DUBAI (UAE): Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) all-rounder Dwayne Bravo said that they are trying to break the tournament into two halves and i focused on winning matches at a stretch in the second half.
CSK are currently in the sixth position in the IPL 2020 standings with six points from eight matches. The three-time champions defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 20 runs on Tuesday at the Dubai International Stadium. SCORECARD | POINTS TABLE |
David Warner-led Hyderabad failed to chase down the target of 168, after being restricted to 147/8. For CSK, Karn Sharma and Dwayne Bravo took two wickets each.
“I enjoy these moments of the game, especially the back end of it. I must give the whole credit to Shardul (Thakur). His 19th over made it really easy for me (in the win against SRH). Rashid Khan can be a dangerous player to deal with. A total team effort. Defending a total of 167 is tricky, powerplay needs to be good. No panic. CSK was in this position before in 2010. We’re trying to break it into a mini tournament (and) see how many we can win in the second half,” Bravo told host broadcaster Star Sports after the conclusion of the game against SRH.
Batting first, CSK posted a total of 167/6 in their allotted twenty overs. Shane Watson top-scored for the MS Dhoni-led side with 42 runs. In this match , CSK changed their opening partnership and sent Curran as an opener instead of Watson to accompany Faf du Plessis.
“We had a different game-plan today. Good that we tried something different and it worked. At the end of the day, both teams have to play on it (the pitch) and so who adapts better wins. We don’t think about the track that much. I had a stint with him (Sam Curran) and his brother at Surrey. Really enjoyed playing with both of them. He (Sam) has a lot of heart and character. We had a chat. Sam, I or Jadeja weren’t getting enough balls (batting time in the middle). So why not send one of them up,” said Bravo.
With the ball in hand, Curran returned with figures of 1-18 from his three overs. He also got the crucial wicket of Warner.
Besides Watson, Ambati Rayudu and Curran also got among the runs for CSK with knocks of 41 and 31 respectively. In the end, Ravindra Jadeja played a cameo of 25 runs off just 10 balls. For SRH, Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2-19 from his four overs.
SRH are in fifth place in the points table currently and CSK are sixth.