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Chasing 165 to win, CSK lost by seven runs, with skipper Dhoni staying unbeaten on 47 off 36 balls as he decided to go after the bowlers a little too late.
“I was not able to middle a lot of deliveries, was trying to hit it too hard. When the wicket is slightly on the slower side, it is better to time it. Looking at the outfield, it was subconsciously coming to us to hit the ball hard,” Dhoni said after his side’s third defeat in four matches.
Asked about his struggle towards the end as he seemed to have lost steam in searing heat, Dhoni said,” I tried to get as much time as possible. It is quite dry out here, so the throat gets dry and you start to cough. When you have legal signs, you can take some time off.”
Dhoni made three changes to his playing XI but could not arrest the slide. He acknowledged they need to find solutions.
“Long time back once, we lost three (matches) in a row. We need to get a lot of things right. It is the professionalism. We need to take our catches, not bowl no-balls. Those are the controllables, and may be we are getting too relaxed,” he said.
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“We have been a bit too relaxed at times. After the 16th over, we had two good overs but overall we could have been slightly better.
“Nobody wants to drop catches but at the same at this level, we need to draw a line and say these catches need to be taken, especially when the team hasn’t been doing that outstandingly well,” he said, referring to the spilled chances when SRH’s Abhishek Sharma was batting.
“Catches like these can hamper your knockout-stage games. It is very important to be at your best. There are plenty of positives in this game but we will try to come back strong.”
SRH skipper David Warner took a big gamble by asking the 18-year old Abdul Samad to bowl the final over when CSK needed 28 runs. The Australian defended his decision.
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“I backed him (Samad). I had no option. We tried to kill the game in the 19th over with Khaleel there, with five balls to bowl. Could have given it to Abhishek, but Samad, with his height and the way he bowled tonight (Friday), had to bowl the last one,” said Warner.
He also praised Priyam Garg and Abhishek for their gritty batting under pressure.
“It’s my message to the youngsters, to go out there and score some runs. These guys assessed the conditions and played well, so really, really proud of them.”