IPL 2020: Saw shades of vintage Chennai Super Kings in win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, says Pragyan Ojha
Chennai Super Kings were more relaxed and enjoying their game after a long time during their 20-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday, according to former India off-spinner Pragyan Ojha. CSK gave themselves a chance to remain in contention for IPL 2020 play-off spot with the crucial win over David Warner‘s men on Tuesday.
MS Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings were under considerable pressure as they had head into their crunch encounter in Dubai on the back of 5 losses in 7 games. They were desperate for a win as anything less than 2 points would have further dented their chances of making it to the knockout stages of the tournament.
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Things went right for MS Dhoni right from the toss on Tuesday as CSK had the opportunity to bat first on a sluggish wicket. With Sam Curran opening the batting and scoring a quickfire 31 and the likes of Shane Watson and Ambati Rayduu showing the much-needed and talked-about intent in the middle overs, Ravindra Jadeja and MS Dhoni played late cameos as CSK posted a par-total of 167.
Curran struck early with the ball as he got the big wicket of David Warner and Dwayne Bravo ran Manish Pandey out and brought out a glimpse of his Champions’ dance. Despite Kane Williamson hitting a well-paced 57, an all-round bowling effort saw CSK restrict SRH to 147 for 8.
As Pragyan Ojha pointed out, the CSK were a lot more expressive on the field. “Today, I saw that old Chennai team. They were happy, they were enjoying the game. We have seen them celebrating, but they were disappointed. They were not looking as if they were satisfied. Today, they were happy, the old Chennai is what we saw in the ground,” Ojha told Sports Today.
Ojha had called for Sam Curran to open the innings for CSK and his prediction came true as MS Dhoni’s men sent Curran up the order for SRH. Curran took on the new-ball bowlers and made a quickfire 31 off just 21 balls at the top.
“Yes, I felt it made a difference. When I was analyzing, That’s the only difference that could have made to the team and it really did. Sam Curran got those quick 30 runs and then everything was set. They were missing that,” Ojha said.