Williamson praises SRH bowlers after loss to CSK


Speaking about the South African, Fleming said, "And Faf (du Plessis) is like a Ferrari vehicle, he needs a lot of attention".

Soaking in everything with his usual calm demeanour, Dhoni attributed CSK's seventh IPL final appearance to "dressing room atmosphere". "But saying that, there are a number of other areas that we would like to touch on going into our next game". Plus, they have a mystery bowler.

"Took confidence from that".

"The game did swing our way, and bowlers were outstanding, but we didn't quite execute it like in the past", Williamson said. Rashid Khan was a handful on that wicket. It stopped a bit on that wicket and he bowls quickly. He had four more half-centuries before he took guard at the Wankhede on Tuesday and he proved all his worth for the ₹1.6 crore that CSK bought him for. Our plan was to get through him. Shardul Thakur came in for tap - he conceded 17 runs in the 18thover & 20 runs in the 20th over - and finished figures of 4-0-50-1. Starting then, the rub of the green went against SRH on several occasions; Kane Williamson (24) and Shakib al Hasan gloved the ball to be caught down the leg-side, while Shreevats Goswami and Yusuf Pathan (24) were at the receiving end of sensational return catches. It was a decent wicket and we would have liked 20 more.

Chennai Super Kings Faf du Plessis bats during the VIVO IPL cricket T20 match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Mumbai India Tuesday
Williamson praises SRH bowlers after loss to CSK

Du Plessis' 67 off 42 balls enabled CSK to chase down a tricky target of 140 in 19.1 overs after being down at 92 for seven.

One could say the glorious uncertainties of the game revealed itself when du Plessis - like Dwayne did in the first match against Mumbai Indians at the same venue - chose to take on Carlos Brathwaite in the 18th, hammering the tall medium pacer for three fours and a six, and then finishing it off with straight six off Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "Now we have to do some hard work in Kolkata to come back here".

"It's obviously very tough to swallow because we certainly back our death bowling to close games out from that point". Most times we would defend that total, but credit to the CSK lower order. "But somehow, we have managed to keep our boys on track". It is important that we learn from this experience. Sometimes dumb luck: "you just pick the guys at the right time and they just play an innings for the team that means so much, and we saw one of those today". Yeah they do (bat deep). "Faf played a attractive knock, and credit to the way they scrapped it", he said. "It would be great to be back here, but one game at a time".

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