IPL 2020: Mahi explains why he came out to bat at number 7 against RR in Sharjah
Last updated on February 15th, 2023 at 01:14 pm
On Tuesday, Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni clarified the reason for his choice to bat at number 7 place against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2020. He said that he wanted to give opportunities to others as he hadn’t batted in quite a while. He also wished to try various things like providing an opportunity for new players like Sam Curran and Ruturaj Gaikwad.
Dhoni came to bat when CSK was 114 for 5 in the fourteenth over and the match was beyond their control. He scored 29 off 17 balls with 3 sixes. Faf du Plessis also played a great knock of 72 off 27 balls; however, it wasn’t sufficient for CSK to win the match.
CSK’s opening batsman Murali Vijay and Shane Watson had contributed 56 runs in 6.3 overs, however, Dhoni stated in the presentation ceremony that his team required a better start.
Mahi said we need to give full credit to RR bowlers as well. They were bowling the right lengths and made it challenging for us.
Our spinners made the mistake to bowling full length. If we would’ve restricted them to 200, it would’ve been a decent game, expressed Dhoni.”
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Rajasthan Royals made a mammoth total of 216 against the Chennai Super Kings on account of a beautiful knock by Sanju Samson of 74 runs on 32 balls in Sharjah. Jofra Archer also contributed by hitting four sequent sixes off Lungi Ngidi’s last over. Steve Smith too contributed 69 runs off 47 balls for RR which brought up a challenging total of 216 for CSK. Later CSK lost by 16 runs.