UPDATED: April 29, 2021 17:14 IST
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori heaped praise on Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni and his judgement of the Delhi pitch after he led his team to a comfortable 7-wicket win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in Match 23 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 on Wednesday.
Dhoni said the Arun Jaitley Stadium pitch looked tacky and that is exactly what happened in the first innings as SRH struggled to score runs freely even with a well-set David Warner and Manish Pandey (61) batting together for the major part.
Warner played out 55 balls for his 57 with a strike rate of just over 103. The SRH skipper even acknowledged that his slow innings was one of the main reasons behind their loss in Delhi
“We were looking to bowl first. Looks a bit tacky and the boys who practised yesterday said there was quite a bit of dew,” Dhoni had said at the toss.
Dhoni’s prediction on the dew didn’t come true but batsmen found it difficult to play on the pitch in the first half of the game. SRH posted 171 for 3 thanks to some late hitting by Pandey, Kane Williamson (26 not out) and Kedar Jadhav (14 not out).
“Should back Dhoni’s assessment no matter what, I think that’s what we’ve learned from all of this,” Vettori told ESPNcricinfo when asked about whether Dhoni judged the Delhi wicket perfectly.
“I think Sam Curran bowled well upfront I think he got the important wicket of Jonny Bairstow and because of the way SRH are set up when they lose one of their opening batters, they can at times look a bit tentative.
“We saw how Warner just kept hitting fielders and combined with some good bowling from CSK They used their resources pretty well,” Vettori added.
By the time the CSK chase began, the pitch eased out and became better for batting. CSK openers Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad laid a solid foundation with their 129-run partnership after which Moeen Ali (15), Ravindra Jadeja (7*) and Suresh Raina (17*) got them over the line to take CSK with 9 balls to spare.