CSK stand on top of the IPL 2021 points table after a comprehensive seven-wicket win over SRH

Score Card

Chennai Super Kings 3-173 ( 18.3 ) overs
Sunrisers Hyderabad: 3-171 ( 20.0 ) overs

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) sit at the top of the table with 10 points from six matches. SRH, on the other hand, are in struggling at the moment, having picked up just a win from their six matches so far.

CSK finished in 7th place last season, missing out on the playoffs for the first time. But Dhoni says that was due to the 5-6 months of not playing cricket and also the long quarantine periods. He is, however, pleased with the way each player has taken responsibility this season.

“I think addressing the problem (on what’s been different for CSK this year?),” Dhoni said at the post-match presentation after CSK registered their fifth successive win of the season.

“Whenever you start the tournament, you may or may not face issues in playing XI. The earlier you settle the better. Another factor was 5-6 months we were out of cricket. Nothing was allowed. It’s not that you could go on your own and practice. That also makes it difficult. Change of quarantine was slightly longer. A lot of factors,” he said, highlighting reasons that affected their game last year.

“Overall if I have to sum it up, the players have taken more responsibility this year. You will be facing adverse things but ultimately it boils down to how each individual rises to the occasion and gives the extra 10 per cent for the team,” he explained.

CSK dominated SRH for the majority of the game on Wednesday. They chased down the 172-run target with great ease in the penultimate over, with nine balls to spare.

Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad put on a brilliant show with the bat adding over 100 runs for the opening wicket that pushed SRH on the backfoot.

“The batting was superb. But that doesn’t mean the bowling was not good. It was a surprisingly good wicket. Whenever we come to Delhi we never expect a wicket like this. It was coming on nicely, there was nothing for the spinners as well. The good thing was there was no dew. Last night we felt 170 was just below par if there’s no dew. Brilliant opening partnership,” said Dhoni, reflecting on what CSK did right in the game.

Gaikwad, Player of the Match: Means a lot (his highest IPL score). Little bit disappointed couldn’t finish it well. Think it was little bit two paced, little bit low bounce. Scoring big shots was difficult. It was all about how you hit gaps and hit over the fielders. Just planned who is the better bowler on this surface, who is not. One or two bowlers had a bit of an off day, cashed in on them. Just want to keep performing each and every match.

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