Chennai Super Kings (CSK) led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni stacked praise on his bowlers for how they pulled back things against a storming Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) during their six-wicket win in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL), 2021 on Friday.
With captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal great opening partnership, it looked like RCB are up for a big total, and pile on the pressure on MS Dhoni's team.
But Chennai came back firmly in the last 10 overs as they curbed RCB to 156 runs for six wickets.
CSK rode on useful knocks in successive overs with the score 71. Suresh Raina and Dhoni guided CSK to 157 runs in 4 wickets in 18.1 overs.
Dhoni said spinner Ravindra Jadeja bowled a critical spell that helped them coming back into the match.
However, Jadeja did not get any wicket, he bowled his four overs for 31 runs when both Kohli and Padikkal were going great and had taken the team to 100 without losing any wicket.
The other CSK bowlers Dwayne John Bravo, Shardul Thakur, and Deepak Chahar taken advantage on the pressure Jadeja had created and helped curbing RCB to a manageable total.
MS Dhoni said that planned his tactics keeping in mind the different ground conditions.
CSK skipper Dhoni's chose to field first as he wanted to avoid the dew in the second half of the match.
Dhoni said that the team were concerned about the dew, so whenever there are chances of dew they want to bat second.
He added, "Over here, the three grounds are different. This is the slowest (so far) of all. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are different. So the players have been adapting."
When Dhoni was asked about Bravo's performance, who bagged the man of the match title, he has sugggested to the West Indian bowler to mix up his deliveries as batsmen awaits him to bowl slow.
Bravo said that the IPL innings are the toughest competition across the world and therefore he aims to be competitive.
Bravo got the big wicket of skipper Kohli to apply the brakes on the RCB scoring. That crucial wicket broke the RCB rhythm and affected their scoring rate.