New Delhi. Chennai Super Kings have made it to the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs for the 11th time. But captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes that this time’s performance matters more as the team failed to reach this milestone for the first time last year. Chennai entered the playoffs by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets. He has 18 points in 11 matches.
Dhoni said after the match, “It (reaching the playoffs) means a lot because last time after the match I said that we want to come back strong. We learned a lesson from him. Full credit to the players and support staff.” He credited the bowlers for the victory over Sunrisers, who allowed the opposition team to score 134 runs for seven wickets. Dhoni said, “It was not a wicket on which the ball was taking more turn or coming to a halt. The bowlers changed their pace and length well. That’s what I said before the match and he executed the strategy well.
Sunrisers captain Kane Williamson said the result would have been different if his batsmen had taken the responsibility and scored good runs. Williamson said, “We didn’t score enough runs. Despite this, we gave a tough fight. At the end of the powerplay, our score was close to 40 runs. With the help of the lower middle order batsmen, we reached a slightly respectable score.
He said, “We have to see how to win the match. Chennai played a good game but in the end we were 10-15 runs behind. Again we could not win a win in our name. ”Josh Hazlewood took three wickets for 24 runs and was adjudged man of the match.