KKR captain Morgan, from 31 for 5 in the hunt, said he didn’t expect the game to get that close
MS Dhoni felt he couldn’t do much as the field captain when Andre Russell and Pat Cummins put Chennai Super Kings bowlers to the sword in a high-scoring thriller at Wankhede Stadium.
“It’s pretty easy (not to get upset) in a match like this because from the 15th, maybe 16th over onwards, the match was between the fast bowler and the batsman,” Dhoni told host broadcaster Star Sports after per game, which Kolkata Knight Riders lost by 18 runs. “You can’t really do much, you can’t put a lot of different pitches. There was a little dew so the ball comes on nice.
“So it was all about ‘You vs me’. How well I operate, what do you do to get runs off me. Maybe the winning side is the He executed a little better. But if they had wickets in hand, you never know. On a wicket like this, if the full 20 overs were completed, it would have been a very close game. “
Russell walked in for 31 for 5 in 5.2 overs with the Super Kings in complete control but the bowlers blew for a 22-ball 54 which ended only when he misjudged Sam Curran’s ball on his leg and let it go she hit a leg stump. The Knight Riders were 112 for 6 then in 11.2 overs with every chance of victory fading away, but Cummins stepped in an unbeaten 66 off 34 and kept the game alive until the final over.
“You don’t want to take too many early wickets,” Dhoni said when asked how he handled the batters by crushing him. “With the big hitters coming in, and 200 runs (as a target), they will only play one way, and I feel Andre Russell has done that today. Not much you can do really. The only option was (Ravindra) Jadeja if he could have got it out, because he was spinning a little, stopping a little bit. But other than that, it was a fight between the bowler and the batter. “
“No,” Dhoni laughed when asked if Russell’s dismissal was planned. “That’s the beauty of it, once you’re successful. I think I should have said, ‘Yeah, that’s the plan you know. Because we bowled so much outside, one on the leg stump, we would have taken wide. ” But it wasn’t really planned. “
Eoin Morgan admitted he didn’t think the Knights Knights would have come as close as they did, saying, “Certainly from the position we were in after the powerplay, God’s honest truth, we probably weren’t thought we would get as close as we did. “
Dhoni was pragmatic about his side’s chances. “Actually, I’ve seen enough in cricket and I always like to be humble,” he said. “There’s no good reason if you’ve scored why the opposition can’t score the same number of runs. Every IPL team has a few big hits. So it’s very important to be humble, give that respect ‘ that opposition.
“We’ve seen in quite a few games that the opposition score ran what we thought of cricket was not possible. That’s what my lines to the players were. I said, ‘We have runs good on the table but let’s be humble. Let’s keep doing what we’re supposed to do and focus on that. ‘”
Saurabh Somani is assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo