CSK's top six batsmen need to fire: MS Dhoni

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Published: Friday, May 11, 2012, 13:12 [IST]
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Dhoni urges batsmen to lift their game

Jaipur, May 11: They might have survived in this season with a close four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals on Thursday, but Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni insisted his batsmen to lift their game ahead of the remaining games.

"Leaving it too late is not something we do intentionally, our top six need to perform. As the tournament progresses, we need to get going, the batsmen are coming under pressure early and they need to bat freely," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.

Dhoni praised youngster Srikkanth Anirudha who hit a 6-ball 18 unbeaten knock to seal a win for the reigning champions.

"Srikkanth is an exciting youngster, you got to grab your opportunities, and that is what he has done. We have tried to bat him up the order but at times we need to continue allocating the same roles that we have done earlier," Dhoni said.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid said that despite the loss on Thursday games, they are still alive in the tournament, but admitted that they need to play good cricket to make it to the play-offs.

"You play a good game and sometimes a batsman comes out and plays an excellent innings, you got to accept that. The track was doing a bit, stopping and seaming around, they bowled well, credit to them.

"We are alive, just by our fingernails, we need to get going and try and win all the remaining games," he said.

Ben Hilfenhaus, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his two for eight-run spell, said the wicket assisted bowlers in the early stages.

"It was very exciting game of cricket, good to come out on the winning side. T20 cricket is a funny format, things change rapidly. It was a good surface to bowl on, seaming around for me," he said.


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