At 99/2 from 12.1 overs, chasing 168 one would expect a team to get over the line, especially three-time champions Chennai Super Kings, who had achieved that on multiple occasions in the Indian Premier League.
On Wednesday, against Kolkata Knight Riders, who themselves are grappling to find some rhythm and consistency in the UAE, CSK fumbled an opportunity to move up in the standings leaving their coach and the dugout gutted.
CSK was on top when MS Dhoni walked in at No.4, at the fall of Ambati Rayudu's wicket, for the first time this season. Something didn't feel too right and the rest unfolded to the utter disbelief of many CSK fans. At the end, Ravindra Jadeja needed just a couple of deliveries to get the team over the line, but there weren't any left in the CSK innings.
"In the middle overs there was a phase where they bowled 2-3 good overs. If we batted better, and didn't lose 2-3 wickets in a row. We should've been careful in the first 5-6 overs. (Sam) Curran was really good with the ball, and I think we did well in general with the ball, but the batsmen let the bowlers down today. Rotation of strike was important, but I think there were hardly any boundaries in the final few overs, so we need to be innovative at the end when they are continuously hitting a back of a length. That's where we need to adapt better with the bat and I don't think we did that."
MS Dhoni, CSK captain
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