Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings had an off day once again with the bat in the match against Delhi Capitals on October 4 in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.
The right-handed batsman Dhoni came at a time when the team needed to boost, but Dhoni has played just 27 balls and could only score 18 runs.
He was unable to score any boundary during his innings, and the team could only put a total of 136/5 in 20 overs.
While, the Delhi Capitals struggled with the bat as well, but the unbeaten 28-run innings by Shimron Hetmyer has set up the win for Rishabh Pant-led team.
Head coach of Chennai Super Kings, Stephen Fleming came to Dhoni's defence at the virtual press conference and said that he was not the only batsman who struggled on the slow Dubai track.
Fleming said, "Dhoni was not the only one, it was a difficult day for strokeplay. 137 was almost enough, it was a tough wicket to score big on in terms of big shots, both teams struggled with it towards the end of the innings."
As per to the news agency ANI, Fleming said, "Sometimes, you set your sights too high, probably we were just 10-15 runs short of having a match-winning score."
He added, "That is the difficulty at the moment, trying to assess what the conditions are at three different grounds, there was no lack of intent."
Fleming said that they had to stabilise after a couple of mistakes and Delhi Capitals bowled well in the last five overs.
It was the 4th time in league where Dhoni faced over 20 balls in an innings without a boundary.
With this win,Delhi Capitals led by Rishabh Pant moved to the top of the points table with 20 points from 13 games.