The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) moved a step closer to being eliminated from the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 as defending champions, Mumbai Indians, crushed them by a 10-wicket margin in Sharjah.
Defending a target of 115, CSK’s bowlers lacked the intent and the spark.
Even without their regular opener, Rohit Sharma, MI chased down the target with 10 wickets and 43 balls still left. Quinton de Kock (46 off 37) joined Ishan Kishan (68 off 37) and added match-winning partnership in just 12.2 overs.
With this win, MI have reclaimed the top spot while CSK are practically out of IPL 2020. Here’s a look at top three highlights from the league stage game between the two sides.
The tie against MI does suggest that CSK’s youngsters lack spark. Ruturaj, an India A regular now, was struggling to make a contact with the new ball.
He missed the fifth delivery as well and was trapped before the stumps, by Trent Boult, when MI decided to review the on-field umpire’s call.
Narayan Jagadeesan was dismissed on the delivery that he could have left. Coming in following the dismissal of Ambati Rayudu, Jagadeesan edged one to Suryakumar Yadav at slips.
It’s always difficult for youngsters to break into playing XI under Dhoni and it remains to be sen if the youngsters get another match to show spark.
The ball swung in and Jagadeesan was trapped in an awkward position.
A total surrender! Chennai Super Kings’ top and middle-order surrendered in front of the new ball and as many as six batsmen were back in the shed even before the completion of the powerplay.
Jasprit Bumrah made even senior batsman Ambati Rayudu dance to his tunes.
MS Dhoni, who came out to face the hat-trick ball, saved himself from Bumrah’s bouncer. Despite not taking a hat-trick, it was a win from Bumrah.
New opening pair of Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis combinedly played 12 balls and only scored 1 run. As per commentators, it wasn’t 114/9 pitch, which means that batters made mistakes in shot selection.
Equal credit of MI’s success goes to the pacers, who delivered with the new ball.
But what about MS Dhoni?
A team is as good as its leader. So if the captain isn’t delivering, is it fair to blame the team? Dhoni was one of the batsmen to be dismissed on a low score – he scored 16 off 16.
He hasn’t won a single game with the bat and against MI as well, he got out at a crucial stage. Thanks to Sam Curran’s half-century, CSK crossed the 100-run mark.
Dhoni has just scored 180 runs off147 balls at a strike-rate of 122.44 in IPL 2020.
Surely, there is much to talk about Dhoni’s form with the bat and the fact that he has also lacked spark in the season.