Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dwayne Bravo “got more than we expected” after his team scored 24 runs for the loss of four wickets at one stage in Sunday’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians.
Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 88 while eighth-ranked veteran Bravo scored 23 off just 8 balls, while CSK batted first and scored 156 for six.
The total is enough to beat CSK MI by 20 runs.
“At 4 for 30, you want to score a respectable score. I thought Ritu and Bravo got us more than we expected. We thought about 140, it was great to reach 160,” Dhoni said in a post-match performance.
“Rayudu was injured, so it was very difficult to get back from there, but we batted smartly and finished wonderfully. It was right for a batsman to bat till the end.”
Speaking about the wicket, Dhoni said, “The wicket is two paces, it is a bit slow to start. Also, if you find it hard to bat down and you don’t get a chance to see what’s going on, you want to go hard. ”
Dhoni said Ambati Rayudu, a retired batsman who was injured while batting, should be fine by the next match.
Gaikwad was named Player of the Match and said it was one of his best knocks.
“Clearly, one of my top innings so far, we’re under pressure. I have to grind it, bat for 10-12 overs, give myself time and push for 120-130, and then slowly 140-150 is possible. It’s a matter of spending time in the middle, He said.
“Mahi Bhai, everyone in CSK management, once they support you, they will not make you think of anything but positive things. The Sri Lanka tour and preparation that came here helped a lot.
MI’s stand-in captain Kiran Pollard also received praise for Gaikwad.
“Ruturaj batted very well. In T20 cricket, if one person bats, he can hurt you. We did not finish well with the ball. You know that losing by 20 runs is an extra run,” he said.
He found no fault on the pitch but blamed poor batting for the defeat.
“The surface is good, the new ball is in motion. Our seamers got early wickets. They tried to gain momentum throughout their blows, we didn’t.”
“Even though they scored 150-plus, we were able to get it as a batting team. Losing three wickets was a major sin for us. Under the circumstances, Saurabh (Tiwary, 50 not out) batted well,” he said.