MS Dhoni on facing up to the Russell-Cummins rampage: ‘Not much you can really do’


KKR captain Morgan said that from 31 for 5 in the chase, he didn’t expect the game to go so close

MS Dhoni felt that he couldn’t really do much as the fielding captain when Andre Russell and Pat Cummins were putting the Chennai Super Kings bowlers to the sword in a high-scoring thriller at the Wankhede Stadium.

“It’s quite easy (to keep calm) in a game like this because from the 15th, maybe 16th over onwards, the contest was between the fast bowler and the batsman,” Dhoni told host broadcaster Star Sports after the game, which Kolkata Knight Riders lost by 18 runs. “You can’t really do much, you can’t put a lot of different fields. There was a bit of dew so the ball comes on nicely.

“So it was all about ‘You vs me’. How well I’m executing, what are you doing to get runs off me. The side that has won is maybe the side that executed slightly better. But if they had wickets in hand, you never know. On a wicket like this, if the full 20 overs were completed, it would have been a very close game.”

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