Sharjah: The proven Dwayne Bravo was not available to reach the final against Delhi Capitals due to the fitness issues, said Mahendra Singh Dhoni, captain of Chennai, after their heartbreaking loss here.
Instead, spinner Ravindra Jadeja was entrusted with the task and Delhi Capitals knocked down the 17 runs needed to win the match on Saturday night. Bravo, who was off the field, is usually very effective with his slower balls in a difficult situation. Axar Patel knocked down three sixes from Jadeja to take his team past the finish line.
Bravo was not fit. He went out and did not return. The options were Jaddu and Karn. I went with Jaddu, “Dhoni said during the post-match presentation. The CSK captain admitted that fielders had let the side down.
“Shikhar’s wicket was important, but we dropped him quite a few times. If he keeps batting, he will keep the strike rate high. “The wicket also played better in the second half, but we can not take away the honor from Shikhar,” he said.
Dhawan achieves his first IPL ton in Capitals’ five-wicket victory. According to Dhoni, the field behaved better when Capitals started racing.
“There was not much dew, but there was just enough to make the field better. It makes a big difference: minus 10 if you bat, and the extra 10 for the team that bats second, ‘he said. Dhoni was also impressed with the way young Sam Curran bowled under pressure in the 19th over. He conceded only four runs, which made DC difficult. A positive point was Sam’s last time. He must be convinced that he can execute the broad Yorkers. He is usually not confident with it, but today he did well with it. So this is one ball that can be hard to hit. ”
Upcoming captain Shreyas Iyer had every reason to smile at the end of the game. ‘I sat inside and was very nervous. I knew if Shikhar would stay until the end, we would win, but the way Axar came out and hit the sixes was brilliant. When our locker rooms give awards, he is always there. You see his preparations, it’s always on point, ”Iyer said.
“We know the strengths and weaknesses of our team very well. We enjoy each other’s progress. I just told one of my teammates today that the way Shikhar batted it was enchanting to see. As a captain, it gives you breathing space that someone can take your team to the end. ”