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IPL: Top-order worries for CSK as they host SRH

CHENNAI: There are two tactics Chennai Super Kings (CSK) can replicate on their nail-biting one-run defeat to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. On the only hand, they can be thrilled with MS Dhoni’s stunning assault – scoring an unbeaten 84 from 48 balls together with 24 runs from Umesh Yadav’s ultimate over – and the fact that he once again appears to be on the top of his powers. On the other hand, they can introspect about their top-order collapse having been reduced to 28/four and assess why they couldn’t move the finishing line despite such an awesome contribution from Dhoni.


If CSK – who have 14 issues – have been to return to profitable tactics after two consecutive losses once they take on the in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad at MA Chidambaram Stadium right here on Tuesday, the top-order has to collectively come just right. The form of Shane Watson, particularly, is a big worry, with the Aussie best managing 147 runs in 10 innings at a median of 14.70 to this point.

As CSK trainer Stephen Fleming identified in Bengaluru on Sunday, they'll no longer permit Dhoni’s blitzkrieg to paper over the cracks which might be regularly starting to appear.

“What the finish through Dhoni has carried out is that it has covered up an area of the game that isn't going smartly, i.e., top-order batting. There can be a large number of focus on how close we got to profitable, however we gained’t cover up the fact that we must were in a a lot better position going into the previous couple of overs,” the New Zealander said.

CSK’s travails on the top of the order couldn’t be in starker contrast to their fighters, Sunrisers Hyderabad, who have ridden the brilliance of openers David Warner and Jonny Bairstow over and over again. They are recently leading the run-scoring charts in the IPL with 517 and 445 runs respectively and feature helped fourth-placed SRH notch up five wins in nine matches.

While Warner’s exploits come as no marvel for the reason that he has been appearing persistently in the IPL for a lot of years, Bairstow has tailored seamlessly to the league in his first actual season. The Englishman may not be available after the game on Tuesday because of his imminent commitments with the national side, and he will indisputably be hoping to finish his season on a high.

While the SRH openers may not in finding the gradual Chepauk pitch to their liking, the CSK batsmen have also found the surfaces at house a long way from preferrred. According to Fleming, it has impeded their top-order from finding some much-needed fluency.

“Our batting is a large strength on paper, however we've got been inconsistent during the season. On the pitches in Chennai, it has been a little tough to search out sort. We are relying too heavily on Dhoni to patch issues up. We gained’t win the contest if that continues. While we've got been in a position to get seven wins and are top of the table, we are certainly not proud of how we've got achieved all of them,” he said.

While it remains to be observed whether CSK could make amends in the batting division, an equally enchanting struggle between leggies Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan is on the playing cards. Both have a bagful of permutations at their disposal and can be having a look to unleash those in stipulations favourable to their ilk.

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