MS Dhoni seemed like a content man during the post match presentation as CSK romped to a rather straight forward win against arch-rivals RCB in Pune.
CSK started off their innings on a wonderful note, as both Bhajji and Jadeja were able to stifle the RCB batsmen and get rid off them as well.
After Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers went back to the pavilion, it seemed like Dhoni could control this game right until the end. And control he did, first with his bowlers and then with his magic wielding arm towards the end of the innings.
While Dhoni was happy with what transpired on the field in Pune, he still wasn’t satisfied with the death bowling, as Southee was allowed to tee off during the end, when CSK should have wrapped up RCB for under 110.
That final flourish from Southee allowed RCB to get a respectable total on the board and provided their bowlers with something to work with in the 2nd innings.
Dhoni once again came down hard on CSK’s death bowling, and wanted things to improve with the business end of the tournament looming large.
“We were worried about the bowling department, in the last few games, there’s no one individual who has come up and owned that place, especially someone who can bowl in the death overs. The good thing is we have a lot of all-rounders, we need to know who is our death bowling option going ahead, that’s what we are worried about.
“That’s the reason for so many changes in the team for every game. That forces us to make changes in the top-order, depending on who comes into the team. We are playing with multiple line-ups, so if someone on a good day bowls two or three overs (if possible four), that helps us keep Bravo at the end, he doesn’t need to bowl four overs always, it also helps the other bowlers to know what they are expected to do, he also knows what he has to do in that over.
“In the 9-10 games we have played, none of them have shown the consistency to bowl in the death overs” Dhoni said.
CSK are almost through to the playoffs now and would be hoping to overcome their death bowling issues from the next game on.