Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni said the ‘batting needs to get better’ after the thumping loss at the hands of Mumbai Indians in the first qualifier. Right from the toss till the end of the match, not much went Super Kings’ way as they lost the game by six wickets at their home. The defeat was their third against Mumbai Indians this season.

The Super Kings failed to get going in the powerplay again. In the ongoing season, the Super Kings have lost most number of wickets in the powerplay – 29 while scoring less than 40 runs at an average. In fact in 15 games this season, they have managed to score in excess of 50 on just two occasions.

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The likes of Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina and Shane Watson were back in the hut even before the end of the powerplay. By the time the sixth over ended, the Super Kings were reeling at 32 for 3. The defending champions just could not recover from those early setbacks and were eventually restricted to 131 for 4. In reply, Mumbai Indians chased down the total inside 19 overs to storm into the final.

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After the game, skipper MS Dhoni admitted that the team’s batting needs to improve. Calling the misfiring players experienced ones, Dhoni hoped that they would deliver in the next game.

“I think the batting needs to get better. These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we are are batting well, but at times, but in different games, they pull off shots that shouldn’t be played. These are the players who we have banked on, they have the experience and they should know to assess the conditions better, hopefully, we will do well in the next game,” MS Dhoni said at the presentation ceremony.

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Super Kings, meanwhile, still have a chance to make it to the final. They will take on the winner of the eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier.