‘Can’t leave too many runs after 15-16th over on lower-order batsmen’ says MS Dhoni after losing against RCB

'Things didn't go as per our plans during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore,' reveals CSK skipper MS Dhoni.

MS Dhoni failed to deliver with the bat

Chennai Super Kings lost yet another game in the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). This time, their defeat came against Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore by a margin of 37 runs. CSK skipper MS Dhoni slammed his top-order batsmen for adding pressure on the lower order batsmen after consuming too many deliveries at the top.

“Batting has been a bit of a worry, and today also it was evident. We need to do something about it. We can’t just keep turning up.. it is almost the same thing that is happening maybe the individuals are different but I think we are better off playing the other way round – play the big shots and even if you get out it is fine because we can’t leave too many after the 15th or 16th over that puts too much pressure on the lower order batsmen,” Dhoni said after the match.

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“Our batting has lacked a bit of, you can say, power more from the sixth over onwards, individuals get tentative, and no matter how much confidence you are giving them, ultimately they have to have their own plan as to how to play,” he added.

Too Many holes at the ship: Dhoni

CSK bowlers leaked too many runs at the death overs

MS Dhoni revealed that the things didn’t go as per their plans after they ended up consuming too many runs at the death overs. He also went to say that the side needs to come together and get results in their favour.

“Think the last four overs when we were bowling (didn’t go to plan), before that the bowlers had done a good job, we needed to close it nicely. I feel when it comes to our bowling we have shown we can restrict the opposition, either we give too many in the first six or the last four. Too many holes in the ship and when you try to plug one there is water flowing from another. We need to get our act together. Everything needs to work in the same game to get a result. Once we get a result in our favour it will be slightly different for us,” Dhoni concluded.

Chennai Super Kings will now play their next match October 13 (Tuesday) against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

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