MS survived a final over scare by Jasprit Bumrah and led Chennai Super Kings to 131 for four after a hesitant start against Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 at MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Blames Poor Shot Selection For CSK’s Loss Against Mumbai Indians In Qualifier 1.
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At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly, we have played six to seven games already, that’s the home advantage,” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation.
“We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn’t do well, I think the batting needs to get better,” added the CSK skipper who opted to bat after winning the toss.
CSK’s decorated batting line-up failed to deliver as the top-order, comprising Faf du Plessis (6), Shane Watson (10) and Suresh Raina (5), was dismissed inside the powerplay.
Murali Vijay displayed some grit and managed to score crucial 26 runs, stabilising CSK after early blows.
stitched an unbeaten 66-run stand with Ambati Rayudu for the fifth-wicket to guide CSK to a respectable finish.
“These players, are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played,” Dhoni said.
“These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game,” he added.
For Mumbai Indians, Suryakumar top-scored with 71 runs (not out) as they made it to their fifth IPL final.