbuzz: Disappointed again, never nice to lose. Not good with the bat, couldn’t build partnerships and then you struggle to put a good total. We certainly thought this wasn’t a 130 wicket, it was more around 160. Partnerships weren’t there, we couldn’t build momentum and credit to them for the way they bowled. (On CSK spinners) We knew they’d play a huge role, each person had a plan to counter them – you can either take them down or rotate strike and build partnerships. We had the plans but unfortunately couldn’t execute them. It is about taking on the bowlers in the powerplay, we need to stick to our aggressive approach. We have to look in and see how to get better with the bat, one or two guys need to put their hands up with the bat. Very pleased with the effort from our bowling group.