Chennai, Apr 29: Chennai Super Kings opening batsman Faf du Plessis said the defending champions should bat well in the middle over in order to win matches in IPL 5.
Chasing a target of 156, MS Dhoni's batsmen collapsed after a good start to lose by seven runs against Kings XI Punjab at the M Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.
"I think we lost a little bit in the middle there. The wicket being little slower today leaving it for the last over is going to be tough. We needed to hit over the run rate at that time.
"My opinion is that in the middle, we should have gone a little bit harder. We gave a good start by scoring around nine runs an over which is decent. The first six over was good but in the seven to 13th over we could have pushed just a bit harder. We need to look at that," Du Plessis said after the match.
"The wicket was little bit different to the last match. It was little bit slower than what it normally is. It is very tough for the guys coming in at number past six seven with the run rate at seven runs an over and with the wicket being a touch slow," he said.
Du Plessis also said the slow wicket made it harder to bat on, "The wicket was little bit different to the last match. It was little bit slower than what it normally is. It is very tough for the guys coming in at number past six seven with the run rate at seven runs an over and with the wicket being a touch slow," he said.
During the last over of the Chennai innings, Azhar Mahmood's ball went down the leg side but it was not given as a wide. Chennai spinner has a heated argument with Punjab pacer Praveen Kumar.
"I thought it will be a wide and I do not know the rule there. According to me, a ball going on the leg side is a wide and the ruling depends on where your feet go and things like that. But the umpires could give you an answer for this," he said.