Stephen Fleming's 'Wasn't The Only One' Sluggish Knock by MS Dhoni vs Delhi Capitals

DC vs CSK: MS Dhoni, the captain of Chennai Super Kings, struggled to get going and was eventually bowled for 18 after only 27 balls, a strike rate of 66.66.

Stephen Fleming's 'Wasn't The Only One' Sluggish Knock by MS Dhoni vs Delhi Capitals
Stephen Fleming's 'Wasn't The Only One' Sluggish Knock by MS Dhoni vs Delhi Capitals

Chennai Super Kings were defeated by Delhi Capitals by three wickets at the Dubai International Stadium on Monday, their second consecutive loss. The victory propelled DC past CSK to the top of the IPL points chart. Both clubs have already qualified for the playoffs, but they are aiming for a top-two finish to give themselves two chances in the postseason if they lose a game. In the match in Dubai on Monday, CSK captain MS Dhoni struggled to get going and was finally dismissed for 18 having played 27 balls, a strike rate of 66.66. Dhoni's sluggish knock meant CSK could only manage 136 for five, which in the end didn't prove to be enough as DC chased down the target with two balls to spare.

CSK coach Stephen Fleming, addressing at the post-match virtual news conference, was asked about Dhoni's struggles with the bat and responded, "He wasn't the only one who felt this way. Strokeplay had a tough day today. In terms of big strokes, it was a difficult wicket to score big on. Towards the conclusion of the innings, both teams struggled with it." 

"You set your sights too high, too many times. We were perhaps 10-15 runs short of a match-winning score. Trying to assess the circumstances on all three distinct grounds is proving challenging at the present. There was no shortage of desire; we just needed to settle down after a few missteps "Added he. 

"The other thing was their attack bowled very well. The last last five overs were very smart. So, it was tough going." CSK have now suffered back-to-back losses, which will be a cause of worry for the team going into the playoffs. Fleming, though, wasn't too perturbed by it but did say that the team needed to get back its intensity with crunch time approaching.

"I'd rather have two defeats than two semi-finals right now. Today was a bit of a slog. There were numerous errors on both sides. Things alter a little bit after you get qualified. We've worked quite hard to maintain the level of intensity. With the trip, we've played three games in five days. We undoubtedly made some careless mistakes, which was the most disappointing aspect." 

"However, in terms of competition, one of the most important factors is simply rebounding. Second place on the standings, with a potential to finish in the top two, is a good position to be in, but we need to regain our intensity and the rhythm we had before these two games " Says the New Zealander," he adds.CSK's final league game this season is against Punjab Kings in Dubai on Thursday.