Former India batsman Virender Sehwag empathized with Chennai Super Kings fans, saying he is feeling sad for them after another intent-less show with the bat in their 37-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai on Saturday. CSK showed no urgency in their 170-run chase on a two-paced wicket in Dubai as they suffered their 5th defeat in 7 matches in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Chennai Super Kings dropped Kedar Jadhav who has been guilty of lacking intent in the middle but nothing changed as they struggled to find boundaries after losing their in-form opener Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis early in the powerplay.
Ambati Rayudu and N Jagadeessan added 64 runs for the 3rd wicket but they took 54 balls. While Virat Kohli ran 28 singles and 11 twos in his masterful 52-ball 90 not out, CSK lacked that kind of intent with the bat. Rayudu and Jagadeesan showed no urgency when running between the wickets and were happy to settle for singles even as they finding the gaps in Dubai, which is known for its long boundaries.
When MS Dhoni walked in the 14th over, the asking rate had shot up over 13. Dhoni was the only man who showed intent straightaway in the CSK camp but he lasted just 7 balls for his 10.
With the loss, CSK are stuck at the 6th spot, with just 4 points from 7 matches. It's an uphill task from here as CSK are in danger of not qualifying for the knockout stages of IPL for the first time in history.
CSK have been unable to sort their middle-order woes in the absence of Suresh Raina as they have left it for too late, more often than not. The middle-order's approach to CSK's chases in the tournament have been defying logic and infuriating even the ardent fans of the 3-time champions.
'This was a team that fought'
Taking to social media, Virender Sehwag wrote: "Feel sad for Chennai fans. This was a team that fought & teams used to be wary till the end. Have been very disappointing especially with d bat, leaving it for too late. Kohli was extra special today. Many batsmen can learn how to not get bogged down, played only 5 dots (sic)."
Off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh, and former India opener Kris Srikkanth pointed out that Virat Kohli's innings at the end made all the difference. Kohli took 38 balls for his first 49 runs as he was constantly losing partners but the RCB skipper put on a masterclass in late acceleration, hitting 41 runs in the next 14 balls.
"There is a reason for calling you "King" Kohli, you are truly the king of cricket! Masterclass on how to take a team forward singlehandedly for @RCBTweets by batting like a beast @imVkohli," Srikanth said.
There is a reason for calling you "King" Kohli, you are truly the king of cricket! Masterclass on how to take a team forward singlehandedly for @RCBTweets by batting like a beast @imVkohli ! Interesting chase on the cards for @ChennaiIPL ! #CSKvsRCB #RCBvsCSK #IPLinUAE, pic.twitter.com/nEzvZc9vez— Kris Srikkanth (@KrisSrikkanth) October 10, 2020
Feel sad for Chennai fans.
This was a team that fought & teams used to be wary till the end. Have been very disappointing especially with d bat, leaving it for too late.
Kohli was extra special today. Many batsmen can learn how to not get bogged down,played only 5 dots#CSKvsRCB pic.twitter.com/9AKFBan6F0
Having lost 2 on the trot, CSK will be looking to reverse their fortunes when they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Tuesday.