“Our batsmanship let us down”, recalls CSK skipper MS Dhoni after 13-run loss against arch-rival RCB –

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CSK skipper MS Dhoni was not happy with his batsmen’s batting sense or game awareness as they pursued a 174 goal against Royal Challengers Bangalore yesterday. It was a wicket that couldn’t be classified as a flat wicket as the ball was also caught and spinning in the first innings, but according to Dhoni the wicket got better to serve in the second innings.

What Dhoni wanted from his batsmen was to make sure they didn’t lose wickets at regular intervals after getting off to a good start. The opening partnership of CSK, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devon Conway had added 50 runs in the power play and CSK was well on course in the chase.

But then a couple of quick wickets put the brakes on their run-scoring just a little bit. However, MS Dhoni emphasized in his post-match interview that the CSK batsmen had to keep calculating what the requirement was in terms of the types of shots they could play and against which bowlers.

Striking first is about instincts, hitting second is about calculation: MS Dhoni

Dhoni said when a team bats first it’s more about the batsmen’s instincts as there is no target for them and they can let their batting instincts take over, but when they’re hunting it’s about batsmanship including calculating different factors, what the bowlers are trying to do, how the field is set up and what the scoring options could be that are likely to be more fruitful.

CSK needed 56 runs in the last 5 overs of the match and although RCB had some good death bowlers at their disposal, CSK could have continued their pursuit a little more smoothly than they did. The men in yellow scored just 9 runs in the 16th and 17th over together, confusing them and ultimately leaving them 13 runs behind goal.

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