New Delhi: Suresh Raina’s third IPL fifty in the eleventh edition, along with a crucial partnership with Shane Watson ensured an above-par total of 176 for five for Chennai Super Kings at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Friday. Yet, Jos Buttler single-handedly carried Rajasthan Royals hope to steer them past the target with still a delivery remaining. And following the four-wicket defeat in Jaipur, CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni once again lashed out at the bowlers for their underperformance in the death overs.
“I think it is the bowling. We had to bowl one particular length and the bowlers were instructed on what they need to bowl and where they need to bowl. That back of the length was a difficult one to hit. We at least got hit 4-5 boundaries off full length,” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation.
Buttler started off great in reply to 177, but failed to gather support from the other end of the crease. And amid the weary run chase, he too fatigued out in the middle and slowly the game looked to be slipping out of the hands of on course Rajasthan. In the penultimate over, Krishanppa Gowtham smashed David Willey for two massive sixes, before Buttler completed the rest in the final over off Dwayne Bravo.
“What really happens is once you are told what to bowl, you need to be bowling to that area. They need to commit and execute. It is not the planning but the execution that goes haywire. That was a par score or a par plus score. I think the bowlers let us down to some extent,” Dhoni added.
Fielding too has been an option of worry for Chennai who dropped Buttler thrice. “Looking at the XI that we have on the field, we did well in the field. We can say we can get better, but with the players we have, this is the best we can get. It is important to start delivering when it comes to the planning part,” said Dhoni.
CSK with 14 points need just one more win off their remaining three matches in the league. “You just don’t want to qualify into the knockout stages, you have to win games. You also need to adjust to what length to bowl and how to bowl,” the captain said.