Chennai Super Kings slumped to their fourth defeat in six matches so far in IPL 2020 on Wednesday.
In their match before the Wednesday’s clash against Kolkata Knight Riders, the CSK had thrashed the Kings XI Punjab to come off a hat-trick of losses, and the way they dominated the game, chasing a target of 179 without losing any wickets, had given hope to their fans that the CSK were back to their winnings ways.
But it took just one game for that hope to suddenly come crashing down. More so, because on Wednesday at Abu Dhabi, for most part of the game, they seemed to be comfortably cruising along towards victory.
Chasing 168 for a win, they were comfortable at 90/1 in 10 overs. Shane Watson was smashing the ball and inching towards his second consecutive half-century. But then, from nowhere it seemed as if the CSK suddenly collapsed. They suddenly made the chase so difficult for themselves, and eventually lost by 10 runs.
Looking back at the game a day later, CSK batsman Shane Watson said that he was ‘shattered’ to not be able to get over the line on Wednesday.
“The overall assessment is that we are shattered about us not getting over the line last night. We should have closed it out, it is as simple as that.
“We bowled nicely to be able to restrict a powerful KKR batting line up to 167. For us, Sam Curran and Shardul Thakur bowled very well. Karn Sharma bowled so beautifully, he is a skilful leg spinner. So for us to restrict KKR to 167 was a great result,” Watson said on the Debrief on t20stars.com.
Sunil Narine stopped our momentum, says Watson
He gave the credit for KKR’s victory to the West Indian bowler Sunil Narine.
“The three overs from Sunil Narine really stopped our momentum, and then we were up to chasing 13 or 14 an over. Yeah, it was just shattering. These are the games where you wish that you had chased the score in 17 or 18 overs, but we lost our way in the run chase,” the Australian admitted.
He also added that the team is still hurting from the loss and they will regroup again before their next clash against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Saturday and hopefully turn things around from there.
“I know everyone is hurting from that game last night. We will do a bit of soul searching over the next day and a half until we face RCB in our next game,” he said.