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