The Mumbai Indians (MI) kicked off their Delhi leg of games with a last ball win over arch-rivals Chennai Super Kings (CSK). The defending champions chased down a mammoth total of 218 with four wickets to spare as they registered two wins on the trot. Kieron Pollard rose to the occasion following his struggle early in the season to get his side over the line.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni admits that his bowlers failed to execute on what he hails as “a brilliant wicket”. The men in yellow dropped a few chances, including that of Pollard and Dhoni adds that they proved crucial.
“I think it was a brilliant wicket and I feel the difference between the two sides was the execution – how off we were. Without being too tough for the bowlers, catches do help. I felt we dropped catches at the crucial point. It doesn’t hurt much when you’re on the top of the table,” Dhoni said following the game.
“We were very off-target and against good batters who hit hard,” MS Dhoni
Pollard struck the fastest half-century of IPL 2021 so far as he took the CSK bowling attack apart. It was his knock that set the stage for the win following a couple of quick wickets. The chase is the second-highest successful chase in the history of the league as the Caribbean hard hitter held his nerve under pressure.
The CSK skipper rues the poor execution of plans by the bowlers. Dhoni feels that the loss will not hurt as it was a good learning experience of the bowlers. The former Indian skipper is happy with losses until his side learns from their mistakes and work on them.
“If you look at how it really went, we were very off-target and against good batters who hit hard, it’s important to execute the plans. Even if you don’t get hit for one or two sixes, in the 20th over that can win you the game.“
“It hurts but the spirits will be up. When you’re under the pump, you learn more. Irrespective of where we are on the points table, we look at one game at a time. Ultimately, if you do that, the points table will take care of itself,” he signs off.