Report: Bournemouth 4 Chelsea 0

first_imgJosh King’s brace inspired Bournemouth to a 4-0 victory as Maurizio Sarri’s lacklustre Chelsea suffered back-to-back Premier League defeats.Cup triumphs over Tottenham and Sheffield Wednesday suggested Sarri’s withering assessment of the 2-0 loss to Arsenal had the desired effect, but a section of the away supporters turned on their Italian coach at the Vitality Stadium.Wales winger David Brooks created King’s 47th-minute opener before coolly doubling Bournemouth’s advantage, although he pulled up on a subsequent attack to cut a wonderful display short. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Prior to that substitution, some Chelsea fans sang “You don’t know what you’re doing” as Sarri withdrew Gonzalo Higuain after 65 minutes of his Premier League debut.King’s second and a stoppage-time Charlie Daniels goal means Chelsea drop below Arsenal into fifth on goal difference, while Bournemouth’s win moves them up to 10th.Pedro was preferred to Willian on the right wing for Chelsea and his early cross, aimed for Higuain, was headed goalwards by Mateo Kovacic, with Artur Boruc brilliantly tipping on to the crossbar.Brooks should have done better with a 34th-minute header showed his class soon afterwards, dispossessing Eden Hazard and driving forward to force Kepa Arrizabalaga into action.It was no surprise to see the excellent Brooks involved in the opening goal, controlling impeccably and laying the ball on a plate for King to crash home.After N’Golo Kante wasted a chance to equalise, Brooks showed contrasting composure in the 63rd minute – collecting King’s return pass and checking back inside David Luiz to crisply finish into the bottom corner.Robbed of their standout performer, Bournemouth’s liquid counter-attacks continued to flow and Junior Stanislas and King combined 16 minutes from time.The Cherries continued to pour forward and Daniels diverted Jordon Ibe’s free-kick past Kepa in stoppage time to complete an unforeseen humiliation.38 – Josh King has drawn level with John Carew and Tore Andre Flo as the joint-third highest Norwegian goalscorer in the Premier League, with only Steffen Iversen (40) and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (91) netting more. Wood. pic.twitter.com/S7pMRLFf3O— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) January 30, 2019What does it mean: Jury still out on SarriballChelsea’s head coach finds himself locked in an ideological battle with a fanbase reared on reactive, battling, never-say-die football in the mould of John Terry and Didier Drogba. Sticking to the methods that got him this job, Sarri has enjoyed success this season and has a Wembley final to look forward to next month. But 45 minutes of largely listless possession and a second-half collapse brought the naysayers to the fore.Howe fretting over brilliant BrooksHaving confirmed top scorer Callum Wilson has undergone minor knee surgery, Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe will hope to have Brooks back on his feet before long. The elegant attacker carved Chelsea to pieces early in the second half.Luiz’s best and worst on showChelsea’s best moments during the first half were usually prompted by David Luiz’s incisive passing from deep, which injected some tempo into their play. However, the defensive pantomime that accompanied Brooks’ goal will always be part of the baffling package the Brazilian brings to top-flight football.Key Opta facts- Bournemouth secured only their second competitive home win against Chelsea and first since September 1988 (L5).- This is just the second time in Premier League history that Chelsea have lost a game by a four-goal margin, after losing 1-5 versus Liverpool in September 1996.- Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games for the first time since March 2018, when they lost to both Manchester clubs.- Both of Bournemouth’s Premier League wins on a Wednesday have come against Chelsea.What’s next?Chelsea entertain the Premier League’s bottom side, Huddersfield Town, on Saturday, while Bournemouth also face strugglers in the form of Cardiff City. read morelast_img read more

We need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run loss

first_imgWe need to bat well at the top: MS Dhoni after 1-run lossCSK’s top-order — Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina — performed well below-par which resulted in the finishing pressure falling on MS Dhoni.advertisement Press Trust of India BengaluruApril 22, 2019UPDATED: April 22, 2019 11:54 IST Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run(IANS photo)HIGHLIGHTSDhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one runCSK’s top order performed well below par and the pressure fell on DhoniDhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selectionChennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni urged his top-order to get their acts together and finish more matches going into the business-end of the Indian Premier League.Dhoni’s superb 48-ball-84 went in vain as RCB beat CSK by one run to stay afloat in the league.CSK’s problem has been their top-order where Shane Watson (147 runs), World Cup reject Ambati Rayudu (192 runs) and Suresh Raina (207 runs) have performed well below-par. The pressure has been entirely on Dhoni, who leads the charts with 314 runs.”I think it was a good game. We did really well to restrict them to a below par total, but we needed some good batting at the top. Once you know the opposition attack, you have got to stick to your plans and if you lose too many wickets upfront that puts pressure and the middle order really can’t go after the bowlers from the start,” Dhoni said at the end of the match.Dhoni wants his top-order to be more discreet with shot selection.”It’s easy to go and play the big shot and even if I get out others will do the job. Problem arises when you don’t play big shots and that puts pressures on others. That’s something we need to calculate. That’s why I think the top three can be finishers. They may do it a few times.”The CSK skipper said that batting in the middle-order involves a lot of calculation.”When you bat at Nos 5, 6 or 7 whatever you are calculating you have to put a lot of thinking behind it because you lose one more wicket and the game is over at that point of time.”advertisementDhoni felt that the Chinnaswamy track was difficult one to bat on with its spongy bounce.”It was still difficult at the end. It was slightly spongy (the pitch) and the new batsmen found it difficult. Boundaries were needed and yes we have lost by one run but at the same time we have to see what if there were few dot balls and whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not.Also Read | IPL 2019: MS Dhoni career-best in vain, RCB beat CSK in thrillerAlso Read | RCB vs CSK Live Score, IPL 2019: Steyn, Umesh jolt Chennai in 162 chaseAlso Read | SRH vs KKR IPL 2019, T20 broadcast: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kolkata Knight Riders Live StreamingAlso Watch | Love the energy of the Indian players in the IPL before World Cup: Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow Chennai Super KingsFollow MS DhoniFollow IPL 2019Follow RCB vs CSKlast_img read more