MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings continued their winning run this season with an emphatic 5-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday. The defending champions have now won seven of their first games and are all but assured of a place in the playoffs. Bowling first, the Super Kings did extremely well to restrict the Knight Riders to a modest 161 for 8 in the stipulated 20 overs.
With Chris Lynn (82) going strong, it looked like the Knight Riders would post around 180. However, Imran Tahir picked up 4 for just 20 to completely derail Knight Riders’ innings. In reply, the Super Kings started well with Faf du Plessis hitting Harry Gurney for 4 boundaries in the third over. However, the Knight Riders did well to bounce back and restrict the Super Kings to 44 for 2 at the end of the powerplay. However, Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten fifty while Ravindra Jadeja played a fine cameo to take the Super Kings over the line in the final over.
But when MS Dhoni talked at the post-match presentation ceremony, the topic of discussion was not the result but his back. Dhoni was seen having some issue with his back from the last two games. During his match-winning 58 against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, MS Dhoni needed some attention on the field after appearing to be in pain. Even during the game against the Knight Riders, the team physio had to attend him on the field.
Speaking after the game, Dhoni talked about the problem.
“Back spasm,” he said about the injury.“It’s a little tight right now but hopefully, it will get better.”
Dhoni further praised his bowlers for the fine show at the Eden Gardens.
“I think the bowling was really good. KKR got off to a very good start but in the middle overs, we bowled very well as a team. Imran Tahir giving us those crucial breakthroughs.
“It’s a tough wicket to bowl on. They have some big hitters and we had to get them out. Because of a good bowling performance, we were able to restrict them to a score which was not over par,” Dhoni said.