After beating Mumbai Indians by five wickets in the opening game of the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL), Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Sam Curran praised skipper MS Dhoni, describing him as a “ genius ”. While chasing 163, Dhoni Ravindra promoted Jadeja and Sam Curran ahead of him and as a result, the Englishman played an 18-run cameo at just 6 balls to put CSK in a comfortable position.
In the end, Faf du Plessis and MS Dhoni guided CSK to a five-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi.
“I was actually really excited when I came to the Chennai team. I didn’t meet a lot of guys, straight on the bus, don’t have much to think about, landed two days ago from the England-Australia series and left straight away. to do what I do, ”quoted ESPNCricinfo Curran.
“To be honest, very surprised I went in at number six, but he’s a genius, he clearly thought something. A great win in the end. I think the left-right combination was his plan. The 18th over from Krunal Pandya. was the over-we. wanted to aim – a mentality of six or more. Take the risk, and if it comes off, it comes off, if it doesn’t, then it doesn’t, “he added.
When asked why he chose to promote Curran and Jadeja, Dhoni said after the game, “At one point I thought we should give Jadeja and someone like Sam Curran to go through the batting order and express themselves. They still had two spinners left, and we tried to intimidate the bowler a little bit, it was just a psychological aspect We know we hit pretty deep and wanted them to go after the bowler If you got one or two sixes, then it’s easier for the batsmen to follow. “
For CSK, Ambati Rayudu played a match-winning knockout of 71 while Faf du Plessis scored an unbeaten 58. For Mumbai, Pattinson returned with the best marks of 1/27 of his four overs quota.
CSK then faces Rajasthan Royals on September 22, while Mumbai, led by Rohit Sharma, faces Kolkata Knight Riders on September 23.
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