Will MS Dhoni play next match: Chennai Super Kings stand-in captain opened up on the regular captain’s injury post losing to SRH.
During the 33rd match of the ongoing 12th season of the Indian Premier League between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings at Hyderabad, Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets to register their fourth IPL 2019 victory.
Chasing a 133-run target, Hyderabad sealed the chase in the 17th over on the back of individual half-centuries from their opening batsmen in Jonny Bairstow (61*) and David Warner (50).
After CSK stand-in captain Suresh Raina won the toss and chose to bat, his team ended up scoring a below par 132/5 in their allotted 20 overs. Opening batsman Faf du Plessis top-scored for his team scoring 45 (31) with the help of three fours and three sixes. With bowling figures of 4-0-17-2, Rashid Khan was the pick of Sunrisers’ bowlers.
You get one of these every year, I guess. #CSK have been steamrolled today. Never in the game.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 17, 2019
Speaking during the post-match presentation ceremony, Raina claimed the loss to be a “good wake-up call”. “I think it is a very good wake up call. Faf and Watto [Shane Watson] gave us a good start but we could not capitalize. We should have rotated our strike better,” Raina was quoted as saying.
“MS Dhoni is feeling better”
While veteran leg-spinner Imran Tahir bowled well to register bowling figures of 4-0-20-2, no support from the other end hurt the visitors’ chances. “He [Imran Tahir] has been giving us breakthroughs. You just throw the ball to him and he delivers. He has been bowling really well. As long as senior players are there, you just need to do well as a unit,” Raina said of the 40-year old cricketer.
Being asked about regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s injury, Raina gave signs of the legendary cricketer returning for the next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore. “He [MS Dhoni] is feeling better. His back was stiff. Probably he will play in the next game against RCB,” Raina concluded.