Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni has blamed middle-order batsmen for their down the line performance against Kolkata Knight Riders which led them to 10 runs defeat in an important IPL match. Chasing a mediocre target of 168 initially opener Shane Watson struck his second successive fifty to give CSK a perfect start, but the team choked at the back end of the innings and was restricted to 157 for five to suffer its fourth defeat from five matches.
CSK skipper MS Dhoni blamed the middle’s order slow performance which led the defeat, in the post-match presentation ceremony Dhoni said that “In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled 2-3 good overs. If we batted better, and didn’t lose 2-3 wickets in a row,. We should’ve been careful in the first 5-6 overs. Curran was really good with the ball, and I think we did well in general with the ball, but the batsmen let the bowlers down today. Rotation of strike was important, but I think there were hardly any boundaries in the final few overs, so we need to be innovative at the end when they are continuously hitting a back of a length. That’s where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don’t think we did that.”