The Chennai Super Kings defeated the David Warner-led Delhi Capitals in a match that was played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, also known as Chepauk, and the home team won. An all-around effort by the CSK players in the 55th match of the IPL 2023 allowed their team to increase their point total from seven victories to 15 and keep second place on the standings.
Shivam Dube and MS Dhoni batted at a strike rate over 200 on a pitch that did not help the batters much, and their power-hitting contributed significantly to the team’s final score of 167/8. Both Dhoni and Dube have been healing from wounds.
Dhoni has been struggling with a knee problem since the start of the season, and Dube’s finger injury, which he sustained while playing on Saturday against the Mumbai Indians, hasn’t completely healed. They nevertheless generated high-voltage knocks and did a fantastic job at their jobs.
Dhoni’s brief appearance in the first innings turned out to be highly helpful for his team. The 41-year-old scored 20 runs off just nine balls and adorned his innings with two stunning sixes and a four. However, the veteran was observed limping while racing between the wickets in the game against DC, raising concerns about his knee ailment.
However, he has displayed his classic personality on the field, and Fleming disclosed that MS Dhoni has been working out in a certain method to deal with these circumstances.
He’s only exercising in a specific manner. He is aware that he won’t be batting for some time, and we still had a lot of batting to do. He has thus focused especially on the last three overs. He pushed fairly hard despite not being as agile today between the wickets. He has concentrated on practicing hitting, and the results of that are clear. Simply being able to play on the ground makes him feel at ease. We are aware of his excellent ball striking abilities, and he still has excellent access to some places. Therefore, in a spirited 20 overs, that cameo again at the end was vital, Fleming stated at the press conference following the game.
Players have been urged to take more daring shots: Fleming
Dube currently controls the middle order in the IPL, while Dhoni controls the lower order. Since then, CSK head coach Stephen Fleming has inspired the players to take chances while playing in the field. CSK started the tournament with a powerful 11, one in which every hitter could contribute with the bat.
“In my opinion, it reflects the way the game is being played. We’ve asked players to take more calculated risks, and an inning is now constructed slightly differently. Therefore, I’m satisfied with the cameos,” Fleming said.