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Dhoni's mistakes cost Chennai IPL 2

Published: Sunday, May 24, 2009, 12:15 [IST]
 
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Dhoni's mistakes cost Chennai IPL 2

Johannesburg: If anyone has to be blamed for the Chennai Super Kings humiliating defeat against Bangalore Royal Challengers in the second semi final, it should be skipper Dhoni.

Chennai were cruising to a huge score at stage when they lost the first wicket Matthew Hayden. Instead of sending their inform batsman Suresh Raina skipper promoted himself at this stage. Dhoni who anchored the Chennai innings initially failed to accelerate the innings in the crucial final overs.

The skipper could score only 28 off 30 balls which was rather below average score in this format of cricket. Dhoni who was capable of big hitting, failed to do so and got out at the crucial moment of Chennai innings.

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Dhoni did another blunder by not allowing his best bowler Muralitharan to bowl in the first phase of Bangalore innings. He could have used Muralitharan continually as he had to protect a modest total. Muralitharan could have taken a few wickets of Bangalore and applied pressure on them. Instead he kept Muralitharan for the final overs which proved wrong in the end.

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