Dhoni blames bowlers for loss against Deccan Chargers

April 27th, 2009 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Durban, April 27 (IANS) Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni asked his bowlers to pull up their socks after they failed to defend a total of 165 against Deccan Chargers, losing by six wickets in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here Monday.
Last year’s runner-up Super Kings have only one win in five outings, losing three and splitting points with Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain wash-out match.

“The bowlers have let us down in some matches. The targets that we have set are defendable. We have lost some close matches,” Dhoni said.

“We have a good bench strength and we might try some other bowling combination in the next match,” he said.

“We have struggled in the middle overs. We need to pull up there.”

Deccan Chargers’ captain Adam Gilchrist hoped they can continue their winning streak, having won four out of four.

“I was pleased we pulled Super Kings back to 160. They could have scored 180-190. (Pragyan) Ojha bowled well, R.P. Singh hung in there. I probably made a mistake of giving Ojha only two overs.”

“Both the teams were almost same after the 10-over mark and we did well to hold on there and take our chances,” he said.

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