In yet another dismal show, three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) suffered a 44-run defeat against a charged-up Delhi Capitals (DC) on Friday at the Dubai International Cricket stadium. This was the second consecutive defeat of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team as they were outplayed in every department of the game by Shreyas Iyer's Delhi Capitals.
Prithvi Shaw (43-ball 64) and South African duo Kagiso Rabada (3/26) and Anrich Nortje (2/21) were star performers for the Delhi side. DC are now on top of the points table with four points from two matches.
Meanwhile, The Sports Journalist Taus Rizvi tried to figure out various factors for Delhi's win.
MS Dhoni at the post-match press conference said that the team is "lacking a bit of steam in the batting". "The run rate keeps on mounting after such slow starts and adds pressure, we need to figure that out. We need to come back with a clearer picture, looking at the combination," he said.
"I don't think it was a good game for us. The wicket did slow down a bit, there was no dew, but I think we are lacking steam in the batting department. We need to figure that out. The break in the next seven days is the best chance we could get: give them match simulation and look for the right balance," Dhoni added.
Dhoni also admitted that the CSK bowlers need to get better with their line and length. The CSK skipper also said that the spinners need to reduce the number of boundary bowls to create more pressure on the opposition.
CSK coach Stephen Fleming said that the form of spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla is an area of concern for the side. "Yeah, it's an area of concern because it has been one of the strengths for CSK and the style of play we have developed in the last 12 years, is heavily based on spin. So we are trying to find a different personality so spin definitely plays a part," Fleming said while responding to an ANI query during the post-match press conference.
Meanwhile, Dinesh Kartik's Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. Here is The Sports Journalist Taus Rizvi's preview of KXIP vs RCB:
(With input from agencies)