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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Big setback for Super Kings: Dhoni

Chennai Tremendous Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Monday accepted that their loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders was a large setback to their title hopes in IPL-V. They also said that the wicket was not helping them.

The loss is a large setback for us. Michael Hussey was batting well when they got run out. I think the surface is not suiting us They have some big-hitting batsmen in our side, who love to play strokes. But this wicket is not letting us to play the strokes, said the Chennai Tremendous Kings captain.

Dhoni said that if the team need to be successful while playing on the Chennai strip, spinners need to perform.

Dhoni, however, didnt need to term the wicket as bad. I wont say that it was a bad wicket. But it does not suit our strategy, they explained at the post-match presentation ceremony.

That the bowlers failed to scalp another KKR batsman apart from taking the wicket of Brendon McCullum in the first six overs of the match did not help Chennais cause.

I think the spinners ought to start contributing. Spinners have become the largest asset for all the teams in IPL-V. The spinners are bowling well for all the sides¦ Of coursework, the fast bowlers also need to contribute. But in our side, the spinners are not performing to their potential. In case you need to win on this pitch, you need the spinners to be successful, felt Dhoni.

If Dhoni blamed the bowlers, coach Stephen Fleming felt the Tremendous Kings didnt have runs on the board. We didnt have runs. They were off the mark. They didnt hit plenty of boundaries In the last game they perished going for large hits. It was the opposite today (Monday)."

Dhoni said: If you dont take wickets in the first six overs, then the opposition tend to get in to a nice setup from where they can look to explode later on. Thats what is happening with us. The couple of games they won were because they got the openers out cheaply.

Two great players batted well and took it out of our reach. It will be a challenge for us now Weve got to make definite they take the right decisions. They must tidy up a considerable number of issues, Fleming explained.

We needed at least 15-20 runs more. Our bowling, , wasnt correct and gave away 11/12 wides They missed run out attempts."

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