Suresh Raina said Chennai Super Kings’ 6-wicket defeat to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday was a wake-up call for the team. CSK are table-toppers in the 2019 IPL with 7 wins and 14 points from 9 matches.
Before Wednesday, CSK had won 8 out of 10 matches vs Sunrisers Hyderabad. In the 2018 IPL, CSK had won all 4 matches against the Sunrisers who had struggled a little in the lead-up to the game.
Chennai Super Kings were overwhelming favourites on Wednesday but without MS Dhoni, the team looked listless. Faf du Plessis and Shane Watson had taken the team off to a strong start but CSK lost their way thereafter. Suresh Raina and Kedar Jadhav fell in the same over to Rashid Khan while Ambati Rayudu failed to accelerate despite staying unbeaten.
CSK were restrictedf to 132 for 5 off 20 overs and without MS Dhoni to marshall the troops, man-of-the-match David Warner and Jonny Bairstow (61 not out) blazed away as SRH won with 6 wickets and 19 balls to spare.
Suresh Raina, who stood in as captain for MS Dhoni, said CSK failed to capitalise on a good start by the openers.
“I think it is a very good wake-up call. I think we didn’t put a decent score on the board and kept losing wickets. Faf and Watson gave us a good start but we could not capitalise,” Raina told the broadcasters minutes after CSK’s 2nd defeat of the season.
“We lost too many wickets in between and that’s why it cost us the game.
“We should have looked for partnerships and should have rotated our strike better. Hence, we were 30 runs short,” Raina said.
CSK had to do without MS Dhoni who was rested due to back spasm. Raina said his captain was feeling better and should be fit in time for the next match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“He is feeling better. His back was stiff. Probably he will play in the next game against RCB,” Raina said.