MS Dhoni (CSK): It means a lot, because the last time, we said we wanted to come back strong. We are known for that and there was a lot at stake. You won't always win games and a lot didn't go our way last time, and it's important not to make excuses and we have done that this year. The boys did well to keep the momentum going, and they've taken responsibilties to keep all departments of the game in balance so the players and the support staff get the credit. The bounce of the wicket was different - instead of knee height, it was shin height, and once the batsmen figured out that they have to hit straight, they succeeded. The bowlers tried to swing it up front and got hit straight when then pitched it up too much, but then adjusted very well. If the off ball stopped, it started coming onto the bat later. Not much needs to be said of the fans, who have supported us through thick and thin and I'm glad we have repaid their faith.
Kane Williamson (SRH): Not quite enough runs. It wasn't an easy surface and although we didn't get enough we showed a fighting spirit in the last quarter with the ball. We need 10-15 extra runs with the bat though and we need to make those small changes. After the powerplay we were 40-something and although you feel like you want more, it was a good start on that surface. You want to score a few more runs though, but we saw some nice contributions from the lower order. We need to improve. This team is at the top of the table. If you make better decisions with the bat, the final score could have been a little more. CSK played really well. It looked challenging and variable. We are back to the drawing board. Although every match is about the W or the L against your name, you do look at the growth of the team. This season has been a bit disjointed given that it was played in two halves, but we'll look to grow and build some momentum.
CSK qualified for the play-offs 11 times out of 12, now. SRH, No.8, are the first team to be knocked out of IPL 2021.
Chennai Super Kings won by 6 wickets
Over 19.4 Siddarth Kaulbowls a good length deliveryto MS Dhoni,Six! Opened up his stance and freed those muscular arms, and crashed it, as it sails into orbit.
Over 19.3 Siddarth Kaulbowls it short of lengthto MS Dhoni, no run, rock back in the crease and mistimes a pull shot straight to short midwicket.
Over 19.2 Siddarth Kaulbowls a pitched up deliveryto AT Rayudu,1 run, gets under the ball and slices it down towards sweeper cover for one
Over 19.1 Siddarth Kaulbowls it short of lengthto AT Rayudu, no run, shuffles across but has to sway out of the way to let it through
End of Over 19 (13 runs) Chennai XI 132/4
MS Dhoni 8/13 Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4.4-0-34-0 AT Rayudu 16/11
Over 18.6 Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a slower one to MS Dhoni, no run, backs away in the crease and tries cutting it away but the pace it off, ends up miscuing
Over 18.5 Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowls a pitched up deliveryto MS Dhoni, no run, gets forward and squeezes it out towards short cover
Over 18.4 Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowls a pitched up deliveryto MS Dhoni, Boundary! Gets waits on it and thrashes it flat through cow corner for four
Over 18.4: Wide ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to MS Dhoni,
Over 18.3 Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowls a pitched up deliveryto AT Rayudu,1 run, gets forward and caressed away to sweeper cover for a single
Over 18.2 Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowls a good length deliveryto AT Rayudu,Six! Stands tall and crashes it over cow corner for six
Over 18.1 Bhuvneshwar Kumarbowls a pitched up deliveryto MS Dhoni,1 run, moves on the off-side and delayed whip away towards long-on for one
End of Over 18 (5 runs) Chennai XI 118/4
AT Rayudu 9/9 Siddarth Kaul 1.5-0-16-0 MS Dhoni 2/4