Chennai Super Kings missed the services of Dwayne Bravo on Saturday. CSK had scored 179 runs in their 20-over quota and were looking to win the match against the Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah Stadium. Eventually the equation went to the last over where CSK needed to defend 16 runs from 6 balls. But Bravo had a back injury and MS Dhoni could not go to him to dismiss his team. Dhoni bowled the ball to Ravindra Jadeja, who could not defend the target as he conceded 22 runs in the last over.
Bravo is a death bowling specialist with his deadly yorker and slow pace. CSK has relied on him on several occasions in crunchy situations. But now he can be out for a few matches. Coach Stephen Fleming talked about Bravo and said that all-rounders could be out for a few days or a few weeks due to a career injury.
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He said, “He (Bravo) has a right current injury. Apparently it was quite serious to stop him from getting back on the field. He is really disappointed that he didn’t throw the final over. That’s too much for him Fleming.” Said is in the team.
The veteran all-rounder’s injury will have to be reassured to move forward.
Fleming said after CSK’s five-wicket loss, “They have to be confident to move forward at this stage, you’d think it would take a few days or a few weeks.”
Bravo’s injury meant that CSK had to give the last over to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
Fleming said after the match at the press conference, “Unfortunately Dwayne Bravo was injured, so he could not throw the last over. Naturally he is a death bowler. This is how our season is going.
He said, ‘There was no plan to bowl on Jadeja’s death, but we had no other option but Bravo’s injury. We did well to create a situation where it could work for us, but we would have to work hard and bend it. The CSK head coach said that Shikhar Dhawan played well, but the experienced catch caught the dropped catch as DC’s experienced left-hander. With his first IPL century.
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“Well, we gave some life to Shikhar Dhawan. He was playing well. We had opportunities to take his wickets early but we didn’t take him,” he said. He was playing aggressively and he was staying there with the required run-rate. If we had dismissed him, we could have pressured his middle-lower order, the game could have been different, leaving three-four catches against him was a bit much. He said the team did well to reach 179. Five, thanks for some good hitting towards the end.
He said, “It was difficult that the way we played in the last five were promising, there was some good hitting from our side to get there at 180, if we had created our chances, it would have been a match-winning score.” But it did not happen, ”he said.
(With PTI inputs)
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