Sunil Gavaskar felt it was sad that MS Dhoni and Shivam Dube were unable to get a move on when the young all-rounder was hitting it out of the park in Chennai Super Kings’ failed pursuit of 181 against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on Sunday.
After a 54-run loss to PBKS at the Brabourne Stadium, CSK suffered their third consecutive loss, their worst start to an IPL season. Chennai was dismissed to 36/5 in the eighth over while chasing 181.
With the former playing a brilliant counter-attacking knock, Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni stitched a 62-run stand to steady the ship and keep CSK in the game.
Dube blasted 57 off 30 balls, including three sixes and six boundaries, but he was bowled in the 15th over by PBKS leg-spinner Liam Livingstone, who had also starred in the bet on Sunday.
If MS Dhoni had kept rotating his strike, he could have done even better: Gavaskar
Gavaskar noted that even the finest hitters struggle in uphill chases, pointing out that Dhoni could have done better if he had kept the strike moving throughout his partnership with Dube.
After being caught down the leg in Rahul Chahar’s over, Dhoni concluded with 23 off 28 balls after being reeling at 10 off 20 balls. CSK were bowled out for 126 in 18 overs, giving PBKS a comfortable victory.
“What you see with MSD is that he is moving the strike along, getting those and twos, even if he doesn’t start hitting the huge ones.” This time, he wasn’t quite as successful. CSK got a little bogged there,” Gavaskar told Star Sports.
“They needed to get a move on with Shivam Dube if he was hitting the ball so brilliantly.” That did not occur. Look at the dot bills he played; certainly, he afterward drew up the boundaries.
“It’s difficult for even the best players to score 20 runs per over,” he says.
CSK will have a 5-day break before facing SunRisers Hyderabad at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai in their next match.