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It's our home conditions, we should have read the pitch better: Dhoni


CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't happy that his batsmen did not read the sluggish Chepauk monitor and were not discreet of their shot selection all the way through their six-wicket loss against Mumbai Indians in the first IPL Qualifier on Tuesday.

CSK may score only 131 for four batting first, a target that used to be surpassed in 18.three overs.


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"At home, we had to assess the conditions quickly. We have played 6 to 7 games already, that's the home advantage. We needed to know how the pitch behaves, would it be tacky? Is the ball coming on or not, those were the things we didn't do well, I think the batting needs to get better," CSK skipper did not mince words at the post-match presentation rite.

Dhoni used to be specifically crucial about the truth that shot selection wasn't the most productive in lots of cases all the way through the past few video games.

"These are the best batsmen we have got, it looks like we 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," stated.


While the spinners did not have a big general to defend, Dhoni thought that they should have bowled somewhat wider from the batsmen.


"I think we were a bit unlucky at times, some balls dropped right in the middle, a few catches weren't taken. We perhaps had to bowl slightly away from the batsmen, we didn't have runs on the board, every boundary conceded in a 130 defence is bad."


He had a phrase of warning now that CSK has misplaced 4 out in their last six video games but are nonetheless in the hunt having completed in the top two.


"It isn't good to lose games at such times, but it is good that we finished in the top-two, rather than going over the wicket, we now need to go round the wicket, that means the journey takes a longer time. But luckily, we finished in the top-two and that gives us a second chance."


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