Former South Africa bowler Dale Steyn heaped praise over New Zealand pace bowlers Trent Boult and Adam Milne for their bowling against Chennai Super Kings.
Boult and Milne dazzled CSK’s top-order as both of them picked two wickets each to reduce them at 24/4 at the end of the powerplay.
They ran in, they hit the length really hard: Dale Steyn
Boult got Faf Du Plessis with an extra bounce pitched outside off to find his outside edge that flew to backward point in the first over. In the next over, Milne got Moeen Ali. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni also didn’t stay for a long time at the crease.
Steyn felt the New Zealand bowlers bowled like they were playing a Test match.
“It was perfect bowling, almost perfect Test match bowling. They ran in, they hit the length really hard. A couple of lucky dismissals too. The semi bouncer to Dhoni, who gets a lot of it and gets caught at deep square. Little things like that went the way of bowlers when they bowl well and Milne and Boult started really well,” Steyn told ESPNcricinfo.
Suresh Raina looked like a school boy cricketer at a point: Dale Steyn
Raina didn’t seem in good touch as he first got a thick outside edge that went for a boundary towards the third man region. Raina went for a similar shot but this time Boult had him caught at point by Rahul Chahar.
Steyn felt that Raina was playing like a school boy because of the way he was batting.
“He (Suresh Raina) didn’t want anything of it. He looked like a school boy cricketer at a point. I couldn’t believe this is an international player doing what he was doing, almost embarrassing that he broke his bat and got out. Had that gone for six, maybe I won’t have said that but it is what we saw,” Steyn said.
CSK won the match by 20 runs and topped the charts with 12 points.