MS Dhoni was left scratching his head again after Chennai Super Kings blew a strong position with the bat to lose to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.
The defeat leaves Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings sitting fifth on the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) table with a 2-4 record, while Kolkata Knight Riders are up to third with three wins and two losses.
Chennai appeared in control of their run pursuit, chasing KKR’s 167 all out, when they were 1-90 after 10 overs with Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu set at the crease.
However, Dinesh Karthik and KKR turned the screws to tighten up the game, with economical overs from Pat Cummins and Sunil Narine leading to Ambati’s dismissal off Kamlesh Nagarkoti.
In the next over, Narine trapped Watson LBW for 50 from 40 balls, despite an unsuccessful review, as CSK’s demise begun, eventually falling short despite some late hitting from Ravindra Jadeja.
“In the middle overs, there was a phase when they bowled two-three good overs,” Dhoni said. “Then we lost wickets. If our batting was different during that period, the result would have been different.
“Initially we gave away a few too many with the new ball. Karn (Sharma) did really well. The bowlers did well to bring them down to 160, but the batsmen let the bowlers down.
“There were no boundaries in the end, and you have to be slightly innovative in these scenarios. If someone is bowling just back of a length, you have to find a way to hit boundaries.”
KKR opener Rahul Tripathi, who was elevated to the top of the order at the expense of the out-of-form Narine, was named Player of the Match after his crucial 81 from 51 balls.
“It is a dream come true for me. I was prepared for both the roles. Wherever you get the opportunity, you have to be prepared,” Tripathi said.