Former Australian batsman Matthew Hayden has offered his thoughts on the performance of his former IPL club, Chennai Super Kings. In a match against the Lucknow Super Giants at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on March 31, Shivam Dube scored a blistering 49 runs off 30 deliveries, and his scintillating knock in the middle-order propelled the Chennai Super Kings to a mammoth total of 210/7 from their 20 overs.
The results were dismal for Dube with the ball, as he not only went wicketless in the second innings but also gave 25 runs to CSK in the last over, thereby putting the game out of reach for his team in the final over.
The performance of Dube’s bowling lost Chennai Super Kings (CSK) the match in a high-scoring clash. Hayden added that the Chennai bowlers struggled on the dewy pitch as West Indies batsman Evin Lewis consistently took them to the cleaners at regular intervals.
Matthew Hayden says CSK were sloppy in the field, should not have dropped Quinton de Kock
“Moeen Ali only managed to bowl one over. He was smacked for 14 runs, but guess what? That’s how it feels when you’re playing on these really damp wickets. It’s really slick; imagine attempting to bowl with that ball in your hands. It’s not an easy task. And Shivam Dube, to name a few… I mean, that’s like delivering a cake to a kindergartner. [Dube] is just a medium-paced bowler. Then there’s Evin Lewis, who was just on fire,” Hayden stated while appearing on Star Sports.
CSK’s shoddy fielding and dropped catches, particularly that of Quinton de Kock, who had a massive respite off Dwayne Bravo’s delivery and went on to score a match-winning 61, was also discussed by the experienced power-hitter during his post-match interview.
“Remember, CSK were also a touch sloppy on the field, remember that. It’s important to remember that they missed a couple of opportunities. Quinton de Kock was dropped by Bravo, which would have been the most important wicket-taking delivery of the match. That did not take place. Another point to mention is that Jadeja just bowled two overs; he might have perhaps just managed Bravo to get him into the 17th or 19th over by bowling a few more overs,” Hayden said.
Shivam Dube was also a costly addition in the game against KKR. He was removed from the attack immediately after allowing 11 runs to be scored in his only over. When the reigning champions take on the Punjab Kings on April 3 in Mumbai, they will be anxious to earn their first points of the season in a meaningful way.