IPL 2019: Top two finish was on my mind during Rahul blitz, says Dhoni


Lords XI Punjab (KXIP) batsman KL Rahul plays a shot during the Indian Premier League cricket coordinate against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, in Mohali. Photograph: PTI

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s point was to take the game against KXIP profound and guarantee a main two completion for shielding champions CSK once he understood that the KL Rahul quick assault has wrapped everything up for the home group. Lords XI Punjab beat CSK by six wickets in the last gathering group experience between the two groups. A group that enters IPL play-offs as either table-toppers or No. 2 would get two clear shots at summit conflict capability. “In the event that you can’t win a game, you ensure you get the resistance to get the keeps running in most number of overs. (Fitting the bill for top 2) Yes, and that is something you need to remember,” Dhoni said after the match.

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We need to win, yet on the off chance that the resistance progresses admirably, you need to rapidly adjust and re-evaluate,” said Dhoni at the post coordinate introduction service.

CSK lost to Kings XI Punjab by six wickets after the hosts pursued down the objective of 171 keeps running in 18 overs.

In any case, CSK would be cheerful that with a net run-pace of +0.131 which is far superior than Delhi Capitals’ +0.044, the shielding champions will stay in the main two having two opportunities to meet all requirements for the IPL finals, regardless of whether Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders at night game.

Dhoni acclaimed his bowlers for pulling things back and not letting KXIP batsmen complete the game prior.

“The initial seven overs, we were very down, however then the bowlers had the option to pull things back a tad. They bowled well in the last 8-9 overs for us.”

The previous India commander said KXIP put on a decent batting exertion.

“You have to offer credit to them. They bowled truly well. We needed to get a standard score, yet it was troublesome with their three spinners…it was hard to move in the initial 6 overs.

“Generally speaking, it was a great batting exertion from their side. KL (Rahul, who scored 36-ball 71) batted truly well and (Nicholas) Pooran towards the end was great with his robust hits. We did whatever we might, it be able to did not work for us.”

KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin said his group would need to construct a center gathering for the following seasons.

“We haven’t qualified however we need to construct a center gathering to prop up for the following couple of seasons. CSK has a support of how they go about things, same with MI, Sunrisers Hyderabad does it any other way. We need to take a gander at that later on. We need to post a score that you can protect and probably the best groups do that all around reliably,” said Ashwin.

India off-spinner said his group neglected to win the nearby humdingers during the association stage.

“It was difficult for us, however we haven’t been outflanked much in numerous games, with the exception of against Sunrisers Hyderabad. We simply haven’t had the option to finish off the nearby humdingers.

“We have played some great cricket, and expanding on this is significant. There are a couple of reasons, we didn’t finish off games, especially in the Powerplay and our center request. I feel that when groups plan and return to us, we have to react properly.That’s the place a few groups tick the crate – they have played together for quite a while,” he said.

Man-of-the-coordinate K L Rahul conceded that he at last played openly as his group had nothing to lose with KXIP officially out of the play-offs race.

“I’ve been keeping myself down till the last game, in light of the fact that my job was unique – playing 20 overs and holding up one end. We knew there wasn’t much left for us in this game. Be that as it may, some of the time, you need to modify your game and play as indicated by how the group needs, however this evening I was playing significantly more unreservedly.

“It turned out very well today as my strike-rate was a lot higher. In any case, glancing back at it from an individual and group perspective, my strike-rate has dropped, however I have won more games for my group this year,” said the opener.

Rahul said when a batsman has keeps running behind him, he could play with significantly more opportunity.

“You need to control your shots now and again, and on the off chance that I did that last year, we could have improved. Having keeps running behind you generally encourages you play with a great deal of opportunity and not think excessively and simply respond to the ball – that possibly causes you when you have keeps running behind you,” he said.

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