MS Dhoni said the bounce delivered by the pitch in Sharjah on Thursday was “different”.© BCCI/IPL
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) became the first team to book their place in the playoff round in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season when they defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by six wickets in a low-scoring match. . Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. The win came courtesy of a disciplined bowling performance as they restricted SRH to 134/7 in 20 overs before the batsmen worked their way past the finishing line. The win took CSK to 18 points from 11 matches with nine wins and two losses, and boosted their hopes of finishing the league stage at the top of the standings.
Captain Dhoni later said that the bounce delivered on Thursday’s Sharjah pitch was “different” and asked his bowlers to take advantage of the conditions.
“The bounce of the wicket was different – instead of knee height, it was shin height, and once the batsmen felt they had to hit straight, they succeeded,” Dhoni explained during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“The bowlers tried to swing it forward and got hit straight when they pitched it too high, but then adjusted very well. I told the bowlers they needed to take advantage of the conditions in today’s game If the odd ball stops early, it starts coming on the bat later.”
Set to face Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Dhoni will expect a similar performance from the CSK bowlers as they look to cement their place at the top of the IPL 2021 standings.
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