Chennai Super Kings’ performance after making it to the first place in the playoffs in IPL 2021 has not been anything special. The defeat against Punjab Kings was the third consecutive loss for CSK. However, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not at all worried about the team’s poor form in the last matches of the league stage. Mahi says you should know how to deal with these kind of situation and ups and downs are part of such league. He said that the team needs to focus a little on what things can be improved. The CSK captain also largely blamed the toss for the loss against Punjab.
After the crushing defeat against Punjab Kings, Dhoni said, ‘You should know how to deal with this kind of situation from the point of view of mental and skills. We played very good cricket to reach the playoffs. We’ve had two bad games in our last three games and in one game we thought we had made a comeback and that’s all part of such a league, you should keep your best. Motivation is not a factor, all the players are very motivated and probably need to focus on what we should do and also some tosses if it would have gone in our favour. Winning the toss and batting on this wicket looks even worse and I thought the wicket changed a bit, it was challenging, but it was a good wicket.
Batting first after losing the toss, Chennai scored 134 runs for the loss of 6 wickets on the basis of Faf du Plessis’s brilliant innings of 76 runs. In response, Punjab captain KL Rahul, batting fast cricket, played a stormy innings of 98 runs in just 42 balls and the team achieved the target of 135 runs in just 13 overs. In the bowling, Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh took two wickets each for Punjab. Mohammed Shami also bowled consistently economical.