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IPL 2022 – Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Match 46 – Post match comments

SRH played two games in Pune, losing both of their 200-plus run chases. After five straight victories, the Orange army has now lost two in a row. They’re hoping Washington Sundar’s injury isn’t significant and that he’ll be able to play against Delhi on Thursday. CSK, on the other hand, will continue to faith and hope for more from their latest opening duo of Ruturaj and Conway. On Wednesday, they will face RCB, a squad that is keen to avenge a hat-trick of defeats.

Let’s take a look at what the captains and the player of the match had to say at the end of the contest.

Kane Williamson (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – Losing Captain

 

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When anyone gets over 200, it’ll always be a challenge chasing it down. I thought we responded well to it, but they kept us under pressure with the total they had. We did show a lot of fight and were unlucky at times with some things that didn’t go our way. It was a bit slower (on the pitch), we did try our best, but losing Washy (Sundar) for the best part of the bowling innings was a struggle for us. Still, we can look back at the game with a lot of positives, we came up against quality spinners, and at the end of the day, we did show a lot of fight. We just need to stay connected, we’re playing well and did so in the first half of the tournament (talking about the 5 straight wins). We just need to touch on a few things, shape well and come back stronger in the next game.

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings) – Winning Captain

 

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I think it was a good score to defend. It’s one of those coincidences where we got off to a good start and forced the bowlers to bowl the areas where we wanted to hit. The kind of target we got was a very good one. The phase that really worked for us was where the spinners were bowling after 6 overs. We have had quite a few good batting performances, we have given a couple of overs that went for 25-26 runs, and even when you score 200, it really comes down to 175-180 in 19 overs. It’s important to try something different as a bowler. I always told my bowlers, that you may get hit for 4 sixes in an over, but the 2 balls that you save – ultimately in a high-scoring game – are the 2 deliveries that will help you win the game. Because a lot of bowlers, after getting 3-4 sixes, will be like let’s get done with it but that one boundary or even instead of sixes if you get hit for 2 fours that will help you in a game. I don’t know if they believe in that theory, but it really works. Between me and Jadeja, he knew last season itself that he will be given a chance to captain this year. He knew and got enough time to prepare, what is important is you want him to lead the side and I wanted that transition to happen. In the first 2 games, there was information going in towards Jaddu and after that, I left it to him to decide which angle to bowl and all that. At the end of the season, you don’t want him to feel as if the captaincy was done by someone else and I’m just going for a toss. So it was a gradual transition. Spoon-feeding doesn’t really help captain, on the field you have to take those crucial decisions and you have to take responsibility for those decisions

 

Ruturaj Gaikwad (Chennai Super Kings) – Player of the Match

 

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Felt good and it has come in a winning way, this knock feels more special. There will be times where you will get one or two good deliveries and you will be unlucky here and there, with the kind of support staff you have and all the people around, you have that backing and confidence with you going. Personally, I do not like to believe in form, irrespective of what you scored in the last game you have to start from zero. I believe in starting from zero every game and that is what has helped. I like to play more pace as it brings the best out of me. Not many bowlers who bowl that fast and that short, so whenever they bowl short in the first few balls, obviously I have the upper hand in the last few balls. A lot of thought processes in it. I was telling him (Conway) to take his time. I have played here as this is my home ground, I know this wicket and I was just chatting with him to keep going.