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‘What let us down was…..’ – MS Dhoni speaks about the reason behind Chennai’s 13-run loss to Bangalore

By Daniel S

May 5, 2022

Even MS Dhoni couldn't weave his magic wand during Chennai's game against Bangalore. The Faf du Plessis-led side ended up beating them by 13 runs. It is safe to say that they outplayed Chennai in all three departments of the game.

Despite being in a good position during the second innings, Chennai kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Barring Devon Conway, none of their batters were able to get to a big score. As a result, they failed to chase 174. This is Chennai's seventh loss in 10 games.

Thus, their skipper MS Dhoni was critical of his batters. While criticizing them, he spoke about the poor shot selection by the batting unit towards the end. He also drew light on how they got to a good start, but couldn't capitalize on it.

"We did well to restrict them to 170-odd runs. I felt in the latter half it (the surface) could be better and we had to get off to a good start, everything was up to the mark and what let us down was the batsmanship. When you are chasing you know what is required and at times you have to curb your instinct and see what really the situation is demanding rather than playing your shots. The shot selection could have been better towards the end. We had a good start and had wickets in hand," said MS Dhoni during the post-match presentation.

He then said that they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Dhoni stated that chasing is all about calculations. Further on, he highlighted the fact that the process matters in the end.

" The surface kept getting better but we lost wickets at regular intervals. We can look back at some of the shots, if we take care of those things. Chasing is about calculations and batting first is more about instinct. Ultimately as a batter or bowler, you are in the middle and you have to decide, I don't think that was a problem today. We need to keep looking about what went wrong, it is easy to get distracted with how many points you have, it is the mistakes and it is the process that matters rather than where you are positioned in the points table," he added.