Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings suffered their 7th defeat of the season at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday night. Batting first, Chennai had set a target of 174 runs in front of Chennai, in front of this score, Chennai could score only 160 runs in 20 overs. Bangalore won this match by a margin of 13 runs. Dhoni blamed this defeat on the batsmen. Dhoni said that after a good start, his team lost wickets due to bad shorts.
Dhoni said after the match, “We stopped them around 170 runs. I thought the wicket would go on getting better in the second half. We got off to a good start in the batting as well. It was just going according to plan. But our batsmen let us down. When you are chasing you know how many runs you need and at that time you play according to the conditions of the match instead of playing your shots.
The CSK captain further said, “We could have done well in the selection of shots, we started well and we had the wickets, the wicket was getting better with the match but we lost wickets at frequent intervals. We had bad shorts. Chasing the target depends on the whole calculation and batting first always comes naturally. It’s easy to get distracted by how many points you have, it’s the mistakes and it’s the process that counts instead. Where do you stand on the points table?
After a 7th consecutive defeat, defending champions Chennai Super Kings are on the verge of being knocked out of the playoff race. The team’s net run rate is also very poor and if CSK wins the remaining four matches, then they will be able to reach only 14 points.