Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of the Chennai Super Kings, expressed regret at the team's four-wicket loss to Punjab Kings inside their home stadium, saying the bowlers needed to be more cognizant of the circumstance and that the execution was probably “bad”.
The Shikhar Dhawan-led team scored the winning runs off the last ball to defeat the yellow brigade on Sunday. CSK had a decent opportunity to win after posting 200 for four at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, mostly because to another outstanding 92 from Devon Conway.
“We lost it in the middle after a few overs. Because the batters will be going for it (getting big hits), you need to be aware of what you need to bowl and clear in your delivery. Apart from (Matheesha) Pathirana's effective bowling, we need to determine if the strategy was poor or the execution was subpar, according to Dhoni.
With the exception of the starting pair of Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad (37), no other hitters were able to have an effect, and Dhoni believed his side could have added another 10 runs.
“With the bat, we need to be doing better. When the pitch hit the seam, there was some turn. The sluggish balls clung. 200 (runs) was about average. Also, could we have gotten 10 more as our innings wound down? He inquired.
Shikhar Dhawan, captain of the winning squad, lauded wicket-keeper Jitesh Sharma (21 off 10 balls) and Liam Livingstone (40 off 24) for showing up and said it was a unique feeling to overcome CSK in Chennai.
The feeling of defeating Chennai in Chennai is quite amazing. I am pleased with how well we played. Our team's ability to move on from that setback and bounce back speaks well of our character.
“The crew and the support workers deserve all the praise. I was quite pleased with the bowlers' performance. I first believed the wicket to be dry but it really had terrific bounce. I wanted Liam to participate in more overs as the captain. Jitesh as well. The fact that all the lads are performing is a positive indication, according to Shikhar, who partnered with Prabhsimran Singh for 50 runs at the top.
Conway, who won the game's MVP award, will be frustrated with the result since the New Zealander's unbroken 92, which was also his best score this season and sixth half-century in the IPL 2023, was in vain.
Conway expressed his disappointment at the outcome, saying, “We felt 200 was a very competitive total.
Conway said that his winning strategy is to make things simple.
“We thought the wicket (when you struck it) was a little bit sluggish. I make an effort to keep things simple. I make an effort to keep things as basic as I can.
“I try to collaborate with (batting coach) Mike Hussey as closely as I can. Together with the other players, our team has a wealth of experience. Try to cooperate with them, he said.