"The crucial part was to keep getting wickets".
"I would have preferred the openers to get a few more runs because, in knockout games, there's no reason to go after the bowlers when the RRR is below six". The captain only asks this is what I need. But keeping in mind - Dhoni's current form and ability to guide his bowlers from behind the wickets, it would be safe to pick the veteran over his young prodigy. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. MI have the wood over CSK having defeated them thrice this season - including in Qualifier 1.
"It's the usual route [to get to the final through the eliminator and second qualifier], past year was an exception". The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant.
Colin Munro, who had the opportunity to run one of the batsmen out, chose to throw the ball towards the batting end. "Hopefully, we can both get them off the meat in the final right from the word go", said Du Plessis.
Rishabh Pant (38 off 25) and Sherfane Rutherford (10) shared 22 runs for the sixth wicket but CSK didn't allow the Delhi outfit to get any momentum, picking up wickets at regular intervals to rattle their innings. They have awesome spinners.
In a high-stakes match such as this, both teams will want to snatch initiative very early, and hence there will be expectations off the opening batsmen to set the tempo. "Disappointing for us but a good learning". It is imperative to have a pitch which covers most of the bases. Obviously, a lot of people think at this age that we can't move. "As professionals we can't give excuses", he said.
But MS Dhoni knows this stage better than anyone else. It's a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss.
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"Experience counts, but they have to do the hard yards to stay fit for 45-50 days and be at their best and playing in hot conditions".
On the bowling front, no other bowling line-up has caused the Super Kings more grief than the Mumbai Indians; against MI, CSK have only managed totals of 133-8, 109 and 131-4 this season.
Batting: Both Chennai and Delhi boast of some of the biggest names of world cricket ranging from - Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Martin Guptill, Suresh Raina Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson.
"We didn't have the best run in the last five or six games, but we do have a lot of confidence as a team that's won a lot of big games".
"Our strength is to get partnerships going and extend that, even if we take our time initially".
However, CSK displayed ominous form in the way they swatted Delhi Capitals aside in the second Qualifier.