IPL 2020: Creaking Chennai Super Kings look to tighten up ways

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The viewership surges by 119 % in Chennai for matches that includes Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in comparison with these involving different IPL groups, says a survey. The most loyal IPL fan base although is at its wit’s finish after CSK’s back-to-back tame makes an attempt unsuccessfully chasing a goal. The query foremost on everybody’s thoughts is whether or not the group dubbed the ‘dad’s military’ is lastly operating out of steam?

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On Friday, Delhi Capitals (DC) beat them in their very own game—tactically and thru superior performances within the spin division. Axar Patel exploited Shane Watson’s poor record towards his left-arm spin, dismissing him within the opening powerplay section. Watson’s former Australia team-mate and DC coach Ricky Ponting couldn’t disguise his delight.

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Among the numerous tactical blunders was sending in inexperienced Ruturaj Gaikwad at No.four to affix Faf du Plessis when Amit Mishra and Patel had been bowling tightly towards right-handers as a substitute of counter-attacking by way of left-handers Sam Curran or Ravindra Jadeja.

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Coach Stephen Fleming admitted CSK’s shortcomings. “We’ve used that tactic (promoting Curran) in the last couple of games, but with Kedar Jadhav and also MS, we’ve almost got too many batting options at the moment. So we were a bit muddled with what we’re sending out.

“We just need to be a bit clearer with what we’re doing. Perhaps what we’re missing is a bigger contribution at the top,” he mentioned after the match. “It’s a lot of question marks and soul-searching in particular from the coaching point of view and strategy point of view. We’re trying to find combinations where we get the best players in at the right times. To keep shunting the order all over the place is not really our style, but we’ve had a go at it and we’ll review how it’s gone.”

A six-day break earlier than their subsequent game offers CSK time to make sure the match isn’t achieved by the point Dhoni walks out to bat. On Friday, he appear in with the asking rate at 18-an-over. It was over 16-an-over within the loss towards RR. Dhoni mentioned: “When it comes to batting, we are lacking a bit of steam. There is no momentum right from the start, which hurts. If you are already chasing 160-plus, the run-rate keeps mounting and puts added pressure on the middle-order batsmen.”

With opener Murali Vijay searching of types and Watson but to fire, after Suresh Raina left the group bio-bubble, CSK are quick on batting firepower. Dhoni expects Ambati Rayudu—he hit a 48-ball 71 within the win over Mumbai Indians however missed the subsequent two games as a consequence of a hamstring pressure—to return for the subsequent game.

Spin is one other fear for a group that swaps spinning combos at will when taking part in in Chennai primarily based on the opposing batsmen. For two games in a row, the Chawla-Jadeja mix has gone for round 10 runs an over whereas South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir, last yr’s purple-cap holder as highest wicket-taker, does drink duties.

“It’s an area of concern because it’s been such a strength for CSK. You’ve got to think the style of play we’ve developed over the last 12 years is heavily based on spin,” Fleming mentioned. “We’re struggling to adjust to the pace and style we have to bowl through the middle. That in the last two games in particular has been an area we haven’t done so well. We need to rectify that.”

Dhoni mentioned, taking part in on the massive UAE grounds, bowlers should additionally change focus from taking wickets to bowling a gentle line and examine scoring.

[Attribution HT]

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